Suggestions for Daytrips Near Bangkok

Ancient City in Samut PrakanAncient City in Samut Prakan Guidebooks say that this park is full of important monuments and buildings that have been “scaled down”. This gives the misconception that everything is in miniature. That is far from the truth. Everything is big. A number of the buildings are not only full sized but some of them are the real building that have been rescued from demolition. And that is one of the best features of the Ancient City… [more]

Festival at Tattoo TempleFestival at Tattoo Temple I think one of the most bizzare festivals I have ever attended in Thailand was the Tattoo Festival this weekend. This took place at the renowned Wat Bang Phra temple in Nakhon Chaisi, about 50 kms west of Bangkok. This temple is famous for its magically charged tattoos and amulets which can protect its wearer against harm and even speeding bullets…. [more]

Market RailwayThe Market on the Maeklong Railway I have heard stories about the mysterious Maeklong Railway that runs from Bangkok to Samut Songkhram. The railway is not part of the national network. Not only that, but there is only one narrow track which is broken about half way by a river. Here you have to disembark and cross to the other side by boat. Then, at the far end you will find that the train tracks double as a market… [more]

Bangkok BeachBANGKOK BEACH  In the spirit of adventure, I decided to kick off the new month by going somewhere that not many people have gone before. I went to the beach in Bangkok! Yes, you heard right. Bangkok actually has a beachside resort. Not many people know that. It is not even in the Lonely Planet. I first heard about it last year and then I saw a brief mention on tv the other day which reminded me. So, I decided to go and do some exploring…… [more]

Dolphin WatchingDolphin Watching I had first heard about the Irrwaddy dolphins several years back but had never gotten around to going. Apparently they are seasonal and arrive in the Bang Pakong River in November, at the end of the rainy season. They then stay there a full 120 days until February.  [more]

ChachoengsaoTrip to Chachoengsao The main attraction in Chachoengsao is Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan. This lies alongside the Bang Pakong River. The new ordination hall is massive. It has only recently been completed. The spire is an amazing 84 metres high and is probably the tallest ordination hall in Thailand. [more]

Koh Si ChangKoh Si Chang Island The little island I visited today has been on my list of places to visit for a long time. It is not that I have heard spectacular things about this island. It is certainly no Koh Samet. You also cannot really label it “Unseen Thailand” as you will find it in the Lonely Planet, amongst other guidebooks. However, what intrigued me the most is its attractions of historical importance and the fact that not that many people have been there! [more]

Siam Cultural ParkVisit Siam Cultural Park In some ways Siam Cultural Park is a bit like the Ancient City in Samut Prakan. It gives a slice of our cultural heritage with samples of Buddha monuments and Thai architecture. However, they do it in a slightly more controlled and on a smaller scale. It also reminded me of the nearby Thai Human Imagery Museum as there were many fiberglass wax works. [more]

Rose GardenVisit Rose Garden One of the major tourist attractions that can be done as a day trip from Bangkok, is the Rose Garden Riverside in Nakhon Pathom Province. Located along the Tachin River, the 70 acre resort is only an hour’s drive from Bangkok. Foreign tourists mainly go to the Rose Garden to watch the internationally acclaimed Thai Village Cultural Show.  [more]

Siam Park CityVisit Siam Park City The best place in the Bangkok area to relax and have a swim is the massive Siam Park City amusement park. As well as the large swimming park, there are also amusements rides for people of all ages. [more]