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Hello everyone. I will be in Thailand later this month. Any recommendations on where I can see a Muay Thai fight and gym? What are some interesting landmarks in Bangkok to visit? Thank you.

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Hello everyone. I will be in Thailand later this month. Any recommendations on where I can see a Muay Thai fight and gym? What are some interesting landmarks in Bangkok to visit? Thank you.

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Hi there Sleepy, while ago i have made a list of activities for my friends, most of the info should be still valid (posted in 2 pieces as the maximum here is 10.000 characters):

Floating Market: AMPAWA FLOATING MARKET

Take a bus go to South bus station.

Take a bus go to Dumnean Saduk.7 0 baht

Get of At Ampawa Floating Market. Before touristic floating market 20 kms. (place for local and thai peoples. Non stop eating there).

CHAOPRAYA RIVER - BANGKOK NOI CANAL:

Boat Thip along the river to canal out the city and back by bus. cost 40 baht each person.

Places to vist in Bangkok

OLD CITY SIDE:

• Khao San Road (by boat get off at Tha Pra arthit) 14 baht for boat cost

• Grand Palace / Wat Phra Kaew Admission is 350 Baht (wear long Trousers and shoes) no Slippers, Slipper, Mule, Sandals

• Temple of the Reclining Buddha(Wat Pho) Admission is 50 Baht (wear long Trousers and shoes) no Slippers, Slipper, Mule, Sandals

• Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) Admission is 50 Baht (wear long Trousers and shoes) no Slippers, Slipper, Mule, Sandals

• Chao Phraya River 14 baht for boat cost

• The Khlongs - Bangkok's Canals (Join local back home better) any pier they charge a lot like scam ! walk away from them.

• Chinatown Rajavong Pier 14 baht for boat cost

• Wat Traimit - Temple of the Golden Buddha (close to Chinatown you can walk there)

• Traditional Thai massage (any where start 150 baht per hours out side touristic place)

• Golden Mount and Wat Saket (you can walk from Khaosan road)

• Pak Khlong Talad (Flower Market)

• Wat Suthat and the Giant Swing (free, you can walk from Khaosan road)

AROUND KING PALACE:

• Wat Intharawihan

• Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple)

• Vimanmek Teak Mansion

• National Museum

• Royal Barges Museum

• Loha Prasat / Wat Ratchanadda

• Anantasamakom Throne Hall Admission is 20 Baht

• Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall

• River Dining Cruises 200 baht for Cruies plus food cost

CITY SIDE:

• Suan Pakkad Palace Museum

• Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute)

Near to Silom Road:

• Sri Mariamman Temple(Hindu Temple)

ON RAMA 4 ROAD:

• Jim Thompson's House

• Suan Lum Night Bazaar -

• Lumpinee Subway station

• Lumphini Park

• Muay Thai - Thai Boxing Admission is 2, 000 Baht (to expensive !! you can looking around to see a free Muay thai)

• Calypso Cabaret (The ladyboys show)

SHOPPING:

• Erawan Shrine - on Rajaprosong intersection.

• PLATUNUM: Shopping / Local Markets

• MBK [Mah Boon Krong] Centre

• Platinum Fashion Mall IT mall

• Baiyoke Tower Admission is 250 Baht

OUTSIDE:

• Jattujak weekend market SAT-SUN: 8.30am - 6.30pm.

Take a rest in the park after shopping, to eat and order food with any shop please checking a menu list and price before order.

Places to vist in Bangkok

• National Museum:

This museum which is within walking distance from the Grand Palace is one of the largest in Southeast Asia. The museum was once used as a palace and consists of several old yet beautiful buildings of colour. The museum also houses many artifacts found from all parts of the country ranging from Neolithic times, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya to the modern Bangkok period. Admission is 40 Baht per person, and the museum is open everyday except Mondays, Tuesdays and annual holidays, from 9 am to 4 pm.

*every area are touristic be careful if Tuk Tuk or taxi try to offer you a cheap cost to go around with cost 40 or free.they will bring you go to tailor shop or and place to make you have to pay for expensive thing.

• Wat Mahathat:

This is an old temple which was built during the reign of King Rama I. It is located on Na Phrathat Road near Thammasat University. The temple houses the Mahachulalongkorn Buddhist University, which is one of the two highest seats of Buddhist learning in Thailand. Foreigners can take advantage of the meditation classes that are offered. The temple opens from 9am to 5 pm daily.

