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Shopping tips for Bangkok
You've heard all about the great shopping in Bangkok, and now you're on your way to see for yourself what all the fuss is about. Possibly, to get a slice of that big bargain pie too. Bangkok has a very unique shopping culture, and if you take a minute to orientate yourself with this practical guide, and take heed of these useful shopping tips, you're bound to have a pleasurable experience that will make you want to come back for more
1. What to wear
Most people love to look fabulous, but the key here is to be practical. Bangkok is hot and sticky, almost year-round. Wear cool clothes. You're going to be doing a lot of walking too, which makes practical shoes essential. Watch where you're walking too, because pavements often resemble obstacle courses with exposed manholes, potholes, vendor carts, the odd beggar and garland maker all spoken for.
Shopping tip: A small hand towel, face cloth or wet wipes come in very handy, especially if you're going to venture around markets.


2. Plan your shopping - timing is crucial
Start by making a list of what you want to buy, and then match it with where to go. Markets are good to visit in the mornings or evenings when it's a little cooler and often less frantic. In the heat of the day, air-conditioned malls is a much better place to be. Simply venturing aimlessly into the city, hoping to find what you're looking for by chance, is not advisable. Plan your shopping around specific areas, say, Chinatown (outdoor) in the morning, and Siam (with its many malls) in the afternoon. Often, places within an area can be reached on foot, thereby eliminating unnecessary travelling. Have a look at the shopping highlights of various prime areas in our very comprehensive Bangkok Area Guides section.
Shopping tip: Try to avoid travelling around the city during rush hours (mornings from 07:30 - 09:00 and in the afternoons from 17:00 - 18:30).

Wat Pho was built as a restoration of an earlier temple on the same site, Wat Phodharam, with work beginning in 1788. It was restored and extended in the reign of King Rama III (1824-51), and restored again in 1982.
Wat Pho is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. Even prior to the temple's founding, the site was a center of education for traditional Thai medicine, and statues were created showing yoga positions. 
During the Rama III restoration plaques inscribed with medical texts were placed around the temple, while in 1962 a school for traditional medicine and massage was established, The Wat Pho complex consists of two walled compounds, bisected north-south by Sanamchai Road running east-west. The northern walled compound is where the reclining Buddha and massage school are found. The southern walled compound, Tukgawee, is a working Buddhist monastery with monks in residence and a school.
Buddha Bangkok
Wat Pho is the largest and oldest wat in Bangkok and is home to more than 1,000 Buddha images, more than any other temple in the country. It also shelters the largest Buddha image in Thailand: the Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas). Created as part of Rama III's restoration (1824-51), the Reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high. 
His body is covered in gold plating and he is decorated with mother-of-pearl inlay on his eyes and the soles of his feet. The bottoms of the Buddha's feet are intricately decorated with 108 auspicious scenes in Chinese and Indian styles.

Bangkok Boats

Bangkok was built around the Chao Phraya River and its network of canals ( khlongs) and boats are still the fastest and most comfortable way of getting around the city. The Chao Phraya Express runs large, numbered water buses between Krung Thep Bridge in the south and
Nonthaburi in the north, stopping at piers ( tha) all along its course; boats (6am-7pm; every 15 min) do not necessarily stop at every landing, but will pull in if people want to get on or off. During rush hours (Mon-Fri 6-9am & 4-7pm), there are limited-stop services on set routes: a coloured flag sign on each pier shows which service stops there. The less frequent and less useful boats of Laemthong for the most part use the same piers, but don't stop at Banglamphu's Phra Athit pier.
Bangkok Boats
Longtail boats ( reua hang yao) run frequently along Khlong Sen Seb canal from the Phanfa pier at the Golden Mount (handy for Banglamphu, Ratanakosin and Chinatown), and head way out east, with useful stops at Thanon Phrayathai, Pratunam, Soi Chitlom, Thanon Witthayu (Wireless), and Soi Nana Neva (Soi 3), Soi Asoke (Soi 21), Soi Thonglo (Soi 55) and Soi Ekamai (Soi 63), all off Thanon Sukhumvit. This is your quickest and most interesting way of getting across town, if you can stand the stench of the canal. Another very useful longtail service travels along Khlong Krung Kasem between Hualamphong Station and Banglamphu, depositing passengers near the New World department store before terminating at a tiny pier off Thanon Phra Athit (every 20-30min; 15min; B6). It's also possible to get a longtail from Hualamphong to Phanfa pier.
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