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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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COMO METROPOLITAN BANGKOK 27 S Sathorn Rd, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10120, 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 ถนน สาทรใต้ Yan Nawa, Khet Sathon, กรุงเทพมหานคร 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 2 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10900, Thailand
Chatuchak, more affectionately known as JJ Market, is now the largest market in Thailand. Originally it was a flea market started in the 1950's by a former prime minister who wanted to put a flea market into every town in Thailand. At Chatuchak,...
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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...