• Wat Pho:

Neighbouring the Grand Palace the Wat Pho is found along Thai Wang Road and houses the very impressive gigantic gold plated reclining Buddha which is some 46 metres long and 15 metres high ! Its soles are inlaid with mother of pole ! Admission is 50 Baht and is open from 9 am to 5 pm.

• Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun):

Is on the other side of the Chao Phraya river. You can take a ferry from the Tha Tien Pier near Wat Pho or by Arun Amarin Road. The temple is best known for its 79 metre high porcelain encrusted Pagoda that sparkles magnificently in the sun. Admission is 50 Baht.

• Wat Indravihan:

This temple is well known for its huge standing Buddha image called Luang Pho To, which measures 32 metres tall and 10 metres wide. It was built during the reign of King Rama IV, and is located on Wisutkasat Road in Bang Khun Phrom area.

• Vimanmek Mansion Museum:

Is definitely a great day out. The mansion is the worlds largest golden teak building. The 3 storey Royal mansion contains 81 rooms, halls and ante-chambers containing Royal memorabilia.The compound located in the Dusit Palace on Ratchawithi Road, is open daily from 9 am to 4 pm and admission is 50 Baht. The dancing shows begin at 10.30 am and 2.30 pm. Proper attire is required. So no shorts, sandals etc.

• Wat Trai Mit:

Is located on Yaowarat Road in China Town, near the Hulamphong train Station. This temple houses a very impressive solid gold Buddha which weighs 5 and a half tonnes and is three metres in height ! This seated Buddha image was built in the Sukhothai period.

• Erawan Shine:

You will most probably come across this shrine, on your shopping tours or perhaps as you notice that your taxi driver is no longer holding the wheel, instead is performing a quick 'wai' and not looking at the road ahead of him ! The shrine is located next to Sogo, and the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The shrine is devoted to Phra Phrom, a Hindu God, who is greatly revered by Thai people. Laced flowers (Malee) and small wooden elephants as well as Thai dancing performances are always offered to this statue by grateful and hopeful devotees. The closest sky train station is Chidlom.

• Thai Boxing (Muay Thai):

Thai Boxing or Muay Thai is becoming very well known around the world, and is a popular stop off for people who enjoy it. The two main stadiums are Ratchadamnoen Stadium on Ratchadamnoen Nok Road and is open Monday and Wednesday at 6 pm Thursday at 5 pm and 9 pm, and Sundays at 4 pm and 8 pm. The other major stadium is Lumpini Stadium on Rama IV Road, and fights are every Tuesday and Friday at 6pm and Saturday at 5 pm. You may want to ask the Hotel where you are staying at for tips on the best seats and even to get the tickets for you. Admission is 2, 000 Baht for tourist. You can join free boxing at MBK (Maboon Klong Shopping center)

• Eat in Chinatown:

Bangkok has great food no matter where you go but the food in china town is exceptional. Street stalls line every section of the street and you'll have hundreds of food options to choose from. It's a culinary dream.

• Visit the Jattujak weekend market:

The giant weekend market covers a few football fields. You can buy everything from clothes to souvenirs to luggage here- all at discount prices. It's a great way to spend a Saturday as well as home your negotiating skills. Haggling here is must as well as an art form.

*(be careful your staff and safet it from stolen)

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• The Klongs: Canal

Life on the rivers of Thailand has changed very little with the passage of centuries. Entire communities conduct trade by boat, subsist on fish and snakes caught in the coffee-colored canals, and participate in tourism by offering their boats for hire at the docks near the River City shopping complex and at the pier by the Grand Palace. The Klongs, as they are called, are a glimpse at life in the slow lane of Bangkok. Multiple generations live on the sampans and use the waters for their bathing, swimming, laundry and, yes, sewage. In contrast to the extreme poverty, however, is the proliferation of bright color found in the flowers that the boat people use to decorate their habitats and their boats.

To make a boat trip with any pier or Ta chang pier the pier near by the Grand palace it very expensive. They will do not let you know the exactly price until you got to the boat. the people there could be anoy you a lot.

you can make a boat trip by yourself with cost 20 Baht with long tale. just go to Ta chang walk in side you will see the narrow way on the right hand near to ATM. walk in go on the way and turn left you will get to the small pier. Te boat are one way boat start from 4.30 pm -6.30 pm. you take 4.30 pm. Get off at WAT SRI PRAWAT. Let the people know where do you want to get off when you pay. the pier you have to get up it was the last stop. you must spent a time at that pier for 10-15 mn to feed the fish. Near to the pier have to food machine. put the coin 10 baht and add the box before the coin. Then you would enjoy to feed the fish for sure.

after you have to walk out from the temple go to The street turn left and walk go on until get the the main street cross the street go to the bus stop another side. take the bus 516 AC bus 14 baht to go back to Khaosan road (Tha Nonn Khao San). it will take some time but not so long may be 30 mn.

