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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

Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
5 out of 5
89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is Rs8,569 per night from 5 Dec to 6 Dec

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Iconsiam, King Power MahaNakhon and Asiatique The Riverfront. Erawan Shrine and Siam ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,066 reviews)

"Very hospitable staff. Excellent river view. Close to BTS station. Short Grab ride to Central World."…"

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2020

Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok
JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok
5 out of 5
4 Sukhumvit Road Soi 2, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is Rs4,875 per night from 25 Nov to 26 Nov

Located in Sukhumvit, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nana Square and Central Embassy. Erawan Shrine and Soi Cowboy are also within 1 mile (2 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (555 reviews)
Powerful and Grande

"The JW Marriott has been a staple in downtown Bangkok for many years. Yes the building may show some slight aging however it is maintained to the tee and houses some delightful restaurants and food. Rooms are comfortable, clean, and well maintained. The room air conditioning can dry you out however ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok
The Quarter Ari by UHG
The Quarter Ari by UHG
4 out of 5
428 Phahonyothin Rd. in front of Soi 10, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is Rs1,767 per night from 20 Dec to 21 Dec

Located in Din Daeng, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Chatuchak Weekend Market, Victory Monument and Union Mall. Pratunam Market and Central Plaza Ladprao ...

4.2/5Very Good! (205 reviews)

"Good room Best view Great service Nice facility"…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2020

The Quarter Ari 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 Rs1,365 per night from 16 Dec to 17 Dec

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. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (828 reviews)

"Good value for money hotel, good location, nice hotel although a bit aged now."…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020

Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
Ariva Ivy Servizio Thonglor
Ariva Ivy Servizio Thonglor
4 out of 5
No. 889/446 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), Klongton Nue, Wattana, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is Rs3,070 per night from 29 Nov to 30 Nov

Located in Sukhumvit, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Bangkok Hospital, Emporium and EmQuartier. Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (171 reviews)
good spot to chill during the lockdown

"so far our stay here has been very pleasant. the kitchen and utensils have come in handy as I was missing my wife's cooking. super market within walking distance. despite the lockdown service has been spot on. only here because of the lockdown but I would definitely recommend."…"

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2020

Ariva Ivy Servizio Thonglor
The Residence on Thonglor by UHG
The Residence on Thonglor by UHG
4 out of 5
73 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Sukhumvit Road Klongtoey, Wattana, Bangkok
The price is Rs1,574 per night from 8 Dec to 9 Dec

Located in Sukhumvit, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Bangkok Hospital, Emporium and EmQuartier. Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (764 reviews)

"Body lotion would have been a great amenity to have in the room"…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2020

The Residence on Thonglor 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.

Popular places to visit in Bangkok

Reviews of Bangkok

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
746
5 - Excellent 43.65125804564072%
4 - Good
729
4 - Good 42.65652428320655%
3 - Okay
194
3 - Okay 11.351667641895846%
2 - Disappointing
28
2 - Disappointing 1.6383850204798127%
1 - Terrible
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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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