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Bangkok and Chiang Mai Highlights

Apr 15, 2007  Two urban/suburban art and culture junkies from the US East Coast
2.5 of 5 stars based on 9 votes

Some of the things we did in Bangkok and Chiang Mai that were especially memorable.

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  • 1. Our Thailand Trip Web Site
    http://web.mac.com/kitskarstrom/iWeb/Thailand

    Elephants, Hill Tribe dress up, hotels, buddhas, markets, wats and much more.

  • 2. Grand Palace
    The Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand

    LIke stepping inside a giant Swarovski crystal jewelry box filled with incense and giant mythological warriors. An absolute must see in Bangkok ! Complex also houses the Emerald Buddha (he's a little guy!) Do not fall for the scams outside the palace when someone approaches you to tell you the Palace is closed to tourists that day.

  • 3. Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
    Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), Bangkok, Thailand

    Walking distance from the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha, you can also get a very inexpensive Thai massage here and impress your friends with your photography skills -- very photogenic buddha !!

  • 4. Bed Supper Club
    Bed Supperclub, Bangkok, Thailand

    Great fusion cuisine, strange performance art shows, sculpture installations and lounge music -- the night we went the bathrooms were out and they drove us to a neighboring hotel in tuktuks with shocking red fun fur seats. And you get to eat on a bed ! Not cheap but the food is really quite good.

  • 5. Chatuchak Market
    Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok, Thailand

    This weekend market is huge -- best to go early, find section 14 for handicrafts, and be back out by midday when the heat gets truly crazy. Our favorite strange find - elephant sachets carved out of loufahs and dressed in ballerina outfits.

  • 6. Jim Thompson House
    Jim Thompson House, Bangkok, Thailand

    Tour the teak houses silk magnate Jim Thompson assembled when he set out to revive the silk industry. Tours are a bit silly but mandatory -- Jim had great taste and you can imagine yourself moving right in. Store on the grounds has all the latest styles, restaurant is a nice treat -- pomelo salad is absolutely wonderful. You can find discount JT silk items at the outlet, also fabric and furniture.

  • 7. Baan Mai Antiques

    With two shops outside Chiang Mai, one in the Mae Rim region near the Four Seasons and one south near Hang Dong, I would recommend this family for any serious antique hunter in the area. Their knowledge is commendable and they can help you with shipping items home.

  • 8. Our guide in Chiang Mai - Chaiya

    Chaiya is Karen, and a great choice if you're interested in Hill Tribes, as well as well versed in buddhist rituals. And he is very reasonable ! chaiyaone@yahoo.com

  • 9. Chiang Mai Night Market

    This sprawls out into all adjoining streets for blocks and blocks, but the best crafts are in the main white building. All manner of Hill Tribe articles. some local CM artists, jewelry, lacquerware. Plenty of dining options near by.

  • 10. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
    Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai

    One of the holiest wat compounds in CM, atop a mountain. Go early in the day, as air quality in Chiang Mai often means no views by noon. Do ring the bells, let the monks bless you, pour oil for the day of your birth.