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Top Things to do in Bangkok – Essentials on a trip to Siam

Bangkok is no doubt one of the top destinations in the world. It is a place where you can party like there's no tomorrow, soak in the rich culture and enjoy amazingly unique culinary experiences.

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Glimpse the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

The gigantic reclining Buddha statue at Wat Pho is a true marvel to behold. The statue is 15m tall and 46m long, even the feet measure around 5m. It is covered in gold leaf which gives the statue an even grander feel. There are 10 bowls placed inside the temple where devotees can place coins. It is said that the 108 bowls represent the 10 deeds the Buddha had to accomplish on his path to enlightenment.

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Visit the Grand Palace

The Grand Palace in Bangkok is easily one of the (if not the) biggest attractions in Thailand – and due to that a common ground for scammers. However, no trip to the country is complete without visiting this 214,000 square foot place of opulence. The palace was at one time the home of the monarch and later was the base of operations for the government. Now it is open to the public to explore its ground and amazing architecture and design.

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Shop at Chatuchak Market

This is one of the biggest markets in the world. It spreads across 27 acres and houses over 8000 stalls every weekend. It is estimated that nearly 200,000 people visit the market on any given day that it is open. You can find anything here from textiles to foodstuff. This market is a good visit because you can buy stuff for the local prices instead of having to pay tourist prices. Even if you're not looking to make a purchase wandering around the market is quite an experience in itself and presents a great opportunity to try some favourite local cuisines.

4

Sail the Chao Phraya River

The Chao Phraya River runs through Bangkok with its many tributaries making up the various canals that flow in out of the city. Bangkok was in the past referred to as the 'Venice of the East' because of the Chao Phraya and it is still a major part of life in this city. Nearly 50,000 people each day use one of the many ferries going up and down the river to get to work and back. You can easily arrange a boat ride in the morning or evening or even a bit late at night. It is one of the best ways t enjoy the sights of Bangkok.

5

Enjoy the Nightlife

Bangkok nightlife is world-famous, the rooftop bars, the nightclubs and the red light districts are al worth checking out as it is a world of its own and probably an experience you couldn't have anywhere else. If you're planning a trip to Bangkok with the hopes of really enjoying the nightlife, stay close to where the action is. Citadines Sukhumvit 11 Bangkok is right near the most vibrant parts of the city and is one of the best-serviced apartments Sukhumvit has to offer.

6

Have a Thai Massage

Thai massages are famous all over the world but while you're in the land where it originated you might as well try it out in its most authentic form. There are plenty of parlours across the city but with a little digging, you can find which are better. Try it out you'll fee brand-new.