Bangkok

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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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Legacy Suites Hotel
Legacy Suites Hotel
4 out of 5
12,14 Sukhumvit Soi 29 Wattana, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is NZ$66 per night from 22 Oct. to 22 Oct.
This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Embassy of Argentina, Emporium and Benchasiri Park. EmQuartier ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (998 reviews)
"All the staff are great. They are always very friendly and helpful. The building is kept very clean and it is a greT place to stay."

Reviewed on 15 Sep. 2021

Legacy Suites Hotel
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok
5 out of 5
250 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is NZ$100 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
Located in Sukhumvit, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall. Nana Square and Embassy of Pakistan are also within ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (996 reviews)
"Staff is very nice, they are very kind and friendly. Hotel is very good location, close to BTS station but very quiet.."

Reviewed on 17 Apr. 2021

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok
Conrad Bangkok
Conrad Bangkok
5 out of 5
87 Wireless Road Phatumwan, Bangkok, Bangkok
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$79 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
This family-friendly Bangkok hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Central Embassy and Lumphini Park. Erawan Shrine and CentralWorld ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (831 reviews)
"We have stayed twice now in the terrace suite which is absolutely perfect. The rooms are a good size, staff are delightful and the terrace is such an added bonus."

Reviewed on 27 Sep. 2021

Conrad Bangkok
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Ariva Ivy Servizio Thonglor
Ariva Ivy Servizio Thonglor
4 out of 5
No. 889/446 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), Klongton Nue, Wattana, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is NZ$58 per night from 29 Oct. to 29 Oct.
Located in Sukhumvit, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Bangkok Hospital, EmQuartier and Emporium. Soi Cowboy and Bangkok University are also within ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (173 reviews)
"Good location and nice staffs. Hotel room is old and run down. Cigarette buds were left behind by the previous guest. Microwave was dirty with food from the previous guest. Shower water has no pressure and defective shower head that spray water to every directions. One soap for the entire 3 days ..."

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2020

Ariva Ivy Servizio Thonglor
Sukhumvit Park, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments
Sukhumvit Park, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments
5 out of 5
90 Sukhumvit Soi 24, Sukhumvit Road, Klongton, Klongtoey, Bangkok
The price is NZ$125 per night from 30 Oct. to 30 Oct.
This family-friendly Bangkok aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of K Village, Emporium and Benchasiri Park. EmQuartier ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (502 reviews)
"Clean and tidy room, most importantly, staff had been very helpful."

Reviewed on 27 Sep. 2021

Sukhumvit Park, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments
Mayfair, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments
Mayfair, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments
5 out of 5
60 Soi Langsuan, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok
The price is NZ$100 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
This family-friendly Bangkok aparthotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Lumphini Park, Central Chidlom Department Store and Embassy ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (501 reviews)
Run down residence,not a Marriott standard.
"Every year after our beach holidays,usually staying in regular hotel rooms,we spend some days in Bangkok where my wife feels more confortable in a service residence type property. Initially we had a reservation at the sister property Marriott Sukhunvit Thong lo but switched to Mayfair due to its ..."

Reviewed on 11 Mar. 2020

Mayfair, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments
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