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Bangkok

Each year Bangkok welcomes more visitors than any other city in the world. It won't take you long to figure out why. This city contrasts with action at every turn. Gleaming temples abound and you can catch a tuk tuk along the bustling Chinatown or take a longtail boat through floating markets. Bangkok is renowned for its fayre and cuisine and is another Bangkok highlight, from local dishes served at small street stalls to haute cuisine at romantic rooftop restaurants.

If shopping is your thing, then there are luxury malls, boutiques and markets all where you can treat yourself without overspending. Luxurious, elegant and extravagant five-star hotels are everywhere and surprisingly cheap. And no visit to Bangkok would be complete without indulging in its famous nightlife; from cabarets to exotic red-light districts, Bangkok never ceases to amaze you.


Things to do and see

The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew - The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew are places that must be visited whilst in Bangkok. Both of these amazing location have historical significance and are stunningly beautiful places to see.

Patpong - A main nightlife attraction in Bangkok, Patpong is a must for for tourists. Here you will get an eclectic mix of culture and busy nightlife. Along this street are shops, go-go bars and clubs. The area is famous for its 'well know night-time activities and boasts a tourist-centric night market.

Chatuchak Market - This Weekend Market is one of the world’s largest weekend markets.

The National Museum - For those who are interested in getting a feel for the real history of Thailand, the museum is a definite don't miss in Bangkok.

Wat Pho - Wat Phra Chetuphon, known locally known as Wat Pho, is renowned for its ‘Reclining Buddha’. At 46 meters long and 15 meters high, this gold-plated stunning Buddha depicts the Buddha’s passing into Nirvana. Deeply religious and awe-inspiring.

CentralWorld - CentralWorld is the largest of the shopping malls available in Bangkok. A one-stop destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. Located in the vibrant center of Bangkok, the amazing mall covers 550,000 square meters and is home to over 500 shops, boutiques, over 100 restaurants and dozens of first-class entertainment and recreational outlets.

Bangkok Don't Miss

Floating Markets - Bangkok is renowned for a maze of inland waterways winding its way through this lively city. Many refer to this as the ‘Venice of the East’.

Bangkok's canals and rivers used to be the life giving arteries of this city and are no less an important part of everyday life than the BTS and MRT are today. Although no longer the case in Bangkok, in parts of Thailand, these magical waterways maintain their dominance over daily life. Nowhere is this relationship between the locals and the waterways more evident than at the Floating Markets.

The Floating Market, locally named 'Talaat Naam', are exactly as you might expect. Unlike normal markets, sellers user their small boats as they jostle through the water selling their goods to market goers at the Canal side. You should though bear in mind that these are just like any other markets you might visit. Occasionally you may find people wandering around in traditional Thai clothing. Many of these additions have been requested by authorities and local businesses for the sake of visitors and their cameras and to draw in more buyers. However, Thai women paddling along the canal in their blue shirts, known as 'Mor Hom', and flat-topped hats, known as 'Muak Nob', are the real thing – they are here to make a living.

There are currently four major floating markets within easy reach of Bangkok. These are the markets Damnoen Saduak, Tha Kha, Bang Khu Wiang and Taling Chan.

Nightlife

World famous and well known locally, the street of Khaosan Road or Thanon Khaosan is a popular tourist destination in central Bangkok, Thailand. It is conveniently located in the Banglamphu, and area about 1km north of the Grand Palace. Khaosan translates as "milled rice" and is a historic reminder the street was once a major Bangkok rice market. Over the last 20 years, Khaosan Road has developed into a world famous backpackers paradise. It offers low cost accommodation, ranging from very basic style hotels to reasonably priced 3-star hotels. Khaosan shops sell a range of local handcrafts, paintings, clothes and second-hand books.

In recent years, Khaosan Road has become popular with local residents and especially artists. At night, Khaosan transforms itself into a lively street packed with tourists who have come to explore the vibrant nightlife. Clubs, bars, food stalls and shops abound and are generally open until around 2am. The area is internationally known as a center for dancing and partying, especially during the Thai New Year and Water Songkran Festival when the water splashing festival turns into water fight.

Khaosan has a Buddhist temple under royal patronage. Wat Chana Songkram is directly opposite Khaosan Road to the west while the area to the northwest contains an Islamic community and many small mosques.