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No. 1 Bangkok

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Frenetic
and sultry, this Asian metropolis of 10 million seems like a city on overdrive.
High-rises jostle for space; down below, cabs and tuk-tuks inch through the
gridlock. But there are moments of calm. At dawn, saffron-robed Buddhist monks
collect alms, while women thread the marigold and jasmine garlands that festoon
temples and shrines. And when it comes to shopping and food, the city is an
endless, and often affordable, bacchanalia. It’s no wonder that Bangkok has
nabbed the No. 1 spot overall for two years running—and been listed in the top
10 every year since 2002.

World's Best Cities 2011

No. 1 Bangkok

Frenetic
and sultry, this Asian metropolis of 10 million seems like a city on overdrive.
High-rises jostle for space; down below, cabs and tuk-tuks inch through the
gridlock. But there are moments of calm. At dawn, saffron-robed Buddhist monks
collect alms, while women thread the marigold and jasmine garlands that festoon
temples and shrines. And when it comes to shopping and food, the city is an
endless, and often affordable, bacchanalia. It’s no wonder that Bangkok has
nabbed the No. 1 spot overall for two years running—and been listed in the top
10 every year since 2002.

Cedric Angeles

World's Best Cities 2011

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