Monday, July 4, 2016

Famous and hidden markets in Bangkok

See the locations on Bangkok Markets Google Map. And here you get the kmz-file for download for Google Earth.

Bangkok has the markets well known from the tourist guides – and it has more hidden markets, where you join the Thai daily life. An overview by districts:

Bangkok Noi บางกอกน้อย

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Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market ตลาดน้ำคลองลัดมะยม: This market is hidden from the tourist mainstream, but already well known by Thais for sanuk on weekends. Locals sell organic vegetables, cooked food and a big variety of home-made desserts, and also handicrafts full of phantasy. Boat trips along the canal are offered as well as a trail trough a coconut plantation. There are boat tours lasting an hour or two or even a half day. See pictures. Read how senior resident Chuan Chuchan established this floating market in a story by Patsinee Kranlert of Bangkok Post.

Find your way: The market is located on Bang Ramat Road (off Bang Khae-Bang Bua Thong Outer Ring Highway). Take No. 146 Bus to Kanchanaphisek Road and stop at the offices of Samakom Chao Pak Tai (Association of People from the South). Then take a 15-minute songthaew to Bang Ramat Road.

Open: On weekends and public holidays from 9:30am to 4pm.

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Funny local handicrafts

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Taling Chan Floating Market ตลาดน้ำตลิ่งชัน: Want to see a tourist floating market? Then you go to Damnoern Saduak, as many guides advise you. But if you want to see a floating market, where the local people will go, then Taling Chan market in Bangkok Noi is fine for you.

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Some vendors slide their boats along the banks offering fruits, vegetables, food and desserts. You eat what you buy at tables on one of the floating restaurants or at the pier and you enjoy music and classical Thai dancing. The tables ar low and you sit on the floor - as Thais always do, when they are eating in traditional style. You find here the atmosphere of a traditonal waterside community with teakwood houses, farms, vegetable gardens, orchards and temples. Read this background article of Bangkok Post and this feature of BKMagazine

Find your way: After Pinklao Bridge, on Khlong Chak Phra (คลองชักพระ), also known as Klong Bangkhunsri.

Open: Saturday and Sunday from 9 am till 6 pm.

Bang Krachao บางกระเจ้า

Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market ตลาดน้ำบางน้ำผึ้ง: A weekend floating market with food and desserts from the local area and mire than 200 shops. Here you get Thongmuan sod (Golden Crispy Rolls), a local dessert speciality. Or you find fresh vegetables and fruits leaves of krathin (lead tree), Krajeabdaeng (roselle), talingpling (bilimbi) and chompoo mamiew (Malay apple). You can also rent bicycles and hire boats to row along Khlong Bang Nam Phueng, body and foot massage are available too. Read more about Thai sweets and an article about the market. And see a picture. Seven houses invite guests for homestay for 250 Baht per night and person. For reservations call 089 807 2501 (Arporn).
Find your way: From King Rama IX Bridge turn left to Suksawat Road. turn left to Nakhon Khuan Khan Road, drive nearly to its end at Chao Phraya River, turn left to Phetchahueng Road and turn right to Wat Bang Nam Phueng Road. If you don't go by car, you take a ferry from Wat Khlong Toey Nok to Bang Krachao and then a motorcycle taxi.
Open: Weekends 8 am to 2 pm. Night market Friday to Sunday from 4 to 10 pm.

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Read more about Bang Krachao บางกระเจ้า - the lungs of Bangkok

Banglamphu บางลำพู

Banglamphu Market: Clothing, household items and sweets in Phra Sumen Road, Tanao Street and Chakrabongse Street. Great food stalls, as you can read on mmm-yoso!!!. See also Wat Bowonniwet, it has a quiet Temple garden.

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Picture © Juan Pablo

Find your way: From Chao Phraya River leave at Phra Athit Pier.
Open: From 10 am to 7 pm.

Thewet Flower Market ตลาดเทเวศร์: Potted plants, flowers and related items.
Find your way: Off the intersection of Samsen road and Krung Kasem road. From Chao Phraya river you leave at Tha Thewet pier.

A lot of orchids at Thewet flower market, picture by © mookE

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Thewet wet market, picture by © _perSona_

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Bang Phli อำเภอ บางพลี

Bang Phli Floating Market ตลาดโบราณร้อยปี: Some people took an unvolontary bath, when a walkway in Bang Phli Floating market crashed in July 2016. So this market in Samut Prakan got a little bit more attention.

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Picture by Paul_the_Seeker

Normally not many Westerners make it to this market, which was established more than 150 years ago by Chinese traders. Therefore you manage to find traditional Thai food here, as well as locally produced fruit and vegetables. There are no boats selling goods but a wooden walkway is laid along both sides of the Samrong Canal where shop houses are located. In the early morning - before 7am - you will see Buddhist monks paddling their boats to collect alms. In May 2014 a fire destroyed thirty shophouses. At the Wat Bang Phli Yai Nai temple there is the famed Luang Pho To image which, according to legend, floated down the canal and was rescued by local people. During Rab Bua Festival (Lotus Throwing Festival) a replica of the image is taken for a morning cruise along the canal during a floating procession of wooden boats at 7 am on the final day of this festival. The crowds throw lotuses at all of the boats, but especially at the boat carrying Luang Phor Toh. The festival takes place in September or October, depending on the Moon calendar. On weekends it is possible to make a boat tour and visit some temples, for example Wat Bang Phli Yai Klang with the longest reclining Buddha in Thailand, only 500 metres from the market away. See also this video and read a report by Richard Barrow and see this gallery of Bang Phli Market ตลาดบางพลี.
Find your way: Bang Phli Floating Market is near Suvarnabhumi Airport. Take a taxi to Wat Bang Phli Yai Nai, where the market starts. Open: During the week, but more lively on Saturdays and Sundays, 8 am till 5 pm.

