4/5Very Good!(466 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.
3.5/5Good!(34 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 Siam Paragon Mall and Lumphini Park, and jump on the metro at Hua Lamphong Station or National Stadium BTS Station to see more of the city.
Known for its fantastic nightlife and luxurious spas, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Bangkok. Check out top attractions like Siam Paragon Mall and Lumphini Park, and jump on the metro at Chit Lom BTS Station or Ratchadamri BTS Station to see more of the city.
4.5/5Wonderful!(22 area reviews)
Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Silom. Check out top attractions like Lumphini Park and Patpong Night Market, and jump on the metro at Chong Nonsi BTS Station or Sam Yan Station to see more of the city.
Travellers love Pratunam for its popular shops, and you can see more of Bangkok by jumping on the metro at Phaya Thai Station or Victory Monument BTS Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Victory Monument and Pratunam Market.
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Reviewed on 14 May 2022
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 kilometres) and encompasses two former capitals: Thonburi and Rattanakosin. The latter is Bangkok’s historic centre 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 colourful 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 travelling 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.