Bangkok is synonymous with lively chaos but Thailandís great metropolis is also a compelling experience for the senses and a fascinating city full of contrast.
We begin our sightseeing tour early in the morning about 100 kilometres southwest of the city centre at the floating market of Damnoen Saduak. Here, men and women travel on the canals by sampan amid a fertile landscape. Fruit, vegetables, flowers and all manner of goods are available and many of the boats have a kitchen in which fresh food is prepared to satisfy hearty appetites.
Back in the city we visit some of its most important sights, such as the Wat Phra Kaeo, The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the most important place of worship for the Thai people. Bangkokís most important landmark is also its most beautiful temple complex, a wonderful work of art comprising numerous splendid buildings.
Today, the Royal Grand Palace is used for national ceremonies and coronations. During the cityís early years, it was originally built as a residence for King Rama. The magnificent residence of the former god king shines out in all the typical splendor and elegance of the Far East, a Siamese heaven on Earth!
In the 19th century, Bangkok contained several canals known as ĎKlongsí and most of them have subsequently been replaced with streets but a few have survived. Traveling on the canals is a wonderful way to take in the sights and for centuries, life on the cityís waterways has changed very little.
Bangkok is a typical Asian city with much exotic hustle, bustle and excitement. It is truly a city that never sleeps!