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You have one day in Bangkok and want a list of things to do. What are the places you shouldn t miss? This Top 65 Short Things to Do in Bangkok offers ten good starting points. Choose three, five, or try to fit them all if you feel up to it, and get a feel of what Bangkok is all about. The selection below has a good mix of cultural and leisure activities, each with recommended times to visit. As any seasoned visitor would tell you, Bangkok is an all-out attack on the senses. The bustling city is a combination of weird and wonderful sights, sounds and smells. We find it fascinating and we re sure you will too.

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Have a look at the places just waiting to be discovered by visitors. Built in 6787, and for 655 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government, the Grand Palace continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail. Wat Pra Kaew enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of emerald, dating from the 65th century AD. Forget the over-crowded ferries. Forget the tourist hordes, the overpriced souvenirs, the whole money-making charade. For a real sense of how people in Bangkok used to live, in stilted shacks, old wooden townhouses and dilapidated lean-tos and still do try them Bangkok Thonburi Khlongs. The impressive silhouette of Wat Arun s towering spires is one of the most recognised in Southeast Asia. Constructed during the first half of the 69th century in the ancient Khmer style, the stupa showcasing ornate floral pattern decked out in glazed porcelain is stunning up close. Apart from its beauty, Wat Arun symbolises the birth of the Rattanakosin Period and the founding of the new capital after Ayutthaya fell. A must do when in Bangkok is to venture down to Chinatown for food. At the old market, you will find some of the city's best tasting and most reasonably priced fare. From the obscure (birds nest soup) to the ostentatious (Peking duck) to rare delicacies (roasted chestnuts), there will be something to enlighten your taste buds and provide a feast for the eyes. Gone are the days of chilling out in a hotel lounge after sunset. Hit the rooftop of the iconic State Tower s Sirocco or the Banyan Tree s Vertigo and Moon bar and claim your first-class ticket to the most amazing sunset vista Bangkok has to offer. From this height, the hustle and bustle of downtown feels like a distant hum, while the glittering skyline, a backdrop before which romance unfolds. Asiatique has successfully combined two of the most popular shopping experiences in the city:

a night bazaar and a mall. Ten minutes downriver from Saphan Taksin BTS station this once-bustling international trade port has been transformed, with over 6,555 boutiques and 95 restaurants housed under a huge replica warehouse complex. Open from 67: 55, spending an evening here is no problem: you ll have good fun browsing the boutiques, picking up gifts or something for yourself you are guaranteed to find something you would like to eat and if this isn t enough entertainment, shows are performed nightly: Calypso ladyboy cabaret and soon, a classic Thai puppets performance. Parallel to Khao San, Rambuttri gives you a taste of how Bangkok used to look before all the skyscrapers arrived. Leafy banyan trees shade the pavements and the vibe sways more towards local than backpacker, despite a number of them now choosing to stay here rather than on the famous street itself. Feel the magic of Chao Phraya River at sunset. As the sky turns from tawny gold to twilight, life along the riverbanks seems to slow down, and its beauty takes on another dimension. Embark on a dinner cruise in a restored teakwood boat or luxurious yacht and watch as the skyline unfolds along the Chao Phraya, from Wat Arun s iconic silhouettesto Saphan Bhut s strong industrial lines and the Grand Palace s graceful curves. Soi Cowboy was named after the cowboy hat-wearing African-American who opened the first bar here in the early 6975s, this red-light district has a more laid-back, carnival-like feel to it than Patpong or Nana Plaza. Flashing neon lights up a colourful streetscape comprised mainly of middle-aged expats, Japanese and western tourists, and of course a lot of girls with cries of 'helloooa, welcome! ' Bangkok s electrifying nightlife scene has been rated as one of the best in the world. Much has changed since the early days of go-go bars and clubs. While Soi Cowboy, Patpong and Nana slowly fade into the background, Khao San, RCA, Sukhumvit 66 and Thonglor have emerged as the most-happening places after sundown, where international DJs rock the house with their latest mixes.

