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Written by admin on January 7th, 2014. Posted in Where to Stay in Bangkok

Bangkok is the center for a wide range of tourism: culture, boat travel, shopping, food,entertainment by day & by night. Bangkok is an enchanting colorful city that attracts many tourists. Each year many travelers from all over the world head to Bangkok for business and travel, especially in November through April which is the high season in Thailand. All accommodations tend to be fully booked during that period. For your convenience, you should plan ahead and make your reservations for a cheap hotel in Bangkok at least a few months in advance.

BangkokThere are many accommodation options in Bangkok. If you are looking for a big, high quality and affordable hotel, you would do well to locate yourself in the business center, which offers great shopping and entertainment. The sky train (BTS) and subway (MRT) provides rapid and easy transit. You will find many excellent downtown hotel choices in the area around Sukhumvit, Silom, and Siam Square.

For a more peaceful, less central situation, you can admire the beautiful scenery along both sides of Chaophraya River. You can travel easily by boat or by road, not far away from areas of historical interest (e.g. The Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaeo). Those travelers desiring a more laid-back experience will appreciate the excellent hotel choices in the Riverside area.

ModernThailand.com has arranged its hotel options in zones as follows, for your convenience in searching on our website.

Route 5 ( About 8 hrs)

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Travel time from Suvarnabhumi Airport to the Erawan Elephant Museum: 1 hour

Erawan
Erawan
Erawan

Spend an hour at the Erawan Elephant Museum, currently the only one of its kind in Thailand. The ornate works of art that adorn this impressive sculpture of Erawan, the three-headed elephant in Hindu mythology, is awe-inspiring. (Erawan is the Thai name for Airvata, the mount of Indra, the Vedic god of the sky, clouds and monsoon, and guardian of the East.)

Their creation of the masterpiece, ‘the elephant at the centre of the universe’, reflects the exquisite craftsmanship of highly skilled Thai artisans. Masters of their craft, each is well-trained and experienced in the ten basic disciplines of traditional Thai art and craft. These are carving, engraving, sculpting, modelling, drawing, lacquerwork, plaster, metal works, moulding and lathing.

For example, the four columns that support the interior are rich in detail. Scenes from Buddhist tales depict the story of the life of Buddha — the enlightened one. According to Buddhist legend, a Bodhisattva, the Buddha-to-be, descended from Heaven to help the world and was reborn as the historical Buddha.

Bright light, symbolic of all that is good in this world, streams through the stained-glass roof.

The fascinating work of art on the interior also reflects a marriage of Eastern and Western styles. The Western interpretation of the solar system is integrated with the beliefs of the exotic East. The Hindu-Buddhist cosmic universe is portrayed with Mount Meru, the mythical peak and ‘abode of the gods’ at the centre, surrounded by seven continents or seven rings of golden mountains. Each is separated from the other by one of seven circular cosmic oceans.
Travel time from the Erawan Museum to the Naval Museum: 15 minutes

 

Spend the next 45 minutes learning about the history of the Royal Thai Navy and major naval battles fought in the past. Accounts of important events such as the battle of Ko Chang, the heroes of Don Noi, and the first submarine to serve the Royal Thai Navy are presented in the form of a special exhibition.

The museum is open Monday to Friday 8.30 a.m. –

4 p.m.

For more information, please call: Tel. 0-2394-1997
Travel time from the Naval Museum to the Ancient City: 20 minutes

the Ancient City
the Ancient City
the Ancient City

Spend the next 2 hours at the Ancient City — the largest outdoor museum in Thailand. The attractions at the Ancient City are spread out over a vast area of 128 hectares. Fortunately, it’s possible to drive from one stop to the next.

Drive past the entrance and journey back in time to a prosperous city, rich in material wealth and culture. Monuments representing various periods in the kingdom’s history are dotted around the site. Learn about the history, culture, religion, art, Thai customs and traditions, past to the present.

