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Bangkok Thailand, either you will love it or hate it. East meets West in Bangkok. Beautiful temples, floating markets, traditional festivals, cultural events, Thai hospitality combined with an ultra modern transport system, top class hotels, fantastic restaurants (seafood) pumping nightlife, bars, and the best shopping I have ever seen, at prices far lower than you could ever dream about.
Bangkok is a major international city, but you will find a week is more than enough time to see and do most things. It would be a good idea to mix time in Bangkok with a holiday on the beach or in the countryside of Chiang Mai, so you can experience more of what Thailand has to offer.

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The beautiful Grand Palace in Bangkok

Although the modern metropolis now extends to the west side of the river, the original city of Bangkok and almost all its tourist sights lie on the east side of the Chao Phraya river. When the city was founded, a canal was dug around its original extents to make a defensible area now referred to as Rattanakosin Island. A wall and fortress defences originally protected the city. Some of the forts can still be seen today. This old royal precinct is where most of the major sights are, such as the Grand Palace, Wat Po and the National Museum.

Across the river is the old city of Thonburi, which existing long before Bangkok's founding. In fact, Thonburi was the capital of Siam for a short period before the new capital was established. One of the city's most recognizable landmarks, Wat Arun, is located in Thonburi.

To the north of the old royal precinct is the Banglampu area popular with budget travellers. Further north and slightly east is the Dusit district, where the royal family's current primary residence (Chitlada Palace) is located, near to the houses of parliament and the Dusit Zoo.

To the east along the river is the city's Chinatown district, called Yaowarat. Further east are the big riverside hotels set amid the oldest embassies and former trading houses of the west. Heading north away from the river at this point is Silom Road, home to many of the main tourist hotels as well as the city's most notorious "entertainment" area: Patpong. Still further north of Silom is the main shopping district centered on Siam Square, which includes Mahboonkrong (MBK) Center, Siam Discovery, Siam Center, World Trade Center, Narayanapand, Gaysorn Plaza, Amarin Plaza and Central Chidlom.

A little further north of the Siam Square area is the Pratunam, the city's garment district. Heading west from Siam Square is the Sukhumvit road area, home to many more tourist hotels, business hotels and entertainment areas.

Bangkok has a budget so suit everyone , this can be seen in the wide range of Bangkok hotels, places to eat, bars, nightclubs and different things to see and do.

Explore this website and get to know Bangkok and Thailand a little better. Enjoy!

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