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BangkokThailand

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

Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit

4/5Very Good!(1,519 area reviews)

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Sukhumvit. Check out top attractions like Emporium and Soi Cowboy, and jump on the metro at Thong Lo BTS Station or Ekkamai BTS Station to see more of the city.

Sukhumvit
Lumpini Park featuring landscape views, a city and boating

Bangkok City Centre

3.5/5Good!(59 area reviews)

Known for its stunning river views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Bangkok City Centre. Check out top attractions like MBK Center and Jim Thompson House, and jump on the metro at Hua Lamphong Station or National Stadium BTS Station to see more of the city.

Bangkok City Centre
View from Baiyoke Sky Revolving Deck

Pratunam

Travelers love Pratunam for its popular shops, and you can see more of Bangkok by jumping on the metro at Phaya Thai Station or Victory Monument BTS Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Victory Monument and Platinum Fashion Mall.

Pratunam
fat fat bird

Don Muang

3.5/5Good!(153 area reviews)

Don Muang is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Don Mueang New Market and Royal Thai Air Force Museum while you're in town.

Don Muang
Barrels of fun. Great themes and decorations and an excellent food court. Yummmmmmm

Asoke

Asoke is popular for its popular shops. Explore top sights like Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, and you can get around town on the metro at Sukhumvit Station.

Asoke
Sathorn, Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

Sathorn

4/5Very Good!(276 area reviews)

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Sathorn. Check out top attractions like Bangkok Riverside and Central Rama 3 Mall, and jump on the metro at Technic Krungthep Station or Akhan Songkho Station to see more of the city.

Sathorn

Top Hotels in Bangkok

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Metropole Residence Sukhumvit 39
Metropole Residence Sukhumvit 39
4 out of 5
5/9 Soi Phromsri, Sukhumvit Road, Klongton-Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is ¥4,956 per night

Located in Sukhumvit, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of EmQuartier and Emporium. Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall are also within 2 mi (3 km). ...

4.2/5Very Good! (132 reviews)
Central business location

"Very well located in the residential area behind Emporium dept store. Convenient dining and close proximity to BTS and Airport train. Walkable neighborhood."…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Metropole Residence Sukhumvit 39
 iSanook Bangkok
iSanook Bangkok
3.5 out of 5
118, Soi Songphra, Siphraya Road, Kwang Maha Pruttaram, Khet Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is ¥3,353 per night

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of River City Shopping Complex, Si Phraya Pier, and Lumphini Park. Iconsiam and MBK Center are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,024 reviews)

"All good as expected as the hospitality was commendable"…"

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2020

iSanook Bangkok
Galleria 10 Sukhumvit Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
Galleria 10 Sukhumvit Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
4 out of 5
21 Sukhumvit 10 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is ¥4,097 per night

Located in Sukhumvit, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, Benjakitti Park, and Emporium. Benchasiri Park and Erawan Shrine ...

4/5Very Good! (1,000 reviews)

"lovely hotel with nice staff. the location is amazing. gladly stayed longer than expected, will definitely be returning"…"

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

Galleria 10 Sukhumvit Bangkok by Compass Hospitality

Popular places to visit in Bangkok

Khaosan Road
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Khaosan Road

4/5(1,026 reviews)

This “anything goes” street is a hot spot for budget travelers who want to buy cheap clothes and souvenirs, people-watch or party all night.

Terminal 21 Shopping Mall
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Terminal 21 Shopping Mall

4.5/5(930 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy with a trip to Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, a favorite shopping spot in Bangkok. Visit the temples and notable monuments in this vibrant area.

Grand Palace
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Grand Palace

4.5/5(1,659 reviews)

The majestic European/Asian-style complex was once the home of the kings of Siam and is now both a place of worship and a must-see Bangkok landmark.

Pratunam Market
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Pratunam Market

4/5(813 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy when you visit Pratunam Market, a favorite shopping spot in Bangkok. Discover the acclaimed art scene and temples in this vibrant area.

Victory Monument
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Victory Monument

4/5(293 reviews)

Find out about the history of Victory Monument, a well-known monument in Bangkok. Discover the acclaimed art scene and temples in this vibrant area.

Safari World
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Safari World

4/5(161 reviews)

Meet the native and exotic animals and discover why Safari World is a favorite stop in Bangkok. Make time to visit the area's shops, or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Bangkok

Bridge on the River Kwai with Speedboat, Train Ride & Lunch
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Bridge on the River Kwai with Speedboat, Train Ride & Lunch

¥6,846
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha & Reclining Buddha Morning Visit
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Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha & Reclining Buddha Morning Visit

¥5,719
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Bangkok Night Lights Tuk Tuk Tour
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Bangkok Night Lights Tuk Tuk Tour

¥7,626
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Floating Market Tour with Long-Tail Speedboat Ride
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Floating Market Tour with Long-Tail Speedboat Ride

¥3,144
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Ayutthaya Ancient Capital with River Cruise, Lunch & Palace
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Ayutthaya Ancient Capital with River Cruise, Lunch & Palace

¥5,546
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Bangkok Dream World & Snow Town Theme Park Admission Ticket
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Bangkok Dream World & Snow Town Theme Park Admission Ticket

¥3,361
Per adult

Reviews of Bangkok

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2148
5 - Excellent 47.09493532120149%
4 - Good
1852
4 - Good 40.60513045384784%
3 - Okay
475
3 - Okay 10.414382810787108%
2 - Disappointing
58
2 - Disappointing 1.2716509537382152%
1 - Terrible
28
1 - Terrible 0.6139004604253453%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

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

Verified traveler

Apr 2, 2020

Ok considering recent events ok

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

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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