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There's a fine balance between traditions and modernity in Bangkok and this wonderful aspect of the Thai capital would delight you as soon as you begin exploring the city. It was a small trading post in the 15th century when the powerful Ayutthaya Kingdom ruled this region. Growing rapidly in the years that followed, it first became the centre of the country's modernisation efforts and later of its political struggles. In the late 20th century, when the Asian investment boom happened, it gradually became one of the leading Asian hubs for finance and business. Today, it is visited by millions of leisure and business tourists from different parts of the globe every year.


Modern Skyscrapers

In the 1990s, there was a rapid expansion of the city with developments happening along the new roads and skyscrapers being constructed in the commercial areas. As a result, the city has grown into a sprawling metropolis today. Most of the skyscrapers can be found in the business districts located on Sathon and Si Lom roads. With the amount saved while booking flights to bangkok from london, you can have the best shopping experiences in the large and elegant malls located in Pathum Wan's areas of Ratchaprasong and Siam. Most of the hotels and retail outlets can be found along Sukhumvit Road.


Buddhist Temples

When you're in Bangkok, you'll never be far from a majestic Buddhist temple, as there are numerous 'wats' located in different parts of the city. 'Wat' is the Thai word for 'temple'. Some of the most popular temples in this part of Thailand are Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Arun, and Wat Pho. If you're exploring the Grand Palace, you'll get to visit many temples that are located around the magnificent complex. Whenever you're visiting a Buddhist temple in Bangkok or any of the other places in Thailand, make sure you’re dressed in decent attire with your shoulders and legs covered.


Bustling Markets

If you want to shop like the locals, skip the air-conditioned malls and head to the busy open-air markets that sell everything from farm-fresh flowers to fashion accessories. You can take a day off from your busy sightseeing schedules and visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market, which is considered as a must-visit place in the city for tourists in recent times. If you want to shop after sunset, head to the Patpong Night Market. You can get to one of the floating markets, for a unique combination of shopping and sightseeing.


Delicious Food

As the Thai cuisine is an excellent blend of fresh meat, vegetables, herbs, and spices, the dishes are truly a delectable treat for the absolute foodies. It is hardly surprising that most of them have made it to the menus of restaurants worldwide. You can start off with a spicy shrimp soup or 'Tom Yum Goong', which is a fabulous combination of fresh prawns, straw mushrooms, fish sauce, lemongrass, and a few other ingredients. Pad Thai is one of the tasty delights you must savour, as it is made using thin or wide noodles mixed with a variety of ingredients like onion, egg, and beansprouts. You can also try Khao Pad or the Thai fried rice when it's time for lunch.


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