Bangkok

Travel Guide
Sukhumvit showing landscape views, central business district and night scenes
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.

Traveling into Bangkok for the first time is a dizzying assault on the senses. Ride a tuk-tuk through the city center and you will pass neon-lit streets packed with clubs, ancient alleys and grandiose temples. Breathe in the scents of a thousand street food stalls. Listen for the chants of praying monks mingled with the voices of market vendors and shoppers haggling with one another.

Visit the Bangkok National Museum and the Bangkok Folk Museum to learn about the multifaceted history of the city. It used to be two separate cities, Krung Thep and Thon Buri, located on either side of the Chao Phraya River. Although Krung Thep has been the capital of Thailand since the late 18th-century, when the Grand Palace was built, the two municipalities were only recognised as one city in the 1970s.

Make the palace your first stop when exploring Bangkok, before visiting the spectacular temples that line the riverbank. Hop on a boat and drift along the Chao Phraya River for unbeatable views of Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun, recognizable for their towering stupas. Explore the temples on foot to encounter gigantic Buddha statues and golden Thai architecture.

Experience modern Bangkok in the sleek, air-conditioned malls in the districts around Siam Square. For a different, typically Thai shopping experience, pound the pavements of the city’s many markets. Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the best, offering antiques, handicrafts and quick eats.

Don’t leave without trying some street food. Wander through the old town of Banglamphu or Chinatown and snack on bowls of noodles or green curry and rice.

Visit Thailand’s exhilarating capital in any season to experience its sights, smells and sounds. In low season, between May and October, the weather stays hot and humid but offers the chance to save money on accommodations. Come in mid-April to join in with the water fights and colorful festivities of Songkran, Thailand’s new year celebrations.

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Where to stay in Bangkok

Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
4.5 out of 5
662 Rama IV Road, Bangkok, Bangkok, 10500
The price is $40 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 8
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Bangkok. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,001 reviews)
Very good
"It was excellent stayed."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel
4.5 out of 5
999 Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, Moo 1 Nongprue, Bang Phli, Samut Prakan, 10540
The price is $93 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 10
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Bang Phli. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,004 reviews)
"Excellent service"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2022

Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel
Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21
Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21
5 out of 5
2, Sukhumvit Soi 19 (Wattana), Sukhumvit Rd., Klongtoey Nua, Bangkok, Bangkok, 10110
The price is $74 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 8
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Bangkok. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,002 reviews)
Excellent location
"Bed and bedding could have been better. Breakfast was ok but the place is too crowded. The tables are too close to each other making it very uncomfortable. Other than that the room was spacious with fabulous views."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21
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Citadines Sukhumvit 11 Bangkok
Citadines Sukhumvit 11 Bangkok
4 out of 5
22/22 Sukhumvit 11, Sukhumvit Road, Wattana, Bangkok, Bangkok, 10110
The price is $50 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 11
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Bangkok. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (908 reviews)
Satisfied
"Decent stay in decent place…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022

Citadines Sukhumvit 11 Bangkok
Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok
Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok
4 out of 5
No 115 Sukhumvit 55, Thonglor, Sukhumvit Road, Klongton Nua, Bangkok, 10110
The price is $81 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Bangkok. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (766 reviews)
Perfect place!
"Stayed there twice and loved it! The staff il very professional; the apartments spacious, clean and comfortable. The facilities are great too."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2022

Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok
Sathorn Vista, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok
Sathorn Vista, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok
5 out of 5
1 Sathorn Soi 3, South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok, 10120
The price is $92 per night from Aug 13 to Aug 14
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Bangkok. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (526 reviews)
"windows were not soundproof, ie. noisy hard to sleep even in high floor need more family facilities"

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

Sathorn Vista, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok
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Getting around Bangkok

Renting a car or a scooter in Bangkok is not advised, as traffic is extremely heavy and dangerous driving is common. Instead, get around the city by taxi. Taxis are affordable and are very easy to find throughout the most popular areas of the city. Alternatively, ride the Skytrain and underground rail networks. These will get you everywhere you are likely to want to go within the city itself. Visit the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority website.Browse Bangkok rental cars.

Best time to visit

Bangkok buzzes throughout the year, and temperatures are high in every season. If you want to avoid rain, though, don’t visit between July and October. This is when heavy downpours can be either almost constant or fairly rare; it varies every year. The most popular months for trips to Bangkok are November and December, when the weather is slightly cooler and usually quite dry.

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