Founded in 1782 by King Rama I, the “City of Angels” is an energetic metropolis that pulsates with life—a perfect entry point for exploring all that Thailand has to offer. Often referred to as Krung Thep by Thais, the capital city is home to one of Asia’s richest historical, cultural and architectural heritages. Delicious aromatic street food permeates the air, varied outdoor markets, cooking classes, indulgent massages and nonstop nightlife all contribute to its magnetic charm.
Southeast Asia’s largest museum the National Museum, the expansive golden royal complex Grand Palace (home of the radiant Emerald Buddha), and the sprawling reclining Buddha can all be found in the Rattanakosin District. A boat ride up and down the Chao Phraya River and klongs (canals), lined with temples and historic edifices, is essential. The downtown old western quarter, filled with neoclassical buildings and antiques shops, and Chinatown offer additional sides to this flavourful city. Weekend travellers will delight in the Chatuchak Weekend Market containing more than 15,000 stalls selling goods from every part of Thailand, or the unique floating market known as Taling Chan. Bangkok’s charms are addictively splendorous.