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Escape To Breathtaking Bangkok

Oct 10, 2007
Bangkok, also referred to as the 'City of Angels' and Krung Thep in Thai language, is one of the hottest tourist spots in Southeast Asia. The largest as well as the political and cultural capital city of the nation, Bangkok is situated in the central part of Thailand, on the low-flat basin of the Chao Phraya River (the principal river of Thailand), the area which is often acknowledged as the 'Rice Bowl of Asia.' According to certain records, every year more than 15 million tourists visit this amazing tourist destination.

Further, many of the foreigners have settled here due to its unique tourist destinations, serene lifestyle, and the low cost of living it renders. In addition, Bangkok provides limitless opportunities to enjoy a variety of recreational activities.

Of the tourist attractions in Bangkok that deserve special mention are its breathtaking palaces and temples, all of which are noted for their exquisite architecture and craftsmanship. Spread across 247 acres of lush land coupled with several artificial lakes, Chitralada is perhaps the most prominent among the palaces of Bangkok.

Once the summer residence of King Chulalongkorn, the Chitralada Palace boasts of several attractions such as stunning park with fountain graced with Baroque figures in each of its corner. The palace ground also consists of a school, which was established for the children of the royal family. When it comes to temple, the city has more than 400 temples.

The most popular among the temples in Bangkok is Wat Phra Kaeo, enshrined within the grounds of the Grand Palace. The focal point of the temple is the 15th century Emerald Buddha image in the mediating posture. Other popular temples in Bangkok are Wat Pho - the oldest as well as the largest temple in the city, Wat Tramit boasting of the largest solid gold image of Buddha in a sitting mediating posture with a calm smile, and Wat Arun whose highlight is an interesting monument named Phra Sumen - an octagonal shaped structure. Apart from these temples, Bangkok also contains a few Hindu temples, churches, and mosques.

Another prime attraction of the city is its fabulous museums, each of which provides a glimpse on the glorious as well as charming history of the place. Some of the most popular museums which people often visit are Bangkok Folk Museum with interesting exhibits such as traditional household artifacts, antiques, and items once used for ceremonies; the National Museum with the displays of the Neolithic era; and Prasart Museum with amazing artifacts of the past.

Bangkok's highlights also cover a plethora of amusement parks, each of them providing your children a day full of thrill and adventure. Among the most popular amusement parks here are the Ancient City and the Dream World. In addition, Bangkok has to its credit the largest crocodile farm in the world, which boasts of more than 30,000 crocodiles.

A small zoo and elephant riding facilities are also attached to the farm. No visit to Bangkok is complete without taking a tour to its nearby wonderful beaches. The main beach of the nation, the Pattaya is only two hour drive from the city. Likewise, the Hua Hin Beach is only 4 hours drive from the city. Also, within the easy reach of the city are the Ko Samet Beach and the Jomtien Beach. All of these beaches render options to enjoy an array of activities such as scuba diving, yachting, and canoeing.

Bangkok is also much famed for its diverse as well as exciting nightlife, which at the same time is safe, enjoyable, and relaxed. Nightlife in Bangkok ranges from lively music clubs and good jazz clubs to trendy bars and ultra cool clubs. Also, worth mentioning are the Bangkok's restaurants, serving not only sumptuous multi cuisine but also the added attraction of authentic Thai classical music as well as dance with themes such as Ramakien - the Thai version of the great epic Ramayana. Don't get amused or surprised if a masked performer invites you to pose with him, which is the Thai way of saying that he is your friend. Mostly, the specialty of almost Thai restaurants is seafood. Delicious Thai coffee is also of great demand.

Above all, the city hosts a range of interesting festivals, such as, the International Festival of Dance and Music; Songkran Festival - the celebration of traditional Thai New Year with such rituals as cleaning houses, boat races, and music troupes; Loy Krathong - also known as the Festival of Light; and Vegetarian Festival.

Well linked by air, rail, and water, Bangkok's accommodation options are aplenty. From budget hotels and resorts to luxury as well as sophisticated accommodation facilities are available in Bangkok, thereby catering to the requirements of people of every taste and budget.
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