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Bangkok, capital of Thailand, is situated in the central part of the country. It’s located on the flat plain of the River Chao Phraya. Bangkok is synonymous with mega shopping destinations, grand festivals and the like.

Narayana Phand, Thailand’s largest handicraft outlet, deals in puppets, khon masks, silk, Thai dolls, silverware, bencharong-ware, pearl-inlay ware, and wooden souvenirs. Common markets here are Pratunam, Pahurat and Chatuchak Weekend Market.

You will also find the upmarket night store at Suan Lum Night Bazaar. They provide excellent goods at a great bargain. The bazaars host a hoard of cafes, restaurants, and wayside inns. Popular night markets are Patpong Night Market and Suan Lum Night Bazaar.

Bangkok has a lot of museums, exhibition halls and parks. The National Museum at Bangkok was initially the personal museum of King Rama IV. There is a collection of royal gifts and antiques. A few years later, King Rama V built the Concordia Tower in the Grand Palace grounds which is a Public Museum now.

The Lumphini Park has over 50 hectares of land and was first known by the name of ‘Saladaeng field’. Before King Rama VI donated the space in 1925 it was his private property. Now it has been converted into a park and regular fairs and exhibitions are held on the grounds.

The name Lumphini was given by the King in memory of Lord Buddha’s birthplace in India. The country’s first public library is situated here.  This famous library houses about 30,000 books and manuscripts. They conduct regular book fairs and have a separate section for audio and visual educational materials.

There are many dive sites and islands within hours distance from Bangkok city. The facilities are world class and the service is superb. There are water sports agencies that will assist you. The options for a great vacation are plenty here. There are numerous hotels and cafes that provide you with Thai, Chinese, Indian and European food.


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