Thailand's islands and beaches may be the ultimate places for a blissed-out break. But its capital Bangkok stands in stark contrast, a nonstop whirl of street-food stalls, shopping malls and busy roads. The pace is nothing short of electric. Swanky Sukhumvit is the city's bustling modern center, while the infamous Khao San Road is the starting point for many a heavy night. Those after something a touch less hectic can enjoy stunning views and superb cocktails in one of Bangkok's myriad rooftop bars. A sense of calm amongst the chaos can be found at the riverside Grand Palace and nearby Wat Pho, with its huge reclining Buddha.