The capital city of Thailand has the reputation of being Southeast Asia’s travel hot spot, and it’s obvious why. The city has a colourful vibe comprising high-end shopping malls, an eclectic market culture, historical and cultural attractions and an extensive dining scene.

Architecture enthusiasts can revel in the Thai-style shapes and structures found on the Grand Palace of Bangkok. Then of course, there are Buddhist temples like the famous Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho and its reclining Buddha and the scenic Wat Arun on the bank of Chao Phraya river, among others.

The shopping scene in Bangkok showcases a wide retail haven. MBK Center is one of the biggest shopping malls in Asia since it opened in 1985, home to approximately 2,000 stores, restaurants and outlets. Another popular mall is the modern Siam Discovery that sees the best, curated local and international brands. Don’t overlook the famed Chatuchak Weekend Market, where shoppers can practically find anything – from food and drinks, fresh and dry food, plants, to clothing, furniture and cosmetics.

Since Thai food is one of the most popular gastronomic genres around the world, Bangkok also makes a great culinary destination. Refined Thai restaurants like Bo.lan and Nahm have been alluring diners from everywhere, but the street food scene in Bangkok is also a gem to discover. The launch of Michelin Guide Bangkok a few years back further enhances the culinary buzz in the city.

Asia Dreams November 2019 – January 2020