Bangkok

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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.

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Where to stay in Bangkok

Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit

4/5Very Good!(452 area reviews)

Sukhumvit

Top hotels in Bangkok

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
4.5 out of 5
999 Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, Moo 1 Nongprue, Bang Phli, Samut Prakan
SG$160
per night
Mar 23 - Mar 24

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 11.5 mi (18.4 km) from Siam Park City and 12.1 mi (19.5 km) from Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital. Rajamangala Stadium ...

4.2/5Excellent! (4,498 reviews)

"It is located in airport, free shuttle and there is a train line to the city."…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb,2020

Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Grand Sukhumvit hotel Bangkok
Grand Sukhumvit hotel Bangkok
5 out of 5
99 Sukhumvit Road Soi 6 Klongtoey, Bangkok, Bangkok
SG$82
per night
Mar 20 - Mar 21

Located in Sukhumvit, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nana Square and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall. Erawan Shrine and Siam Center are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,151 reviews)

"Professional and friendly staff, spacious and well maintained room, decent breakfast (get to try some Indian options) , less than 5 minutes walk to Nana BTS... Pool is small though"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb,2020

Grand Sukhumvit hotel Bangkok
Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
4.5 out of 5
662 Rama IV Road, Bangkok, Bangkok
SG$79
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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! (5,556 reviews)

"Very clean, pleasant staff, clean"…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb,2020

Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point

Popular things to do in Bangkok

Khaosan Road
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Khaosan Road

4/5(310 reviews)

A hot spot for backpackers, budget travellers and revellers, this street is crammed with raucous bars, cheap hostels, bargain clothing and party people.

Grand Palace
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Grand Palace

4.5/5(342 reviews)

A beautiful Asian-European style palace complex with stunning intricate architecture and jaw-dropping details at every turn. A must-see for every visitor to Bangkok.

Lumphini Park
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Lumphini Park

4/5(216 reviews)

Bangkok is not renowned for its green spaces, but Lumphini park is a lovely exception and the perfect place for time out away from the city's bustle.

Top activities in Bangkok

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

78% of travellers recommend
SG$40
Per adult
Ayutthaya Ancient Capital with River Cruise, Lunch & Palace
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Ayutthaya Ancient Capital with River Cruise, Lunch & Palace

88% of travellers recommend
SG$71
Per adult
Siam Niramit Show
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Siam Niramit Show

90% of travellers recommend
SG$67
Per adult
Bridge on the River Kwai with Speedboat, Train Ride & Lunch
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Bridge on the River Kwai with Speedboat, Train Ride & Lunch

86% of travellers recommend
SG$88
Per adult
Tuk Tuk Hop – Central Bangkok Hop-On Hop-Off App
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Tuk Tuk Hop – Central Bangkok Hop-On Hop-Off App

96% of travellers recommend
SG$15
Per adult
Private Tour: from Bangkok to Ayutthaya
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Private Tour: from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

SG$250
Per adult

Reviews of Bangkok

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
724
5 - Excellent 43.693421846710926%
4 - Good
704
4 - Good 42.48642124321062%
3 - Okay
189
3 - Okay 11.406155703077852%
2 - Disappointing
28
2 - Disappointing 1.6898008449004225%
1 - Terrible
12
1 - Terrible 0.724200362100181%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 28, 2020

Sorry forgot to mention the view out the window was of the construction of a sky scraper but the rooms must be very well insulated as there was no noise at all, in fact it was really interesting watching it all going on! The other thing was that them

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 23, 2020

Very interesting city to visit. The people were friendly and helpful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 17, 2020

Make maximum use of the extended Metro line, good for exploring new areas

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 14, 2020

We travelled around Thailand and although there is a lot to do and see in Bangkok it was our least favourite area. Enjoyed the sights but due to the crowds and the rubbish the 2 days we spent here was enough.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 12, 2020

Dirty gridlock traffic nightmare city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 11, 2020

Nice city lots to explore great nightlife friendly people tasty food everyone should visite this city and experience the thai hospitality highly recommended city and this hotel for a good start to your holidays

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