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Best Way to Explore Bangkok: Understanding all the Lures

Bangkok is well known as a top shopping destination but did you know the city is home to many cultural performances, exotic museum displays and a host of rooftop bars for winding down.

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Siam Ocean World

This is Asia's largest aquarium located under the Siam Paragon Shopping Mall. The fabulous exhibit is home to a staggering variety of over 30,000 species of marine life brought in from various locations across the globe. Visitor interaction is encouraged with aspects such as feeding the sharks, penguins and dolphins.

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Jim Thompsons House

This is a marvellous museum that offers a combination of exhibits from the East and West. Jim Thompson was an American national who helped develop the Thai silk industry who in turn was awarded the highly acclaimed Order of the White Elephant. The house of this loved expat is now an exhibition centre that offers an insight to how western and Thai influences can amalgamate to create harmonious interiors. Located there is the Jim Thompson Restaurant and Wine Bar where you can chill out with a glass of your favourite drink and dine on authentic Thai cuisine. Jim Thompsons House is a mere 15 minutes' drive from the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel; and you may find the Bangkok city guide provided by this resort quite useful when planning a comprehensive tour of the city.

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Pathum Wanaram Temple

This temple was built in 1857 by King Rama IV and is one of the few temples located in the Siam district. The temple is a must for all culture buffs as it is inlaid with vintage phra men craftsmanship that include lacquered statues and ornamental stencil designs. The crematorium of the Princess Mother of Thailand is located within this historical temple.

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The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

A collection of work by Bangkok's most talented artists is displayed within the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. Apart for the artistic exhibit the centre plays host to concerts, educational talks and screenings of films. Photography exhibits too are given prominence here with discussions on the subject.

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Human Body Museum

This is not a location for the faint hearted for the Human Body Museum is a place displaying parts of the Human anatomy. Situated within the Faculty of Dentistry, this quirky educational exhibit showcases open corpses for understanding the working of the human body.

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Night Bazaars

Places like Chatuchak Market and the floating markets are a must visit for satisfying the shopaholic in you as well as understanding why Bangkok is a top shoppers destination. These markets are home to hundreds of stalls selling just about anything from chickens to cheap knock offs of designer goods. The floating markets too are quite a thrill to experience where traders in small wooden boats offer fresh fruits, flowers, vegetables and even a quick noodle stir fry. Likewise the markets are venues for tasting the famous street food of Bangkok. Retail stalls go hand in hand with food stalls offering a taste of delicious Thai cuisine from the traditional sticky rice to fried insects.