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Bangkok Highlights
Most travelers to Thailand, or its surrounding countries, will fly into its capital city, Bangkok. Some holidaymakers will hop straight onto a coach, train or another plane to one of the many exotic islands, such as Koh Samui and Phuket, but it is well worth spending at least a few days in this incredibly vibrant city.

Bangkok is a mix of cosmopolitan, historic and traditional Thailand. It is a city where you can spend the day in a sprawling designer shopping mall and an evening in a trendy club, yet walk back to your hotel past ancient temples and enjoy some traditional food with locals at the roadside.

During your time in Bangkok it is worth venturing out to experience some interesting sights and experiences. A few days in this city will only give you a very small taste of what it has to offer, but might be enough to whet your appetite for more.

The most visited tourist attraction in Thailand is the Grand Palace on Rattanakosin Island in the Phra Nakhon district. Built in 1782, the palace was home to the kings of Thailand, the Royal Court and the administrative seat of government for 150 years. The palace grounds are full of beautiful architecture with incredibly intricate detailing. A popular sight is Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which is a temple within the palace grounds containing a very small but very famous and revered emerald Buddha statue.

The Grand Palace has a very strict dress code and you won't be allowed entry without proper attire (although there are items of clothing available for a small deposit at the gate). Men must wear long trousers, shirts with sleeves and have no bare feet. Women must dress modestly and keep their shoulders covered.

The second most popular tourist attraction in Thailand is The Jim Thompson House. Thompson was a famous American businessman who revitalised the Thai silk industry in the 1950s and 60s. His life was varied and interesting to many and there is much speculation about his disappearance during a walk in Malaysia in 1967.

The house is made up of six traditional Thai-style houses and was one of the city's most celebrated social centres during Thompson's time there. Thompson's house is now a museum and arts centre and is visited by many tourists and locals each year.

If you've had enough of temples, palaces and museums, take yourself along to Chatuchak Weekend Market. This is Thailand's largest weekend market and you certainly get a feel for its size when you are trying to navigate yourself through the sea of stalls. Be prepared for a lot of hustle, bustle and bartering as around 300,000 shoppers a day try to get the best deals they can from the nearly 9,000 booths.

With so many different vendors the market pretty much sells anything you could think of. From food and clothing to pets and antiques, Chatuchak is a bargain hunter's delight. The market is located right next to the Kamphaeng pPhet station of the MRT Bangkok Metro Blue Line or a short walk from the Mo Chit station of the BTS Skytrain Sukhumvit Line.

Thailand holidays usually conjure up images of white sandy beaches and infinity pools on tropical islands, but cities like Bangkok offer something different, but just as fulfilling. Next time you find yourself in this sprawling metropolis, take some time to see the sights for yourself.

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Paul Buchanan writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

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