The Thais call it Krung Thep – City of Angels; others know it as Bangkok. But whatever name is used, this sprawling metropolis is one of Asia’s most captivating cities. It’s safe, friendly and easy to explore on your own, although the traffic can be awful and the constant hustle wearing. To escape the choked streets, a Bangkok-based friend says “travel by boat.” Like Venice or Amsterdam, much of Bangkok’s charm is riverine: the Chao Phraya river snakes through the Thai capital and sustains a network of klongs (canals) along its western bank – the Thonbori side.
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