Bangrak บางรัก
Bangrak Market ตลาดบางรัก: Flower- and food-market with meat, seafood, fruits and clothes. On Sundays there is a stamp market in front of the General Post Office.
Find your way: On Charoen Krung road near the Shanri-La hotel.
Open: From early in the morning till sunset.

Chatuchak จตุจักร

Chatuchak Weekend Market ตลาดจตุจักร Chatuchak is the mother of all markets, big, bigger, biggest. Plan to stay a day! At around 10 000 stalls you can buy everything, what you imagine. If you imagine something, that they don’t have, it does not exist. Crafts, antiques, household goods, handmade silk, clothes, musical instruments, vinyl records, pets, birds and pythons, plants, and of course a lot of food and drinks. The prizes are not fixed – you have to bargain, with your brightest smile. But it is not usual to bargain, when you buy food. And when you see fashion, then be aware, that you can find better pieces on Pratunam Market. You will meet here 200 000 other visitors every Saturday and Sunday – and among them some pickpockets, so keep safe your pockets. Take a free map at the information centres first.

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See video of Chatuchak Market by kumosuke01jp

Find your way: Skytrain to Mo Chit station, exit the stairs at the right side. You can also go by metro and leave at Chatuchak Park station.
Open: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am to 6 pm. Map and Guide

Major Ratchayothin Market: Wholesale market selling inexpensive clothing, fashion accessories and watches, bordering Phahonyothin Road. Next to Major Cineplex Ratchayothin.

Find your way: Bangkok Metro's Phahon Yothin Station, about one kilometer away, is the nearest station. There catch a Tuktuk. And bus number 543 stops at the market.
Open: Everyday from 16 to 23 pm.

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Ratchayothin Market in the night

Chinatown and Little India

Chinatown: The markets with food, clothes, chinese herbs, spices, toys and more you find in the small streets (soi) around Yaowarat Road (เยาวราช), especially in Sampaeng Lane ตลาดสำเพ็ง also called Soi Wanit.

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See video of Sampaeng Lane by Scott O'Reilly and video of people on Sampaeng Lane by y23232323jp.

Talat Kao ตลาดเก่าบุคคโล is a Chinese food market with many restaurants nearby. Chefs from Chinese restaurants in Bangkok rush to this food heaven every day to find ingredients. Delicacies you should try: Dim Sum, Teachew-style steamed Chinese mullet, shark fin in red sauce, stir-fried noodles, casserole pork in noodles soup, rice with boiled chicken, rice with crispy pork or duck toppings, bird's nest soup, lotus root juice and toasted chestnuts (called Kaolat). And then of course you can shop for gold in over 100 shops on Thanon Sai Thong (Gold Street), which ist the other name for Yaowarat. The unit of weight for gold is the baht (not to be confused with the Thai currency). Gold jewellery must be 96.5 per cent pure. The oldest gold shop is Tang Toh Kang on Mangkorn Road. Here the jewellery is still made by hand, while other goldsmiths use machines, and here you find a private museum on two floors, where you discover sets of porcelain statuettes of Fu Lu Shou, the three Chinese deities that represent happiness, wealth and longevity. Here, too, are old goldsmithing tools, postcards, weighing scales made from wood plus various sizes and types of moulds, ring- and belt-buckle blocks. If you want to visit the museum call first. call 02-224-2422, 02-622-8640/2 or 02-252-2898 or visit Tang Toh Kang. Have also a look at the Old Siam Plaza, an old Bangkok style Shopping Centre, selling gems, jewellery, handicrafts and food and sweets.
Find your way: Go by boat on Chao Phraya River, Stopp at Ratchawong Pier and walk up Ratchawong Road to Sampaeng Lane or Yaowarat Road. Or you go by metro to Hualompong station. Map of Chinatown
Open: Weekdays from 9 am to 6 am.

Read more: Explore the heart of Chinatown.

Nakhon Kasem Market, also called Thieves Market: Second hand market for Thai and Chinese antiques or fakes, porcelain and musicinstruments. One the thieves sold their goods here, but today no more.
Find your way:The Market ist between Yaowarat and Charoen Krung Road. Go by boat on Chao Phraya River, Stopp at Ratchawong Pier and walk up Ratchawong Road to Sampaeng Lane or Yaowarat Road. Or you go by metro to Hualompong station.

Saphan Han Market ตลาดสะพานหัน: A labyrinth of small streets full of food stalls, clothes, fabrics, gold and watches at the banks of Klong Rob Krung. Read more.

Pahurat market ตลาดพาหุรัด: Pahurat is the center of a small community of Indian Siks, Bangkoks little India. The market, a labyrinth of shops and vendors, has a wide range of colorful fabrics, sarongs, textiles and clothes, you dring Chai tea and listen to Sitar Music. Chakraphet Road is famous for its Indian restaurants and shops with Indian sweets. If you are looking for North Indian cuisine and Indian breads (Naan and Tandoori Roti), you head to the Royal India Restaurant. Read more.
Find your way: You can walk from Chinatown, just go to the west end of Yaowarat Road. Or you leave Chao Phraya River Express boat at Pier Saphaan Phut and walk.
Open: Weekdays from 9 am to 6 om. Pahurat Map

Don Muang ดอนเมือง

Ying Charoen Market ตลาดยิ่งเจริญ in Saphan Mai: Fresh food and cheap clothes.
Find your way:Take a taxi from Skytrain-Stations Mo Chit or Or Tor Kor. A Thai massage center, a coffee shop, and a video game center are there too.
Open:6 am till 8 pm every day.

