Visiting Bangkok

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A popular destination for holidaymakers, Bangkok, the capital of Thailand underlines its status as a global city due to its growing influence on politics, culture and entertainment. With its wealth of landmarks and attractions it welcomes 11 million visitors each year. If you are looking for exoticism, Bangkok is just the place for you!An ideal way of experiencing local life and food is to wander around one of the many markets in the city. Varying from the hot and stifling mazes such as the ‘Chatuchak Weekend Market’, to the more sophisticated night market of ‘Suan Lum Night Bazaar’, there’s a market to suit every bargain hunter. The ‘Chatuchak Weekend Market’ welcomes over 200,000 visitors every Saturday and Sunday and consists of over 15,000 stalls. It is possibly the biggest market in the world and will put your bartering skills to the test. A guided visit to the ‘Ancient City Samut Prakan’ is definitely something not to be missed. Featuring replicas of the country’s most important monuments (over 116 replicas), displays of artifacts and set in beautiful gardens, it is a pleasant way of discovering the history of Thailand. During the visit, you will also experience the excitement of watching crocodile and elephant shows. (Admission fee from: £35)No visit to Bangkok would be complete without visiting a temple (known as ‘wats’ in Thai). Although temples are a big tourist attraction, they are above all, an important aspect of Buddhism. If you are up and about early enough, you will see the daily alms ritual which takes place in every temple, whereby people donate food and necessities to the monks which is part of the Buddhist philosophy of giving to attain a better life beyond this one. The most important Buddhist temple in Thailand is ‘Wat Phra Kaew’ and is situated in the historic centre of Bangkok. Guided tours are organised between 10am and 2pm and costs £2.60. Make sure you dress appropriately otherwise you may be refused admission.Nightlife in Bangkok is very lively, and there are always people milling about on the streets at all hours of the day. If you are looking for some lively entertainment, then go and see a ‘ladyboy show’. The ‘Bangkok Calypso Ladyboy Show’ (prices from £12) provides entertainment for the whole family and is an explosion of colours and sounds. After the show, have a snack at one of the many food stalls open all night on the streets of Bangkok.

Travel review

I spent 12 days in Bangkok with my wife and two children and we absolutely loved it! It was our first visit to an Asian country and we were amazed by the people, culture and food. The Thai people were so friendly and welcoming and we made quite a few friends during our stay. What we loved most about it was the nightlife. It was great being able to wander on the streets at 1am and still feel safe. It’s a city never sleeps. We visited the ‘Patpong Night Market’ and really enjoyed the lively atmosphere. It’s full of tourists though, and the vendors take advantage of this to increase their prices and the quality of the products aren’t always very good, so don’t be fooled by this. But it’s definitely well worth a visit. We really enjoyed Thai food. There is such a wide variety of things to eat at all hours of the day, and as a result, I put on 2 kilos during the trip! I recommend the many street food stalls in the Ratchaprasong area where all the locals eat. There are stalls which sell grilled meat, noodles or fruit either to be eaten there and then or taken home. A fantastic culinary experience!We’ll definitely go back to Bangkok again and would love to see the rest of the country. I would recommend it to people looking for something exotic!

Did you know ?

The traditional name of Bangkok is ‘Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit’. The Guiness Book of Records has listed it as the longest name in the world!

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Found on the Chao Phraya River in Central Thailand, Bangkok is the capital of the country and has a population of over 8.2 million in the city centre. What started as a small trading post in the 15th century is now a booming city that is a major regional centre for finance and business. Bangkok is a top destination for tourists with its culture, food, and nightlife. Popular attractions include the Grand Palace, the national museum, Khao San Road, the Chatuchak weekend market, and the Taling Chan Floating Market. Bangkok has a tropical wet and dry climate. The rainy season lasts from May until October. The city has an annual precipitation of almost 1,500mm. Temperatures remain almost constant year-round. The average high temperature in summer is around 34°C. In winter, it stays around 31°C with lows near 21°C.