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Bangkok
Travel Guide

Sukhumvit showing landscape views, central business district and night scenes

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

Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
5 out of 5
2 Sukhumvit Soi 57, Klongtan Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Bangkok
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$1,145 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
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! (992 reviews)
"Very well designed hotel and rooms. The main reason we booked the hotel was because of the handy location, but I would return again just because of the unique ambience."

Reviewed on 2021/4/23

Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel
Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel
5 out of 5
257 Charoennakorn Road, Thonburi, Bangkok
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$1,904 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
Located in Thon Buri, this luxury hotel is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Iconsiam and within 6 mi (10 km) of Wat Arun and Wat Pho. Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (998 reviews)
"Very nice room view, amazing rooftop bar, good place for relaxing time!"

Reviewed on 2020/8/14

Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel
Dusit Suites Hotel Ratchadamri, Bangkok
Dusit Suites Hotel Ratchadamri, Bangkok
5 out of 5
3 Soi Mahardlekluang 3 Rajdamri Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is NT$2,204 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Police General Hospital and Erawan Shrine. Lumphini Park ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (441 reviews)
"Love everything here, is excellent and friendly ...we will be back for sure"

Reviewed on 2020/3/14

Dusit Suites Hotel Ratchadamri, 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.
Carpediem Hotel
Carpediem Hotel
3 out of 5
327/18 Sukhumvit Road, T. Noen Phra, A. Muang, Rayong
The price is NT$592 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Situated in Rayong, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dr. Sarot Market and Passione Shopping Destination. Star IT Center and Star Night Bazaar are ...
3.8/5Good! (4 reviews)
Good choice for you.
"The room (already renovation) was ok ,clean and comfortable but no breakfast."

Reviewed on 2020/11/23

Carpediem Hotel
KG Private Pool Villas
KG Private Pool Villas
3.5 out of 5
940, 940/1, Soi 5, Moo 2, Ao Nang, Krabi, Krabi
The price is NT$1,764 per night from Jun 30 to Jun 30
Situated near the beach, this villa is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ao Nang Beach, Nopparat Thara Beach, and Ao Phai Plong Beach. Ao Nam Mao is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Cool pool villa
"Our family of 5 loved our time at the villa. The pool was cool, as was the 3 bathrooms and the BBQ. Lala the landlord made himself available 24/7 and helped us find fresh fish for the BBQ and organise a boat trip to nearby islands. On the last day we also discovered a great cafe around the corner: ..."

Reviewed on 2019/1/6

KG Private Pool Villas
Private Pool Villa Rayong House
Private Pool Villa Rayong House
3.5 out of 5
81/26 Soi Panthong 2 Moo 5, Neonmayong Rd T.Taphong, Rayong
Situated on the boardwalk, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Khao Laem Ya - Mu Ko Samet National Park and Mae Rumphung Beach. Suan Son Beach and Ao Prao Beach ...
Private Pool Villa Rayong House
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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