Bangkok Highlight

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand since 1782, is a relatively new capital city; however, it is bursting with a mixture of old (stunning temples and shrines, the Grand Palace, reclining Buddhas) and new (skyscrapers, the Skytrain rail line, luxury accommodations). The energy in the city is tangible, with bustling street markets, high-end shopping, the notorious shows, late-night clubbing and early morning almsgiving. Yet despite the frenetic atmosphere, you don’t have to look far for the meditative and tranquil feeling that many associate with the Buddhist city. Let yourself go limber during a massage at Wat Pho, float your tension away on a boat cruise along the Chao Phraya River or delight in the local food at one of the many street stalls.