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Bangkok or "Krung Thep" as the Thais call it, is the capital of Thailand and one of the largest cities in Asia. Bangkok is the gateway to South East Asia. A lot of travelers who want to enjoy the diverse cultures of countries like Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam start their trip in Bangkok.
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Sights and Temples
The main sights and temples in Bangkok can be found in the Old City and the Kao San areas; here you can visit the Grand Palace, Wat Arun and Wat Pho (the reclining Buddha). Bangkok is packed with Buddhist temples and shrines that can be found in different parts of the city. If you want to get away from the busy city you can visit Lumphini Park.
Things To Do
There is no reason to get bored in Bangkok, there is more than enough to do for both young and old. You can visit the Baiyoke Sky Tower and enjoy spectacular views of the city, visit the snake show at the Snake Farm or just have a relaxed stroll in Lumpini Park. A great way to explore Bangkok is during a bicycle tour with Follow Me Tours.
Bangkok is packed with shopping malls and markets. The most famous market in Bangkok is the Chatuchak Weekend Market which can be found in the Chatuchak area. For luxury malls you should visit the Siam Square district, for local clothing markets the Pratunam area would be the place to be. If you are looking for a unique and authentic shopping experience you should visit the markets in China Town.
(Central World shopping mall with in the back the Baiyoke Tower)
The different areas in Bangkok offer lodging for different types of travelers. The Khao San Road area is very popular with backpackers; here you can find very cheap hostels and guesthouses. The Sukhumvit Road area is ideal for travelers on a mid range budget who are looking for the famous Bangkok nightlife. The more upscale hotels can be found around the Riverside and Si Lom areas.
(Si Lom as seen from Lumphini Park in the evening)
Thai food can be found throughout the city. If you're on a budget you can eat at any stall on the street. If you are new in South East Asia you might want to be careful though as some stomachs don’t take the street food well in the beginning. The Sukhumvit and Si Lom areas are packed with all kinds of international restaurants.
Bangkok has a vibrant nightlife which in itself already is a reason the visit the city. The most famous areas in Bangkok for nightlife are Sukhumvit and Si Lom. Both areas have plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants. At Sukhumvit Soi 11 you can find some of the most famous clubs in Bangkok such as Bed Supper Club.
(Bangkok Skyline at Sunset Sukhumvit Area)
There are many theaters in Bangkok that can show you anything from traditional Thai dance to lady boy cabaret shows. For getting an interesting glimpse of Thai culture you can visit the Siam Niramit Show. For a fun night out you can enjoy music and comedy at the Cookin Nanta show. Bangkok also has many movie theatres almost every shopping mall has a big cinema on the top floor.
(The Tuk Tuk a fun way to get around in Bangkok)
Bangkok has a great variety of modes of transport. Taxis in the city are cheap but Bangkok has a major traffic jam problem. Therefore many people use the MRT Underground and BTS Sky Train to quickly get around the city. If you visit Bangkok as a tourist you should try the Tuk Tuk at least once, it’s not the most comfortable way of transport, but it is fun.
Bangkok has two airports, Suvarnabhumi International Airport which is connected to the city by the Airport Rail Link and the Don Muang Airport which handles some local and low cost carriers. Hua Lampong is the main central train station. There are four bus terminals; the Northern Bus Terminal, the Southern Bus Terminal, the Eastern Bus Terminal and the Suvarnabhumi Airport Terminal. Most mini vans to Bangkok arrive at Victory Monument and in the Kao San Area.
Tips on what to do in Bangkok:
(Mark Wiens 25 things to do in Bangkok)
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