The cultural and commercial centre of Thailand, Bangkok is steeped in tradition and yet thoroughly modern. A bustling metropolis with soaring skyscrapers and a state-of-the-art airport, it is also home to colourful temples and mesmerising royal palaces. There is plenty to see and do in this modern city, so don’t be put off by its size or the traffic. See the city from a long-tailed boat on the Chao Phraya River or dine alfresco on the 60th floor of a five-star hotel and admire the panorama from above. Shop for fine silk, silverware and local handicrafts or pamper yourself with sumptuous spa treatments.