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Hectic, larger-than-life and unbelievable are just three words that could be used to describe Bangkok. The feverish energy Bangkok greets you with, carries you towards Thailand’s crazy and surreal capital, a place which you will probably either love, or learn to love.

A city which rapidly expanded during the 1960’s through to the 1980’s has been left with a rather haphazard cityscape which doesn’t seem to have had any kind of urban planning. However, the winding streets threaded between cultural landmarks and ornate temples, add to Bangkok’s character and vibrant street life.

The City of Angels, as it is also known, will let you explore ornate temples, marvel at the unique market stalls and gaze at the modern buildings which are popping up all over the city. Whatever you end up thinking of Bangkok, there’s one thing you can guarantee – you won’t be bored!

Bangkok may be a relatively new city in modern terms but when it comes to entertaining, Thailand’s capital puts on a display that’s up there with the best. For the most outlandish evening, head to one of Bangkok’s cabaret shows where Thailand’s legendary lady boys create a show you will not forget for some time.

You’ve probably also heard of the sport Muay Thai? If you haven’t the best way to experience this sport is to go and watch an authentic match either in the stadium or at a Muay Thai Gym. This sport is taken very seriously in Thailand and if you fancy having a go yourself, you can take part in a training camp either in Bangkok or on one of the beautiful beaches of Thailand.

One of the most beautiful things about Bangkok are it’s temples. Wat Arun - The Temple of Dawn - is one of the oldest attractions and is also one of Bangkok’s most well-known. Situated on the side of the Chao Phraya River – which runs through the heart of Bangkok – the decorated spires are a sight to behold along the river. You can also catch a boat across the river to Wat Pho in the old city where you’ll find a huge, gold reclining Buddha. Inside the Temple of The Reclining BuddhA you’ll find murals, inscriptions and detailed artwork. A great insight into the history of Thailand.

10 minutes away from Wat Pho is The Grand Palace, another find example of Bangkok’s dazzling architecture. This spectacular building is one of the city’s most famous landmarks and remains the seat of power in Thailand.

Thai food needs little introduction, with it’s light aromas and delicious fragrant flavours, food from this area of the world is loved worldwide. Sample some chicken in coconut soup or feast on Pad Thai, one of Thailand’s greatest exports.

Bangkok is one of the best places in the world to get your hands on some amazing street food. Around the area of Banglamphu you’ll find it easy to get quick and casual street food. Sukothai noodles and pork or chicken sate are among the favourite with tourists and locals.

For a night out, head to the popular area of Khao San Road. With it’s festival like atmosphere every evening, there’s no other place to go if you’re looking to let your hair down. If you want something more refreshing during the heat of the day, grab a Thai iced tea or quench your thirst with a revitalising, freshly squeezed glass of pineapple, watermelon or orange juice.

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Location of Bangkok

Key Facts

  • Language: Thai
  • Currency: Thai Baht
  • Time Difference from UK: 6
  • Flight time: 12.5 hours
  • When to go: November to January

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