With its hulking skyscrapers and ultra-modern hotels, Bangkok is one of the most contemporary cities in Asia. Thankfully, it never lost its Thai charm, with the museums, temples, food and, of course, people, that make Bangkok both quintessentially Thai and culturally diverse. One great way to think about your exploration of Bangkok is to traverse the streets for a taste of the modern, but to get a feel for the historical, more old-style, Bangkok, take to the canals.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Wat Pho is a must-see, famous for its huge (46 m by 15 m/151 ft by 49 ft) gold-plated reclining Buddha and renowned massage school. You will also see over 1,000 additional images of Buddha, mostly from the ruins of the former capitals of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. As for the massage school, a traditional Thai massage alone is worth the trip to Wat Pho. Many of the world's celebrities and dignitaries have come here in need of a break from the hectic pace of their famous lives.
Every second Sunday of the month, the private and exclusive Royal Bangkok Sports Club on Henri Dunant Road opens its doors to the public for its horse races, where you can bet on a win basis only (not to place or show). To enjoy the other facilities such as golf, squash and tennis, you'd better befriend an RBSC member during your stay, because those activities are decidedly un-public.
Enjoy the freshest and most delicious pad Thai and tom young goong in the world. And the satay sold by street vendors is a delicacy that should not be missed.
Take a boat tour down the San Saep canal and visit the Bo-be Market, the locals' favourite place to buy affordable clothing.
Thailand's legal tender is the baht. One baht is divisible into 100 satang. Banknotes are valued at 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 baht, as well as 1, 5 and 10 baht coins. Copper coins are valued at 25 and 50 satang. Silver coins are in denominations of 1, 5 and 10 baht.
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