With more than 11 million inhabitants, Bangkok is the official capital of Thailand. Known as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, it is situated in the heart of South East Asia on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.
Places of interest
The majority of Bangkok’s major attractions can be found in Rattanakosin. Often called the "Old City," guests will have the chance to take in a number of different temples and religious buildings around this area.
This includes the likes of the Grand Palace as well as Wat Pho, the biggest reclining Buddha that can be seen in the world and Wat Arun. These are considered to be among the top three most sacred sites across the whole of Thailand.
In addition to this, the Grand Palace is worth checking out, whilst you should at least expect to spend the whole morning admiring its full glory.
On the other hand, guests will be able to enjoy Wat Phra Kaew within the grounds. This is believed to be holiest Buddhist temple throughout the country.
Among the wide variety of buildings and shrines, you will come across the iconic Emerald Buddha which is the most sacred Buddhist image in Thailand.
Other landmarks within close proximity feature the Dusit Palace located in Dusit. Its principal site is the Vimanmek Mansion, which has been deemed the biggest structure made of teakwood on the planet.
Guests should also check out Lumphini Park in Silom which again is bigger and better than any other park of its kind in the centre of Bangkok.
You can take advantage of a wide variety of Thai cultural dance shows such as Siam Niramit in Ratchadaphisek.
This provides the ideal opportunity to enjoy one off spectacular performance with more than 100 different performers paying homage to every region in the country. For a more laid back approach why not head to the west of the Chao Phraya River where you can indulge in a canal tour.
Other areas feature Pratunam thanks to its huge garment market with a plethora of stalls and Phahonyothin where guests can find a host of bargains among the impressive 8,000 plus stalls.
There are plenty of excellent venues to rest your weary head in Bangkok. For those wanting to really splash out why not head to the 5 star Siam Kempinski or the stylish Pathumwan Princess Hotel which lies adjacent to Siam Square.
A good centrally located property is the Chateau de Bangkok. Its a 4 star aparthotel which offers amazingly cheap prices given the prime location.
For those on a budget, guests can experience the Navalai River Resort boasting a rooftop pool, the Hua Chang Heritage Hotel and Baan Chart moments away from a wealth of bustling entertainment and nightlife.
With more than a staggering 50,000 places to sample, Bangkok certainly does not suffer from a lack of restaurants! Try some of the many street food stalls available with cheap prices for local dishes such as pad thai.
Some of the best around include the Water Library and vegan joint Bonita Café. There are also other options such as a dinner cruise along the river from the Chao Phraya Princess to Loy Nav.
Travellers can benefit from two main airports in Bangkok, namely Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Muang Airport which are both less than 20 miles from the heart of Bangkok.