Bangkok, or Krung Thep, “the city of angels” as it is known to its inhabitants. Many tourists who travel to Bangkok are immediately overwhelmed by the sheer size of the city and the vast number of attractions Bangkok has to offer. Indeed there is a wide variety of Bangkok sightseeing opportunities spanning more than two centuries of rapid development following the city’s founding in 1782 by King Rama I, the first king of the present Chakri dynasty.
Since that auspicious date, Bangkok has swelled to a cosmopolitan, 21st century city of more than ten million inhabitants. Whilst the immensity of the city and its bustling streets can be intimidating at first, those who spend some time in Bangkok are quickly enamored by the myriad of attractions Bangkok contains, from exotic temples, which underscore Thailand’s strong Buddhist history, to modern shopping malls, which make shopping an integral part of any Bangkok holiday.
There are more than 400 functioning Buddhist temples throughout the city and it’s not uncommon when you travel in Bangkok to spot saffron robed monks collecting morning alms or traveling throughout out the city, including along the Chao Phraya, the “River of Kings”, which passes alongside the Temple of the Dawn. The winding Chao Phraya is connected by numerous canals from which Bangkok has earned its nickname the “Venice of the East”; when you travel around Bangkok, a cruise on the Chao Phraya, a visit to a floating market, or an exploration of the cities “back alley” canals (khlongs) are themselves unique Bangkok attractions. Beyond Bangkok’s historical district, there are plenty of other attractions that make a Bangkok holiday both enjoyable and memorable. The downtown districts along Silom and Sukhumvit Roads have a convenient electric rail system, including an elevated sky-train and underground subway that have made travel in Bangkok both easy and enjoyable. Connecting hotels directly to shopping malls and traditional markets, the MRT and BTS systems have literally elevated Bangkok shopping to world-class status.
Bangkok is served by 2 airports: Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Muang Airport. Suvarnabhumi Airport (IATA: BKK) is now Bangkok’s main airport and busiest airport in Southeast Asia. It is used for almost all international and domestic flights to Bangkok. There is only one terminal building which covers both domestic and international flights. There is a transit hotel, ATMs, money exchange, restaurants, and tax-free shops.
There are plenty of ways to get into the city from Suvarnabhumi Airport. Most people opt for the Airport Rail Link, by far the fastest way to get into downtown, although taxis are also reasonably priced. Located on the basement level of the passenger terminal, the Airport Rail Link offers a high-speed train service to downtown Bangkok. It’s also a way of avoiding Bangkok’s horrendous rush hour traffic, particularly when it’s raining. Trains run 06.00-23.59 every day and take about half an hour from the Airport to downtown (Phaya Thai station). Ordinary metered taxis are available on the first floor (one floor below arrivals). The limousine taxis can be reserved at the limousine hire counter on the second floor (just outside arrivals).
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- Visitor’s Guidebook, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, Bangkok, Thailand.
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