Bangkok is the capital city that has the longest name in the world. It is known to locals as Krung Thep Mahanakon. The abbreviation of its full name is “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit”.
The city has many beautiful temples to visit, amazing cuisine, & most importantly friendly people. Thailand is known as 'The Land Of Smiles', Thai people are famed for their friendly, polite & helpful manner & they always seem to be smiling.
Within Bangkok you'll find people from all over the World, this gives the city a great mixture of different traditions, cultures, cuisine, beliefs & ways of life.
Bangkok is the ideal destination for the shopaholic. It is becoming one of the biggest fashion hubs in Asia. Chatuchak market is a must see for any tourist. There are hundreds of shops/stores that sell everything from traditional Thai handicrafts to the latest designer wear and all available at excellent prices. MBK, or Mah Bhoon Kong, is a large shopping mall in the centre of Bangkok (Siam). The mall is packed with shops selling everything from mobile phones, cameras, clothes, shoes and furniture.
The place that you must see when you visit Bangkok is the Grand Palace. It used to be the residence of the King of Thailand until he moved to Chitralada Palace. It is opened for tourists to view the beauty of its complex buildings. You should also visit the famous temples such as Wat Pra Keo, Wat Po and Wat Arun. These are all built in exceptional ways with each having their own unique charms.
Bangkok is a city that is never sleeps, you can always find something to do, day and night. Nightclubs and bars are normally packed with locals and tourists through out the week. Silom, Patpong, Koasan and Sukhumvit are where the majority of tourists and expats go to socialize and enjoy their nightlife. There are lots of nightclubs and bars in these areas as well as night shopping & street food. Here are just a few of the top Bar/Clubs in Bangkok. Route 66, 808 bangkok, Q Bar, Bed Supperclub, Gullivers.
The night bazaar at Lumpini Park is for people who wish to do late night shopping; it is a night-covered market which sells similar products to Chatuchak. However, you might find it a little bit more expensive here than the day market. Thai boxing at Lumpini and Rachada is another place you should not miss out on. There are a big number of foreigners who come to Thailand to learn Thai boxing or Muay Thai as it is known in Thailand.
Getting around Bangkok is easy but you should avoid rush hour as roads can become grid locked. An alternative to the road is to the over/underground train network known as BTS or MRT These are both very convenient and reasonably priced.
If you would like to make the most out of visiting Bangkok/Thailand, you should learn a few words in Thai. The locals appreciate it so much and please keep smiling, it will guarantee an amazing experience.