One of the Far East's great exotic cities, Bangkok is the essence of sensory overload. Fiery food, sweltering heat and neon lights against a backdrop of modernity colliding head first with tradition; exciting barely describes it.
As a Mecca for travellers, Khao San Road is a great place to start. A relaxed pace takes over during the day but at night the ... More>road explodes into action with parties and vendors everywhere you turn. Check out the nearby Soi Rambuttri for a slightly more laidback atmosphere. Not too far away the Grand Palace, the famed reclining Buddha and other magnificent temples can be seen in all their glory.
Explore the other side of town for a taste of the rapidly modernising face of Bangkok. Sukhumvit Road is a hub of shopping, eating and drinking as well as being home to some of the most incredible Bangkok hotels. For some of the capital's legendary street food we recommend heading to Sukhumvit Soi 38 night market where colourful Thai desserts and flaming woks create quite a spectacle. With the metro and sky train now in full swing, you can access the far reaches of Bangkok without any hassle too. This opens up the opportunity to visit Chatuchak weekend market, arguably one of the best markets in the world. Buy anything here from second hand jeans to animals to art.
Glowing and bustling with enterprise, Chinatown is also a Bangkok must-see. Stroll around, graze on the food and enjoy the hectic atmosphere in this area bursting with character.