Bangkok, Thailand, is a fascinating southeastAsian city that offers something amusing for everyone.
Sometimes referred to as the Big Mango, Bangkokis an important international hub, and the home of over 12 million residents.
This video includes twenty five of the bestthings to do in Bangkok – so let's jump right in and get started exploring this magical, tasty and diverse city.
Number one is wang lang market which is locatedadjacent to Siriraj hospital.
There's a stall that makes deep fried bite sized piecesof pork that will literally melt in your mouth.
Khanom tungtag is another famous treat atWang Lang Market.
Number two is the gigantic Chatuchak WeekendMarket.
Including over five thousand permanent stores, and if you count the makeshift stallsand hawkers around the market, the number of vendors is closer to fifteen thousand, making Chatuchak the largest market in Thailand.
Number three is Klong Toey Market, the freshfood breadbasket of Bangkok.
The biggest, most bustling fresh wet market in centralBangkok, and lots of food to buy here, we're going to check this out.
The entire repertoireof Thai cooking ingredients are available at klong toey, including a few interestingand extremely exotic foods if you look in the right places.
Number four is to visit a floating market- and there are a few that set up on the weekends just on the outskirts of town.
I'm here atthe talad nam bang nam pheung which is a local little floating market.
Though Bangkok floatingmarkets are a little Thai touristy, they are a great place to spend a day of leisure browsingand eating wonderful food.
It's kind of like a sweet tomato juice, maybe with a littlebit of papaya mixed in, that's what it tastes like, pretty good.
Number five is Pratunam market.
Bangkok'sPrtunam market which is one of the busiest wholesale markets in Bangkok.
Shopping isoften a major component of any visit to Bangkok and Pratunam market specializes in wholesaleclothing.
Number six is MBK shopping center, a megamall that's literally a country in and of itself.
Electronics, clothes, souvenirs, anda huge food court on the sixth floor are a few of the draws.
Number seven is or tor kor market, a highquality fresh market that caters to the upperclass.
The aisles are wide and clean and the produceis nothing but the finest.
There's also a great selection of hawker stalls servingdelicious food.
Bangkok's Dusit Zoo is number eight.
I'mhere today at Bangkok's dusit zoo, which is the central zoo of the city.
In case thereare any lions or tigers that decide to escape, there's a good selection of street foodright outside the gates of the Dusit Zoo to distract them as you run for your life.
Number nine on the list is Lumpini Park, locatedjust north of the Silom district.
Surrounded by tall buildings, this is like a sanctuaryof greenness in the middle.
It's great if you want to go jogging, but I'm not here tojog today, I'm just taking stroll and eating ice cream.
Lumpini Park is a natural escapefrom the fast pace of Bangkok, it's a sanctuary where crows and monitor lizards reside.
Don'tmiss the evening public aerobic dance sessions.
Getting a Thai massage is number ten.
Youcannot visit Bangkok without indulging in a traditional Thai massage.
I can alreadyfeel my body rejuvenating.
I'm going to take a quick nap.
A Thai massage can actually bequite painful, but keep in mind that you can always ask the masseuse to take it easy onyou.
Number eleven is the Grand Palace and WatPhra Kaew located in the heart of Bangkok.
I'm standing outside Bangkok's grand palaceand wat phra knew which is one of the most famous attractions in all of Bangkok.
I wentthere a couple years ago so I'm not going to go in today, but definitely if you cometo Bangkok, you've got to check out the grand palace and wat phra knew.
It's one of themost revered sites in all of Thailand and one of the most iconic landmarks in Bangkok.
If a tuk tuk driver approaches you and tells you the palace is closed for the day, it'sprobably a scam, and instead walk yourself to the main entrance gate to get in.
So, I'm going to enter the reclining Buddha.
Just behind the Grand Palace is number twelve, Wat Pho, home of the golden reclining Buddha.
Wat Pho is also famous as being the birthplace of the Thai traditional massage.
Number thirteen is Wat Arun, the temple ofdawn.
So it costs just three baht to cross of the Chao Phraya river, and we're headingover to wat arun, which is one of the coolest temples in all of Bangkok.
