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With estimates suggesting that more people visit Bangkok than London or Paris, what is it about this magical city which entices more than 21 million tourists each year to spend time there? Perhaps the secret lies in the fact that Bangkok truly does have something for everyone. A mass of contradictions, the city blends eastern and western cultures together in a unique manner. Bangkok has a unique ambience, appealing to families, couples, groups or lone travellers. Vibrant, varied and versatile, if you're looking for a destination where timeless temples co-exist in the same space as up-market retail, bustling nightlife and exotic scenery, Bangkok is for you.


  • Wat Arun - the Temple of Dawn One of Bangkok's most iconic buildings and internationally recognised as a symbol of the east.
  • The Grand Palace Originally the seat of royalty, the Grand Palace remains a stunning piece of architecture.
  • Wat Pho Showcasing traditional Thai culture, this area of the city is always worth a visit.
  • Floating markets and street markets A key part of Bangkok's economy, these markets are a great place to pick up a bargain.
  • China Town Experience the tasty cuisine and colourful, exotic culture of Bangkok's large Chinese population.

Bangkok - travel the world in 605 square miles!

What strikes most travellers when they arrive in the city is its sheer diversity. Originally a trading port, Bangkok has always been a melting pot of different cultures, absorbing customs and ideas from European and other backgrounds to supplement its original eastern heritage. The result is a colourful tapestry of ancient and modern, oriental and western; slow-paced traditional life co-existing with a frenetic 24/7 contemporary culture. These contradictions are what gives Bangkok its individuality, entrancing tourists with its difference. Where else could you combine a tranquil boat tour down the Chao Phraya river to enjoy impressive royal palaces with a visit to a noisy, thriving river market? The Buddhist influence on the city is clearly seen in the wealth of shrines and statues, with the most well-known being the Emerald Buddha, a striking figure meticulously cut from a single piece of emerald. Formerly the seat of royalty, the Grand Palace and Wat Prakaew remain impressive buildings which dominate the local area. As you would expect from a port town, commerce and trade are important parts of city life. As well as the famous floating markets, there are also traditional street markets, stalls and impressive modern shopping options. Both western and eastern cuisine are readily available, as well as restaurants which serve a fusion of both. If you fancy a taste of the local nightlife, a walk through China Town, Soi Cowboy or down the Khao San road will give you access to plenty of clubs, pubs and bars.

What to see in Bangkok