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When visitors come to Thailand, they tend to have a mental to-do list, derived from overheard stories at hostels, or the pages of a guide: ride an elephant, eat a ripe mango, lay on the beach, and of course, visit a floating market. An often overlooked floating market that draws plenty of weekending Bangkokians but not many tourists, is Bang Nam ... Read more about Bang Nam Phueng floating market .
Amazing Bangkok Cyclist (ABC) and Bangkok Biking offer classic day cycling tours on raised concrete bike paths that wind alongside the canals. Doing a tour will ensure that you won't get lost, and that someone else pays the hospital bill should you happen to fall down and break something. Bangkok Biking (022) 853 955; (022) 853 867 www.bangkokbiking.com Amazing Bangkok Cyclist ... Read more about Bicycle tours of Phra Phradaeng .
Another excellent place for spotting birds and wildlife, we spotted a giant crane swooping over one of the canals near one of the trails. It's worth making a trip here at dusk when the area lights up to the glow of countless fireflies, but it makes for one of the area's better forest walks any time of day. Just don't forget that mosquito repellent. Admission is ... Read more about Firefly Village (Muubaan Hing-hoy) .
In reality, Siamese fighting fish are a type of tropical fish found in the region, so called due to the tendency of the males to nip at each other's tails. The gallery features hundreds of them displayed in bowls and cared for by professional biologists. A few larger tanks with some odd and rather scary looking larger Chao Phraya River fish are also found here, along with an extensive garden ... Read more about Siamese Fighting Fish Gallery .
Built some 300 years ago, the spacious temple grounds include an ubosot with an ancient wooden Buddha image transplanted from Sukhothai a shrine to Brahma that's known among locals to bring good luck to those who leave offerings before it, and a large white chedi built in Mon style. It's still a lively community centre that also contains a school, and Saturday or Sunday mornings offer the ... Read more about Wat Song Thum .
The park boasts well-groomed gardens, extensive nature trails and ponds teeming with fish. A lush and romantic setting, it's a great place to spend an hour bicycling, hiking, bird watching, feeding the fish and kicking back at one of several gazebos perched over the ponds. Admission is ... Read more about Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park .
All that remains today are a few crumbling stone structures and canons, but a pleasant park has been built around the ruins. While perhaps not worth going out of your way for unless you're a serious history buff, the fort is worth a peek and the park is a good spot for a picnic if spending an afternoon in Phra Phradaeng town. ... Read more about Phlaeng Faifa Fort .