Amongst the top holiday destinations on the planet, Bangkok is definitely the most intriguing and enticing one. As Thailand’s capital, Bangkok cherishes a cosmopolitan culture and attracts tourists from all over the world. As a major gateway to Thailand, Bangkok is most frequented by international tourists to the country. Known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok is replete with grand golden palaces, expansive spires, thriving markets floating on water and expertly sculpted gardens. In addition to its exciting night life, Bangkok offers multi faceted sights and culturally rich attractions to travellers coming in on flights to Bangkok.
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Popularly known as ‘The Sin City of Asia’, Bangkok has so much more to offer travellers and its visitors. For art and history enthusiasts, the city offers a plethora of museums like the Bangkok National Museum and the Royal Barge National Museum. The Jim Thompson house and the Vimanmek Mansion are shining examples of traditional Thai architecture. The Giant Swing and the Erawan Shrine as well as Buddhist temples like Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Arun and Wat Pho are part of the religious heritage of the city and are not to be missed. For those looking out for some retail therapy, Bangkok offers sprawling marketplaces like Chatuchak Weekend market and the very rare Taling Chan floating market. For the adventure buffs, the famous backpacker destination of Khao San Road offers budget accommodations, eating joints, bars and shops. One of the best times to visit the city is during the celebration of the King’s birthday, when Ratchadamnoen Avenue is completely decorated with lights and the Royal Guard’s parade is held.
Bangkok features a typical tropical savanna climate, experiencing winter, monsoons and summer seasons with an average high of 35 and average low of 22 degrees.
Must eat Thai foods include Tom yum goong (spicy shrimp soup), Som tum (green papaya salad), Tom kha khai (coconut-chicken soup), Gaeng daeng (red curry), Pad Thai (Thai-style fried noodles), Khao pad (fried rice), Pad krapow moo sap (basil and fried pork), Gai tod (fried chicken), Moo ping (Thai grilled pork on skewers), boat noodles and wanton noodles and Gaeng keow wan kai (green chicken curry).
Bangkok’s culture is modern and cosmopolitan, and yet retains all links to its long and proud tradition. Whether it is sports or Buddhism, language or cuisine, music or Thai art, dance or architecture or even festivals such as the Royal Ploughing Ceremony, Sanam Luand and Songkran, Bangkok culture is a mix of traditional and modern in every way.
History and Architecture
Bangkok architecture sees influences of Thai, Buddhist, Hindu and even European architectural styles. Important architectural marvels include Vimanmek Mansion, Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Jim Thompson House, and Ayutthaya (the great ancient city which was destroyed by the Burmese Empire). The Royal Barge National Museum and the Bangkok National Museum showcase Bangkok’s role in Thai history.
Although Bangkok has many malls, what it is really known for is its street shopping. The best places to shop for clothes, cheap electronics, local handicrafts and fresh produce include Chatuchak market, Asiatique the Riverfront, Patpong Market, Siam Square, and Chinatown market. Don’t miss out on Bangkok’s many night and floating markets.
Places to Visit
Places to visit in Bangkok include the temples of Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Saket, Wat Pho and Wat Arun, the picturesque beach town of Pattaya, Jim Thompson House, Erawan Shrine, Grand Palace and the statue of the Golden Buddha in the Wat Traimit.
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