A lush and exotic tropical country full of friendly locals and shimmering historic temples.
The Grand Palace, Bangkok
The former home of the Thai King is a spectacular architectural wonder and is often cited as the city’s most famous landmark. Built in 1782, the beautiful building boasts intricate detailing and artistic grandeur and is a stark reminder of the creativity and craftmanship of Thai people. In addition to the King residing at the palace for 150 years, the Thai war ministry, state departments, and the mint were also located there.
Asiatique The Riverfront, Bangkok
The unique Asiatique combines a night bazaar and a mall to offer a distinctive experience in Thailand, rich with a selection of different foods to try and also a diverse offering of entertainment, including live shows and classic Thai puppet performances.
Siam Niramit, Bangkok
Described as a ‘feast for the eyes’ by the Bangkok Post, this gripping, entertaining and funny show is not one to miss if you are visiting Thailand. Siam Niramit is one of the largest stage productions in the world featuring over 500 costumes and tells the story of Thailand’s history and culture through incredible stage work and special effects.
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), Bangkok
A beautiful temple cared for and renovated by King Taksin in 1768, after he first came across it at dawn one day. He renamed it WatChaeng, the temple of the dawn. This temple used to be the home of the Emerald Buddha which has since moved to the Grand Palace. Philanthropy also blessed the temple between 1824 and 1851 when Rama III added porcelein to the templee spires so that they glimmer in the sunshine.
Siam Paragon, Bangkok
This shopping centre is entrepreneurial in the sense that there is a wealth of shops to explore, and activites and experiences to enjoy. The mall has capitalised on its popularity, introducing an 16-screen Cineplex, comprehensive world cuisine and even Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium. It also home to Thailand’s Lulu Guinness store!
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