Boat take time 30 mn. Bus back 30 or more. if traffic good.

• A day at the park:

Outdoor enthusiasts will find it hard to tear themselves away from Bangkok's Lumpini Park. Jogging paths, bicycle roads, picnic and chess tables, Tai Chi classes, plenty of shade trees, weight-lifting, and rowboats for rent on its pair of lakes offer plenty to do and all the time in the world to do it. Lumpini is also known for its concerts and art shows in the park and year round festivals. And if you should finish that book you were reading while your kids were playing Frisbee, there is even an onsite library where you can go find something new.

it closed to MRT SILOM, BTS SALA Deang

• Thai massage classes in Bangkok:

Regardless of whether or not you're interested in learning Thai massage you should definitely try receiving a Thai massage at least once. Thai massages are quite deep and involve stretching and deep pressure on the muscles to increase the blood flow throughout the body. If you're interested in learning Thai massage the place to go in Bangkok is Wat Po which has been a massage school for decades now and receives new students every Monday. Courses last a week to ten days and at the end you'll receive a certificate. If you really want to get into learning massage then you can also pursue various other forms of massage such as foot massage and oil massage. We have massage everywhere in Bangkok.

The prices start from 140-150-200 for local prices of Thai people at many shopping mall in Bangkok. The massage shop in touristic area it was not really good or they do working not professional as well. go to the place with lot of Thai people do. Or 120 baht to do massage with Blind massage.

• Meditation classes in Bangkok:

There are several places in Bangkok offering courses in meditation; however, perhaps the most well known is Wat Mahathat where the Vipassana technique of meditation is taught. At Wat Mahathat there are English speaking Buddhist monks available to help instruct you in meditation techniques. Anyone is free to go along for a day although a course is typically eight days long.

• Thai Cooking classes in Bangkok:

Thai food is delicious yet surprisingly simple to make. There are several cooking schools and even restaurants offering Thai cooking classes than can last anywhere from a day to a week. These courses often combine theoretical and practical elements so you you'll be told what to look for in good ingredients before going out to buy them from the market. You'll also be supervised while making your own Thai food. Prices for a single day start from 2000 Baht and can be as much as 6000 if your cooking instructor is a top chef in Bangkok.

you have no need to pay like that if you know some thai peoples or friend to teaching yo how to do cooking tai food. They would love to teach you as well.

BOXING INFO:

• Thailand Forum's standard two stage, will compete based on time on Monday as Ratchadamnoen stage at about 18:00 pm.

• Tuesday, Lumpini stage at about 18.00 do not find that I like that I like Ngi.

• Wednesday Ratchadamnoen stage at about 18.00 hours on stage more boxing Lumpini is worth the money lost.

• Thursday Ratchadamnoen stage than the stage at about 18.00 Ratchadamnoen for Friday, Lumpini stage at about 18:00 pm to visit, I recommend that more 3rd.

• Saturday, Lumpini stage at about 20:30 pm, the price was right for the era IMF.

• Sunday Ratchadamnoen stage. (Boxing is not good - not recommended, see today) might look like the one started from the TV.

• Sunday (Rating 4 Stars half).

• Channel 7 Channel 7 Stadium (MorChit) BTS Morchit

live 13:30 to 15:30 am

• Sunday (Half-Star Rating 3).

International Boxing ITV channels.

Chachoengsao Province (near Luangpor Sothon)

Live 4:00 p.m. to 18:00 pm

• Last Sunday (Rating 3 Stars half).

Channel 11 Stadium Samrong.

Samutprakarn

live from 22.00 to 24.00 hrs

• Thursday (two popular stars).

Channel 9 broadcast Rangsit Stadium

from 22.30 to 24.30 hrs

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Great compilation, olympos! Thanks also from my side, I copied it and will work through it later on to find matches of a) your compliation, B) my interests and c) the matches of a)+B) that I've not seen yet :)

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Thank you very much, Mr Kaunitz. The list itself i have made in December 2010, the comments and insider info about the sites and prices in baht have been written by a Thai-Friend of mine.

