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BangkokThailand

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!(465 area reviews)

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Sukhumvit. Check out top attractions like Emporium and Soi Cowboy, and jump on the metro at Thong Lo BTS Station or Ekkamai BTS Station to see more of the city.

Sukhumvit
Lumpini Park featuring a high-rise building, a city and landscape views

Bangkok City Centre

3.5/5Good!(34 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 Siam Center, 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

Travellers love Pratunam for its popular shops, and you can see more of Bangkok by jumping on the metro at Phaya Thai Station or Victory Monument BTS Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Victory Monument and Platinum Fashion Mall.

Pratunam
Don Muang, Bangkok, Thailand

Don Muang

4/5Very Good!(89 area reviews)

Don Muang is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to 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!(136 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
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
4.5 out of 5
999 Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, Moo 1 Nongprue, Bang Phli, Samut Prakan
฿4,200
per night
2 Apr-3 Apr

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 11.5 mi (18.4 km) from Siam Park City and 12.1 mi (19.5 km) from Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital. Rajamangala Stadium ...

4.2/5Excellent! (4,615 reviews)

"Excellent hotel very close to the airport lobby area very large and open room a little dated but large and clean good sized bathroom and shower"…"

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2020

Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
 iSanook Bangkok
iSanook Bangkok
3.5 out of 5
118, Soi Songphra, Siphraya Road, Kwang Maha Pruttaram, Khet Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
฿589
per night
2 Apr-3 Apr

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 Iconsiam ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,992 reviews)

"All good as expected as the hospitality was commendable"…"

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2020

iSanook Bangkok
Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21
Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21
5 out of 5
2, Sukhumvit Soi 19 (Wattana), Sukhumvit Rd., Klongtoey Nua, Bangkok, Bangkok
฿2,549
per night
2 Apr-3 Apr

This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, Embassy of Argentina and Embassy ...

4.3/5Excellent! (7,593 reviews)

"Really enjoyed my stay it was exceptional! The location was fantastic close to transport and literally on top of the shopping mall. We felt safe and I really liked the fact that there no bar located at the property."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020

Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21

Popular things to do in Bangkok

Khaosan Road
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Khaosan Road

4/5(320 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(214 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy when you visit Pratunam Market, a favourite shopping spot in Bangkok. Discover the acclaimed art galleries and notable monuments in this culturally rich area.

Terminal 21 Shopping Mall
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Terminal 21 Shopping Mall

4.5/5(259 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, a favourite shopping spot in Bangkok. Visit the notable monuments and temples in this culturally rich area.

Grand Palace
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Grand Palace

4.5/5(351 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(106 reviews)

Find out about the history of Victory Monument, a well-known monument in Bangkok. Discover the acclaimed art galleries and temples in this culturally rich area.

Lumphini Park
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Lumphini Park

4/5(220 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

78% of travellers recommend
฿907
Per adult
Ayutthaya Ancient Capital with River Cruise, Lunch & Palace
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Ayutthaya Ancient Capital with River Cruise, Lunch & Palace

88% of travellers recommend
฿1,600
Per adult
Siam Niramit Show
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Siam Niramit Show

90% of travellers recommend
฿1,500
Per adult
Bridge on the River Kwai with Speedboat, Train Ride & Lunch
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Bridge on the River Kwai with Speedboat, Train Ride & Lunch

86% of travellers recommend
฿1,975
Per adult
Tuk Tuk Hop – Central Bangkok Hop-On Hop-Off App
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Tuk Tuk Hop – Central Bangkok Hop-On Hop-Off App

96% of travellers recommend
฿540
Per adult
Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Kanchanaburi - Car rental with driver
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Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Kanchanaburi - Car rental with driver

฿6,957
Per adult

Reviews of Bangkok

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
740
5 - Excellent 43.657817109144545%
4 - Good
722
4 - Good 42.59587020648968%
3 - Okay
193
3 - Okay 11.386430678466077%
2 - Disappointing
28
2 - Disappointing 1.6519174041297935%
1 - Terrible
12
1 - Terrible 0.7079646017699115%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Mar 2020

Unfortunately Bangkok is changing towards large shopping malls and losing it's old edge. There are still interesting things there but I don't feel we will be rushing back.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

Wonderful city and one I will remember forever

4/5 - Good

Terry

13 Mar 2020

Bangkok as always is very busy and there are many cars, however, there is plenty of places to visit and the food is always very good.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

I have travelled to Thailand often in the last 20 years so Bangkok is just a stop over before returning to UK, have seen most sites over this time but for first time visitors there is plenty to see, Sukhumvit 1-15 is a good area to locate as it is ea

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

Love everything about this wonderful city

4/5 - Good

Terry

7 Mar 2020

The food in Bangkok as always was very good from street food to restaurants. Lots of things to do.

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