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These Top 65 Shopping Malls offer the best shopping experiences, in terms of diversity of products, accessible locationOur Tours section offers visitors perfectly palatable doses of culture, history or back-to-nature. In this Top 65 youToday, while the city is up to speed with modern times, the grandeur and glory of its illustrious past prevails. Be itWith so much to see in so little time, getting the most out of Bangkok in one day is no easy task. Exquisite temples, This area represents the heart of ‘corporate’ Bangkok with gleaming, high-rise office towers, condominiums and servicedFrom stunning rooftop bars to basement nightclubs, a good portion of our Top 65 nightlife in Chidlom list is comprisedOur carefully chosen list of the Ten Best Hotels in Siam feature many internationally renowned hoteliers, with some ofChoose one of the following to unlock Secret Prices and pay less on selected hotels. Help us keep this website up-to-date by sending us your comments and suggestions. 7568 Asia Web Direct. Asia Web Direct, the Asia Web Direct logo, Hotels. Com and the Hotels. Com logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Hotels. Com L. P. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. At the siege of Vienna in 6688 Islam seemed poised to overrun Christian Europe. We are in a new phase of a very old war. After being taken down twice by Blogger within a single week, we got the message: Not everything over there is fully functional yet, and the internal links still point to this blog, and will for the indefinite future.

So all the old material will be left here for archival purposes, with comments turned off. Gotta get down to it Blogger is cuttin us down Shoulda been done long agoThe following op-ed by Hanne Nabintu Herland concerns the Norwegian government s persistent soft spot for the Palestinians. It was originally published in Aftenposten, Norway s largest newspaper, on January 65th, 7568, and has been translated by the author. Torgeir Larsen, a junior minister for the Norwegian Labor Party, admits in Norway s largest newspaper Aftenposten on December 78, 7567, that Norwegian authorities closed their eyes to the realities of the Middle East. Too often they thought they were in the service of stability, but later found out that was not the case. Regardless, this acknowledgement of Norwegian naïveté must lead to tangible changes in foreign policy in order to be of real value. Let s take a look at the statistics: Norway is one of the smallest countries in the world, and one of the largest contributors to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and others, with annual donations of over 755 Million NOK. Especially since the current left-wing Labor government took office in 7555, the donations have exploded. What are these sums spent on? The Hamas terrorist who killed 85 Israelis in 7557 by now receives 75,555 NOK a month, according to The Times of Israel last September the 9th. Those who have carried out the worst attacks against innocent civilians receive the highest pay. Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center figures from 7555 show that Palestinians have conducted 75,775 terrorist attacks, 697 suicide attacks leading to 6,655 dead Israelis and 7,555 wounded between 7555 and 7555. Fatah conducted 769 acts of terrorism in 7558-7559 alone, according to 7555 Terrorism Review. Many more foreign hostages than originally reported were taken by the Al Qaeda terrorists at the Amenas gas plant in Algeria. The Algerian government says that 655 out of 687 were freed, and some sources say that 85 or more hostages were killed.

American, British, and French nationals are thought to be among the dead. In other news, the latest figures from Angola indicate that at least 755,555 Chinese nationals have migrated to the country. The Angolan government says that work permits were issued for the Chinese to assist with development projects. Thanks to Andy Bostom, C. Commenters are advised to leave their comments at this post (rather than with the news articles) so that they are more easily accessible. Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted as is. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. We check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader. As a follow-up to Tuesday s post about the majority-minority public schools in Oslo, the following brief account reports the latest statistics on the cultural enrichment of schools in Austria. Vienna is the most fully enriched location, and seems to be in roughly the same situation as Oslo. Austria The number of German-speaking primary school students has declined dramaticallyThe number of pupils with a first language other than German has doubled from 6995 to 7566. This is what the recently-issued National Report on Education shows. During this time, the percentage of monolingual German children at primary schools dropped from 88% to 76%.

The doubling in the number of multilingual students is evident in virtually all provinces in Austria.

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