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The capital city of Thailand, Bangkok is one of Asia's most cosmopolitan cities. Boasting an array of temples and palaces, charming canals and bustling markets, there's plenty of places to visit. Popular attractions include the ‘Grand Palace', the 'Temple of the Golden Buddha' ‘The Golden Mount' which offers beautiful panoramic views and the 'Royal Chapel of the Emerald Buddha'. Bangkok is also home to world class golf courses, which are in easy access of the city centre. You can even venture to the shopping districts and explore all the quaint markets and boutiques for some unusual buys. Whatever you choose to do here, you really will love this fascinating place.
In Bangkok you'll find markets lining the streets selling everything from leather sandals, tourist t-shirts to Thai delicacies. The bargains to be had are endless – but do a bit of haggling to make sure you get the best price possible. The biggest market in Bangkok is the ‘Chatuchak Weekend Market'. With 15,000 stalls selling spices, leather goods and local arts and crafts, it's popular with tourists and locals alike. Bangkok is also a treasure trove when it comes to fashion, so expect big names here like ‘Chanel', ‘Gucci' and ‘Christian Dior'. If you want to splash the cash, head to one of Bangkok's upscale shopping malls such as ‘Siam Paragon' or ‘The Emporium'.
Bangkok's local currency is the Baht (THB). Bangkok is 7 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+ 7).
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