is one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities. Created the Thai capital
in 1782 by the first monarch of the present Chakri dynasty, Bangkok
is a national treasure house and Thailand’s spiritual, cultural,
political, commercial, educational and diplomatic center.
Major tourism attractions
include glittering Buddhist temples, palaces, timeless ‘Venice of
the East’ canal and river scenes, classical dance extravaganzas,
an almost legendary nightlife, and numerous air-conditioned shopping
centers selling Thai silks, cottons, gemstones, bronze and pewterware,
and many, many more internationally admired handicrafts.
Bangkok exceeds 1,500
square kilometers in area. Its population of over 6 million means
that approximately one in every ten Thais is a Bangkokian.
Simply stated, Bangkok is
one of the best eating places in the world, for gourmet and gourmand
alike. Almost every major cuisiine in the world is represented in
specialty restaurants located throughout the city. Quality Thai
and Chinese food is ubiquitous in outlets as divers as coffeeshops
and street front restaurants, markets and food centres found in
shopping arcades, department stores and hotels. Several complimentary
English-language tourism guides, availabel at hotel reception desks,
provide comprehensive listings of choice eating places. The classified
advertisement pages of Bangkok’s most popular English language newspapers
are another reliable source of information for good dining.
Bangkok’s nightlife is
almost legendary. Nightlife outlets are found citywide. Beyoud hotels,
the most popular nightlife areas are the Phatphong area between
Silom and Surawong roads, the Soi Nana and Soi Cowboy areas on Sukhumvit
Road, and the New Phetchaburi Road area between Sukhumvit Sois 21
and 71. Aforementioned complimentary English language tourism magazines
list the most popular outlets, such as bars, discotheques, restaurants
featuring Thai clasical dance and cocktail lounges