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A Year in the Life of a Destination Expert – The Daily Telegraph

There are more than 100 Telegraph Travel experts living in amazing destinations all over the world, from Argentina’s wild pampas to high-tech Tokyo. Our job? To experience everything we possibly can in our region, and share the very best. I did just that from Thailand.

Bangkok is the world’s most visited city for the fifth year running, and, though biased, having lived here for 15 years, I can understand its popularity. Besides the reliably excellent food, shopping marathons continue to be a major draw. The thousands of stalls at Chatuchak, offering everything from clothes to ceramics, remain a favourite weekend destination. 

The city’s biennale featured an appearance by Marina Abramovic and installations by Yayoi Kusama. I particularly liked Ralf Tooten’s giant photographs of construction workers, which adorned several buildings….

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