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Bangkok

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is the largest city in the country and the second largest city on the Indochina peninsula after Jakarta, serving as the center of politics, economy, trade, transportation, culture, science, education and religion of Thailand.The city, with its advanced tourism sector, was rated “2013 World’s Most Popular Tourist City.”Bangkok is also known as the "capital of Buddhism."Called by Thai people “Jun Tie,” meaning “City of Angel,” Bangkok is dotted with the splendid palaces of the god of reincarnation. The city is a metropolis combining the charms of historical times with today's fashionable trends.

Phra Phrom

The Phra Phrom Altar was built in 1956.Every year, many Chinese believers and Buddhists come here to worship, especially Hong Kongers.The faithful take Phra Phrom very seriously. If their wishes come true after praying, most return to make offerings to the god. Some even perform a dance and song or hire people to do so.Not worshiping Phra Phrom and other gods when visiting Bangkok is unimaginable.

Address:Thanon Ratchadamri, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330.

Jade Buddha Temple

This temple, located in the northeast corner of Bangkok’s Grand Palace, is the most famous Buddhist temple in Thailand and one of Thailand’s three national treasures. Jade Buddha Temple, built in 1784, is a part of Thailand's Grand Palace, occupying one quarter of the palace and serving as the place where the royal family in Thailand worship Jade Buddha and hold religious rites.The temple is surrounded by nearly one kilometer of murals on which there are 178 colorful serial pictures based on an Indian classical literary work called the Ramayana epic and Thai classical poetry.The wonderful Chinese stories of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms are painted on several large screens of the temple.

Address:Thanon Na Phra Lan, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok.

The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace, located in central Bangkok, consists of well-arranged buildings with collections of painting, sculpture and decorative art.All royal members of the Bangkok dynasty, from Rama I to Rama VIII, lived in the Grand Palace.Now, except when used for some rites and activities like coronation ceremonies and court celebrations, the Grand Palace is open to the public and has become a well-known tourist spot in Thailand.The Grand Palace showcases the distinctive characteristics of architecture, painting, sculpture and decorative art in Thailand. The palace is widely appreciated by visitors from all over the world and called “Thailand Art Encyclopedia."

Address: Thanon Na Phra Lan, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok.

A famous shopping paradise in Southeast Asia, Bangkok offers the latest fashions from Europe and many local traditional handicrafts and specialties.In general, purchasing imported goods in Bangkok is not always a good deal, but some brands, such as Levi's and Lee, which have factories in Thailand, are quite affordable.The discount shopping seasons in Bangkok is in June and December every year. During these seasons, you enjoy discounts when paying with the Union Pay Card in several large shopping malls.

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market, known as the mother of all markets in Thailand, accommodates more than 15,000 stores sittings on 35 acres.It's best to go with a map. Otherwise, you may get lost while strolling about.Here, you can find almost everything you're looking for. Of course, bargaining is indispensable for almost everything.The market is only open on weekends.Note that smoking is forbidden in Chatuchak Weekend Market. Violators are fined.

Address:You can take the light rail to Mo Chit station or the subway to Chatuchak Park Station.

Central World Plaza

Here, you find cuisine, theaters and stores mainly selling upscale products.The famous Phra Phrom is also worshiped here. They say that worshiping Phra Phrom leads to real results, but you need to return to redeem a vow to the god.There is Big C Supermarket nearby.

Address: Located in the Chit Lom station of the SkyTrain, one stop away from Siam.

Bangkok is the time-honored birthplace of Thai cuisine, characterized by spicy, sweet and sour dishes. As an international metropolis, Bangkok brings together international cuisine satisfying diners from all over the world.For economical meals, you can try roadside stands that offer low prices and delicious food. For an unforgettable experience, the pricey, elegant restaurants are your best choices. There is no lack of delicious food in Bangkok.

Tom Yum Soup

Called "Tom Yam Kung" in Thai and mostly translated into Tom Yum Kung soup. The ingredients are healthy and wholesome.A fresh seafood dish, the soup includes shrimp, lemongrass, galangal and bitter orange leaves and tastes sweet and sour with a bit of spiciness, which is typical of Thai flavors.

Recommended restaurant:Mango Tree Restaurant

Address: 37 soi Tantawan, Surawongse Road, Suriyawongse, 10500, Thailand.

Fragrant bamboo rice

New glutinous rice is soaked in water. Then you must select the proper green bamboo. Based on the required size, cut the green bamboo into segments and fill with the soaked glutinous rice. Finally, bake in a fire.When eating, split the bamboo with a knife. At this time, the entire room is filled with the fragrance of the bamboo.

Recommended restaurant:Lanna Thai Restaurant

Address:210 Si Ayuthaya Road, Bangkok.

Thailand fried rice

This is traditional home-cooked Thai cuisine.The main ingredient is Thai rice, which is fried with seafood or some kinds of meat, such as chicken, and vegetables.During the cooking process, Thai curry can be added to blend the flavors into each grain of rice. The dish is typical local cuisine in Thailand.

Recommended restaurant:Thai Lansing Restaurant

Address:14 SiWiang Road.

Metro

Rail transit in Bangkok is divided into light rail (BTS) and the subway (MRT).Light rail is the most comfortable way to get around in Bangkok, with two routes in total:The dark green route is the Long line from Anu to Monkey.The light green route is the Sukunyi line from Saphan Taksin to National Sports. Siam is the transfer station for these two lines.Opening time is 6 am to midnight.

Bus

The bus is the least expensive transportation with extensive service. The return route is different from the departure one. Thai numbers are expressed by specialized Thai terms rather than Arabic numerals, so if visiting Thailand for the first time with no knowledge of the Thai language, it is best not to take buses.

Taxi

The starting fare for taxis in Bangkok is 35 baht. If is best to avoid the rush hour.You must stick to the pricing based on mileage when taking taxis.As a general rule, 100 baht is appropriate fare within the urban area,

Climate

Bangkok has a tropical monsoon climate, with high temperatures throughout the year.There are quite obvious boundaries between the hot season, cool season and rainy season in a year.The annual maximum temperature is in June, reaching up to 35°C.The annual minimum temperature is in January, dropping to as low as 11°C.Annual precipitation is 1500 mm.

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