Lively, electric, animated, the Thai capital evokes a fascinating mix of tradition and modernity. Different ambiances overlap without ever hindering the urban harmony of the Bangkok Metropolis, home to about 8 million inhabitants.
The old city proudly displays its narrow streets, Buddhist temples and small food stalls, so typical of Asian countries. Designer shopping malls and skyscrapers can be found in the business district, featuring the impressive Baiyoke Tower. Go for a stroll along the banks of Chao Phraya, the River of Kings, and discover Bangkok’s many charming canals.
Cruise down the tree-lined waterways and give in to the enchantment of the city’s famous floating market. You will see why Bangkok is known as the “Venice of the East”. In Rattanakosin, the city’s historical district, you can tour some of Bangkok’s main monuments. Don’t miss the Wat Pho temple and its famous Reclining Buddha.
Both traditional and modern
As you wander through the bustling city, indulge in delicious grilled chicken that has been marinated in fragrant spices or sip on a refreshing energizing drink. Deep fried finger foods, spicy curry dishes or freshly-cut exotic fruits...whatever you choose to munch on, try some local beer with it!
The River of Kings
The best way to enjoy Bangkok's intricate network of canals is to hop on the Chao Phraya Express. This boat service goes from Wat Ratchasingkhon in the south of the city to Nonthaburi in the north. As you cruise down Bangkok's water artery, contemplate views of neo-classical Chinatown and breathtaking temples such as Wat Arum and Wat Phra Kaew.
A shopper's paradise
Tailand offers a large choice of quality handicrafts that are refined and saught after…silk, cotton, jewelry, silver pottery, wooden sculptures and traditional paintings. Whether you prefer modern or authentic designed, you will assuredly find the handmade piece that will suit your taste.