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  • Bangkok, Thailand, is a fascinating southeast Asian city that offers something amusing for

  • everyone.

  • Sometimes referred to as the Big Mango, Bangkok is an important international hub, and the

  • home of over 12 million residents.

  • This video includes twenty five of the best things to do in Bangkok - so let's jump

  • right in and get started exploring this magical, tasty and diverse city.

  • Number one is wang lang market which is located adjacent to Siriraj hospital. There's a

  • stall that makes deep fried bite sized pieces of pork that will literally melt in your mouth.

  • Khanom tungtag is another famous treat at Wang Lang Market.

  • Number two is the gigantic Chatuchak Weekend Market. Including over five thousand permanent

  • stores, and if you count the makeshift stalls and hawkers around the market, the number

  • of vendors is closer to fifteen thousand, making Chatuchak the largest market in Thailand.

  • Number three is Klong Toey Market, the fresh food breadbasket of Bangkok. The biggest,

  • most bustling fresh wet market in central Bangkok, and lots of food to buy here, we're

  • going to check this out. The entire repertoire of Thai cooking ingredients are available

  • at klong toey, including a few interesting and extremely exotic foods if you look in

  • the right places.

  • Number four is to visit a floating market - and there are a few that set up on the weekends

  • just on the outskirts of town. I'm here at the talad nam bang nam pheung which is a local

  • little floating market. Though Bangkok floating markets are a little Thai touristy, they are

  • a great place to spend a day of leisure browsing and eating wonderful food. It's kind of like

  • a sweet tomato juice, maybe with a little bit of papaya mixed in, that's what it tastes

  • like, pretty good.

  • Number five is Pratunam market. Bangkok's Prtunam market which is one of the busiest

  • wholesale markets in Bangkok. Shopping is often a major component of any visit to Bangkok

  • and Pratunam market specializes in wholesale clothing.

  • Number six is MBK shopping center, a mega mall that's literally a country in and of

  • itself. Electronics, clothes, souvenirs, and a huge food court on the sixth floor are a

  • few of the draws.

  • Number seven is or tor kor market, a high quality fresh market that caters to the upperclass.

  • The aisles are wide and clean and the produce is nothing but the finest. There's also

  • a great selection of hawker stalls serving delicious food.

  • Bangkok's Dusit Zoo is number eight. I'm here today at Bangkok's dusit zoo, which is

  • the central zoo of the city. In case there are any lions or tigers that decide to escape,

  • there's a good selection of street food right outside the gates of the Dusit Zoo to

  • distract them as you run for your life.

  • Number nine on the list is Lumpini Park, located just north of the Silom district. Surrounded

  • by tall buildings, this is like a sanctuary of greenness in the middle. It's great if

  • you want to go jogging, but I'm not here to jog today, I'm just taking stroll and eating

  • ice cream. Lumpini Park is a natural escape from the fast pace of Bangkok, it's a sanctuary

  • where crows and monitor lizards reside. Don't miss the evening public aerobic dance sessions.

  • Getting a Thai massage is number ten. You cannot visit Bangkok without indulging in

  • a traditional Thai massage. I can already feel my body rejuvenating. I'm going to take

  • a quick nap. A Thai massage can actually be quite painful, but keep in mind that you can

  • always ask the masseuse to take it easy on you.

  • Number eleven is the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew located in the heart of Bangkok.

  • I'm standing outside Bangkok's grand palace and wat phra knew which is one of the most

  • famous attractions in all of Bangkok. I went there a couple years ago so I'm not going

  • to go in today, but definitely if you come to Bangkok, you've got to check out the grand

  • palace and wat phra knew. It's one of the most revered sites in all of Thailand and

  • one of the most iconic landmarks in Bangkok. If a tuk tuk driver approaches you and tells

  • you the palace is closed for the day, it's probably a scam, and instead walk yourself

  • to the main entrance gate to get in.

  • So, I'm going to enter the reclining Buddha. Just behind the Grand Palace is number twelve,

  • Wat Pho, home of the golden reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is also famous as being the birthplace

  • of the Thai traditional massage.

  • Number thirteen is Wat Arun, the temple of dawn. So it costs just three baht to cross

  • of the Chao Phraya river, and we're heading over to wat arun, which is one of the coolest

  • temples in all of Bangkok. The fine sculpture details and the steep climb to the top level

  • of the temple, are a few of the main highlights of visiting Wat Arun. It's definitely not

  • for you if you're afraid of heights, because it's almost like climbing up a ladder, but

  • the view from up here is great.

