Experience the temples, monuments, and culture in Bangkok!

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

Sukhumvit
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Sukhumvit

Shopping, Bars, Dining

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
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Bangkok City Centre

Temples, Shopping, Monuments

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.

Silom
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Silom

Temples, Shopping, LGBT-Friendly

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
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Siam

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.

Khao San
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Khao San

Temples, Castles, Monuments

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of Khao San. Make a stop by Wat Ratchanadda or Wat Saket while you're exploring the area.

Pathumwan
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Pathumwan

Shopping, Temples, Urban

Siam Center and Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World are top sights in Pathumwan, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Siam BTS Station or Rachathewi BTS Station to see more sights in the area.

Top Hotels in Bangkok

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
4.5 out of 5
662 Rama IV Road, Bangkok, Bangkok
NT$1,820/night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
4.2/5Excellent! (5,078 reviews)

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! (5,078 reviews)

"Servicemind & Good location and very clean. Good👍"…"

Reviewed on 2019/8/21

Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
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Shangri-la Bangkok
5 out of 5
89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
NT$4,260/night
Sep 14 - Sep 15
4.6/5Wonderful! (2,938 reviews)

This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located on a river, within 2 mi (3 km) of Bangkok Riverside, King Power MahaNakhon, and Iconsiam. Patpong Night Market ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,938 reviews)

"staff service was very good and I would like to go back there again when I visit Bangkok. will also recommend to my friends."…"

Reviewed on 2019/8/22

Shangri-la Bangkok
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Bandara Suites Silom Bangkok
4 out of 5
75/1 Saladaeng Road Silom, Bangkok, Bangkok
NT$1,435/night
Sep 2 - Sep 3
4.2/5Very Good! (2,554 reviews)

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of BNH Hospital and Silom Complex Shopping Mall. Lumphini Park and Patpong Night Market ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,554 reviews)

"Jack, who checked us in, was very helpful and pleasant. Check in was quick and we were in our room in no time. Our room included a kitchenette, and the whole living space is clean, spacious, and well equipped with everything we needed. Breakfast was not part of our package, but you have the option ..."…"

Reviewed on 2019/8/14

Bandara Suites Silom Bangkok

Popular things to do in Bangkok

Grand Palace
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Grand Palace

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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