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Bangkok is the thriving capital city of Thailand and where most tourists begin their Thailand adventure. Known for its great street food, entertainment, markets and temples, Bangkok is an eclectic mix of activity. With definitely more than meets the eye, Bangkok’s attractions include parks, museums, theatres, shrines and zoos.
Bangkok Floating Markets
The Damnoen Saduak floating market is one of the most popular markets of its kind. Opened to the public in 1868, the market is packed with vendors and purchases floating in their rowing boats, selling and buying produce. Observe traditional Thai culture and sample local produce through a guided tour of the markets.
Pratanam is an area of Bangkok known for its good value hotels, markets and produce. In this area you can sample food from all around the globe. To sample excellent Thai food suitable for the Western palate the Once Upon a Time restaurant is favoured by tourists. The Tae Chew restaurant inside the Grand Diamond Suites Hotel is a Chinese food haven, known for its dim sum, roast duck and hot and sour soup. Platinum Mall shopping centre also hosts a diverse range of food outlets.
Temple of Dawn
Sitting on the Chao Phraya River, the Temple of Dawn is one of many Bangkok temples scattered across the city. The Temple of Dawn is named after the Indian God of Dawn, ‘Aruna’, and was constructed in the 17th Century. Tourists can climb up the temple to view the river and surrounds. The east side of the river at sunset is regarded as the best view of the temple, where the temple’s silhouette is displayed across the skyline.
The Grand Palace and Wat Prakeaw
The Grand Palace is one of the most famous sites in Bangkok and was the home of the Thai King for 150 years. Today, the site is a beautiful, dazzling tribute to the Thai Kingdom. Several different buildings make up the Grand Palace complex and the Reception Halls are still frequently used for ceremonies and rituals. The detail and unique architecture of the buildings are impressive and astounding, transporting you right inside the Royal Family.