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Bangkok in Central Thailand

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For many, Bangkok, Thailand is the ultimate travel destination. A heady blend of modernity and tradition, Bangkok has something to offer everyone. Modern Bangkok is a large, bustling city of some 6 million people. The capital of Thailand, it is the administrative centre and the heart of the country. It is a city where skyscrapers and modern buildings jostle for space against the Bangkok skyline. It is also very much a city of entertainment and fun. Above all, Bangkok is a city of extremes.

Despite its modern trappings, Bangkok is firmly embedded in tradition. All aspects of Thai culture are revered here, as they are in any rural or less urban part of the country. Rituals are carried out on a daily basis. Like elsewhere in the country, Monks accept their daily alms and people of all ages pray and make merit at one of countless temples. In Bangkok you can at one moment be in the 21st century, the next walking through antiquity.

Thailand's capital has everything the modern traveller enjoys. The city has a wide range of world-class accommodation, from '6-star' hotels, to moderately priced guesthouses for those on a more limited budget. Bangkok also offers some of the best food on the planet - authentic Thai cuisine alongside the very best dishes from almost every part of the world. Of course, Bangkok's nightlife is legendary and offers an unparalleled range of entertainment - bars and go-go, shows, concerts, and cinema - almost everything you could possibly want is available here.

As Thailand is a regional hub, Bangkok has become one of the most important cities in the region. As with the rest of the country, banking services are efficient and reliable, and telecommunications services are equally good. An international standard telephone network and high speed Internet facilities help you keep in touch, whether you are here on holiday or in Bangkok on business. With the introduction of the BTS 'Sky Train' elevated railway (and the more recent introduction of the MRT 'Subway' underground railway) alongside development of expressways and elevated toll ways, travelling around Bangkok is now as convenient as travelling in any major city.

Bangkok is not just a city to visit briefly on your way to somewhere else. It is a place so rich in experience you will want to visit it time and time again. To help you get the most out of your trip to Bangkok, ThailTravelInfo gives you the information you need to have the best time you can!



"Must see" in Bangkok

The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew really are places you must visit while you are in Bangkok. Both have... read more

Patpong
Patpong is a main nightlife attraction in Bangkok for tourists. The area is the street that connects... read more

Jim Thompson's House
Of all the players in Thai history, Jim Thompson is probably the most mysterious. An American serviceman... read more

Chatuchak Market
Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the world's largest weekend markets. Also known as J.J., it contains... read more

The National Museum
For people interested in getting a good feel for the history of Thailand, the museum is very much a 'must... read more

Wat Pho
Wat Phra Chetuphon (locally known as Wat Pho) is famed for the massive 'Reclining Buddha' it houses.... read more

Siam Niramit
Siam Niramit offers spectacular show of Thai art and culture. With amazing special effects using state-of-the-art... read more

Siam Ocean World
Located on floors B1 and B2 of the brand new Siam Paragon Centre, Siam Ocean World is probably the most... read more

MBK
MBK, founded in 1985, also known by its former name as Mah Boon Krong, is the most famous shopping mall... read more

Siam Paragon
Siam Paragon offers a wide range of specialty stores, luxury brand name stores and restaurants as well... read more

CentralWorld
CentralWorld is the largest shopping mall in Bangkok. It's a one-stop destination for shopping, dining... read more

Khaosan Road
Khaosan Road or Thanon Khaosan is a popular tourist street in central Bangkok, Thailand. It is located... read more

Muay Thai Fight
Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) is a true martial art. If you love boxing and fighting, an experience to see... read more

 
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"Worth seeing" in Bangkok

Wat Arun
Wat Arun (or the Temple of Dawn) is probably one of the most recognizable temples in Bangkok, not least... read more

Safari World
Located in Min Buri, just north of Bangkok, Safari World is an 800,000 square metre complex comprising... read more

Wat Benchamabophit
Noted for its construction in Carrana marble, Wat Benchamabophit was built during the reign of King Rama... read more

Wat Ratchabophit
Wat Ratchabophit was built by King Rama V in 1869 and displays a variety of western and local influences... read more

Queen Sirikit Park
This park used to be a golf course so you get the idea of what it looks like. Surprisingly, it's just... read more

Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall
Completed in 1904, the Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall is situated east of the Vimanmek Mansion. The building... read more

Ban Bat
The daily ritual of monks walking along the Sois of Thailand to collect alms (donations of food) is one... read more

Nana Plaza
The Nana Plaza Entertainment Complex (usually just referred to as 'Nana') is a curious construction;... read more

Baiyoke Tower II
Baiyoke Tower II is well worth a visit if you have the time - and of course if you are OK with heights!... read more

Chalermkrung Royal Theatre (Sala Chaloem Krung)
Opened in 1933, Chalermkrung Royal Theatre (Sala Chaloem Krung) specialises in performances of 'Khon'... read more

Democracy Monument
Commemorating the introduction of constitutional monarchy in Thailand, Democracy Monument has witnessed... read more

Erawan Shrine
The Erawan Shrine (or San Phra Phrom as it is known locally) was initially meant to be a 'spirit house'... read more

Floating Markets
As you have probably read elsewhere, Bangkok's maze of inland waterways lead to people referring to it... read more

Tha Kha Floating Market
The Tha Kha Floating Market probably appears more authentic because it is visited by fewer tourists than... read more

Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market
Probably the easiest to get to in terms of distance from Bangkok, Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market is probably... read more

Taling Chan Floating Market
The Taling Chan Floating Market takes place at the weekends in front of Taling Chan District Office.... read more

International Buddhist Meditation Centre (I.B.M.C.)
The International Buddhist Meditation Centre was founded over a decade ago with the objectives of enabling... read more

