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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Top hotels in Bangkok

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Metropole Residence Sukhumvit 39
Metropole Residence Sukhumvit 39
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM196 per night

Located in Sukhumvit, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of EmQuartier and Emporium. Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall are also within 2 miles (3 km). ...

4.2/5Very Good! (132 reviews)
Central business location

"Very well located in the residential area behind Emporium dept store. Convenient dining and close proximity to BTS and Airport train. Walkable neighborhood."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Metropole Residence Sukhumvit 39
 iSanook Bangkok
iSanook Bangkok
3.5 out of 5
The price is RM133 per night

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

4.4/5Excellent! (2,024 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2020

iSanook Bangkok
Galleria 10 Sukhumvit Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
Galleria 10 Sukhumvit Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
4 out of 5
The price is RM162 per night

Located in Sukhumvit, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, Benjakiti Park and Emporium. Benchasiri Park and Erawan Shrine ...

4/5Very Good! (998 reviews)

"lovely hotel with nice staff. the location is amazing. gladly stayed longer than expected, will definitely be returning"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2020

Galleria 10 Sukhumvit Bangkok by Compass Hospitality

Popular places to visit 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(355 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(224 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 things to do in Bangkok

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

RM221
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Bridge on the River Kwai with Speedboat, Train Ride & Lunch
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Bridge on the River Kwai with Speedboat, Train Ride & Lunch

RM272
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Siam Niramit Show
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Siam Niramit Show

RM207
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Golden Buddha, Reclining Buddha & Marble Temple Tour
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Golden Buddha, Reclining Buddha & Marble Temple Tour

RM130
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Night Out at Calypso Bangkok Cabaret
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Night Out at Calypso Bangkok Cabaret

RM103
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Bangkok Dream World & Snow Town Theme Park Admission Ticket
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Bangkok Dream World & Snow Town Theme Park Admission Ticket

RM137
Per adult

Reviews of Bangkok

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 43.65125804564072%
4 - Good
729
4 - Good 42.65652428320655%
3 - Okay
194
3 - Okay 11.351667641895846%
2 - Disappointing
28
2 - Disappointing 1.6383850204798127%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.7021650087770626%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 May 2020

Great city

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