Welcome to Bangkok - Unusual Highlights from Asia's Most Exciting City
Bangkok is a city of superlatives. This film reveals the best spots in Thailand's largest city: well-known places, and those that are known mostly to insiders. Our report provides a unique guide to Asia's most exciting city. For transportation, visitors and local residents alike can choose from motorized rickshaws, taxis, subways, or the skytrain. There are also express boats that ply the Chao Phraya River -- plus long-tail boats, and vessels that make their way through the city's khlongs, or canals. This journey of discovery takes us to the places where Bangkok residents go to rest and relax -- like the island of Ko Samet in the Gulf of Thailand. This is the capital's version of Wannsee Lake in Berlin. You can book a river cruise, or visit one of the trendy open-air bars perched atop high-rise buildings. A lot of younger Bangkok residents have taken up a bold challenge in this car-friendly city: they've switched to bicycles. Many locals enjoy making a bike visit to the village-like central district, near a big bend in the river -- even when the temperature rises above 30-degrees centigrade. On the islands off the coast, there's plenty of sunshine, beautiful beaches, and clear, warm water -- a mix that attracts crowds of Bangkok residents on weekends.