Although there are a number of tourist attractions that are accessible by Sky Train, you will find that many of the major ones are located in different areas. Some guidebooks suggest taking the Sky Train for part of the route and then changing to local transport. If there are 2 or 3 of you, then it is sometimes cheaper not using the Sky Train at all.
(Central) Starting at Siam Station, you can visit the EGV Movie theatre inside Siam Discovery. The majority of the movies have English soundtrack and you can choose a variety of seats that range from very comfortable to reclinas and sofas.
(N2) Heading north, you can visit the Suan Pakkard Palace near Phayathai Station. This is a complex of historic homes relocated from Chiang Mai and once used by members of the royal family. There is aso an impressive 450 year old “Laquer Pavilion” decorated with gold leaf murals depicting the Buddha’s life. From the station, leave by Exit 4 and proceed straight along Sri Ayuthaya Road for about 250 metres.
(N3) At the Victory Monument, you can catch a taxi along Ratchawithi Road to Dusit Zoo. This has a large collection of mammals, reptiles and birds. A bit further along the same road is the Vimanmek Teak Mansion. This was the former residence of King Rama V and is reportedly to be the largest teak mansion in the world.
(N8) At the end of the line is Mo Chit Station and Chatuchak Park. Apart from being a nice place to relax amongst the greenery, you will also find here the Hall of Railway Heritage and the Children’s Discovery Museum.
(W1) One stop west from Siam Station is the National Stadium Station. From here take Exit 1 and walk to the far end of Soi Kaseman 2. Here you will find the popular Jim Thompson’s House. This compund of six traditional Thai teak houses are filled with a priceless collection of Asian antiques including carvings, paintings, decorative arts etc.
(S1-6) Heading south there is the Red Light district at Patpong (S2) and the connection to the River Express Boats at Saphan Thaksin Station (S6). From here, it is an easy cruise up-river to famous sites such as, Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), Grand Palace and the Royal Barge Museum.
(E1) Heading east now, your first stop at Chitlom (Chidlom) has the famous Erawan Shrine in the grounds of Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel. Take Exit 2 and walk 100 metres towards Ratchadamri intersection. This shrine for a Hindu God is very revered by many people who come to pay homage and beg for blessings. Jasmine flower garlands and small wooden elephants are offered to the statue by grateful devotees. This is also a good place to see Thai dancing for free.
(E4) Three stops further east is Asok Station. Take Exit 3 and walk a few metres to the intersection with Asok Road. Then turn left and walk about 200 metres. You will then see Siam Society on your left. This is the home of a respected research library and the Khamtieng House, a century old residence relocated from Chiang Mai. Artifacts and hilltribe costumes are on display.
(E9) At the end of the line at On Nut Station you can visit the Mae Naak shrine in the Wat Mahabute compound. Every Thai person knows this famous ghost story which is supposedly based on a real person, Nang Naak, who is buried in this temple. People come here offering gifts in return for good luck. This is a good place to buy lottery tickets if you want to win the top prize. From the station, take Exit 1 and walk back to Soi 77. Mahabute temple is about 900 metres down this road on the left. Look out for Soi 7. From the station, there is a free BTS Shuttle Bus Service which will take you to the large Central City Bangna shopping center. As well as hundreds of shops and restaurants, you will also find a large swimming pool complex and 14 screen cinema.
From On Nut Station, you can take a 40 minute taxi ride to the Erawan Elephant Museum (gigantic three-headed elephant museum), Ancient City (an open-air museum of all of the most important monuments and buildings from around Thailand) and the Crocodile Farm (crocodile and elephant shows and zoo). These three attractions are all in Samut Prakan Province. Please visit our paknam.com web site for further information about our home province.