Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand known for its ornate shrines and vibrant street life, is ranked number 2 (ahead of Paris, Dubai, and Istanbul) in 10 most popular cities in 2015. Also known to its native as Krung Thep or “the city of angels,” Bangkok is famous for its river cruises and Tom Yum. Featuring both the old-world charm and modern convenience, Bangkok is also hot, polluted, and chaotic.
Every trip to Thailand’s capital city usually includes the gleaming Grand Palace, Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) with its steep steps, and Wat Pho, which features the famous reclining Buddha and home to the first Thai massage school. Late at night, tourists would likely go to Asiatique Night Market for a ride on the ferris wheel or enjoying dinner aboard the Chao Phraya river cruises.
We landed at the new Suvarnabhumi Airport late in the evening and went to have an early dinner at a Halal Thai restaurant before going to Asiatique Night Market. The market was crowded, full of couples dating and families dining alongside the Chao Phraya river. They sold everything from customised leather goods to Tao Kae Noi seaweed snacks. There’re also KFC, Korean hotpot restaurant, a pizza joint, and coffee shops nearby the main gate. Inside, you’ll find more street food stalls selling weird fried insect than fast food restaurants. It was Sunday, so of course the market was crowded and alive. Walk along the deck or ride the ferris wheel if you find yourself in the heart of Bangkok’s night market!
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