Bangkok, known to the Thais as "Krung Thep" which means city of Angels, was established in 1782 by King Rama I as the capital of Siam. Since then, it has developed into a huge metropolis with a population of more than eight million. Like other modern cities in the world, Bangkok has many skyscrapers, luxurious hotels, high-tech shopping malls and a modern international airport. However, Bangkok has managed to retain its traditional charm. It's a mixture of old and new, of East and West and this is apparent wherever you go in this intriguing city.
Things To See And Do In Bangkok
Bangkok has something for everyone. There are temples, museums and other historic sights for those interested in traditional Thai culture. There is an endless variety of good restaurants that cater for every palate. Karaoke bars, clubs, movies in several different languages and modern art galleries for those seeking the contemporary Bangkok. One thing is for sure, you'll never be bored in this city!
Sightseeing in Bangkok
If your stay in Bangkok is a short one, you won't be able to see all the many attractions. For visits of four or five days, include Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace along with Wat Po, Wat Arum, the National Museum, Erawan Shrine, Jim Thompson's House, Vimanmek Teak Mansion and a river or canal trip. If you have longer, say 10 days or more, include a trip to Jatuchak Weekend market (where you can buy just about anything) and a Thai boxing match (at one of the two boxing stadiums). Evenings are a good time to sample the diverse Bangkok cuisine, especially at some Thai restaurants where you can also enjoy cultural performances or riverside restaurants where you can feel the atmosphere of the old city.
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