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4 Things to Do on a Light Wallet in Bangkok - The City of Angels has plenty to offer to the budget conscious traveller

While the sparkling malls and glitzy hotels are often the most seen aspects of Bangkok, the city has plenty to offer to those on a budget. Read on and discover the underrated side of the city.

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Drop into Lumpini Park

Widely considered the best park in the capital, Lumpini Park is basically the Central Park of Bangkok. A lush inner-city park covered in foliage, the park is a massive habitat that is home to a number of plants and quirky animals such as the monitor lizard. First built in 1920, it is a regular convening spot for the city's joggers, fitness freaks and serenity seekers. You can find a forest park inside as well as outdoor activities like rowing. Located in the centre of Bangkok, the park is not far from hotels such as Adelphi Forty-Nine.

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Dusit Zoo

Present at the old city, the Dusit Zoo is a little away from the Dusit Palace. Offering a wonderful change of pace, the Dusit Zoo is an excellent location to visit for those with families. There are over thousand six hundred species within the premises with iconic animals like the giraffe, Bengal Tiger, and the Asiatic Black Bear all making an appearance. Other than the animals, the zoo hosts a number of live shows while the lake within the premises offers plenty of recreational activities. Add in a food court plus the ruins of a World War 2 raid shelter and you have everything you need for an entire day out!

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Bang Krachao

Situated on the outskirts of the city, a visit to Bang Krachao will consume your whole day, but if you are a nature lover, it will be a day well spent. The said location is a man-made island covered with greenery on all sides and none of Bangkok's skyscrapers and urban structures in sight. The best way to explore the area is by bikes which can be rented for about 100 Bahts. Once home to hill tribes, the area now hosts a weekly floating market and a handful of excellent diners.

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Chinatown

An endless maze of alleys and lanes that hide delights around every corner, Chinatown is a vibrant and historical area in the capital. Whether it is tantalizing street food, bargain shopping or serene temples, Chinatown has something to entertain every curious visitor. One particular highlight is the Khao San Road in the district. A gathering spot for all backpackers to the city, the narrow street has a number of dingy bars, roadside hawkers and other activities that are well worth checking out. The many shops also serve as a great place to do some souvenir shopping. As with most places in the city, prepare for some hard bargaining. Chinatown is located at the Yaowarat Road in Samphanthawong. Regularly swarmed by hordes of tourists, any hotel or Bangkok service apartment should be able to tell you how to get there. If you are taking public transport take the MRT Hua Lamphong.

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