Koh Kret
Although officially located in Nonthaburi Province, Koh Kret is reasonably accessible from Bangkok. An... read more

Pratunam Market
Pratunam Market specialises in clothes - lots of them... All different colours, all different styles... read more

Bobae Market / Bobae Tower
If you are interested in knowing just how cheap things really are before they get to the shops, go to... read more

Patpong Night Market
Although Patpong is historically famous as a Go-Go area, these days it is enjoying increasing fame as... read more

The National Gallery
Although probably not immediately recognized as a country of art, a visit to Thailand's premier art gallery... read more

The National Theatre
Thailand's National Theatre predominantly shows Thai Classical drama and features performances of Khon... read more

Pantip Plaza
For those of under the belief the particular country you come from is the pinnacle of high technology,... read more

Royal City Avenue (RCA)
Royal City Avenue (or just RCA as it is known by locals) is one of the biggest entertainment areas in... read more

The Siam Society
The Siam Society is a surprisingly little-known outlet for Thai and International culture. Their motto... read more

Siam Square
Over the last few years Siam Square has become the zenith of shopping experience in Bangkok. As the name... read more

Silom Village
Silom Village is a commercial operation, but has become a major hit with visitors because of its cultural... read more

Statue of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V)
Being so centrally located, the equestrian statue of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) is well worth a visit.... read more

Ratchadamnoen
In 1941 Ratchadamnoen became the first Muay Thai stadium in Bangkok, although construction of the site... read more

Thailand Cultural Center
The Thailand Cultural Centre is Thailand's bastion of all things cultural and all things Thai. Located... read more

The House of Dhamma
For those interested in meditation the House of Dhamma offers public classes in Vipassana (Insight) meditation... read more

Vimanmek Mansion (Vimanmek Palace)
Originally located on Koh Sri Chang, King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V) moved Vimanmek Mansion (Cloud Mansion)... read more

Wat Bowon Niwet
Wat Bowon Niwet is regarded as being one of Bangkok's most important temples, not least because it was... read more

Wat Intharawihan
Wat Intharawihan houses one of the biggest Buddha images you are likely to see - at 32 metres tall and... read more

Wat Ratchanadda (The Loha Prasat)
Across the street from the Golden Mount, Wat Ratchanadda probably the most unique temple design in Bangkok.... read more

Wat Saket - Temple of the Golden Mount
Wat Saket is famed for its Golden Mount - a spire that rises some 260 feet into the air from ground level.... read more

Wat Suthat - the Giant Swing
Built in the early 19th century, Wat Suthat and the Giant Swing are both a little off the beaten track,... read more

Wat Traimit
In the Chinatown part of Bangkok lies Wat Traimit - home of a large Buddha image. Rising to only 15 feet,... read more

World Fellowship of Buddhists
The World Fellowship of Buddhists is an international organization dedicated to Buddhism and Buddhist... read more

Benchasiri Park
Benchasiri Park was opened in 1992 to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen's 60th birthday. One of a few... read more

Chatuchak Park
Better known for being the venue for the Weekend Market, Chatuchak Park is a large park with plenty of... read more

Sanam Luang
Sometimes known as the 'Royal Park' or 'Royal Field', Sanam Luang is right in the centre of the Rattanakosin... read more

Dream World
Dream World is the absolute stuff of kids! You won't get out of here until they are exhausted... and... read more

Siam Park (Suan Siam)
The closest thing you will get to the real thing around Bangkok, this theme park revolves around a man-made... read more

The Ancient City (Muang Boran)
Ancient City is a 'mini-world' focusing on Thailand's history and culture. Representations of all aspects... read more

Bangkok Planetarium
More formerly the 'National Science Centre for Education', Bangkok Planetarium offers an educational... read more

Patravadi Theatre
Founded by actress Miss Patravadi Mejudhon, Bangkok's first open-air theatre is located on the Thonburi... read more

Dusit Zoo
The zoo is always a great day out anywhere in the world and Bangkok is no exception. At Dusit Zoo you... read more

Songkran Miyomsane Forensic Medicine Museum
If you are looking for something different to do, a trip around the Songkran Miyomsane Forensic Medicine... read more

The Royal Carriage Museum
The Royal Carriage Museum houses carriages used for royal processions during the reign of King Rama V.... read more

Lumpini Park
Lumpini Park is the biggest park in the central business district and is a favourite amongst office workers... read more

Central Chidlom
Central Chidlom is considered the flagship store of the Central Department Stores chain. It offers a... read more

Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall
The Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall is a former reception hall within Dusit Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.... read more

Hun Lakon Lek at Aksra Theatre
The Aksra Hoon Lakorn Lek is a performance of traditional Thai puppets that takes place at the Aksra... read more



"At Your Leisure" in Bangkok

Wat Mahathat
Built during the reign of King Rama I, Wat Mahathat is an important temple dedicated to the Mahanikai... read more

Soi Cowboy
Soi Cowboy is much smaller than Nana or Patpong but has lots to offer. Located near Sukhumvit Soi 21,... read more

Victory Monument
Victory Monument commemorates those who died in national service - policemen, military officers and civilians.... read more

The Princess Mother Memorial Park
Situated in the Princess Mother's childhood home of Thonburi, the Princess Mother Memorial Park was built... read more

Rangsit Stadium
Unlike most Bangkok stadiums, there are two rings at Rangsit Stadium - one for male fighters and one... read more

Channel 7 Stadium
If you want to be famous, these fights are often shown on TV! Bouts take place Sundays 13.45 onwards... read more

Beer Garden Festival
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