Key landmarks range from important royal palaces, temples, chedis or stupas, corn-cob-shaped Khmer-style towers called prang and Khmer-style temple sanctuaries constructed in stone. Traditional Thai houses in the various architectural styles reflect the changing cultural landscape and way of life of the kingdom’s four regions – North, Northeast, South and the Central Plains.

In an effort to preserve the kingdom’s historic landmarks for future generations, a few of these priceless monuments have been completely replicated or resurrected at the Ancient City.

Savour some local cuisine for lunch and shop for local handcrafted or home-made products as well as other merchandise from the four regions on sale at the Floating Market in the Ancient City.
Travel time from the Ancient City to the Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo: 20 minutes

Crocodile
Crocodile

Spend the next 1 hour at the Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo. Promoted as the world’s largest crocodile farm, over 100,000 crocodiles of various sizes are commercially bred. There are hourly crocodile shows from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (with a break at noon). On holidays, there are additional shows at noon and 5 p.m.

In addition, domesticated elephants show off their remarkable intelligence and dexterity during an elephant performance.

For further information, please call

Tel: (0) 2703 4891, (0) 2703 5144-8

Travel time 1 hour:

Depart from the Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo for Suvarnabhumi Airport
Web sites:

Erawan Museum

www.erawan-museum.com

Naval Museum

www.paknam.com/content/view/86/54/

Ancient City

http://www.paknam.com/content/view/92/57/

Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo

http://www.paknam.com/content/view/91/56/

Route 4 ( About 5 hrs )

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Travel time from Suvarnabhumi Airport for the Old Bang Phli Market: 1 hour

Bang Phi
 
Bangphi

Spend 1 hour 30 minutes at the 140-year-old Bang Phli Market. Browse around looking for good buys, particularly souvenirs. Catch a glimpse of the traditional Thai way of life along the picturesque river banks, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Pay respect to Luang Pho To, a sacred Buddha image at Wat Bang Phli Yai Nai temple in Samut Prakan Province, said to one of three legendary Buddha images from whom worshippers sought protection from danger during times of war. All three were bathed with consecrated lustral water and since then have been highly revered.

(Buddhist pilgrims usually visit all three sites to pay homage to Luang Pho Sothon at Wat Sothon Wararam Voravihan temple in Chachoengsao Province and Luang Pho Wat Ban Laem at Wat Phet Samut temple in Samut Songkhram Province in the same trip.)
 

 Travel time from Wat Bang Phli Yai Nai to Wat Bang Phli Yai Klang: 15 minutes

Wat Bang PhliSpend the next 1 hour at Wat Bang Phli Yai Klang. The temple received the blessing of the king in 1935 and is now home to Thailand’s largest reclining Buddha image (approximately 53 metres long, 7.5 metres wide and 18 metres high) built in 1978. The interior of the reclining Buddha image consists of 28 rooms for practicing meditation. The image itself is divided into 4 levels. Level 2 is for practicing meditation; Level 3 houses writings on the life of the Buddha by Ajarn Watchara Sa-ngern, art teacher of Satri Samut Prakan School. Level 4 houses the Buddha image’s ‘heart of gold’.

Travel time from Wat Bang Phli Yai Klang back to Suvarnabhumi Airport: 1 hour

Route 3 (About 7 hrs)

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Travel time from Suvarnabhumi Airport to the Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo: 1 hour

Crocodile
 
Crocodile

 Spend an hour at the Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo. Promoted as the world’s largest crocodile farm, over 100,000 crocodiles of various sizes are commercially bred. There are hourly crocodile shows from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (with a break at noon). On holidays, there are additional shows at noon and 5 p.m.

There’s also time to enjoy a performance by domesticated elephants and for a visit to a dinosaur museum with displays and models of dinosaur skeletons, located on the same premises. A multi-vision slide presentation features human and animal models.

