Discovering Bangkok is a gratifying experience.
What's good about it: Straddling the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is a lively, modern and heady metropolis. Witness long-held traditions at vibrant temples, palaces and museums. Discover floating markets, get lost in Chinatown or enjoy a tuk-tuk ride.
Best for: Visit Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang, the official residence of the Chakri dynasty's kings. The Grand Palace is a must-see, housing bright-gold temples, pavilions and gardens. Head to Wat Pho, where you'll find the enormous Reclining Buddha. Bangkok's cuisine is flavourful, inspired by Chinese, Khmer, European and Muslim influences. Elegant rooftop bars and upmarket hotels engage the senses, but the city hums to the aromas and tastes of its world-renowned street food in Siam Square and Silom Road.
Best time to visit: November to March is most pleasurable, when the heat and humidity are at their lowest.
Getting there: On Viking's 13-day Bangkok, Bali & Beyond voyage from Bangkok to Bali or the 29-day South Pacific Sojourn from Sydney to Bangkok. vikingcruises.com.au
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