Bangkok is at once a modern and ancient city. The capital of Thailand, it includes historic palaces as well as some of the most extensive shopping on the planet. Don't miss the Grand Palace and adjacent temple complex, including the Chapel Royal of the Emerald Buddha. A cruise on the Chao Phraya shows the city from its river waterfront, while a stop at the National Museum gives an overview of Thailand's history. Look for Thai designers when shopping, such as Phisit Jongnarangsin, Disaya Prokobsantisukh and Nuj Novakhett. If you're in finance, you might want to check out the Bank of Thailand Museum. The Rose Garden is much more than flowers and plants (although it’s that, too). You can ride an elephant, watch a show of traditional dance, dine in a riverside restaurant or spend the night. Try to make time for the spectacular Siam Niramit show. This three-part performance tells the history of Thailand through music and art, then takes the audience through heaven and hell and finally into the earthly world of festivals and ceremonies. Think Cirque du Soleil plus Italian grand opera and classical Thai dance dressed by Las Vegas costumers and staged by Hollywood!