Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, and one of the top city tourist destinations of the world. It is a very busy metropolitan city with the metro, buses, taxis, automobile, motorcycles, and pedestrians all competing for the same space. Throw on top of that hundreds of street stalls selling fresh fruit & vegetables or cooking meals. My biggest frustration there was the taxi drivers not knowing where a location was, not speaking English, and overcharging the fare.
The major commercial shopping and commercial center including large malls can be found in the Siam district and it is also a metro stop.
"Bang is a Thai word meaning "a village situated on a stream", and thought to have originated because Bangkok was once a village along the Chao Phraya River." Wikopedia. The Chao Phraya River runs through Bangkok and is a must do tour as it stops in China Town, the Wat Pho & Wat Arun temples, as well as the grandest temple of all The Grand Temple. The main religion practiced Thailand is Buddhism. Although there exists a large Muslim population as well. There are several large weekend markets, such as the JJ Market where food, clothing, jewelry, and pets of every kind both aquatic and land types and both legal and illegal. There many popular outlying beaches and the most famous being Phuket is an hour flight from Bangkok but the closest beaches can be found within a 2 hour plus bus ride to Pattaya and Jomtien. Jemtien being the quieter of the two. Very reasonable & comfortable accommodations can be found there for overnight stay with online reservations such as Airbnb.
Jatujak (JJ) Market (weekend market)
Chao Phraya Tourist Boat (book the day tour because you can get on and off stops all day 150 Baht about $5 US as of 9-2015)
The Wat Pho Temple
The Grand Palace
Pattaya & Jomtien Beaches (visit the Park Tower with the revolving restaurant have their buffet dinner)
Since I love to travel and try local food I will comment on my experiences, places, and food that I encounter so that others may be inspired to travel to the same locations with some insight into the local food , restaurants, culture, places to stay (hotels or airbnb) and hopefully avoid some of the pitfalls and tourist scams so not to waste time and money unnecessarily. I would also appreciate posts and comments on the same locations by others!