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Bangkok Travel Guide

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An Introduction To Bangkok

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and a city of deep ever-evolving contrasts. A place where neon- lit skyscrapers loom over the golden spires of centuries old temples, where world-class restaurants and cocktail bars compete with the wok-fried scents of Thai street food and where sprawling luxury shopping malls blend quickly into sleazy backstreet nightclubs. Bangkok is hot, chaotic and unique, a beautiful mix of modernity and deep rooted tradition.

Bangkok’s roots go back to a 15th century trading post that eventually grew into the modern metropolis that we know today. It sits perched on a gigantic slab of land on the Chao Phraya River delta in the centre of Thailand, and has a population of over 8 million - and a total of 14 million in the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region. Its central position makes it a perfect travel hub from which to explore the rest of Thailand - from nearby day trip options such as Kanchanaburi (home to the bridge over the River Kwai), Ayutthaya the ancient former capital of Siam and the stunning Khao Yai National Park, to overnight travel options such as Chiang Mai the calming capital of the north and Surat Thani the gateway to beautiful islands such as Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan in the south.

Bangkok serves as an excellent introduction to Thailand and perhaps even Asia on a larger level with its busy streets, vast boulevards and enticing mix of ancient tradition and breathtaking modernity. You’ll find travellers from every corner of the globe trotting in the morning to the Grand Palace and then parting ways in the evening, some heading to Sukhumvit Soi 11 for cheap drinks, others to Siam Paragon to indulge in a little luxury shopping and others to any one of Bangkok’s fantastic rooftop bars to take in the incredible panoramic views of the city. It’s these rich contradictions that run as veins throughout Bangkok, which give the city its personality, so whether you intend on spending a few days or a few months in Bangkok, you simply must explore all sides of this incredible metropolis.

We suggest starting with what is the heart of Bangkok - the food. Eat street food in the evenings in Chinatown or wander down to Ratchawat Market in the beautifully green district of Dusit for a quick lunch. If you want to get a feel for how the younger generations spend their weekends then head to one of the malls in Siam Square where you can eat everything from traditional Thai food to Burgers and milkshakes in Siam Paragon and Sushi in Siam Square One. Alternatively head high into the sky in one of the capital’s captivating skyscraper restaurants such as Vertigo at the Banyan Tree or the Zense restaurant on top of the Zen Department Store.

Next move on to Bangkok’s stunning collection of temples, winding your way from the beautiful riverside Wat Arun and the awe-inspiring Wat Phra Kaew, through to the vibrant flamboyance of the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple and the majestic Loha Prasat. Afterwards, spend an afternoon in the opulent Grand Palace, followed by a tranquil walk through Lumphini Park, before finishing the night in the vivacious Khaosan Road amongst a soundtrack of a hundred languages, the sizzling sounds of a wok cooking up a spicy Pad Kra Pao and the rumble of thousands of voices emanating from the roads, bars, clubs, restaurants and cocktail stands.

Bangkok is a city that is perfect for urban explorers and those who like to explore without a map - taking boats along the river to take in the gorgeous riverside architecture, exploring districts such as Banglamphu which is completely at odds with Khaosan Road (the district’s famed backpacker epicentre), shooting across the city on the skytrain and stumbling into neon-lit soi (side-streets) along the vast Sukhumvit road.

Keep reading to explore some of the top places to go, things to do and some of the top accommodation options that Thailand’s capital has to offer.

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