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Visiting Bangkok

The capital and largest city of Thailand, Bangkok’s fascinating history, rich culture and fast-paced streets have made it an increasingly popular destination for sightseers and cultural daredevils worldwide. Despite its fast-paced modernization, Bangkok has retained a rich physical record of its storied past. The legacy of its Kings remains in residence (though the King himself no longer does) at the impressive Grand Palace, home to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and at the early-20th century Vimanmek Palace (Vimanmek Mansion). Grand palaces like Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) remain impressive and popular sites for tourists and locals alike. Despite its humble origins as a small trading post, Bangkok has grown into a thriving, buzzing economy, replete with markets and malls to suit any... Read More The capital and largest city of Thailand, Bangkok’s fascinating history, rich culture and fast-paced streets have made it an increasingly popular destination for sightseers and cultural daredevils worldwide. Despite its fast-paced modernization, Bangkok has retained a rich physical record of its storied past. The legacy of its Kings remains in residence (though the King himself no longer does) at the impressive Grand Palace, home to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and at the early-20th century Vimanmek Palace (Vimanmek Mansion). Grand palaces like Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) remain impressive and popular sites for tourists and locals alike. Despite its humble origins as a small trading post, Bangkok has grown into a thriving, buzzing economy, replete with markets and malls to suit any shopper. The Chatuchak Weekend Market draws over 200,000 visitors each day with its myriad offerings, while more polished provisions can be found in Siam Square, the city’s retail district, and the massive 8-story mall at the MBK Center. So once you’ve booked your flight and found the right hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers to Bangkok.    Close

Stories and Tips Bangkok

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Visiting Sukhumvit Road

Written by SeenThat on 29 Aug, 2007

Some aspects of the Thai culture are rather unusual; among those is their deep fascination with weird world records. Beating the record for being caged with live scorpions is one of the most gruesome; others are just an obvious effort to force reality into a…Read More


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Touring Silom Road

Written by SeenThat on 29 Aug, 2007

A dichotomy peculiar to Bangkok defines Silom Road’s character as well. It has enough attractions – cultural and commercial – to keep most visitors busy for a whole week, but those are obscured by the bad reputation created by the three infamous Patpong alleys at…Read More


The 15 Reasons We Fell in Love with Bangkok

Written by The Lost Girls on 24 Aug, 2007

New Yorkers tend to assume (or more aptly, believe with a deep, zealot-like conviction) that there’s no big city on earth that’s as funky, hip and prodigious as the one they call home. And, having spent most of my twenties falling in love with and…Read More


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Duty Free Shopping

Written by LenR on 03 Jul, 2007

Duty Free shopping was once a huge attraction for travelers but in Thailand, I have great reservations about the prices you pay for most things. There are a few duty-free shops in town where goods can be pre-ordered and then picked up at the airport…Read More


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The Markets

Written by LenR on 03 Jul, 2007

Bangkok is a city of markets and no visitor should leave without visiting several of them. The markets are generally the cheapest places to shop. This doesn't necessarily reflect on the quality of the goods sold either, and some excellent bargains are for the taking…Read More


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Ploen Chit Road

Written by SeenThat on 01 Jun, 2007

Connecting Sukhumvit Road with Siam Square, Ploen Chit Road hosts many of the main cultural and shopping centers in Bangkok; all of them are shaded by the ubiquitous Skytrain. Despite the last connecting all the road’s attractions, Ploen Chit is better explored by foot. In…Read More


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Khaosan Road

Written by SeenThat on 01 Jun, 2007

Restaurants, guesthouses, convenience stores, travel agencies, Thai massage parlours, souvenirs and T-shirts stalls; on each of these categories, Khaosan Road probably features the highest density per square meter in the whole world. It may seem unappealing, but Khaosan’s eclectic reality is a powerful magnet for…Read More


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Thai Tutti Frutti

Written by SeenThat on 16 May, 2007

The richness and variety of the Thai culture is immediately discernible even to the casual visitor; regardless if beginning the trip by visiting the Grand Palace or a humble market on a side street, the number of attractions is always overwhelming. It takes more time…Read More


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Sukhumvit Road

Written by LenR on 04 May, 2007

Sukhumvit Road can be considered the heart of Bangkok’s international tourism industry. It is certainly not the only tourist area in the city (backpackers for instance congregate on Khao San Road) but the main road and its many side street (sois) collectively contain many of…Read More


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The Chao Phraya River

Written by LenR on 04 May, 2007

Rivers and canals have always been vital forms of communication in Thailand. When the capital was moved to Bangkok in 1782 (the beginning of the Rattanakosin period), the new city was laced with canals, so Bangkok was sometimes called the "Venice of the East" by…Read More


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