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A bustling city that combines frantic chaos with intense calm, Bangkok is Thailand’s largest city and cultural heart.

A wild city moving at a frantic pace, nothing can prepare you for the sensory overload Bangkok is so celebrated for – a chaotic swirl of impromptu markets, unpredictable traffic and intensely friendly locals, all mixed with the aromatic scent of fresh spices drifting from the seemingly never ending array of street food carts that litter the city.

With a population nearing 10m people, Bangkok has grown to cover some 570 square miles – eventually encompassing the two former Thai capitals of Thonburi and Rattanakosin. Whilst both of these areas offer a unique insight into the city’s past, Rattanakosin is recognised as the Bangkok’s historic centre and is home to many of the city’s premier attractions such as the National Museum of Thailand and the Temple of the Emerald Buddah which is located in the grounds of lavishly decorated Grand Palace. Visitors may also view the nearby reclining Buddah at the Wat Pho temple, but guests are reminded that modest dress is appropriate when visiting such places.

Getting around Bangkok is simple thanks to the excellent Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail networks which run between all the major shopping and entertainment districts of the city. The riverboat expresses along the Chao Phraya River are also a good way to get a different view of the city. Of course, you may prefer to experience the city’s signature tuk tuks, but prepare yourself for a bumpy and occasionally terrifying ride!

To experience the true mania of Bankok, the Banglamphu District of the city is an absolute must for any visitor to the city. The location of the notorious Khao San Road, the entire district is an unstoppable onslaught of sights, sounds and pungent smells.

With so much going on, you might prefer to simply sit back in a pavement café and watch it all unfold before your eyes. Alternatively you might find yourself dragged into some good natured haggling with the local traders as they try to sell you every counterfeit item under the sun. Beware though, everything is counterfeit on the Khao San – whatever the seller tells you.

Bangkok is not all chaos though – far from it. Visitors are welcome to join one of the free outdoor yoga or tai chi classes which are held daily in Lumphini Park, and most hotels offers luxurious spa treatments to sooth away the stress of the city. Whoever you are, whatever travel experience you’re looking for – Bangkok is ready to welcome you with open arms.

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Where to stay in Bangkok

Top hotels in Bangkok

Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
5 out of 5
89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is ฿3,510 per night from 2 Dec to 3 Dec

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Iconsiam, King Power MahaNakhon and Asiatique The Riverfront. Erawan Shrine and Siam ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,048 reviews)

"Very hospitable staff. Excellent river view. Close to BTS station. Short Grab ride to Central World."…"

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2020

Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok
JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok
5 out of 5
4 Sukhumvit Road Soi 2, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is ฿1,997 per night from 26 Nov to 27 Nov

Located in Sukhumvit, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nana Square and Central Embassy. Erawan Shrine and Soi Cowboy are also within 1 mile (2 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (555 reviews)
Powerful and Grande

"The JW Marriott has been a staple in downtown Bangkok for many years. Yes the building may show some slight aging however it is maintained to the tee and houses some delightful restaurants and food. Rooms are comfortable, clean, and well maintained. The room air conditioning can dry you out however ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok
The Quarter Ari by UHG
The Quarter Ari by UHG
4 out of 5
428 Phahonyothin Rd. in front of Soi 10, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok, Bangkok
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ฿795 per night from 21 Dec to 22 Dec

Located in Din Daeng, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Chatuchak Weekend Market, Victory Monument and Union Mall. Pratunam Market and Central Plaza Ladprao ...

4.2/5Very Good! (205 reviews)

"Good room Best view Great service Nice facility"…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2020

The Quarter Ari by UHG
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Bangkok

Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
4 out of 5
27 Soi Saladaeng 1, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is ฿559 per night from 16 Dec to 17 Dec

Located in the centre of Bangkok, this family-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Silom Complex Shopping Mall, BNH Hospital and Embassy of Germany. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (828 reviews)

"Good value for money hotel, good location, nice hotel although a bit aged now."…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020

Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
Ariva Ivy Servizio Thonglor
Ariva Ivy Servizio Thonglor
4 out of 5
No. 889/446 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), Klongton Nue, Wattana, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is ฿1,257 per night from 29 Nov to 30 Nov

Located in Sukhumvit, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Bangkok Hospital, Emporium and EmQuartier. Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (171 reviews)
good spot to chill during the lockdown

"so far our stay here has been very pleasant. the kitchen and utensils have come in handy as I was missing my wife's cooking. super market within walking distance. despite the lockdown service has been spot on. only here because of the lockdown but I would definitely recommend."…"

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2020

Ariva Ivy Servizio Thonglor
The Residence on Thonglor by UHG
The Residence on Thonglor by UHG
4 out of 5
73 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Sukhumvit Road Klongtoey, Wattana, Bangkok
The price is ฿651 per night from 13 Dec to 14 Dec

Located in Sukhumvit, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Bangkok Hospital, Emporium and EmQuartier. Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (764 reviews)

"Body lotion would have been a great amenity to have in the room"…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2020

The Residence on Thonglor by UHG
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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