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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

Nasa Bangkok
Nasa Bangkok
4 out of 5
Ramkhamhaeng Rd., 44, Bangkok, Bangkok (province)
The price is $10 per night from Aug 6 to Aug 6
Located in Ramkhamhaeng, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ramkhamhaeng University, Rajamangala Stadium, and Bangkok Hospital. EmQuartier is 3 mi (4.9 km) ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
"Easy access to public transport and there’s a great sashimi restaurant opposite of the hotel in Nasa Street"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

Nasa Bangkok
Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit
Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit
5 out of 5
491 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlongtoey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok
The price is $76 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, Emporium, and Benchasiri Park. EmQuartier ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (55 reviews)
"Excellent new hotel with awesome friendly staff , rooms are extremely new and clean spotless. Would definitely stay here again , best money for a brand new 5 star hotel"

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit
Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok
Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok
4.5 out of 5
28 Charoenkrung Soi 70, Bangkholame, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is $72 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Asiatique The Riverfront, Patpong Night Market and Central Rama ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,601 reviews)
"Staffs were nice and helpful with information. The view was nice."

Reviewed on May 30, 2021

Chatrium Hotel Riverside 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 $16 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 10
Located in the heart of Bangkok, this family-friendly aparthotel is within walking distance of BNH Hospital, Silom Complex Shopping Mall, and Embassy of Germany. ...
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 Jul 30, 2021

Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
Ariva Ivy Servizio Thonglor
Ariva Ivy Servizio Thonglor
4 out of 5
No. 889/446 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), Klongton Nue, Wattana, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is $34 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Located in Sukhumvit, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Bangkok Hospital, Emporium, and EmQuartier. Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall are also ...
4.1/5Very Good! (173 reviews)
"Good location and nice staffs. Hotel room is old and run down. Cigarette buds were left behind by the previous guest. Microwave was dirty with food from the previous guest. Shower water has no pressure and defective shower head that spray water to every directions. One soap for the entire 3 days ..."

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2020

Ariva Ivy Servizio Thonglor
Citadines Sukhumvit 16 Bangkok
Citadines Sukhumvit 16 Bangkok
4 out of 5
38 Sukhumvit 16, Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is $33 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Located in Sukhumvit, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and Soi Cowboy. Emporium and Nana Square are also ...
4.3/5Excellent! (507 reviews)
Good hotel
"I stayed there for a short time when I left a asq hotel and was very impressed with the Room and staff"

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2021

Citadines Sukhumvit 16 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.

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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