Bangkok

Bangkok 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.

Dining/Nightlife

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




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