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Bangkok
Travel Guide

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

Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
4.5 out of 5
662 Rama IV Road, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is ¥2,870 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,206 reviews)

"Hotel is close to MRT station and opposite to Samyarn Midtown Shopping Center."…"

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2020

Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok
Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok
4.5 out of 5
28 Charoenkrung Soi 70, Bangkholame, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is ¥6,203 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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! (1,892 reviews)

"Great views, friendly staff, breakfast good variety, clean rooms, large rooms, have stayed many times, check in could be faster, ground floor of residence buildings a Starbucks and convenience store."…"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020

Chatrium Hotel Riverside 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 ¥1,318 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (8 reviews)

"New room and clean.Not expensive.good service.I can walk to eat a good meal."…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

The Quarter Hualamphong by UHG
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.
Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
4 out of 5
27 Soi Saladaeng 1, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is ¥1,753 per night from Mar 29 to Mar 30

Located in the center of Bangkok, this family-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Silom Complex Shopping Mall, BNH Hospital, and Embassy of Germany. ...

4/5Very Good! (20 reviews)

"Tremendous value for money. Large pool and solid fitness center with sauna and showers. Staff is friendly and professional. Breakfast is above average but could be improved."…"

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2020

Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok
Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok
4 out of 5
No 115 Sukhumvit 55, Thonglor, Sukhumvit Road, Klongton Nua, Bangkok
The price is ¥7,617 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

This family-friendly Bangkok aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within 2 mi (3 km) of EmQuartier, Emporium, and Soi Cowboy. Bangkok University ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (740 reviews)

"Comfy, clean, great location Nice staff Free shuttle bus to BTS and shopping complex"…"

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2020

Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok
Ariva Ivy Servizio Thonglor
Ariva Ivy Servizio Thonglor
4 out of 5
No. 889/446 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), Klongton Nue, Wattana, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is ¥3,236 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Located in Sukhumvit, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Bangkok Hospital, Emporium, and EmQuartier. Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (172 reviews)
good spot to chill during the lockdown

"so far our stay here has been very pleasant. the kitchen and utensils have come in handy as I was missing my wife's cooking. super market within walking distance. despite the lockdown service has been spot on. only here because of the lockdown but I would definitely recommend."…"

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2020

Ariva Ivy Servizio Thonglor
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

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May 27, 2020

I live here.

4/5 - Good

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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

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Mar 23, 2020

Fascinating city; a world all of its own.

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