Bangkok

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Visit 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!(426 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

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
RM691
per night
Feb 16 - Feb 17

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! (3,309 reviews)

"Returning guest - familiar with the hotel. Good location. Attentive staff - especially the greeters who help with arranging taxis, care about your comfort and safety. The onsite Thai restaurant Salathip had nice food and the river side terrace is lovely. Just wish the staff would not empty their ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 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
RM158
per night
Feb 12 - Feb 13

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! (2,912 reviews)

"Very nice rooms,great shower and the roof terrace was very pleasant. Check in was chaos but got done eventually."…"

Reviewed on 26 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
RM251
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! (5,480 reviews)

"The hotel and staff were excellent, however, the 5000bht ( approx £150.00) deposit for any damages I think is excessive. That said, I had a lovely holiday."…"

Reviewed on 25 Jan,2020

Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point

Popular things to do in Bangkok

Khaosan Road
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Khaosan Road

4/5(292 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(325 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(209 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

RM123

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

RM218

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

RM204

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

RM269

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

RM46

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 Tour : Must See Sites of Bangkok
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Private Tour : Must See Sites of Bangkok

RM404

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: The Grand Palace, Na Phra Lan Rd, Maharaj Pier next to Wat Phra Kaeo Temple Complex, Bangkok Thailand It is at the top of the list for first time visitors to Bangkok.

Reviews of Bangkok

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 42.3739629865986%
3 - Okay
179
3 - Okay 11.423101467772815%
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2 - Disappointing 1.5315890236119976%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.6381620931716656%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 27, 2020

Love the city. Lots to see and experience. Been going to BKK for many years and I still love the vibe and craziness and the people are great.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jan 26, 2020

I only used it as a jumping off point to the airport, I find Bangkok hot,smelly and overcrowded

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 24, 2020

Didn't visit Bangkok, I got the bus down the coast!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 24, 2020

Traffic could be terrible

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 24, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed Bangkok. It was such a fun , vibrant city with so much to see & do but just not enough time to do it in sadly as I only had 2 days there. The temples were gr8,food that I ate both in restaurants and street-food was all excellent

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 23, 2020

Took a great boat ride to get to the amazing Grand Palace. Enjoyed a Thai massage and delicious food.

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