Bangkok Stopover ... Info reqd.
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Sep 20, 2012 10:18 AM Last Post By: iyoukay
Sep 12, 2012 1:16 AM
Bangkok Stopover ... Info reqd.I will be traveling to Thailand in October. Though my main destination is Phuket, I have a stopover at Bangkok. I will be reaching Bangkok @ 6.00 am on 20th October (Saturday) and will have at least 8-9 hours in hand to roam around in Bangkok.
My main intention of visit is photography. Therefore I would not want to miss out Tiger Temple and Amphawa Floating Market. Can anyone please suggest when I should visit what so that I get good snaps?
I think I will take a cab for 8-9 hours to roam around and then get back to the airport. I really really would appreciate help in this regard to chalk out my itinerary.
Thanks in advance.
Sep 12, 2012 2:22 AM
1when you say "will have at least 8-9 hours in hand to roam around in Bangkok." have you allowed about an hour for immigration on arrival and at least 2 hours for departure ?
Even if you have, getting to the Tiger temple and the market and back to the airport in your timeframe would be REALLY rushing it ! It might be theoretically possible but you would n't enjoy it. You do know that both of these are actually outside of Bangkok ?
There are plenty of more photogenic destinations in BKK itself anyway....as a keen photographer myself I still find something new after about 20 years of visiting the city.
The obvious choices might be Wat Pho and the Royal Palace, and Wat Saket, the Golden Mount, the "Metal Palace" and wat Ratchanata are all close to each other and not far from the palace district. Chinatown is always worth a visit with a camera, and Wat Arun and the Pak Khlong market are nearby ...plenty of options in the city without racing around the countryside !
Sep 12, 2012 3:37 AM
2What Mike says is correct
If you head to the centre as suggested then you may not really need a cab but I do not know if any tours of Bangkok run from the airport but might be worth considering if they meet your time constraints.
One place I like on that side of Bangkok is the ancient city but I am not really sure what else there is in that area that might be called photogenic
Sep 12, 2012 5:02 AM
3what is time your fight to Phuket? you should take time 1-2 hrs. at airport (Suwannaphumi or Donmeang?)
If you would like to snap pictures around bangkok in rushing time I suggest you have to take skytrain from airport to Mukkasan station and then interchange to MRT(Rail way) go to Hau Lum Phong Station; there are old railway station of thailand and walking along road to China town about 300-400 metres (this trip pay about 2 hrs. started airport to chaina town but save your money)
Don't forget to going to Royal Place and temple around (take by taxi)
welcome to bangkok
Sep 12, 2012 5:36 AM
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Sep 12, 2012 5:40 AM
Simply put, no you cannot. It is impossible. It's a good 3 hours to Kanchanaburi. After that, it is a bit beyond the city. You will never make it back to the airport in time. It would take you over 6 hours to get there and back. When are you planning to take these pictures?
Sep 12, 2012 5:44 AM
7To do the Tiger Temple will take you three hours to get to Kanchanburi and three hours back six hours so you can drop that for starter's ...
With the time that you have , i would just drop your luggage off in to the left luggage office and just catch the Sky Train to Siam Square have a wonder around grab a bite to eat , and maybe get a Massage , by the time you have done that it will be time to head back to the Airport and check in for your flight to phuket anything else is just to ambitious considering your time frame .
Sep 12, 2012 6:37 AM
8The (in)famous Thai traffic will kill any such plans, and you would be foolish to even try to reach the Tiger Temple.
There is more than enough within an easy walk of the skytrain/ MRT to keep you snapping happily.
I'd start with a trip on a Chao Phrya river bus trip up and down, then go to National Stadium and walk to Sukhumvit. If you have time, China Town.
Sep 12, 2012 7:08 AM
Sep 12, 2012 7:30 AM
10Fish!! :( ... I guess I will have to have a few days trip planned for Thailand next year ... Ok, so how does this sound:
8.00am: take sky train to Bangkok city from Suvarnabhumi Airport
9.00am-01.00pm: cover Wat Pho and the Royal Palace, and Wat Saket, the Golden Mount, the "Metal Palace" and wat Ratchanata
1.00pm-3.00pm: Phra Pradaeng floating market
3.00pm: Take cab back to Suvarnabhumi Airport
Is that ok?
Sep 12, 2012 7:34 AM
11Or maybe ... should I use the 9.00-01.00pm time to visit China Town? I want to capture the spirit of Thailand ... in whatever little time there is ...
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