History & Festivals
Bangkok is a proud city having served as Thailand's capital for some 230 years. One of the main attractions is The Wat Prayurawongsawas Worawihan temple, a magnificent 200-year-old structure. It was recently honored with the Award of Excellence in the UNESCO 2013 Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The city celebrates several events each year such as the Songkran Festival, the Thai New Year in April, or the Loy Krathong Festival held in November.
River & Canal Cruise
Bangkok’s riverfront is situated on the Chao Phraya (River of Kings) and serves as an important waterway for commerce and tourism. One of the best ways to see the city's main attractions is by taking a river cruise. Visitors can also choose an early morning boat ride through the various canals. Visitors can view children going to school, vegetables being delivered to markets, and monks receiving alms, all part of Bangkok's daily life.
A vital part of Thai culture and exhibited throughout Bangkok are the culinary arts. From street vendors to upscale restaurants, visitors will find a variety of delicious delicacies. Some of the flavors identified with Thai food include spicy, sour, sweet, and salty seasonings. Popular dishes served in Bangkok include tom yam kung, a spicy shrimp soup, kaeng daeng, made of curry paste to which coconut milk is added, and phat thai, a stir-fried rice noodle dish. Other specialties include grilled seafood that can be found in Bangkok's Chinatown.
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