Khlong San คลองสาน

Klong San Market ตลาดคลองสาน : Klong San means clothing, shoes and accessoires for young ladies. Rows of shops selling shoes are flanked by small shophouses selling more shoes, T-shirts, handbags, etc. There are some riverside restaurants, and there is Riverside Shopping Center nearby.
Find your way:Take a boat on Chao Phraya River and leave at Klong San Pier. And you'll be in the market. Map Klong San
Open: From 7 am to 10 pm.

Khlong Toey คลองสาน

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Klong Toey Market ตลาดคลองสาน: It's not for tourists, it's for locals, it can be bloody: Klong Toey used to be the slaughtering center for the live animals, that were brought to Bangkok - so be prepared for a raw food market with all kind of meat, seafood, vegetables and household items, close to the port of Bangkok. Many Isaan workers in Bangkok shop here, because its cheap. Plan to be here at around 6 pm, when the locals do their shopping on the way from work to home. Here you can smell the market: Blog Eating Asia Be aware, that Klong Toei is a slum, where poor workers live. Some background: Blog Bangkok's Secret
Find your way:Leave MRT Metro at Queen Sirikit Convention. walk to the South side of Rama IV Road , turn East and you'll be at the start of the market area. Klong Toey Map

Min Buri มีนบุรี

Kwan-Riam Floating Market ตลาดน้ำขวัญ เรียม: Bangkoks newest floating market (opened 2012) sells specialities from various provinces: "Dried noodles made from flour and fish meat, a popular souvenir from Nakhon Si Thammarat; grilled chicken from Betong, the southernmost district in Yala; naem neung (Vietnamese-style pork balls wrapped in rice paper, served with fresh herbs and vegetables) from Nong Khai; extra-large roti from Satun; khao kriab pla (fish-flavoured crackers) from Pattani; cloth bags and purses from Bangkok's Lat Krabang district; and earthenware pots from Koh Kret in Nonthaburi", writes Bangkok Post. It lies on Khlong Saen Saep, dug 175 years ago, during the reign of King Rama III, between two Buddhist temples, Wat Bamphen Nua and Wat Bampheng Tai. This Khlong is known for the express boats operating between Phan Fah Bridge (off Ratchadamnoen Avenue) to Bang Kapi, run by a company called Family Transportation. Her founder, Chaowalit Metayaprapas, had the idea of constructing the floating market in a nowadays neglected area of the Khlong. Now there are 170 shop units and several restaurants operating from old wooden boats permanently fixed to the banks of the canal. The market opens on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 7am to 8pm. People who want offer alms to the monks gather on the banks of the canal at 7.30 am. The monks will arrive on boats. And the visitors can do boat tours too, children from the temple school act as guides. Bus stop Ramkhamhaeng Road (bus numbers 58, 113, 143, 152, 113, 168, 173, 514 and 519). From the busstop take a Tuktuk. You can also reach the market by Khlong Saen Saeb Express boats (stop at Wat Bamphen Nuea Pier).

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Bridge over Khlong Saen Saeb to Kwan-Riam Floating Market

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Sweets on the boat

Nonthaburi นนทบุรี

Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market ตลาดบางคูเวียง: Bang Khu Wiang (บางคูเวียง) offers farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and more. Also monks come here in the early morning. Traditional Thai life.
Find your way: Rent a boat from Chang Pier in Bangkok, ask to be taken to Noi-Khlong Om-Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market. It takes 1 hour for around 300 Baht. A cheaper way: You take a boat from Wat Chalo Pier to Bang Kruai (5 baht, 45 minutes), which runs from 5 am to 8 pm every 15 minutes. From there it is a 10-minute boat ride to the market. Or take a ferry from Nonthaburi Pier (Phibun Songkhram II) for 45 minutes. A chartered boat takes only half an hour at the cost of 300 baht.
Open:4am to 8am

Nonthaburi Market: Food, clothing and more. One of the largest markets around Bangkok after Chatuchak.
Find your way:From Chaophraya River you leave at Nonthaburi Pier. Walk 400 metres down Pratcharat Road and the market is on your right.

Satay grilling, picture by © phil.lees

Phra Kanong พระโขนง

Phra Kanong Marketตลาดพระโขนง: Read this blog Phra Kanong Market

Pom Prap Sattru Phai ป้อมปราบศัตรูพ่าย

Bo-bae Market ตลาดโบ๊เบ๊: Bo-bae towers are a five-floor complex with wholesale of clothes. From here you cross Krung Kasem Road and one of the bridges to Bo-bae market. There are old charming shophouses. See wunderful pictures in this blog
Find your way: Leave Skytrain at National Stadium station and take a tuk-tuk or a taxi.
Open: 9 am to 4 pm.

Pratunam ประตูน้ำ

Pratunam market ตลาดประตูน้ำ:Where the thai lady boys go for hot boots and where Thai and international traders from India and Middle East look for bargains, nice design and fake brands for their shops and boutiques, Pratunam (ประตูน้ำ) is Bangkoks largest clothing market and one of the inexpensive places. There are not only hundreds of small vendors, but also Shopping Malls as Bai Yoke Garment complex, Indra Square and City Complex. If you don't find on the streets, what you are looking for, go inside the covered areas. And don't miss the not expensive restaurant at the 76th and 78th floor in Baiyoke Sky Hotel, from where you have a great panoramic view.

