The first stop on my visit to Thailand was the capital of Bangkok. With a population of over eight million, it’s the biggest and busiest city in the country.
Gliding along the Chao Phraya River in a long-tail boat, is a great way to experience a quieter view of the city. The khlongs (canals) are known as the ‘Venice of the East’ and many older homes still line these waterways.
A place of wonder, colour and beauty is Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha. Intricate floor to ceiling murals detail scenes from the 19th century and large ominous Yakasha giants guard the entrance to the inner compound. The architecture and design, as well as the impressive monuments, make this place a must for anyone visiting Bangkok.
If you are in Bangkok over a weekend, it’s worth battling the crowds of the Chatuchak Weekend Market. If you have the time to look around, you could find almost anything here. I picked up some beautiful silver serving bowls and enjoyed a lush coconut ice cream with sticky rice.
And what better way to farewell this big city than a dinner cruise, with views of the pretty skyline at night.
Have you been to Bangkok? I’d love to hear your favourite places to visit in this busy city.
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