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This city of 9 million may come across as hectic and teeming with life at first glance. But it’s definitely worth a visit away, as the blend of energy, vitality and personal warmth that permeates everyday life here means you can’t help but be in a good mood.
This recent addition to Bangkok's hotel scene offers a first-class location that draws fashionable guests.
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I hopped on a bike in Bangkok and rode through the jungle. Two jungles, in fact! First I cycled through the big city jungle where I was escorted by a cheerful guide who took me through narrow alleys, over rickety wooden bridges and virtually through people’s living rooms.
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The terrace of the bar Distil offers an incredible view over the river and the city from the 64rd floor of the State Tower.
Known from tales and the movie «The Beach», Khao San is Bangkok’s centre for backpackers with low-priced accommodation and any number of bars and internet cafés.
Youthful, trendy, urban and stylish: just a few words to describe the W Hotel in Bangkok.
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This club is part of the cool Metropolitan by COMO hotel and has been one of the hottest night spots since it opened five years ago.
The classic luxury hotel in the premier location is popular with both tourists and business people.
One of Bangkok’s newest luxury hotels is located centrally in the popular Silom district; even from outside, its modern design elements make it easy to spot as a hotel.
The Grand Palace was the official residence of the King of Siam in Bangkok from the end of the 18th century until the middle of the 20th century.
Muay Thai (Thai boxing) is a martial art that combines physical strength with mental force of will and religious belief.
This place might seem kitschy with its pseudo-antique Thai architecture, but the shops offer some good merchandise.
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This bar and restaurant, found on the 25th floor well above the skyscrapers of Sukhumvit, features a terrace pool and restaurant.
This well hidden, very chic restaurant with art on the walls and a romantic terrace is only open evenings.
Those who get out at the Mandarin Oriental enter another world: luxurious, opulent, a fanciful interior.
The World Group tailoring atelier has been in business for more than 25 years and serves a large number of regular clientele.
In Bangkok nearly every corner has a business offering relaxing foot massages for about 300 baht per hour to stressed business people and tourists tired of walking.
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Those who would like to try their hand at preparing Thai cuisine can schedule a course at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
If you’re interested in the history of the silk pioneer Jim Thompson, you can visit his wonderful, old wood home.
If you’re going to go to a shopping mall, then it should be like this: straightforward, elegant and eclectic.
Those on the lookout for a culinary epiphany will find it in this fashionable but cosy and unpretentious restaurant in the Sheraton Grande Hotel on Sukhumvit Road.
Spring & Summer is a wonderfully tranquil, light and airy oasis integrated into two glass buildings from the fifties.
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At Sukhumvoth Soi 11 there's a really superb tapas restaurant. But for me, the highlight is the side street: There you'll find many restaurants.