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Thailand’s most revered King Bhumipol Rama IX cremation ceremony will be held in Bangkok on
26 October.

Read: Everything you need to know about the Royal Funeral on Richard Barrow’s blog:

More on the Royal Cremation Ceremony:

Click below for a video on King Bhumipol: The People’s King:


Arriving Thailand in Bangkok:

There are two international airports serving Bangkok.
The newer Suvarnabhumi  ( pronounced: Sou-vanna-phoom) airport where the major carriers land.

Don Meuang, the old airport now serves various Budget carriers of the region.
For airport accomodation links,  see below.

Transport into town:
from Suvarnabhumi:
Meter taxis from lower level of Main Arrivals Hall. Follow the signs.
If you have light luggage,  the Airport Train Link departs from Lowest Level of the terminal.  Very cheap and less than 30 minutes will get you to the Phaya Thai Skytrain (BTS) station where you can connect to the Sukhumvit BTS Line.  Two stops to Siam is the interchange to Silom Line.

from Don Meuang:
Meter taxi services or check into a new Airport-City Bus Line.

Bus between Don Meuang – Suvarnabhumi
For those making same day connecting flights between airports, there is a free shuttle bus in between airports.  You need to show your onward ticket or boarding pass.  Driving time approx  45 min- 1 hour.


Exploring Bangkok:
Nancy Chandler’s Map-  a must for any new visitor.
Find in Bookshops or online:

For first time visitors to Bangkok, a visit to the stunning Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha and to near by Wat Po and Reclining Buddha is dazzling.
The best way to travel to this area is by public or private river boat.
Wat Arun– the Temple of Dawn is also very popular and is located directly opposite the pier of Tha Tien for Wat Po.   Tha Chang is the next boat pier upriver which is close to the Grand Palace.

The Grand Palace with The Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Opening Times for Visitors:  0830- 1530.
Note a strict dress code applies:

This is Thailand’s most sacred site. Visitors must be properly dressed before being allowed entry to the temple. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves (no tank tops. If you’re wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks (in other words, no bare feet.) Women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes, bare shoulders, etc. If you show up at the front gate improperly dressed, there is a booth near the entrance that can provide clothes to cover you up properly (a deposit is required).

Read more and see beautiful Images on:

Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles
within the Grand Palace compound and very worthwhile to see:

Wat Po and Temple of the Reclining Buddha:

Jim Thompson House and Museum:
A visit to this classic wooden Thai house and former residence of American Jim Thompson is a highlight.  Art collector and socialite, Jim Thompson who marketed Thai silk to the outside world, disappeared mysteriously in 1967.

Easiest way to Jim Thompson House is by Silom Line Skytrain to last stop at National Stadium.  A short walk brings you to Jim Thompson House where guided tours in various languages are conducted throughout the day.  Also a lovely place to have lunch or tea.


Bangkok Accomodations in Town:

Silom Road area:
Silom Serene:
Boutique Hotel on Soi Pipat close to Soi Convent and Sala Daeng. Lots of great food around and walking distance to Sala Daeng Skytrain station.

Park Saladaeng:  a delightful inn  on a quiet soi and short walk to Lumpini Park.
No breakfast available but lots of eateries nearby:

Luxury opposite Lumbini Park:

and located just around the corner from Silom Road and Sala Daeng Skytrain/BTS and Silom MRT stations.

Along the Chao Phraya River:
This is where you will find the luxury hotels such as  The Oriental and Royal Orchid Sheraton.  The Shangri-la is located easy walk to the Saphan Taksin Skytrain which leads to the boat pier you for the Public River Boats and for Boat Tours exploring the canals of Bangkok.
All major hotels along the river have complimentary shuttle boats to/from the Sapahan Taksin pier.

Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Hotel:
nicely renovated south of Saphan Taksin pier and walking distance to a new Night Market complex called Asiatique.

On the Chao Phraya River overlooking Wat Arun:

Arun Residence:
great location if wish to be close to Wat Po and The Grand Palace and for taking river boats during the day to connect to the commercial centre. Fabulous view of Wat Arun at night, but otherwise a little isolated as pubic river boats do not operate at night, so will need a taxi.

Sukhumvit Area:

Ariyasom Villa: an oasis in a beautiful villa built in the 1940swith a wonderful vegetarian restaurant:
Located on Sukhumvit Soi 1 – almost around the corner from famous Bumrungrad International Hospital.

Budget option also just around the corner from Bumrungrad:
Oasis Inn:

Newer upscale hotel next to Oasis:

Sukhumvit Soi 41
41 Suite Bangkok-   set back on this quiet soi.
short walk to Phrom Pong BTS and The Emporium

Airport Hotels:


Novotel Suvarnabhumi: directly opposite the terminal and access either by shuttle car or via Underground passageway.
Beautiful but pricey. Check their website for any special rates:

Budget Sleeping Boxes
Located at underground level beyond the Airport Rail Link station on way to Novotel passage.
Single quiet sleeping boxes available per hour.
Showers are not available but one can shower at the Novotel Gym for a fee.

Several good and very reasonable Budget Hotels
offering shuttle from the terminal can be found on sites like  such as:

If staying within the transit area of the airport, there are spas open 24 hours as well as a CIP Lounge within International gates offering private rooms and showers.

Don Meuang Airport:
The Amari Hotel is convenient and connected to International Terminal 1 by a pedestrian bridge.  Domestic flights arrive at Terminal 2 and you walk indoors through to Terminal 1.


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