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Bangkok
Travel Guide

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.

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Where to stay in 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 NT$546 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (14 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 2021/2/18

The Quarter Hualamphong by UHG
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park
5 out of 5
199 Sukhumvit Soi 22, Klong Ton, Klong Toey, Bangkok
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$1,224 per night from Apr 12 to Apr 13

Located in Sukhumvit, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Emporium and EmQuartier. Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and Lumphini Park are also within 3 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (673 reviews)

"Repeat offender in this property and now with Covid pricing it’s a no miss . Will be back"…"

Reviewed on 2021/3/15

Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park
Centre Point Sukhumvit 10
Centre Point Sukhumvit 10
4 out of 5
No.39, Soi Sukhumvit 10, Sukhumvit Rd., Klongtoey, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is NT$656 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Located in Sukhumvit, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, EmQuartier, and Lumphini Park. CentralWorld Shopping Complex ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,059 reviews)

"We booked our reservation 11 months in advance but COVID prevented our entry into the Kingdom at that time. Although we pre-paid a non-refundable reservation on Expedia, Joseph (the Reservation Supervisor) was gracious in terms of allowing us to modify this even though modifications for non-refundable ..."…"

Reviewed on 2021/4/10

Centre Point Sukhumvit 10
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.
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 NT$431 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

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

3.9/5Very Good! (29 reviews)

"Big room (family room) with 2 beds and 2 baths. Good value"…"

Reviewed on 2020/12/27

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 NT$1,524 per night from Apr 12 to Apr 13

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 2020/8/22

Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok
The Narathiwas Hotel & Residence Sathorn Bangkok
The Narathiwas Hotel & Residence Sathorn Bangkok
4 out of 5
379 Narathiwas, Soi 24, Sathupradit, Chongnonsee, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is NT$925 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Located in Sathorn, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Central Rama 3 Mall, Bangkok Riverside, and Patpong Night Market. Lumphini Park and King Power MahaNakhon ...

4.1/5Very Good! (317 reviews)

"ห้องมีกลิ่นอับและฝุ่น อาจจะเพราะโควิดไม่ค่อยมีลูกค้า แต่ห้องกว้างใหญ่ เกินคุ้มราคา"…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/16

The Narathiwas Hotel & Residence Sathorn 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.

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Reviews of Bangkok

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4/5 - Good

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Jun 3, 2020

Bangkok is highly polluted and has too many cars on the roads. Go there then travel to another city. Not worth the hassle.

5/5 - Excellent

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May 27, 2020

I live here.

4/5 - Good

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May 2, 2020

If you like the city life, you'll like Bangkok. Just be prepared for the traffic.

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 2, 2020

Ok considering recent events ok

3/5 - Okay

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Apr 1, 2020

Ok...not alot of entertainment

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 23, 2020

Fascinating city; a world all of its own.

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