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

Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit - SHA Plus
Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
491 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlongtoey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok
The price is S$122 per night from 15 Dec to 15 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Emporium, Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and Benchasiri Park. EmQuartier ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (60 reviews)
"Great hotel."

Reviewed on 24 Nov,2021

Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit - SHA Plus
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok - SHA Plus
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
250 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is S$130 per night from 29 Nov to 29 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Sukhumvit, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and Soi Cowboy. Emporium and Erawan Shrine are also within 2 ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (989 reviews)
"The staff were amazing, very courteous and understanding. The view from floor 30 was great. Breakfast coffee just the ticket to kick start the day. Very spacious room. Very easy to get around via easy walk to skytrain direct from hotel main entrance. Would definitely stay again."

Reviewed on 11 Nov,2021

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok - SHA Plus
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel - SHA Plus
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel - SHA Plus
4.5 out of 5
999 Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, Moo 1 Nongprue, Bang Phli, Samut Prakan
Fully refundable
The price is S$144 per night from 18 Dec to 18 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Nong Prue, this luxury hotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital, Siam Park City and Rajamangala Stadium. Seacon Square and Mega ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,186 reviews)
"Great location 5min walk to airport. Staff super friendly with good service , breakfast was great but the carpets in hallways and rooms looked old as with some of the furniture..bed was ok"

Reviewed on 22 Nov,2021

Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel - SHA 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.
Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok - SHA Plus
Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok - SHA Plus
4 out of 5
No 115 Sukhumvit 55, Thonglor, Sukhumvit Road, Klongton Nua, Bangkok
The price is S$89 per night from 29 Nov to 29 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Bangkok aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Emporium, Bangkok University and Bangkok Hospital. Terminal ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (744 reviews)
"The property is a bit old, but the condition is good"

Reviewed on 16 Nov,2021

Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok - SHA Plus
Oakwood Hotel & Residence Bangkok - SHA Plus
Oakwood Hotel & Residence Bangkok - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
20 Soi Sukhumvit 24, Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Tan, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is S$139 per night from 6 Dec to 6 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Sukhumvit, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Nana Square, Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and Soi Cowboy. Lumphini Park and Siam Paragon ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (13 reviews)
Aircon issue
"Aircon is set to particular temperature in all rooms no matter if adjusted to Low temp in the aircon remote. The maximum temperature can come down to 25 degree. The room is not getting cold enough. Complained many time but the issue haven’t resolved. Very bad stay"

Reviewed on 5 May,2020

Oakwood Hotel & Residence Bangkok - SHA Plus
Sathorn Vista, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments place Bangkok - SHA Plus
Sathorn Vista, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments place Bangkok - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
1 Sathorn Soi 3, South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok
The price is S$106 per night from 1 Dec to 1 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Bangkok aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Embassy of Germany, Lumphini Park and Patpong Night Market. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (505 reviews)
A wonderful property!
"This property is a long term favorite of mine. It’s always in great shape. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The staff is very good and efficient. And the location is good enough if you like the Siloam/Sathorn area."

Reviewed on 10 Aug,2020

Sathorn Vista, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments place Bangkok - SHA 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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