Bangkok

Travel Guide
Sukhumvit showing night scenes, city views 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

Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
5 out of 5
2 Sukhumvit Soi 57, Klongtan Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Bangkok
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €44 per night from 19 Sep to 19 Sep
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! (1,000 reviews)
Very Nice Stay
"Really nice hotel with all amenities and clean. I enjoyed the rooftop for dinner. Great location in Bangkok."

Reviewed on 11 Jun 2021

Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
Millennium Hilton Bangkok
Millennium Hilton Bangkok
5 out of 5
123 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is €45 per night from 20 Sep to 20 Sep
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! (995 reviews)
"Everything is okay but the service is slow."

Reviewed on 4 May 2021

Millennium Hilton Bangkok
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 €51 per night from 18 Sep to 18 Sep
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! (998 reviews)
"Staff is very nice, they are very kind and friendly. Hotel is very good location, close to BTS station but very quiet.."

Reviewed on 17 Apr 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.
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 €40 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
Located in the centre of Bangkok, this family-friendly aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Patpong Night Market and Lumphini Park. Nana Square and Bangkok ...
4.1/5Very Good! (37 reviews)
"Nice place, room is great, staff also helpful. Convenience location. Easy for public transportation. Food is around the area. Great Service"

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2021

Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
Sukhumvit Park, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments
Sukhumvit Park, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments
5 out of 5
90 Sukhumvit Soi 24, Sukhumvit Road, Klongton, Klongtoey, Bangkok
The price is €66 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
This family-friendly Bangkok aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of K Village, Emporium and Benchasiri Park. EmQuartier ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (501 reviews)
一切都好
"早餐豐盛,要捷運站有接駁車,半個小時1班,逛街購物很方便,員工和善"

Reviewed on 2 Apr 2021

Sukhumvit Park, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments
Oakwood Suites Bangkok
Oakwood Suites Bangkok
5 out of 5
20 Soi Sukhumvit 24, Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Tan, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is €45 per night from 21 Sep to 21 Sep
Located in Sukhumvit, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Embassy of Argentina and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall. Nana Square and Bangkok Riverside ...
3.9/5Very Good! (13 reviews)
Aircon issue
"Aircon is set to particular temperature in all rooms no matter if adjusted to Low temp in the aircon remote. The maximum temperature can come down to 25 degree. The room is not getting cold enough. Complained many time but the issue haven’t resolved. Very bad stay"

Reviewed on 5 May 2020

Oakwood Suites 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.

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Reviews of Bangkok

4.3

Top destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 11.351667641895846%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

Love everything about this wonderful city