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Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand

Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand

Bangkok is a city of endless fascination. Spiked with countless high-rise buildings of concrete and glass, Bangkok is an exhilarating mix of chaos and refinement, of frenetic markets and hushed golden temples, early-morning alms-giving rituals and ultra hip designer boutiques. In the heart of the city is the Chao Phraya River, its vast network of canals (klongs) as important to local transportation as the intricate road system. There is a wealth of history and culture to be discovered here: palaces, temples, markets, and exquisite classical Thai dance performances. Explore Codé Nast Insider Tips for Bangkok




Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand

Off the Beaten Track


Hua Hin - Escape Bangkok like the residents do with a trip to one of Thailand's oldest resorts, Hua Hin. This tranquil fishing village played host to the country's royal family in the early 1920s because of its beautiful five-mile beach and fresh seafood restaurants. Easily accessible by train, it offers relaxation and excellent local dining.



Customs


Although Thailand has developed a culture of its own, many of its citizens revere their Chinese heritage. As a result many Chinese customs live on today. Red envelopes containing money and bags of mandarin oranges, symbolic of gold, are exchanged during Chinese New Year and other festive seasons to spread the spirit of abundance. Whole foods are eaten to ensure longevity, financial prosperity and family integrity. Elsewhere in Bangkok, centuries-old forts, palaces and monasteries offer insight into the country's history and religious culture.