A city of smiles and ancient culture, Bangkok is the jewel of south-east Asia and a place you will want to return to...
Once you reach central Bangkok, everything you need is within the city centre. The city is constantly presenting you with tempting food options. From grilled chicken skewers of the street stalls to the upmarket seafood restaurants, Bangkok has some of the best food you will find anywhere, at shockingly low prices.
You can easily spend a good couple of days exploring the temples and palaces of Bangkok, but if you only have time for one, make it The Grand Palace, a spectacular complex of government offices, royal residencies and home to Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). The palaces and temples are sights of cultural and spiritual significance to the Thai people, so be sure to dress appropriately, no shorts or revealing tops.
Relax in the Lumpini Park, more than half a million square metres of lush parkland, providing tranquillity, shade and a break from city living for the locals of Bangkok. Visit Thailand's tallest building, the Baiyoke Tower II, at 304 metres and with a 360-degree, open-air revolving roof deck the tower is the best place to get a bird's eye view of the sprawling city.
The large air conditioned malls of Siam and Chidlom-Ploenchit offer multiple storeys of clothes shops, home wares and electrical equipment that can usually be bartered down to a price that will leave you feeling very satisfied with your haggling skills. Away from the large department stores the streets of Bangkok are lined with market stalls competing for your attention. If you're looking for a bargain visit the markets of Patpong, Khlong Thom, Saphan Phut or Travel the Chao Phraya River by boat for the legendary Chatuchak Weekend Market.
By night you are spoilt for choice. The nightclubs and cabaret shows of the city offer something for every taste. Heading to the entertainment district of Patpong is a popular choice with its bars and restaurants catering almost exclusively to tourists. Alternatively head to the Lumpini Stadium for an authentic Muay Thai boxing match.