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The Thai capital is a city of contrasts, where ancient crafts and cutting-edge art are both celebrated. The five highlights that writer Sanjay Surana describes here cover the city’s varied aspects, from sprawling markets and traditional cuisine, to an award-winning contemporary restaurant and aeries atop the city’s tallest skyscrapers. Whichever Bangkok appeals to you, Korean Air makes visiting easier than ever with service from more than a dozen gateways in the Americas to 73 cities in Asia.
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27 โรงแรม เมโทรโพลิแทน Sathon Tai Rd, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10210, Thailand
Bangkok’s vibrant, tongue-tingling street food will leave every traveler with lasting memories, but many visitors might be surprised to learn the city is also home to a Thai boîte that was at the top of S. Pelligrino’s 2014 list of the best...
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พระบรมมหาราชวัง Na Phra Lan Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Jim Thompson’s name might be synonymous with Thai silk, but perhaps nobody has championed the heritage and artistry of the shimmering material—arguably the most exquisite silk in the world—more than her majesty Queen Sirikit. Starting with her...
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21, 100 S Sathorn Rd, Yan Nawa, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
Bangkok might not have the most distinctive skyline in Asia, but it certainly has its share of sophisticated rooftop restaurants and bars from which to admire the metropolis. Of the numerous places for a meal or drink, three rooftops stand out....
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Kamphaeng Phet 3 Rd, Khwaeng Lat Yao, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand
The mother of unique Bangkok retail experiences is undoubtedly Chatuchak Weekend Market, Thailand’s largest outdoor bazaar. Known as Jatujak or simply JJ, it has 15,000 stalls spread over 35 acres and sells almost everything under...
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939 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
For most visitors to Bangkok, the country’s culture and art are experienced in the city’s temples, markets, or Royal Palace. However, since its opening in 2008, the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre has been changing that perception. The multi-use...