The Crocodile Farm is open every day from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
For further information, contact Tel: (0) 2703 4891, (0) 2703 5144-8
 

 

 

 

 

Travel time from the Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo to Bang Pu seaside resort: 30 minutes

Bang PuSpend an hour enjoying a leisurely lunch at Sukjai Pavilion, by the sea, in the coastal resort of Bang Pu. If there is enough time, drive past a mangrove forest and observe native as well as migratory birds search for food in this rich habitat. 

 

 

 

Travel time from the Bang Pu to the Ancient City: 30 minutes 
 

the Ancient  City
 
the Ancient City
 
the Ancient  City

Spend the next 1 hour 30 minutes at the Ancient City – the largest outdoor museum in Thailand. The attractions at the Ancient City are spread out over a vast area of 128 hectares. Fortunately, it’s possible to drive from one stop to the next.

Drive past the entrance and journey back in time to a prosperous city, rich in material wealth and culture. Monuments representing various periods in the kingdom’s history are dotted around the site. Learn about the history, culture, religion, art, Thai customs and traditions, past to the present.

Key landmarks range from important royal palaces, temples, chedis or stupas, corn-cob-shaped Khmer-style towers called prang and Khmer-style temple sanctuaries constructed in stone. Traditional Thai houses in the various architectural styles reflect the changing cultural landscape and way of life of the kingdom’s four regions – North, Northeast, South and the Central Plains.

In an effort to preserve the kingdom’s historic landmarks for future generations, a few of these priceless monuments have been completely replicated or resurrected at the Ancient City.

Savour some local cuisine for lunch and shop for local handcrafted or home-made products as well as other merchandise from the four regions on sale at the Floating Market in the Ancient City.
 

 

Travel time from the Ancient City back to Suvarnabhumi Airport: 1 hour

Route 2 ( About 5 hrs )

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Travel time from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Khlong Suan Market, Amphoe Bangbo, Samut Prakan Province: 40 minutes

MarketSpend the next 1 hour at Khlong Suan Market.
This old market, which dates back over a century, straddles the two neighbouring provinces – Chachoengsao and Samut Prakan. The market is famous for the delicacies it offers such as braised duck, Chinese sausage, traditional coffee, and Thai sweets. Enjoy the picturesque view of houses along the canal and observe the communal way of life. 

 

Travel time from from Khlong Suan Market to Wat Sothorn Vararam Voraviharn situated in the provincial centre of Chachoengsao Province (Amphoe Mueang):
30 minutes

Wat SothornSpend 20 minutes at Wat Sothorn Vararam Voraviharn temple.
Pay homage to Luang Pho Sothon, a sacred Buddha image highly revered by local residents as well as visitors from out of town. Constructed with marble, the temple was built at a total cost of 2,500 million baht.

Spend the next 30 minutes on a cruise along the Bangpakong River. See the way of life along the river, learn about the history of the Bang Pakong River, and take photos of Wat Sothorn Vararam Voraviharn as a momento of your trip.
 

Travel time to Ban Mai Market: 30 minutes
 Ban Mai

Ban Mai Market is a 100 year-old market on the bank of the Bang Pakong River. Quench your thirst with refreshing fragrant young coconut juice. With dozens and dozens of food vendors, shop-house stalls serving up tempting local delicacies, savoury dishes as well as desserts, you’re spoilt for choice for lunch.

Travel time to Wat Chin Pracha Samosorn shrine: 30 minutes

Wat Uphai   Luang Pho To
at Wat Uphai Phatikaram temple
     

Wat Chin Pracha

Stop at Wat Chin Pracha Samosorn, a Chinese shrine, to pay homage to the God of Luck and at Wat Uphai Phatikaram temple to pay homage to Luang Pho To, one of the three highly respected images in Thailand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel time from Chachoengsao Province back to Suvarnabhumi Airport: 40 minutes

Route 1 ( About 5 hrs.)

