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Bangkok Introduction


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Bangkok, Thailand, can soothe or ruffle, and it often does both. While contemplating the sunrise at a temple or monks collecting alms, you'll marvel at what peace can be found in the midst of such a chaotic metropolis.   Click here to see the full Bangkok travel guide on Travel42 »

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Bangkok Geography


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Old Bangkok sits on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River. It encompasses many government buildings, as well as important landmarks such as the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew).   Click here to see the full Bangkok travel guide on Travel42 »

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Bangkok History


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Until the late 1700s, the area now known as Bangkok was a small village across the river from the then-capital of Thonburi. In 1782, under the threat of a Burmese attack, the capital and its inhabitants moved to the village, which was named Krung Thep. (The Burmese attack never came.)
It was not until the late 1800s that Bangkok took off as a trade center in the region.   Click here to see the full Bangkok travel guide on Travel42 »

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Bangkok Sightseeing & Things to Do


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You need not travel far in Bangkok to find that it's an exciting—and sometimes exhausting—blend of modern civilization and historic treasures. Bangkok's temples, despite being in the center of a thriving 21st-century metropolis, are some of the finest in all of Asia.   Click here to see the full Bangkok travel guide on Travel42 »

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Bangkok Nightlife


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Bangkok's "anything at any time" reputation has been severely hampered by the haphazard enforcement of the government's 2 am closing law—a policy implemented ostensibly to discourage drug consumption. It's a law that has restricted Bangkok's nightlife potential, and many establishments have adapted to the changes by opening earlier. After 2 am, you can still find a scattering of places open. These mostly consist of massage parlors for men only, videoke shops (which serve food and alcohol) and traditional streetside eateries.   Click here to see the full Bangkok travel guide on Travel42 »

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Bangkok Restaurants & Dining


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From food stalls on the street (where you can buy a bowl of fish balls and noodles or a dish of rice and red curry for 30 baht) to haute cuisine restaurants (which may serve fixed-price French meals for 2,500 baht), Bangkok has something to please the palate every day of the week.   Click here to see the full Bangkok travel guide on Travel42 »

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