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Bangkok Introduction


Bangkok Overview

Bangkok can soothe or ruffle, depending upon your circumstances.

If youre contemplating the sunrise at Wat Arun temple along the Chao Phraya River, youll marvel at what peace can be found in the midst of such a chaotic metropolis.

But if youre stuck in a typically nasty traffic jam, youll wonder if any magnificent sight or the warmth of Thai people could possibly be worth the frustration of trying to get from one place to the next.

Bangkok means City of Angels, but a less angelic city may be difficult to find. A collage of urban squalor, gleaming affluence, abject poverty, exotic consumerism and astounding pollution, its a city that assaults the senses.

Krung Thep (City of Angels) is Thailands capital and largest city. its in the central part of the country, on the Chao Phraya River near the Gulf of Thailand (still often called the Gulf of Siam). Bangkok is Thailands administrative, economic, and cultural center, and a major commercial and transportation center of Southeast Asia.

Greater metropolitan Bangkok extends for more than 32 kilometers (20 miles) in all directions. It includes much of five neighboring provinces (Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, and Samut Songkhram) and covers an area of 7,758 square kilometers (2,995 square miles).

You need not travel far in Bangkok to find the trappings of modern civilization giving way to historical treasures.

The Grand Palace, a fantastic complex with gilded stupas (domelike shrines to Buddha), is a living monument where people go to pay homage to the Buddha and their king.

The National Museum houses Thai art and artifacts from Neolithic times forward.

Performances of traditional religious and court dances take place at the Thai Cultural Center, a polished modern venue.

The Erawan Shrine offers a glimpse of the old rituals manifested in daily life.

Tourist Information Services

Tourist information is available at the Tourism Authority of Thailand head office in Bangkok, local offices in 22 major cities (listed in the back cover) and the TAT information counter in Bangkok Airport and at every airport where there is a TAT local office. They provide maps, brochures and useful information on tours, shopping, dining and accommodation. All TAT information offices are open seven days a week from 8.30 AM. To 4.30 PM.

Business hours

Most commercial concerns in Bangkok operate on a five-day week basis. Government offices are generally open between 8.30 AM and 4.30 PM with a noon to 1.00 PM lunch break, Monday through Friday, except on public holidays.

Private businesses maintain much the same hours - perhaps 8.00 AM to 5.00 PM, with certain exceptions. Many stores open 12 hours a day, seven days a week.

Business Centers

Certain major hotels provide fully equipped business centers for visiting executives. Services customarily include secretarial work, typing, photocopying and fax facilities, conference rooms and reference libraries.

Embassies

Some 50 countries maintain embassies, consulates or legations in Bangkok. Most are concentrated around the Sukhumvit, Ploen Chit, Witthayu and Sathon Road areas. A complete list of such missions is featured in the Yellow Pages of the English edition of the Bangkok Telephone Directory.

Press

Thailands English-language newspapers, the Nation, the Bangkok Post and Thailand Times keep readers abreast of local and international events. It also carry daily listings on concerts, exhibitions, displays and cinematic offerings.

Complimentary weekly tourist publications such as This Week, Explore Pattaya, etc., contain additional information with emphasis on dining and nightlife attractions. Beer bars, cocktail lounges and pubs are mostly concentrated in the Sukhumvit, New Petchaburi and Silom Road areas.

Major English language magazines and newspapers such as International Herald Tribune, Wall street Journal, Newsweek, Time and Asia week are readily available at hotel newsagents, supermarkets, department stores and leading bookstores.

Tourist police

The Tourist Police was set up to coordinate with the Tourism Authority of Thailand in providing safety for tourists. Its responsibilities are receiving and acknowledging claims and complaints; to conduct investigations and action as coordinator of tourist security protection. At present, some 500-tourist policemen are stationed in major tourist areas such as the Grand Palace, Pat Pong and Lumphini Park.

Email Address : tourist@police.go.th

Address and Telephone Number of the Tourist Police in Bangkok Office:

Address:
26/56 TPI Tower Bldg. 23 Fl., Chantadmai Rd.
Tungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120

Phone: 02-678-6800-9
Fax: 02-678-6829

Address:
Don Muang International Airport, Wipawadee Rangsit Rd.,
Don Muang, Bangkok

Phone: 02-535-164

Accommodations Arrangements

If you are planning to visit Bangkok with your family to witness this grand upcoming event then accommodation is not an issue to worry about. One can log in to www.moveandstay.com for information on serviced apartments available on rent in Bangkok. Other than the big show, there are other activities too that one can enjoy at the venue. Some of such activities that took place recently are TGJ Elite Creations, Special Preview Exhibit, etc. These displayed the most enchanting necklaces, bracelets, and other gems and jewels encrusted objects. The Thank You party is another spectacular event to look forward to.