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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the top attractions around Bangkok?

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If Bangkok leaves you with any time to explore its neighbourhood, you are in for a great time. Apart from the glitzy, glam filled attractions around, there’s much that’s off the beaten track. Hit it off in the true nomadic way as you explore:

  • Samut Prakan


30 kms to the south of Bangkok lies this amazing place. Little explored and away from the hustle bustle and frenzy of Bangkok’s tourism scene, Samut Prakan has quite a whole lot to offer. There’s the
Ancient City, the open air museum, Chang Erawan and, hold your breath, the biggest crocodile farm! Plus, there’s the longest reclining Buddha statue, where you can walk in right to the heart of the statue. You can also take a ferry to the Bat Island, that has gun empanelments apart from thousands of bats. With all this and much more, you don’t need any more reasons to visit Samut Prakan, do you?  


  • Chachoengsao


A 2.5 hour drive to the east of Bangkok will have you in the wonderland of Chachoengsao. You’ll be surprised by the amazingly low number of tourists, for the fact that this place thrives in complete obscurity. It houses Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan, one of the tallest and most beautiful temples of Thailand. There’s the interesting market and a
Chinese shrine down the river; further by the sea, you’ll have ample of chances to go dolphin watching. Don’t miss it for anything. There’s a Bat Temple as well.


  • Amphawa


Another wonder awaits you at just 63 kms west of Bangkok. It’s for the wanderers who like a leisurely twist to their travelscapades. More on the lines of
Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, it has a quaint floating market, which floats through sidelined cafes, restaurants, wooden shop houses, orchards, temples and more - all having a dapper look than the rest of Bangkok. You can also spend a day or two at any of the waterfront properties here, for memories that can make a lifetime.


  • Ayutthaya


Riches to rags and, again, rags to riches, is the story of Ayutthaya. It has seen so much of devastation during the attack by the
Burmese Army in 1767, that it’s current development seems hard to believe. You may fall in love with this place that seems to have grown out of myths, with the four ancient temples standing in the famous Ayutthaya Historical Park. Royal Palace and Royal Chapel take you to a time that must be centuries back. Other than that, you can’t skip the very famous Floating Market, Krirk Yoonpan’s Million Toys Museum, Ayutthaya Boat Museum, the Bang Sai Royal Folk Art and Crafts Center and more.


  • Pattaya


Think Bangkok and Pattaya can’t be left behind, lying at approximately 147 kms to the southeast of Bangkok. It’s laced with attractions that includes
fishing villages, Pattaya Floating Market, Pattaya Tiger Zoo, The Millions Years Stone Park & Crocodile Farm, The Bottle Art Museum, Tiffany Show and so much more. Then, there’s the rocking nightlife that has all the world raving and flying in to Thailand. And once you throw in the whole lot of golden sand beaches that Pattaya has in plenty, it’s a place that you just can’t resist. The best way to here from Bangkok is hiring a cab, the most trusted providers being Budget (+66-08-98143004), National (+66-08-17518492, Hertz (+66-02-134-2116) and Avis (+66-08-470081579). Or, you can also fly to U-Tapao Airport but keep in mind that it allows just a small number of airlines. There’s a train from Hualumphong station on weekdays, while minibuses from Bangkok’s Victory Monument leave for Pattaya several times a day.

If the travel bug in you is still raring to go, there are more mysterious terrains of Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Kanchanaburi, Khao Yai, Koh Samet, Mae Hong Son and more. If exploring the perfectly beautiful countryside is riding high on your mind, hire bicycle, and you’re all set to go. Paddle on!

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