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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.

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Where to stay in Bangkok

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$60 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
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! (992 reviews)
"Very well designed hotel and rooms. The main reason we booked the hotel was because of the handy location, but I would return again just because of the unique ambience."

Reviewed on 23 Apr,2021

Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel
Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel
5 out of 5
257 Charoennakorn Road, Thonburi, Bangkok
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$108 per night from 19 Jun to 19 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Thon Buri, this luxury hotel is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Iconsiam, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Wat Arun and Wat Pho. Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (998 reviews)
"Very nice room view, amazing rooftop bar, good place for relaxing time!"

Reviewed on 14 Aug,2020

Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel
Dusit Suites Hotel Ratchadamri, Bangkok
Dusit Suites Hotel Ratchadamri, Bangkok
5 out of 5
3 Soi Mahardlekluang 3 Rajdamri Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Bangkok
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$125 per night from 19 Jun to 19 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Police General Hospital and Erawan Shrine. Lumphini Park ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (441 reviews)
"Love everything here, is excellent and friendly ...we will be back for sure"

Reviewed on 14 Mar,2020

Dusit Suites Hotel Ratchadamri, 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.
Carpediem Hotel
Carpediem Hotel
3 out of 5
327/18 Sukhumvit Road, T. Noen Phra, A. Muang, Rayong
The price is SG$34 per night from 5 Jul to 5 Jul
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in Rayong, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dr. Sarot Market and Passione Shopping Destination. Star IT Center and Star Night Bazaar are ...
3.8/5Good! (4 reviews)
Good choice for you.
"The room (already renovation) was ok ,clean and comfortable but no breakfast."

Reviewed on 23 Nov,2020

Carpediem Hotel
KG Private Pool Villas
KG Private Pool Villas
3.5 out of 5
940, 940/1, Soi 5, Moo 2, Ao Nang, Krabi, Krabi
The price is SG$101 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated near the beach, this villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ao Nang Beach, Nopparat Thara Beach and Ao Phai Plong Beach. Ao Nam Mao is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Cool pool villa
"Our family of 5 loved our time at the villa. The pool was cool, as was the 3 bathrooms and the BBQ. Lala the landlord made himself available 24/7 and helped us find fresh fish for the BBQ and organise a boat trip to nearby islands. On the last day we also discovered a great cafe around the corner: ..."

Reviewed on 6 Jan,2019

KG Private Pool Villas
Private Pool Villa Rayong House
Private Pool Villa Rayong House
3.5 out of 5
81/26 Soi Panthong 2 Moo 5, Neonmayong Rd T.Taphong, Rayong
Situated on the boardwalk, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Khao Laem Ya - Mu Ko Samet National Park and Mae Rumphung Beach. Suan Son Beach and Ao Prao Beach ...
Private Pool Villa Rayong House
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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