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Bangkok is undeniably one of Southeast Asia’s most energetic capitals. The city center is an exciting mix of old buildings, enormous shopping malls, and holy shrines that can take days to fully explore. Hunt for souvenirs in the Chatuchak Market or visit the shining temples of Wat Arun and the Grand Palace’s Wat Phra Kaew, considered the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.

After the sun sets, Bangkok’s legendary nightlife kicks into gear. Take a walk down Khaosan Road, famous for its endless stretch of bars, restaurants, and street food vendors all packed together under a wild array of neon lights. Pad Thai is Thailand’s signature dish, but foods like mango sticky rice and “gieow”—a minced pork dumpling wrapped in wonton dough—are definitely worth a try.

Getting around Bangkok is part of the fun, whether you’re balancing on the back seat of a tuk-tuk in Chinatown, cruising past the floating markets on a long-tail boat, taking the metro or just going on foot. Also, Suvarnabhumi Airport is only 30 minutes away by train or taxi.

Tonight

From $10 per night

This weekend

From $19 per night

Next weekend

From $19 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency THB 100 = $2.80
Language Thai
Average weekend price $58 per night
Average weekday price $59 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Bangkok is a big vibrant city with something to interest...

July 1, 2022

Bangkok is a big vibrant city with something to interest everyone. From temples, palaces and museums to beautiful parks, markets and exciting nightlife as well as a plethora of malls. And the people are friendly and helpful.

fiona
fiona United Kingdom
8.0

Bangkok this time was very amiable and pleasant but...

June 28, 2022

Bangkok this time was very amiable and pleasant but expensive then otherwise. Post-Covid aftermath was visible in bits and parts. Some major Hotels were closed, Taxis and Tuk-Tuks were charging enormously, tourists were visible but not as much as it usually. City was far less crowded. Traffic jams were there but only in certain parts at certain times. The Skytrain and Metro were comfortable to ride on with less crowding. Its an enjoyable city still albeit the prices, especially the food. Late night activities that Bangkok is famous for is pretty much dead, with some spots being active. The usual spots are advised not to visit because its dangerous. Malls are open and gaining footfalls - not sure how the sales are didn't seem to be brisk. But that didn't dampen the prices. I would still recommend a visit to the country for sometime to come. Hotels can still be got at a bargain, and food you can always find whatever suits your pocket. Rest is all upon your spending power.

Sudip
Sudip India
10

After 15 or so trips to Thailand, I cannot imagine any other...

June 27, 2022

After 15 or so trips to Thailand, I cannot imagine any other destination in the country that would not also be combined with days in Bangkok. I realize big cities are not everyone's go-to choice, but they are where I feel most at home, and for a city of 9 million+ people, Bangkok could not be more manageable.

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Muybridge Travel Tours United States of America
10

A great city with a weird mix culture and great night life...

June 24, 2022

A great city with a weird mix culture and great night life something for everyone ! Night cruise on the River was Very special. Loved China town and iconsiam was great for a bit of retail therapy on our last day

Deborah
Deborah United Kingdom
10

Bangkok is never wrong.

June 24, 2022

Bangkok is never wrong. The city has plenty of shopping malls, various local markets. Several museums, temples, Zoo and much more. It would be hectic but spending 3-4 weeks in Bangkok is for sure possible. Just pick hotel with a swimming pool. Be aware that there are some scammers about. The use of common sense goes a long way. It is also prudent to watch the most common scams on, e.g., YouTube so you have an ide what you could expect.

Sylfest
Sylfest Norway
8.0

Stay away from Mulligans bar on Khao San Road.

June 24, 2022

Stay away from Mulligans bar on Khao San Road. Lady bartender very rudely tried to ruin our great experience in Bangkok. We were nothing but polite and friendly regardless. She failed but why go through that? Go to the other bars instead and have a great time. I sure did! Traffic is a killer. Most of your day in Bangkok can be spent being stuck in traffic on the road. I did not enjoy the waiting game. Locals are kind and friendly to visitors. Be polite to all. Visit the night markets and weekend markets. Be prepared to bargain but pay if you if think it's down to a fair price. Let the sellers make some money too. Terminal 21 is a great mall. The food court there is a good place for a variety of food. The heat in Bangkok is no joke. Tuk tuks are a good and fast way to travel short distances. They will mostly charge a minimum of THB100 per ride. This is per ride per vehicle and not per person. For longer distances, take a metered cab. Many taxis will try to quote a higher fixed fare instead of using the meter. The best way is to make a booking through the GRAB app for a private hire vehicle. Way less stressful and no way to get over-quoted. Get a massage and happy shopping!

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