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Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and its largest city, located at the outfall of the River Chao Phraya. During the times of the Ayutthaya Kingdom, it was a small commercial town and harbour. Now, it’s a seething metropolis with more than 8 million inhabitants. Bangkok is one of the most popular tourist cities in the world. In terms of the number of visitors, it’s right up there with such cities as New York and London.

However, wedged in Bangkok’s jungle of high-rises there’s also a number of green oases. The Lumphini Central Park is popular with both city guests and locals. Some of the other city parks also have botanical gardens, gym complexes, ponds and little lakes.

The Chatuchak Park, located in the North, is mostly known as the site of the famous weekend market. It’s the country’s largest market – a popular place to buy inexpensive, yet quality wares. Here you’ll find household goods, clothing, craft products, religious attributes, food and much more. Most stalls are only open Saturday and Sunday. Located near the Chatuchak Park is the Siam Square – Bangkok’s main shopping district.

Crocodile leather shop at the Chatuchak Weekend Market in the city of Bangkok in Thailand in Southeastasia.
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Crocodile leather shop at the Chatuchak Weekend Market in the city of Bangkok in Thailand in Southeastasia.

This city never sleeps. After dark, the city’s nightlife rouses. Small shops and traditional Thai massage parlours are open 24/7. Many cafés, karaoke bars, night clubs, discos, strip and go-go bars stay open through the night. The entire continent’s most popular clubs are concentrated on the Sukhumvit Road.

Lovers of exotic food will find Bangkok to be a true paradise. In this city, you can taste anything you ever wanted – from Asian seafood dishes, to Thai meats and various other creatures and bugs. As for the prices of street food, they’ve got as much bite as the scorpions threaded on wooden skewers.

Bangkok street food
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Bangkok street food

Compared to other similarly-sized cities, transport infrastructure in Bangkok is not very convenient. A relatively quick way of getting where you need to go is the city’s Skytrain. Even though there aren’t too many stops, it can help you save time if you need to go from one end of the city to the other. In 2004, Bangkok opened its very first – and last – metro line, which can help you get to the Chinatown, the Chatuchak Weekend Market and other famous places.

Taxi services are fairly inexpensive here, and cars are usually well-furnished and have air conditioning. Even though they have metres, sometimes you might still have to haggle (especially late in the evening).

Tuk-tuks – three-wheeled vehicles – and motorbike-taxis are probably the best means of reaching your destination, although, thanks to the especially intense traffic here, using them in Bangkok is quite dangerous. If you absolutely have to use one, be sure to settle on a price in advance.

The tourists get on boat for sightseeing along Chao Phraya River in Bangkok
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  The tourists get on boat for sightseeing along Chao Phraya River in Bangkok

Ships are another viable alternative for travelling within the city. Most of the tourist-frequented objects are located near the River Chao Phraya, and Chao Phraya River Express ships make regular trips up and down it.

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