See the "Best of Bangkok" on your way to Asia or Europe or even a visit to Thailand. Gilded Temples, the friendliest people, delectable cuisine and unbelievable shopping adventures are just a few of the delights that this amazing city has to offer.
See the Tourism Authority of Thailand's visitors guide for more details: http://uk.tourismthailand.org/
It's said that Bangkok is a city that never sleeps. That it has been awarded the world's greatest city to visit a few times now probably says it all. The 'City of Angels' is a stand out for many reasons. It's unique ambience and culture; the food, shopping, hospitality, location and overall value for money. The city is home to over 11 million people and oftens serves as a transit point for visitors heading for the country's southern beach hotspots or other parts of Southeast Asia.
With all these options, from local diners to glitzy restaurants and to ritzy clubs, it's easy to see why Bangkok is a city with plenty of 'buzz'.
For those who've already been luck enough to venture to Bangkok, you'll know that the food stalls, bars, clubs and restaurants seem to offer endless variety - with new 'hot spots' opening up regularly for repeat visitors.
Bangkok is affectionately known as the Venice of the East....a city of over 6 million people, built almost entirely over water. The intricate web of canals connects the city with the main river channel, the famous Chayo Praya River that flows to south to the Gulf of Thailand.
Bangkok is 'shopper heaven' with a seemingly endless array of shopping opportunities from local markets to glamorous shopping malls and everything in between. No matter where you choose to stay, there'll be shopping nearby or a least a quick BTS Skytrain or MTR underground ride away.
When your shopping, sightseeing, exploring and eating missions are complete, you'll need to take a breath and recover. What better way than to find your way into one of the many Spa resorts, day Spas or local Thai massage retreats found across the city. You can even have your hair, nails and massage treatment done all in the same place and for a fraction of the cost you would pay at home.
Most visitors to Bangok will already be familiar with the world-famous Thai cuisine and have a favourite dish they'll be keen to sample when they arrive in Thailand - Som Tum, Tom Yum Gung, Massaman, Pad Thai or a great green or red curry, of course you'll find them all and in abudance. Although some of these dishes may be toned down for western palattes, you can order by the 'chilli' to get just the heat you need.
If you're yet to experience a Festival, Holiday or Special Event in Thailand, you need to put one on your travel map as soon as possible! There are plenty of opportunities throughout the year to join the local people in the cities or villages to celebrate with them. From the Thai New Year Celebrations of Songkran in April to the beautiful Loy Krathong Festival in November and everything in between, you're sure to find an excuse to visit and celebrate in the Kingdom of Thailand. Visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand for a full calendar of events here.
Immerse yourself in the spiritual side of Bangkok. It won't be difficult with a majority of 95% of the population being followers of Buddhism and a plethora of mystical temples and spriritual sites around the city. You will feel the compassion and tolerance exuded by Buddhism beliefs as you experience daily life in this frenetic yet spiritually peaceful capital. Read more about religion in Thailand here.
If it's been a few years or more since you ventured to the bustling metropolis that is Bangkok, the first thing you'll notice when you next arrive is the skyline. From a sprawling, low-rise city, a building boom has seen a rapid change in the height of the city, with skyscaping office towers and apartment blocks now towering over the streets and canals. And where better to enjoy the new skyline than from one of the many rooftop bars opening up for rooftop relaxation and spectacular sunsets. Find out more here.
Visitors to Bangkok cannot help but be enchanted by the beautiful flower decorations found across the city...in the market places, at temples, on roadside stalls and in flower arrangements in hotels and shopping malls. The artistic talents of Thai florists is world-renowned. If you love blooms as much as we do, take a visit to the Flower Markets in Chinatown or ask your hotel concierge for a market near you. If you're feeling more adventurous, take a day trip to one of Thailand's spectacular orchid farms. For more information visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
So, you're heading to Thailand on a budget? No problem. There are loads of free and inexpensive activities to keep you busy during your stay. Hotels, food stalls, shops, markets and sights all come with budget options in Bangkok. Grab a copy of Nancy Chandler's Bangkok map and get exploring! Maps are available from most hotels and book shops.