Five Things to See in Bangkok

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The Thai capital of Bangkok was recently named the worlds most popular air travel destination , edging out New York City and London. Bangkok is the first Asian city to earn this distinction, which was bestowed by the MasterCard Index of Global Destination Cities. If this news has you
eager to visit Bangkok for yourself, here are five destinations in Bangkok that you simply cannot miss.

1. Songkran Festival

Not so much a destination as a citywide event, Songkran takes place between April 13-15th every year. This is usually the hottest time of the year in Thailand, which explains the throwing buckets of water on people, or shooting them with water pistols. Its a raucous, joyous time of the year, and will make for some interesting stories for the folks back home.

2. Suan Pakkad Palace

A fantastic complex once owned by a famous art collector, today the palace is a museum stuffed to the brim with fine antiques, rare seashells, and all kinds of visual treats. If you love the finer things in life, this artistic palace is a must-see. Thai music and Thai dance are also featured heavily here.

3. Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise

Is there anything more romantic than a dinner cruise? A dinner cruise down the Chao Phraya River is packed with great dishes, wonderful music, and stunning river views. Seeing the river lit up with lanterns is a truly memorable way to spend an evening.

4. CentralWorld

The sixth largest shopping complex in the world, CentralWorld is located in Siam Square. Featuring retail shops from some of the worlds leading fashion brands and a five-star hotel, CentralWorld is also a great place to try some local cuisine. They also offer fare from uniquely Asian fast food chains like MOS Burger and Pepper Lunch.

5. Erawan Shrine

In such a bustling city, it can be nice to find a little serenity. Whatever your religious stripe, a visit to Erawan Shrine can help you catch your breath. Often the site of traditional dance performances, the shrine is a popular tourist destination that manages to feel serene and placid, no matter how many people are in attendance.