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And what is this thing about no slippers and sandals in some of the temples? Most Thais are wearing them wherever they go and also I haven't had any problems up to now. The only experience I had with the "no open shoes" thing was at the various rooftop bars in Bkk.

Did they change the rules recently? - Well, I have to admit that it is about two years now that I visited one of the major temples in Bkk.

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But I remember that last year at the temple of the Golden Buddha (don't remember the full name but it is quite famous, in Chinatown not far from Giant Swing and Hualamphong Station) in Chinatown, there was no problem with my usual sandals.

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The area around Amphawa has some interesting historical sites too, on the same side of the river (mae klong river) next to the floating market is King Rama II garden, here are some interesting buildings and museeums from the beginning af the Chakri period...

A bit up stream on the other side of the river, You will find Wat Bang Kung and a soldier camp, this is one of the first strongholds build by King Thaksin (predecessor of King Rama I) to defend against the burmeese that had burnt down Ayutthaya and made the siameese flee south, eventually to settle in Thon Buri...

The Temple Wat Bang Kung has a small temple building totally engulfed inside a tree...

This area of the river holds some of the largest freshwater stingrays recorded in the world, upto 750 pounds...

To the south of Amphawa, is the old city of Samut Songkhram, or Mahachai as it is also known as... Here You will be able to see a train driving straight through the shops at the Mahachai marked... That is... ehm... different, if You happen to find amusement in prolonged train travel, it is possible to get onboard the train in Wong Wian Yai station, cross the river chin by ferry, and get on the train again, and then end up in Mahachai - it's only 60 km, but the speed of the train makes it a 2-3 hour journey... When entering the marked be careful sticking out You head of the train windows, You will likely hit an aircondition fan... it's THAT close to the buildings...

Amphawa : http://www.amphawafloatingmarket.com

Rama II garden : http://www.thailandguidebook.com/central-thailand/samut-songkram/king-rama-ll-memorial-park.html

Wat Bang Kung : http://bangkokdaytours.com/thaitemples/wat_bang-kung.html

Fishing for larger fish than Bpla duk : http://www.fishsiam.com/stingray-fishing-maeklong-river-for-giant-freshwater-stingrays-514.html

About the slippers and sandals that rule, in my knowledge, only apply to Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, but I have actually been viviting Wat Phra Kaew in sandals without getting stopped...

Add to shopping, there is a newly open night marked at the riverside, called Asiatique, it's on the old East Asiatic Company place on Pier S2 (go south from Thaksin Bridge) if You are not too old and the que is long, walk the distance about 2 km, I have done it a couple of times :)

http://www.thaiasiatique.com/en/index.php

And in the far north of the express route boat is Nonthaburi pier, that is next to the very famous prison Bang Kwang (Bangkok Hilton) - if that is an interest of Yours, it is possible to visit prisonors, but You have to make an appointment in good time before hand, and do not expect Your visit to be overly pleasent...

http://www.bangkwang.net/

If You get a boat and ask for Kho Kret, a bit further up stream, You will get to an OTOP village located on an manmade island (when the canal (klong Kret) was dug out in 1722) - the village is very famous for it's pottery, they have huge ovens build around the pottery... Very interesting if You like that kind of stuff ofcause :)

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Thank you for the information Olympos. I will take advantage of that. Would you happen to know what place is good to have a fun time on Halloween night?

Hi there Sleepy' date=' while ago i have made a list of activities for my friends, most of the info should be still valid (posted in 2 pieces as the maximum here is 10.000 characters):

[b']Floating Market: AMPAWA FLOATING MARKET

Take a bus go to South bus station.

Take a bus go to Dumnean Saduk.7 0 baht

Get of At Ampawa Floating Market. Before touristic floating market 20 kms. (place for local and thai peoples. Non stop eating there).

CHAOPRAYA RIVER - BANGKOK NOI CANAL:

Boat Thip along the river to canal out the city and back by bus. cost 40 baht each person.

Thanks for the information Olympus

Places to vist in Bangkok

OLD CITY SIDE:

• Khao San Road (by boat get off at Tha Pra arthit) 14 baht for boat cost

• Grand Palace / Wat Phra Kaew Admission is 350 Baht (wear long Trousers and shoes) no Slippers, Slipper, Mule, Sandals

• Temple of the Reclining Buddha(Wat Pho) Admission is 50 Baht (wear long Trousers and shoes) no Slippers, Slipper, Mule, Sandals

• Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) Admission is 50 Baht (wear long Trousers and shoes) no Slippers, Slipper, Mule, Sandals

• Chao Phraya River 14 baht for boat cost

• The Khlongs - Bangkok's Canals (Join local back home better) any pier they charge a lot like scam ! walk away from them.

