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Tall skyscrapers compete with the gleaming gold turrets of the iconic Wat Arun or Temple of the Dawn on Bangkok's distinctive sky line - a testament to the meeting of old and new that characterizes this bustling city of more than 8 million. Bangkok sprawls along the waters of the Chao Phraya River and is about two centuries old. Its grand history is on display at many monuments and buildings such as the glittering Grand Palace, former home of the Royal court and the Wat Pra Kaew, a temple that houses the stunning Phra Kaew Morakot or Emerald Buddha - an image of the Buddha sculpted from a single emerald. The climate is tropical, with temperatures seldom falling below 70 degrees Fahrenheit and a rainy (monsoon) season from May to October. The coolest, driest season occurs from about October to February and is often preferred by travelers. Venere has partnered with the best of Bangkok hotels to give you great selection, reliable reviews and an easy online booking system to make sure your choice is the perfect one.

What is Bangkok Like?

East meets West in this incredibly busy city, visible in areas like Khao San Road that features a dizzying combination of market stalls, night clubs and cuisine from all over the globe. There are many art galleries, cultural institutions and museums along with dazzling architecture to explore. Along with the Wat Arun, other spectacular temples include the Wat Pho, featuring an enormous reclining Buddha statue along with lovely gardens, murals and other exhibits. This is a paradise for lovers of art and antiques, particularly textiles. The silk industry is legendary and there are many unique buys to be found here. The Damnoen Saduak or floating market is a must-see, featuring hundreds of vendors selling from their wooden boats on the river. You can buy fresh and prepared foods and flowers as well as soak up the authentic culture of the city. A wide selection of shopping malls and retail districts offer everything from fashions to jewelry and much more. Dining in Bangkok means dining from a global menu; every ethnicity has arrived here and set up a restaurant - or better yet, a street stall.

How to Get Along with Locals in Bangkok

The people of Bangkok are accustomed to the ebb and flow of people in and out of their city. They are tolerant - witness the carnival-like redlight district called Soi Cowboy and its anything-goes atmosphere - and welcoming of strangers. There is a longstanding culture of hospitality in southeast Asia and it can be found off the beaten tourist path and in the tea houses, waterways and markets of the city. Thais expect you to haggle over the price of purchases and have fun while you're at it. They are a fun-loving people and newcomers will find it easy to get along with a smile and gesture even if language is a barrier. Dining at a street stall is another sure fire way to connect with friendly locals and truly experience the city the way they do. Water taxis are the way to get around Bangkok and experience it as a local, particularly at night when you can get a breathtaking view of skyscrapers, luxury hotels and traditional stilt houses - built literally on stilts above the water - along the system of waterways. Venere offers a wide choice of Bangkok hotels and an easy booking system to make your choice an easy one.

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