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Bangkok
Travel Guide

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.

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Where to stay in Bangkok

The Quarter Hualamphong by UHG
The Quarter Hualamphong by UHG
4 out of 5
23/34-35 Trimitr Road, Taladnoy, Sampanthawong, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is SG$22 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
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 ...
The Quarter Hualamphong by UHG
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park
5 out of 5
199 Sukhumvit Soi 22, Klong Ton, Klong Toey, Bangkok
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$68 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Sukhumvit, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Emporium and EmQuartier. Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and Lumphini Park are also within 3 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (673 reviews)
"Repeat offender in this property and now with Covid pricing it’s a no miss . Will be back"

Reviewed on 15 Mar,2021

Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park
Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
5 out of 5
2 Sukhumvit Soi 57, Klongtan Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is SG$68 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in Sukhumvit, within 2 mi (3 km) of EmQuartier, Emporium and Soi Cowboy. Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and Bangkok ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (995 reviews)
"Nice water pressure, comfortable bed. Nice roof top bar."

Reviewed on 7 Dec,2020

Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
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.
Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
4 out of 5
27 Soi Saladaeng 1, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is SG$76 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in the centre of Bangkok, this family-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Silom Complex Shopping Mall, BNH Hospital and Embassy of Germany. ...
3.9/5Very Good! (29 reviews)
"Big room (family room) with 2 beds and 2 baths. Good value"

Reviewed on 27 Dec,2020

Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok
Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok
4 out of 5
No 115 Sukhumvit 55, Thonglor, Sukhumvit Road, Klongton Nua, Bangkok
The price is SG$85 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Bangkok aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within 2 mi (3 km) of EmQuartier, Emporium and Soi Cowboy. Bangkok University ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (740 reviews)
"Comfy, clean, great location Nice staff Free shuttle bus to BTS and shopping complex"

Reviewed on 22 Aug,2020

Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok
Ascott Sathorn Bangkok
Ascott Sathorn Bangkok
5 out of 5
No. 7 South Sathorn Road, Yannawa, Sathorn, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is SG$91 per night from 23 Apr to 24 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Bangkok aparthotel is located in the business district, within a 5-minute walk of King Power MahaNakhon and Saint Louis Hospital. Patpong ...
4.4/5Excellent! (906 reviews)
"Feels like home as their slogan, will probably visit again soon"

Reviewed on 16 Dec,2020

Ascott Sathorn Bangkok
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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5/5 - Excellent

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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