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Travel time from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Khlong Suan Market: 40 minutes

MarketSpend 50 minutes at Khlong Suan Market.
This old market, which dates back over a century, straddles the two neighbouring provinces – Chachoengsao and Samut Prakan. The market is famous for the delicacies it offers such as braised duck, Chinese sausage, traditional coffee, and Thai sweets. Enjoy the picturesque view of houses along the canal and observe the communal way of life. Elderly residents of Chinese descent continue to pay respect at the shrine in the market in Chachoengsao Province. Enjoy old-style coffee at Pa Li’s shop, browse for souvenirs and other good buys, including local Thai desserts of Samut Prakan Province. 

Travel time from Khlong Suan Market for Tambon Tha Kham, Amphoe Bangpakong, Chachoengsao Province to see the Irrawaddy dolphins: 45 minutes
 

Dolphin

Spend a total of 2 hours on the cruise.
Arrive at the sub-district of Tambon Tha Kham and rent a fishing boat to see the dolphins at the mouth of the Bang Pakong River and the Gulf of Thailand.

During November to February, every year, families of dolphins swim up the estuary of the Bang Pakong River in search for food. If a gentle breeze blows, individual dolphins can be seen skimming the surface of the water. If it is windy, the dolphins will swim together in a school and ride the choppy waves.

Also enjoy some bird-watching whilst on the river cruise. During the cool season, some 50 species of native and migratory birds seek refuge in the mangrove forests of Bang Pakong.

There are several fisheries en route to the mouth of the river. Watch local fishermen rear fish in floating baskets placed in the river and observe the local way of life.

At the end of the cruise, enjoy a feast of delicious dishes prepared from freshly-caught fish and seafood for either lunch or dinner.

Travel time from Tambon Tha Kham back to Suvarnabhumi Airport: 45 minutes

TIPS AND ADVICE FOR
RESPONSIBLE IRRAWADDY-DOLPHIN WATCHING

- The best time of the day to see the Irrawaddy dolphins is in the morning before 9.00 a.m. when they are most active feeding on the catfish and there is a higher chance of sightings.
– Dolphins are also easier to see at high tide. Later in the day, they seem to spend more time ‘playing’ further out in the bay.
– Keep as quiet as possible. (Boatmen should turn down the engine to a slow idle.)
– Once dolphins have been spotted, boatmen should approach from downstream of the dolphins.
– As responsible tourists, please discourage boatmen from pursuing or chasing the dolphins.
SWIMMING WITH WHALES AND DOLPHINS
Whale and dolphin behavior is not thoroughly understood. Experts advise that it is best to observe the animals without entering the water in order to protect yourself and the animals. Please refrain from jumping into the water and/or make attempts to swim with or touch the dolphins.

Recommended Sight-Seeing Programms for Transit Passengers

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Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok’s new international airport, is located on Bangna-Trat Road in Bang Phli District of Samut Prakan Province, approximately 25 kilometres from the heart of Bangkok.

If you’re waiting for a connecting flight and are ‘in transit’ for five to eight hours or if you’re seeing someone off on a morning flight and have several hours to spare before driving back to the airport to meet people arriving on a return flight later in the day, the provinces nearby Suvarnabhumi Airport offer some interesting attractions. These can be covered in half-day or full-day sight-seeing programmes.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand recommends a choice of five different sightseeing itineraries and routes featuring a range of tourist attractions and destinations in the neighbouring provinces of Samut Prakan and Chachoengsao. Each is within an-hour’s drive from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

How to Plan Your Trip

Written by admin on January 7th, 2014. Posted in Travel Articles

Bangkok is the usual gateway for most travellers, and you should plan on three or five days in the capital. This should allow sufficient time for seeing the major sights such as the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Arun, Wat Pho and Vimanmek Mansion. Perhaps also a trip along the Chao Phraya River or a shopping jaunt to Chatuchak Weekend Market.

