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From the fury of a Muay Thai kickboxing bout, to the gentle pad of monk’s sandals at Wat Pho Temple, this “City of Angels” balances chaos and calm.

Little can prepare you for the frenetic pace and sensory overload of Thailand’s largest city. Markets are crowded, the traffic erratic and the hawkers relentless in their offers of cut-price clothes and watches. All this activity mixes with the pungent aroma from the hundreds of food carts frying pad thai and other tasty dishes.

Spend a little time in Bangkok, however, and you’ll find spots of serenity among the bustle. This is a city where religion is deeply rooted in daily life. The smell of incense often signifies a nearby shrine where you’ll see people from all walks of life stop to make an offering before they go about their business.

Known to locals as Krung Thep (City of Angels), Bangkok is home to almost 10 million people. It covers more than 570 square miles (1,500 square kilometers) and encompasses two former capitals: Thonburi and Rattanakosin. The latter is Bangkok’s historic center and where you’ll find most of the main attractions. These include the National Museum and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, on the grounds of the showy Grand Palace. Nearby, see the huge reclining Buddha at the Wat Pho temple. Remember to dress modestly when visiting any temple.

In the Banglamphu district, prepare for an onslaught of sights and sounds at the notoriously busy Khao San Road. Haggle for counterfeit clothes and accessories, or simply perch on a stool in one of the many bars and watch the colorful characters pass by.

For some relaxation, join a free, outdoor yoga or tai chi class at Lumphini Park, or indulge with a spa treatment, available at most hotels. A short boat ride north of Bangkok you’ll discover the community of the Mon people. They have made the tiny, artificial river island of Ko Kret a haven for their culture.

While tuk-tuk rides are all part of the Bangkok experience, the city is well connected for those times you feel like traveling in comfort. The excellent Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail systems run between all the major shopping and entertainment districts of the city. For a different view of Bangkok, take a trip on the Express boats that constantly churn the waters of the Chao Phraya River.

Where to stay in Bangkok

Sukhumvit
Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit

Known for Shopping, Bars, Dining

4/5(1,243 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 City Centre showing religious elements and a square or plaza as well as a small group of people

Bangkok City Centre

Known for Temples, Shopping, Monuments

3.5/5(49 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
View from Baiyoke Sky Revolving Deck
trover photo by Yan Zapanta

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(111 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 featuring a bridge, skyline and a river or creek

Siam

Known for Urban, Temples, Shopping

Travelers 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
Barrels of fun. Great themes and decorations and an excellent food court. Yummmmmmm
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
NT$3,068
per night
Nov 25 - Nov 26

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (7,979 reviews)

"The staff were superb. The restaurant staff went above and beyond! Rooftop dining at its best!"…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/11

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
NT$2,205
per night
Nov 25 - Nov 26

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! (5,277 reviews)

"We loved how attentive and accommodating all staff was during our stay. Their breakfast buffet, pool and massage therapy were all great."…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/11

Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
4.5 out of 5
999 Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, Moo 1 Nongprue, Bang Phli, Samut Prakan
NT$4,619
per night
Dec 13 - Dec 14

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 12.1 mi (19.5 km) from Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital and 12.4 mi (20 km) from Siam Park City. Rajamangala Stadium ...

4.2/5Excellent! (4,257 reviews)

"Hotel very convenient for the Airport, clean and quiet. Outside pool was quite cold and the indoor jacuzzi was boiling hot unable to use. Definitely would use again."…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/7

Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Popular things to do in Bangkok

Grand Palace
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Grand Palace

4.5/5(1,499 reviews)

The majestic European/Asian-style complex was once the home of the kings of Siam and is now both a place of worship and a must-see Bangkok landmark.

Wat Pho
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Wat Pho

4.5/5(931 reviews)

The “Temple of the Reclining Buddha” is the largest temple in the country and has more Buddha statues than any other Thai temple.

Wat Arun
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Wat Arun

4.5/5(765 reviews)

Wat Arun is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Bangkok. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the notable monuments in this vibrant area.

Temple of the Emerald Buddha
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Temple of the Emerald Buddha

4.5/5(721 reviews)

A small but extremely important Thai religious icon sits on a golden pedestal within the ornate Wat Phra Kaew structure on the grounds of the Grand Palace.

Khaosan Road
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Khaosan Road

4/5(914 reviews)

This “anything goes” street is a hot spot for budget travelers who want to buy cheap clothes and souvenirs, people-watch or party all night.

Lumphini Park
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Lumphini Park

4/5(612 reviews)

Known by locals as the “Lung of Bangkok,” this green breathing space provides a quiet haven for rest, sport and recreation to residents and visitors alike.

Reviews of Bangkok

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1725
5 - Excellent 46.58385093167702%
4 - Good
1525
4 - Good 41.18282473669997%
3 - Okay
387
3 - Okay 10.450985687280584%
2 - Disappointing
45
2 - Disappointing 1.2152308938698353%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.5671077504725898%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 12, 2019

Bangkok is a huge city and busier than any other place I’ve seen. We took advantage of the food and did an amazing food tour which I recommend. I probably wouldn’t spend more than a couple nights there

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 12, 2019

The floating market is good however, the staff gave us conflicting prices about the fee ride hopefully it won’t happen to other tourists.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 11, 2019

Very tourist friendly city.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 10, 2019

Traffic is pretty bad around the city

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 10, 2019

Spent 3 days and thought it was enough. City is full of scammers if you don’t stay vigilant, tourists are heavily targeted. City is grimy and traffic is terrible. I had a nice experience but Ive now checked it off my list and probably won’t be back.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 10, 2019

Fun and exciting city.

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