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BANGKOK, the pulsating metropolis, is situated on the banks of the CHAO PHRAYA, River of Kings. The City of Angels, as Bangkok is called, was founded in 1781 by King Rama I.  The city has approximately 10 Mio. Inhabitants and is developing at rapid speed. 
The skyline is changing continuously, due to economic growth and foreign investment.
The QUEEN SIRIKIT NATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER is one of the modern Bangkok landmarks, whereas WAT ARUN, the temple of the dawn, symbolizes old traditions and heritage. It's ornaments are beautifully decorated and consist of little ceramic mosaics in different colors.
A very typical way of transportation is the TUKTUK, a three-wheel vehicle with fearless drivers, who can handle the Bangkok traffic like a piece of cake.
Another typical Bangkok characteristic are the countless water channels or KLONGS, which were constructed in the olden days in order to provide a convenient traffic system. Therefore, the city was also known as the VENICE OF THE EAST. You can discover the KLONGS by taking a local shuttle boat, a HANG YAO.
An important part of Bangkok's city life still revolves around these waterways with houses on stilts, gardens, factories, temples and shipyards as well as floating snack bars with Thai delicacies.
A trip through the KLONGS is a unique encounter with the original Bangkok and full of typical impressions.

Getting from the airport to town:

Bangkok's Don Muang International airport, is located approximately 15 miles north of the city center. The airport has recently been refurbished to a very high standard with every possible convenience for the busy traveler.

The most effective method to reach town is by taxi, which can be arranged at the airport's arrivals area. These taxis are also air-conditioned, reasonably priced and very easy to arrange. The journey can take anything from 30 minutes to over an hour depending on traffic, which can be very heavy during rush hours. There are also buses and trains available but a taxi is easiest.

For traveling around the town you can use either the standard taxis which are air conditioned and very comfortable, tuk-tuk's which are fast moving three-wheel open taxis or water taxis which are fun to use but only really useful to travel up the main Chao Phraya river. Extensive walking is not recommended in Bangkok due to the city's size, pollution levels and humid climate.
The Sky train operates since the 5th of December and connects the south with the west part of Bangkok. Traveling Bangkok is much more convenient now and saves a lot of time.
Sukkhumvit Road with the Skytrain above !!!

Bangkok's main attraction:
 is WAT PHRA KEO, home to the EMERALD BUDDHA, the most respected religious symbol of Thai Buddhism, and the GRAND PALACE. This Royal compound was build in 1785 by King RAMA I. There is the famous Golden Chedi and 12 YAKS or giants, along with spectacular wall paintings and statues. The whole area comprises 30.000 sqm. 
The first four Kings of the Chakri Dynasty lived their entire reigns within these white walls. Each added new buildings in evolving styles, from traditional Thai to neo-classical European designs and structures.

Bangkok Excursion Program

WAT PO is the oldest Bangkok monastery, founded in the 16th century.
It is much more than just a cultural site, it is a place of contemplation and peace. The RECLINING BUDDHA is covered with pure gold. 46 m long and 15 m high. It is one of the largest Buddha statue in the country. 

WAT BENJAMABOPHIT, the MARBLE TEMPLE, is built of CARRARA MARBLE, and is very impressive with it's timeless elegance. 

One of Bangkok’s typical attractions are the FLOATING MARKETS. Here, friendly vendors offer fruits, vegetables, flowers and souvenirs. Bargaining is a most welcome part of the deal.

Bangkok at night. This city never sleeps. On SIAM SQUARE, in SUKHUMVIT or SILOM ROAD, the department stores are open until 9 p.m., seven days a week.
 

 

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Thai family at Wat Phra Kaeo 
A street-store in Bangkok MUAY THAI or Thai boxing is the national sport of Thailand. The most famous boxing stadium is LUMPINI STADIUM in Bangkok. 

A unique experience is a cruise up the Chao Phraya River to Ayutthaya on one of the luxury liners which offer these daily cruises. Passing WAT ARUN and WAT PRAH KEO, the journey goes northwards,  featuring typical topics such as speedboats, houseboats, rice boats and temples.

 

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