Visitors guide to Bangkok Reviews
Visitors to Bangkok Find More Than Buddhist Temples and Go-go Bars Apr 01, 2009
Founded in 1782 by the first monarch of the present-day Chakri dynasty, Bangkok, or Krung Thep Maha Nakhon as it is known in Thai, has grown to be one of the great metropolises of the world and is the quintessence east meets west melting pot attracting millions of visitors each year.
Merely mentioning the name Bangkok to anyone instantly conjures up 100 different images ranging from elegant, centuries-old temples and saffron-robed monks to glitzy Go-Go bars crammed with scantily clad, gyrating dancing girls with pulsating lights and loud music, to designer fashion outlets and five-star restaurants and hotels.
In fact is doubtful if any other city in the world offers the diverse range of pursuits a visitor to Bangkok - either a traveller on their own or family - is able to avail themselves of.
The greater Bangkok area now comprises more than 1,500 sq km and is the political, cultural, education, spiritual, and entertainment capital of Thailand.
Home to more than 10 million people, Bangkok is also the major international gateway to a host of equally internationally known exotic holiday destinations including Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai.
Bangkok Buddhist temples
With more than 95 percent of Thais being followers of Theravada Buddhism it's not surprising that Bangkok has its fair share of Buddhist temples. At last count there were over 400 Buddhist temples in the greater Bangkok region, all supported by their local communities where they continue to play an important role in day-to-day events.
Bangkok traffic is notorious for its congestion with even short distances by road taking disproportionately lengthy amounts of time to compete. The city is well served though by a modern elevated rail service referred to as the BTS, as well as a modern and efficient underground (metro) system called the MRT.
Shop till you drop
Bangkok is a shopaholics dream (or nightmare) with visitors to Bangkok able to shop almost 24-hours a day and choose from rickety, umbrella covered sidewalk stalls and traditional markets, to air-conditioned mega-malls offering goods that cater to any budget.
Amongst the better known shopping malls visitors to Bangkok can explore are Siam Paragon, CentralWorld, the ever-popular MBK Center, Panthip Plazza, and Indra Regent.
Visitors to Bangkok are presented with perhaps the widest choice of nightlife entertainment of any city in the world. Bangkok nightlife is legendary world-wide, but there's lots more going on in this city that never sleeps than just go-go bars.
Bangkok medical tourism
Because of its first-class facilities, internationally trained and certified practitioners, and lower costs, many visitors to Bangkok are choosing to combine their holiday with the opportunity to have some medical or dental work performed.
The expanded 1,000 word story is at: http://photojourn.wordpress.com/2009/03/29/visitors-to-bangkok-find-more-than-buddhist-temples-and-go-go-bars/
© John Le Fevre, 2009
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