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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

Millennium Hilton Bangkok
Millennium Hilton Bangkok
5 out of 5
123 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is ¥4,918 per night from May 14 to May 14
This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located on the waterfront, within 3 mi (5 km) of Iconsiam, Wat Pho and MBK Center. Siam Center and Wat Arun are also within ...
4.1/5Very Good! (984 reviews)
"Everything is okay but the service is slow."

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Millennium Hilton 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 ¥1,397 per night from May 16 to May 16
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 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (19 reviews)
"Great hotel!!! I Stayed there for over a month and it was amazing. The staff were very friendly and helped me alot. One staff member even went out in the rain to get me a taxi. I really loved this hotel and would make a return soon. Thanks!"

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

The Quarter Hualamphong by UHG
CITICHIC Sukhumvit 13 Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
CITICHIC Sukhumvit 13 Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
3 out of 5
34 Sukhumvit Soi 13, Bangkok, Bangkok
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥2,071 per night from May 10 to May 10
Located in Sukhumvit, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Nana Square, Soi Cowboy, and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall. Emporium and Erawan Shrine are also within ...
4/5Very Good! (406 reviews)
"Good location, but the pool is being renovated right now and is not available."

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

CITICHIC Sukhumvit 13 Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
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.
Siam Royal View Beachfront Villas
Siam Royal View Beachfront Villas
3.5 out of 5
Villa 40B Siam Royal View Koh Chang, Ko Chang, Trat
The price is ¥37,878 per night from May 10 to May 10
Nestled on the beach, this Ko Chang villa is just steps from Klong Son Beach and Mu Ko Chang National Park. White Sand Beach is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"Magic Place"

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

Siam Royal View Beachfront 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
Pimann Buri Pool Villas Ao Nang Krabi
Pimann Buri Pool Villas Ao Nang Krabi
4 out of 5
618 Moo 2, Ao Nang Sub-District, Krabi, Krabi
The price is ¥11,298 per night from May 18 to May 18
Situated near the beach, this villa is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ao Nam Mao, Ao Nang Beach, and Ao Phai Plong Beach. Khao Ao Nam Mao and Pai Plong Bay are also within ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (27 reviews)
"Beautiful villa and very relaxing, accomodating staff. In room dining useful as not much else in environs, good choice from menu. Complimentary snacks and soft drinks much appreciated"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020

Pimann Buri Pool Villas Ao Nang Krabi
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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4/5 - Good

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Jun 3, 2020

Bangkok is highly polluted and has too many cars on the roads. Go there then travel to another city. Not worth the hassle.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 27, 2020

I live here.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 2, 2020

If you like the city life, you'll like Bangkok. Just be prepared for the traffic.

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 2, 2020

Ok considering recent events ok

3/5 - Okay

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Apr 1, 2020

Ok...not alot of entertainment

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

Fascinating city; a world all of its own.

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