You might also take an out-of-town excursion (Ayutthaya or Kanchanaburi are top choices). Check out some of the suggestions listed in the Bangkok Travel Guide.

If a beach vacation is your priority, Bangkok could be followed by a week at Phuket or Samui Island, which offer the most exotic settings. Should your time be limited, the resorts of Pattaya, Rayong, Cha-am and Hua Hin are closer to the capital.

For a different scene, northern Thailand affords plenty of scope for both cultural sightseeing and refreshing escapes into the countryside. Chiang Mai is the best base for exploring the region, offering its own sights as well as numerous hiking and trekking options, and a stay of three or four days gives a good introduction. If you have more time, overnight visits to Mae Hong Son or Chiang Rai are well worthwhile.

Travellers who already know Thailand will find the Northeast region rewarding. The most traditional part of our country, it is best toured by car or bus allow five to seven days.

Thailand further provides excellent facilities for sporting vacations – golf, scuba diving, yachting, and mountain biking. A two-week stay gives time for general sightseeing and special interest activities. Click here for more details of Activities and Adventure Travel. 

The variations for a visit to Thailand are endless, and perhaps the best advice to bear in mind when arranging your trip is to plan on coming back.

Best Time to Visit Thailand

Written by admin on January 7th, 2014. Posted in Travel Articles

Where? and When?

No matter where in the world you are going to travel to, you need to find out the answer to these 2 questions before making the trip. Going to the right place at the right time will make your trip more worthwhile and more impressive.

Generally, the best time to visit Thailand is between November to February which is the cool season. However, because of the diversity in landscape, tradition and culture, Thailand can be visited at all time of the year if you know where to go and when is the right time for that.

Seasons

When traveling to each part of Thailand, you should also consider the season and the weather at a particular time of the year for a perfectly enjoyable trip.

The Central and the East

Summer begins in about March or April, during which the weather is quite hot. From the end of May to October is rainy season. November to February is wintertime. Actually the weather is cold only for a few days and it may even be hot for the rest of the time. 

 The North and the Northeast

There are 3 seasons at the same period of time as in the Central. However, winter in these 2 regions is colder than in other parts of the country. On top of the mountains, particularly, may get as cold as 0°C. Winter (November – January) is the best time to visit the North and the Northeast because it is the blooming season and the weather is most beautiful. 

The South

Unlike other regions, there are only 2 seasons in the South—summer and rainy season. There is more rain here during rainy season than in anywhere else in the country.

In the south, the peninsula lays southwards separating the Thai Gulf in the east from the Andaman Sea in the west. The best time for the West Side (Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi) is during November to April. Apart from that is the time of monsoon season which makes it difficult and dangerous to take a boat to visit the islands. The good time for the East Side of the coast (Koh Samui, Hat Yai), on the contrary, is during May to October.
 

If you want to visit both sides of the coast—the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, we recommend making the trip during March to April.

Holidays and Long Weekends

Visiting Thailand during traditional fairs and events is an opportunity to see and learn about Thai culture and way of life. However, during important festivities with long holidays, people will flux out of Bangkok for vacations. People from other provinces who work in Bangkok also take these times to visit their families back home. Touristic places will be crowded with tourists. Hotels and resorts will be all taken. 


Click here to check Thailand’s Public Holidays. 

If you love calm, quiet nature, you should avoid traveling during these times or just change your peaceful schedule to see more in Bangkok instead. (There will be no traffic in Bangkok during these times for sure.)
But if you want to witness traditional festivities, you should depart prior to the holidays and make a reservation for hotels and tickets about a month ahead of time.  


Click here to make a hotel reservation with us. You will get a great discount here. 

Also avoid making the trip back to Bangkok on the last day of the holidays or long weekends when a huge number of people is heading back to Bangkok at the same time.

Bangkok Airport: Site Plan

Written by admin on January 7th, 2014. Posted in Bangkok (Suwannaphum) Airport

Bangkok Suwannaphum Airport Site Plan