Offering the best of Thailand's savory street food, livelymarkets and elaborate temples, Bangkok is a cultural Mecca thatprovides a rich travel experience.
How to Get There
One of the busiestairports in Asia, SuvarnabhumiAirport, also known as Bangkok International Airport, is serviced by many major internationalairlines. It is the main hub for Thai Airways International, BangkokAirways, Orient Thai Airlines and Thai AirAsia.
Suvarnabhumi also offers domestic flights to other popularleisure destinations within Thailand, including Phuket, Chiang Mai,Chiang Rai, Samui and Krabi.
Where to Stay
Whether looking to crashat a hostel or relax at a world-class hotel, travelers will not bedisappointed by Bangkok accommodations. Even the city's most luxurious hotels are known for being inexpensive by Western standards and offersome of the world's best service. For example, the spa at the 5-starPeninsula Bangkok, located on the Chao Phraya River, was named one ofthe "Top 10 Hotel Spas in Asia" by Travel and Leisure in February 2010.
Bangkok markets are recognizedas much for a vast range of goods as for being a lively gathering placefor locals. Ridiculously inexpensive items, including silk pillows,teak furniture and Buddha statues, make a stop at the cities' marketstop on the list.
Two of the most famous markets are the Chatuchak Market (theweekend market) and the Suan Lum Night Bazaar - both offer everythingfrom jewelry and clothes to home goods and pets.
Located approximately two hours by bus outside of the city, TheDamnoen Saduak Floating Market is also a must. Vendors sell goods fromboats while sailing canals. If haggling for fruit isn't appealing, thenjump on a guided boat tour of the bustling marketplace.
Built by King Rama VI, the GrandPalace is a spectacular stop without which no tour of Bangkok would becomplete. Although it no longer houses the royals, the Grand Palace iscurrently used for ceremonial purposes. On the same grounds, is thepopular Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Phra Kaew.
Also, within very close proximity are two temples frequented bytourists, Wat Pho, famous for its large reclining Buddha and Wat Arunor the Temple of the Dawn.
Bangkok nightlife offers,among many things, karaoke bars, discos and clubs. The most recognizeddistricts are Sukhumvit, Khao San Road, Silom and Siam Square whereeveryone from locals to expats can enjoy music, dancing and drinks.
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