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Named the most popular travel destination in the world by many a travel guide: Bangkok is a city with a fitting blend of traditional and contemporary. This magical land of glistening temples, gold statues, floating markets and delicious street food is quickly gaining popularity for its urban attractions. Stay in a trendy neighbourhood that is also centrally located at the Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel and enjoy luxury on top of breathtaking views of the city’s iridescent skyline.
Start your sightseeing tour at The Grand Palace, home of King Rama I. It includes a central court; inner court, resembling a small city and an outer court, housing government departments and the famous Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Marvel at the remarkable architecture and delicate detail on the edifices. Also located in the Rattanakosin Royal District is Wat Suthat, one of the oldest temples in the city. It was built to provide shelter for a thirteenth century bronze Buddha statue from Sukhotai. A giant red swing, the iconic Sao Ching-Cha, stands at its entrance. Set aside a few hours to visit Muang Boran, also known as The Ancient Siam, a museum that takes a comprehensive look into Thailand’s history and culture. Next, head to the Bangplee Ancient Market between 4pm and 8pm. It is located inside the Bangpleeyainai Temple, along the banks of the Somrong Canal. The Chinese trader community has occupied this location for over one hundred and fifty years. You can purchase fruits, vegetables, clothes street food and more.
After sunset, the nightlife gets going. Ladyboy shows are a Bangkok staple that include exaggerated costumes, sets and performances. Catch a Khon performance, the classical Thai masked dance, at Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre. If you prefer a quiet evening out, opt for an elegant Chao Praya dinner cruise that takes you by the historic and cultural sites.
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