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BangkokThailand

A bustling city that combines frantic chaos with intense calm, Bangkok is Thailand’s largest city and cultural heart.

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

Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit

4/5Very Good!(466 area reviews)

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Sukhumvit. Check out top attractions like Emporium and Soi Cowboy, and jump on the metro at Thong Lo BTS Station or Ekkamai BTS Station to see more of the city.

Sukhumvit
Lumpini Park featuring a high-rise building, a city and landscape views

Bangkok City Centre

3.5/5Good!(34 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 Siam Center, and jump on the metro at Hua Lamphong Station or National Stadium BTS Station to see more of the city.

Bangkok City Centre
Pratunam, Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

Pratunam

Travellers love Pratunam for its popular shops, and you can see more of Bangkok by jumping on the metro at Phaya Thai Station or Victory Monument BTS Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Victory Monument and Platinum Fashion Mall.

Pratunam
Don Muang, Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

Don Muang

4/5Very Good!(89 area reviews)

Don Muang is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Don Mueang New Market and Royal Thai Air Force Museum while you're in town.

Don Muang
Asoke, Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

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, Bangkok, Thailand

Sathorn

4/5Very Good!(140 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
The price is £26 per night

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 Iconsiam ...

4.4/5Excellent! (3,012 reviews)

"All good as expected as the hospitality was commendable"…"

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2020

iSanook Bangkok
Metropole Residence Sukhumvit 39
Metropole Residence Sukhumvit 39
4 out of 5
5/9 Soi Phromsri, Sukhumvit Road, Klongton-Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is £43 per night

Located in Sukhumvit, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of EmQuartier and Emporium. Soi Cowboy and Erawan Shrine are also within 3 miles (5 km). Phrom Phong ...

4.2/5Very Good! (130 reviews)
Excellent place to stay.

"Love everything except: Mediocre water pressure Dining area could be much better. Staff is fantastic. Every single person. Already stayed here three times, will continue."…"

Reviewed on 26 Dec 2019

Metropole Residence Sukhumvit 39
Galleria 10 Sukhumvit Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
Galleria 10 Sukhumvit Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
4 out of 5
21 Sukhumvit 10 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is £43 per night

Located in Sukhumvit, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Benjakiti Park, Emporium and Benchasiri Park. Erawan Shrine and Queen Sirikit National Convention ...

4/5Very Good! (1,622 reviews)

"At least was open during this crisis and the pricing was reasonable for the facilities on offer."…"

Reviewed on 6 Apr 2020

Galleria 10 Sukhumvit Bangkok by Compass Hospitality

Popular places to visit in Bangkok

Khaosan Road
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Khaosan Road

4/5(320 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(215 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy when you visit Pratunam Market, a favourite shopping spot in Bangkok. Discover the acclaimed art galleries and temples in this culturally rich area.

Terminal 21 Shopping Mall
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Terminal 21 Shopping Mall

4.5/5(259 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, a favourite shopping spot in Bangkok. Visit the temples and notable monuments in this culturally rich area.

Grand Palace
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Grand Palace

4.5/5(355 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.

Victory Monument
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Victory Monument

4/5(107 reviews)

Find out about the history of Victory Monument, a well-known monument in Bangkok. Discover the acclaimed art galleries and temples in this vibrant area.

Lumphini Park
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Lumphini Park

4/5(224 reviews)

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.

Top things to do in Bangkok

Ayutthaya Ancient Capital with River Cruise, Lunch & Palace
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Ayutthaya Ancient Capital with River Cruise, Lunch & Palace

88% of travellers recommend
£41
Per adult
Guided Ayutthaya Tour with River Cruise & Lunch
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Guided Ayutthaya Tour with River Cruise & Lunch

84% of travellers recommend
£42
Per adult
Bangkok Night Lights Tuk Tuk Tour
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Bangkok Night Lights Tuk Tuk Tour

96% of travellers recommend
£56
Per adult
Bridge on the River Kwai with Speedboat, Train Ride & Lunch
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Bridge on the River Kwai with Speedboat, Train Ride & Lunch

86% of travellers recommend
£51
Per adult
Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha & Reclining Buddha Morning Visit
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Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha & Reclining Buddha Morning Visit

80% of travellers recommend
£42
Per adult
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World Tickets
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SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World Tickets

82% of travellers recommend
£23
Per adult

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