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what makes this Directory your best choice: • Zone intro, map directions, map guestbook, links and tips • D.I.Y. concept, supported by tour leader database and option for Personal Assist <> Concierge • Censorship rating: Children, Family, Mature(over 18), Parental Guidance, R-adults only Tour zone

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OceanWorld Siam - Watch or get in get wet

Siam

Siam Centre

F

3hrs all day

Jim Thompson House - Exhibition & Mystery

Siam

1km West

F

2hrs day only

Vimanmek Mansion - Exhibition and Splendor

Dusit

2km North

F

2hrs day only

Phayathai

3.5km NW

M-PG

2hrs evenings

Attraction

Ladyboy show - Entertaing and Stunning Wat Pho - more than a Temple!

Rattanakosin 4.5km West

F

2hrs day only

Grand Palace & Wat Pra Kaew - Exhibition

Rattanakosin 4.5km West

F

4hrs day only 2hrs day only

Wat Arun (The Temple of the Dawn) - Display

Thonburi

5km West

F

Rooftop Bar Tour - Rewarding views

Bangkok

City area

M-PG

Chao Phraya River & Canals - Recreational

Chinatown

3km West

F

2hrs day only

Bicycle tour (no hills lots of thrills) & Canal tours

Chinatown

3km West

F

3hrs am/pm

Golden Buddha & Exhibition centre - Impressive

Chinatown

3km West

F

2hrs day only

Markets in Chinatown (Yaowarat) - eat / shop

Chinatown

3km West

F

3hrs all day

Dinner Cruise - cultural or Luxury

Bang Rak

3km S.West

F

3hrs Night

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market - Recreational

out of town

100km S. West

F

6hrs all day

Kanchanaburi Tours - Recreational

out of town

130km N.West

F

10hrs all day

Game fishing near town - (near Chatuchak Markets)

Bang Kapi

13km N.West

F

3hrs day/night

Ancient City (replica of Thailand) - Recreational

out of town

33km N.East

F

5hrs day only

Tawandaeng Brewery and Cabaret - Fun & bizarre

Rama III

8kms South

M-PG

3hrs evenings

Cooking Classes &/or food tour - fun and healthy

Bangkok

City area

F

3hrs day only

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Oceanworld The deep ocean is underneath your feet. That is, if you are somewhere inside Siam Paragon. Occupying a colossal basement area of the glitzy downtown mall Siam Paragon (a premiere retail shopping mall), Siam Ocean World brings a slice of the natural aquatic wonderland within your reach. Location: @ Siam Centre, "Family zone Siam", mainly a high end retail hub. Five (5) star shopping centres, Cinema complex, Indoor Amusement venues, Restaurants, etc., see map search tips. This underground aquarium houses more than 30,000 species in its seven exhibition zones, where you can walk amongst the ocean’s fiercest predators, feed the marine creatures, and even dive with the sharks and rays. Simply enjoy a stroll beneath the underwater tunnel – Thailand’s longest – or hop aboard a glass-bottom boat and sneak a peek at the unfolding scene below. Collage Photo <> Slide-show Open: daily 09.00 to 21.00 - check website for exhibition (feeding times) There are seven (7) sections: Weird & Wonderful; Deep Reef; Living Ocean; Rain Forest; Rocky Shore; Open Ocean; Sea Jellies. • New: If you have the will you can "swim with the sharks", 24hr lead time required for bookings, this activity is not included in the admission fee, check website link via the map link. Entrance fee: 900baht adults 700baht children concessions for Thai/Expats Public Transport: GOOD. Siam Paragon is adjacent the BTS Skytrain station Siam Zone: area Icons in tour book "Family tour zone Siam" &/or tour leader database below

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Jim Thompson House (Siam) Tour rating: 9.5 (10 best) Intensity: low Tour: Brief and informative Duration: tour: 30 min or DIY: 2-3hrs Food/drink: Excellent Garden caf'e Cost: 100b adults, disc for children/students Public Transport: very good, see below The FREE guided tour of the exhibition is a must, the factual content of the brief tour is very informative and interesting about the Man, his connection to Thailand and architecture of the homes. The name Jim Thompson is synonymous with Thailand’s silk industry. Thanks to this ex-American serviceman, Thai silk received worldwide acclaim for its lustrous beauty and fine quality. Thompson’s three decades of dedication to the revival of Thai silk, then a dying art, changed the faith of the industry forever. After he mysteriously disappeared into the jungles of Malaysia, he left a legacy behind, which is reflected through his vast collections of Thai art and antiques now on display at the Jim Thompson’s House and Museum, itself a lovely complex of six Thai-style teak houses preserved to their original glory. Collage photo <> Photo slide-show <> website <> more info Location: 6 Soi Kasem San 2, Rama 1 Road, on on the Saen Saep Canal (Khlong) Public Transport: Good: A brief walk from BTS Skytrain station National Stadium Exit 1 or for a bit of culture take the canal ferry to Pier 23 Ratchathewi, then a short walk along the Khlong. Food & Drink: The venue has an excellent Garden caf'e serving western and Thai food Open 9am–5pm daily. Ticket:100 baht Contact: (02) 216 7368. Map links to the venue website Warning: There may be touters or tuktuk driver trying to whisk you off to some other destination, smile and ignore. Zone: area Icons in tour book "Family tour zone Siam" &/or tour leader database below