See video of Pratunam Market by Ippesoda

Find your way:Take Skytrain to Ratchathewi station from there, go down the stairs at right hand, take a right at the next main intersection and walk down Phetchaburi. You will see Platinum Fashion Mall, the market is directly across the street. Or leave Skytrain at Chidlom station, turn north (right) at the Gaysorn Plaza corner and walk past Big C and Central World to next intersection. Pratunam Map
Open:24 hours, stalls during the day, outdoor stalls during the night.

Nai Loet Market: Also called Nai Lert, near Pratunam market, you just go down Phetburi road. A smaller kind of Chatuchak Market.

Phra Nakhon พระนคร

Saphan Phut Night Market ตลาดกลางคืนสะพานพุทธ: Also called Memorial Bridge Market. You finde here the Night Market. It starts at sunset. The streets are closed for traffic then. You enjoy meals at the noodle stalls and find a lot of cheap fashion and household items. It's the place, where the teenagers with a limited budget find their clothes.
Find your way:From bus stop opposite MBK center take bus no. 7gor ( No. 7 followed with Thai script.) the last stop is at Saphan Phut. From Khaosan Road take a bus no.42 and leave at Saphan Put, before the bus crosses the bridge.

Pak Khlong Market ปากคลองตลาด: On Chak Phet Street and in side streets, close to Memorial Bridge, you find Bangkoks best smelling market. Pak Khlong is a wholesale market for vegetables, fruits and flowers, but also a consumers market. The wholesale area is concentrated near the river. Go between 2 am and 4 am to see, how boats on the Chao Phraya River and trucks bring all the fresh things.

Pak Khlong Market, picture by © Faisal

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Roses, picture by © LightOnDude

An impressive flower shop, picture by © LightOnDude

Old market hall, picture by © Aurélien

Find your way: From Chao Phraya River leave at pier Tha Saphan Phut. Download for Google Map/Google Earth.
Open: From 2 am to 10 am.

Rattanakosin รัตนโกสินทร์

Tha Prachan Amulet Market ตลาดท่าพระจันทร์: If you need protection from danger or are looking for good furtune: For everything there is an amulet or a talisman, the tiny images that Thais bear around their necks or hang in their cars. An amulet (Thai name: pra) bears the visage of one of many famous monks. Talisman (called kreung rang) include holy symbols as Buddhas, monkeys, buffalos, elephants and phalluses.
Find your way:Na Phra That Road, across from the Wat Mahathat temple. From Chao Phraya River leave bot at Tha Phra Chan Pier. Map Tha Phra Chan

See also:
Back to old times in Chachoengsao

And read Life's Larders, an article in Bangkok Post about the different types of markets.

Discover more in Bangkok:
Your Guide to Bangkok

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Bombing at Erawan Shrine: Was there a bomb under Chao Phraya Princess Pier before?

Did the bombers of Erawan Shrine first plant a bomb at Chao Phraya Princess Pier in Bangkok, where hundreds of Chinese tourists gather each day to board dinner cruises along the river? The bomb planted at Erawan Shrine on August 17 in 2015 killed 20 people, mostly ethnic Chinese. Now reporters of Reuters cite the military indictment, according to which a first attempt at Chao Phraya Princess Pier (River City pier) failed.

Yusufu Mieraili and Adem Karadag, the two suspects arrested last year by Thai police after the attack at Erawan shrine, are Uighur Muslims from China's Xinjiang region. The two suspects appeared in a Bangkok military court on February 16 to hear the charges against them, including murder and illegal possession of explosives. Both men say they are innocent. Read more.

The motive for the bombing is still uncleared. But speculations have centred on revenge, because Thailand repatriated 109 Uighurs to China in July 2015.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Good Morning Old Bangkok 8:
Charoen Krung Road is reborn

"Charoen Krung, the oldest road in Thailand, has adapted to becoming the new cool": This article in Bangkok Post shows, how old shophouses became hotspots of a new urban life. So let's show them here. Let's have a look at Maitri Chit Road (Soi Nana) first.

Tep Bar: 69-71 Soi Nana, Maitri Chit Road. In this former school building you can attend to a Thai traditional music and ranad (Thai xylophone) live show and drink different kinds of yadong (herbal liquor).

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El Chiringuito: Soi Nana 221. Owners Sudaporn Sae-ia and her Spanish husband Victor Hierro have opened a Tapas bar.

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Cho Why: Soi Nana 17. A collaborative, cross-disciplinary project space, run by Victor Hierro and friends. It hast hosted activities like markets, dance parties, workshops, performances and expositions.

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In May 2017 TCDC (Thailand Creative and Design Centre) is moving to Charoen Krung Road inside an old post office building (The Grand Postal Building 1160 Charoenkrung Road). The organisation aims to foster Thailand's creative potential by providing exhibition space and resources, including Asia’s largest design library. "We don’t want to just move there but form a community," says Laistrooglai according to "We aim to turn Charoen Krung Road into a creative district."

Opposite the Grand Postal Building is Charoen Krung Soi 45, where you come across Outlaw Creative Cuisine. Co-owner and French chef Romain Guiot keeps his offerings "simple yet delicious", as Bangkok Post describes it.

Outlaw Creative Cusine, see more pictures on instagram

If you start at Taksin Bridge BTS Station you will come across Chiew Eng Buai, a Chinese shrine.

From the shrine you pass to Charoen Krung Soi 50. Here you find a Vintage Loft-style hostel named Glur Hotel Bangkok.

