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Bangkok
Travel Guide

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

Top hotels in Bangkok

Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
4.5 out of 5
662 Rama IV Road, Bangkok, Bangkok
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs1,947 per night from 27 Feb to 28 Feb

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Samyan Mitrtown and Lumphini Park. MBK Center and Siam Center are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,225 reviews)

"Hotel is close to MRT station and opposite to Samyarn Midtown Shopping Center."…"

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2020

Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok
Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok
4.5 out of 5
28 Charoenkrung Soi 70, Bangkholame, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is Rs4,056 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar

This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Asiatique The Riverfront, Patpong Night Market and Central Rama ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,912 reviews)

"Great views, friendly staff, breakfast good variety, clean rooms, large rooms, have stayed many times, check in could be faster, ground floor of residence buildings a Starbucks and convenience store."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jul 2020

Chatrium Hotel Riverside 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 Rs1,081 per night from 11 Mar to 12 Mar

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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)

"New room and clean.Not expensive.good service.I can walk to eat a good meal."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2021

The Quarter Hualamphong by UHG
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.

Top Holiday 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 Rs1,227 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar

Located in the centre of Bangkok, this family-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Silom Complex Shopping Mall, BNH Hospital and Embassy of Germany. ...

4/5Very Good! (20 reviews)

"Tremendous value for money. Large pool and solid fitness center with sauna and showers. Staff is friendly and professional. Breakfast is above average but could be improved."…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec 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 Rs5,166 per night from 27 Feb to 28 Feb

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 22 Aug 2020

Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok
Oakwood Suites Bangkok
Oakwood Suites Bangkok
5 out of 5
20 Soi Sukhumvit 24, Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Tan, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is Rs4,814 per night from 27 Feb to 28 Feb

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

4/5Very Good! (9 reviews)
Aircon issue

"Aircon is set to particular temperature in all rooms no matter if adjusted to Low temp in the aircon remote. The maximum temperature can come down to 25 degree. The room is not getting cold enough. Complained many time but the issue haven’t resolved. Very bad stay"…"

Reviewed on 5 May 2020

Oakwood Suites 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.

Popular places to visit in Bangkok

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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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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