Bangkok was originally a little village on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and renamed as Krung Thep, which means "City of Angels". Love it or hate it, its sheer dynamism is intoxicating as it is a quirky blend of traditional east with the modern West. Ask anyone who has ventured here and they will spin tales of exotic temples, shopping heavens and pulsating nightlife, all located east of the river at the heart of the city. Holiday photos of you eating Tom Yam Kung and Pad Thai whilst visiting graceful Wat Pho, Wat Arun and the Grand Palace will make your friends back home green with envy, but you can appease them with the spoils you have from hours of shopping around Chatuchak and Taling Chan Floating Market. Bangkok has arguably the best nightlife in Southeast Asia, catering to all tastes with main party districts in Khao San Road and Silom proving that the City of Angels can turn naughty at night.