Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and has many an exciting adventure to suit most tastes. Most visitors take time out to explore the spectacular temples and go on one of the famous evening river cruises. Whilst keeping its old traditions Bangkok is attracting a lot of investment from around the world and a number of quality developments are starting to appear.
Getting to Bangkok
Bangkok is very easy to get to, having one of the most modern and busiest airports in Asia. Regular flights arrive constantly from all corners of the globe.
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Real Estate in Bangkok
Bangkok has seen the arrival of most of the worlds larger resort brands which are already in place and those not there are loking to join them. With the setup of some major property funds from such companies as Raimon Land and Major Development Bangkok is enjoying the development of some serious luxury condominiums and housing projects.
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Bangkok has enough of everything to suit all desires and the hotel selection is no exception. For those looking to enjoy the finest that Bangkok has to offer there are plenty to choose from. Most of these sit along the river and top brands can be enjoyed at a more reasonable rate than other parts of the world.
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Bangkok Weather Seasons
Bangkok enjoys hot weather all year round averaging about 30 degrees celsius. It cools down a little during the rainy season which hits around the same time as the European summer in July and August. Even then they generally experience just an hour of downpour each afternoon beofre it clears up again for the evening.
What to visit in Bangkok
This 'city of angles' is one of the most important tourist centres in the world, with a dazzling array of cultural delights and saucy entertainment in equal measure. People come to Bangkok to have their senses aroused and no one who truly puts the effort in goes home disappointed. Always hectic and intoxicating, Bangkok is a city where anything is possible. For more information visit 1stopBangkok.
Wat Phra Kaew and Grand Palace
The stunning golden chedi of Wat Phra Kaew is amongst the most popular post cards to send to loved ones back home, but to see the monument first hand is immeasurably more spectacular. Inside the temple is the impressive Emerald Buddha, a small yet highly-revered religious icon. The neo-Baroque architecture of the palace itself is worth touring for an afternoon but beware scam artists who claim the complex is closed and shepherd you elsewhere. Na Phralan Road, Rattanakosin district.
The National Museum
For a thorough understanding of Thai art over many centuries there is no better place to explore than the National Museum. More than 1,500 years of exhibits are housed within the building with exceptional displays cataloguing the nation's history and much of the diversity that makes the Kingdom great. It is possible to lose yourself for many hours in the different galleries so make sure to leave enough time. Na Phrathat Road, Phra Borommaharatchawang, Phra Nakhon.
Khao San Road
The infamous Khao San Road is arguably the ultimate travellers' mecca and one of the most important backpacker hotspots anywhere in the world. People watching from some of the hastily set up streetside bars is a fun way to spend an evening, for there are more odd characters wandering around than a Punch and Judy show. This is the ultimate in 24-hour entertainment and perfect for letting your hair down after too much culture. For more on the Khao San Road.
Having shrugged off its image as the original Bangkok red light district, there are still plenty of x-rated activities going on in Patpong but the tourist crowds have diluted the seediness somewhat. Its market is a great place to pick up all manner of discount-priced consumable with fake designer clothes and scents available on the cheap. And of course the more adventurous visitors can brave the go go bars and ping pong shows if they dare. Silom area.
Jim Thompson’s House
The home of famous silk baron Jim Thompson is one of the best preserved remaining examples of Thai houses in the traditional style. Thompson was credited with reviving the ailing Thai silk industry and his home is contains a truly breathtaking collection of antiques and art from from all over the Southeast Asian region. 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Siam Square area.
Lovers of Chinese food would kick themselves for missing Bangkok's Chinatown. Roast duck, dim sum, and highly-spiced stews keep gourmands chomping at the bit. And the classic oriental architecture and bustling market adds to the all-round cultural experience. If you fancy purchasing some gold for a souvenir then this is the place to come, Chinatown has the most gold shops squeezed into any neighbourhood in the city. But be careful when haggling and be careful to check to wares! Have a stroll down some of the quieter backalleys to witness Bangkok unchanged from a bygone era. Yaowarat Street and surrounds.
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