There’s something about Bangkok that never fails to get the blood pumping. This big, crowded, polluted and seemingly chaotic Asian mega-city is many things to many people, but no-one calls it boring. For the visitor, the impact is immediate. Your first move is likely to be joining the cacophonous arteries of metal that pump – just barely – almost 8 million people around the region’s biggest city. Everywhere you look the streets and waterways are alive with commuters. Schoolkids run without sweating, smiling vendors create mouth-watering food in push-away kitchens, monks rub bare shoulders with fashionistas in air-conditioned malls… Whether it’s in one of Bangkok’s famous golden temples, riding in the back of a speeding túk-túk or just walking down the street, something odd and inexplicable will happen at the most unexpected time. Hey, was that an elephant with a tail light?Bangkok's urban chaos can be pretty intimidating. For the sake of simplicity it makes sense to divide the city into two areas: ‘old Bangkok’, which has most of the royal palaces and historic temples, and ‘new Bangkok’, which is dominated by towering skyscrapers, shopping malls and a growing number of luxury hotels.
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Our top picks for Bangkok
Wat Phra Kaew & Grand Palace: This architecturally fantastic temple complex is
the spiritual core of Thai Buddhism and the monarchy, symbolically united by the holy Emerald
MBK Food Court: It's a lot like having all your favourite street food vendors in one
Jim Thompson's House: A great spot to visit for authentic Thai residential
architecture and Southeast Asian art
Chatuchak Weekend Market: The behemoth of Thai markets where everything imaginable is
for sale - from live chickens and snakes, to vintage fans and mǎw lam (CDs)
Gaysorn Plaza: A haute couture catwalk, Gaysorn has spiralling staircases, all-white
halls and mouthfuls of top-name designers
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