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Destination Guide: Bangkok

Ancient Buddhist temples, lively night markets and spicy seafood
Feel Bangkok's relentless pace on a three-wheel tuk-tuk ride, or unwind with a massage at luxury hotel spas. Take a cruise to watch artisans hand-carve clay pots on traffic-free Koh Kret island.

Food and Drink

Snack on street food or cool off in fusion restaurants. Sushi is prepared in front of Thailand's smart set around business-busy Silom Road. Mix spicy tom yang kung shrimp soup with flickering city lights at the top of towering hotels around Sukhumvit Road. Or try local Singha beer and lime-soaked pad thai noodles rustled up from Chinatown's hawker trolleys.

Sightseeing and relaxation

Marvel at gleaming temples then relax Thai-style. Gasp at the 46-metre-long golden Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho temple, and learn Thai massage at its adjoining school. Focus your mind with a samatha meditation course led by monks at Wat Mahathat temple's Buddhist university before escaping to leafy Lumpini Park.

Shopping

Glide around air-conditioned designer malls and barter at bustling markets. Siam Square's shiny new complexes overflow with designer fashions and discounted electronics. Rise early to wear yellow marigold garlands at riverside Pak Khlong Talad flower market. Or buy handmade silks and antique Buddha statues at Bangkok's many markets.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Trendy cocktail bars and traditional arts. Take chilled drinks out onto 50th-floor terrace-bars around Sukhumvit Road. Or watch Muai Thai kick-boxers at Lumpini Stadium. Ancient, masked khon dancers perform at Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre.