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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

Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit

4/5Very Good!(1,519 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 landscape views, a city and boating

Bangkok City Centre

3.5/5Good!(59 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 Jim Thompson House, and jump on the metro at Hua Lamphong Station or National Stadium BTS Station to see more of the city.

Bangkok City Centre
Barrels of fun. Great themes and decorations and an excellent food court. Yummmmmmm

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!(276 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
Sukhumvit which includes street scenes

Bangkok Central Business District

Emporium and Soi Cowboy are a few top attractions in Bangkok Central Business District. Hop around the city on the metro at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre Station or Phrom Phong BTS Station and check out the area's fantastic nightlife, luxurious spas, and popular shops.

Bangkok Central Business District
Silom, Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

Silom

4/5Very Good!(136 area reviews)

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Silom. Check out top attractions like Lumphini Park and Bangkok Riverside, and jump on the metro at Chong Nonsi BTS Station or Sam Yan Station to see more of the city.

Silom

Top Hotels in Bangkok

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 $46 per night

Located in Sukhumvit, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of EmQuartier and Emporium. Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall are also within 2 mi (3 km). ...

4.2/5Very Good! (132 reviews)
Central business location

"Very well located in the residential area behind Emporium dept store. Convenient dining and close proximity to BTS and Airport train. Walkable neighborhood."…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

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 $38 per night

Located in Sukhumvit, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, Benjakitti Park, and Emporium. Benchasiri Park and Erawan Shrine ...

4/5Very Good! (997 reviews)

"lovely hotel with nice staff. the location is amazing. gladly stayed longer than expected, will definitely be returning"…"

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

Galleria 10 Sukhumvit Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
Citrus Suites Sukhumvit 6 by Compass Hospitality
Citrus Suites Sukhumvit 6 by Compass Hospitality
4 out of 5
25/1Sukhumvit Soi 6, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is $68 per night

Located in Sukhumvit, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nana Square, Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, and Central Embassy. Embassy of the United Kingdom and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (522 reviews)

"What a great property. The facility is new and very well maintained. Stayed in one of their premier suites for four days and found it spacious, comfortable. The stay was during Bangkok's Norovirus shut down, so i had a lot of time on my hands and found the staff fantastic, very helpful."…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

Citrus Suites Sukhumvit 6 by Compass Hospitality

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.

Popular places to visit in Bangkok

Khaosan Road
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Khaosan Road

4/5(1,026 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.

Terminal 21 Shopping Mall
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Terminal 21 Shopping Mall

4.5/5(930 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy with a trip to Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, a favorite shopping spot in Bangkok. Visit the notable monuments and temples in this vibrant area.

Grand Palace
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Grand Palace

4.5/5(1,659 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.

Pratunam Market
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Pratunam Market

4/5(813 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy when you visit Pratunam Market, a favorite shopping spot in Bangkok. Discover the acclaimed art scene and notable monuments in this vibrant area.

Victory Monument
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Victory Monument

4/5(293 reviews)

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

Safari World
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Safari World

4/5(161 reviews)

Meet the native and exotic animals and discover why Safari World is a favorite stop in Bangkok. Make time to visit the area's shops, or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Bangkok

VIP Fast-Track Service: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
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VIP Fast-Track Service: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)

$41
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Siam Niramit Show
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Siam Niramit Show

$48
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Guided Ayutthaya Tour with River Cruise & Lunch
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Guided Ayutthaya Tour with River Cruise & Lunch

$51
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Floating Market Tour with Long-Tail Speedboat Ride
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Floating Market Tour with Long-Tail Speedboat Ride

$57
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Bangkok Night Lights Tuk Tuk Tour
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Bangkok Night Lights Tuk Tuk Tour

$70
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
The Grand Palace Bangkok Entrance Ticket With Hotel Pick Up
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The Grand Palace Bangkok Entrance Ticket With Hotel Pick Up

$50
Per adult

Reviews of Bangkok

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2148
5 - Excellent 47.09493532120149%
4 - Good
1852
4 - Good 40.60513045384784%
3 - Okay
475
3 - Okay 10.414382810787108%
2 - Disappointing
58
2 - Disappointing 1.2716509537382152%
1 - Terrible
28
1 - Terrible 0.6139004604253453%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

Bangkok is highly polluted and has too many cars on the roads. Go there then travel to another city. Not worth the hassle.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 27, 2020

I live here.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 2, 2020

If you like the city life, you'll like Bangkok. Just be prepared for the traffic.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 2, 2020

Ok considering recent events ok

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Apr 1, 2020

Ok...not alot of entertainment

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

Fascinating city; a world all of its own.

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