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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.

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Where to stay in Bangkok

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$63 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
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! (994 reviews)
"Very well designed hotel and rooms. The main reason we booked the hotel was because of the handy location, but I would return again just because of the unique ambience."

Reviewed on 23 Apr. 2021

Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
Dusit Suites Hotel Ratchadamri, Bangkok
Dusit Suites Hotel Ratchadamri, Bangkok
5 out of 5
3 Soi Mahardlekluang 3 Rajdamri Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Bangkok
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$132 per night from 17 Jun. to 17 Jun.
This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Police General Hospital and Erawan Shrine. Lumphini Park ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (441 reviews)
"Love everything here, is excellent and friendly ...we will be back for sure"

Reviewed on 14 Mar. 2020

Dusit Suites Hotel Ratchadamri, Bangkok
Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel
Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel
5 out of 5
257 Charoennakorn Road, Thonburi, Bangkok
The price is NZ$114 per night from 18 Jun. to 18 Jun.
Located in Thon Buri, this luxury hotel is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Iconsiam, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Wat Arun and Wat Pho. Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (998 reviews)
"Very nice room view, amazing rooftop bar, good place for relaxing time!"

Reviewed on 14 Aug. 2020

Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel
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.
Carpediem Hotel
Carpediem Hotel
3 out of 5
327/18 Sukhumvit Road, T. Noen Phra, A. Muang, Rayong
The price is NZ$36 per night from 14 Jul. to 14 Jul.
Situated in Rayong, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dr. Sarot Market and Passione Shopping Destination. Star IT Center and Star Night Bazaar are ...
3.8/5Good! (4 reviews)
Good choice for you.
"The room (already renovation) was ok ,clean and comfortable but no breakfast."

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2020

Carpediem Hotel
KG Private Pool Villas
KG Private Pool Villas
3.5 out of 5
940, 940/1, Soi 5, Moo 2, Ao Nang, Krabi, Krabi
The price is NZ$106 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
Situated near the beach, this villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ao Nang Beach, Nopparat Thara Beach and Ao Phai Plong Beach. Ao Nam Mao is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Cool pool villa
"Our family of 5 loved our time at the villa. The pool was cool, as was the 3 bathrooms and the BBQ. Lala the landlord made himself available 24/7 and helped us find fresh fish for the BBQ and organise a boat trip to nearby islands. On the last day we also discovered a great cafe around the corner: ..."

Reviewed on 6 Jan. 2019

KG Private Pool Villas
Private Pool Villa Rayong House
Private Pool Villa Rayong House
3.5 out of 5
81/26 Soi Panthong 2 Moo 5, Neonmayong Rd T.Taphong, Rayong
Situated on the boardwalk, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Khao Laem Ya - Mu Ko Samet National Park and Mae Rumphung Beach. Suan Son Beach and Ao Prao Beach ...
Private Pool Villa Rayong House
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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