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Visit Bangkok

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(372 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.

Don Muang
Don Muang, Bangkok, Thailand
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Don Muang

Known for Dining, Shopping, Friendly People

4/5(81 reviews)

Travellers come to Don Muang for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Don Mueang New Market and Royal Thai Air Force Museum while you're in town.

Asoke
Asoke, Bangkok, Thailand
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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.

Sathorn
Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand

Sathorn

Known for LGBT-friendly, Skyscrapers, Romantic

4/5(107 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.

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
Rs8,617
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec

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! (8,033 reviews)

"Ok I am returning customer here for years, TRYE five star hotel , service amazing , building is crazy beautiful And so clean, high rise views amazing . The brunch Is out of this world . For cheap money this compare to $500 a night hotel. Prepared to be amazed"…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec 2019

lebua at State Tower (The World's First Vertical Destination)
Shangri-la Bangkok
Shangri-la Bangkok
5 out of 5
89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
Rs9,746
per night
11 Jan-12 Jan

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bangkok Riverside and Iconsiam. King Power MahaNakhon and Patpong Night Market are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,209 reviews)

"Wonderful service from front desk to airport pickup!"…"

Reviewed on 11 Dec 2019

Shangri-la Bangkok
Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
4.5 out of 5
662 Rama IV Road, Bangkok, Bangkok
Rs4,551
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec

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! (5,318 reviews)

"The hotel is clean and nice and the staff are helpful."…"

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2019

Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point

Popular things to do in Bangkok

Grand Palace
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Grand Palace

4.5/5(294 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(200 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(181 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(159 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(272 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(187 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home with a trip to Pratunam Market, a popular shopping spot in Bangkok. Visit the notable monuments and temples in this vibrant area.

Reviews of Bangkok

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 11.66429587482219%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Dec 2019

This is a city to visite the thai are lovely happy people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Dec 2019

Nice city except the traffic sometimes is hectic on morning or afternoon

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

8 Dec 2019

The air to breath needs to be cleaned up.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Dec 2019

I love the vibe, the easy of getting round the city either by train or grab bike. I’ve felt safe here. The Thai people are extremely helpful and happy. ❤️ Bangkok

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Dec 2019

First time I came to Thailand I spent longer (2 weeks) in Bangkok. Its worth it. Definitely developing well now and shopping is great, although not my scene really. Love the Riverside and not been to Icon Siam yet, now finished, but was building then

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Dec 2019

So much history. Amazing food. Easy to get around.

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