Glur Hostel, see more pictures on instagram

The famous Bang Rak Market is located between Choroen Krung Soi 46 and 42.

Bangrak Market, see more pictures on instagram

Later you will arrive at Wat Suan Plu. Located on Charoen Krung Soi 42/1, the temple is home to an architectural masterpiece built in the early Ratanakosin period and recognized in 2002 by the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage.

A wander from Wat Suan Plu through the busy street brings you to Assumption College and the principal Roman Catholic Church of Thailand. Designed by French architects, the church of the Archdiocese of Bangkok is crafted of marble and adorned with stained glass imported from France, Singapore, and Italy.

Across from Charoen Krung Soi 49 you find "The Hobbyist Café". Wood furnishings in natural shades paired with white walls make the interior warm and inviting.

See fantastic collection of pictures of Charoen Krung on instagram.

Read also:
7 reasons to visit Soi Nana, Yaowarat by Lifestyle Asia
Soi Nana On the Craft & Jumble Trail by by Bangkok 101
A Day Trip Through Charoen Krung

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Authorities downplay IS Terror Warning for Phuket and Thailand, but beef up Security

It has emerged that the Russian Intelligence Service FSB has warned Thailand, that terrorists could have arrived in Phuket and travelled on to other places in Thailand. According to FSB 10 Syrians connected to Islamic State (IS) entered the Kingdom in October with a possible plan to attack Russian interests, reports The Nation. Thaiöands security authorities boosted safety measures in the capital and many provinces. PM's Office Minister Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana said that Russia had exchanged information with Thailand and wanted the Thai side to check the accuracy of the information on whether the Syrians had entered Thailand. "Thai authorities looked into the information and as of yesterday, we found no clues on Russia's concerns," he said.

The Governor of Phuket, Jamleran Tipayapongtada, said that all military, police and other authorities were aware of the reports and had intensified security precautions, as reports. "Everybody who lives on Phuket or is visiting Phuket can help," he said. '"Please let police know if you see something that is not quite right."
Targets for terrorists could be Phuket, Khao San Road in Bangkok and the walking street in Pattaya. But experts as Thammasat University Middle East specialist Jaran Maluleemsay say, that Thailand could also not be the target but a safe hub for terrorists, reports The Nation.

Also in Malaysia police have beefed up security, particularly around places associated with Russian and Western interests, which the reports indicated the militants were likely to target, writes Thai PBS.

Malaysia's police said on Saturday that it had arrested five people, including a European employed as a teacher, on suspicion of links with militant groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, reports Reuters.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Bombing at Erawan shrine: They point at the Uigurs

Who was behind the bombing at Erawan shrine in Bangkok on August 17, that cost twenty lifes? More and more annaouncements of Thailands Police point at people with connections to China's ethnic Uighur minority.

A man, carrying a Chinese passport in the name Abudureheman Abudusataer (also known as "Izan" or "Ishan"), may have directed the Aug 17 bombing of the Erawan shrine according to the police. He left Thailand on Aug 16 for Bangladesh.Information gathered by Thai police and Bangladeshi officials showed that the man departed Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, on Aug 30 and travelled to Istanbul in Turkey as his final destination, via New Delhi and Abu Dhabi, as Bangkok Post reports.

Several of the 12 bombing suspects for whom arrest warrants have been issued are believed to be Turkish.

Two suspects in the Erawan bombing case were moved from Min Buri prison to the 11th Military Circle for 12 days of detention on Monday: Adem Karadag, 28, and Yusufu Mieraili, 25, as Bangkok Post reported. Yusufu Mieraili was carrying a Chinese passport, as noted. In Thai custody he admitted giving a bag containing a device to the man who carried out the bomb attack. He seems to have travelled from Nong Chok to Hua Lamphong station. A Chinese official told the press that Mieraili may have belonged to the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, a local militant group active in Xinjiang, reports

Adam Karadag, also known as Mohammed Bilaturk, insisted he had nothing to do with the attack trough his lawyer on Monday, as Khaosod English. reports. Karadag traveled from Turkey to Thailand via Laos and Vietnam, having paid a broker called Abdullah Abdullahman for his passage, his lawyer said.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Bangkok Boutique Hotels: Charm and design

You find the locations on this Bangkok Boutique Hotels Google Map and here you get the kmz-file for Google Earth.

Are you not looking for the big hotels but for smaller ones with their own charm and special design? Here you find reviews of Boutique Hotels, organized by the districts of Bangkok, so you can choose your hotel near the places you want to visit. The indicated prices are for double rooms.

Airport Suvarnabhumi ท่าอากาศยานสุวรรณภูมิ

Lilac Relax Residence: From 1650 Bath. 100 Soi Lad Krabang 7. 10 rooms. Amazing simple rooms with comfortable beds and helpful staff. Free shuttle for pick up and drop off at the airport, 10 minutes drive. Over the soi there is a restaurant, nearby a 7/11 shop and Wat Lat Krabang. Very good reviews on

Vismaya Suvarnabhumi: From 2800 Bath. Moo15 Soi King Kaew 43, King Kaew Rd. With swimming pool. A great transit hotel according to reviews on

Picture by Vismaya
Deluxe room with pool view

Bang Phlat บางพลัด
Subdistricts: Bang O บางอ้อ, Bang Bamru บางบำหรุ, Bang Yi Khan บางยี่ขัน

Bangphlat Resort รีสอร์ทบางพลัด: From 2200 Baht. 2 Charansanitwong Rd. 77/1. A number of ancient Thai two-storey wooden houses were conserved and customized as an urban resort.

