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BangkokThailand

Bangkok’s modern skyline hides an ancient culture expressed through traditional temples and historic monuments, in a city that hums with life.

Thailand’s capital city is the most popular tourist destination in the World for good reason: hidden somewhere within its bustling streets, everyone can find what they are looking for.

With the help of the modern Skytrain (BTS) and underground rail network (MRT), getting around the city couldn’t be simpler. To see the sights from a more authentic perspective, you might want to try catching a riverboat express or hailing the driver of a traditional Thai tuk-tuk.

If you seek spiritual succour, you can find it at the Erawan Shrine dedicated to the Hindu God Brahma, or in one of the many Buddhist temples dotted around the city: the elevated heights of Wat Saket, Wat Pho, with its giant reclining Buddha, Wat Arun, named for the God of Dawn, and the world-famous Wat Phra Kaew – or Temple of the Emerald Buddha – home to Thailand’s most sacred object.

The ancient metropolis of Rattanakosin, now enveloped within the city boundary, is home to a treasure trove of historical attractions. In the National Museum, you can trace the country’s history through artefacts, sculptures and costumes from the ancient world to the modern day. The Grand Palace will take you back to the era of the Kings of Siam and King Rama I, who established Bangkok as the country’s capital.

Meet the descendants of Thailand’s earliest settlers on Ko Kret Island, a rural islet in the middle of the Chao Phraya River that makes a great day trip.

For a taste of twentieth-century extravagance, you can take a tour of Vimanmek Palace, constructed as a royal residence by King Rama V in 1900. A more modern mystery awaits you at Jim Thompson House, the home of an American expat who disappeared without a trace in the 1960s.

Before you get too lost in memories of times gone by, take a trip to Khao San Road and let yourself be dropped headfirst back into the present day. Haggle with hawkers, snack on legendary Thai street food and watch the whirl of backpackers and street sellers while you sip a cool drink.

For a slower pace, you may want to spend some time in Lumphini Park. A haven of green in the midst of the hubbub, it offers a breathing space where you can rebalance body and soul with a spot of yoga or Tai Chi.

Where to stay in Bangkok

Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit

4/5Very Good!(466 area reviews)

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Sukhumvit. Check out top attractions like Emporium and Soi Cowboy, and jump on the metro at Thong Lo BTS Station or Ekkamai BTS Station to see more of the city.

Sukhumvit
Lumpini Park featuring a high-rise building, a city and landscape views

Bangkok City Centre

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 MBK Center and Siam Center, and jump on the metro at Hua Lamphong Station or National Stadium BTS Station to see more of the city.

Bangkok City Centre
Pratunam, Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

Pratunam

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 Platinum Fashion Mall.

Pratunam
Don Muang, Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

Don Muang

4/5Very Good!(89 area reviews)

Don Muang is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Don Mueang New Market and Royal Thai Air Force Museum while you're in town.

Don Muang
Asoke, Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

Asoke

Asoke is popular for its popular shops. Explore top sights like Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, and you can get around town on the metro at Sukhumvit Station.

Asoke
Sathorn, Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

Sathorn

4/5Very Good!(140 area reviews)

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Sathorn. Check out top attractions like Bangkok Riverside and Central Rama 3 Mall, and jump on the metro at Technic Krungthep Station or Akhan Songkho Station to see more of the city.

Sathorn

Top hotels in Bangkok

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
 iSanook Bangkok
iSanook Bangkok
3.5 out of 5
118, Soi Songphra, Siphraya Road, Kwang Maha Pruttaram, Khet Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is Rs2,070 per night

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of River City Shopping Complex, Si Phraya Pier and Patpong Night Market. Lumphini Park and Iconsiam ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,071 reviews)

"All good as expected as the hospitality was commendable"…"

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2020

iSanook Bangkok
Metropole Residence Sukhumvit 39
Metropole Residence Sukhumvit 39
4 out of 5
5/9 Soi Phromsri, Sukhumvit Road, Klongton-Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is Rs3,437 per night

Located in Sukhumvit, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of EmQuartier and Emporium. Soi Cowboy and Erawan Shrine are also within 3 miles (5 km). Phrom Phong ...

4.2/5Very Good! (131 reviews)
Excellent place to stay.

"Love everything except: Mediocre water pressure Dining area could be much better. Staff is fantastic. Every single person. Already stayed here three times, will continue."…"

Reviewed on 26 Dec 2019

Metropole Residence Sukhumvit 39
Galleria 10 Sukhumvit Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
Galleria 10 Sukhumvit Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
4 out of 5
21 Sukhumvit 10 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is Rs3,042 per night

Located in Sukhumvit, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Benjakiti Park, Emporium and Benchasiri Park. Erawan Shrine and Queen Sirikit National Convention ...

4/5Very Good! (1,623 reviews)

"At least was open during this crisis and the pricing was reasonable for the facilities on offer."…"

Reviewed on 6 Apr 2020

Galleria 10 Sukhumvit Bangkok by Compass Hospitality

Popular places to visit in Bangkok

Khaosan Road
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Khaosan Road

4/5(320 reviews)

Khao San Road epitomises the manic mega-city, attracting tourists and travellers from all over the world with the promise of cheap accommodation and adventure.

Pratunam Market
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Pratunam Market

4/5(215 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy when you visit Pratunam Market, a favourite shopping spot in Bangkok. Discover the acclaimed art galleries and temples in this culturally rich area.

Terminal 21 Shopping Mall
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Terminal 21 Shopping Mall

4.5/5(259 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, a favourite shopping spot in Bangkok. Visit the temples and notable monuments in this culturally rich area.

Grand Palace
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Grand Palace

4.5/5(355 reviews)

A series of sparkling golden rooftops crown the Grand Palace, which reigns supreme along the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

Victory Monument
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Victory Monument

4/5(107 reviews)

Find out about the history of Victory Monument, a well-known monument in Bangkok. Discover the acclaimed art galleries and temples in this vibrant area.

Lumphini Park
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Lumphini Park

4/5(224 reviews)

In a city as busy as Bangkok, the green spaces and tranquil lakes of Lumphini Park provide respite from the frenetic pace of the outside world.

Reviews of Bangkok

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 42.65652428320655%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 11.351667641895846%
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2 - Disappointing 1.6383850204798127%
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1 - Terrible 0.7021650087770626%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 May 2020

Great city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Mar 2020

Unfortunately Bangkok is changing towards large shopping malls and losing it's old edge. There are still interesting things there but I don't feel we will be rushing back.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

Wonderful city and one I will remember forever

4/5 - Good

Terry

13 Mar 2020

Bangkok as always is very busy and there are many cars, however, there is plenty of places to visit and the food is always very good.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

I have travelled to Thailand often in the last 20 years so Bangkok is just a stop over before returning to UK, have seen most sites over this time but for first time visitors there is plenty to see, Sukhumvit 1-15 is a good area to locate as it is ea

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

Love everything about this wonderful city

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