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Bangkok
Bangkok
Bangkok
Bangkok
Bangkok
Buzzing, humid and exotic, Bangkok is the larger-than-life city where magnificent temples, historic markets and skyscrapers.
A blend of the traditional and the modern, Bangkok's every street has a surprise in store. Ramshackle buildings crouch next to striking holy shrines, which in turn are overlooked by modern hotels and offices.
Most visitors begin their Bangkok exploration in Rattanakosin, drawn by the attraction of the Grand Palace and Wat Po. It’s here the Chao Phraya River separates the city proper from its old capital Thonburi, a spot where quiet, narrow canals and floating markets illustrate why Bangkok was once called the ‘Venice of the East.’ Many tourists make this area their base, thanks to the lure of its luxury riverside hotels.
East of the canals is modern Bangkok, a hive of activity with countless businesses, markets and shopping malls, handily connected by the BTS Skytrain running through the ‘new’ part of the city. Around Siam Square and Victory Monument, to the never-ending street that is Sukhumvit Road, is where you’ll find some of Bangkok’s top hotels, restaurants and bars, all vying for attention with their rooftop terraces, quirky decor and creative menus. Other sights in the area include Jim Thompson’s House.
South of Sukhumvit Road is Bangkok’s main green space. Lumphini Park is a breath of fresh air in this otherwise heaving metropolis with its pretty bridges, boating lake and early-morning exercisers. Nearby Silom, home to Patpong Market, is fast becoming another key hub for shopping and stylish hotels.
North of central Bangkok is Chatuchak where the weekend market remains an essential Bangkok experience. Locals, tourists and ex-pats all flock here on the weekend to bargain for household goods, souvenirs, clothes and original Thai art before grabbing a bite to eat or a quick leg massage.