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Praya Palazzo: From 10000 Bath. 757/1 Somdej Phra Pinklao Soi 2. This palace in italian style with Chinese elements is only accessible by boat from Chao Phraya River. Their private boat departs from Wat Rajathiwas pier every 30 minutes and services Phra Arthit pier on request. The more than eighty years old mansion on the Thonburi side of Chao Phraya has been turned into a luxury hotel with 14 rooms by Wichai Pitakvorrarat, assistant professor at Rangsit University's architecture faculty and principal of Process Architect and Planner Co, and his wife Preeyadhorn. Read how they fell into love with this old building, see a video about the restauration and more pictures here.

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Bangrak บางรัก
Subdistricts: Maha Phruettharam มหาพฤฒาราม, Silom สีลม, Suriyawong สุริยวงศ์, Si Phraya สี่พระยา

Baan Saladaeng: From 1000 to 2500 Baht. 69/2 Soi. Saladaeng 3, Saladaeng Road. A designer residence. 9 individually designed guest rooms, suites and penthouses, by a variety of young, up and coming Thai designers. New and therefore only one (good) review on

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Modern Oriental Room. Picture Baan Saladaeng

The Moroccan Suite

Mediterrannean Sky Penthouse

La Residence Hotel - Hidden gem: From 1400 to 3700 Baht. 173/8-9 Suriwongse Rd. Enormous suites are "home away from home" according to very good reviews on Singles a bit small.

Studio Suite with garden balcony

Luxx: From 3300 to 5100 Baht. A five-floor shophouse on Decho Road (a few steps from Silom intersection) has been transformed into a hotel. Beautiful timber flooring, luxurious beds and wooden bathtubs bring warmth to the 13 guest rooms. As you can read at guests often get an upgrade to a better room. But there is no elevator and if this upgrade leads to the fifth floor you have to me well trained in stairs climbing. You can hear the noise from the street in den rooms, but its not a too busy street.

Siam Heritage Hotel - Hidden Gem: From 2800 to 10000 Baht. In Surawongse near Patong. The hotel was built on the site of an old familiy home and opened 2004. The old timber was used to decorate the interior rooms. Paintings and sculptures of Thai artists are shown at the Heritage Art Gallery and also in the elegant rooms. The doors, windows, frames and furniture have been crafted by artisans from Chiang Mai and Ayuthaya with traditional design. There is a small rooftop-pool and a small gym. Read more: Bangok Legacies. Good reviews on

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Swiss Lodge: From 3800 to 6150 Baht. 3 Convent road, Silom. With swimming pool. Good reviews on

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The Heritage Baan Silom: From 1530 Bath. 659 Silom 19 Silom Road. Good hotel, some painting needed, carpets a bit shabby: these are comments from

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Loy Lalong: From 2500 Bath. 1620/2 Song Wat Road. A fishermans teak house at the Chao Phraya River and at the end of the parking of Wat Pathumkongka has been turned into a boutique hotel with seven rooms and the guests are excited according to Loy La Long is a combination of old Bangkok with well chosen design features. The main room of the hotel is very inviting with many comfortable cushions, books, hammocks and and great view from the terrace, where you enjoy the breeze from the river. Of course this old house cannot be soundproof, so you will hear other guests sometimes. The rooms are airconditioned, the common rooms have fans. The blue room is not that much recommended because the air condition of the green room disturbs some guests. Read the review on

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Blue room with view of Chao Phraya River
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Outlook across Chao Phraya River

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Shanghai Mansion (formerly Shanghai Inn): From 2700 Bath. 479-481 Yaowarat Road. "Done up in mustards and clarets as a Shanghainese merchant’s house, with big canopied beds and lots of lanterns, it’s indisputably cool, in a vintage way”, wrote In a house built in 1892 the hotel was designed in the style and elegance of 1930’s Shanghai. Not all the rooms have windows some have rooms towards the water garden with a fish pond. Jazz Bar Cotton is well known for live music. Very good reviews on

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Mu Dan Suite with four poster bed

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Shanghai Mansion from Yaowarat Road

Dusit ดุสิต
Subdistricts: Wachiraphayaban วชิรพยาบาล, Suan Chit Lada สวนจิตรลดา, Si Yaek Maha Nak สี่แยกมหานาค, Thanon Nakhon Chai Si ถนนนครไชยศรี

The Siam Hotel: From 16 300 Bath. 3/2 Thanon Khao. Set on 3 acres on the Bank of Chao Phraya River, with 39 luxury rooms (28 suites, 10 villas, and one cottage), full of antiquities, oriental allure and contemporary comforts. The Siam was conceived by pop star Not - Krissada Sukosol Clapp - and architect and designer Bill Bensley. You can also stay in one of of four traditional Thai teakwood houses. These were built in 1960 by Jim Thompson for Connie Mangskau. Here she gave parties for example for Jacqueline Kennedy, Henry Ford, John Rockefeller and Roger Moore. After Mangskau's death in 1990 the houses were sold to the family Sukosol Clapp. See The Siam Hotel on youtube, see pictures of suites and villas on A great resort according to the reviews on

Pathumwan ปทุมวัน
Subdistricts: Rong Mueang รองเมือง, Wang Mai วังใหม่, Lumphini ลุมพินี

Golden House: From 1400 to 2300 Baht. 1025/5-9 Ploenchit Road. 27 rooms. Simple lodging according to Quiet location, means
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Hansar Bangkok: From 4500 Bath. 3 Soi Mahadlekluang 2, Rajdamri Road. With Luxsa Spa and pool (8th floor). Good reviews on, the guests love the big studio rooms with kitchenette and dining area, but some guests complain about the standard of the service by the staff. Condé Nast Traveller put Hansar Bangkok on its list of the best new hotels worldwide.

