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Bangkok
Travel Guide

Sukhumvit which includes landscape views, cbd and night scenes

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

Millennium Hilton Bangkok
Millennium Hilton Bangkok
5 out of 5
123 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok, Bangkok
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$352 per night from 14 May to 14 May
This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located on the waterfront, within 3 mi (5 km) of Iconsiam, Wat Pho and MBK Center. Siam Center and Wat Arun are also within ...
4.1/5Very Good! (983 reviews)
"Everything is okay but the service is slow."

Reviewed on 4 May 2021

Millennium Hilton Bangkok
The Quarter Hualamphong by UHG
The Quarter Hualamphong by UHG
4 out of 5
The price is HK$104 per night from 31 May to 31 May
Located in Bangkok City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bangkok Riverside and River City Shopping Complex. Patpong Night Market and MBK ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (19 reviews)
"Great hotel!!! I Stayed there for over a month and it was amazing. The staff were very friendly and helped me alot. One staff member even went out in the rain to get me a taxi. I really loved this hotel and would make a return soon. Thanks!"

Reviewed on 27 Apr 2021

The Quarter Hualamphong by UHG
CITICHIC Sukhumvit 13 Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
CITICHIC Sukhumvit 13 Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
3 out of 5
The price is HK$148 per night from 13 May to 13 May
Located in Sukhumvit, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Nana Square, Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall. Emporium and Erawan Shrine are also within ...
4/5Very Good! (406 reviews)
"Good location, but the pool is being renovated right now and is not available."

Reviewed on 3 Mar 2020

CITICHIC Sukhumvit 13 Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
1-BR for rent in Parkland Srinakarin
1-BR for rent in Parkland Srinakarin
Located in Bang Na, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Sikarin Hospital and within 3 miles (5 km) of CentralPlaza Bangna and Seacon Square. Bangkok ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Nice stay
"I booked for my family. They had a good stay, and good communication with owner(s)! If we need to stay in Bang Na, we'll book there again. Thank you"

Reviewed on 8 Jul 2019

1-BR for rent in Parkland Srinakarin
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Bangkok

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Top Destination

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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