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Don’t turn your nose up at eating in food court malls. Most Thais prefer to escape the heat and eat indoors, so you will find masses of smart mid-priced restaurants in almost every retail hub. Try just-like-grandma-makes massaman curries at cheerful Taling Pling in Siam Paragon.

Avoid Bangkok’s most famous rooftop spot, the Sky Bar at Lebua. It was the backdrop to the Hangover PartII movie, but its over-priced and unfriendly, instead follow the cool crowd to the frangipani-filled terrace at the Penthouse at the Park Hyatt hotel, dance around golden cupolas at the hotel Muse and take in the dizzying 360-degree views at the eyrie-like Cru Champagne Bar on the 59th floor of the CentralWorld mall.

Book a Thai massage , you will find salons on almost every corner, but the gold standard, swing by Wat Pho’s Chetawan Traditional Medical centre, where Thai massage has been practised and in with one of thought for hundreds of years, or book with one of the highly intuitive visually impaired therapists for a muscle-melting hot herbal ball massage.

See Bangkok’s most bizarre sights, Explore the hulking shell of a Boeing 747-200 abandoned between apartment blocks in the Bang Kapi suburbs bow down to David Beckham at Wat Pariwas temple, where the footballers face is embossed on the altar, or gawp at mummified bodies, pickled body parts and dangling skeletons at the Siriraj Medical Museum.

Taste the ultimate tom yum goong. A sweet-sour coconut-based broth spiked with lemongrass, galangal and kaffir leaves, it’s a national favourite. Find three of the best at street stall Tom Yum Goong Bunglamphu, Thai Chinese restaurant Phua Ki and Sor Naa Wangs, all of the are helpfully pinned on Google maps.

Sizzling street eats, trance-inducing massages, gilded temples, and exotic islands seen in films. Thailand is a picture book of dream moments
It’s easy to see why Hollywood has long been drawn to Thailand’s southern islands, towering sea stacks drip like melted wax, cotton-white beaches attract rainforest mists, and the waters are like crystal. And then there are the sunsets: riots of gold, amber, pink and lilac. Many a Vietnam War movie has been shot here. The Hangover II wedding party took place at Phulay Bay in Krabi.

In Phang Nga Bay, a huge boulder hides the entrance to the lair of Scaramanga, the villain of the Man with the Golden Gun. But it gets crowded, so nip off after and take a boat to nearby Hong Island for a day on the beach.

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