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Bangkok

From the fury of a Muay Thai kickboxing bout, to the gentle pad of monk’s sandals at Wat Pho Temple, this “City of Angels” balances chaos and calm.

Little can prepare you for the frenetic pace and sensory overload of Thailand’s largest city. Markets are crowded, the traffic erratic and the hawkers relentless in their offers of cut-price clothes and watches. All this activity mixes with the pungent aroma from the hundreds of food carts frying pad thai and other tasty dishes.

Spend a little time in Bangkok, however, and you’ll find spots of serenity among the bustle. This is a city where religion is deeply rooted in daily life. The smell of incense often signifies a nearby shrine where you’ll see people from all walks of life stop to make an offering before they go about their business.

Known to locals as Krung Thep (City of Angels), Bangkok is home to almost 10 million people. It covers more than 570 square miles (1,500 square kilometers) and encompasses two former capitals: Thonburi and Rattanakosin. The latter is Bangkok’s historic center and where you’ll find most of the main attractions. These include the National Museum and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, on the grounds of the showy Grand Palace. Nearby, see the huge reclining Buddha at the Wat Pho temple. Remember to dress modestly when visiting any temple.

In the Banglamphu district, prepare for an onslaught of sights and sounds at the notoriously busy Khao San Road. Haggle for counterfeit clothes and accessories, or simply perch on a stool in one of the many bars and watch the colorful characters pass by.

For some relaxation, join a free, outdoor yoga or tai chi class at Lumphini Park, or indulge with a spa treatment, available at most hotels. A short boat ride north of Bangkok you’ll discover the community of the Mon people. They have made the tiny, artificial river island of Ko Kret a haven for their culture.

While tuk-tuk rides are all part of the Bangkok experience, the city is well connected for those times you feel like traveling in comfort. The excellent Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail systems run between all the major shopping and entertainment districts of the city. For a different view of Bangkok, take a trip on the Express boats that constantly churn the waters of the Chao Phraya River.

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Where to stay in Bangkok

Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit

4/5Very Good!(15 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

Popular places to visit in Bangkok

Khaosan Road
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Khaosan Road

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.

Grand Palace
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Grand Palace

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.

Lumphini Park
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Lumphini Park

Known by locals as the “Lung of Bangkok,” this green breathing space provides a quiet haven for rest, sport and recreation to residents and visitors alike.

Top things to do in Bangkok

Ayutthaya Ancient Capital with River Cruise, Lunch & Palace
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Ayutthaya Ancient Capital with River Cruise, Lunch & Palace

88% of travellers recommend
P2,536
Per adult
Bridge on the River Kwai with Speedboat, Train Ride & Lunch
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Bridge on the River Kwai with Speedboat, Train Ride & Lunch

86% of travellers recommend
P3,131
Per adult
Golden Buddha, Reclining Buddha & Marble Temple Tour
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Golden Buddha, Reclining Buddha & Marble Temple Tour

82% of travellers recommend
P1,490
Per adult
Floating Market Tour with Long-Tail Speedboat Ride
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Floating Market Tour with Long-Tail Speedboat Ride

78% of travellers recommend
P1,438
Per adult
Guided Ayutthaya Tour with River Cruise & Lunch
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Guided Ayutthaya Tour with River Cruise & Lunch

84% of travellers recommend
P2,578
Per adult
VIP Fast-Track Service: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
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VIP Fast-Track Service: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)

74% of travellers recommend
P2,061
Per adult

Reviews of Bangkok

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 38.46153846153846%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 8.653846153846153%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

6 Jan 2020

Delicious foods

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

5 Jan 2020

Bangkok have improved tremendously over the past couple of years. The elevated walkway was very useful, the public transport is fast & efficient. The place is very clean with a world class airport.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

4 Jan 2020

Its the cheap area where to unwind and buy things for souvenirs or for selling.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

4 Jan 2020

shopping center

3/5 - Okay

RVA

23 Dec 2019

Spent most of it in traffic,

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

2 Dec 2019

Bangkok is lovely but be prepared for the heat and humidity. Icon Siam and Asiatique are great for shopping.

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