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Visit Bangkok

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

Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit

4/5Very Good!(1,410 area reviews)

Street markets and sparkling malls, parks, nightlife districts and museums await at this bustling boulevard, which is one of Thailand’s longest roads.

Sukhumvit
Bangkok City Centre showing religious elements and a square or plaza as well as a small group of people

Bangkok City Centre

3.5/5Good!(57 area 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.

Bangkok City Centre
View from Baiyoke Sky Revolving Deck

Pratunam

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.

Pratunam
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Don Muang

3.5/5Good!(148 area reviews)

Travelers 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.

Don Muang
Barrels of fun. Great themes and decorations and an excellent food court. Yummmmmmm

Asoke

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.

Asoke
Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand

Sathorn

4/5Very Good!(251 area 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.

Sathorn

Top Hotels in Bangkok

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
 iSanook Bangkok
iSanook Bangkok
3.5 out of 5
118, Soi Songphra, Siphraya Road, Kwang Maha Pruttaram, Khet Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NT$1,175
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of River City Shopping Complex, Si Phraya Pier, and Patpong Night Market. Lumphini Park and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,898 reviews)

"This hotel Is amazing. Situated in a quiet area, with tons o public transportation. You can catch bus #1 to china town, grand palace, the pier, and shopping center. This hotel Is perfect for those looking to save money while Enjoying Bangkok. The breakfast buffet is amazing! We had tons of choices ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/18

iSanook Bangkok
Shangri-la Bangkok
Shangri-la Bangkok
5 out of 5
89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NT$5,121
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

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! (3,298 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel would definitely recommend and definitely stay there again"…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/10

Shangri-la Bangkok
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$3,837
per night
Feb 4 - Feb 5

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! (8,116 reviews)

"Loved staying at this hotel. Staff was super friendly and helpful. Checking in was a breeze. Concierge was super helpful in having my luggage transferred to my next hotel. Though the other hotel did not allow Lebua to deliver our luggage (which I understand), they went out of their way to call the ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/16

lebua at State Tower (The World's First Vertical Destination)

Popular things to do in Bangkok

Grand Palace
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Grand Palace

4.5/5(1,597 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(995 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(831 reviews)

You can learn about the local history of Bangkok when you make a stop at a top site like Wat Arun. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the temples in this vibrant area.

Temple of the Emerald Buddha
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Temple of the Emerald Buddha

4.5/5(801 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(976 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.

Pratunam Market
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Pratunam Market

4/5(769 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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4 - Good 40.68754414881093%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 10.40734636213798%
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2 - Disappointing 1.2243936896632917%
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1 - Terrible 0.5415587473510713%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

If you visit Royal Palace do so as early as possible to avoid huge crowds. Same thing with the major Temples and markets. You can avail yourself with a tour guide for relatively inexpensive rates. This will enhance your visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

Great place to go

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 17, 2020

Gluttonous amounts of food. Only complaint smoke/smog

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 17, 2020

Food, shopping, activities like massages offer great value, if you go to the place locals usually use. Global food chains like starbacks andMacdonald, and global products like Nike and Uniqlo are the almost the same prices as those in Japan.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 17, 2020

Stay away from Tuk Tuks-they say they’ll take you where you want to go, but mostly they take you to stores or sites where they get a commission or stamp for free gas. And use only taxis that are pink or yellow/green-the others scam u & way overcharge

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

Pollution is terrible. Air quality gets worse every year. It will not improve until they require pollution control devices on cars and trucks. It is up to the government and the people to do something to improve the air quality. .

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