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Bangkok Bucket List

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There’s always something hidden in any place Gyspetters go to, more so in Southeast Asia where the unusual and the offbeat turn into exciting stories to write about. In Bangkok, Thailand, the city shares the regular tourist spots with the not-so-usual places to see. Steer away from malls and the weekend market if you’ve tried them all, and go for these five lesser known places to see and things to do while exploring the Temple City.

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1. ERAWAN MUSEUM

If museum hopping is in your itinerary, the usual museums to head to is the Bangkok National Museum and Jim Thompson House. But if Gypsetters are looking more of that authentic Thai spice and they’re willing to go the extra mile, the Erawan Museum is a must-go-to place. Uncover this treasure and find the three-headed elephant statue, enter the museum and discover the Thai cosmos in all its three floors. According to the brochure, it’s “one man’s dream, come to life.” Where: 99/9 Moo 1, Bangmuangmai, Samut Prakarn, Thailand

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2. GIANT DRAGON AT WAT SAMPHRAN

If Rome has churches every few meters, then Bangkok has temples all over the place. It’s up to us to find out where they are though. Most tourists or true Gypsetters discover the Giant Dragon by accident–they took a different route and found the serpent in its eternal ascent up a 17-storey building. But it’s not the only beast keeping watch over the temple grounds: you can find all sorts of animals scattered across the area. And according to one comment TripAdvisor, you won’t see anything like this again anywhere else. Where? Sampran a Sampran CH NakorpthomBangkok 73110, Thailand

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3. WAT PARIWAS–THE DAVID BECKHAM TEMPLE

We’re not joking–there is a temple with an image of David Beckham. This blogger wrote about it before, and the photo he took of the golden Beckham looks a little bit like him. His “statue” is carved into the altar, and he is in a “garuda” pose–guardian demons. He was added to the temple in 1998 as part of the World Cup celebrations, the blogger writes, and since then has become a quiet tourist spot. Victoria Beckham would be pleased. Where? Wat Pariwas, 2-67 Rama III Road, Bangkok

4. PAPAYA VINTAGE BOOKSHOP (featured photo)

It’s probably the most amazing shop you’ll ever find in Bangkok. Gypsetters can’t tell if it is a shop or a vintage museum, with rare items standing below and above them, beckoning a remembrance of the 1960s and 1970s. Maybe it’s a little bit of both. Take something from history back home… maybe it’s a museum gift shop. Whatever it is, someone’s inner child must be having a blast. Where? 306/1 Lard Phrao Soi 55/2, Bangkok, Thailand

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5. TIGER TEMPLE

Traveling to Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua Yansampanno is a bit of a stretch from your usual itinerary. You’ve already seen dragons and three-headed elephants, so why not pet a live tiger to finish up your trip to Bangkok? This might not be for the faint-hearted, as sites require travelers to book through authorized travel agents for safety reasons, but it’s all worth it. Having a close encounter with the lord of the jungle is something to write home about. There are several monks around to guide you through the temple, and the experience is almost spiritual as you get to know one of the world’s most misunderstood carnivores. Where? Saiyok District, Kanchanaburi Province, 71150, Thailand

Where are you headed now, Gypsetter? What unusual journey are you planning for? Wherever you go, always have that stylish yet adventurous side in you. Happy weekend and happy trails. Cheers!

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