The sprawling metropolis of Bangkok is known for its ornate shrines and vibrant street life. Yet we found it to be a city of contrasts with action at every turn.
We never get bored watching yachts and boats and here the ever interesting boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds a network of canals that are home to fast moving longtail boats and floating markets.
The city streets are home to three wheeled tuk tuks whose fares at the end of the journey match the stating price of any Uber Cab. Catch one to the Rattanakosin royal district, home to the opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Emerald Buddha temple. Jump on another to get you to Wat Pho with its enormous reclining Buddha or hop in one to get you to the flower market. There are truly the best way to travel around but make sure you establish the fare before you set off and have the right amount to hand when you get out. These drivers never seem to have change!
Five-star hotels welcome you with famed Thai hospitality and we stayed at The Siam one of the best right on the river. From here using the hotels very own motor boat we were able to access anywhere in the city.
Food is another Bangkok highlight, and we enjoyed local dishes served at humble street stalls to jolly good food at riverside restaurants the likes of Steves. All are well priced.
Luxury shopping malls, boutique shops and markets there really is no end to the shopping possiblilites so make sure you save time even if you are just passing through the city en route to the coast
And no visit to Bangkok would be complete without a glimpse of its famous nightlife – from cabarets to exotic red-light districts. You do not to have a back pack to enjoy the sights but it probably helps
Bangkok never ceases to amaze.