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Where to Escape the Heat in Bangkok

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Bangkok is, by average temperature, the world's hottest city. While the sizzling heat can make outdoor pursuits a sweaty affiar, there are plenty of ways to hide from the high temperatures. Enjoy air-conditioned teatime, catch a performance of Thai classical dance, shop in stylish malls.... While high temperatures in Bangkok can reach into the 90s in springtime, thankfully there's no need to be out in the glare to enjoy the city; there are many places to take refuge from the extreme heat.
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Phaholyothin Road, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Khet Phaya Thai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
This residence was built for a son of King Rama V and is one of many royal properties in the center of Dusit. If you’re lucky you’ll come across a palace festival, an exhibition, or a market selling Thai snacks and handicrafts here. Corner of...
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991 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Bangkok is home to the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia. Here you'll discover tanks of tiny sea horses, exhibits of happy penguins, and an encased walkway where sharks swim above and around you. The SIAM Ocean World Aquarium is located on the...
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233 S Sathorn Rd, Khwaeng Yan Nawa, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
Thai cuisine, with its balance of three to four fundamental taste senses, may be complex but that doesn’t make it difficult to pick up the basics. Bangkok has a plethora of cooking schools, some of which are attached to renowned Thai restaurants...
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Bangkok, Thailand
I had already begged a woman to write down the name of her ground—what, pork?—dish that first melted my brain. She scratched a couple Thai words on my notepad. Later, I learned she’d written “lunch.” Bangkok’s street food astounded, but I’d known...
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48 Oriental Ave, Khwaeng Bang Rak, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
Opened in 1879, Mandarin Oriental was Thailand’s first hotel and is still among its best, offering a touch of Far East romance from a bygone era. The high-rise buildings are modern and blocklike from the outside, but the interior shines with...
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4 ซอย ราชินี Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
More than any other art form, Thai culture is known for its traditional dance. For a truly authentic performance, take in a khon at Bangkok’s National Theatre, where tourists and locals sit side by side to see scenes from Thailand’s national epic,...
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Phayathai Rd, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Bangkok rivals Singapore for the title of the region’s shopping capital, and its selection of malls offer amazing scope and variety. Old stagers (in Bangkok terms anyway) include the MBK Center. Arguably, the city’s most famous mall, MBK boasts...
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Soi Thong Lo, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Thailand
Bangkok's epicenter of style, Thong Lor features everything from swanky Italian furniture stores to designer boutiques. A characteristic feature of the thoroughfare are its glitzy mini malls. Opened in 2004, H1 started the mini mall craze. Other...
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714/4 Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Tan, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
There’s no better place in Bangkok to browse for books than Dasa Book Café. While Kinokinuya (deservedly) holds sway in the malls, this cute seller is the pick among the city’s independent book retailers. The shop itself boasts around 17,000...
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หมู่ที่ 3 1039/6 Thepharak Rd, Tambon Thepharak, Amphoe Mueang Samut Prakan, Chang Wat Samut Prakan 10270, Thailand
Bangkok's heat can be trying at the best of times. Therefore it pays to take to electronic transportation when flitting between the sites. Segway Tour Thailand runs full or half-day tours of the city on the environmentally sound battery-powered...