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A new coat of paint and a new lease on life for ramshackle buildings transformed into guesthouses in Old Bangkok…

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Alana Morgan quit her 9-to-5 job in Seattle and moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand to travel and experience the world. Two years later, she’s still living abroad and planning her next move. Here are a few of her favorite things about Bangkok’s “little, nicer, cleaner, smaller, calmer, prettier sister” city.

Though there are many ways to see Thailand, touring markets is one of the best ways to experience the cultural intersections that make this southeast Asian gem so unique. And that intersection is on fabulous display in Thailand’s capital city.

Here are four markets in or around the Bangkok area that give visitors a taste of local flavor — in every sense of the word — any time of year.

Want to explore local culture in a new way on your next trip? Sign up for a cooking class. Here are our recommendations for ten of the best culinary workshops in the world, from National Geographic’s new coffee-table-worthy book, World’s Best Travel Experiences.

The Bangkok of Champions

There’s something inherently grand yet tumultuous about Bangkok: the streets humming with traffic, the nonstop nightlife, the elephants on the sidewalk. Though most travelers venture to Thailand to experience unearthly tranquility, its capital city presents a fast-paced, action-packed alternative for those looking for some extra oomph.

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Photos: Where You Went

Our readers boast impressive travel résumés, which is why every Friday we ask you the same question on Facebook: Where are you traveling this weekend? See photos of where YOU went, and get inspired to plan your next trip.

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Rainer Jenss and his family are currently on an around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. There’s a reason Thailand has been near the top of the list of…

Go! Go! Bangkok!

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Contributing Editor Daisann McLane sends us a dispatch from Bangkok… I’m in Bangkok now, on the first leg of a “low-carb” (as in carbon) trip around Southeast Asia. Tomorrow I’ve booked a sleeping berth on Thailand’s state railway for an overnight trip down the Thai isthmus, then across by ferry (or taxi) to Penang, Malaysia.…

No Farang, No Job

This homemade sign on one of the ubiquitous tuk-tuks in Thailand says it all: Farang (foreigners) are a precious commodity in traffic-choked Bangkok and throughout the land of smiles. Tuk-tuk drivers depend on tourism for their livelihoods—sightseers willing to shell out a relative fortune for the ride of a lifetime. But with more than 11…