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By Suzanne Nam

Moon dwelling in another country in Thailand writer and Bangkok resident Suzanne Nam covers the easiest of Bangkok, from exploring the Buddhist temples of The previous urban to discount purchasing in Pratunam. utilizing her insider's wisdom, Nam additionally publications tourists throughout the old constructions of Dusit and alongside the meandering Chao Phraya River. together with special shuttle innovations, akin to paintings Lovers’ Bangkok and Bangkok’s most sensible Eats, Moon Bangkok provides tourists the instruments they should create a extra own and noteworthy event.

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COST: Free Architecture buffs and fans of offbeat museums will love the Bang Khunphrom Palace. The light-yellow buildings with green shutters that comprise this palace by the river were completed in 1906 for one of Rama V’s sons. The architecture blends art nouveau, rococo, and baroque with classical design, and the result is surprisingly aesthetically pleasing. Inside the palace is the Bank of Thailand Museum, with displays of currencies, from shells and beads used by the ancient civilizations that populated what is now Thailand to the first coins minted in the Rama dynasty, to Thai paper currency through the years.

The first of the three large pagodas that stand in a row was built by Rama I to house an image of the Buddha brought from Ayutthaya. The second and third were built by Rama III to house the ashes of Rama II and for his own ashes, respectively. The fourth, which stands to the side of the first three, was built by Rama IV. Sometimes called the “blue chedi” because of the predominance of that color on the tiling, there is no consensus as to the reason it was built. Whatever its purpose, many say it is the most beautiful of the four.

Spend an hour or two on a small wooden boat witnessing the scenic, if not totally historically authentic, spectacle. If you didn’t hire a taxi for the day, you can take a public bus from there to Hua Hin. After arriving in this beach town and checking into your hotel, spend the afternoon riding horses on the beach or climbing up Khao Takiab. Have dinner at one of the many seaside restaurants. Day 4 Spend the day lounging on the beach or, if you’re looking for something more active, rent a motorbike or hire a taxi to take you to Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, where you can hike and bird watch.

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