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Welcome to Thailand! Explore the contrasts of the exotic and ebullient city of Bangkok. In the capital of Thailand, the ancient and the modern flow together when old temple architecture meets magnificent modern hotels and large skyscrapers. This modern city, where East meets West, has become a reference economically, politically, and socially, not only for Thailand but also for Indochina and South Asia. The Chao Phraya River splits the multicultural city into two main regions, which are connected with a railway line. The rustic area situated between the river and the railway lines is referred to as Old Bangkok or Ko Rattanakosin. With a population of almost ten million inhabitants, this pulsing heart of the Orient is one of the largest cities in the world and a shopper’s heaven. Get around the city in a tuc tuc- taxi and experience the delicious spicy Thai food in exclusive restaurants or at one of the markets. Foreigners worldwide refer to the city as Bangkok, but the authentic name of the city is Krung Thep Mahanakhon, “the city of angels”.
The city’s most famous landmark and a tourist “must see” is the official royal residence, the Grand Palace. It was built in 1782 as the home of the Thai King. After King Rama VIII ‘s death, King IX moved the official royal residence to Chitralada Palace. Directly adjacent to the Grand Palace, in one of its outer courtyards is the Wat Phra Kaew Temple, known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The dark green figure of Buddha carved from a single jade stone is raised over an elevated altar surrounded by large gilded decorations.
Behind the impressive Temple of the Emerald Buddha, another temple can be found, the Wat Pho, Temple of the Reclining Buddha. This is the largest temple in Bangkok and famous for its huge and majestic reclining Buddha. This is the place to be initiated into yoga and to receive a therapeutic Thai massage. Experience also the precious temple of Dawn, Wat Arun, locally known as Wat Chaeng on the bank of the Chao Phraya River.
On the Ratchawithi Road the world’s largest house made of golden teak can be visited. The Vimanmek Mansion was built as a royal residence of king Rama V but is now an extraordinary museum for you to visit. The royal gardens of Sanam Luang is the best setting for a charming picnic. Dinner can be enjoyed in a boat cruise on the river. The longest road in Thailand, the Sukhumvit Road, invites you to shopping, eating and nightlife. On this street the options are many: fashionable restaurants, bars, luxury hotels and trendy clubs. Spoil yourself in one of the abundant day Spas. The choice is yours.
Bangkok is the shopper’s paradise. Antiques and the finest contemporary fashion can be found in the bountiful markets and in modern air-conditioned shopping malls. Go on a shopping excursion to The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, 110 km West of Bangkok. Or become one of the 200,000 people that daily visit the 15,000 stands in the biggest market in Bangkok, the Chatuchak market. Go night-shopping in the famous indulgent markets of Patpong or Suan Lum. Meet one of the tailors and have fashionable good quality fitted outfits, designed just for you!