By the 18th century it was a humble trading post. Today, it is one of the world's most exciting holiday destinations. Which makes it a modern-day Cinderella of sorts. We are of course referring to the bubbly, exciting fusion of color, boisterous activity and sunshine otherwise known as Bangkok. The city once referred to as the Venus of the East, sits in the Chao Phraya Delta, relatively close to the Gulf of Thailand. This national crown jewel also happens to be ensconced between Samut Prakan to the south, Nonthaburi and Pathum-Thani to the north while Samut Sakhon lies to its south west and Chachoengsao to its east.

A visit to Bangkok means setting foot in one of the few cities which can boast of having a watery highway - the Chao Phraya river, and the opportunity to enjoy a ride on it too. It also means finding yourself within reach of some of the most tempting dishes on the globe, delicately styled traditional architecture and one of the largest markets in the world - the vast Chatuchak Market. If you have ever dreamed of jetting off to a beautiful place of eternal sunshine, unforgettable dishes and loads of shopping, Bangkok is one holiday destination you are bound to fall in love with.

Thanks to its numerous places such as its vast markets, highly popular watery commuting route and exquisite traditional architecture, Bangkok is quite able to deliver when it comes to ensuring visitors have a great time there. The fact that it is also rather close to a number of other highly popular destinations means that extending your Thai adventure is likely to be quite convenient. The pristine island cluster of Krabi and sedate cultural haven of Chiang Mai are both relatively close since they are each about a 75-minute flight away while tourist favourite and seaside paradise, Phuket however is approximately a 90-minute trip away by air. On your arrival at the ultramodern Suvarnabhumi Airport or the older Dong Muan, you will be able to take the Airport Rail Link and arrive safe and sound in the city centre. Once in the city, you will be able to explore it by means of the skytrain, the metro or taxi. You will also be able to take a river taxi or express boat for a ride on the Chao Phraya River.

Although Bangkok is just one city away from the coast, it is certainly a city of water, thanks to the vast Chao Phraya which is actually one of its popular commuting routes.  A trip on this riverine highway is a great means of feeling the city's heartbeat and can be done via one of the many tours available.  You will be able to admire stately temples, an imposing museum and even get to see a floating market. Speaking of markets, a visit to this delightful city also comes with the opportunity to shop in one of the largest on the globe, Chatuchak Market. The proof of its size is the handy map newcomers often need to navigate its maze of stalls. Another highlight of your visit is certain to be a tour of the Grand Palace. Here you will get to admire one of the most exquisite examples of Thai architecture and also enjoy a glimpse of the plush lifestyle enjoyed by the Thai monarchs who called the sprawling complex home.