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Glittering with lights, a lot of hustle bustle and a little bit of chaos, Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and is packed with tourist attractions - historical, religious or natural. A haven for shoppers, it attracts people from all over the world to its markets. It is often touted as the party capital of South East Asia. Bangkok also offers a bundle of fantastic street food, non-stop action and unforgettable experiences.
Buzzing with energy at one end and immersed in peace and serenity at the other, Bangkok hums its own tune. The place represents a perfect amalgamation of modern and traditional culture. It is dotted with buildings reaching for the skies, air-conditioned malls alongside with 200-year-old villages and beautiful Buddhist temples. One can see the diversity of the city in its crowded, colourful markets and smiling pedestrians. Monks walking on the street clad in yellow robes are a common sight. Bangkok is also renowned for its great shopping experience packed with a plethora of malls, local markets and night markets. However, make sure you put your haggling skills to best use. Food is another highlight of the city, and you can find some of the most delicious local dishes at street stalls and exotic cuisines at fancy restaurants. A trip to Bangkok is incomplete without exploring its happening nightlife that will leave you in complete awe.
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Bangkok is one of the liveliest places and is an experience of a lifetime. I was visiting family in Bangkok, so I didn't have communication troubles. However, knowing certain keywords in Thai- such as "sawatdee" (hello), "khob khun" (thank you), "nee tao rai" (how much), "naam" (water)- will help you while conversing with locals (vendors, drivers, shopkeepers) because a lot of them don't know English. There are many good nightclubs in Sukhumvit, which was close to the place I was staying in. Bangkok is known for its nightlife, and like most foreigners, I indulged myself in it. Also try to cover as many tourist spots (Wat Pho, The Grand Palace, etc.) as you can, because they are all extremely well-made. I found that it is important to respect the customs of temples in Bangkok. Make sure to enquire about instructions on clothing, backpacks, possessions, etc. before visiting any place. Do not miss riding on the motorbike taxis, since this is a fun experience specific to Thailand. I tried a delicious street food, called Sai Krok, a preparation of pork and rice. It is readily available everywhere, so do give it a try.
With its floating markets, weekend markets and vibrant street life, Bangkok is heaven-like for most shopaholics! I remember its streets, bustling with locals and tourists alike, were filled with the aroma of delicious food being prepared. After hours of shopping, tourists can quench their thirst with freshly-squeezed orange juice available easily. Somehow, Bangkok has the perfect blend of Western ideas with Thai traditions, which I could see in the food, clothes and even people. A tip to travellers is to be mentally prepared to want to replace their entire wardrobe!