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Bangkok
Travel Guide

Sukhumvit which includes landscape views, central business district and night scenes

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

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$63 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
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! (992 reviews)
"Very well designed hotel and rooms. The main reason we booked the hotel was because of the handy location, but I would return again just because of the unique ambience."

Reviewed on 23 Apr. 2021

Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel
Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel
5 out of 5
257 Charoennakorn Road, Thonburi, Bangkok
The price is AU$105 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
Located in Thon Buri, this luxury hotel is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Iconsiam, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Wat Arun and Wat Pho. Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (998 reviews)
"Very nice room view, amazing rooftop bar, good place for relaxing time!"

Reviewed on 14 Aug. 2020

Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel
Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit
Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit
5 out of 5
491 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlongtoey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok
The price is AU$71 per night from 9 Jul. to 9 Jul.
This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, Emporium and Benchasiri Park. EmQuartier ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (48 reviews)
"Excellent new hotel with awesome friendly staff , rooms are extremely new and clean spotless. Would definitely stay here again , best money for a brand new 5 star hotel"

Reviewed on 18 Jun. 2021

Carlton Hotel Bangkok 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.
Carpediem Hotel
Carpediem Hotel
3 out of 5
327/18 Sukhumvit Road, T. Noen Phra, A. Muang, Rayong
The price is AU$33 per night from 26 Jun. to 26 Jun.
Situated in Rayong, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dr. Sarot Market and Passione Shopping Destination. Star IT Center and Star Night Bazaar are ...
3.8/5Good! (4 reviews)
Good choice for you.
"The room (already renovation) was ok ,clean and comfortable but no breakfast."

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2020

Carpediem Hotel
Private Pool Villa Rayong House
Private Pool Villa Rayong House
3.5 out of 5
81/26 Soi Panthong 2 Moo 5, Neonmayong Rd T.Taphong, Rayong
Situated on the boardwalk, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Khao Laem Ya - Mu Ko Samet National Park and Mae Rumphung Beach. Suan Son Beach and Ao Prao Beach ...
Private Pool Villa Rayong House
Andakiri Pool Villa Panoramic Sea View
Andakiri Pool Villa Panoramic Sea View
4 out of 5
233 Soi Thanon Klong Hang, Moo 3, Aonang Sub-district, Muang District, Krabi, Krabi
Situated in the mountains, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ao Nang Beach and Nopparat Thara Beach. Walking Street and Krabi Pier are also within 12 mi (20 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (162 reviews)
"Great Villa, very spacious and very clean. The staff was super friendly and helpful. The room service was super quick. It was great that the hotel offered a shuttle that would take you to the pier several times a day, this was super convenient. The only thing I would mention is that if you want to ..."

Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2020

Andakiri Pool Villa Panoramic Sea View
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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