by bellatwix on 24/02/10 at 8:56 am
I’ve been to Bangkok several times and these are the places I go to see over and over again. It is also a great place to go crazy shopping.
Bangkok is one of my favorite places to visit. One time, on a whim during the Christmas holidays, my partner and I just hopped on a plane to Bangkok without any hotel reservations. It was the most fun I had. Here are my places to see.
The Jim Thompson House is located right in the center of Bangkok at 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road very near the National Stadium. It can be reached via the BTS (Bangkok Skytrain) getting off at the National Stadium station. It used to be the home of JW Thompson, an American entrepreneur who founded the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company. Jim Thompson disappeared in 1967 while on a holiday inPahang , Malaysia. A foundation (the James H.W. Thompson Foundation) was established to administer his house that has been turned into a national museum. Admission is 100 Baht for adults, small children go in free. It showcases the Thai-style house made of teak wood and the extensive collection of furniture, paintings, and ceramics from Burma, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. The house is made up of six traditional Thai houses which were bought from their owners and brought to the present location and put together to become one house. A canal is at the back of the house with a dock where you can take a boat to go where you want instead of using the streets. A showroom displays and sells Thai silk and a variety of tourist items such as bags, t-shirts, key chain, etc. There is a bar and restaurant that serves excellent authentic Thai food. You can eat outside by the canal or inside on couches. The Tom Kha Gai (coconut-based soup) is a must try!
The Grand Palace was built in 1782 and was the home of the Thai kings. It includes several buildings with beautiful Thai architecture. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is found in the outer court. In the 20th century though, the Thai king no longer resided at the Grand Palace. The halls are now reserved for important ceremonial functions. There is a strict dress code that is strictly followed. Men must wear long pants and shirts with long sleeves. Women must be modestly dressed, skirts must be below the knee and no see through or sleeveless tops. And definitely no flipflops. Admission is 300 Baht.