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Vimanmek Mansion Zone: Dusit 3.5kms N.West of Siam BTS The world's largest teakwood building Through the well-manicured grounds of Dusit Garden, Vimanmek Mansion emerges like an imaginative castle from a fantasy novel. Once the royal residence of King Rama V, and like its name suggests (Vimanmek means castle in the clouds), Vimanmek Mansion is an architectural marvel – the entire structure is fashioned entirely from gold teak-wood without using a single nail. The interiors resemble a living museum, where you can walk through (under strict guidance) some of the rooms and marvel at a treasure trove of rare arts and furniture pieces from early Rattanakosin Period – all belonging to the late king. Tour duration: Min 2 hrs but you could easilly spend the day in the area to visit the other attractions in the immediate area, see image (click here to expand image) Opening Hours: 08:30 until 16:30 (Tuesday - Saturday, last ticket at 15:30) Location: Rajavithee Road. Close to Dusit Zoo and the Dusit Palace complex. Admission fee: 100 baht, which entitles you to enter every building and gallery. • Note: you'll need to show your ticket to the attendant at the entrance to every building. No shorts/sleeveless shirts and skirts must be at least knee-length or you won't be allowed in. No Photography inside (lockers provided), No shoes inside (many buildings so wear easy footwear) Check: Parts of Vimanmek if not all are used for state functions, check its open before leaving (662) 628-6300-9 More: Photo slide-show <> more info <> Virtual tours <> Website Public Transport: not close BTS Skytrain or MRT Subway, you could take a River or Canal ferry, see Public transport map in at the end of this book, or the Database link includes nearest stations and distances. Zone: area Icons in tour book "Family zone Dusit" &/or tour leader database below

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Ladyboy show Evening event 3 to 5 hrs - overly popular! Red curtains, glamorous feathers and long legs… and, since you are in Thailand, may we add ladyboys? While this is no Broadway or CanCan show. Calypso Cabaret promises to be a feast for your eyes and ears. A fantastic evening at the Calypso involves a lot of dazzling performances by a wildly talented troupe of transvestite dancers, entertainers and lip-sync singers, not to mention bringing Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson back from the dead. Some say it’s touristy and strange, but we say it’s a star-studded evening with glistening stage design, extravagant costumes, thrilling soundtracks and simply superb entertainment. Calypso Cabaret is founded in 1908, It has been hailed as one of the cabaret show pioneers in Thailand. Location: Calypso is conveniently located inside the Asia Hotel with skybridge connection to the BTS skytrain station Ratchathewi, the Cabaret delivers extravagant Broadway-style shows, as well as Thai classical dance, a comical Geisha repertoire, Chinese ballads and much more. Show time (Daily): 08.15pm and 09.45pm. Prices as at: 2010-10: • Ticket: show only: 900 THB/Adult, 600 THB/Child. Incl dinner at Brazilian Rio Grill Restaurant + 500baht • The "Rio Grill" is highly recommended a quality meat lovers buffet in a 5 star hotel (premium value) Collage Photo <> Photo slide-show <> Forum article (ladyboys) more on ladyboys webpage below Zone: area Icons in tour book "family zone Ratchathewi" &/or tour leader database below About Ladyboys

The Ladyboys are an element of "Amazing Thailand". Thailand is Muang Tai "Land of the Free" or Pratet Tai "Free Kingdom More general info - cultural and education Ladyboy shows Calypso is high end retail hosted in a modern 5star Hotel, best for 1st timers. If you care to venture further there are 3.5star local Thai style (non tourism venues) or 2star tourism Bars. Each has a degree of safety and/or risk based on your Perception and the need for common sense. Tour Leaders: Database Ladyboy show venues <> master search index map link this venue <> map link family zone Ratchathewi <> <> basic map tips @ map position "+" type "transport" or "tour-" or view best tag words Hospitality <> Tours Tour database: Zones <> Icons Ratchathewi <> Index Bangkok Novice to Advanced "Get the most, use a host" APAC (Personal Assist <> Concierge), small <> Directory <> map tips


