With a population of over 14 million people, Bangkok wins the title for Thailand’s most populous city – around 12.5% of the country’s population resides here. Bangkok also happens to make it to the list of world’s most attractive countries in terms of tourism. The city has indeed fine tuned itself into a tourist-friendly destination and deserves appreciation as competing with tourism giants such as London and Paris is a task of massive proportions – that too being an Asian country.
The famous Thai food is a crucial part of the shaping of Bangkok into a major tourist hotspot. Although Thai food may be available at any respectable restaurant in your local area, nothing beats the Thais at their own game. Bangkok has to offer the best of foods such as Tom Yum Goong – an exquisite spicy soup consisting of fresh prawns and straw mushrooms with a touch of herb using lemongrass, chili, galangal, lime leaves, lime juice and fish sauce; Som Tum – a distinctively spicy salad with green beans, cherry tomatoes, garlic, chilies and fine chopped papaya as contents which are crushed together creating a blend not easy to forget; and Kai Med Ma Muang – a beautifully confused blend and contrast of texture where the chicken is somehow complemented by roasted cashews, along with soy sauce, onions, chilies, pepper, carrots and mushrooms, so perfectly that every bite tastes better than the last one.
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For some general shopping and amazement, a visit to the floating markets is highly recommended. These floating markets are located throughout Bangkok. As the name suggests the markets are built on water and consist of a large number of boat shops floating stationary. You will experience a touch of Venice as vendors try to sell you their inventory from their boats as you slowly float across them on a boat of your own.
A visit to the Grand Palace can be a real indulgence for your eyes. Built in 1782, the palace is a magnificent mountain of an art. The palace enthralls tourists with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail as if declaring its right as the city’s most famous landmark – rightfully. A vacation in Bangkok is surely incomplete without a visit to this proof of unlimited human craftsmanship.
To learn about Thai history and culture I would definitely suggest a visit to the National Museum and Wang Na Palace. This distractingly beautiful compound provides a detailed and comprehensive introduction to the history of Thailand. The old Wang Na Palace built by Rama I remains essentially as it was, as does the original nucleus of the collection made up of King Chulalongkorn’s bequest and household effects from Wang Na: regalia, religious and ceremonial artifacts, ceramics, games, weaponry, musical instruments and the Viceroy’s throne.
One of the most ancient and most beautiful of Bangkok’s Buddhist temples, Wat Suthat stands tall and proud as a reminder of the Chakri Dynasty. Apart from its delightful architecture the temple boasts some exceptionally interesting wall paintings. The compound as a whole covers an area of 10 acres. It is rectangular in plan (being roughly half as long again as it is wide) with a perimeter wall 949 meters in length. Bangkok has to offer these and much more for your perfect vacation. Words are not enough to describe the marvelous city and explain its standing as one of the world’s most favorite tourist destinations so I suggest you get your cheap tickets to Bangkok as soon as you can and see for yourself.