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Experience the sights, sounds and smells of this incredible city of contrasts. Expect the unexpected in the place that perfectly balances chaos and calm.

Bangkok, home to ten million people, is a city of contrasts. Much like the ancient Chinese symbol in which yin and yang are in balance with one another, so Bangkok combines some of the most frenetic and exciting urban areas that you are likely to encounter with experiences of pure tranquillity and relaxation.

Travelling to the centre of Thailand’s largest city plunges you into a pace of life and plethora of intense sights and sounds that is simply unique. Traffic in the city seems to obey few of the rules of the road! While Bangkok’s marketplace is a hive of activity and a throng of busy, energetic people, with Bangkok’s market hawkers seemingly unerring in their relentless pursuit of bargains. The theatre that unfolds before your eyes is also supplemented by the most distinctive and pungent aroma that wafts forth from the dozens of food carts preparing local dishes.

Experiencing the centre of Bangkok is both unique and moving, but one that requires a bit of relaxation to recover for some! Luckily, this is a city that blends the startling with the serene. Religion is part of daily life in Bangkok, and breaks from the frantic pace of city life are common, with locals often burning incense as a godly offering before continuing with their regular daily lives.

Bangkok is a vast city, covering more than 1,500 square kilometres, having been formed from the amalgamation of former capitals Thonburi and Rattanakosin. The latter district is Bangkok’s historic centre, housing many of the city’s unique tourist attractions. It is here that the National Museum can be found, alongside the infamous Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is located within the grounds of the prestigious Grand Palace. A huge reclining Buddha can be seen at the Wat Pho temple. It is customary to dress modestly when visiting any temple.

The Banglamphu district houses another popular market along the Khao San Road. Here you can haggle with the natives over local clothing and other wares, or sink a few beers in a local bar and watch local dramas unfold before you. If you need a bit of exercise, and want to sample some local culture, there are open air yoga and tai chi classes available at Lumphini Park. Or if you prefer to pamper yourself, spa treatments are commonplace throughout Bangkok hotels.

You can’t visit Bangkok without sampling a traditional tuk-tuk ride, but more sophisticated modern transport methods are also plentiful, with the Skytrain and underground running between all major destinations.

A trip to Bangkok is a colourful taste of Eastern culture that you will never forget.

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Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport

Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport

999 Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, Bang Phli
of 5, from 1,214 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Marketland and within 12 mi (20 km) of The Paseo Mall and Bangkok Chain Hospital Public Company Limited. Huachiew Chalermprakiet University and Suan Luang Rama IX Park are also within 12 mi (20 km).

lebua at State Tower

lebua at State Tower

State Tower 1055/111 Silom Road, Bangkok
of 5, from 2,281 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

From its prime location near the Chao Phraya River and expressway, lebua at State Tower is within comfortable distance to several city attractions. It is a 10-minute walk to the BTS Sky Train Saphan Taksin station and shuttle ferries, plus only a 15-minute drive to Asiatique The Riverfront.

Shangri-la Bangkok

Shangri-la Bangkok

89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangkok
of 5, from 824 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located on a river, within 1 mi (2 km) of Sri Mariamman Temple, Asiatique the River Front, and Chao Phraya River. Patpong Night Market and Lumpini Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21

Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21

2, Sukhumvit Soi 19 (Wattana), Bangkok
of 5, from 1,643 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the city center, this luxury hotel is close to Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, Embassy of India, and Benjakiti Park. Also nearby are Benjasiri Park and Embassy of Pakistan.

Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok

Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok

19 Sukhumvit Soi 18, Klong Toei, Bangkok
of 5, from 772 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Dinosaur Planet, EmQuartier, and Benjasiri Park. Siam Paragon Mall and Pratunam Market are also within 3 mi (5 km).

The Kaze 34 Service Residences

The Kaze 34 Service Residences

66 Soi 34, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Bangkok Central Business District, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of EmQuartier, K Village, and Benjasiri Park. Dinosaur Planet and Bangkok University are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point

Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point

662 Rama IV Road, Bangkok
of 5, from 1,543 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bangkok City Centre, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Snake Farm, Patpong Night Market, and Lumpini Park. MBK Center and Siam Square are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Baiyoke Sky Hotel

Baiyoke Sky Hotel

222 Soi Ratchaprarop 3 Rathaprarop Road, Bangkok
of 5, from 224 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Soaring 88 stories in central Bangkok's Ratchathewi district, Baiyoke Sky Hotel is adjacent to the Pratunam Clothing Market. Suan Pakkad Palace, Platinum Fashion Mall, and Siam Paragon Mall are within 1 km.

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