Wat Pho Zone: Rattanakosin 4.5kms West of Siam Centre Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more to Wat Pho than the gigantic reclining Buddha and a traditional Thai massage. Once a centre for public education during the reign of King Rama III, Wat Pho (or Wat Chetuphon) harbours a fascinating collection of murals, inscriptions and sculptures that delve into various subjects, from warfare to literature, astronomy to archaeology. Apart from the main pavilion, the vast temple complex contains a landscaped garden with stone sculptures, stupas adorned with glazed porcelain, a souvenir shop and the College of Traditional Medicine. Open daily from 09.00 am. to 17.00 pm. Entrance fee: 50 Baht. The 9 Wonders of Wat Pho, there are nine (9) exhibit areas as depicted on the image left In 2008 a mini-light-and-sound multimedia presentation, helps visitors gain a better understanding and deeper appreciation of the centuries-old cultural heritage, traditional Thai values and beliefs, folk knowledge and way of life encapsulated by this historic landmark. Dress code: no short clothing, should not be revealing (same warning in section Grand Palace & Wat Pra Kaew) Collage photo <> Photo slide-show Location: adjacent to the Grand Palace, the nearest Express Ferry Pier is Pier Thai Tien Link: Chao Phraya River > transport systems, live map link all River Piers Tansport: see Public transport map at end of this book or view logistical data in Database Zone: area Icons in tour book "Family zone Rattanakosin" &/or tour leader database below

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Grand Palace & Wat Pra Kaew Zone: Rattanakosin 4.5kms West of BTS Siam Centre The most visited attraction in Thailand A dazzling site from afar, the Grand Palace and Wat Prakaew command respect from all who have walked in their sacred grounds. Built in 1782, and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government, the Grand Palace continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail. Collage photo <> Photo slide-show Wat Pra Kaew enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of emerald, dating from the 15th century AD. Open: Daily 08:30 - 15:30 Location: Na Phra Lan Road, Old City (Rattanakosin) Tickets: sold from 8:30 - 15:30 cost 200 baht. Includes entry to Vimanmek Palace & Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall. Dress code: Please note: No shorts or sleeveless shirts and skirts must be at least knee-length or you won't be allowed in. You can hire wrap around clothing at the entrance. Warning: Touters: Unfortunately there will be touters or the odd tuktuk driver trying to whisk you off to some other destination, smile and ignore. There are licenced guides available at the entrance if required.

Transport: see transport map at the end of this book or in the tour database Zone: area Icons in tour book "Family zone Rattanakosin" &/or tour leader database below

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Chao Phraya River & Canals Bangkok owes much of its fascinating history to the communities that flourish along the Chao Phraya riverbanks. The areas from Wat Arun to Phra Sumeru Fortress are home to some of the oldest settlements in Bangkok, particularly Bangkok Noi, where you can still revel in the charming ambiance of stilt houses and markets flanking the complex waterways. One of the most scenic areas, the riverside reflects a constantly changing scene day and night: water-taxis ferrying commuters and heavily laden rice barges chugging upstream, set against a backdrop of glittering temples, historical landmarks and luxury, five-star hotels.

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You'll be amazing by the dynamic sights. Choose your tour style wisely .. fast or slow - day or night. Cost: 1000-1800Baht for an hour slow trip on the river and canals without any stops (if you do want to stop anywhere the boatman will happily do so but of course this affects the price and you will have to pay any entrance fees). If your not sure about boating try "observation tour". BTS train to Central Pier, short transfer to River City a 5star touristy destination. View diner cruise boats departing, jump on or stay for rooftop Thai BBQ and enjoy the evening Riverviews. collage waterways tours <> Photo slide-show <> Chao Phraya River > transport & tour book Transport: see Public transport map at the end of this book or in the tour database Zone: area Icons-Attractions in guide "Family zone Thonburi" &/or tour leader database, link below map link this venue <> map link family zone Thonburi <> <> basic map tips @ map position "+" type "transport" or "tour-" or view best tag words Hospitality <> Tours Tour database: Zones <> Index Bangkok Novice to Advanced "Get the most, use a host" APAC (Personal Assist <> Concierge), small <> Directory <> map tips


Bicycle tour (no hills lots of thrills) with option for Canal Tours Zone: Chinatown 3kms West The tours combine pedal, walk, sit and talk, through various sections of Chinatown, across the Chao Phraya River and back to the start point. Features: No facades, see the real thing. Tour rating: 8.5 Intensity: low-med Tour options: 3 or 5 hr 3hrs pushbike 5hrs pushbike and Canal/s Price: 900-1500baht Tour group are generally maximum: 12, includes 2 guides (front and rear). Lots of stops, food and snacks provided or avail. Photo collage <> Slideshow <> Forum article and video Public Transport: See map end of this book or see logistics in Database link From BTS Skytrain station Siam allow 20 to 30 mins by Taxi or tuktuk Note: in peak traffic this could be change to hours. Alternatives are MRT to station Hua lamphong in Chinatown or Chao Phraya River Pier. Chinatown has many things to offer, itis a good combo location with a variety of Icons, Attractions and tours to suit everyon's appetite so arrive early to ensure you don't misss your tour. If your well ahead of schedule you can wonder around and check out the local culture. Zone: area Icons in tour book "Family zone Chinatown" &/or tour leader database below

