Thailand may have travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19.

Find out moreOpens in new tab or window

BangkokThailand

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.

Bangkok Travel Guide Video

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

Top hotels in Bangkok

Metropole Residence Sukhumvit 39
Metropole Residence Sukhumvit 39
4 out of 5
The price is P1,959 per night from 21 Oct to 22 Oct

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 miles (3 km). ...

4.2/5Very Good! (133 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
The price is P2,829 per night from 23 Oct to 24 Oct

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

4/5Very Good! (999 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

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
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.

Vacation Rentals in Bangkok

The Residence on Thonglor by UHG
The Residence on Thonglor by UHG
4 out of 5
The price is P952 per night from 25 Oct to 26 Oct

Located in Sukhumvit, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Bangkok Hospital, Emporium and EmQuartier. Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (760 reviews)

"Body lotion would have been a great amenity to have in the room"…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

The Residence on Thonglor by UHG
Arcadia Suites Ploenchit Sukhumvit by Compass Hospitality
Arcadia Suites Ploenchit Sukhumvit by Compass Hospitality
4 out of 5
The price is P1,988 per night from 23 Oct to 24 Oct

This family-friendly Bangkok aparthotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of Central Embassy, Nana Square and Central Chidlom Department ...

4.2/5Very Good! (756 reviews)

"The service is amazing . The staff was helpful and friendly. Have the most enjoyable sleep"…"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

Arcadia Suites Ploenchit Sukhumvit by Compass Hospitality
Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
4 out of 5
The price is P834 per night from 29 Oct to 30 Oct

Located in the centre of Bangkok, this family-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Silom Complex Shopping Mall, BNH Hospital and Embassy of Germany. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (826 reviews)

"Good value for money hotel, good location, nice hotel although a bit aged now."…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
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.

Popular places to visit in Bangkok

Khaosan Road
Image for Khaosan Road

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
Image for Grand Palace

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
Image for Lumphini Park

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

Floating Market Tour with Long-Tail Speedboat Ride
Image for Floating Market Tour with Long-Tail Speedboat Ride

Floating Market Tour with Long-Tail Speedboat Ride

P2,846
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Siam Niramit Show
Image for Siam Niramit Show

Siam Niramit Show

P2,358
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Bridge on the River Kwai with Speedboat, Train Ride & Lunch
Image for Bridge on the River Kwai with Speedboat, Train Ride & Lunch

Bridge on the River Kwai with Speedboat, Train Ride & Lunch

P3,609
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
VIP Fast-Track Service: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
Image for VIP Fast-Track Service: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)

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

P2,044
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Guided Ayutthaya Tour with River Cruise & Lunch
Image for Guided Ayutthaya Tour with River Cruise & Lunch

Guided Ayutthaya Tour with River Cruise & Lunch

P2,496
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Limousine Bangkok Airport Transfer : From Airport (BKK,DMK) To Hotel in Bangkok
Image for Limousine Bangkok Airport Transfer : From Airport (BKK,DMK) To Hotel in Bangkok

Limousine Bangkok Airport Transfer : From Airport (BKK,DMK) To Hotel in Bangkok

P1,034
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Bangkok

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
52
5 - Excellent 50%
4 - Good
40
4 - Good 38.46153846153846%
3 - Okay
9
3 - Okay 8.653846153846153%
2 - Disappointing
2
2 - Disappointing 1.9230769230769231%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.9615384615384616%

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.

Photo by Seb And Bua World

Nonthaburi

Photo by Aue.Plus

Bang Kruai

Photo by Seb And Bua World

Samut Prakan

Phra Pradaeng

Phra Pradaeng