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What to do in Bangkok

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.

Guide to Exploring Bangkok

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Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport

Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport

999 Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, Bang Phli
of 5, from 1,212 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Marketland and within 12 mi (20 km) of The Paseo Mall and Bangkok Chain Hospital Public Company Limited. Huachiew Chalermprakiet University and Suan Luang Rama IX Park are also within 12 mi (20 km).

lebua at State Tower

lebua at State Tower

State Tower 1055/111 Silom Road, Bangkok
of 5, from 2,279 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

From its prime location near the Chao Phraya River and expressway, lebua at State Tower is within comfortable distance to several city attractions. It is a 10-minute walk to the BTS Sky Train Saphan Taksin station and shuttle ferries, plus only a 15-minute drive to Asiatique The Riverfront.

Shangri-la Bangkok

Shangri-la Bangkok

89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangkok
of 5, from 821 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located on a river, within 1 mi (2 km) of Sri Mariamman Temple, Asiatique the River Front, and Chao Phraya River. Patpong Night Market and Lumpini Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21

Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21

2, Sukhumvit Soi 19 (Wattana), Bangkok
of 5, from 1,640 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the city center, this luxury hotel is close to Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, Embassy of India, and Benjakiti Park. Also nearby are Benjasiri Park and Embassy of Pakistan.

Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok

Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok

19 Sukhumvit Soi 18, Klong Toei, Bangkok
of 5, from 770 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Dinosaur Planet, EmQuartier, and Benjasiri Park. Siam Paragon Mall and Pratunam Market are also within 3 mi (5 km).

The Kaze 34 Service Residences

The Kaze 34 Service Residences

66 Soi 34, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Bangkok Central Business District, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of EmQuartier, K Village, and Benjasiri Park. Dinosaur Planet and Bangkok University are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point

Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point

662 Rama IV Road, Bangkok
of 5, from 1,539 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Snake Farm, Patpong Night Market, and Lumpini Park. MBK Center and Siam Square are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Baiyoke Sky Hotel

Baiyoke Sky Hotel

222 Soi Ratchaprarop 3 Rathaprarop Road, Bangkok
of 5, from 224 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Soaring 88 stories in central Bangkok's Ratchathewi district, Baiyoke Sky Hotel is adjacent to the Pratunam Clothing Market. Suan Pakkad Palace, Platinum Fashion Mall, and Siam Paragon Mall are within 1 km.

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