Bangkok: where East meets West

Thailandís capital is a city that celebrates its past as it embraces the future.


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Towering above the beautifully preserved traditional architecture of the cityís ancient palaces and temples are spanking new hotels that epitomize the tasteful sophistication of Bangkok.

The Chao Phraya River remains the epicenter of the city where cruises and river taxis ferry locals and visitors along, providing a chance to enjoy sights of soaring spires, along with Thai homes and gardens.

From gourmet restaurants and space age nightclubs to night markets and hip bars, Bangkok appeals to your every whim. Haggle your way to incredible bargains at the countless market stalls, experience some of the best cuisine you'll taste anywhere, and settle back with a drink listening to lounge music or a Thai Elvis impersonator -- the city caters to every taste and budget.

While the markets have their own particular charm, if you've left your bartering head at home, there is always the retail therapy enjoyed in places such as the Emporium Shopping Center, Central World Plaza, Gaysorn or Siam Paragon. Here you'll find enough designer attractions to keep even the most demanding followers of fashion in new looks.

All over the giant capital, brilliant new ultra-hip venues and city-resorts have emerged for your delight. It is among these tasteful surroundings that travelers of distinction can escape the whirl and bustle of street life, and start to take in the true character of this dynamic city, the most harmonious blend of East and West, some say the place where the future is slowly working itself out.

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