Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand's capital Bangkok is a bustling city with gilded temples, spectacular palaces, a world-famous floating market, colourful Chinatown and a lively night scene, whether it's a cultural tour, shop 'til you drop or party 'til dawn this city has something for everyone.


Things to do

Bangkok has an exhaustive list of things to do, so whether you're visiting for a holiday or on a one night stopover filling your time here shouldn't be too difficult.

Bangkok's Grand Palace is situated on the Chao Phraya River in the heart of the city, constructed in 1782 it features several magnificent buildings including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), Thailand's most valued temple.

Just some of the temples worthy of a visit include; Wat Pho one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok and which features the famous Reclining Buddha; Wat Arun, probably the most known and photographed temple in the city, its spire is 70-metre high and decorated with tiny pieces of coloured glass and Chinese porcelain; and Wat Traimit - The Temple of the Golden Buddha, this highly revered temple contains the Golden image Buddha, which is made of solid gold and weighs approx 5 ½ tons, once covered by stucco and plaster its hidden beauty was discovered by an accidental drop.

When you visit a temple in Thailand it's worth remembering that these are religious sites and visitors should dress and act respectfully. Ladies should wear a top with sleeves that cover at least the shoulders, and dresses or skirts of an appropriate length. Men should wear long shorts and in some places trousers and a collared t-shirt or shirt. Remove your shoes when entering the temple and if you sit done ensure your feet do not point at the Buddha.

Visit a floating market is a must-do experience when in Bangkok, enjoy the atmosphere and marvel at the boats piled high with brightly coloured tropical fruit and vegetables, along with local food cooked from floating kitchens on the boat.

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Bangkok Hotels (41)

With its five star luxury and excellent service, this fantastic riverside hotel offers a tranquil oasis amongst the hustle and bustle of this vibrant city....

A-2 House is a modern boutique style hotel with panoramic views over Bangkok and an infinity pool with city views....

Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort Hotel is a colonial style Spa hotel set in 11 acres of riverside tropical gardens....

The Baiyoke Sky Hotel is found in Thailand's tallest hotel and offers guests comfortable and well equipped guest rooms and suites coupled with panoramic views of the city....

Award winning hotel offering luxurious accommodation, traditional Thai hospitality and great Spa facilities making this a good choice for business and leisure travellers looking for an upmarket hotel ...

Bossotel Bangkok Hotel offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere with easy access via the river or skytrain to major sightseeing attractions....

Perfect for the business and leisure traveller who is looking for good accommodation, varied amenities and a great location close to the markets and other local attractions....

Trendy hotel combining a tranquil environment with a vibrant atmosphere, featuring a rooftop pool and contemporary styled accommodation....

Stylish boutique hotel in the heart of this lively city combining modern and contemporary comforts with a great range of onsite facilities....

Trendy and contemporary boutique hotel offering designer furnishings and a luxurious feel; perfect for a true five star experience in the heart of Bangkok....

A grand and opulent hotel offering every luxury and facility guests would expect from an upmarket chain with the added benefit of being located in central Bangkok....

The Eastin Grand Hotel is located in the Sathorn business district, conveniently situated with direct access to the city centre by the BTS Sky Train, making a great base for exploring the city....

The Four Point by Sheraton Hotel offers its guests a comfortable stay in central location just off Sukhumvit Road. The hotel is just minutes from the Terminal 21 shopping mall and Asok Station....

Conveniently located right in the heart of one of Bangkok's primary business, entertainment and shopping districts, the Galleria 10 is a modern hotel offering comfortable and well equipped guest accom...

Modern hotel offering friendly and great service and all the comforts you would expect of a hotel of this class. Great for those who want to be in the heart of the city and close to the many tourist ...

This typical Asian hotel is set in the heart of Bangkok's bustling Chinatown, there is a shopping complex as part of the hotel and a revolving restaurant on the 25th floor....

This central hotel is situated just off the Sukhumvit Road and has direct access to the shopping mall of Terminal 21. A comfortable base with good transport links ideal for exploring the city of Bangk...

Hilton Sukhumvit Hotel is a 1920's Italian-American design hotel in the shopping district, featuring a roof-top infinity pool and terrace with views over Bangkok....

Comfortable guest rooms, 24 hour services, a roof top restaurant and swimming pool all in easy reach of city entertainments...

