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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

The Quarter Hualamphong by UHG
The Quarter Hualamphong by UHG
4 out of 5
23/34-35 Trimitr Road, Taladnoy, Sampanthawong, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is NZ$29 per night from 25 Apr. to 26 Apr.
Located in Bangkok City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bangkok Riverside and River City Shopping Complex. Patpong Night Market and MBK ...
4.4/5Excellent! (15 reviews)
"New room and clean.Not expensive.good service.I can walk to eat a good meal."

Reviewed on 18 Feb. 2021

The Quarter Hualamphong by UHG
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park
5 out of 5
199 Sukhumvit Soi 22, Klong Ton, Klong Toey, Bangkok
The price is NZ$71 per night from 17 Apr. to 18 Apr.
Located in Sukhumvit, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Emporium and EmQuartier. Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and Lumphini Park are also within 3 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (673 reviews)
"Repeat offender in this property and now with Covid pricing it’s a no miss . Will be back"

Reviewed on 15 Mar. 2021

Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park
CITICHIC Sukhumvit 13 Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
CITICHIC Sukhumvit 13 Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
3 out of 5
34 Sukhumvit Soi 13, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is NZ$31 per night from 25 Apr. to 26 Apr.
Located in Sukhumvit, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Nana Square, Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall. Emporium and Erawan Shrine are also within ...
4/5Very Good! (406 reviews)
"Good location, but the pool is being renovated right now and is not available."

Reviewed on 3 Mar. 2020

CITICHIC Sukhumvit 13 Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
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.
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$80 per night from 2 May to 3 May
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! (29 reviews)
"Big room (family room) with 2 beds and 2 baths. Good value"

Reviewed on 27 Dec. 2020

Siri Sathorn Bangkok by UHG
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$88 per night from 17 Apr. to 18 Apr.
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! (740 reviews)
"Comfy, clean, great location Nice staff Free shuttle bus to BTS and shopping complex"

Reviewed on 22 Aug. 2020

Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok
The Narathiwas Hotel & Residence Sathorn Bangkok
The Narathiwas Hotel & Residence Sathorn Bangkok
4 out of 5
379 Narathiwas, Soi 24, Sathupradit, Chongnonsee, Bangkok, Bangkok
The price is NZ$54 per night from 23 Apr. to 24 Apr.
Located in Sathorn, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Central Rama 3 Mall, Bangkok Riverside and Patpong Night Market. Lumphini Park and King Power ...
4.1/5Very Good! (317 reviews)
"ห้องมีกลิ่นอับและฝุ่น อาจจะเพราะโควิดไม่ค่อยมีลูกค้า แต่ห้องกว้างใหญ่ เกินคุ้มราคา"

Reviewed on 16 Oct. 2020

The Narathiwas Hotel & Residence Sathorn 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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