  • Number fourteen is Wat Saket, also known as the Golden Mountain. Wat Saket which is also

  • known as pu khao tong, which is the golden mountain, Bangkok's golden mountain. The three

  • hundred and eighteen stairs to the top takes just five to ten minutes to climb, and your

  • effort is rewarded with fantastic panoramic views of Bangkok.

  • Number fifteen is the Erawan Museum, famous for its three headed elephant. Within the

  • three headed elephant is an impressive museum while the beautiful gardens that surround

  • the complex are neatly manicured and make a perfect place to take a peaceful stroll.

  • Number sixteen is the Vimanmek Mansion. It's the world's largest golden teak mansion. Unfortunately

  • they don't allow photography inside, but we can get some photos from the outside. I just

  • finished the tour, it took about thirty minutes, and it's really cool inside, impressive to

  • see.

  • For nightlife, shopping, and restaurants, Khao San Road is number seventeen. I am on

  • Khao San Road which is the center of backpacking here in Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand. At number nineteen is Victory Monument. And since

  • it's a transportation hub of Bangkok, the roundabout is full of shopping, food, and

  • entertainment. Don't skip a meal at boat noodle alley, a collection of canal side restaurants

  • next to Victory Monument that serve bowls of pure porky delight.

  • Number twenty is durian fruit. While its shell is spiky and intimidating its flesh is sweet

  • like nectar and creamy like butter. A durian is a fruit like no other, a unique and sensational

  • flavor and texture that should be experienced by anyone that visits Bangkok. While some

  • dislike the pungent smell or the pudding texture, in my opinion, a durian is the absolute heaven

  • on earth.

  • Thai street food and home style restaurants is number twenty one. Fresh herbs, spicy chillies,

  • zesty lime juice and a host of tropical fruits and vegetables all combine to make Thai food

  • intensely appetizing. Rated as one of the top cities in the world for dining, Bangkok's

  • food reputation won't let you down. Fancy sit down restaurants are great, but in my

  • opinion it's the street side stalls and the family run hole in the walls that serve the

  • best Thai cuisine. A Thai feasting experience will thrill your taste buds and keep a smile

  • on your face.

  • One way to bring home the wonderful array of Thai flavors is by signing up for a Thai

  • cooking class, which comes in at number twenty two. There are a number of different choices

  • from professional cooking schools to motherly style home cooking courses. Often a cooking

  • course will include a visit to a local wet market followed by preparing a set menu of

  • a number of different dishes. Don't worry, you'll get to eat what you cook too! This

  • is the flavor that will give us the deliciousness of this green curry we're about to cook. I'm

  • at the market, I'm going to get some of this stuff.

  • Number twenty three, located near Yaowarat Chinatown is Pahurat, a little slice of India

  • in the heart of Bangkok. Fabric and clothing, chai and chapatis, are all available in this

  • concentrated area of merchants. I go to explore the mixture of cultures, and or course to

  • eat Indian, Bangladeshi and Burmese cuisine. First dip it into the sauce, give me a plate

  • of this and I'm happy.

  • The historical pak klong talad, or Bangkok central flower market is number twenty four.

  • I am at Bangkok's pak klong talad, which is the famous flower market. People come to purchase

  • flowers for everything from gifts for their special loved ones to flowers with religious

  • and cultural significance. The sea of brightly colorful flowers in mesmerizing.

  • Finally at number twenty five is Yaowarat, Bangkok's bustling, and always energetic

  • Chinatown. Gold stores, lottery ticket vendors, Chinese medicine dealers, and exotic food

  • markets all add to the mix. When evening in Yaowarat falls, street food and seafood restaurants

  • take over and don't stop serving until the wee hours of the night. This is called kuay

  • jab, and it's in a soup made from all things pig. Sampeng Market also located in Yaowarat,

  • is an intensely busy shoppers paradise that includes an unfathomable range of knick knacks.

  • So whether you choose to go on a shopping rampage, a street food pilgrimage, a peaceful

  • temple visit, or a cultural museum trip, there's no doubt that the steamy hot capital of Thailand

  • has it all.

  • Hey everyone, it's Mark Wiens here, Thank you so much for watching that video, and if

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  • right below to let me know what you think about Bangkok. I want to hear from you.

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