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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.

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Where to stay in Bangkok

Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit

4/5Very Good!(236 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 CA $61 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

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
21 Sukhumvit 10 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is CA $76 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 30

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! (998 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
25/1Sukhumvit Soi 6, Bangkok, Bangkok

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

Popular places to visit in Bangkok

Khaosan Road
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Khaosan Road

4/5(305 reviews)

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
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Grand Palace

4.5/5(400 reviews)

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
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Lumphini Park

4/5(167 reviews)

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

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

CA $69
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Bangkok Night Lights Tuk Tuk Tour
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Bangkok Night Lights Tuk Tuk Tour

CA $94
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Tuk Tuk Hop – Central Bangkok Hop-On Hop-Off App
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Tuk Tuk Hop – Central Bangkok Hop-On Hop-Off App

CA $23
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
VIP Fast-Track Service: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
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VIP Fast-Track Service: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)

CA $56
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Bangkok Siam Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
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Bangkok Siam Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

CA $34
Per adult
Limousine Bangkok Airport Transfer : From Airport (BKK,DMK) To Hotel in Bangkok
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Limousine Bangkok Airport Transfer : From Airport (BKK,DMK) To Hotel in Bangkok

CA $28
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Bangkok

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
361
5 - Excellent 40.74492099322799%
4 - Good
393
4 - Good 44.35665914221219%
3 - Okay
107
3 - Okay 12.076749435665914%
2 - Disappointing
20
2 - Disappointing 2.2573363431151243%
1 - Terrible
5
1 - Terrible 0.5643340857787811%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Apr 1, 2020

As the coronavirus continues to spread across the country it was hard to do or go anywhere

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 24, 2020

exiting vibrant city!! unfortunately this Corona virus issue caused concern; not a lot of people socially isolating; on the upside there were fewer tourists so short lineups; hope this crisis is over soon; partner and I still in 2 week quarantin

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 23, 2020

Love the city, its Asia's NYC.

3/5 - Okay

PB

Mar 23, 2020

Bangkok is very dirty, smelly and lots of garbage everywhere.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 21, 2020

Bangkok is a great city - offering much to do and see

5/5 - Excellent

femidav

Mar 19, 2020

Amazing city. Full of history and culture. Always something different to try and experience.

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