Bangkok for when your not fishing in Thailand is the economic, culinary, cultural and spiritual capital of Thailand, it incorporates both old world charm with modern convenience. Invariably every Thailand visit includes a visit to the “city of angels” or Krung Thep as it’s known to its inhabitants. The shear size and vast number of attractions leave many tourist in awe, Bangkok has a chaotic manner, but always with a gracious smile.
Bangkok contains exotic temples, which epitomise Thailands strong Buddhist history, to modern shopping malls, which make shopping an integral part of a visit to the capital.
Every Bangkok visit should take in the grand palace including Wat Phra Keaw (home of the emerald Buddha), Wat Pho (home of the 100m golden reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun or temple of the dawn, on the banks of the Chao Phraya river. These iconic destinations are top attractions to all visitors who travel to Bangkok looking to appreciate Thailands unique cultural and spiritual traditions.
Bangkok sits on the famous Chao Phraya river, or “river of kings”. The winding Chao Phraya is connected by numerous canals from which Bangkok gets it’s nickname the “Venice of the East”. When in Bangkok a cruise on the Chao Phraya to visit floating markets and the cities back alley canals and klongs is a must.
Beyond Bangkoks cultural and historical district, there are plenty of attractions that make a Bangkok holiday enjoyable and memorable. A modern BTS Skytrain enables access to all the city easy and stress free. Fantastic places to visit include Suan Lum night bazaar, Patpong night market, Khoasan Road and Chatuchak weekend market. Of course no Thailand holiday is not complete without experiencing Thailands vibrant nightlife, during which time you might even witness the occasional elephant wandering the Bangkok streets.
Over the last few decades Bangkok has changed into a modern, exciting and sophisticated city. It has often been rated as one of the best capital cities in the world, and is the hub for all of South East Asia. This city has everything, it is dotted with over 400 glittering Buddhist temples of immense beauty, magnificent palaces, shopping centres, parks, 5 star world class hotels, everything you would expect of a giant metropolis, yet still keeping with traditional values.
Bangkok truly is the “Venice of the East”