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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Bangkok The City of Angels

Bangkok: The City of Angels
Bangkok, also known as "Krungthep" meaning 'the City of Angels', is ranked as the best city in the world in 2008 by "Travel and Leisure Magazine". Bangkok is famous for its temples, the Grand Palace as well as some of Asia's largest shopping centers and Asia's largest outdoor week-end market (Chatuchak). All sites can comfortably be reached by Skytrain (BTS) or Underground (MRT). Bangkok is highly appreciated for its wide choice of restaurants, from authentic street-side eateries to a number of fine dining establishments.
In addition to probably the best nightlife in Asia. The wide choice of accommodation, from high end international hotels to guesthouses meets the demands of all travelers. In terms of relaxation – Bangkok has seen a huge development of Spas and wellness centers as well as medical facilities of Western standards.

Grand Palace
This is a "must" for every visitor to Bangkok, for the Grand Place Complex, which includes the Temple of The Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keow) is unquestionably one of the wonders of the world today. Within its enormous grounds is the most exotic Buddhist temple and at the heart of the temple itself is a fabulous Buddha image, carved from one piece jade, which is the holiest and most revered of religious objects in Thailand today. Nearby is the Grand Palace, once the official home of the Kings of Siam-built in traditional Thai architecture mixed with European designs. You will also visit The Royal Funeral Hall and The Royal Coronational Hall.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market:-
The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is an escape from the Western-style shopping malls of Bangkok and a glimpse into the past, revealing the centuries' old way of life of the residents whose stilt-houses perch on the canals. Visitors can explore the market with boat trips and sample the wares of local farmers as they do so. They can also enjoy the experience of floating through one of Thailand’s many river villages.

Wat Pho:-
Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is located behind the splendid Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It's the largest temple in Bangkok and famed for its huge and majestic reclining Buddha measured 46 metres long and covered in gold leaf. The Buddha's feet are 3 metres long and exquisitely decorated in mother-of-pearl illustrations of auspicious 'laksanas' (characteristics) of the Buddha.f you've never tried a traditional Thai massage, Wat Pho is a good place to start.
It's quite different to most other forms of therapeutic massage and tends to be invigorating rather than relaxing, incorporating yoga style postures to relieve stress and improve blood circulation. Cost is around 120 baht for half an hour or 200 baht per hour.

Bangkok Waterways:-
Exploring Bangkok Klongs and Canals
Bangkok's history has evolved along the banks of the Chao Phraya River and its adjoining canals. It may no longer be the "Venice of the East" described by early visitors, but the waterways still breathe life into the city.
Winding its way through the heart of the city, the river continues to play an important part in daily life. Every day you see commuters, saffron robed monks and school children speeding by on fast river taxis, overtaking the heavily laden rice barges making their sedate journey upriver.

Night view of the Chao Phraya river:-
For visitors the river provides contrasts of old and new, with many of Bangkok's most revered temples standing alongside warehouses, old wooden houses, new residential blocks and prestigious five star hotels. On the Thonburi side of the river (the original site of Thailand's capital), a network of canals (khlongs), largely unaffected by modern development, still connect the city to the suburbs. And on the Rattanakosin side it is possible to catch river taxis along Khlong Saen Saep, a dirty but important transport artery that cuts through the heart of the modern city.Bangkok's waterways are well worth taking a few hours to explore. And there are many ways to do it, ranging from river cruises and khlong tours to public river taxis and dinner cruises.

Safari World:-
Tours are just incomplete without a visit to the Safari World. Spread over an area of about 300 acres, Safari World Park is divided in to four sections, namely, Safari Park, Bird Park, Games Corner and Macaw Island. A journey through the Safari World will no doubt turn out in to one of the most memorable events of your life. Witness the picturesque African settings with intimate encounters with Dolphins, Orang Utans, Seals, Birds and other such animals and birds at the adventurous Safari World, one of the most popular Bangkok Tourist Attractions.

