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Attractions in Erawan in Bangkok

I have a unique dilemma. I am staying overnight in Bangkok (yes, just one night and flying out in the morning -- long story). Anyway, my office has booked me at Hyatt Erawan. I'll be spending the day in meetings and will probably have two or three hours to see a little bit of Bangkok before I have to sleep (because I'm old and I need my rest). The next morning, I have to fly out really early. So, my question is, are there any attractions near Erawan that I can walk to? I only have 2-3 hours, so I don't want to go far and get stuck in traffic. What can I do in the Erawan area? Any good restaurants or museums that stay open past 5, perhaps? I tried Googling but all I see are hotels -- no information on attractions. Thanks, guys! - Jonathan (Guest)

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If you plan to focus your visit in this particular area, then there's no better tour base than the Grand Hyatt Erawan. From your hotel, you can easily access some of the most renowned attractions in the city, among which is the Erawan Shrine, which is literally located at the hotel's doorstep.

Lumpini Park is worth a quick trip if you want to clear your head before embarking on your next journey. Most museums and palaces are usually closed up as early as 3:30 or 4:00 pm, but you can still enjoy culture and history simply by walking the streets and looking at architectures. Bangkok's China Town (near Erawan) has a lot of cultural attractions to offer, and is sure an experience not to be missed when visiting the city. It is teeming with colorful shops, all lined up in busy streets and small alleys. Not only will you get a glimpse of Bangkok's multicultural facade, you also get to shop for all sorts of goodies to take home, all at bargain prices!


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Close to seven attractions within minutes of Erawan. You don't even have to stay in this 5-star hotel. A nice dinner in one of its restaurants is a treat all by itself!

Hi! I can think of several attractions near Erawan. Some of them are within walking distance, and some are easily accessible by taxi.

1. Erawan Shrine - This is situated right outside Grand Hyatt Erawan in Bangkok. A trip to this temple is said to bring good fortune. No wonder it attracts millions of visitors (tourists included) each year. Entrance is free and the shrine is open from 6am to 11pm.

2. Lumphini Park. Glaiza already mentioned this. It's a great place to escape the big Bangkok smoke.

3. Siam Ocean World. This family attraction is located in Siam Paragon Mall very near Erawan. It's said to be the biggest aquarium in Southeast Asia. It;s open from 10am to 9pm and the entrance ticket costs THB 1,100+ for adults (kids pay less -- I don't have the data right now).

4. The National Museum. If you want to understand Thailand and you only have a few hours, make time to visit this attraction. The museum is actually a converted 18th-century palace. It's only open from Wednesdays to  Sundays from 9am to 4pm. I don't know if you can fit it into your schedule.

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There are only a few attractions in Erawan and more of shopping sites, entertainment centers, and dining establishments. If you want to see more of Bangkok, just take advantage of the metro lines. Hyatt Erawan is close to two sky train stations. You can ride the train to Saphan Taksin to avoid traffic. From there, you can ride a boat at Sathorn so you can view attractions that are already closed after 5 from the river. Some express boats offer trips after 5pm and will allow tourists to see sites such as the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Royal Boat House, and the Royal Thai Navy Dockyard. Think of it as an express tour, you get to see all the sites from the outside in one sitting.

You can ride the train going the other way and make a stop at Phrom Phong, which is a short walk from Benchasiri Park. It commemorates the Queen Sirikit’s 60th birthday anniversary. The park is open until 9pm and you can view contemporary sculptures created by Thai artists. If you want to visit a temple, the Buddhist temple near Ekkamai station is open until 10pm. Don’t worry about going back to your hotel if you decide to stay later than expected, public trains operate until midnight.

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