* The Golden Buddha of Wat Traimit
- If you've ever wondered what 5.5 metric tons (5,500 kilograms) of solid gold might look like, go see for yourself at Wat Traimit, located at the southern end of Bangkok's Chinatown district. The chief attraction of the Wat (Temple) is the fabulous Golden Buddha, the world's largest solid gold statue. Today the Golden Buddha sits in a new building which was built to house and protect the 3.91 meter tall image. At current market value the gold in the statue alone is worth over $260,000,000, but, of course, as an item of historical and religious significance its true value is incalculable. Open from 8 am to 5 pm.
* Bangkok Dusit Zoo
- In Bangkok for a few days with the family and don't know what to do with your little monkeys? Take them to the zoo! Bangkok's Dusit Zoo is one of Asia's finest, and provides a fun-filled and inexpensive day out for your family. The Zoo was established in 1938 on 118 rai (over 46 acres) in the heart of the historic Rattanakosin area of downtown Bnagkok, and is the oldest zoo in Thailand.
entry fees: Foreigners - 100 Baht for adults; 50 Baht for children
Thais - 50 Baht for adults; 10 Baht for children
hours: open every day from 8 am to 6 pm
add: 71 Rama V Road, Chitrlada Sub-district, Dusit District Bangkok
getting there: the easiest way to get to the zoo is by taxi - if the driver doesn't understand "Dusit Zoo" just say "Su-an Cow Din", and that should do the trick. alternatively, the following bus lines go past the zoo: Bus No. 18, 28, 108; Airconditioned Bus No. 528, 515, 539 and 542