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A trip to Bangkok would not be complete without seeing one of these exceptionally good ladyboy cabaret shows. The shows are very popular, so book your tickets at least a couple of days in advance.
2194 Charoenkrung 72-76 Road, Bangkok
weekday 20:15, 21:45 weekend 20:15, 21:45
Now in its 25th year, Calypso is probably the best Broadway-style drag queen/transvestite cabaret show in Bangkok.
The venue at Asiatique The Riverfront can seat up to 350 people per show and a maximum of 5 guests per table. Two shows nightly, at 8:15pm and 9:45pm.
Call or visit Calypso’s website to make a reservation.
252/5 Rachadapisek Soi 18, Bangkok
weekday 17:00, 19:15 and 21:00 weekend 17:00, 19:15 and 21:00
Another popular drag queen show in Bangkok. Golden Dome Cabaret has 3 shows daily (5pm, 7:15pm and 9pm) and is located in Ratchada area.
Best way to get there is by taking the subway (MRT) and getting off at Sutthisan Station. Then catch a taxi or walk for about 10 to 15 minutes. Golden Dome is at the end of the road.
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BTS Chong Nonsi skytrain
gay-popular area, great transport links, very close to the gay nightlife
Near DJ Station / gay scene
gay nightlife area, transport links & lots of food options from street vendors to gourmet restaurants
Siam Paragon / MBK shopping
central area, near the malls, easy reach of the Silom gay scene
Probably the most visited tourist destination in Bangkok. The Grand Palace has been the official residence of the King of Thailand since 1782. The Royal Government was based in the grounds until as recently as 1925.
Today, the Palace is still used for occasional official events and ceremonies. Spread over 50 acres, the Palace and its stunning temples give a unique insight into the history and culture of Thailand.
There is a strict dress code. Wear long pants or jeans and a shirt or T-shirt that covers your shoulders and upper arms. Shorts, tank tops, sandals and flip-flops are not permitted.
Your trip around the Palace is 90% outdoors, so sun protection is essential. Last ticket sold at 3:30pm. Admission fee 400 baht. Our map shows the main tourist entrance to the Palace complex.
248 Thanon Thai Wang, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Bangkok | map
weekday 08:00 - 17:00, weekend 08:00 - 17:00
Also known as ‘The Temple of the Reclining Buddha’, Wat Pho is located within walking distance of the Grand Palace. The massive Buddha measures over 46 metres long, 15 metres high and is covered in gold leaf. The image symbolises the Lord Buddha and is highly respected by all Buddhists.
You can take selfies with the image, but touching is not allowed. A similar dress code applies as at The Grand Palace. Remove your shoes before entering. Entry fee 100 baht.
Wat Pho is also known for traditional Thai massage. If you have time time, relax in the hands of a real expert.
Arun Amarin Road, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok | map
weekday 08:30 - 17:30, weekend 08:30 - 17:30
One of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks. This Khmer-style Buddhist temple is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Its name, which means “the temple of dawn”, describes the reflection of the morning’s first light from the river’s on to the temple.
The temple’s main feature is the central tower which is covered in broken porcelain tiles and topped with a seven pronged trident – referred to by many as the “Trident of Shiva”.
Wat Arun can be reached either by Arun Amarin Road or by boat from Tha Tien Pier near Wat Pho. The same dress code applies as at other temples.
B1-B2 Floor, Siam Paragon, 991 Rama 1 Road, Bangkok
weekday 10:00 - 21:00 weekend 10:00 - 21:00
The largest aquarium in Southeast Asia, covering 10,000 m² with hundreds of species on display.
Siam Ocean World is located in the basement of Siam Paragon mall with direct link from the BTS skytrain station.
nearest station : BTS: Siam
6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Rd, Bangkok
weekday 09:00 - 17:00 weekend 09:00 - 17:00
Former home of American businessman James H.W. Thompson who moved to Bangkok and started the Thai silk industry after World War II.
Today, his home is a museum of classic Thai structures that contains his amazing collection of Asian art from the 1950’s and 60’s.
Open daily, with a guided tour. Jim Thompson House can be reached by the skytrain at National Stadium Station (Exit 1).
nearest station : BTS: National Stadium
499 Moo 3 Vibhavadi Rangsit Rd, Bangkok
weekday Tue-Thu 10:00 - 18:00 weekend 10:00 - 18:00
Modern museum (opened March 2012) in a beautifully designed space showcasing a great collection of contemporary art by Thai artists from different generations.
Closed on Mondays.
Bangkok’s Chinatown is one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods. Famous for Chinese food, grilled seafood and food markets, these places get very busy most evenings.
Walk down Yaowarat Road, visit the old market and the Wat Leng Nei Yee temple, and check out the jewelry shops and many vendors along the way. A great place to experience the local culture.
Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, Rama 4 Road, Bangkok | map
Also known as Muay Thai, Thai kickboxing originated in the early part of the Ayutthaya period as a form of unarmed combat. Today, it is a professional sport with training camps located in just about every province.
Never been to Bangkok? We’ve put together some photos from our visit in 2012 to give you a glimpse of the city.
Things have changed quite a bit since then, but we hope you will still find it interesting.
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