Bangkok-Old and New

The Emerald Buddha Chapel

Amazing PlaceEncapsulating Thailand's quintessential blend of old and new is Bangkok, located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River: The nation's capital since 1782, it is both a gateway and principal destination for most travellers.

Joyfully exuberant, Bangkok embraces modern development and presents an initial picture of thrusting office towers; ofworld-class hotels offering deluxe comforts; of glittering shopping plazas; of restaurants serving Thailand's acclaimed spicy specialities, as well as virtually all other great cuisines East and West; of neon-lit entertainment spots where the fare ranges from classical dance to laser disco.

Highway in Bangkok at night. Amazingly, in the midst of this dynamic modern world, Bangkok miraculously manages to preserve its cultural heritage to a marked degree. In the soaring roofs and gleaming spires of the Grand Palace and the city's many historic temples - Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Temple of Dawn and other evocative shrines - the visitor is presented with a picture of classical Oriental wonder. In addition, contained within Bangkok's monuments and sights are treasures of the nation's artistic and cultural endeavour that typify the land and the people.

The influence of the past is not limited to major monuments and it continues to colour daily life. Files of saffron-robed monks making their early morning alms round, for example, present a scene unaltered in essentials by the passing of time. Today's backdrop of highrise buildings only adds wonder to this and other enduring sights from which the city continues to draw definition.

Ultimately, it is from the people that Bangkok derives its unique flavour. Fun-loving and easy going, the people possess a rare tolerance which imbues the city with a real sense of freedom. It may appear at times hectic, yet what finally comes across is Bangkok's good natured acceptance of life with all its idiosyncrasies.

Thailand's "City of Angels" is, indeed, a magic place where possibilities are limited only by the imagination. You'll marvel at the glories of the past, and delight in the golden opportunities of the present.

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Thailand in Brief
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A Natural Escape
Festival Occasions
Staying in Style
Planning Your Trip
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Getting Around
Shopping Treasures
Delicious Dining
An Exotic Kaleidoscope
Classical Dance to Disco
Sporting Options
Delicious Dining
Tropical Resorts

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