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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

Top Hotels in Bangkok

Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
5 out of 5
89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is ¥12,060 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Iconsiam, King Power MahaNakhon, and Asiatique The Riverfront. Erawan Shrine and Siam ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,049 reviews)

"Very hospitable staff. Excellent river view. Close to BTS station. Short Grab ride to Central World."…"

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
Miracle Grand Convention Hotel
Miracle Grand Convention Hotel
4.5 out of 5
99 Kamphaeng Phet 6 Road, Talad-Bangkhen, Laksi, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is ¥3,284 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in Lak Si, this luxury hotel is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Chaeng Watthana Government Complex and within 12 mi (20 km) of Bangkok Riverside and Chatuchak Weekend ...

4.1/5Very Good! (627 reviews)
Big clean room, bed rock hard

"Very clean, big room, great showers. Only two English TV channels. Pillows soft, bed rock hard. Good restaurant food, reasonably priced. Nothing around but stayed to be close to Chulabhorn Hospital."…"

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2020

Miracle Grand Convention Hotel
JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok
JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok
5 out of 5
4 Sukhumvit Road Soi 2, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is ¥6,862 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in Sukhumvit, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nana Square and Central Embassy. Erawan Shrine and Soi Cowboy are also within 1 mi (2 km). ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (555 reviews)
Powerful and Grande

"The JW Marriott has been a staple in downtown Bangkok for many years. Yes the building may show some slight aging however it is maintained to the tee and houses some delightful restaurants and food. Rooms are comfortable, clean, and well maintained. The room air conditioning can dry you out however ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2020

JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok
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.

Vacation Rentals in Bangkok

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 ¥1,921 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14

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. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (828 reviews)

"Good value for money hotel, good location, nice hotel although a bit aged now."…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
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 ¥4,320 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

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! (171 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
Adelphi Grande Sukhumvit
Adelphi Grande Sukhumvit
4.5 out of 5
16 Sukhumvit Soi 41, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is ¥2,581 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in Sukhumvit, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of EmQuartier, Emporium, and Benchasiri Park. Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall ...

4.2/5Very Good! (997 reviews)
Excellent regular hotel

"Excellent regular hotel. Thank you very much Adelphi staff"…"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

Adelphi Grande Sukhumvit
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

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 40.60513045384784%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 10.414382810787108%
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2 - Disappointing 1.2716509537382152%
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1 - Terrible 0.6139004604253453%

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

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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