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.

Where to stay in Bangkok

Sukhumvit
Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit

Known for shopping, bar, dining

4/5(350 reviews)

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

Top hotels in Bangkok

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
lebua at State Tower (The World's First Vertical Destination)
lebua at State Tower (The World's First Vertical Destination)
5 out of 5
State Tower 1055/111 Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok
RM423
per night
25 Nov-26 Nov

This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located on the riverfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Sri Mariamman Temple and Iconsiam. Asiatique The Riverfront and Siam Paragon ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (7,974 reviews)

"Wonderful place , clean modern, transport near by that’s the place to be in a acceptable price in Bangkok"…"

Reviewed on 16 Nov,2019

lebua at State Tower (The World's First Vertical Destination)
Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
4.5 out of 5
662 Rama IV Road, Bangkok, Bangkok
RM272
per night
1 Dec-2 Dec

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lumphini Park and MBK Center. Siam Center and Pratunam Market are also within 3 mi ...

4.2/5Excellent! (5,283 reviews)

"The food was good! Good area and can take MRT or Sky train to places"…"

Reviewed on 18 Nov,2019

Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
4.5 out of 5
999 Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, Moo 1 Nongprue, Bang Phli, Samut Prakan
RM636
per night
10 Dec-11 Dec

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 12.1 mi (19.5 km) from Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital and 12.4 mi (20 km) from Siam Park City. Rajamangala Stadium ...

4.2/5Excellent! (4,279 reviews)

"Nice, quiet and quick service Good spa. Recommend clean under table. Nice size tea cup in room and quality tea"…"

Reviewed on 18 Nov,2019

Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Popular things to do in Bangkok

Grand Palace
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Grand Palace

4.5/5(272 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.

Wat Pho
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Wat Pho

4.5/5(191 reviews)

The “Temple of the Reclining Buddha” is the largest temple in the country and has more Buddha statues than any other Thai temple.

Temple of the Emerald Buddha
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Temple of the Emerald Buddha

4.5/5(146 reviews)

A small but extremely important Thai religious icon sits on a golden pedestal within the ornate Wat Phra Kaew structure on the grounds of the Grand Palace.

Top activities in Bangkok

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

RM124

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.

Siam Niramit Show
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Siam Niramit Show

RM206

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.

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

RM220

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.

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

RM271

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 Guided Day Trip to Hua Hin City with Santorini Park
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Private Guided Day Trip to Hua Hin City with Santorini Park

RM457

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Plern Waree Samui, Opposite Susco Gas Station Ban Tai, 84330 Thailand Your first stop will be at the Plern wan shopping village which is not just a themed open-air mall, Plearn Wan feels more like a living museum where you can experience a slice of life in 1950s Hua Hin.

Reviews of Bangkok

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
564
5 - Excellent 43.25153374233129%
4 - Good
560
4 - Good 42.94478527607362%
3 - Okay
155
3 - Okay 11.886503067484663%
2 - Disappointing
19
2 - Disappointing 1.4570552147239264%
1 - Terrible
6
1 - Terrible 0.4601226993865031%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

19 Nov 2019

There are opportunities for day trips by rail to e.g. Nakhom Pathom and Arutthaya to get out of the city. Hua Lamphong station is within walking distance and very easy to deal with: it has left luggage facilities and even offers showers.

5/5 - Excellent

David

19 Nov 2019

Bangkok is an extraordinary city that I had underestimated. The Thai people I met were the most friendly and co-operative I've ever met. The city is a living thing and has everything you can think of and more.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Nov 2019

The people were friendly and it was a very lively place. I thought the Buddhist temples were beautiful. The shopping was good and it felt safe to walk around the city. I would definitely go back, it was very impressive.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Nov 2019

For a solo first time female traveller...this was the best choice of city. Very friendly atmosphere and so much to explore

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Nov 2019

We loved the Hop-on-hop-off boat service and sky train, very handy.We were only in transit so didn't have chance to see much.

3/5 - Okay

Julia

17 Nov 2019

Been for a week in Phuket enjoyed it very much there. Then we came to Bangkok for 2 days.Busy, noisy, smelly city. It has a character I’m just not sure I like it that much to come back there again. Shopping is fine but it was’t bad in Phuket as well.

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