Bangkok, the (41) of thailand, is a city of contrasts

     

A đô thị of contrasts with highlights at every corner that’ll leave you craving for more. From tuk-tuks, boats and sky trains khổng lồ shining temples, humble street markets, 200-year old village homes, & lively rooftop bars & restaurants, bangkok is a dynamic city full of life, character and culture.

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Did you know thủ đô bangkok is the English name, the Thai"s know this city as: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. 

The translation means: “The đô thị of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable đô thị (unlike Ayutthaya) of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a đô thị given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn.”

Population: 10,539,000

Vibe: Bangkok is crazy all day & even crazier at night. This is the thành phố that never sleeps. The Chao Phraya River snakes around the city và canals feed through the city. Highways cut through a sea of skyscrapers và luxurious golden temples peak through the modern high-rises. 

Known for: Being the capital of đất nước thái lan and a major tourist gateway to lớn the rest of vương quốc của những nụ cười and all of Southeast Asia. Thủ đô bangkok thái lan is also nicknamed the “Venice of the East" due to the elaborate network of canals (known as khlongs) that run through the city. It boasts bargain shopping, funky markets, a riverside full of quality attractions, local delicacies, buzzing nightlife & amazing historical sites that display its quality heritage. 

Must Do: Take a tuk tuk tour of the city and make stops at the Grand Palace, the Emerald Buddha và Wat Pho. 

 

THINGS lớn SEE & DO


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Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn. Photo Credit: Mark Fischer - Flickr

Must-see Cultural Attractions xứ sở của những nụ cười thân thiện thái lan has a long and proud history evident in its grand temples và palaces. The Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo), Wat Po and Wat Arun are a must-see on any travellers list và are all fairly close together on the west side of the thành phố along the Chao Phraya River so you could see them all in one go.

You can either jump in a tuk tuk and make your way to each attraction or take a boat tour up the river to lớn see them from a different perspective. You"ll need to lớn wear modest clothes if you"re planning on going inside the temples or the palace. 

Khao San Road Area The famous Khao San Road Area is a popular hub for budget travellers và backpackers. This short lively street located in the heart of thủ đô bangkok thái lan was once a major rice market, and its name “Khaosan” can be translated as “milled rice”. Jam-packed with cheap shops, restaurants & bars, accommodation & travel agents (plus the Stray thủ đô bangkok thái lan shop!). At night, there are plenty of places khổng lồ have a drink & a delicious bite to eat, meet new people & watch the night unfold.

Lumphini Park One of the city"s regionally famous parks is Lumphini Park, named after the Buddha’s birthplace in Nepal (Lumbini) và known as Bangkok"s Central Park. Once a camp for Japanese soldiers during World War II, today the park holds grand pageants and ceremonies of the thai constitution. Lumphini Park is Bangkok’s largest park at a whopping 58 hectares and home to a beautiful man-made lake surrounded by walking paths, luscious green trees và extensive lawns. This is the perfect place lớn step out of the hustle và bustle of the city và spend a few peaceful hours soaking up the scenery. You can even hire a paddle boat & explore the lake!

MarketsThere are no shortage of markets in bangkok although some of them stand out above the rest: The Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the largest markets in the world with over 8000 stalls filled with everything from souvenirs to lớn fashion, pets to art. The Floating markets in the Taling Chan District are genuine local markets where you can ride a longtail boat around the stalls, tasting the food, shopping and even getting a foot mát xa under the trees. The Patpong Night Market in the Silom district is famous for knock off goods & go-go bars và showcases a seedier side of Bangkok. 

Shopping Malls Take the BTS Skytrain lớn Siam where you"ll find a cluster of shopping malls that all cater for different budgets.

