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Bangkok
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Sukhumvit featuring cbd, night scenes and landscape views

Revel in the color, noise and history of Thailand’s frenetic capital, a city that welcomes its visitors with a clash of old and new.

A wild city moving at a frantic pace, nothing can prepare you for the sensory overload Bangkok is so celebrated for – a chaotic swirl of impromptu markets, unpredictable traffic and intensely friendly locals, all mixed with the aromatic scent of fresh spices drifting from the seemingly never ending array of street food carts that litter the city.

With a population nearing 10m people, Bangkok has grown to cover some 570 square miles – eventually encompassing the two former Thai capitals of Thonburi and Rattanakosin. Whilst both of these areas offer a unique insight into the city’s past, Rattanakosin is recognised as the Bangkok’s historic centre and is home to many of the city’s premier attractions such as the National Museum of Thailand and the Temple of the Emerald Buddah which is located in the grounds of lavishly decorated Grand Palace. Visitors may also view the nearby reclining Buddah at the Wat Pho temple, but guests are reminded that modest dress is appropriate when visiting such places.

Getting around Bangkok is simple thanks to the excellent Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail networks which run between all the major shopping and entertainment districts of the city. The riverboat expresses along the Chao Phraya River are also a good way to get a different view of the city. Of course, you may prefer to experience the city’s signature tuk tuks, but prepare yourself for a bumpy and occasionally terrifying ride!

To experience the true mania of Bankok, the Banglamphu District of the city is an absolute must for any visitor to the city. The location of the notorious Khao San Road, the entire district is an unstoppable onslaught of sights, sounds and pungent smells.

With so much going on, you might prefer to simply sit back in a pavement café and watch it all unfold before your eyes. Alternatively you might find yourself dragged into some good natured haggling with the local traders as they try to sell you every counterfeit item under the sun. Beware though, everything is counterfeit on the Khao San – whatever the seller tells you.

Bangkok is not all chaos though – far from it. Visitors are welcome to join one of the free outdoor yoga or tai chi classes which are held daily in Lumphini Park, and most hotels offers luxurious spa treatments to sooth away the stress of the city. Whoever you are, whatever travel experience you’re looking for – Bangkok is ready to welcome you with open arms.

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Where to stay in Bangkok

Millennium Hilton Bangkok
Millennium Hilton Bangkok
5 out of 5
123 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is £38 per night from 18 May to 18 May
This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located on the waterfront, within 3 mi (5 km) of Iconsiam, Wat Pho and MBK Center. Siam Center and Wat Arun are also within ...
4.1/5Very Good! (984 reviews)
"Everything is okay but the service is slow."

Reviewed on 4 May 2021

Millennium Hilton Bangkok
CITICHIC Sukhumvit 13 Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
CITICHIC Sukhumvit 13 Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
3 out of 5
34 Sukhumvit Soi 13, Bangkok, Bangkok
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Located in Sukhumvit, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Nana Square, Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall. Emporium and Erawan Shrine are also within ...
4/5Very Good! (406 reviews)
"Good location, but the pool is being renovated right now and is not available."

Reviewed on 3 Mar 2020

CITICHIC Sukhumvit 13 Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok
5 out of 5
250 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is £46 per night from 5 Jun to 5 Jun
Located in Sukhumvit, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall. Nana Square and Emporium are also within 1 mile ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (986 reviews)
"swimming pool is nice. we liked the food as well. Great location to Terminal 21"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2021

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Luxury Collection Hotel, 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.
Siam Royal View Beachfront Villas
Siam Royal View Beachfront Villas
3.5 out of 5
Villa 40B Siam Royal View Koh Chang, Ko Chang, Trat
The price is £295 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Nestled on the beach, this Ko Chang villa is just steps away from Klong Son Beach and Mu Ko Chang National Park. White Sand Beach is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"Magic Place"

Reviewed on 17 Dec 2020

Siam Royal View Beachfront 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 ...
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Pimann Buri Pool Villas Ao Nang Krabi
Pimann Buri Pool Villas Ao Nang Krabi
4 out of 5
618 Moo 2, Ao Nang Sub-District, Krabi, Krabi
The price is £87 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Situated near the beach, this villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ao Nam Mao, Ao Nang Beach and Ao Phai Plong Beach. Khao Ao Nam Mao and Pai Plong Bay are also ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (27 reviews)
"Beautiful villa and very relaxing, accomodating staff. In room dining useful as not much else in environs, good choice from menu. Complimentary snacks and soft drinks much appreciated"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

Pimann Buri Pool Villas Ao Nang Krabi
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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5/5 - Excellent

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10 May 2020

Great city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Mar 2020

Unfortunately Bangkok is changing towards large shopping malls and losing it's old edge. There are still interesting things there but I don't feel we will be rushing back.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

Wonderful city and one I will remember forever

4/5 - Good

Terry

13 Mar 2020

Bangkok as always is very busy and there are many cars, however, there is plenty of places to visit and the food is always very good.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

I have travelled to Thailand often in the last 20 years so Bangkok is just a stop over before returning to UK, have seen most sites over this time but for first time visitors there is plenty to see, Sukhumvit 1-15 is a good area to locate as it is ea

5/5 - Excellent

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8 Mar 2020

Love everything about this wonderful city

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