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Golden Buddha Wat Traimit Temple and Exhibition Centre Without doubt the Golden Buddha is an astonishing image, but more the exhibition centre is entertainment for all ages, a must see. Admission: Nominal. Tour rating: 8.5 (10 best) The exhibition is interactive, demonstrating the history of "Chinatown" and how the Chinese community influenced Bangkok through the centuries. It's highly recommended to absorb the history and culture of the area. The Golden Buddha image is about 900 years old and is cast in the Sukhothai style. It is believed to have been brought first to Ayutthaya. When the Burmese were about to sack the city, it was covered in plaster to hide its value. Two centuries later, still in plaster, it was thought to be worth very little. But in 1957, when the image was being moved to a new temple in Bangkok, it slipped from a crane and was left in the mud by workmen. In the morning, a temple monk, who had dreamed that the statue was divinely inspired, went to see the Buddha image. Through a crack in the plaster he saw a glint of yellow, and discovered that the statue was pure gold. The graceful seated Buddha is nearly 10 feet high and weighs over 5 tons. This powerful image has such a bright, reflective surface that its edges seem to disappear, and it gleams with such richness and purity that even the most jaded are inspired by its strength and power. Photo collage <> Photo slide-show <> More detail Transport: There are several options, the easiest is the fast and efficient subway MRT, it's clean and very safe. Exit at station Hua Lamphong, use exit gate 1 (Wat Traimit), then a 500mtr walk, across a Khlong (Canal), follow the signs or ask the locals. The venue comprises several levels, exhibition centre and prayer room (Golden Buddha). Admission cost: Nominal: (100-200baht) prices split for Exhibition and/or temple (prayer room). Zone: area Icons in tour book "Family zone Chinatown" &/or tour leader database below

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Wat Arun (The Temple of the Dawn) Zone: Thonburi > 5kms West of Siam Duration: half day / evening The impressive silhouette of Wat Arun’s towering spires has probably become one of the most recognised temple landmarks of Southeast Asia. Constructed during the first half of the 19th century by King Rama II, in the ancient Khmer style, the stupa (or ‘Prang’ in Thai), showcasing ornate floral pattern decked out in glazed porcelain, is even more stunning up close. Apart from its beauty, Wat Arun symbolises the birth of the Rattanakosin Period and the founding of the new capital after Ayutthaya fell. Wat Arun is named after Arun, the Indian God of Dawn. Contrary to what it's name suggests, the temple appears most beautiful at sunset, rather than sunrise. Situated on the river bank, the main ferry stop is Pier (Tha) Rachini and then a ferry across the river (3 Baht). However if you have booked a long tail boat it will take you directly to Pier at Wat Arun. Once landed, absorb the history or enjoy the souvenir feast, including the chance to dress up in Thai costume for your photo memorabilia. Collage photo <> Photo slide-show > more info Public Transport: BTS Skytain at station Saphan Taksin Exit 1 or 2 to Central Pier on Chao Phraya River, then select the mode of Water transport: Long tail boat: 10 mins or Public ferry: 45 mins Open daily 07.00 am to 17.00 pm with an entrance fee of 50 Baht for foreigners. Zone: area Icons in tour book "Family zone Thonburi" &/or tour leader database below TIP: There are riverside Restaurants directly across the river from Wat Arun, a popular for sunset view. Use map link to zoom in.

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Chinatown (Yaowarat) Zone: Chinatown: 3kms West half to fullday or night Packed with market stalls and probably the highest concentration of gold shops in the city. The Chinese communities, relocated here from southern China in the 1700s, still continue their own traditions and religious practices. During major festivities like Chinese New Year and the Vegetarian Festival, the dynamism and spirit of celebration spreads across town like wildfire, and if you happen to be around, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss an opportunity to witness Bangkok Chinatown at its best. Collage photo <> Photo Collage slideshow Make sure you visit Golden Buddha at Wat Traimit and the Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Center, it's listed in this booklet. The exhibition centre is and excellent introduction and display. The most popular reason to go here is the food and bargain hunting shoppers. Many eateries stay open long into the night or even 24 hours. The location is detailed in Shopping zones (not much on nightlife) Public Transport: From BTS Skytrain station Siam allow 20 to 30 mins by Taxi or tuktuk. At peak traffic times this could be hours. Bangkok's traffic at peak times can be chaos for many reasons. You can also also access via the Chao Phraya river ferry or MRT, all are displayed at this link. Zone: area Icons in tour book "Family zone Chinatown" &/or tour leader database below

