Bangkok

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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

Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit - SHA Plus
Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
491 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlongtoey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok
The price is ¥8,597 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Emporium, Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, and Benchasiri Park. EmQuartier ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (62 reviews)
"Excellent hotel. Highly recommended."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2021

Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit - SHA Plus
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok - SHA Plus
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
250 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is ¥9,049 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 21
Located in Sukhumvit, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and Soi Cowboy. Emporium and Erawan Shrine are also within 2 ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (981 reviews)
"All good stayed for 2 nights breakfast good fantastic location would recommend"

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2021

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok - SHA Plus
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel - SHA Plus
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel - SHA Plus
4.5 out of 5
999 Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, Moo 1 Nongprue, Bang Phli, Samut Prakan
Fully refundable
The price is ¥10,561 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 1
Located in Nong Prue, this luxury hotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital, Siam Park City, and Rajamangala Stadium. Seacon Square and ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,154 reviews)
"It is OK for one night stay. Feels like it is about time for some renovation."

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2021

Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel - SHA Plus
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.
Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok - SHA Plus
Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok - SHA Plus
4 out of 5
No 115 Sukhumvit 55, Thonglor, Sukhumvit Road, Klongton Nua, Bangkok
The price is ¥6,437 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 1
This family-friendly Bangkok aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Emporium, Bangkok University, and Bangkok Hospital. Terminal ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (744 reviews)
"The property is a bit old, but the condition is good"

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok - SHA Plus
Oakwood Hotel & Residence Bangkok - SHA Plus
Oakwood Hotel & Residence Bangkok - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
20 Soi Sukhumvit 24, Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Tan, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is ¥8,751 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Located in Sukhumvit, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nana Square, Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, and Soi Cowboy. Lumphini Park and Siam Paragon ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (13 reviews)
Aircon issue
"Aircon is set to particular temperature in all rooms no matter if adjusted to Low temp in the aircon remote. The maximum temperature can come down to 25 degree. The room is not getting cold enough. Complained many time but the issue haven’t resolved. Very bad stay"

Reviewed on May 5, 2020

Oakwood Hotel & Residence Bangkok - SHA Plus
Sathorn Vista, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments place Bangkok - SHA Plus
Sathorn Vista, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments place Bangkok - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
1 Sathorn Soi 3, South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok
The price is ¥6,990 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
This family-friendly Bangkok aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Embassy of Germany, Lumphini Park, and Patpong Night ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (506 reviews)
"Pet friendly"

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2021

Sathorn Vista, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments place Bangkok - SHA Plus
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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