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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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Where to stay in Bangkok

Top hotels in Bangkok

Adelphi Suites Bangkok
Adelphi Suites Bangkok
4 out of 5
6 Sukhumvit Soi 8, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is AU$57 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (991 reviews)

"Very good. One of the best suite that I know in Bangkok."…"

Reviewed on 14 Dec. 2020

Adelphi Suites Bangkok
Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
4 out of 5
27 Soi Saladaeng 1, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$19 per night from 16 Feb. to 17 Feb.

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. ...

3.9/5Very Good! (19 reviews)

"Tremendous value for money. Large pool and solid fitness center with sauna and showers. Staff is friendly and professional. Breakfast is above average but could be improved."…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec. 2020

Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
5 out of 5
2 Sukhumvit Soi 57, Klongtan Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is AU$61 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.

This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in Sukhumvit, within 2 mi (3 km) of EmQuartier, Emporium and Soi Cowboy. Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and Bangkok ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (995 reviews)

"Nice water pressure, comfortable bed. Nice roof top bar."…"

Reviewed on 7 Dec. 2020

Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
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.

Holiday Rentals in Bangkok

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 AU$19 per night from 16 Feb. to 17 Feb.

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. ...

3.9/5Very Good! (19 reviews)

"Tremendous value for money. Large pool and solid fitness center with sauna and showers. Staff is friendly and professional. Breakfast is above average but could be improved."…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec. 2020

Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
Adelphi Grande Sukhumvit
Adelphi Grande Sukhumvit
4.5 out of 5
16 Sukhumvit Soi 41, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is AU$67 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

Located in Sukhumvit, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of EmQuartier, Emporium and Benchasiri Park. Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall ...

4.2/5Very Good! (998 reviews)

"This hotel is a great option for an extended stay. The room has everything you need including a washing machine and detergent, dishes, soap/shampoo/conditioner, and even your own personal router for internet access which makes it simple to use things like Apple TV or Roku. Very close to the Phrom ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2021

Adelphi Grande Sukhumvit
Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok
Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok
4 out of 5
No 115 Sukhumvit 55, Thonglor, Sukhumvit Road, Klongton Nua, Bangkok
The price is AU$105 per night from 12 Feb. to 13 Feb.

This family-friendly Bangkok aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within 2 mi (3 km) of EmQuartier, Emporium and Soi Cowboy. Bangkok University ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (739 reviews)

"Comfy, clean, great location Nice staff Free shuttle bus to BTS and shopping complex"…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug. 2020

Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor 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.

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