Bangkok is a city known for its golden shrines, fast-paced lifestyle and vibrant street life. As the capital city of Thailand, it’s a great first stop on the way into Thailand and the ideal central base from which to explore the country.
The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals through the area, 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, you'll discover Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire. The streets are full of action at every turn and are a delight to explore on foot, particularly if you are a foodie with authentic dishes on offer at every corner. Take a ride in a Tuk-Tuk (the traditional Thai taxi) and explore the colourful Damnoen Saduak floating markets to uncover a bargain and delight in the vibrant local culture.