5 great things about life in BANGKOK
Thai food is famed for its fantastic blend of flavours and fresh ingredients. The beauty of Bangkok is that it has every cuisine you can think of as well as Thai – from Italian to Ethiopian, Swedish to Lebanese. Anyone moving here will be able to find their own familiar culinary experiences.
Image: a market vendor selling freshly-cooked food from her boat at the famous floating market, Damnoen Saduak, in Bangkok.
You'd think an urban jungle like Bangkok is just skyscrapers and malls, but it retains beautiful outdoor gems, for example Prapadaeng, the 'Green Lung' of Bangkok, and Lumpini Park. In addition, the city is surrounded by places that are less than two hours away where you can rock climb, kayak, lie on a beach or go boating.
Image: Bangkok's skyline with Lumpini Park in the foreground.
A LONG AND RICH HISTORY
The Thai people are proud of their long history and Buddhist heritage, which can be explored in the National Museum of Thailand, located in the old Wang Na Palace, and by visiting the Grand Palace and temples such as Wat Pho and Wat Arun.
Image: Wat Arun
Bangkok is renowned for its huge colourful festivals, most notably Songkran, the Thai New Year, famous for its water fights and street parties, Loy Krathong, when the Thai people pay their respects to the goddess of water, the Vegetarian Festival and the Moon Festival. There are also annual public events to honour HM the King of Thailand, including the Royal Barge Procession and Trooping the Colour, the Thai Royal Guards parade.
Image: celebration of Loy Krathong
Bangkok is a global hub, attracting a large international population, sharing and learning from their many cultures and backgrounds. As part of this process, the various embassies in the city hold numerous events including film screenings, concerts, talks, international fairs, regional culture nights and so on. Added to this are homegrown events like the 60 Second Film Festival, which bring the Thai and expat communities together. Events from around the world have made it over to Bangkok too, like Sofar Sounds. There are also pop-up events, celebrating the arts, music and culture, held throughout the year.
Image: an international city with a rich cultural history at its heart.
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