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Dinner Cruise 2011-09: 3kms S.West The experience of a river or canal in the day is not something that can be compared to the charm and romance of a evening cruise. Typically the evening cruises are around two (2) hours. The main piers are busy from about 7pm with cruises departing at various points about every 15 minutes and the last of the cruise options departs around 8.30 The river dinner cruise covers passes such places as Pinklao Bridge Rama IX Bridge eight, the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Phra Kaew and the Royal Navy Auditorium. Most all vessels provide narration in English and Thai. There are a variety of cruise themes. The basic cruise: ride only, the fare price is approx 300bt and a buffet dinner around 500bt, these tend to be 3.5star economy tour groups. The Cultural cruise: "Wan Fah Cruises" has been servicing tourist for many years with their traditional teak wood vessels with seating for 70 to 130 passengers. The package is a set menu, narration of Icons along the river and at intervals fully costumed traditional Thai dances roll out down the middle of the boat, you can almost touch them (but don't), wait until your asked to join in, do try! The price is approx 1200-1500bt Luxury Cruise: There are quite a few modern medium to large size vessels offering similar 5 star luxury comforts, stunning buffet dinner, live music, some modern and others traditional, choice of seating (inside or out). The boats range from size of 150 to 300 passengers. The price approx 1400 - 1800bt. Some packages are optioned for Hotel transfer, which usually means you need to be ready several hours before hand while they shuttle between Hotels, it' mean a slow transfer but think of it as it's a free observation tour. The most popular location is Rivercity complex in Bang Rak, a 5 star tourism centre on the Chao Phraya river. The centre caters for high volume tourism, here you can be entertained with a cultural dance show, browse the arts and crafts shops and if your lucky catch a Muay Thai event, they are hosted at River city quite frequently. Getting there: If your going to Rivercity .. from Siam take the BTS skytrain to station Saphan Taksin, it interchanges with the main river pier "Central" or Sathorn. Many venues have courtesy shuttle boats as is the case with Rivercity, otherwise grab a taxi, it's about 1.5kms. The MRT (subway) station Hua Lamphong is about 1km from Rivercity. Be cautioned, traffic can mean dissappointment, the boat can not wait so go early and enjoy the surroundings. The location is not far from the famous Skybar and other such wonderful nightspots. The tour database page of transport stations can produce a list of attractions at any station, find the station you want and click. slideshow collage <> Slideshow all > photo database tricks Map location to the general area > if the link does not open try a 2nd time map location of cruises <> map link family zone Chinatown <> basic map tips @ map position "+" type "transport" or "tour-" or view best tag words Hospitality <> Tours Tour database > Tours > select "Waterways" <> Index Bangkok Novice to Pro "Get the most, use a host" APAC (Personal Assist <> Concierge), small <> Directory <> map tips


Damnoen Saduak Floating Market All day tour: 100kms S.West If your committed to getting up early otherwise there are alternatives noted below. The pioneer of floating markets, Damnoen Saduak continues to offer an authentic experience despite its increasingly touristy atmosphere. According to history around 1866 King Rama IV ordered a 32km canal be dug at Damnoen Saduak. The canal would connect the Mae Khong River with Tacheen River. Totally chaotic, small 'khlongs' or canals are filled with flat boats piled high with fresh produce, each jockeying for position and paddled by local ladies ready to stop and bargain at a moment’s notice. It's colourful, noisy, touristy, but great fun. Food vendors fill their vessels with cauldrons and charcoal grills, ready to whip up a bowl of ‘boat noodle’ or seafood skewers upon request. Floating markets are like living museums where you can immerse in the local culture and way of life as it once was before the arrival of global consumerism. Most people come here on a tour but it really is best done independently if you want to avoid the crowds. It takes place in the morning and tours tend to arrive at 9.30 am, so those who arrive by 9.00am or earlier will have the best experience. This also leaves you free to hire a boat yourself and look around the canals and markets. Opening Hours: 07:00 - 11:00 (every day) Collage photo <> Slideshow > Forum article > more info How to get there: Take a bus from the Southern Bus Terminal (+66 (0) 2 434 5557-8) to Samut Sangkhram Ratchaburi province, 80 km southwest of Bangkok. You can then walk along the passageway to the market, or take a boat to the market pier. other options 1. Ancient City 33kms S.W. (Popular tour) has a miniature replica of these floating markets 2. zone Thonburi 5kms West has several floating markets Map link Floating markets Bangkok NB: not all markets are touristy, check before you go. map link this venue <> basic map tips @ map position "+" type "transport" or "tour-" or view best tag words Hospitality <> Tours Tour database: Zones <> Index Bangkok Novice to Advanced "Get the most, use a host" APAC (Personal Assist <> Concierge), small <> Directory <> map tips


