Don't miss a couple of nights in Bangkok - for the street markets alone, this is a city worth your time.

Bangkok is made for exploring - and eating - with hundreds of open air street stalls selling tempting traditional dishes you can literally eat your way around the city. There are even specialist food tours that you can book.

Other ways to immerse yourself in Bangkok's colourful street life include taking a boat or river taxi down the Chao Phraya river, getting off to explore one of the many small food or flower markets, strolling around atmospheric Banglamphu with its royal residences and golden temples, getting lost in Chinatown, or taking the Skytrain to modern Sukhumvit for cosmopolitan bars and nightlife.

You may need a diversion to cool down in one of Bangkok's vast air conditioned shopping malls which jostle for space amidst the historic temples and small village houses.

Wat Pho is a must-visit as is the fascinating Jim Thompson House. If your stays coincides with the weekend market at Chatuchak then you are in for a treat.