Voted the best city in the world in 2010 by travel+leisure magazine, Bangkok holds immense fascination for visitors, combining exotic charm with bustling activity. Seated astride the Chao Phraya River, the city exudes regal splendor through its palaces and temples, through its numerous attractions, hyperactive markets, boundless shopping opportunities and the rich aromas of its amazing cuisine.
For a real feel of old Bangkok, a boat ride along the River of Kings takes visitors past many Bangkok landmarks, such as the glittering spires of the Temple of Dawn. On the opposite bank, ancient Wat Po is home to both the Reclining Buddha and its famed school of massage. Both temples pay homage to their illustrious neighbor, the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple with their magnificent architecture and history. Elsewhere in old Bangkok are superb temples, a golden teak palace, the National Museum, and the bustling streets of Chinatown with their shops, food and markets full of people.
A Taste of Bangkok
Thai food is one of the world’s great cuisines and visitors can enjoy dishes from all of Thailand’s regions, from spicy noodles at roadside stalls to gourmet presentations at first-class restaurants. But Bangkok is more than just Thai food; the city teems with cuisines from around the globe offering visitors an incredible dining experience. For something different try the outstanding seafood served at riverside restaurants, take a dinner cruise along the River of Kings or enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city at one of the many rooftop restaurants.
Thai culture plays an important role in Bangkok’s entertainment scene from the elaborate Khon masked play portraying scenes from the Ramayana, traditional & regional dances with melodic Thai music, to the inimitable Aksara puppet shows and the magnificent theater of award-winning Siam Niramit. Bangkok is also renowned for its vibrant nightlife of British-style pubs, trendy clubs, raunchy bars, jazz clubs and wine centers, where visitors are made to feel very much at home.
The Thai capital is one of the great shopping destinations in Asia with an enormous range of products to satisfy every shopaholic. From brand names to no names, there’s something for everyone – Thai silk, local handicrafts, fabulous jewelry, electronics, cameras, imported fashion labels competing with dynamic Thai designs. Explore the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market, the night markets along Silom and Sukhumvit roads, trendy boutiques in Siam Square or the mega malls of Siam Paragon and CentralWorld. There’s plenty for everyone.
Bangkok may bustle with business, but there are plenty of activities for those who want to enjoy what the city has to offer. Try the pampering pleasure of a luxurious spa or the heavenly relief of a foot massage in a roadside shop or even learn massage techniques at Wat Po’s famed school. Impress your friends with some exotic Thai dishes achieved from lessons at one of Bangkok’s cooking schools. For the more energetic, there are Thai boxing courses in the city’s gyms, Tai Chi and aerobic dancing in Lumpini Park, or a sublime round of golf at one of Bangkok’s high quality golfing layouts.