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Some of the best places to watch sunset in Bangkok
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Some of the best places to watch sunset in Bangkok

Be prepared and get your camera ready

International Festival of Dance and Music
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International Festival of Dance and Music

One of the country’s grandest performance festivals returns for its 21st year with a lineup of world-class opera, symphony concerts, and stage shows from around the world

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21 things to do in August you can't miss

These are concerts, parties, exhibitions, and events happening in Bangkok

Art events in Bangkok you shouldn't miss this month
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Art events in Bangkok you shouldn't miss this month

To help you keep track, we’ve lined up the best current and upcoming exhibitions showing across the city

Best places to enjoy sport in Bangkok
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Best places to enjoy sport in Bangkok

From trampolines to Indoor climbing, Bangkok’s got it all

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Bangkok best attractions
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Bangkok best attractions

We'll call it right now: Bangkok is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. A curious mix of old and new, and East meets West, Bangkok asaults the senses with its majestic sights, exotic destinations, flavorful cuisine and exhilarating nightlife. This city has some of the best restaurants in Asia, the grandest temples and the most energizing massages this side of the world. There are too many sights to be seen, food to be eaten, and merriment to be made. We zone in on the most memorable experiences this exuberant city has to offer. 

Best places to Instagram in Bangkok [UPDATED]
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Best places to Instagram in Bangkok [UPDATED]

Food isn't the only thing Bangkok is best known for. The Thai capital is also praised for its diverse beauty in many forms. Amazing attractions? Checked. Colorful outdoor markets? Checked. Uber-cool shopping centers? Checked. Insta-worthy food at lovely cafes? Hell yeah. Most of which are photogenic, and that's the reason why Bangkok is always a haven for Instagrammers.  Get your phone at the ready, go out, and explore the city to step up your Insta-game. Don't know where to start? We've rounded up a list of the best places to Instagram in Bangkok for you.

Devasathan & the Giant Swing
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Devasathan & the Giant Swing

Standing in City Hall square, the Giant Swing (Sao Ching Cha) was originally erected in 1784 as part of the adjacent Devasathan, a Brahmin compound of shrines to Shiva, Ganesha and Vishnu. The Brahmin priests based here still officiate at royal and other official ceremonies (although no longer at the Brahmin New Year rite). In the past, a ceremony, meant to celebrate an exploit of the god Shiva, would require four brave men to swing from this lofty red frame to grab at pouches of coins. However, due to fatal casualties, the ritual stopped in the 1930s. The poles were erected in 1919 by the Louis T Leonowens Company to honour of the son of Anna Leonowens (the contentious governess in The King and I and a teacher in the Siamese court of King Rama IV). In 2006, the rickety timbers were replaced by the structure you see today

The Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew
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The Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew

The Grand Palace Bangkok's paramount must-see sight is this architectural and spiritual treasure, which is twice as dazzling if you see it on a sunny day. Ignore the gem touts claiming 'it's shut', and immerse yourself in the palace's palpable dignity (while observing the ban on sandals, shorts and bare shoulders). Nearly two kilometers of walls with lotus-shaped crenellations enclose what was once a self-contained city of throne halls, royal chambers, servants' quarters, ministries and a prison. Built in 1782, it was modified by each Chakri king. It now only gets ceremonial use, but remains the kingdom's holiest landmark. Allow at least a two-hour visit. Wat Phra Kaew Wat Phra Sri Rattana Sasadaram, better known as Wat Phra Kaew, is the temple of the Emerald Buddha, the palladium of Thai independence. Modelled on royal chapels in Sukhothai and Ayutthaya, and embellished to an astonishing degree, it omits monastic living quarters since there are no resident monks.

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