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The Grand Palace

Ask anyone whose been to Bangkok what their ‘must see’ list of the city entails and without fail they’ll include The Grand Palace. Built in 1782 the palace was home to the Thai King for 150 years and is now used for royal ceremonies and state functions.

The Grand Palace

Combining traditional Thai architecture with European designs, The Palace complex, once the official home of the Kings of Siam, is unquestionably one of Thailand’s major tourist highlights.

Wat Pho

The Wat Pho is home to Thailand’s impressive reclining Buddha, a 46 metre long and 15 metre high statue that illustrates Buddha’s passing and entry into nirvana. You could easily spend an entire day wandering the sprawling temple compound admiring the mesmerizing architecture and the beautifully tended gardens.

Wat Arun

On the banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River sits one of the city’s most dramatic temples, Wat Arun. Also known as the ‘Temple of Dawn’, the temple is at its best when glistening in the rising sun’s light. If you’re not afraid of heights, brave the steep set of stairs up and be rewarded with stunning views of the area.

Long-tail boats

Take a canal tour around Bangkok and catch a glimpse as to why the city was once called the Venice of the East. Crooked houses, floating markets, old bridges and elaborate temples crowd the water’s edge as you whiz past on a long-tail boat.

Floating markets

Bangkok is home to some of the most unusual and interesting markets in the world and many of them are found on water rather than on solid ground. Forming a part of everyday life in Bangkok, these markets are a popular destination for both tourists and locals. You can shop for everything from bananas to colourful hats.

Criss-crossing canals

The criss-crossing canals provide visitors a peek into the contrast between the old and new Bangkok, with many of the city’s revered temples standing alongside old wooden houses adorned with colourful flowers.

Chatuchak weekend market

Explore the shops and stalls at the world’s largest weekend market where, if you roll up your sleeves and dig in the right places, you’ll find everything from Thai handicrafts and fashionable clothing to a variety of delectable eats.

Soi Rambuttri

Soi Rambuttri gives you a taste of backpacking Bangkok. Leafy trees shade the pavement and you’ll find a mix of guesthouses, bars and stalls along the street. At night, colourful paper lanterns light up Rambuttri and bars come alive with a mix of eclectic music. Running adjacent to the street is Bangkok's backpacker paradise: Khao San Road.

Indulge in street food

Set aside any squeamishness and plunge right into the city’s 24-hour street side feast, especially in areas like Yaowarat and the night-time only Sukhuvmit Soi 38.

Shopping in Bangkok

Bangkok’s modern, multi-storey shopping malls are a haven for all shoppers! From the legendary MBK, to the trendy and sophisticated Siam Discovery and Siam Paragon, the city accommodates every taste, pocket and style.
Eclectic BangkokPhoto by:  Prachanart Viriyaraks, Creative Commons Attribution Licence

Eclectic Bangkok

Nothing like a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River to cap off a hectic day in the city. Bangkok is a multi-layered complex city: heritage exists alongside gleaming modern skyscrapers; there are parts that are admittedly sleazy yet the society is deeply conservative. Few cities reward the exploratory visitor like the capital city of Thailand.

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