Bangkok is a sprawling metropolis visited by thousands of tourists each year. Yet few of them see some of the more interesting and off the beaten path sights that locals favor. This guide, written for both the budget and well-heeled traveler alike, packs in three days worth of exploration, food, and the best that Bangkok has to offer, both on and off the tourist trail, and is researched and written by a local writer with a penchant for exploring the city he loves.
** This guide allows you to make the most of a three day visit to Bangkok, and covers an incredibly wide array of sights, from temples to nature and from sky high bars to transvestite cabarets!
** Detailed instructions and maps are listed with each sight, along with the best transportation options and tips for avoiding Bangkok's notorious gridlock. Nobody wants to waste their holiday wandering in circles or sitting in traffic.
== Some of the sights included ==
** The Grand Palace featuring the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
** Ko Kret Island
** Bang Krachao, Bangkok's Open Green Space
** Queen Saovabha Snake Farm
** Jim Thompson House
** Lots of local dining options
== What does the itinerary include? ==
** Maps of key landmarks including directions
** Key information of each site: opening and closing times, entrance fee, background facts
** Over a dozen photos
** Tips on transportation, food, shopping, money, dress code
** My contact information for any additional information you may need
== Table of Contents ==
** Introduction: How to use this guide, About the author
** The 3-day guide – detailed itinerary of activities, times, locations, transportation, prices, tips
** Extra information:
** Getting into the city from the airport
** Useful local phrases
** Random tips
== Sample from the guide ==
This is only an excerpt from day two of the itinerary. The actual itinerary includes additional pictures and maps.
Bang Krachao, Bangkok’s Green Space – 9:00am – 1:00pm
Bang Krachao—The Lungs of Bangkok
Duration: 4 hours
After a hectic first city day in Bangkok, it is time to discover some nature. While many might think of Bangkok and nature in the same sentence as being an oxymoron, they probably have never heard of Bang Krachao. Bang Krachao is a vast area of green space just across the Chao Phraya River from Klong Toey. The area is also known as “the lungs of Bangkok”, due to the unusual shape the forest takes if seen from a plane, but perhaps also due to the fact that it is the breathing area for a city that is normally horrendously congested, polluted, and overdeveloped.
Originally a settlement for ethnic Burmese Mons, Bang Krachao is made up of orchards and gardens, with only 40,000 residents. A strict local planning code which prohibits things like high rise buildings and factories has kept the area in its pristine state. Just a five minute ferry ride over from the pier in bustling Klong Toey, it is rather strange to look back at megalopolis Bangkok, at a view featuring skyscrapers, a giant portrait of the King, and lots of busy urban goings on, while feeling like one is on a small island somewhere in the south, or perhaps out on a rural country road somewhere up north.
From the Bang Krachao pier, bicycles are available for rent, a perfect way to explore the small raised embankments and elevated pathways that meander around the area. Some of the narrow walkways go through small villages with homes built on wooden stilts, and all having a sense of feeling how Bangkok must have looked fifty or one hundred years ago. Tourists are very far and few in between out here and residents give a very warm reception to visitors.