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Visit Bangkok

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!(1,422 area reviews)

Street markets and sparkling malls, parks, nightlife districts and museums await at this bustling boulevard, which is one of Thailand’s longest roads.

Sukhumvit
Bangkok City Centre showing religious elements and a square or plaza as well as a small group of people

Bangkok City Centre

3.5/5Good!(57 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

Suan Pakkard Palace and Victory Monument are top sights in Pratunam, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Phaya Thai Station or Victory Monument BTS Station to see more sights in the area.

Pratunam
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Don Muang

3.5/5Good!(148 area reviews)

Travelers come to Don Muang for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like 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, Thailand

Sathorn

4/5Very Good!(254 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
Shangri-la Bangkok
Shangri-la Bangkok
5 out of 5
89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
¥18,675
per night
Feb 21 - Feb 22

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bangkok Riverside and Iconsiam. King Power MahaNakhon and Patpong Night Market are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,305 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel would definitely recommend and definitely stay there again"…"

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

Shangri-la Bangkok
 iSanook Bangkok
iSanook Bangkok
3.5 out of 5
118, Soi Songphra, Siphraya Road, Kwang Maha Pruttaram, Khet Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
¥4,314
per night
Feb 7 - Feb 8

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of River City Shopping Complex, Si Phraya Pier, and Patpong Night Market. Lumphini Park and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,898 reviews)

"Every member of staff were very friendly the we're also very very helpful would go back again"…"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2020

iSanook Bangkok
Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
4.5 out of 5
662 Rama IV Road, Bangkok, Bangkok
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥6,766
per night
Feb 13 - Feb 14

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Samyan Mitrtown and Lumphini Park. MBK Center and Siam Center are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (5,455 reviews)

"The staffs are very courteous and polite. They are very helpful. The view from my room is perfect and the amenities are great as well. I will highly recommend this hotel to everyone who wants to visit Bangkok."…"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2020

Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point

Popular things to do in Bangkok

Khaosan Road
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Khaosan Road

4/5(978 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.

Pratunam Market
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Pratunam Market

4/5(772 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home with a trip to Pratunam Market, a popular shopping spot in Bangkok. Visit the notable monuments and temples in this vibrant area.

Terminal 21 Shopping Mall
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Terminal 21 Shopping Mall

4.5/5(872 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, a favorite shopping spot in Bangkok. Check out the temples and top-notch restaurants in this vibrant area.

Grand Palace
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Grand Palace

4.5/5(1,602 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.

Victory Monument
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Victory Monument

4/5(268 reviews)

Learn about the history of Victory Monument, a well-known monument in Bangkok. Discover the top-notch restaurants and acclaimed art scene in this culturally-rich area.

Lumphini Park
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Lumphini Park

4/5(663 reviews)

Known by locals as the “Lung of Bangkok,” this green breathing space provides a quiet haven for rest, sport and recreation to residents and visitors alike.

Top activities in Bangkok

Floating Market Tour with Long-Tail Speedboat Ride
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Floating Market Tour with Long-Tail Speedboat Ride

¥3,250

Take an unforgettable boat tour on a peaceful canal that weaves through Thailand's picturesque countryside. Experience the lifestyle of locals who live and work on these interconnected waterways, and take in the daily bustle at Damnoen Saduak, popular floating market selling colorful handicrafts and fresh produce.

Ayutthaya Ancient Capital with River Cruise, Lunch & Palace
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Ayutthaya Ancient Capital with River Cruise, Lunch & Palace

¥5,734

Discover the rich history, fascinating architecture, and iconic buildings of Ayutthaya, an ancient royal capital. Visit the former royal residence at Bang Pa-In Palace, marvel at the Wat Mahathat and Wat Na Phra Men temples, and cruise the waters of Chao Phraya River while enjoying a delicious lunch.

Siam Niramit Show
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Siam Niramit Show

¥5,437

Feast your senses on the sights, sounds, and tastes of Thailand. Savor a delectable Thai dinner and a renowned theatrical production of otherworldly proportions telling Thailand's legendary heritage.

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

¥7,078

Spend a day exploring historic sites throughout the Mueang region as you learn about WWII and POW labor camps. Travel by road, river, and railway as you visit a prisoner cemetery, examine exhibits at the JEATH Museum, and see the span made famous by Bridge on the River Kwai.

Tuk Tuk Hop – Central Bangkok Hop-On Hop-Off App
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Tuk Tuk Hop – Central Bangkok Hop-On Hop-Off App

¥1,199

Hop aboard a tuk tuk, an automatic rickshaw, and enjoy rides between some of Bangkok's top attractions. The elegantly simple Tuk Tuk Hop app allows you to book a tuk tuk at numerous locations across town, meaning that you don't have to worry about transportation between the top spots in the city.

Wonderful Bangkok Tour including Wat Trimit, Wat Pho & Wat Benchamabophit
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Wonderful Bangkok Tour including Wat Trimit, Wat Pho & Wat Benchamabophit

¥10,674

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Sunleisure World, Phayathai Road, Thung Phayathai, Ratchathewi, Phayathai Plaza No. 128/183 room 128/86 17th Floor., Bangkok 10400 Thailand 8.

Reviews of Bangkok

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2009
5 - Excellent 47.06020145233076%
4 - Good
1741
4 - Good 40.78238463340361%
3 - Okay
443
3 - Okay 10.377137502928086%
2 - Disappointing
52
2 - Disappointing 1.2180838603888497%
1 - Terrible
24
1 - Terrible 0.5621925509486999%

1/5 - Terrible

David

Jan 21, 2020

Streets are filthy. Garbage and pollution are everywhere. Some modern buildings for businesses but slums for residents. River extremely polluted. Need oxygen mask to breath.

5/5 - Excellent

Takeshi

Jan 20, 2020

Fun city with a lot of offerings

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

Nice to visit for once in your lifetime

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2020

Beware of scam artists. Tuktuks will overcharge always. We used Grab taxi service and it was very reasonable and reliable. Try Thai massage.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

If you visit Royal Palace do so as early as possible to avoid huge crowds. Same thing with the major Temples and markets. You can avail yourself with a tour guide for relatively inexpensive rates. This will enhance your visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

Great place to go

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