Bangkok 8 Introducing Bangkok

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    HIGHLIGHTS

    BANGKOK BY DAY -

    Bangkok by day is about gold-topped temples, unfeasibly large Buddha images,royal palaces and, ahm, traffic. Less touristy but just as memorable are the heavingmarkets, the vibrantly green parks and the serene chaos of the river.

    Jim Thompsons HouseWalk through the legendary silk merchantsjungle-clad teak home (p97).

    Amulet MarketBuy yourself some holy protection(p129).

    Wat ArunCross the river to this landmark stupa with itsmosaic decorations (p65).

    Wat PhoGaze at the 46m-long Reclining Buddha (p57),then get rubbed in the massage school (p57).

    Lumphini ParkEscape the urban jungle in this oasis ofrelaxation (p106).

    Chatuchak Weekend Market

    Get lost in the mother of all outdoor markets(p140).

    Dusit ParkWitness the Victorian sense and Thai sensibili-ties merge in this royal enclave (p80).

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    BANGKOK BY NIGHT

    The City of Angels is possibly most famous (or infamous) for its after hours action, buttheres more than just skin shows. Think sunset cocktails atop skyscrapers, romanticdinners in fine restaurants, rocking alternative bars and...muay thai fight nights.

    Banglamphu BarsFollow your ears around Bangkoks hip alterna-tive music scene (p176).

    Soi 11 ClubsDance down Bangkoks premier clubbing soitoBed Supperclub (p183)and Q Bar (p182).

    SpringEat modern Asian seafood while relaxing on abeanbag in the garden (p167).

    FoodTaste delicious food from a swish restaurant orroadside stall (p153).

    Lumphini StadiumSoak up the action and atmosphere in thisBangkok institution (p199).

    Moon Bar at VertigoDrink in the sunset from the roof of a skyscraper(p177).

    FaceEat sumptuous Thai food amid teak, jungle andponds (p166).

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    FESTIVALS & EXCURSIONS

    SongkranCelebrate New Year, or perhaps its really justthe worlds biggest water fight (p13).

    AyuthayaCycle around the monumental remains of theold Siamese kingdom (p226).

    Loi KrathongFloat your bad luck down the river with the restof Bangkok (p14).

    KanchanaburiTake the train across the bridge over the RiverKwai (p242).

    Most of Bangkoks festivals combine a spiritual or serious element with an un-ashamed pursuit of sanuk, aka fun where else can you have a bucket of waterthrown over you by laughing locals to celebrate the new year? Excursions are also fun,be it to an old royal capital, forested national park, beaches or sleepy riverside towns.

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