Kanchanaburi Tours Located approx 130kms North West of Bangkok Thailand’s third largest province, Kanchanaburi covers some 19,473 square and oftentimes mountainous kilometres, and borders Myanmar (Burma) to the west of Bangkok. The compact provincial capital a two-hour drive from Bangkok, is both the site of the world-famous Bridge Over The River Kwae, immortalised in books and movies, and gateway to a region of rugged natural beauty. Countryside beyond the provincial capital is characterised by mountains and fertile river valleys (the Kwae Yai and Kwae Noi) which have inspired the development of hydro-electric power, and where labyrinthine dam reservoirs provide further scenic elements to the province’s natural beauty. Arresting scenic beauty. Forested mountains. Waterfalls. Pristine national parks. Tranquil riverine and reservoir settings. Leisure opportunities including jungle treks employing elephants and rafts. Historical associations dating from Neolithic times to the Second World War…There are several compelling reasons for visiting Kanchanaburi. Thailand's best selling day Tour:- Breakfast with the Monks at the Tiger Temple Other tours this zone: • Bridge over River Kwai, Railway & War Museum. • Elephant Training camp Jungle raft, Erawan waterfalls and more Tour concepts: all day, starting 6am or book an adventure tour Collage photo <> Slideshow

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Rooftop Bar tour Never enough words to justice to these sights! The sheer size and magnitude of this enormous city is best experienced at one of Bangkok's trendy rooftop venues, from where you can enjoy a bird's eye view of this sprawling metropolis while sipping on a refreshing cocktail. Nine (9) x Individual and stunning venues are available, and all centrally located in the City area. All venues summarised on 1 webpage and map of all venues, see link below. Intensity: Low (some will say it's High (when your that high up and consumed by the view will know) Tour rating: 9.9 open rooftop venues (10 best) Price: med-high (you pay for the view) Duration: 2 to 4 hrs NB: some rooftop venues do not permit children onto the top floor for security reasons. If you have children check before you go Dress code: some venues (usually the 5 star will impose a smart casual dress code), refer web link below. Tour concepts:• Romantic evening, select a venue that for your special partner and propose your best Night with the stars, visit as many as you can, you'll need a good tour leader (tips below) Popular venues (includes restaurants) • "Moonbar" / Vertigo Grill on the 59th flr with 360% views it's surreal! • "The SkyBar" at 64flrs up, enjoy enchanting views across the Chao Phraya river and beyond • "Red sky" at the top fo Central world in Siam • "The Long Table" bar and restaurant in Sukhumvit Photo Collage <> Slideshow > Forum article Map image showing position of "roof top' bars across Bangkok, more in links below

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Game fishing 20-09-11 14kms from City half or full day or night It's popularity is aided by the fact that it's in the same direction as Chatuchak Markets, if your not into shopping then mediate! Bungsamran Fishing Park is quite possibly the most unique fishery on the planet. Intensity: low-med Staff available to handle the bait and gaff. Fight monsters or lounge around on the walkways and embrace the evening sunset. The water side restaurant is stunning in the sunset. Duration: 2-3 hrs or overnight. Cost: Admission is FREE. Cost to hire equipment and helpers is nominal, see forum article. Location: Approx 14kms from Siam BTS, take the BTS skytrain from/near Chatuchak markets. The Park is open 24/7 with Accommodation and an excellent open air Restaurant. Although hard to describe Bung Sam Lan as "pretty" it has a rustic quaintness that will grow on you as the day passes. Currently holding 10 IGFA world records, is tucked away down a very inconspicuous and sleepy Soi (side street), away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok life. When you first role up to the entrance of this fishing paradise you could be forgiven for wondering whether you have found the right place since it so unassuming. But as you walk through the covered walkway entrance, collect your bait, and wonder out onto the decked walkways that follow the perimeter of the lake, you are presented with a Shangri-La type vision. Collage photo <> Photo slide-how > Forum article, Photos and Video <> website

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Ancient City (Muang Boran) - 33km N.East The Ancient City is the door opening to the heritage of Thai wisdom. With a wide range of architectural symbols combined with fine arts and craftsmanship, structural layout and natural environment that integrate harmoniously. Time-frame: 4-6 hrs (1hr transfer) Intensity: low to medium Feedback: 8-9 out of 10 Tour type: Family & Culture Food & drink: onsite Photo collage <> Photo slide-show The are more than 100 monuments constructed at reduced scale but big enough to imagine about the actual size. A visit to the Ancient City is comparable to a Thailand round journey within a day. The area is 320 acres and has a shape like the map of Thailand, see image right, click here to expand image An excellent reflection of Thailand's multi-faceted ancient culture presented in an authentic and visually exciting setting. The Ancient City creates kind of atmosphere that induces visitors to perceive and appreciate the continuity of history, cultures, religions, arts and customs of Thai people from dawn until now. The layout preserves the pattern of traditional Thai lifestyles, which is hard to behold nowadays. In vicinity of Suwananbhumi Airport, only about 40 minutes away Located in the neighbourhood of Bangkok, only onehour travel, the Ancient City is accessible by many convenient routes. Tour on push bike (no hills), golf kart 2 or 4 seater or open tour guide buses. website Open daily 8.00am to 6.00pm Admission: 400bt + nominal cost for kart hire (pushbikes are free) map link this venue <> basic map tips @ map position "+" type "transport" or "tour-" or view best tag words Hospitality <> Tours Tour database: Zones <> Samut Prakan <> Index Bangkok Novice to Advanced "Get the most, use a host" APAC (Personal Assist <> Concierge), small <> Directory <> map tips


