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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.

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Where to stay in Bangkok

Top Hotels in Bangkok

Adelphi Suites Bangkok
Adelphi Suites Bangkok
4 out of 5
6 Sukhumvit Soi 8, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is NT$1,048 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Located in Sukhumvit, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nana Square and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall. Central Embassy and CentralWorld Shopping Complex are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (991 reviews)

"Very good. One of the best suite that I know in Bangkok."…"

Reviewed on 2020/12/14

Adelphi Suites 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 NT$348 per night from Feb 16 to Feb 17

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! (19 reviews)

"Tremendous value for money. Large pool and solid fitness center with sauna and showers. Staff is friendly and professional. Breakfast is above average but could be improved."…"

Reviewed on 2020/12/6

Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
5 out of 5
2 Sukhumvit Soi 57, Klongtan Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is NT$1,131 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in Sukhumvit, within 2 mi (3 km) of EmQuartier, Emporium, and Soi Cowboy. Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and Bangkok ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (995 reviews)

"Nice water pressure, comfortable bed. Nice roof top bar."…"

Reviewed on 2020/12/7

Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
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.

Vacation 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 NT$348 per night from Feb 16 to Feb 17

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! (19 reviews)

"Tremendous value for money. Large pool and solid fitness center with sauna and showers. Staff is friendly and professional. Breakfast is above average but could be improved."…"

Reviewed on 2020/12/6

Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
Adelphi Grande Sukhumvit
Adelphi Grande Sukhumvit
4.5 out of 5
16 Sukhumvit Soi 41, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is NT$1,239 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Located in Sukhumvit, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of EmQuartier, Emporium, and Benchasiri Park. Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall ...

4.2/5Very Good! (998 reviews)

"This hotel is a great option for an extended stay. The room has everything you need including a washing machine and detergent, dishes, soap/shampoo/conditioner, and even your own personal router for internet access which makes it simple to use things like Apple TV or Roku. Very close to the Phrom ..."…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/17

Adelphi Grande Sukhumvit
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$1,941 per night from Feb 13 to Feb 14

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! (739 reviews)

"Comfy, clean, great location Nice staff Free shuttle bus to BTS and shopping complex"…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/22

Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor 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.

Popular places to visit in 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

Verified traveler

May 2, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 2, 2020

Ok considering recent events ok

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Apr 1, 2020

Ok...not alot of entertainment

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

Fascinating city; a world all of its own.

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