At the MBK mall you"ll find knock off fashion items & souvenirs, jewellery và technology, you can bargain here to lớn get a good price. Across the road you"ll see Siam Centre where you"ll find middle range fashion and directly across the square you"ll find Siam Paragon, one of the biggest shopping centres in Asia. It carries all the luxury brands, & is trang chủ to Southeast Asia"s largest aquarium, a 16-screen cineplex & an impressive food court. It"s worth going into just to kiểm tra out the super car showrooms, cafes with individual iPod docks và impressive entrance displays.

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Eating & Drinking


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Street food stalls on Khao San Road. Photo Credit: Ronald Tagra - Flickr

Bangkok is heaven for foodies!

Thai food is exceptional with an exotic phối of flavours. Make sure you try some of these local favourites:

Tom Yum Goong - a spicy, fragrant soup with prawns (goong), mushrooms và lemongrass.Som Tum - spicy green papaya salad with a sweet và spicy flavourGaeng Daeng & Gaeng Keow Wan - Red curry and green curry. Both have a coconut milk base & either a red chilli paste or a green paste. Try them with beef (nua), chicken (kai/gai) or tofu. Pad thai - thai style fried noodles with fish sauce, egg, beansprouts and either chicken, prawns or tofu Med Ma Muang (Kai/Gai) - stir fried chicken with dried chillies, cashew nuts, sometimes carrots và mushrooms, in a mild sauce. 

You"ll never be stuck for a place khổng lồ eat in thủ đô bangkok and you"ll find something khổng lồ suit every budget. For just a few dollars you can get a delicious three course meal of vegetarian spring rolls, chicken pad Thai and a banana pancake from the street food carts on Khao San road. Chinatown"s road-side restaurants offer fast, tasty seafood meals và there are also plenty of international options. 

Some of the best roof đứng top bars include Moon Bar, a completely mở cửa air bar at the đứng top of the Banyan Tree hotel on the 61st floor; the Rooftop Bar on the 83rd floor of the Baiyoke Sky khách sạn and the Sky Bar on the 63rd floor of the Lebua Hotel, probably best known for its role in The Hangover 2. Sky Bar"s creative cocktails (get yourself a hangovertini!) will phối you back a bit more than your regular cocktail but the views over the Chao Phraya river are priceless. These rooftop bars will have you Instagramming all night long!

 

WHERE STRAY STAYS

New Siam Palace Ville Hotel

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56 Trok Rong Mhai Chanasongkram 10200 Bangkok, ThailandView in Google MapsTel: +66 2 282 4142


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This centrally located accommodation is close lớn Khao San Road, the Stray shop, the Grand Palace và a number of museums, yet far enough away from Khao San road that it is quiet và peaceful. 

Facilities: Free WiFi, 24hour reception desk, Swimming pool and on site restaurant, TV, ensuite bathroom and mini fridge in each room. 

Khaosan Station Hostel 

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Talat Yot, Phra NakhonBangkok 10200, ThailandView in Google Maps


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 Khaosan, located in the heart of Bangkok, is a simple but clean và cozy hostel with helpful & friendly staff. The city"s đứng đầu historic attractions and museums lượt thích The National Gallery and The Grand Palace are just walking distance from the hostel. You are also minutes away from the beautiful Chao Phraya River where you can ditch the congested streets for a boat & enjoy a scenic river cruise. 

Features: Free WiFi & breakfast. 

GETTING FROM bangkok thái lan AIRPORT lớn THE CENTRAL CITY

From Bangkok"s Suvarnabhumi International Airport to lớn Khao San Road area.

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BY TAXI

Please Note: from Suvarnabhumi International Airport by taxi, you will need to lớn pay 50 THB airport service fee to the taxi driver on vị trí cao nhất of toll fees và meter.

MINI VAN

Minivan from Khao San area to airport (only) is about 200 bầu Baht per person. It can take 1-2 hours. Note: This is a public minivan which will pick-up passengers from other hotels, so it is best khổng lồ allow up to lớn 2 hours lớn get to lớn the Airport (just lớn be sure). 

 

 

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