• Chinatown Rajavong Pier 14 baht for boat cost

• Wat Traimit - Temple of the Golden Buddha (close to Chinatown you can walk there)

• Traditional Thai massage (any where start 150 baht per hours out side touristic place)

• Golden Mount and Wat Saket (you can walk from Khaosan road)

• Pak Khlong Talad (Flower Market)

• Wat Suthat and the Giant Swing (free, you can walk from Khaosan road)

AROUND KING PALACE:

• Wat Intharawihan

• Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple)

• Vimanmek Teak Mansion

• National Museum

• Royal Barges Museum

• Loha Prasat / Wat Ratchanadda

• Anantasamakom Throne Hall Admission is 20 Baht

• Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall

• River Dining Cruises 200 baht for Cruies plus food cost

CITY SIDE:

• Suan Pakkad Palace Museum

• Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute)

Near to Silom Road:

• Sri Mariamman Temple(Hindu Temple)

ON RAMA 4 ROAD:

• Jim Thompson's House

• Suan Lum Night Bazaar -

• Lumpinee Subway station

• Lumphini Park

• Muay Thai - Thai Boxing Admission is 2, 000 Baht (to expensive !! you can looking around to see a free Muay thai)

• Calypso Cabaret (The ladyboys show)

SHOPPING:

• Erawan Shrine - on Rajaprosong intersection.

• PLATUNUM: Shopping / Local Markets

• MBK [Mah Boon Krong] Centre

• Platinum Fashion Mall IT mall

• Baiyoke Tower Admission is 250 Baht

OUTSIDE:

• Jattujak weekend market SAT-SUN: 8.30am - 6.30pm.

Take a rest in the park after shopping, to eat and order food with any shop please checking a menu list and price before order.

Places to vist in Bangkok

• National Museum:

This museum which is within walking distance from the Grand Palace is one of the largest in Southeast Asia. The museum was once used as a palace and consists of several old yet beautiful buildings of colour. The museum also houses many artifacts found from all parts of the country ranging from Neolithic times, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya to the modern Bangkok period. Admission is 40 Baht per person, and the museum is open everyday except Mondays, Tuesdays and annual holidays, from 9 am to 4 pm.

*every area are touristic be careful if Tuk Tuk or taxi try to offer you a cheap cost to go around with cost 40 or free.they will bring you go to tailor shop or and place to make you have to pay for expensive thing.

• Wat Mahathat:

This is an old temple which was built during the reign of King Rama I. It is located on Na Phrathat Road near Thammasat University. The temple houses the Mahachulalongkorn Buddhist University, which is one of the two highest seats of Buddhist learning in Thailand. Foreigners can take advantage of the meditation classes that are offered. The temple opens from 9am to 5 pm daily.

• Wat Pho:

Neighbouring the Grand Palace the Wat Pho is found along Thai Wang Road and houses the very impressive gigantic gold plated reclining Buddha which is some 46 metres long and 15 metres high ! Its soles are inlaid with mother of pole ! Admission is 50 Baht and is open from 9 am to 5 pm.

• Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun):

Is on the other side of the Chao Phraya river. You can take a ferry from the Tha Tien Pier near Wat Pho or by Arun Amarin Road. The temple is best known for its 79 metre high porcelain encrusted Pagoda that sparkles magnificently in the sun. Admission is 50 Baht.

• Wat Indravihan:

This temple is well known for its huge standing Buddha image called Luang Pho To, which measures 32 metres tall and 10 metres wide. It was built during the reign of King Rama IV, and is located on Wisutkasat Road in Bang Khun Phrom area.

• Vimanmek Mansion Museum:

Is definitely a great day out. The mansion is the worlds largest golden teak building. The 3 storey Royal mansion contains 81 rooms, halls and ante-chambers containing Royal memorabilia.The compound located in the Dusit Palace on Ratchawithi Road, is open daily from 9 am to 4 pm and admission is 50 Baht. The dancing shows begin at 10.30 am and 2.30 pm. Proper attire is required. So no shorts, sandals etc.

• Wat Trai Mit:

Is located on Yaowarat Road in China Town, near the Hulamphong train Station. This temple houses a very impressive solid gold Buddha which weighs 5 and a half tonnes and is three metres in height ! This seated Buddha image was built in the Sukhothai period.

