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

Sukhumvit

Known for Shopping, Bars, Dining

4/5(350 reviews)

Street markets and sparkling malls, parks, nightlife districts and museums await at this bustling boulevard, which is one of Thailand’s longest roads.

Bangkok City Centre
Bangkok which includes boating

Bangkok City Centre

Known for Temples, Shopping, Monuments

3.5/5(30 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 Jim Thompson House, and jump on the metro at Hua Lamphong Station or National Stadium BTS Station to see more of the city.

Pratunam
Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand
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Pratunam

Known for Shopping, Castles, Monuments

Suan Pakkard Palace and Victory Monument are top sights in Pratunam, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Phaya Thai Station or Victory Monument BTS Station to see more sights in the area.

Silom
Silom, Bangkok, Thailand

Silom

Known for Temples, Shopping, LGBT-friendly

4/5(15 reviews)

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Silom. Check out top attractions like Patpong Night Market and Lumphini Park, and jump on the metro at Chong Nonsi BTS Station or Sam Yan Station to see more of the city.

Siam
Bangkok showing night scenes, a bridge and skyline

Siam

Known for Urban, Temples, Shopping

Travellers love Siam for its popular shops, and you can see more of Bangkok by jumping on the metro at Ratchadamri BTS Station or Siam BTS Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Siam Paragon Mall and Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World.

Asoke
Asoke, Bangkok, Thailand
trover photo by CJ Rincon

Asoke

Known for Shopping, Dining, Skyscrapers

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.

Top hotels in Bangkok

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
lebua at State Tower (The World's First Vertical Destination)
lebua at State Tower (The World's First Vertical Destination)
5 out of 5
State Tower 1055/111 Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok
Rs8,095
per night
25 Nov-26 Nov

This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located on the riverfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Sri Mariamman Temple and Iconsiam. Asiatique The Riverfront and Siam Paragon ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (7,984 reviews)

"I never made it to the hotel due to airline issues at the last minute and thus never got to Bangkok"…"

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2019

lebua at State Tower (The World's First Vertical Destination)
Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
4.5 out of 5
662 Rama IV Road, Bangkok, Bangkok
Rs4,689
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lumphini Park and MBK Center. Siam Center and Pratunam Market are also within 3 mi ...

4.2/5Excellent! (5,309 reviews)

"The food was good! Good area and can take MRT or Sky train to places"…"

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2019

Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
Shangri-la Bangkok
Shangri-la Bangkok
5 out of 5
89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
Rs10,086
per night
7 Dec-8 Dec

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Bangkok Riverside, King Power MahaNakhon and Iconsiam. Patpong Night Market and Asiatique ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,147 reviews)

"Very large and grand hotel with great facilities. But size has disadvantages as one is always competing with other guests for staff attention, esp at reception. The hotel also hosts large conventions which create a certain corporate atmosphere: generally a large and good value hotel but lacking a ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2019

Shangri-la Bangkok

Popular things to do in Bangkok

Grand Palace
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Grand Palace

4.5/5(268 reviews)

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

Wat Pho
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Wat Pho

4.5/5(188 reviews)

Book yourself in for an energising treatment at the official school of traditional Thai massage, housed in Bangkok’s oldest temple complex.

Wat Arun
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Wat Arun

4.5/5(164 reviews)

Named after the Hindu God of Dawn, Wat Arun is a sight to behold both as the sun rises and as it slips below the horizon.

Temple of the Emerald Buddha
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Temple of the Emerald Buddha

4.5/5(143 reviews)

The holiest Buddhist site in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew is home to the revered Emerald Buddha which is protected by mythical Guardian warriors at every entrance.

Khaosan Road
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Khaosan Road

4/5(252 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.

Lumphini Park
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Lumphini Park

4/5(167 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.

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