One of the most fascinating cities in the far east is Bangkok, with its stunning vistas on the Chao Phraya River and its amazing cityscape. The premiere Buddhist temple is the Temple of the Dawn or the Wat Arun with its meticulous attention to detail and its beautiful colors.
Laura, meet Buddha. A short boat ride away is the Grand Palace with the most revered statue in Bangkok ? the emerald Buddha. Another big Buddha is the reclining Buddha at Wat Poh, which is also the home of Thai massage.
Bangkok is known as the Venice of the East and seeing it by water is a must, especially at night. Laura then heads over to the Weekend Market with all sorts of merchandise ? from antiques to livestock. You can even have a suit made in just 12 hours!
Laura then takes a train ride from the Mae Klong Station, visits Chinatown, and enjoys the gold market on Yaowarat Road. To stay in luxury in Bangkok, check out the Shangri-la Resort ? one of the largest riverfront hotels in the city.
The Floating Market is the most unique shopping district in the world ? where you can glide through vendors in a hired boat to see merchandise available nowhere else! Bangkok is a truly alluring city ? from the temples to the canals to the friendly people ? it?s a destination you don?t want to miss!