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Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple.

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Bangkok, Thailand!

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Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire.

Traditional teak buildings like the Jim Thompson House and M.R. Kukrit’s House, both residences turned museums, contrast with the city’s skyline of modern high-rises. Shopping options range from the upscale mega-malls of the Ratchaprasong district to the thousands of tiny stalls at overflowing Chatuchak Weekend Market. The city’s renowned 

food scene spans traditional street-cart snacks – spicy, sour, sweet and salty – to upscale international restaurants. Bangkok is also known for its exuberant nightlife, with venues ranging from swanky rooftop lounges to basic backpacker bars and nightclubs of the notorious Patpong district.

 
When to visit
Bangkok is a year-round destination, though most visitors arrive Nov–Feb when the weather is warm and relatively dry. Temperatures rise Mar–May, with rainy season May–Nov.
 
  • Major festivals include the celebrations for Songkran/Thai New Year (Apr),
  • Loi Krathong (Nov), the “festival of lights” that sees thousands of tiny candles launched in floats along the river.
  • Dec 5 marks the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Birthday as well as National Day and National Father’s Day.
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