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  • Bangkok is situated in central Thailand,

  • on the Chao Phraya River Delta.

  • Starting life as a small trading post in the 15th century,

  • today the Thai capital is home to over 8 million people,

  • and is a South East Asian financial and political powerhouse.

  • Tropical Bangkok enjoys one of the world's steamiest climates;

  • it's also one of the world's hottest travel destinations.

  • Judged on criteria like culture, attractions, cuisine, shopping and value for money,

  • Bangkok repeatedly wins the highest travel awards for World's Best City.

  • Bangkok is a kaleidoscope of contrasts

  • that charms and assaults the senses simultaneously!

  • And it's these contrasts, between the old and the new, the energetic and the serene, that keeps travelers coming back.

  • Bangkok is also known as Krung Thep, the City of Angels.

  • First timers confronted with this steamy, sprawling metropolis,

  • might wonder where all the angels are.

  • But they're here,...watch the gentle gestures of the people, and you'll begin to understand.

  • At the cities heart lay it's river and canals.

  • Climb aboard a long-tail boat to experience the city from the cool of its waters.

  • Then hop off at one of the many temples which line the river.

  • One of the most important is Wat Pho, home of the reclining Buddha.

  • Be sure to admire the statues feet,

  • inlaid with 108 mother-of-pearl symbols which symbolize the Buddha.

  • Then drop coins into the 108 bronze bowls, for blessings and good fortune.

  • The Thai attention to detail you'll see in the temples,

  • spills out into Bangkok's daily life.

  • Each year during the festival of Loi Krathong,

  • Thai's gather to create incredibly decorative offerings for the water spirits.

  • Releasing these offerings represents the letting go of anger and negative thoughts.

  • Perhaps that's what keeps Bangkok locals so calm and good natured,

  • even when the monsoonal waters occasionally rise!

  • Thailand is a country of great traditions.

  • Even the simplest acts are done with skill and grace,

  • especially it's culinary arts.

  • From the 5-star, to the funky,

  • there are over 50 000 places to eat in Bangkok.

  • But if you're a foodie in search of paradise,

  • you'll find it on Bangkok's streets.

  • Many travelers come to Bangkok just for the street food

  • ...and it's a bargain!

  • And while some come to eat, others come to shop.

  • At times it seems the entire city is one gigantic street market.

  • From fabrics to spices, handicrafts to clothing,

  • Bangkok is shopaholic heaven.

  • Central to the Thai mindset is the word, sanuk, which means fun.

  • Thai nightlife is legendary. For a great night out head to Khao San Road.

  • For over 20 years, Khao San Road has been a major backpackers' hub;

  • a great place to pick up vacation tips,

  • and to party with travelers from all over the globe.

  • While Bangkok is a complete destination in itself,

  • other treasures lay just beyond the city.

  • An hours journey to the North,

  • lays the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya.

  • Rent a bicycle and spend a day exploring the network of ruins

  • of this once great city.

  • For a completely different experience,

  • head South and explore the nightlife, in the seaside resort town of Pattaya.

  • Bangkok is just a short flight away

  • from some of the world's best beach, island, jungle and cultural destinations.

  • But don't just stop-over or pass through,

  • do as the angels do, and stay a while - in Bangkok.

Bangkok is situated in central Thailand,

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