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Bangkok is no longer just a stopover on a flight to (say) Australia. Anyone who really experiences the Thai capital for the first time knows right away that there is a lot more to it. We will take you round the most beautiful, interesting and fun attractions that have made Bangkok a tourist destination in its own right.

Bangkok is the most popular travel destination for city trips in 2016. So we no longer have to convince you that this metropolis is the place to be. Connections has a wide range of inspiring excursions on offer that will plunge you right into the magical world of the Thai capital. We will describe three of these here.

The klongs, Wat Arun and Chinatown

Step into the boat to discover Bangkok in an original fashion. The boat trip will take you via the Chao Phraya River and the many klongs, or small canals, through the ‘Venice of Asia’. Then step back onto dry land at Wat Arun, the impressive Temple of the Dawn. The highest tower is 82 metres tall and you can climb it - up to the halfway point.

This nineteenth-century Buddhist temple is remarkable primarily for its extraordinary architectural style and for the floral mosaics that will strike you if you stand close enough. The mosaics are said to be made out of broken pieces of Chinese porcelain that were left behind by boats that stopped off at Bangkok.

After the last segment of the boat trip, you will arrive in Chinatown, a popular tourist spot for people looking for a delicious bite to eat. By day, you can visit a number of Chinese temples, and when evening comes, this culinary neighbourhood comes into its own. A tip: a visit to the Bangkok Chinatown during the Chinese New Year is quite the experience.

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Royal palace, temples and flower market

The Royal Palace consists of dozens of pavilions, temples and gardens. The most striking temple is that of Wat Phra Kaew, with the world-renowned emerald-green Buddha. Although this statue stands only 66 cm tall – or short, it is the most honoured statue in Thailand. The present-day king of Thailand, Bhumibol, lives in a modern palace a little farther on.

The Wat Pho Temple is known principally for the gigantic recumbent Buddha statue that is 15 metres tall and 45 metres long. Did you know that this temple is the place where Thai massage originated? You can still take classes here in order to perfect your technique.

Lastly, the tour will also take you to the famous Pak Khlong Talat flower market, which is open 24 hours a day. Lose yourself among the colourful floral wreaths and bouquets while ambling among the many booths where the Bangkok flower sellers also come to buy their stocks.

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The train market and the floating market

This third excursion will take you to the province of Samut Songkran, less than an hour from Bangkok. A visit to the Maeklong train market is an unforgettable experience: a train rides through this bustling market eight times a day. The skilful market vendors fold up their stands in no time at all just before the train comes by. The result will certainly provide you with some original photo ops.

Another market experience that is not to be missed if you are in Thailand is the floating market of Damnoen Saduak. The vendors offer their wares in many small boats, and tourists can float amongst them to make their purchases. Try out the local cuisine while you bob along on the water.

This tour also includes a visit to a coconut farm and to Wat Bang Kung, a temple that is partly overgrown by plants.

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