The fine sculpturedetails and the steep climb to the top level of the temple, are a few of the main highlightsof visiting Wat Arun.
It's definitely not for you if you're afraid of heights, becauseit's almost like climbing up a ladder, but the view from up here is great.
Number fourteen is Wat Saket, also known asthe Golden Mountain.
Wat Saket which is also known as pu khao tong, which is the goldenmountain, Bangkok's golden mountain.
The three hundred and eighteen stairs to the top takesjust five to ten minutes to climb, and your effort is rewarded with fantastic panoramicviews of Bangkok.
Number fifteen is the Erawan Museum, famousfor its three headed elephant.
Within the three headed elephant is an impressive museumwhile the beautiful gardens that surround the complex are neatly manicured and makea perfect place to take a peaceful stroll.
Number sixteen is the Vimanmek Mansion.
It'sthe world's largest golden teak mansion.
Unfortunately they don't allow photography inside, but wecan get some photos from the outside.
I just finished the tour, it took about thirty minutes, and it's really cool inside, impressive to see.
For nightlife, shopping, and restaurants, Khao San Road is number seventeen.
I am on Khao San Road which is the center of backpackinghere in Bangkok, Thailand.
Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand.
Atnumber nineteen is Victory Monument.
And since it's a transportation hub of Bangkok, theroundabout is full of shopping, food, and entertainment.
Don't skip a meal at boatnoodle alley, a collection of canal side restaurants next to Victory Monument that serve bowlsof pure porky delight.
Number twenty is durian fruit.
While its shellis spiky and intimidating its flesh is sweet like nectar and creamy like butter.
A durianis a fruit like no other, a unique and sensational flavor and texture that should be experiencedby anyone that visits Bangkok.
While some dislike the pungent smell or the pudding texture, in my opinion, a durian is the absolute heaven on earth.
Thai street food and home style restaurantsis number twenty one.
Fresh herbs, spicy chillies, zesty lime juice and a host of tropical fruitsand vegetables all combine to make Thai food intensely appetizing.
Rated as one of thetop cities in the world for dining, Bangkok's food reputation won't let you down.
Fancysit down restaurants are great, but in my opinion it's the street side stalls and thefamily run hole in the walls that serve the best Thai cuisine.
A Thai feasting experiencewill thrill your taste buds and keep a smile on your face.
One way to bring home the wonderful arrayof Thai flavors is by signing up for a Thai cooking class, which comes in at number twentytwo.
There are a number of different choices from professional cooking schools to motherlystyle home cooking courses.
Often a cooking course will include a visit to a local wetmarket followed by preparing a set menu of a number of different dishes.
Don't worry, you'll get to eat what you cook too! This is the flavor that will give us the deliciousnessof this green curry we're about to cook.
I'm at the market, I'm going to get some of thisstuff.
Number twenty three, located near YaowaratChinatown is Pahurat, a little slice of India in the heart of Bangkok.
Fabric and clothing, chai and chapatis, are all available in this concentrated area of merchants.
I go to explorethe mixture of cultures, and or course to eat Indian, Bangladeshi and Burmese cuisine.
First dip it into the sauce, give me a plate of this and I'm happy.
The historical pak klong talad, or Bangkokcentral flower market is number twenty four.
I am at Bangkok's pak klong talad, which isthe famous flower market.
People come to purchase flowers for everything from gifts for theirspecial loved ones to flowers with religious and cultural significance.
The sea of brightlycolorful flowers in mesmerizing.
Finally at number twenty five is Yaowarat, Bangkok's bustling, and always energetic Chinatown.
Gold stores, lottery ticket vendors, Chinese medicine dealers, and exotic food markets all add to the mix.
When evening inYaowarat falls, street food and seafood restaurants take over and don't stop serving until thewee hours of the night.
This is called kuay jab, and it's in a soup made from all thingspig.
Sampeng Market also located in Yaowarat, is an intensely busy shoppers paradise thatincludes an unfathomable range of knick knacks.
So whether you choose to go on a shoppingrampage, a street food pilgrimage, a peaceful temple visit, or a cultural museum trip, there'sno doubt that the steamy hot capital of Thailand has it all.
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