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Bangkok

From the fury of a Muay Thai kickboxing bout, to the gentle pad of monk’s sandals at Wat Pho Temple, this “City of Angels” balances chaos and calm.

Little can prepare you for the frenetic pace and sensory overload of Thailand’s largest city. Markets are crowded, the traffic erratic and the hawkers relentless in their offers of cut-price clothes and watches. All this activity mixes with the pungent aroma from the hundreds of food carts frying pad thai and other tasty dishes.

Spend a little time in Bangkok, however, and you’ll find spots of serenity among the bustle. This is a city where religion is deeply rooted in daily life. The smell of incense often signifies a nearby shrine where you’ll see people from all walks of life stop to make an offering before they go about their business.

Known to locals as Krung Thep (City of Angels), Bangkok is home to almost 10 million people. It covers more than 570 square miles (1,500 square kilometers) and encompasses two former capitals: Thonburi and Rattanakosin. The latter is Bangkok’s historic center and where you’ll find most of the main attractions. These include the National Museum and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, on the grounds of the showy Grand Palace. Nearby, see the huge reclining Buddha at the Wat Pho temple. Remember to dress modestly when visiting any temple.

In the Banglamphu district, prepare for an onslaught of sights and sounds at the notoriously busy Khao San Road. Haggle for counterfeit clothes and accessories, or simply perch on a stool in one of the many bars and watch the colorful characters pass by.

For some relaxation, join a free, outdoor yoga or tai chi class at Lumphini Park, or indulge with a spa treatment, available at most hotels. A short boat ride north of Bangkok you’ll discover the community of the Mon people. They have made the tiny, artificial river island of Ko Kret a haven for their culture.

While tuk-tuk rides are all part of the Bangkok experience, the city is well connected for those times you feel like traveling in comfort. The excellent Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail systems run between all the major shopping and entertainment districts of the city. For a different view of Bangkok, take a trip on the Express boats that constantly churn the waters of the Chao Phraya River.

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Where to stay in Bangkok

Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit

4/5Very Good!(465 area reviews)

Sukhumvit

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
RM554
per night
9 Apr-10 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! (4,633 reviews)

"Easy access from the airport is a bonus. Had a choice of walking to the hotel or catching a convenient shuttle. Staff were friendly and helpful in explaining their safeguards against spreading Covid-19."…"

Reviewed on 2 Apr 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
RM115
per night
8 Apr-9 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! (2,994 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
RM342
per night
10 Apr-11 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! (7,610 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.

Grand Palace
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Grand Palace

4.5/5(353 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.

Lumphini Park
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Lumphini Park

4/5(222 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
RM121
Per adult
Bangkok Night Lights Tuk Tuk Tour
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Bangkok Night Lights Tuk Tuk Tour

96% of travellers recommend
RM293
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
RM213
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
RM263
Per adult
Siam Niramit Show
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Siam Niramit Show

90% of travellers recommend
RM200
Per adult
Bangkok River by Night Dinner Cruise with Entertainment
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Bangkok River by Night Dinner Cruise with Entertainment

72% of travellers recommend
RM160
Per adult

Reviews of Bangkok

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
740
5 - Excellent 43.632075471698116%
4 - Good
723
4 - Good 42.62971698113208%
3 - Okay
193
3 - Okay 11.379716981132075%
2 - Disappointing
28
2 - Disappointing 1.650943396226415%
1 - Terrible
12
1 - Terrible 0.7075471698113207%

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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