Bangkok is not only a city but also a province.
Like most Asian capitals, Bangkok is a city that never sleeps. It is difficult to spend time in Thailand without making a stop in this multifaceted city. The old vibe of Thonburi town contrast with the modernity of the business district of Silom. Shopping centres are commonplace in the streets of the capital. Take this opportunity to pass through one of the many massage shops where you will discover the pleasures of a Thai massage for only about 250THB (just over 5 euros). Hop from riverbus to riverbus to make your way down the Chao Phraya River. Once ashore, do not hesitate to take the sky train to avoid the traffic jams.
As for the local lingo, the Thai language is not easy to pronounce by Western visitors. To start, remember these few words:
"Sawatdee Kaa" (hello if you are a woman)
"Sawatdee Khrab" (hello if you are a man)
"Khorb khun ka" (thank you if you are a woman)
"Khorb khun krub" (thank you if you are a man)
Many airlines connect the UK to Thailand. Created in 1960, the company Thai Airways has been offered a daily London-Bangkok flight since 1975.
The Chatuchak weekend market is open on Saturdays and Sundays. This half indoor/half outdoor market sells anything and everything! Shopkeepers come to get their supplies here so prices are therefore lower than elsewhere.
Head to the Royal Palace and Wat Phra Keo of Rattanakosin where you will discover breathtaking statues of Buddha. The floating market at Damnoen Saduak is also a must-see even if it is some 60 miles from Bangkok, it is nevertheless one of the most famous in Thailand. It's quite a novelty to go shopping from aboard a boat. Don't forget to take in all the colours, sights and sounds of what you see around you and bask in the warmth and smiles of the Thai people.
Go with an empty suitcase, otherwise you will be forced to buy an extra bag over there for all your new purchases! Oh, and don't forget your mosquito repellent, very important.
There's a good reason why Thailand is nicknamed the 'land of smiles' so don't hesitate to join in - smile! Don't buy counterfeit goods, you'll only get yourself into trouble with customs. Also, avoid visiting during the monsoon - never pleasant for your holiday!
Thai food is very tasty but be know your limits with spices so enjoy those spicy peppers in moderation! The choice is varied; from green curry to noodles, from sauteed vegetables to fried rice and soups there is something to satisfy all palates. Don't forget to taste a real pad thai and somtom (green papaya salad).
In Thailand, it is difficult to resist the temptation to shop; from clothing to Buddha statues, or incense and cushion covers, here you will find the souvenir to suit you.
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