Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city is a place of contrasts. From the deeply spiritual Buddhist temples to the notorious nightlife, this city cannot be called boring.
From the moment you land, unless you have already visited an Eastern country, you will be struck by the foreignness of it. The Thai language resembles no western one, the people, although polite have an understandable suspicion of foreigners who are called farangs. Saffron-robed Buddhist monks are a common sight and little shrines adorn the outside of many buildings.
Possibly the most famous sight in Bangkok is the Reclining Buddha housed in the Wat Pho temple This magnificent structure constructed in the 17th Century is an enormous 46m long and 15m high and is covered with gold leaf and mother-of-pearl inlays. Throughout the centuries it has been altered and upgraded by different kings.
On the subject of kings, Thailand is still one of the few countries in the world which has a monarchy and from 1782 through to 1925, the Kings of Siam, as Thailand was previously known, lived in the Grand Palace. This spectacular building on the banks of the Chao Phraya River is surrounded by four towering walls and consists of numerous temples, offices, courtyards, gardens, and halls. Housed within the complex is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Be sure to allow yourself several hours to explore this fascinating attraction.
Hungry? There are so many choices in the city to suit all palates and budgets from street food sold on the pavements of the famed Khao San Road to the many small restaurants serving the most delicious subtly-flavoured Thai dishes.
As the day winds down, join your fellow Cabin Crew sipping cocktails in a rooftop bar, visiting one of the many cabaret shows on offer or, dining on one of the river cruises whilst enjoying the sparkling lights of the city at night.
Your second day in this fascinating city could be spent exploring even more temples, such as the Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn and standing 70m tall, or exploring the street and floating markets and visiting the Lumpini Park, a 142-acre green space in the town centre. On offer here are boat rides on the lake, numerous treed walkways or, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can join a dance fitness class.
Assuming you have a bit more time to explore, another place of interest is the Vimanmek Mansion, the former royal palace of King Rama V and the world’s largest golden teakwood mansion.
There is no denying the magnificence and beauty of this bustling eastern city.
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