Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is one of the world's most beguiling cities, balancing all the mystique and majesty of the Far East with the modern-day quagmires of a large teeming metropolis. While golden temple spires glisten in the sun, neon lights beckon by night. Colorful floating markets and street stalls contrast with elegant shops selling fine silks and gems. Saffron-robed Buddhist monks walk through town alongside businessmen hurrying to their next meeting. While elaborately costumed Thai dancers with six-inch golden nails perform exotic dramas of myths and legends.