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Studio Suite

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A view from the 14th floor of the Hansar Hotel into the breaking dawn:. densely packed hotels, office towers and condominiums.

Hotel Muse: From 4700 Bath. 55/555 Langsuan Road. 174 guestrooms. The interior reflects a mix of the Rama V-era elegance and European classic style. "The Speakeasy" occupies 24th and 25th floor: bars and restaurants inside and outside, a cigar lounge and more rooms. Downstairs you find Medici Italian restaurant, on the 17th floor Su Tha Ros Thai Restaurant. Very good reviews on

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The sky bar of The Speakeasy on 25th floor

Siam@Siam Design Hotel & Spa: From 2900 Bath. 865 Rama 1 Road. Opposite the National Stadium. "The Roof Restaurant" and "La Vue" (French/Italian) on 25th floor. Spa Ten and swimming pool on 13th floor. Mostly exited reviews on

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First swimming in the pool, then go jogging in the National Stadium...

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Phra Nakhorn พระนคร
Subdistricts and historic places: Banglamphu บางลำพ, Khao San ถนนข้าวสาร, Rattanakosin รัตนโกสินทร์, Phra Borom Maharatcha Wang พระบรมมหาราชวัง, Wang Burapha Phirom วังบูรพาภิรมย์, Wat Ratchabophit วัดราชบพิธ, Samran Rat สำราญราษฎร์, San Chaopho Suea ศาลเจ้าพ่อเสือ, Sao Chingcha เสาชิงช้า, Bowonniwet บวรนิเวศ, Talat Yot ตลาดยอด, Chana Songkhram ชนะสงคราม, Ban Phan Thom บ้านพานถม, Bang Khun Phrom บางขุนพรหม, Wat Sam Phraya วัดสามพระยา

Phranakorn Nornlen - Hidden Gem: Hidden oasis with organic food and very Thai. And nearly on top by ratings of Read more about slow life in Bangkok

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Buddy Lodge:From 2000 to 2400 Baht. 265 Khaosan Road, Taladyod, Pranakorn. Nice pool on the fifth floor. Good reviews on

The Pool

Feung Nakorn Balcony: From 1650 Bath. 29 Soi Fueang Thong, Fueang Nakhon Road. A 4 story building, which has been converted from a local elementary school with cozy open-air TaNao Bar & Restaurant and a peaceful garden with a Koi fish pond. There are 4 suites, 30 standard rooms and 4 shared dorm rooms.

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Lamphu Tree House: From 900 to 1800 Baht. 155 Wanchat Bridge, Phachatiptai Road, Phranakhon. Lamphu Tree House has a small swimming pool and roof-top area for relaxing and sunbathing. Guests love this new hotel according to reviews on

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Siamese Views Lodge: From 1400 Bath. 211/21-23 Soi Damnoen Klang Nuea, Ratchadamnoen Klang Road. Good reviews on

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Ratchadamnoen Room

The Asadang: From 3200 Bath. 94,94/1 Asadang Road. The guesthouse in an old shophouse - built during the reign of Rama V - offers 9 rooms, the owners - both architects - have restored it in the traditional way and decorated it with Thai fabrics and antique furniture. The Asadang is located at the corner of an alley called Soi Phraya Si, that runs alongside the Khlong Ratchabophit Lot, connecting the two historic roads, Asadang Road and Fueng Nakorn Road. Each room has a local name from "Bangkok Noi" to "Ratchabopit" and is presented very carefully on the homepage. So you are advised, that you will have "Footstep noise from room upstair" in the "Bangkok Noi" room on the ground floor, that some rooms have view to the main street or that there is a small spiral stair up to "Ratchabopit", from where you have a balcony with view to the Ratchabopit temple.

Asadang Suite. Picture by The Asadang

Balcony with view to Ratchabopit temple. Picture by The Asadang

The Bhuthorn: From 3200 Bath. 96 – 98 Phraeng Bhuthorn Rd. Three guestrooms in shophouse from 1906 in Samphraeng, in the heart of the Old Town of Bangkok, decorated in colonial style. The owners are the architects Chitlada and Direk Senghluang. Execellent reviews on Read more and see detail pictures on Limzhu Photography. And check the review by

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The Bhutorn Suite

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Salpasart Room

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Nara Suite

See more pictures of The Bhutorn on Pok Pok and Away!

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Phra Pradaeng พระประแดง
Subdistrict: Bang Nam Phueng บางน้ำผึ้ง

