Mention Bangkok and you suddenly have everyone’s attention. People remember their first or last visit. They talk about sunrise or sunset over the river that snakes through the centre of the capital; of the bars; the street-food and the markets. And always, about the warmth of the Thai people.
Noodles, spicy, sour, sweet and salty
Hidden markets, dark alleys of Chinatown and the great Chao Praya River
Anything worth doing should have an element of sà·nùk (fun)
Top Things to do
Jim Thompson House
The former home of the eponymous American silk entrepreneur and art collector.
Tha Kha Floating Market, Samut Songkhram
A rendezvous of vendor boats that carry local food, vegetable, and fruit for selling.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Among the largest markets in the world. Chatuchak unites everything buyable from used vintage sneakers to baby squirrels.
Historic temples and royal palaces
The city’s largest reclining Buddha, the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand and the country’s earliest centre for public education.
Temple of Dawn
Towering over the banks of the Chao Phraya River with its unique design and colourfully decorated spires, the Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun) is easily one of the most visually striking and famous landmarks in Bangkok.
Ancient Kingdom of Ayutthaya
Once an important centre of global diplomacy and commerce, Ayutthaya is now an archaeological ruin with remains of tall prang (reliquary towers) and Buddhist monasteries of monumental proportions.