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1st time in Bangkok for 3-4 days

Help! We are spending 3 nights and 4 days in Bangkok, first timers.

What are the must sees or dos given that short period of time? And what is the best way to see/do them?

Any help appreciated.

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1. Re: 1st time in Bangkok for 3-4 days

Hi Bandicoot

Just came back from 2 days there (work trip) so had very limited time but thought I would tell you the shopping is awesome, try MBK centre (National Stadium skytrain stop), all the Polo/Billabong/Mambo/Roxy t shirts you pay Aus$50 for in Sydney are about AUS$8, same for boardshorts, surf caps, jeans etc. all look authentic too. Try street stalls for fake bags/wallets etc, found a good market up near Amari Watergate Hotel. Skytrain is easy to get around, taxis are very cheap, you need to get a Thai hotel person to write your destination in Thai script then you will be fine. Weather is a challenge hot & very humid. Found absolutely no hassles on the streets (woman travelleing alone). You will enjoy.

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The Grand Palace is the main attraction and a tour takes about 45 minutes to an hour,you can also hire a Thai guide for a small fee is is recommended and very informative,you must wear long pants.

A cruise up the Chao Praya River is well worth it but you must go to a numbered pier,1-35,and it will cost you about B20.If you ask a taxi driver to take you to the river,he will take you to a private pier and you will be conned into taking a trip up the river for around B1,000 and the taxi driver gets a commisssion.

If you are in BKK on a weekend,check out the Chatuchak weekend market,it's huge and best to get there early.MBK shopping centre is also very good and also Siam Square.

A daytrip to Kanchanaburi is one of my favourite daytrips and this includes a visit to the Bridge on the River Kwai,war cemetry,Death Railway,a lontail boat ride up the River Kwai and a Thai Buffet Lunch,it's a long day,from 6AM to 6pm but well worth it.We went with Nana Tours and it cost around B1,000 and they pick you up and drop you off at your hotel.

For other ideas,check out sawadee.com

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3. Re: 1st time in Bangkok for 3-4 days

hi John07 and Ibis,

Thanks for the prompt replies.

Very helpful.

Are there any matters we ought to be on guard against?

The tip about the river tour is helpful given that someone who jsut returned (as a first timer!!) told us precisely the opposite - ie get a cab to the pier, and get away from the hoi polloi - but we'll take your advice about being conned that way.

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4. Re: 1st time in Bangkok for 3-4 days

you can go around BKK with various means of transportation.

you can go by river taxi to see GP/Wat Po/Wat Arun.

Taxi to Teakwood and JT.

Skytrain to shop at MBK and weekend market.

or take a private tour to see them all.

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5. Re: 1st time in Bangkok for 3-4 days

Thanks fabtrav for those directions.

We have booked into Ibis Siam.

Is that a wise choice, or should I have asked this forum first?

It's just that I got a good deal on a website - in the end costing about 950 bahts a night including buffet breakfast - and I jumped at it.

Is that well located for those destinations mentioned?

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