• Erawan Shine:

You will most probably come across this shrine, on your shopping tours or perhaps as you notice that your taxi driver is no longer holding the wheel, instead is performing a quick 'wai' and not looking at the road ahead of him ! The shrine is located next to Sogo, and the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The shrine is devoted to Phra Phrom, a Hindu God, who is greatly revered by Thai people. Laced flowers (Malee) and small wooden elephants as well as Thai dancing performances are always offered to this statue by grateful and hopeful devotees. The closest sky train station is Chidlom.

• Thai Boxing (Muay Thai):

Thai Boxing or Muay Thai is becoming very well known around the world, and is a popular stop off for people who enjoy it. The two main stadiums are Ratchadamnoen Stadium on Ratchadamnoen Nok Road and is open Monday and Wednesday at 6 pm Thursday at 5 pm and 9 pm, and Sundays at 4 pm and 8 pm. The other major stadium is Lumpini Stadium on Rama IV Road, and fights are every Tuesday and Friday at 6pm and Saturday at 5 pm. You may want to ask the Hotel where you are staying at for tips on the best seats and even to get the tickets for you. Admission is 2, 000 Baht for tourist. You can join free boxing at MBK (Maboon Klong Shopping center)

• Eat in Chinatown:

Bangkok has great food no matter where you go but the food in china town is exceptional. Street stalls line every section of the street and you'll have hundreds of food options to choose from. It's a culinary dream.

• Visit the Jattujak weekend market:

The giant weekend market covers a few football fields. You can buy everything from clothes to souvenirs to luggage here- all at discount prices. It's a great way to spend a Saturday as well as home your negotiating skills. Haggling here is must as well as an art form.

*(be careful your staff and safet it from stolen)

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Thanks for the additional info Jos!

The area around Amphawa has some interesting historical sites too' date=' on the same side of the river (mae klong river) next to the floating market is King Rama II garden, here are some interesting buildings and museeums from the beginning af the Chakri period...

A bit up stream on the other side of the river, You will find Wat Bang Kung and a soldier camp, this is one of the first strongholds build by King Thaksin (predecessor of King Rama I) to defend against the burmeese that had burnt down Ayutthaya and made the siameese flee south, eventually to settle in Thon Buri...

The Temple Wat Bang Kung has a small temple building totally engulfed inside a tree...

This area of the river holds some of the largest freshwater stingrays recorded in the world, upto 750 pounds...

To the south of Amphawa, is the old city of Samut Songkhram, or Mahachai as it is also known as... Here You will be able to see a train driving straight through the shops at the Mahachai marked... That is... ehm... different, if You happen to find amusement in prolonged train travel, it is possible to get onboard the train in Wong Wian Yai station, cross the river chin by ferry, and get on the train again, and then end up in Mahachai - it's only 60 km, but the speed of the train makes it a 2-3 hour journey... When entering the marked be careful sticking out You head of the train windows, You will likely hit an aircondition fan... it's THAT close to the buildings...

Amphawa : [url']http://www.amphawafloatingmarket.com

Rama II garden : http://www.thailandguidebook.com/central-thailand/samut-songkram/king-rama-ll-memorial-park.html

Wat Bang Kung : http://bangkokdaytours.com/thaitemples/wat_bang-kung.html

Fishing for larger fish than Bpla duk : http://www.fishsiam.com/stingray-fishing-maeklong-river-for-giant-freshwater-stingrays-514.html

About the slippers and sandals that rule, in my knowledge, only apply to Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, but I have actually been viviting Wat Phra Kaew in sandals without getting stopped...

Add to shopping, there is a newly open night marked at the riverside, called Asiatique, it's on the old East Asiatic Company place on Pier S2 (go south from Thaksin Bridge) if You are not too old and the que is long, walk the distance about 2 km, I have done it a couple of times :)

http://www.thaiasiatique.com/en/index.php

And in the far north of the express route boat is Nonthaburi pier, that is next to the very famous prison Bang Kwang (Bangkok Hilton) - if that is an interest of Yours, it is possible to visit prisonors, but You have to make an appointment in good time before hand, and do not expect Your visit to be overly pleasent...

http://www.bangkwang.net/

If You get a boat and ask for Kho Kret, a bit further up stream, You will get to an OTOP village located on an manmade island (when the canal (klong Kret) was dug out in 1722) - the village is very famous for it's pottery, they have huge ovens build around the pottery... Very interesting if You like that kind of stuff ofcause :)

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