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BANGKOK – THAILAND

Bangkok, the capital City of Thailand (the ancient kingdom of Siam) that was founded in the 15th century is located in the central area of the country, in the delta of the river Chao Phraya, in the Gulf of Thailand, in the Pacific Ocean.

Due to the low level of the city above sea level, the city has several shortcut channels and due to thus fact Bangkok is often known as the Venice of the East.

The visitors of the city can use a head up display by Sygic to help them to find the best way to the main touristic attractions of Bangkok.

According to the MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index Bangkok is the most visited city, and is one of the world´s top tourist destinies and it is a very famous destinations for shopping.

There are several events and festivals in the city, being maybe the most important and known the celebration of the king´s birthday that exhibits a Parade of the Royal Guards, the traditional Royal Ploughing Ceremony that takes place in May and marks the start of the rice-growing season and the Chinese New Year celebrations, in January – February.

At Bangkok visitors may enjoy the historic center located in the historic area of Rattanakosin Island, in the Phra Nakhon District, where the Grand Palace (that was built in the 18th century and that was the official residence of the kings of Siam and Thailand until 1925) and the City Pillar Shrine (a holy place dedicated to one deity) are seated, the Dusit Palace, a royal residence compound dated from the earlier 20th century, in the district with the same name, and where it is the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall that was used as a reception hall from the Dusit Palace and that is nowadays a museum and the Dusit Palace Plaza and theRatchadamnoen Avenue, built between 1889 and 1903, which links the Grand and the Dusit Palaces.

In Bangkok is possible to see several temples and other religious monuments and shrines of Buddhism and Hinduism, such as the Buddhist temples of Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun, and the Hindi Erawan Shrine and Giant Swing, one of the main touristic attractions of the city and the Bangkok National Museum, built in the 19th century that exhibits pieces and artifacts of the history of the country, going back to the Neolithic period, and collections of the art of the surrounding areas and religions (Buddhist arts from India, China, Vietnam, the Indonesian island of Java and the Khmer people from Cambodia), the Royal Barge National Museum, the National Gallery and the Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

 

Tourists can go for a walk in the parks and green areas of the capital of Thailand, such as Suanluang Rama IX, Lumphini Park, Queen Sirit Park, a botanical garden, the Green Belt and Bang Kachao, make a cruise or a boat trip along the canals Chao Phraya and Thonburi, to have a general overview of the traditional architecture of the city, and go for shopping to Yaowarat, the home place of the Chinese community, Khao San Road, Chatuchak Weekend Market, considered to be the largest weekend market of the world and where it is possible to buy almost everything and. Taling Chan Floating Market, located on thecanalKhlong Chak Phra, where fruits, vegetables and fish are sold by the inhabitants of Bangkok from a boat.

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