Bangkok

Travel Guide
Sukhumvit showing landscape views, central business district and night scenes

From the fury of a Muay Thai kickboxing bout, to the gentle pad of monk’s sandals at Wat Pho Temple, this “City of Angels” balances chaos and calm.

Little can prepare you for the frenetic pace and sensory overload of Thailand’s largest city. Markets are crowded, the traffic erratic and the hawkers relentless in their offers of cut-price clothes and watches. All this activity mixes with the pungent aroma from the hundreds of food carts frying pad thai and other tasty dishes.

Spend a little time in Bangkok, however, and you’ll find spots of serenity among the bustle. This is a city where religion is deeply rooted in daily life. The smell of incense often signifies a nearby shrine where you’ll see people from all walks of life stop to make an offering before they go about their business.

Known to locals as Krung Thep (City of Angels), Bangkok is home to almost 10 million people. It covers more than 570 square miles (1,500 square kilometers) and encompasses two former capitals: Thonburi and Rattanakosin. The latter is Bangkok’s historic center and where you’ll find most of the main attractions. These include the National Museum and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, on the grounds of the showy Grand Palace. Nearby, see the huge reclining Buddha at the Wat Pho temple. Remember to dress modestly when visiting any temple.

In the Banglamphu district, prepare for an onslaught of sights and sounds at the notoriously busy Khao San Road. Haggle for counterfeit clothes and accessories, or simply perch on a stool in one of the many bars and watch the colorful characters pass by.

For some relaxation, join a free, outdoor yoga or tai chi class at Lumphini Park, or indulge with a spa treatment, available at most hotels. A short boat ride north of Bangkok you’ll discover the community of the Mon people. They have made the tiny, artificial river island of Ko Kret a haven for their culture.

While tuk-tuk rides are all part of the Bangkok experience, the city is well connected for those times you feel like traveling in comfort. The excellent Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail systems run between all the major shopping and entertainment districts of the city. For a different view of Bangkok, take a trip on the Express boats that constantly churn the waters of the Chao Phraya River.

Where to stay in Bangkok

Amari Watergate Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
Amari Watergate Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
5 out of 5
847 Petchburi Road, Bangkok, Bangkok, 10400
The price is ¥10,293 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 27
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Bangkok. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (986 reviews)
"Good amenities around and central location"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Amari Watergate Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21 - SHA Extra Plus
Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21 - SHA Extra Plus
5 out of 5
2, Sukhumvit Soi 19 (Wattana), Sukhumvit Rd., Klongtoey Nua, Bangkok, Bangkok, 10110
The price is ¥10,535 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 27
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4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,138 reviews)
"All was good"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21 - SHA Extra Plus
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel - SHA Extra Plus
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel - SHA Extra Plus
4.5 out of 5
999 Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, Moo 1 Nongprue, Bang Phli, Samut Prakan, 10540
The price is ¥12,736 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 17
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Bang Phli. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (975 reviews)
"Hotel very convenient to the airport which is the main reason we stayed there. Not all amenities available due to COVID restrictions. The hotel caters very well to people transmitting Bangkok. Staff were very efficient and friendly. Guest accomodation is a little tired looking. Stains and tears on ..."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel - SHA Extra 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.
Pearl Place Serviced Apartment Bangkok
Pearl Place Serviced Apartment Bangkok
3 out of 5
1 Soi 7 (Seri 2) Huamak Bangkapi, Bangkok, Bangkok, 10240
The price is ¥2,555 per night from Jun 3 to Jun 4
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Bangkok. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Popular attractions Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"ห้องพักดี ตึกทำใหม่ ราคาโอเค คนดูแลดี ร้านอาหารใกล้ สะอาดเป็นกันเอง"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

Pearl Place Serviced Apartment Bangkok
Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
4 out of 5
No 115 Sukhumvit 55, Thonglor, Sukhumvit Road, Klongton Nua, Bangkok, 10110
The price is ¥9,783 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 20
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Bangkok. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (757 reviews)
Work and Chill out.
"Clean room with Kitchen and Fridge. Staff super friendly and attentive. Reception staff will help with pinting and work you might have to do. Basically excellent relaxing place to stay."

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
Sathorn Vista, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
Sathorn Vista, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
5 out of 5
1 Sathorn Soi 3, South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok, 10120
The price is ¥11,153 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 23
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Bangkok. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (520 reviews)
"Great stay and great service"

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2022

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