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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

Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit

4/5Very Good!(287 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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Metropole Residence Sukhumvit 39
Metropole Residence Sukhumvit 39
4 out of 5
5/9 Soi Phromsri, Sukhumvit Road, Klongton-Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is AU$76 per night

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! (132 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 9 Mar. 2020

Metropole Residence Sukhumvit 39
Galleria 10 Sukhumvit Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
Galleria 10 Sukhumvit Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
4 out of 5
21 Sukhumvit 10 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is AU$63 per night

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! (997 reviews)

"lovely hotel with nice staff. the location is amazing. gladly stayed longer than expected, will definitely be returning"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jun. 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
25/1Sukhumvit Soi 6, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is AU$112 per night

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 23 Mar. 2020

Citrus Suites Sukhumvit 6 by Compass Hospitality

Popular places to visit in Bangkok

Khaosan Road
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Khaosan Road

4/5(207 reviews)

The perfect street for travellers on a budget who want to buy cheap clothes, cheap souvenirs and then party into the early hours.

Grand Palace
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Grand Palace

4/5(243 reviews)

This opulent setting was once the home of the King of Siam. Today, it is a place of worship for locals, and a striking part of Bangkok’s architectural heritage.

Lumphini Park
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Lumphini Park

4/5(123 reviews)

This green breathing space provides a quiet haven for rest, sport and recreation away from the madding crowds, for residents and visitors alike.

Top activities in Bangkok

Guided Ayutthaya Tour with River Cruise & Lunch
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Guided Ayutthaya Tour with River Cruise & Lunch

AU$71
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Siam Niramit Show
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Siam Niramit Show

AU$66
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Bangkok Night Lights Tuk Tuk Tour
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Bangkok Night Lights Tuk Tuk Tour

AU$97
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Floating Market Tour with Long-Tail Speedboat Ride
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Floating Market Tour with Long-Tail Speedboat Ride

AU$81
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Bangkok Siam Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
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Bangkok Siam Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

AU$35
Per adult
The Grand Palace Bangkok Entrance Ticket With Hotel Pick Up
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The Grand Palace Bangkok Entrance Ticket With Hotel Pick Up

AU$70
Per adult

Reviews of Bangkok

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
412
5 - Excellent 38.254410399257196%
4 - Good
523
4 - Good 48.56081708449396%
3 - Okay
120
3 - Okay 11.142061281337048%
2 - Disappointing
18
2 - Disappointing 1.6713091922005572%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 0.3714020427112349%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Mar. 2020

Really enjoyed our stay in Bangkok, I would definitely return to the Grande Centre Point Hotel.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar. 2020

Love this city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Mar. 2020

Bangkok is a great vibe great restaurants and shopping enjoyed my short stay.

4/5 - Good

Babs

11 Mar. 2020

We walked around Wattana area. If you wander out of the shop area into the area where the people live, beware of the dogs. they are agressive.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Feb. 2020

Not so busy this time and i feel sorry for the thousands of sellers standing idle in there stalls or shops everyday of the week. My country's dollar is poor. Many things aren't so cheap anymore. Look around and get away the tourist locations $

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

22 Feb. 2020

Its a city in asia when i was younger it was much better now i only go if i have to.

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