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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.

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Where to stay in Bangkok

Top hotels in Bangkok

Adelphi Suites Bangkok
Adelphi Suites Bangkok
4 out of 5
6 Sukhumvit Soi 8, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is NZ$61 per night from 22 Jan. to 23 Jan.

Located in Sukhumvit, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nana Square and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall. Central Embassy and CentralWorld Shopping Complex are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (991 reviews)

"Very good. One of the best suite that I know in Bangkok."…"

Reviewed on 14 Dec. 2020

Adelphi Suites Bangkok
Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
4 out of 5
27 Soi Saladaeng 1, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is NZ$20 per night from 15 Feb. to 16 Feb.

Located in the centre of Bangkok, this family-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Silom Complex Shopping Mall, BNH Hospital and Embassy of Germany. ...

3.9/5Very Good! (19 reviews)

"Tremendous value for money. Large pool and solid fitness center with sauna and showers. Staff is friendly and professional. Breakfast is above average but could be improved."…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec. 2020

Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
5 out of 5
2 Sukhumvit Soi 57, Klongtan Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is NZ$66 per night from 22 Jan. to 23 Jan.

This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in Sukhumvit, within 2 mi (3 km) of EmQuartier, Emporium and Soi Cowboy. Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and Bangkok ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (995 reviews)

"Nice water pressure, comfortable bed. Nice roof top bar."…"

Reviewed on 7 Dec. 2020

Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Bangkok

Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
4 out of 5
27 Soi Saladaeng 1, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is NZ$20 per night from 15 Feb. to 16 Feb.

Located in the centre of Bangkok, this family-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Silom Complex Shopping Mall, BNH Hospital and Embassy of Germany. ...

3.9/5Very Good! (19 reviews)

"Tremendous value for money. Large pool and solid fitness center with sauna and showers. Staff is friendly and professional. Breakfast is above average but could be improved."…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec. 2020

Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
Adelphi Grande Sukhumvit
Adelphi Grande Sukhumvit
4.5 out of 5
16 Sukhumvit Soi 41, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is NZ$72 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

Located in Sukhumvit, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of EmQuartier, Emporium and Benchasiri Park. Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall ...

4.2/5Very Good! (998 reviews)

"This hotel is a great option for an extended stay. The room has everything you need including a washing machine and detergent, dishes, soap/shampoo/conditioner, and even your own personal router for internet access which makes it simple to use things like Apple TV or Roku. Very close to the Phrom ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2021

Adelphi Grande Sukhumvit
Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok
Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok
4 out of 5
No 115 Sukhumvit 55, Thonglor, Sukhumvit Road, Klongton Nua, Bangkok
The price is NZ$114 per night from 11 Feb. to 12 Feb.

This family-friendly Bangkok aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within 2 mi (3 km) of EmQuartier, Emporium and Soi Cowboy. Bangkok University ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (739 reviews)

"Comfy, clean, great location Nice staff Free shuttle bus to BTS and shopping complex"…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug. 2020

Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Bangkok

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 48.56081708449396%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 11.142061281337048%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Mar. 2020

Really enjoyed our stay in Bangkok, I would definitely return to the Grande Centre Point Hotel.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar. 2020

Love this city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Mar. 2020

Bangkok is a great vibe great restaurants and shopping enjoyed my short stay.

4/5 - Good

Babs

11 Mar. 2020

We walked around Wattana area. If you wander out of the shop area into the area where the people live, beware of the dogs. they are agressive.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Feb. 2020

Not so busy this time and i feel sorry for the thousands of sellers standing idle in there stalls or shops everyday of the week. My country's dollar is poor. Many things aren't so cheap anymore. Look around and get away the tourist locations $

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

22 Feb. 2020

Its a city in asia when i was younger it was much better now i only go if i have to.

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