Bangkok

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Sukhumvit featuring landscape views, central business district and night scenes

With magnificent temples, imposing Buddhas and the remnants of a fascinating system of "khlongs" (canals), this “City of Angels” is a balance between chaos and calm.

Home to 10 million people and covering more than 1,500 square kilometres, Thailand’s largest city is a feast for the senses. Bangkok is a 24-hour city and its crowded markets, outrageous nightlife and congested roads exist harmoniously alongside peaceful temples, orange-robed monks and historic monuments. You’ll never be far away from the delicious aroma that emanates from the food carts cooking up scrumptious Thai food.

Scratch the surface of the city’s bright lights and modern ways and you’ll discover a gentler Bangkok. One where religious faith plays a big part in the daily lives of its people. Incantations and incense drift from Buddhist temples and mix with the Muslim call to prayer, and people from all walks of life take time to pray or pay a visit to a shrine.

Bangkok is home to some of the best food in Thailand. Street carts jostle for space outside internationally-acclaimed restaurants, and vendors sell fresh produce in markets all over the city, day and night.

The locals know their city as Krung Thep, which translates as City of Angels. It is actually made up of the two former capitals of Thonburi and Rattanakosin. Rattanakosin is Bangkok’s historic home where you’ll find the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the National Museum and the impressive reclining Buddha at the Wat Pho temple.

When you’ve spent enough time visiting temples and shrines, head to the famous Khao San Road in the Banglamphu district. A favourite with budget travellers, hippies and backpackers, you can bargain for fake designer goods, sample a portion of fried grasshoppers from one of the street vendors, or simply find a roadside bar, grab a beer and watch the show.

Lumphini Park offers some respite from all the inner-city madness. Take a free yoga or tai chi class or if even that’s too much effort, walk into a hotel for a relaxing Thai massage or spa treatment. North of Bangkok, there is the cultural haven of Ko Kret, a tiny river island.

Considering its size and population, Bangkok is remarkably easy to get around. The fast and efficient Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail networks run through all the major districts of the capital, and cheap and cheerful tuk-tuks are available at every turn. Don’t miss a trip down the Chao Phraya River on the Express boats which run from early morning until dark.

Where to stay in Bangkok

Amari Watergate Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
Amari Watergate Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
5 out of 5
847 Petchburi Road, Bangkok, Bangkok, 10400
The price is S$112 per night from 7 Jun to 8 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Bangkok. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (993 reviews)
"I wasn't sure if i got the upgraded room thru the VIP access, i was told all king bedroom was occupied, but my friend who checked in with me at the same time got the upgraded room. Her room was newly refurbished and modern design while mine still the old design though with a bathtub. Other than this, ..."

Reviewed on 14 May,2022

Amari Watergate Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21 - SHA Extra Plus
Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21 - SHA Extra Plus
5 out of 5
2, Sukhumvit Soi 19 (Wattana), Sukhumvit Rd., Klongtoey Nua, Bangkok, Bangkok, 10110
The price is S$114 per night from 16 Jun to 17 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Bangkok. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,200 reviews)
"Improve speed of service"

Reviewed on 8 May,2022

Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21 - SHA Extra Plus
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel - SHA Extra Plus
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel - SHA Extra Plus
4.5 out of 5
999 Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, Moo 1 Nongprue, Bang Phli, Samut Prakan, 10540
The price is S$165 per night from 6 Jun to 7 Jun
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Bang Phli. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (978 reviews)
"Nice and close to the airport. You can walk to and from the hotel/airport easily."

Reviewed on 10 May,2022

Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel - SHA Extra Plus
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.
Pearl Place Serviced Apartment Bangkok
Pearl Place Serviced Apartment Bangkok
3 out of 5
1 Soi 7 (Seri 2) Huamak Bangkapi, Bangkok, Bangkok, 10240
The price is S$32 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Bangkok. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and Lumphini ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"ห้องพักดี ตึกทำใหม่ ราคาโอเค คนดูแลดี ร้านอาหารใกล้ สะอาดเป็นกันเอง"

Reviewed on 22 Jul,2020

Pearl Place Serviced Apartment Bangkok
Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
4 out of 5
No 115 Sukhumvit 55, Thonglor, Sukhumvit Road, Klongton Nua, Bangkok, 10110
The price is S$124 per night from 1 Jun to 2 Jun
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Bangkok. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (756 reviews)
Work and Chill out.
"Clean room with Kitchen and Fridge. Staff super friendly and attentive. Reception staff will help with pinting and work you might have to do. Basically excellent relaxing place to stay."

Reviewed on 20 Jan,2022

Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
Sathorn Vista, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
Sathorn Vista, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
5 out of 5
1 Sathorn Soi 3, South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok, 10120
The price is S$146 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Bangkok. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (519 reviews)
"Great stay and great service"

Reviewed on 10 Apr,2022

Sathorn Vista, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
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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