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Bangkok is a magical city. For many of us, it's the place where we first meet Asia and Thailand and it leaves unforgettable memories. The first thing I noticed when I arrived was the city's vitality and the atmosphere in the streets. Food stalls with the most incredible aromas, floating markets on the khlongs (the canals which thread the town and which are navigated by canoe), temples on every street corner, locals practicing Tai Chi in the numerous parks...
A typical day in Bangkok for me: get up early to avoid the worst of the heat, then wander round the streets looking for some of the town's treasures, at midday eat a delicious meal in one of the innumerable markets. In the afternoon, when the heat becomes unbearable, visit one of the town's many museums, and finally, when the evening arrives, it's pleasant to stroll down the streets, go see a Thai boxing match with friends, and eat in one of Bangkok's vibrant neighborhoods.
Sawadee krap, as they say, and have a great holiday in Thailand !
There's a lot I could tell you about Bangkok, but then I've lived here for six years now.
Bangkok is full of life. It's a city that never sleeps; it's open all hours, particularly if you're looking for something to eat - Thais love their food.
If you don't have much time, you can cover the main sites in 2 days. Ones not to miss are the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Wat Pho. Take a trip along the canals, which gives an insider view of the town and follow it with an evening in the Lumpini park. A nice way to end the day, watching residents doing Tai Chi until the national anthem is played at 6pm, when everyone stops for a break.
This city is a must whilst you are touring Thailand and I don't have enough space here to list all the things to see and do in Bangkok. What I will say is take the time to explore its little streets to get a feel of this sprawling town, with its contrasting styles and cultures. Temples aside, there are some great markets and it is littered with street sellers, museums, malls - all the ingredients that make Bangkok a place that I love and where you'll never get bored.
The "City of Angels" is permanently on the go. Its immense avenues, dense traffic and the numerous stalls on its pavements can quickly make you dizzy!
But Bangkok has historical and cultural treasures to reveal, and these make the trip worthwhile. Most of the temples (wat) are concentrated in the eastern part of the old city, along the banks of the Chao Phraya River.
I adored the Wat Pho and its 46 m long reclining Buddha. I went there shortly before closing time and the place was almost deserted. I got to marvel at the lines of golden Buddhas and the superb perspectives offered by the multiple multicolored temples as their myriads of shades altered with the fading light: a scene of great serenity by contrast with the constant bustle of the city.
The large weekend market of Chatuchak offers the opportunity to strike some good bargains whilst enjoying the typically joyful ambiance created by the Thai people. This is the place to have some great encounters with the locals!