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Top reasons why Bangkok is one of the most visited cities in the world – A blissful experience!

If you visit Bangkok once, you certainly will find plenty of reasons to go back there. Boasting a vibrant in history, a variety of things to do and see and good food, Bangkok is a city like no other.

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The temples

Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew are two of the most respected and iconic symbols of Thailand and certainly be visited during your visit. The palace, which was built in 1782, served as the Thai king's home for 150 years. Wat Phra Kaew is renowned for the revered Buddha statue that is carved from a single block of emerald.

Wat Arun Temple
Built during the 19th century. The Wat Arun Temple boasts ancient Khmer architecture. The stupa of the temple has elaborate floral patterns adorned out in glazed porcelain. Don't miss out from climbing to the top of the temple on the narrow staircase. From the top, you can peer over Bangkok's fabled Chao Phraya River.

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Floating Markets

The iconic floating markets of Bangkok are a must see. Those living in the neighbourhood, run the Amphawa floating market. The small wooden houses along the Amphawa canal are transformed into small shops that sell fresh and food items, handicrafts, souvenirs and plenty of other stuff. You also get some yummy cooked food such as kebabs, roasted fish, desserts and drinks.

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Old city life

Soi Rambuttri

Rambuttri reflects the old Bangkok city before skyscrapers and the other luxuries came to the city. The paved streets shaded by leafy banyan trees gives you a typical Thai feel and many tourists prefer to stay in this part of the city than the more modern section.

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River cruises

Thai history can be traced along the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The banks of the river have been transformed into homes from ancient times and they have created livelihoods from its environment. This great river has provided vital communication, led to the birth of civilization, and is regarded as the lifeblood of Thailand. A Chao Phraya cruise is a unique way of discovering Thai history and taking a glimpse into the authentic lifestyles that locals lead today. Chao Phraya is also an important part of Thailand's lively festivals, such as Loy Krathong that gives thanks to the god of water, and the famous Songkran festival. If you stay in a riverside hotel and spa such as the AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel, you can easily explore the beautiful area surrounding the river.

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Khlongs and canals

Cruise through the Thonburi khlongs or canals of Bangkok on a flat bottom boat or long tail speedboat. This gives you a real sense of how people in Bangkok used to live. This is an excellent way to explore the historical and modern beauty of the city and also a great experience.

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Chinatown

Bangkok's Chinatown is found in the Yaowarat district. Dispersing off the main road is a series of smaller lanes and narrow alleys. This area is like a miniature China where you find a host of all things China. The Chinese community has ensured to preserve their cultural traditions, celebrations and of course their identity for well over two centuries. There's obviously plenty of shopping opportunities and of course tasty Chinese food!

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Shopping galore

Bangkok is a city that takes retail therapy very seriously, and it is no surprise they have such a varied selection in terms of shopping. Shopping in Bangkok can be a delight since there are so many options. You don't need to be a hardcore shopaholic but shopping in Bangkok can be a blissful experience for anyone. You will be spoilt for choice whether you are looking for designer labels or low budget options.