From its glistening temples to its glimmering cityscape, Bangkok is as multidimensional as its world-famous cuisine.
Thailand's capital city truly offers a feast for all five senses. Feel the hot, humid air; taste unapologetically bold flavors; hear the hustle and bustle of a city that never sleeps. Smell the open-air fruit stands, and see dazzling edifices with deep religious and cultural significance.
It is said that all Thai cuisine seeks to find balance between four key flavors: salty, sweet, sour, and spicy. Like its cuisine, the city itself embodies a balance between seemingly contradictory elements: urbanism and traditional values. Bangkok has a thriving LGBTQ community, yet attitudes towards dressing are more conservative compared to those in the West.
While living and interning in Bangkok, you'll have ample opportunity for exploring, and a thriving international business scene at your fingertips. Bangkok is the undisputed center of commerce and technology for all of Southeast Asia, and home to an up-and-coming start-up scene and creative community.
Explore the night markets. Bangkok has dozens of night markets selling anything you could imagine—fashion, antiques, art, food, you name it. Bring your best haggling skills and an open mind.
Visit the Grand Palace. Since 1782, this palace complex has housed the Thai King, Royal court, and the administrative seat of government. Today, it's an important spiritual symbol of the Thai Kingdom.
Feast in the streets. Bangkok is world-renowned for its street food scene, attracting foodies from every continent. Eating street food is the perfect way to get out of your comfort zone! You'll find everything from meat and fishball skewers to curries and stir-fries.
Expand your palate. Think beyond pad thai and sample Thai classics such as tom yum soup (a hot and sour soup with shrimp), pad gra prow (stir-fried beef with basil), and curries of various colors. You'll find depth-giving flavors such as coconut, lime, and chili pepper featuring heavily in Thai cuisine.
Host a tropical party in your mouth. Be sure to try mango sticky rice, a classic Thai dessert. Juicy mango slice serve as a tangy complement to coconut-flavored glutinous rice. Our mouths are watering!
Tour the temples. There are about a thousand temples in Bangkok, but few are as resplendent as Wat Pho: Temple of the Reclining Buddha. True to its name, inside its ornate walls, you'll find a gigantic reclining Buddha that is 15 meters tall, 46 meters wide, and covered in gold.