Bangkok - The most visited city in the world
Does the name ‘Krung Thep Maha Nakhon’ ring a bell? What about ‘Bangkok’? Although the city’s Thai name is not common knowledge, everybody knows about Bangkok and that’s not a coincidence: The capital of Thailand was named the most visited city in the world in MasterCards’s Global Destination Cities Index and was also named World’s Best City for 4 consecutive years according to the results of a survey made by Travel + Leisure magazine.
Bangkok’s various attractions, famous nightlife, shopping and food culture, fascinating religious and historical places appeal to millions of Thai and foreign tourists. The city is also a great destination for backpackers: Khao San Road has long been famous as the favourite haven of budget travellers as its cheap accomodation, shops and bars attract the visitors.
Most visited sights in Bangkok include the Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang) and the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall located within the Dusit Palace, temples such as the Marcle Temple (Wat Benchamabophit), the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo/Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram), Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist temple. Travellers adore the boat trips on the Chao Phraya and Thonburi’s canals where they can admire the beauty of the traditional Thai architecture, and the Giant Swing (Sao Chingcha) along with the Erawan Shrine are also among the main tourist attractions.
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