Tawandaeng Brewery & Cabaret Est: 1999 Tawandaeng is a large venue and very popular with the locals due primarily to the right kind of entertainment. Intensity: med-high Price: low - see Database link below Tour rating: 9 (10 best) Time: show 8pm to 23.30 Patrons: Mainly conservative middle class audience fill the cavernous room, the younger guys had the right haircuts (look like Japanese cartoon characters) whereas the Thai folk and morlam singers looked either like poor or successful country bumpkins. Make no mistake "this was a good show" Entertainment: The audience was not allowed a moments rest and the amount of dunkels being downed did their bit to contribute to the party atmosphere. The Thais know how to enjoy their music, actually any music just the loud sound and seeing anyone smile is enough to get them jigging and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most contagious. Photo collage <> Photo slide-show > Forum article & video <> website The girls have an outstanding ability to be innocent yet so sassy in their dance moves, I'm not so sure if some parents would approve. Despite the slight disappointment in the not so authentic German taste of the viands and brew, I had a blast watching the people genuinely having inspired fun and could not help but laugh in wonder at the play list and the way it was put together. If you want to impress look no further for dinner and entertainment under one roof. The centre room is bulked with Tables and the wing area is 2 storey all having good view onto the stage show which never ends. The night engulfs you and everyone us standing at their table jigging along to their favourite tune or they wonder to the narrow dance area in front the stage to dance more or offer rewards to the entertainers (free drinks). Two (2) locations: see the link below "Advanced user" map links to their website. Transport: Rama III location: allow 30 mins by cab from Siam Centre (in non Peak traffic period) map this venue <> basic map tips @ map position "+" type "transport" or "tour-" or view best tag words Hospitality <> Tours Tour database: Zone Icons <> Tours <> Index Bangkok Novice to Pro "Get the most, use a host" APAC (Personal Assist <> Concierge), small <> Directory <> map tips Alternative: Intensity low: Siam Niramit - Thai Cultural theatre performance - family attraction Forum article


Cooking Classes a variety of Cooking classes and cuisines in the General Bangkok area some venues are pure cooking class, typically in Hotel or Restaurants whereas others include cultural and/or recreational tour map link all venues Helping Hands Thai cooking Classes (Family tour Zone: near Sukhumvit in Klong Toei) T: 087-686-3714 (Thai) T: 084901-8717 (English). website Tour the Khlong Toei fresh market, then be driven to Khru Poohâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well-equipped kitchen in the heart of the Klong Toei slum community. Khru Pooh will teach you how to blend the different herbs and spices for the tastiest Thai cuisines. You will learn how to create authentic Thai food. A small handicraft display is set up nearly to complete your experience. Recommended by many ANZWG members. This micro enterprise initiative has been created to assist and support families living in the Khlong Toei community. Amita Thai cooking Class (Family Tour zone: Thonburi) map link 162/17 Soi Wutthakat 14, Wutthakat Rd. Talaat Phlu, Thonburi. T: 02-466-8966. www.amitathaicooking.com Hands-on cooking lessons on how to prepare the four dishes of the day. Cooking demonstration and food tasting. After the lesson enjoy lunch together at the veranda. Also tour the backyard organic garden of herbs and spices. Classes are limited to ten people to ensure individual attention. Memorable 30-minute boat ride school. Closed on Wednesday. Baipai Thai cooking School (Family Tour Zone: Sathon,Chong Nonsi) map link 150/12 Naksuwan, Nonsi Rd., Chong Nonsi. T: 02-294-9029. Open: 08.00-17.00 tue-Sun. www.baipai.com highly recommended cooking school in home style learning environment. Classes have a maximum of ten people and include demonstration and hands-on cooking. Will provide free transfers from and to hotels or your home in central Bangkok.

Blue Elephant Cooking School (Family tour Zone: Sathon) map link Thai Chine Bldg, 233 Sathon Tai (South) Rd. BTS: Surasak. T: 02-673-9353-4. Website Thai food cooking school. Exclusive international chain with restaurants in cities including Brussels and London, as well as Bangkok. Fully equipped facilities. Hands-on cooking courses including morning market visits. Good recipe ideas on the website.

