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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.

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Where to stay in Bangkok

Nasa Bangkok
Nasa Bangkok
4 out of 5
Ramkhamhaeng Rd., 44, Bangkok, Bangkok (province)
The price is ¥1,081 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Located in Ramkhamhaeng, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ramkhamhaeng University, Rajamangala Stadium, and Bangkok Hospital. EmQuartier is 3 mi (4.9 km) ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
"Easy access to public transport and there’s a great sashimi restaurant opposite of the hotel in Nasa Street"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

Nasa Bangkok
Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit
Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit
5 out of 5
491 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlongtoey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok
The price is ¥4,851 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, Emporium, and Benchasiri Park. EmQuartier ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (55 reviews)
"Excellent new hotel with awesome friendly staff , rooms are extremely new and clean spotless. Would definitely stay here again , best money for a brand new 5 star hotel"

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit
Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok
Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok
4.5 out of 5
28 Charoenkrung Soi 70, Bangkholame, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is ¥7,071 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Asiatique The Riverfront, Patpong Night Market and Central Rama ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,600 reviews)
"Staffs were nice and helpful with information. The view was nice."

Reviewed on May 30, 2021

Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok
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