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Bangkok

Known for Shopping, Temples and Culture

Sacred temples, gourmet restaurants and top sights from Siam Paragon Mall to Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World—discover Bangkok, a destination also famous for its shopping.

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Home to 10 million people and covering more than 1,500 square kilometres, Thailand’s largest city is a feast for the senses. Bangkok is a 24-hour city and its crowded markets, outrageous nightlife and congested roads exist harmoniously alongside peaceful temples, orange-robed monks and historic monuments. You’ll never be far away from the delicious aroma that emanates from the food carts cooking up scrumptious Thai food.

Scratch the surface of the city’s bright lights and modern ways and you’ll discover a gentler Bangkok. One where religious faith plays a big part in the daily lives of its people. Incantations and incense drift from Buddhist temples and mix with the Muslim call to prayer, and people from all walks of life take time to pray or pay a visit to a shrine.

Bangkok is home to some of the best food in Thailand. Street carts jostle for space outside internationally-acclaimed restaurants, and vendors sell fresh produce in markets all over the city, day and night.

The locals know their city as Krung Thep, which translates as City of Angels. It is actually made up of the two former capitals of Thonburi and Rattanakosin. Rattanakosin is Bangkok’s historic home where you’ll find the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the National Museum and the impressive reclining Buddha at the Wat Pho temple.

When you’ve spent enough time visiting temples and shrines, head to the famous Khao San Road in the Banglamphu district. A favourite with budget travellers, hippies and backpackers, you can bargain for fake designer goods, sample a portion of fried grasshoppers from one of the street vendors, or simply find a roadside bar, grab a beer and watch the show.

Lumphini Park offers some respite from all the inner-city madness. Take a free yoga or tai chi class or if even that’s too much effort, walk into a hotel for a relaxing Thai massage or spa treatment. North of Bangkok, there is the cultural haven of Ko Kret, a tiny river island.

Considering its size and population, Bangkok is remarkably easy to get around. The fast and efficient Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail networks run through all the major districts of the capital, and cheap and cheerful tuk-tuks are available at every turn. Don’t miss a trip down the Chao Phraya River on the Express boats which run from early morning until dark.

Things to do in Bangkok

A beautiful Asian-European style palace complex with stunning intricate architecture and jaw-dropping details at every turn. A must-see for every visitor to Bangkok.

Famous for its huge Reclining Buddha and home to more Buddha statues than any other temple in Thailand, Wat Po is one of Bangkok’s most visited attractions.

Located on the other side of the Chao Phraya River to the Grand Palace complex, the beautiful Wat Arun offers fantastic views at sunset.

The most sacred and revered object in the Kingdom of Thailand, the Emerald Buddha sits on an oversized golden throne inside Wat Phra Kaew.

A hot spot for backpackers, budget travellers and revellers, this street is crammed with raucous bars, cheap hostels, bargain clothing and party people.

Bangkok is not renowned for its green spaces, but Lumphini park is a lovely exception and the perfect place for time out away from the city's bustle.

A stunning house and art collection that belonged to an American ex-pat who helped rediscover the lost art of silk making, before his mysterious disappearance.

This temple with its giant standing Buddha and relics is less touristy than most. Climb the steps of the Golden Mount for picturesque views over Bangkok.

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Stroll through the magnificent ruins of Ayutthaya and witness the remnants of historic temples and palaces that line the shores of the Chao Phraya River. Climb aboard a comfortable vessel to cruise down the river back to Bangkok, and enjoy the sights while you feast on a traditional Thai buffet.

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Welcome aboard a 2-hour extravagant journey down the Chao Phraya which divides ancient Thailand from the present day metropolis of Bangkok. As you cruise along, delight in a delicious meal of Thai and international cuisine as an upbeat band plays in the background and you pass by famous landmarks.

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Spend a day at Bangkok's Dream World with 4 different zones—Dream World Plaza, Dream Gardens, Fantasy Land, and Adventure Land. Enjoy over 40 different imported rides and family attractions. Visit the Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, or experience an arctic winter in Snow Town.

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Feast your senses on the sights, sounds, and tastes of Thailand. Savor a delectable Thai dinner and a renowned theatrical production of otherworldly proportions telling Thailand's legendary heritage.

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At Blue Elephant Cooking School spice things up and make some of Thailand's most iconic foods at a dazzling century-old mansion. Learn about the rich history behind the recipes while you get a taste of the culinary wonders of Royal Thai Cuisine.

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