The city of angels
Bangkok is one of the most visited cities in the world, and although its nightlife is a major drawcard, it is also known for its dazzling temples, spectacular palaces, a world-famous floating market and colourful Chinatown.
The flight from Auckland to Bangkok takes around 12 hours and 15 minutes. Contact your local Global Travel Network Agent to find the best possible airfares and suggestions to design your ideal holiday.
Although the capital city of Thailand is known to the world as Bangkok, local people refer to it as Krung Thep but even this is a shortened version of the actual name which consists of 169 characters and makes for a challenging tongue twister. The full name is: Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahinthara Yutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udom Ratchaniwet Mahasathan Amonphiman Awatansathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukamprasit.
This roughly translates to: City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s behest.
Aside from Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn), which are all quite close together, there are a number of other temples fit for exploration.
- Golden Mount – Wat Saket (an Ayutthaya-era temple on top of a hill in the middle of Bangkok)
- Wat Khaek – Sri Maha Mariamman Temple (a Hindu shrine in Silom)
- Wat Mangkon Kamalawat (a chinese temple in Chinatown with Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian deities
- Wat Traimit (also in Chinatown, containing the world’s largest seated gold Buddha, weighing 5.5 tonnes)
- Wat Bang Phra (the original sacred tattoo temple, which is just outside Bangkok)
Yaowarat, the local Chinatown in Bangkok, is the world’s largest Chinatown and is home to over a million Chinese people. Yaowarat is also one of the most vibrant places in Bangkok to shop and eat.
Bangkok is built over a dozen of canals, and its buildings stand on stilts just like Venice. Although most canals have now been filled and paved, Bangkok is still popular with tourists as Venice of the East.
Spread over 27 acres of land and divided into 27 sections, Chatuchak Weekend market is one of the world’s biggest weekend markets and a heaven for foodies and bargain-hunters.