Thailand's vibrant capital is full of intriguing contradictions: shiny skyscrapers and ancient palaces share the same streets; air-conditioned ultra-modern malls and frenetic street markets tempt and delight keen shoppers; the best meal of your life might be had at a glamorous rooftop restaurant overlooking the Chao Phraya river or at a roadside stall where delicious chicken satay can be had for a dollar. 
The Big Mango – as it's cheekily known – stimulates the senses and provides an unforgettable introduction to the beating heart of the Land of Smiles.
With an estimated 8 million residents spread over more than 1,500 square kilometres and a major traffic congestion problem, the best way to navigate Bangkok is as the locals do, via the public transport network. Skytrains whiz passengers from Silom to Sukhumvit to Siam, high up above the gridlock of cars and buses below. 
Don't miss the opportunity to see the city from the mighty Chao Phraya river as it surges past sacred temples, historic palaces, grand Buddhas and some of the world's most fabulous hotels. Cruises depart regularly, as do the more rustic longtail boats used for exploring the canals where floating markets sell everything from kiwifruit to kitchen knives. 


Rooftop Bars

There’s something inexplicably glamourous about imbibing in a few drinks whilst gazing out over a jaw-dropping view of a cityscape.

Bangkok off the beaten path

Amazing hotels, gaudy temples, lip-smacking food and legendary nightlife - there are plenty of reasons why countless Australians make the journey to Thailand’s capital each year.

A vendor sells food from her boat in Thonburi, Bangkok

Standing amid Bangkok’s streetscape of tower blocks, flyovers and long arrow-straight roads dense with traffic, it takes a prodigious feat of imagination to convince yourself that this place was once known as the

Azamara Quest

Azamara Club Cruises' focus on "destination immersion" was obvious throughout my 14-night voyage from Singapore to Hong Kong on Azamara Quest.

Bangkok Flights

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