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Visit Bangkok

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

Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit

4/5Very Good!(416 area reviews)

Street markets and sparkling malls, parks, nightlife districts and museums await at this bustling boulevard, which is one of Thailand’s longest roads.

Sukhumvit
Bangkok which includes boating

Bangkok City Centre

3.5/5Good!(33 area reviews)

Known for its stunning river views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Bangkok City Centre. Check out top attractions like MBK Center and Jim Thompson House, and jump on the metro at Hua Lamphong Station or National Stadium BTS Station to see more of the city.

Bangkok City Centre
Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand

Pratunam

Suan Pakkard Palace and Victory Monument are top sights in Pratunam, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Phaya Thai Station or Victory Monument BTS Station to see more sights in the area.

Pratunam
Don Muang, Bangkok, Thailand

Don Muang

4/5Very Good!(86 area reviews)

Travellers come to Don Muang for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Don Mueang New Market and Royal Thai Air Force Museum while you're in town.

Don Muang
Asoke, Bangkok, Thailand

Asoke

Asoke is popular for its popular shops. Explore top sights like Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, and you can get around town on the metro at Sukhumvit Station.

Asoke
Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand

Sathorn

4/5Very Good!(117 area reviews)

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Sathorn. Check out top attractions like Bangkok Riverside and Central Rama 3 Mall, and jump on the metro at Technic Krungthep Station or Akhan Songkho Station to see more of the city.

Sathorn

Top hotels in Bangkok

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Shangri-la Bangkok
Shangri-la Bangkok
5 out of 5
89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
฿5,200
per night
Feb 10 - Feb 11

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bangkok Riverside and Iconsiam. King Power MahaNakhon and Patpong Night Market are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,301 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel would definitely recommend and definitely stay there again"…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2020

Shangri-la Bangkok
 iSanook Bangkok
iSanook Bangkok
3.5 out of 5
118, Soi Songphra, Siphraya Road, Kwang Maha Pruttaram, Khet Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
฿1,325
per night
Feb 7 - Feb 8

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of River City Shopping Complex, Si Phraya Pier and Patpong Night Market. Lumphini Park and MBK ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,898 reviews)

"This hotel Is amazing. Situated in a quiet area, with tons o public transportation. You can catch bus #1 to china town, grand palace, the pier, and shopping center. This hotel Is perfect for those looking to save money while Enjoying Bangkok. The breakfast buffet is amazing! We had tons of choices ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2020

iSanook Bangkok
Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
4.5 out of 5
662 Rama IV Road, Bangkok, Bangkok
฿1,989
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Samyan Mitrtown and Lumphini Park. MBK Center and Siam Center are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (5,455 reviews)

"The staffs are very courteous and polite. They are very helpful. The view from my room is perfect and the amenities are great as well. I will highly recommend this hotel to everyone who wants to visit Bangkok."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2020

Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point

Popular things to do in Bangkok

Khaosan Road
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Khaosan Road

4/5(287 reviews)

This “anything goes” street is a hot spot for budget travelers who want to buy cheap clothes and souvenirs, people-watch or party all night.

Pratunam Market
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Pratunam Market

4/5(197 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home with a trip to Pratunam Market, a popular shopping spot in Bangkok. Visit the notable monuments and temples in this vibrant area.

Terminal 21 Shopping Mall
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Terminal 21 Shopping Mall

4.5/5(233 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, a favourite shopping spot in Bangkok. Visit the temples and top-notch restaurants in this vibrant area.

Grand Palace
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Grand Palace

4.5/5(319 reviews)

The majestic European/Asian-style complex was once the home of the kings of Siam and is now both a place of worship and a must-see Bangkok landmark.

Victory Monument
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Victory Monument

4/5(95 reviews)

Learn about the history of Victory Monument, a well-known monument in Bangkok. Discover the top-notch restaurants and acclaimed art galleries in this culturally rich area.

Lumphini Park
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Lumphini Park

4/5(205 reviews)

Known by locals as the “Lung of Bangkok,” this green breathing space provides a quiet haven for rest, sport and recreation to residents and visitors alike.

Top activities in Bangkok

Floating Market Tour with Long-Tail Speedboat Ride
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Floating Market Tour with Long-Tail Speedboat Ride

฿907

Take an unforgettable boat tour on a peaceful canal that weaves through Thailand's picturesque countryside. Experience the lifestyle of locals who live and work on these interconnected waterways, and take in the daily bustle at Damnoen Saduak, popular floating market selling colorful handicrafts and fresh produce.

Ayutthaya Ancient Capital with River Cruise, Lunch & Palace
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Ayutthaya Ancient Capital with River Cruise, Lunch & Palace

฿1,600

Discover the rich history, fascinating architecture, and iconic buildings of Ayutthaya, an ancient royal capital. Visit the former royal residence at Bang Pa-In Palace, marvel at the Wat Mahathat and Wat Na Phra Men temples, and cruise the waters of Chao Phraya River while enjoying a delicious lunch.

Siam Niramit Show
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Siam Niramit Show

฿1,500

Feast your senses on the sights, sounds, and tastes of Thailand. Savor a delectable Thai dinner and a renowned theatrical production of otherworldly proportions telling Thailand's legendary heritage.

Bridge on the River Kwai with Speedboat, Train Ride & Lunch
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Bridge on the River Kwai with Speedboat, Train Ride & Lunch

฿2,300

Spend a day exploring historic sites throughout the Mueang region as you learn about WWII and POW labor camps. Travel by road, river, and railway as you visit a prisoner cemetery, examine exhibits at the JEATH Museum, and see the span made famous by Bridge on the River Kwai.

Tuk Tuk Hop – Central Bangkok Hop-On Hop-Off App
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Tuk Tuk Hop – Central Bangkok Hop-On Hop-Off App

฿335

Hop aboard a tuk tuk, an automatic rickshaw, and enjoy rides between some of Bangkok's top attractions. The elegantly simple Tuk Tuk Hop app allows you to book a tuk tuk at numerous locations across town, meaning that you don't have to worry about transportation between the top spots in the city.

Private Guide Weekend Amphawa Floating Market Tour
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Private Guide Weekend Amphawa Floating Market Tour

฿1,056

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub), Si Champa Alley, Mae Klong 75000 Thailand Maeklong Railway Market is one of the most interesting Train Market in Thailand where you will observe how nicely this fruit and vegetable market is established and when they the train arrive; how quickly the cover up in a very narrow space.

Reviews of Bangkok

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 42.671009771986974%
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3 - Okay 11.465798045602606%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

Wonderful vibrant city For me 3 fantastic days which is enough having visited many times before

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2020

It's always good!

4/5 - Good

PeterJohnson

Jan 17, 2020

I have always enjoyed Bangkok and particularly the food.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 17, 2020

Lovely vibrant city, so much to see a do

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

Crazy hot city with plenty going on, felt very safe for such a big city had no problems

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

Amazing city full of life.

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