The Thai city of Bangkok is a populous city known for its traditional shrines, bustling streets and busy nightlife. Split by the Chao Phraya River, which millions of locals use for transport, socialising and business, the city developed from its position as a naval trading post and was at the centre of the country's modernisation through the 16th and 17th centuries.
Today visitors come to see ornate temples such as Wat Pho, the incredible Grand Palace and Wat Arun. Bustling markets such as the huge Chatuchak market, the backpacker haven of Khaosan Road and the varied Bangkok nightlife have long been the stuff of travel legends. Modern skyscrapers, mega malls and the incredibly diverse street food give the city a vibe not found anywhere else in the world.
The street food in Thailand is popular with anyone who visits, and Pad Thai, fried meats, sweet candies and spicy noodles fill the streets of downtown and the many markets across the city. Go to any tourist attraction in the city and find a line of stalls selling sweet, sour and spicy food at any time of the day to keep up your energy for sightseeing.
Bangkok is a city filled with history, and visitors can learn about the religion and culture of the city at the many temples and museums. The Erawan Museum is a history museum shaped like a giant three-headed elephant, contains antiquities and art and is modelled after the Hindu representation of the universe. The temple of the reclining Buddha and the Emerald Buddha at the Grand Palace are also beautiful ways of learning about the religions of Thailand. Tuk-tuks and taxis are cheap modes of transport in Bangkok, and the high-speed sky train will get tourists across the city quickly.
Many people visit Thailand for a relaxing and luxurious holiday so there are many 5 star hotels in Bangkok to choose from. Most offer fitness centres, spas, pools, on-site restaurants, bars and room service. Some hotels even have infinity pools and sky bars on the roof, and all 5 star rooms will have air-con (which is cruicial in this city!).
As well as the well-known names like Ibis and Novotel, you will find many 5 star hotels offering luxury such as the Grand Sukhumvit Hotel which features the popular restaurant Café de Nimes; here, the chef blends Mediterranean and Asian flavours in artistic dishes.