Capital city and gateway to Thailand, Bangkok is situated on the mouth of the Chao Phraya River and is a vibrant hub rich in culture and history. Approximately 40 minutes driving time from the International Airport, Bangkok is one of Thailand's most popular holiday destinations and offers an exciting array of accommodation options ranging from budget hotels to high end resorts offering the ultimate in luxury.
East meets West in Bangkok where sacred ancient memorials and temples rise against a western skyline of skyscrapers. Alongside the city's temples and attractions you'll also find familiar chains and brands such as Starbucks, McDonalds and KFC however these don't diminish the significance and beauty of these traditional treasures.
No trip to Bangkok is complete without visiting The Grand Palace, a highly respected memorial once home to the royal family for generations, it is renowned for Wat Po, an astonishing reclining Buddha 46m long and 15m high covered in gold. Attracting thousands of visitors each year, the palace is a vast building of intricate glass mosaics and colourful porcelain tiles.
Bangkok is also home to a wide range of entertainment options with everything from music venues and dance clubs to popular bars and lively night life hot spots. Bangkok is also renowned for its fabulous dining options with a wide range of cuisines available, although of course traditional Thai cuisine is the order of the day. It's iconic freshness and low fat content make it particularly popular.
There is so much to see and do in Bangkok with more than 400 temples to explore as well as traditional Thai cooking classes, cultural demonstrations, river cruises and the fantastic shopping. There are floating markets, night markets and stalls offering fresh produce and welcoming bartering as well as super malls packed with counterfeit designer goods, mid-range western brands and high end luxury goods. These are some of the largest shopping venues in all of South East Asia, offering hundreds or even thousands of stores spread across multiple levels.
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