Bangkok

Thailand may be associated with Phuket's gorgeous beaches and a laid-back lifestyle, but a Bangkok vacation will show you a different side of this country. As the capital, Bangkok Thailand, is a bustling mix of old and new; blending traditional culture and religion with all the luxury conveniences of a modern city.

Wat Phra Keo
Wat Phra Keo

Bangkok Thailand succeeded both Sukhothai and Ayutthaya as the country's capital in 1782. Its rulers were anxious to build upon the magnificence of the previous two capitals and created landmarks that still form an integral part of Bangkok tourism today. When visiting the city, make sure to schedule some time to visit some of its splendid temples which include the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keo) and the Marble Temple (Wat Benjamaopit), which is an impressive blend of Italian marble, Chinese terracotta tile and gold-lacquer.

Bangkok Boat Tours
Bangkok Boat Tours

Guided boat rides are another way to enjoy your Bangkok vacation. The relaxing tours give you a peak into the authentic life of Bangkok, Thailand. Sailing through the city's winding canals, passengers are taken past residential homes and given the chance to encounter the amazing floating markets that can be found on the canals selling everything from fruits and vegetables to exotic flowers. Bangkok traffic is legendary, but if you'd like to experience another form of authentic Bangkok travel, make sure to book at least one ride in a tuk-tuk – a motorized three-wheeled rickshaw. While the tuk-tuk might not be much faster than a standard taxi, it is adored by visitors to the city, making it an integral part of Bangkok tourism.

Bangkok
Bangkok

Another popular element of Bangkok tourism is, of course, its shopping. Two areas that are not to be missed during Bangkok holidays are the city's Chinatown and Siam Square. Dating back to the 18th century, Chinatown's maze of tiny streets offers something for everyone featuring tempting restaurants as well as a variety of goods ranging from everyday necessities to electronic items and jewelry. If you're in the mood for something slightly more modern during your Bangkok vacation, hop on the Skytrain and check out the hustle and bustle of the glittering (and very popular) Siam Square. You'll enjoy a variety of high-end shopping malls including the Siam Discovery Center and the Siam Center which are extremely popular draws for the fashionable set.

A visit to Bangkok Thailand wouldn't be complete without trying your hand at a little bartering. The Weekend Market (Chatuchak Market) located on Phahonyothing Road in the northern part of the city, is an experience not to be missed. Touted as the biggest weekend market in the world, the market boasts close to 9 000 stalls overflowing with antiques, silks, handicrafts and more. Forget about paying top dollar, this market is made for haggling – so be prepared to stand your ground with the merchants!

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