The Gastro Cooking Studi by Villa Market (Family tour Zone: Sukhumvit) map link Sukhumvit Soi 33/1 (behind Villa). T: 02-258-9930. www.the-gastro.com Offers classes in Thai, French, vegetarian and Italian. Individual or groups.


Landmark Hotel Thai Cooking School (Family tour Zone: Sukhumvit) map link Nipa Thai Restaurant, Landmark Hotel. BTS:Nana. T: 02-254-0404, ext 4305. www.landmarkbangkok.com Lectures, demonstrations and preparation of Thai recipes. Also fruit and vegetable carving lesson. Individual or group classes with one day or five day courses.

The Mandarin Oriental Cooking Class (Family tour zone: Sathon) map link Mandarin Oriental Hotel. T: 02-659-9000, ext 7385. E: mobkkthaicooking@mohg.com During the demonstration session, highly experienced instructors will share their knowledge of authentic recipes with tips for a successful outcome. A hand-on session follows. Then show off your new skills to your family and friends at home. The classes are conducted in English every Monday- Sat from 09.00-13.00 with lunch included. Mrs. Balbir’s Indian Cooking School (Family tour zone: Sukhumvit) map link Sukhumvit Soi 11/1. Behind Siam Commercial Bank. BTS: Nana. T: 02651-0498 M: 081-835-65-6553. www.mrsbalbir.com Offers a wide range of cooking courses including Indian, Thai, Moroccan, Malaysian and Brazilian. Private or group classes are held at her restaurant. Morning classes are available on weekdays. Afternoon classes on weekends.

Bangkok Thai Cooking Academy (Family tour zone: Sukhumvit) Sukhumvit Soi 23, (near Asoke & Sukhumvit) Domestic Calls: (Office) 02-258-4021, (Mobile) 080-770-6741 International Calls: (Office) (66) 2-258-4021, (Mobile) (66) 807-70-6741 Two classes/day, six days a week (Monday-Saturday). Teach preparation, cooking, and presentation. Website <> map link

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Food Tour: pre set tours in Bangkok or Chinatown Enjoy tasting gourmet Thai food as you walk through Bangkok's yummy neighborhoods and learn Thai interesting history, architecture and culture. We Plan, You Explore, Eat and Enjoy! • Tour includes: Interactive commentary, tasting locations, delicious samples, • 3 to 3.5 hours of fun, Pick up/drop off option. Set tours or Private tours. Max 12 people with 2 guides


Longdo - Bangkok - Map basics • Zooming in/out offers more options, Dual language; English/Thai, printable for driver • Click on a venue for pop up window, guestbook in link "detail" • Fastrack maps and best tag search words @ Hospitality Bangkok

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see best search tips • Beginners "map user guide" Intro video, index & fast-rack maps • Advanced users go to www.map.longdo.com Mobile apps: "Longdo mobile" includes "whats around me", create bookmarks, upload photos. With Longdo Traffic view all Traffic-cams, or use their Language Translator Longdo is a Thai for "please try" INTERNET: INTERNATIONAL ROAMING costs ARE very EXPENSIVE Map pages / Photos are very detailed, look for Wifi free venues. or buy a local INEXPENSIVE Thai sim card, Asoke P.A.Concierge can assist

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BTS Skytrain: Fast, efficient and affordable, running everyday from 06.00 to midnight. Mo Chit station at the north end, where you can find the weekend Chatuchak Market. Siam Station, adjacent to huge shopping malls: Siam Centre, Siam Discovery Centre and Siam Paragon, is the central station with a link to National Stadium Station to MBK shopping centre. Saphan Taksin Station & boat pier. Fares from 10 to 40 baht or 100 baht unlimited day pass. MRT Subway metro: With 18 stations covering main roads in Bangkok including Rama IV, Sukhumvit, Lad Prao and Pahonyothin, MRT opened in 2004 and operates everyday from 06.00 to midnight. Connecting to the BTS Skytrain at Sukhumvit Station (Asoke BTS Station), Lumping Station (Silom BTS Station) and Chatuchak Station (Mo Chit BTS Station) with a link to Hua Lampong train station. Fares: 15 to 60 baht. Taxi: Very easy to find everywhere in Bangkok, with the meter starting from 35 baht, it's a low cost convenient transport when the traffic is flowing. However, always make sure the driver activate the meter. Then there is the ubiquitous Tuk tuks touting for business. They’re a fun ‘must-do’ experience but in Bangkok peak traffic the induced fumes are "not fun". If your game try local culture motor bike taxi say ChaCha (go slow) or ReoReo (go fast) The river and canal ferry is a whole new must do experience. "Longdo" is Thai

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