Bangkok Tree House Hotel:
From 4590 Bath. 60 Moo 1, Bang Namphueng. Phone: +66 (0) 8-1453-1100. Also om Facebook. 11 rooms. In the middle of Bangkoks green lungs you discover a green hotel, where you breathe clean air. The hotel has been built by locally grown bamboo and also recyling material. You can only reach it on feet, by boat or by bicycle. The rooms ar called "nests". The toilet and an outdoor shiwer area are on the ground floor. "Once up the ladder-stairs (which we definitely got used to on day 2) you are now in the separate bedroom/workspace/chill zone. A big screen computer, 4 soft pillows, a comfy bed and an air-conditioner = true bliss in the 35+ degree temperatures of the early afternoon. Out on the deck and up to the rooftop you will find a great outdoor bed perfect for catching some rays or staring at the stars and enjoying the nighttime breeze coming off the river", describes What We Went Through. In "View with a Rooom", a wall- and ceiling-free platform, you sleep under the stars. The water of the showers is heated by the sun. The bedrooms have air condition, other rooms and the common rooms not. You swim in a natural pond, which is cleaned by plants. The restaurant Reflect serves organic vegetables and sustainable seafood. The use of bicycles is free, you can explore many paths through fruit orchards and light forest. You reach Bangkok Tree House Hotel from Bang Na Skytrain station. Take a tuktuk or taxi to Sanpawaut pier, call the hotel and they will send a boat. Alternatively there is a public ferry. When you arrive turn left, pass the temple on your right and walk for 300 metres along the concrete path. See pictures on mala with a fork and videos by Kris Kiattisak and BeckyThailand. Then read an interview with Jirayu "Joey" Tulyanond, the owner of Bangkok Tree House in Bangkok Post.

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Ratchathewi ราชเทว
Thung Phaya Thai ทุ่งพญาไท, Thanon Phaya Thai ถนนพญาไท, Thanon Phetchaburi ถนนเพชรบุรี, Makkasan มักกะสัน

Hotel de Bangkok: From 1500 to 2200 Baht. No reviews, quite near the expressway.

Watthana วัฒนา
Subdistricts: Khlong Toei Nuea คลองเตยเหนือ, Khlong Tan Nuea คลองตันเหนือ, Phra Khanong Nuea พระโขนงเหนือ

Ariyasom Villa:. From 3750 Baht. 65 Sukhumvit Soi 1. Built around a beautiful 1940's house, with pool, vegetarian and seafood restaurant and also spa as well as lush gardens. Good review by

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Atlanta Hotel: From 700 to 1700 Baht. 78 Soi 2 Sukhumvit Road. "Sex tourists not welcome“, this hotel writes on it's homepage. "Sex tourism is exploitative, socially damaging and culturally demeaning: those who want to buy sex should do so in their own country." Anmd they go on: "The Atlanta is popular with cultured occidentals, with writers, academics, artists, cinema & theatre and other professional people, with dreamers and innocuous eccentrics, and their families, who can afford to stay at more expensive places but choose to stay at The Atlanta." The Atlanta is proud of the oldest unaltered hotel foyer in Thailand designed by the Berliner Dr Max Henn (1906 - 2002) and his wife in the 1950s and influenced by central European theatre architecture and set designs of the 1920s and 1930s. The Hotel plays Western classical music all day. Music composed by The King of Thailand is played during lunch time. And the hotel promises: "Absolutely no pop music". A path through a lush garden leads to a pool surrounded by hammocks. The reviews on tripadvisor are controversial. Some guests love the hotel, even if the rooms are quite basic (budget hotel!). Others complain abut the management. But everybody seems to agree, that the restaurant has an excellent kitchen (many vegetarian dishes). The Blog Ghost Walk has pretty pictures (for example of the big library)

Picture by Atlanta Hotel The Art Deco Foyer

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Darjeeling Hotel: From 50 to 68 USD. 390/35-36 Sukhumvit Soi 18. New hotel.

Davinci Suites: From 2200 Bath. 3/8 Sukhumvit 31. A small hotel in European style with 15 rooms with Italian restaurant Airplane and own spa, names Davinci Le Spa. Quiet location. As one guest points out on you have to been careful about choosing the right room: There are cheap rooms on the second floor, which are quite old. And there is no elevator.

Dream Hotel From 4300 to 12480 Baht. Design hotel with 100 rooms and small rooftop pool. Good reviews on

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Neon Room

Tata Young's video El Nin-yo, produced at Dream Hotel:

Drop Inn Bed and Breakfast - Hidden Gem. From 1600 to 2200 Baht. 392/28-31 Sukhumvit Soi 20. nveniently located, at few minutes walking distance from the Asoke subway and skytrain station and Prompong as well as the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. "Great litte hotel" according to the reviews at

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The Davis: From 2900 to 15000 Baht. At Sukhumvit, near Sky Train-Station Promprong. The 247 guest rooms start from 33 square meters and have a separate bath and shower cabinet. According zo The Davis 60 percent of the rooms differ in design, so there is a lot to try. Rooms toward street are noisy. The Davis could also be a design hotel in New York City, it looks international and not authentic Thai. On many guests critisize the location as too outside of Bangkoks attractions. But there are a lot of positive comments about the quality of the hotel.

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The Eugenia - Hidden Gem From 5800 to 7200 Baht. 12-room, with antique furniture and fittings. 19th-century colonial-style house with 12 rooms in Sukhumvit, full of antiques, which Taiwanese owner and Bangkok resident Eugene Yeh and his familiy collected from British & French Colonial Burma, India & Indo-China. You find hand-beaten copper bathtubs and four-poster beds in the rooms. And also a swimming pool is not missing. And all the beddings are imported from Belgium in pure white linen with feather pillows and duvets. Good reviews on

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The Key: From 2400 to 3500 BAht. Soi Sukhumvit 19. Mixed reviews on

Suvarnabhumi Airport ท่าอากาศยานสุวรรณภูมิ and nearby

Mariya Boutique Residence: From 1700 Bath. 1627/2. Onnuch-Ladkrabang Road. Very good reviews by There are restaurant and a spa nearby. And transfer from and to airport is organised by the hotel.

See also:
Bangkok Hotels
Bangkok Guesthouses
Bangkok Homestays

Discover more in Bangkok:
Your Guide to Bangkok

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