Bangkok, Thailand





Rama IX Royal Park
Udom Suk Rd (far south along Srinagarindra Road). Opens: daily from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Construction of the park was completed in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej. It is the largest public park in Bangkok consisting of six zones including Homage to His Majesty, Botanical Garden, Trapangkaew Reservoir, Rommaniya Garden, Sanam Rasdara and the Water Garden.

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Prasart Museum
9 Soi Krungthep Kritha 8 Yaek 14. Opens: Friday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Must call to RSVP.
This eclectic museum sprawls across manicured gardens, pavilions, shrines, chapels, and even an exact replica of the Red Palace (a teak palace built by King Rama I for his sister). On display are art and antiques from several eras of Thai history as well as books, manuscripts and replicas of various prominent Thai architectural works. Mr. Prasart is usually around and he and his staff will make sure you have a nice guided tour of the place.

Prasart Museum by scott.zona

Museum of Buddhism Art
104 Phattanakan Soi 40. Opens: Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
This museum is operated by the Foundation of Thai Arts Preservation and
exhibits focus on the art of Buddha images in Thai history. Besides the Buddha images and artifacts from different periods, there is also an area allocated to be a shrine and a museum dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy and other major gods of various beliefs in Asia. Make contact in advance if you want to visit.

Safari World
99 Panyaintra Rd. Opens: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday & holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Safari World is Bangkok's greatest open zoo and leisure park. The 300-acre complex comprises of a safari park populated by African and Asian mammals including zebras, lions, tigers, giraffes and ostriches. Other attractions include a marine park with amusing performances of well-trained dolphins and seals, a bird park and show, orang utan boxing show, cowboy stunt show and a jungle walk.

Safari Park by Peter Dickonson

Wat Thep Lila
Ramkhamhaeng Soi 41 (Wat Thepleela pier; at the end of Soi 41).
Built in 1842 during the reign of King Nangklao (King Rama III), this is one of the few Buddhist temples in Ramkhamhaeng. The temple has a big compound, which is fairly lively with people praying and showing respect to the Buddha statues. The temple was originally known as Wat Tuek or Wat Tuek Khlong Ton and renamed Wat Theplila during the reign of King Chulalongkorn.

Siam Park City
Sukhaphiban 2 Rd. Opens: daily, amusement park from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and water park from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
This amusement and water park first opened in November 1975 and receives about 2 million visitors each year. Theme park attractions include looping and reverse roller coasters, free-fall ride, double-decked merry-go-round, pirate ship ride, dinosaur museum and space flight simulator. Water park attractions include a large wave pool, spiralling slides and a lazy river.

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