Kindle your adventurous spirit by watching cowboys and bandits jostling for power and performing life-threatening stunts in the very exciting Hollywood Cowboy Stunt Show. The chirpings of beautiful birds won't remain unheard by the visitors during the Bird Show. Immerse yourself in a romantic mood seeing the lovebirds courting each other at the Bird Show.
Don't miss the ultimate visual extravaganza called Spy War Show at Safari World. Featuring breathtaking Para-trooping stunts coupled with special effects is the great Spy War Live Action Show. Fun loving Seals await your arrival at the Sea
Lion Show at Safari World Park. Tourists are advised to be alert while walking in the Safari World, as none knows when a gorilla comes to welcome you by snatching your stuffs

Dream World:-
Thailand's very own Disneyland! If your family enjoys adrenalin-charged theme parks, make sure you take your kids to Dream World. Divided into imaginative areas like Fantasy Land, Dream Garden and Adventure Land, this fun loaded park is perfect for families.
Roller coasters, a haunted mansion, bumper cars and a Viking boat are just some of the surprises waiting in Adventure Land. In Fantasy Land, kids can climb up a beanstalk to the giant's house, look inside Sleeping Beauty's castle, check out Cinderella's pumpkin carriage, or the pond where the frog turns into a prince.

You can take the monorail around Adventure Land, or ride the waves at Super Splash, the White Water Rapids at Grand Canyon, or test your driving skills on the Go-Kart track. The absolute highlight for Thai kids though is Snow Land (in the middle of a tropical city) which has an enormous snow field where you can ride a sleigh, make a snowman and find out what an igloo is. There is also a daily parade where the kids get to meet their favourite cartoon characters and a Hollywood Action Show with spectacular effects.

The Colours of the World (Snow Town):-
Don't miss this extravaganza! Meet your favourite cartoon characters in the spectacular ‘Colours of the World’ parade. Of course, Dreamy will be in the parade too! Show time: 3:45 p.m., weekends and holidays only.

Siam Ocean World:-
The largest aquarium in Southeast Asia, exhibiting over 30,000 marine animals from all over the world and featuring a wide range of rare and exotic species. Feel like you are walking under the ocean and be amazed with the fascinating underwater world. For the brave and adventurous, the aquarium also offers a ‘Dive with the Sharks Program’ where you can scuba dive in our Oceanarium side by side with sharks and rays. Siam Ocean World also features a state of the art $D theatre that will excite your senses with unexpected surprises.

Cultural Theme Parks – Rose Garden Riverside:-
With 70 acres of manicured gardens, river, lake, elephant enclosures and farm spaces, The Rose Garden Riverside is a celebration of Thailand’s natural bounties. Set anywhere in Thailand, The Rose Garden Riverside would be something special. But to find a property such as this, just a 1-hour drive from Bangkok, is something of a revelation. An attractive show commences daily at 2.15, 2.45 p.m. There is instance, Thai folk dancing, Thai boxing, sword fighting demonstrations, and an elephant show.

Crocodile Farm:-
Located in Samutprakarn, just outside Bangkok, the Crocodile Farm is the brainchild of Thailand’s highly publicised 'Crocodile King’, Mr. Utai Youngprapakorn. Recognised as the world’s largest centre for crocodiles, the Crocodile Farm aims to help preserve crocodiles by breeding them in captivity. The farm also acts as an education and research centre for the conservation of wildlife. The main reason for a visit to the Crocodile Farm is though to see the shows they put on!   It is possible to witness ‘Crocodile Wrestling’ and keepers putting their heads into crocodile’s mouths – quite amazing spectacles. In addition, there are a number of other activities for visitors. ‘Acrobatic elephant’ shows, elephant and camel rides, paddle boats on the lake and a visit to the ‘Monkey Playground’ all serve to keep children thoroughly entertained. Given its location and the amount to be seen and done, a visit to the Crocodile Farm is an all day affair. If you have plenty of time in Bangkok, it is certainly worth a visit.

Sriracha Tiger Zoo
This is well-maintained zoo with hoards of crocodiles, Bengal tigers, camel, deer, scorpions and more.There are four different shows at various times during the day, including crocodile and tiger shows. The Zoo maintains that it is the most successful program for breeding tigers in captivity anywhere in the world. Circus shows include pig racing, ostrich racing, and female performers who wrestle with crocodiles or cover themselves with scorpions.

Khao Kheow Open Zoo
Local in Tambon Bang Phra, This famous zoo operated by the Zoological Garden Organisation and covers the vast tract of the forestland.
Khao Kheow is a magnificent blend of forests, wild animals, bird aviary and responsible animal management. Sponsored by HM Queen Sirikit, the zoo has grown in size, scope and importance. Internationally recognized for its animal management and operations, the zoo has features that make it a great day trip for the entire family. More than 300 species and 8,000 animals populate the 5,000 rai sanctuary. Night Safaritours by auto-trams which is an optional where you can enjoy the a dinner in a natural atmosphere.

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