Bangkok

Travel Guide
Sukhumvit which includes landscape views, central business district and night scenes

Revel in the color, noise and history of Thailand’s frenetic capital, a city that welcomes its visitors with a clash of old and new.

At first glance, Bangkok can overwhelm. It's a city spilling with the bright colours of tacky tuk-tuks, saffron-robed monks and street vendors’ wares. The noise is exuberant, the smells are fragrant and the chaos infectious. It can seem a long way from the spiritual peace that the Thais like to claim as their own.

Delve a little deeper and Thailand's capital city will show you her other, calmer side; a weeping fig in a garden, casting shade from the sun; a monk sitting cross-legged in contemplation; the curl of incense from a temple door. Bangkok has been immersed in Buddhist tradition for centuries, and the trappings of modern society can't distract you from its quest for inner peace, for long.

But this is also a city full to bursting with showy sights that insist on being seen. None more so than the Grand Palace, home to the shimmering golden spires of the Wat Phra Kaew - Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It's also here, in Rattanakosin Island, the historic centre of Bangkok, that the similarly magnificent temples of Wat Arun and Wat Pho are to be found. For the 10 million inhabitants of the 'City of Angels' (as the local name 'Krung Thep' means), the Grand Palace is more than a tourist attraction – it is also the spiritual heart of the city.

The parks of Bangkok are also coloured by the quest for 'higher planes'. See the green splendour of the Lumphini Park, and you'll be very tempted to enrol in a tai chi or yoga class under the sun, or to jog around its pretty lakes. But once you have ridden those spiritual highs, you may want to descend to the material world – and in Bangkok that comes in the form of the cosmopolitan buzz of Khao San Road. A backpacker's paradise, it is home to a noisy profusion of stalls, bars and (allegedly) fabulous merchandise at exceptionally low prices.

Travelling around Bangkok is best done – for fun – in the ever-present tuk-tuks. But for efficiency and comfort, the Thais have excelled themselves in terms of their public transport systems. The Skytrain whisks you over and above Bangkok's swarming crowds, while the MRT underground system will speed you beneath its streets. And don't forget to explore the Chao Phraya river. Boats can quickly take you to many of the city's best locations. And one of the most interesting of those is the quiet river island of Ko Kret. This is home to the Mon people, an ancient culture distinct from the Thai culture. One that has somehow managed to evade Bangkok's endless tussle between bustle and calm.

Amari Watergate Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
Amari Watergate Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
5 out of 5
847 Petchburi Road, Bangkok, Bangkok, 10400
The price is NZ$128 per night from 7 Jun. to 8 Jun.
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Reviewed on 14 May 2022

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Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21 - SHA Extra Plus
Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21 - SHA Extra Plus
5 out of 5
2, Sukhumvit Soi 19 (Wattana), Sukhumvit Rd., Klongtoey Nua, Bangkok, Bangkok, 10110
The price is NZ$147 per night from 1 Jun. to 2 Jun.
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Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel - SHA Extra Plus
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel - SHA Extra Plus
4.5 out of 5
999 Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, Moo 1 Nongprue, Bang Phli, Samut Prakan, 10540
The price is NZ$188 per night from 6 Jun. to 7 Jun.
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4.2/5 Very Good! (978 reviews)
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Reviewed on 10 May 2022

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Pearl Place Serviced Apartment Bangkok
Pearl Place Serviced Apartment Bangkok
3 out of 5
1 Soi 7 (Seri 2) Huamak Bangkapi, Bangkok, Bangkok, 10240
The price is NZ$37 per night from 23 May to 24 May
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5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
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Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2020

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Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
4 out of 5
No 115 Sukhumvit 55, Thonglor, Sukhumvit Road, Klongton Nua, Bangkok, 10110
The price is NZ$142 per night from 1 Jun. to 2 Jun.
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4.4/5 Excellent! (756 reviews)
Work and Chill out.
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Reviewed on 20 Jan. 2022

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Sathorn Vista, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
Sathorn Vista, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
5 out of 5
1 Sathorn Soi 3, South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok, 10120
The price is NZ$167 per night from 24 May to 25 May
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4.6/5 Wonderful! (519 reviews)
"Great stay and great service"

Reviewed on 10 Apr. 2022

Sathorn Vista, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus
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