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Bangkok is undeniably one of Southeast Asia’s most exuberant capital cities. The city centre is an enticing mix of old buildings, giant shopping malls and holy shrines, which take days to fully explore. Go in search of souvenirs in the Chatuchak Market, and visit the gleaming temples of Wat Arun and the Grand Palace’s Wat Phra Kaew, the latter regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.

After dark, Bangkok’s legendary nightlife kicks in. Take a walk down Khaosan Road, famous for its endless selection of busy bars, restaurants and street food vendors, all packed together beneath a jumble of blinking neon lights. Pad thai is the signature dish, but eats like mango sticky rice and ‘Gieow’ – a minced pork wonton wrapped in yellow dough – are also well worth trying.

Getting around in Bangkok is an attraction within itself, whether it’s balancing on the back seat of a tuk-tuk in Chinatown, or gliding among the floating markets on a long-tail boat. You can also travel by metro or on foot, and the airport is just over half an hour away by train or taxi.

Tonight

From £6 per night

This weekend

From £14 per night

Next weekend

From £14 per night

Most popular time to visit December–February
Cheapest time to visit April–June
Local currency THB 100 = £2.56
Language Thai
Average weekend price £48 per night
Average weekday price £49 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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10

I love Thailand.

24 June 2019

I love Thailand. The convenience stores at every step, friendly people, infrastructure, electronics hub, shopping hub, amazing food, night life, reasonable stay, beach escapes everything. Just that over the years I can see too many handicapped beggars and even kids on the street and I feel really bad. I hope Thailand government will soon do something to make their life easier.

saurav
saurav India
8.0

Bangkok has definitely gone through a lot of changes the...

23 June 2019

Bangkok has definitely gone through a lot of changes the past 20 years. Infrastructure is better though traffic is still quite bad. Bangkok has become a touristy place compared to 20 years ago. Many attractions are targeted for tourist and places like the floating market no longer has the essence and I felt it was staged like. Bangkok is an interesting and beautiful place and I hope that the city will keep its traditions and culture alive.

Anonymous Singapore
10

Visit Bangkok to get reminded how nice it feels to be...

23 June 2019

Visit Bangkok to get reminded how nice it feels to be treated with kindness and respect. This may be one of the last places on earth where people smile when they meet you and genuinely want to help. Add the great Thai food, amazing shopping and always warm weather and you'll have a vacation you'll remember forever.

Milos
Milos Thailand
10

Beautiful vibrant city with lots to offer.

21 June 2019

Beautiful vibrant city with lots to offer. Traffic jam is common, so try to use train/public transport to move around, it's convenience and easy to use. Taxi sometimes overcharge and doesn't turn on meter, so be prepared to pay extra (reasonable) amount for this service. There are official taxi queues at both DMK and BKK airports, just follow the taxi signs.

Anonymous Singapore
8.0

BANGKOK IS A PLACE TO VISIT FOR YOUR SELF TO EXPERIENCE YOU...

21 June 2019

BANGKOK IS A PLACE TO VISIT FOR YOUR SELF TO EXPERIENCE YOU MUST NOT TRY TO CLASS THE THAI PEOPLE AS THEY HAVE TO DO A LOT THINGS TO BE ABLE TO LIVE A LIFE NOT AS WE WOULD LIKE BUT TO EXIST ON LIMITED AMOUNT OF MONEY , BUT GENERALLY THAI PEOPLE ARE VERY KIND AND SMILING LOT , US WESTERNERS COULD LEARN A LOT FROM SOME OF THERE VALUES . THERE ARE NUMEROUS ACTIVITIES AND MANY GREAT PLACES TO VISIT, EATERIES TO MANY TO NAME , TAXIS ARE PROBABLY THE BEST WAY TO MOVE AROUND AND MAKE SHAW METER IS ON OR ASK THE PRICE FIRST.

Dallas
Dallas Australia
4.0

There are so many scammers, from tuktuk drivers to people...

21 June 2019

There are so many scammers, from tuktuk drivers to people around the city. Vendors overpriced their goods if they find out you're tourist. Had to be very cautious when walking as so many people stalking you offering overly priced tours.

Rosalie
Rosalie Philippines

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