Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire.

Siam Area

Neighbourhood in Bangkok, Thailand

Siam Area is Bangkok's well-known shopping district, dominated by huge malls such as MBK Center, which contains roughly 2,000 shops and restaurants, and high-end Siam Paragon, home to the Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World aquarium. Art exhibits and theatrical productions take place at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, while the 1850s Pathum Wanaram temple complex features gardens. Rooftop bars offer sweeping city views

Sampheng

Neighbourhood in Bangkok, Thailand

Densely populated Sampheng is a historic Chinatown neighborhood known for its open-air Sampeng Market, where street stalls sell everything from clothes to household items to souvenirs, and where Chinese pharmacies draw traditional medicine adherents. Close by, family-run eateries and street food carts line Yaowarat Road. Bars and cafes overlook the Chao Praya River, not far from ornate Buddhist temples.

Khlong Thom

Neighbourhood in Bangkok, Thailand

Khlong Thom is a lively Chinatown neighborhood where bargain seekers flock to the sprawling Khlong Thom night flea market for everything from apparel and toys to electronic gadgets and automotive spare parts. Modern shopping malls feature local and global restaurants, while street food stalls sell Thai and Chinese favorites. The striking Berlin Pharmaceutical Museum highlights Western medicine's history in Thailand.

 

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