An intoxicating blend of modern-day sophistication and centuries-old traditions, Bangkok is an intriguing city. By day, the streets throng with beeping traffic and by night, they light up in a blaze of neon. But there’s peace among the chaos too, so be sure to stay at least a couple of days to discover the golden-spired temples, floating markets and traditional craft shops hidden among the skyscrapers.
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The largest city in Thailand, its capital and home to many of its most treasured sights, Bangkok is often visitors’ first impression of Southeast Asia. And what an impression it is! A whirlwind of noise and sights, smells and flavours; a sticky, evocative concoction of gold-spired temples and palaces, high rise buildings and designer shopping malls intermingled with traditional floating markets and some of the tastiest street food on the planet. Here, traditional ceremonies and age-old festivals form part of daily life, and there’s still an unwavering affection for the royal family. Even after dark it’s a city that never stops: the traffic roars into the night, the neons sparkle and the city throngs as its residents and visitors hit the bars, clubs and restaurants in search of authentic pad thai or a perfect cocktail-and-city-view combo.
Did you know?
Bangkok has the longest name of any city in the world. you may know it as Bangkok BUT the local name is 169 characters long and listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
According to the World Meteorological Organisation, Bangkok is officially the world’s hottest city, with an average of 28°C annually.
Bangkok has the largest gold Buddha in the world, found at Wat Traimit. Just shy of 3 metres tall, the statue weighs 5.5 tonnes and is worth US$250million.
The durian, a large prickly fruit, is so smelly that it is banned on Bangkok’s underground train network.
How to get around
Take to the skies
Bangkok’s public transport system is convenient and reliable, with various options including buses, taxis, ferries, and the MRT (the tube). The best way to travel is the BTS Skytrain, which flies high above the city’s streets, avoiding the grid-locked roads and giving you a glimpse of the city from the window. Another favourite are the long tail river taxis, a relaxing way to reach Wat Arun or the floating markets further afield. And of course no visit to Thailand would be complete without a ride in a tuk tuk. Just remember to agree a price before you get in.