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Bangkok
Travel Guide

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

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 ¥1,556 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (15 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
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park
5 out of 5
199 Sukhumvit Soi 22, Klong Ton, Klong Toey, Bangkok
The price is ¥4,708 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Located in Sukhumvit, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Emporium and EmQuartier. Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and Lumphini Park are also within 3 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (673 reviews)
"Repeat offender in this property and now with Covid pricing it’s a no miss . Will be back"

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2021

Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park
Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
5 out of 5
2 Sukhumvit Soi 57, Klongtan Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Bangkok
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥4,704 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in Sukhumvit, within 2 mi (3 km) of EmQuartier, Emporium, and Soi Cowboy. Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and Bangkok ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (995 reviews)
"Nice water pressure, comfortable bed. Nice roof top bar."

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2020

Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
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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 ¥5,274 per night from May 2 to May 3
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. ...
3.9/5Very Good! (29 reviews)
"Big room (family room) with 2 beds and 2 baths. Good value"

Reviewed on Dec 27, 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 ¥5,858 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
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
Ascott Sathorn Bangkok
Ascott Sathorn Bangkok
5 out of 5
No. 7 South Sathorn Road, Yannawa, Sathorn, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is ¥6,277 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
This family-friendly Bangkok aparthotel is located in the business district, within a 5-minute walk of King Power MahaNakhon and Saint Louis Hospital. Patpong ...
4.4/5Excellent! (906 reviews)
"Feels like home as their slogan, will probably visit again soon"

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

Ascott Sathorn Bangkok
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