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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!(466 area reviews)

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Sukhumvit. Check out top attractions like Emporium and Soi Cowboy, and jump on the metro at Thong Lo BTS Station or Ekkamai BTS Station to see more of the city.

Sukhumvit

Top hotels in Bangkok

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Metropole Residence Sukhumvit 39
Metropole Residence Sukhumvit 39
4 out of 5
The price is SG$63 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
Galleria 10 Sukhumvit Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
Galleria 10 Sukhumvit Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
4 out of 5
The price is SG$52 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! (997 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
Citrus Suites Sukhumvit 6 by Compass Hospitality
Citrus Suites Sukhumvit 6 by Compass Hospitality
4 out of 5
The price is SG$93 per night

Located in Sukhumvit, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nana Square, Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and Central Embassy. Embassy of the United Kingdom and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (522 reviews)

"What a great property. The facility is new and very well maintained. Stayed in one of their premier suites for four days and found it spacious, comfortable. The stay was during Bangkok's Norovirus shut down, so i had a lot of time on my hands and found the staff fantastic, very helpful."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar,2020

Citrus Suites Sukhumvit 6 by Compass Hospitality

Popular places to visit in Bangkok

Khaosan Road
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Khaosan Road

4/5(320 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(355 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(224 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 things to do in Bangkok

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

SG$79
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Guided Ayutthaya Tour with River Cruise & Lunch
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Guided Ayutthaya Tour with River Cruise & Lunch

SG$70
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
VIP Fast-Track Service: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
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VIP Fast-Track Service: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)

SG$57
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Siam Niramit Show
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Siam Niramit Show

SG$66
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Golden Buddha, Reclining Buddha & Marble Temple Tour
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Golden Buddha, Reclining Buddha & Marble Temple Tour

SG$51
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Bangkok: 2-Hour Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya Princess
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Bangkok: 2-Hour Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya Princess

SG$56
Per adult

Reviews of Bangkok

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
746
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
12
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

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