Located along the Chao Phraya River the Ibis Bangkok Riverside Hotel is a modern hotel and ideal for those on a budget seeking the familiarity of a well known hotel chain....

The hotel is ideally situated close to public transport which is ideal for those who want to explore....

Mercure Bangkok Siam Hotel is a bright and modern hotel located in walking distance of numerous shopping malls....

For those looking to be in the centre of all the action, the Montien Bankok Hotel offers comfortable accommodation with a good range of facilities and convenient location....

The Muse Bangkok Langsuan Hotel is a unique boutique hotel in an ideal location, situated in the heart of the central business district, one of the most sought after residential areas close to Lumpini...

Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom offers spacious and contemporary styled accommodation in easy reach of the nightlife and shopping districts....

Novotel Bangkok On Siam Square is a landmark hotel, standing proud against the Bangkok skyline and offering elegant accommodation and Thai hospitality....

A city hotel with spacious guest rooms and contemporary styling, leisure facilities and an all day restaurant with city views....

A large, well equipped fitness centre, a relaxing Spa and a choice of 5 restaurants providing excellent leisure time with city shopping and sightseeing in easy reach....

Value for money and friendly hotel with a roof-top pool, a tour desk and easy access to the Lumpinee Night Bazaar, subway and sky train....

Wide choice of dining options, lovely outdoor space and a pleasant location on the attractive Wireless Road in the heart of the shopping district....

Being part of the King Power Duty Free Complex is ideal for those who enjoy shopping....

This luxury hotel is situated beside the Chao Phraya River and offers comfortable accommodation and surroundings coupled with a peaceful location and easy access to public transport links for explorin...

This charming boutique hotel offers a warm welcoming feel as well as excellent service and is set in the historic old Bangkok area, close to many Palaces and temples....

This friendly, stylish and elegant hotel offers old romantic charm and traditionally styled accommodation; ideal for those looking to be within easy reach of the city's sights....

Home to the Heritage Spa, this boutique hotel has antique-style furnishings and is conveniently located on the Surawong Road....

This luxurious hotel offers everything you need for a relaxing stay in bustling Bangkok....

Set in lush gardens in the centre of the city close to transport links, this hotel offers a good range of facilities combined with comfortable accommodation and a convenient location....

Unwind from sightseeing at this relaxing boutique hotel, complete with a Spa, fitness centre and outdoor pool in downtown Sukhumvit...

The The Aim Sathorn Hotel is close to business areas as well as local attractions....

With all the luxury facilities expected of this four star hotel, this hotel is ideal for those who like modern Thai design and excellent services as well as a great city location....

Downtown hotel boasting luxuriously furnished suites, a host of dining options and a full compliment of leisure facilities...

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Out and about

Getting around Bangkok is easy with plenty of inexpensive options to all corners of the city; the BTS Skytrain and MRT subway offer a fast and punctual way to travel connecting the main shopping, entertainment and business areas also a great way to avoid the city's slow moving traffic. For a unique experience barter your journey by tuk tuk, OK for short hops and for longer journeys a metered taxi is best for comfort and safety.

If you're staying by the Chao Phraya River, the Chao Phraya Express Boat Company offers a day pass allowing you to hop on and off at any of the 10 piers, each with its own attractions.

Bangkok has many areas some popular with tourists include; China town, a colourful and busy area, bustling with people it's filled with market stalls, kerb-side restaurants and a large number of gold shops. A popular base for backpackers due to the well price budget accommodation the Khao San Road has a lively atmosphere night and day, filled with bars, food stalls, restaurants, shops and assorted market stalls.

Bangkok is a shopper's delight; there are numerous modern, air-conditioned shopping centres, street markets, floating markets, designer shops and gold shops. The Chatuchak weekend market has more than 8000 market stalls and is a must-visit place for shopaholics and bargain hunters alike. Don't forget to haggle.

If you're looking to experience or just see what all the fuss is about, the renowned adult-entertainment of Bangkok can be found in three red-light districts in the city; Patpong the original and most famous of the three has around 100 neon-lit bars and a night-market, Nana Entertainment Plaza located in Sukhumvit Soi 4 is notorious for its racy themed go-go bars, and Soi Cowboy found next to the Terminal 21 shopping centre offers much the same but with a more laid back approach than the previous two.

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