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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.


From £8 per night

Next weekend

From £16 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency THB 100 = £2.33
Language Thai
Average weekend price £48 per night
Average weekday price £48 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Bangkok is a nice short getaway and it won't break your...

11 August 2022

Bangkok is a nice short getaway and it won't break your bank. Massages are affordable as you can either have a luxurious treat or a cheaper one. Plenty of choices for food whether it is michelin star restaurants or street food. Even the food courts provide plenty of choices. Bangkok is a shoppng paradise as things are not too expensive. I have to control buying only things that I need rather than because they are cheap. We get around mainly by taxis and a occasional BTS/MRT ride. The main problem with taxis is most taxi drivers insist on charging a lump sum so it is not easy to get one who agree to charge by the meter. I will avoid if possible to go to Bangkok during the cooler weather as the heat can cause much lethargy.

Amy Singapore

My stay was nice in the hotel.

10 August 2022

My stay was nice in the hotel. Good location and cooperative staff. Room cleaning is excellent. I recommend this hotel for your Good stay in Bangkok. Regarding hotel every thing is Good in my opinion. Breakfast was nice .


Bangkok is a great city for work and play.

4 August 2022

Bangkok is a great city for work and play. The city is slowly getting back on its feet. It was surprisingly not as crowded as it was pre-COVID but things are getting there. Some of the familiar places I used to go to had closed but new places have popped up. The main problem with Bangkok has also been the traffic and if you want to travel around the city center, you would have to note the traffic because it could double or triple your travel time, in a car. If you are more adventurous, the motorbike taxis are cheaper and will get you there faster. Great city to visit, be it on business or leisure.

Chong Yeow
Chong Yeow Singapore

Love it!

30 July 2022

Love it! Love it! Love it! It's my third trip to this amazing city that's full of energy. Love the food, both local Thai food, other Asian and western food in Bangkok, really value for money! The Thai people are generally friendly lot. Those ladies working at BTS stations are knowledgeable, simply gorgeous and sooooo polite. Bangkok will definitely be my annual pilgrimage. Must visits are those Michelin star restaurants, including michelin street food, temples, take leisure walk in old Siam area, Chinatown, drink and dine at sky bars, explore the city by visiting non-tourists area by using canal boats just like the locals do.


I have been to Bangkok many times, and never stayed longer...

28 July 2022

I have been to Bangkok many times, and never stayed longer than a week. Shopping and food is one of the best in Asia, although this trip was one of the worse, I lost my phone on a taxi, and wasted my time looking for it. The hotel, taxi and Police, gave me the runaround. One of the most stressful vacation I ever had, the charm of this city is not as it used to. Thank God to some Thai friends, that I met, otherwise this trip would have been a disaster. I went mostly to all the malls. The hotels are fairly priced. Cheaper than Manila, it was shocking. The culture is still there. Although this trip is full of ugly looking tourist. I hope I will go visit again, but maybe only for fewer days. Now I know how this city works and what to avoid, Lesson learned. Bangkok is still good, and interesting to say the least. Pad Thai and Thai Massage is still one of the best thing about it.

Lope Navo
Lope Navo Philippines

A great variety of activities & sights.

27 July 2022

A great variety of activities & sights. The BTS & MRT public transport systems are excellent, if a little over-crowded at times. We live in Thailand, so this trip was shorter than for people coming here on holiday. Bangkok hotels offer excellent value compared to the West. Restaurants are not as cheap as they were but where is?? However, it's still possible to find cheap, good quality food in food courts, particularly in Terminal 21.

Anthony Thailand

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