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    Bangkok Thailand is the capital of the “Land of Smiles”. This lively metropolis is an incredible and exotic melting pot of traditional Thai life mixed with ultra modernity. The pulse of the city is hectic and is a full experience of all the senses with its sites, smells, colours, pace and congested city sounds. Famous for its temples, shopping and markets, street food and nightlife, Bangkok’s atmosphere will not disappoint.

    Shopping: Chatuchak weekend market is the largest market in Thailand, covering 35 acres with vendors peddling everything from souvenirs to the latest fashion to exotic plants and animals. Although the bowels of the interior of the market seem disorderly there is some reason to the layout with sections arranged by a category such as handicrafts, clothing and accessories, food, plants and animals. Red-faced and sweaty, tourists with “shoppers fever” and rest their weary feet at any of the abundant massage stalls within the market before continuing to shop until they drop.

    Multi-level humungous shopping malls are scattered across the city, with many selling goods in bulk for wholesale prices. The most popular malls in central Bangkok for upmarket brands and retailers, boutiques and restaurants are Emporium, Central Embassy, Central World, Siam Paragon and ICONSIAM. For clothing, accessories, technology, food courts and entertainment, visit MBK, Central Plaza, Siam Discovery, Terminal 21 and Platinum malls. All malls are easily accessed via the public train lines.

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    THG Recommended Hotels in Bangkok

    Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21
    The 5-star hotel is just located in the lively Asok Sukhumvit district with easy access to Asok BTS skytrain and Sukhumvit MRT stations whereas the shops, dining and businesses of central Bangkok are moments away. Airport Link Makkasan Station is just one station via MRT.
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    THE PENINSULA BANGKOK
    Located along the bank of Chao Phraya River, The Peninsula Bangkok features luxury guest rooms with full facilities and views of the Chao Phraya River. This disable-friendly hotel boasts an outdoor pool and a fitness centre. Free Wi-Fi is offered in the entire residence.
    MERCURE BANGKOK SIAM
    Conveniently located in downtown Bangkok's shopping district and steps away from the BTS SkyTrain National Stadium station and the airport rail link, Mercure Bangkok Siam offers 189 contemporary Superior, Suite and Privilege rooms. Facilities include free Wi-Fi, restaurant and bars, swimming pool, and fitness centre. Guests are walking distance from palatial malls, including MBK, Siam Paragon, Central World and Central Embassy. Many of the city's cultural highlights are also nearby.
    Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit
    Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit is a refined five-star hotel in Bangkok, offering 338 stylish and contemporary rooms and suites, in the buzzing fashion, eating and nightlife district of Sukhumvit.
    CENTARA GRAND CENTRAL WORLD
    Located within Bangkok's central business district, and conveniently connected to the upscale Central World lifestyle mall, The Centara Grand at Central World Hotel offers 500 luxurious rooms and suites, all fully equipped with modern amenities and spectacular city views.
    Lebua at State Tower
    lebua at State Tower is an award-winning 5-star experience, having been named Travel + Leisure “World’s Best 2019” award for being the No. 1 Hotel in Bangkok.
    Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park
    At the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park located in the EM District and Sukhumvit, every effort is made to make guests feel at ease by providing only the most refined services, facilities and amenities.
    CENTARA WATERGATE PAVILLION
    Situated in the popular Pratunam area, the Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok offers 281 contemporary rooms and suites with superior facilities amenities to ensure for a pleasant stay.

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    JIM THOMPSON HOUSE MUSEUM

    Rated as one of the top things to do in Bangkok, located in Pathum Wan District, this museum provides you with a view of the house and Asian art collection of James H.W. Thompson, the “Thai Silk King” who mysteriously disappeared in 1967.

    Chao Phraya River

    Thailand’s ‘River of Kings’ flows through Bangkok to the Gulf of Thailand. Aside from the main body, the City of Angels is brimming with the river’s canals, which were a major means of transportation in earlier days (even if they haven’t disappeared entirely nowadays)..

    ROD FAI NIGHT MARKET

    Also known as Talad Rod Fai Train Night Market, this open-air bazaar (open Thursday to Sunday from 5 PM to midnight) sells vintage items ranging from furniture to fashion, although you can also find more modern apparel. The market can be found behind Seacon Square in Prawet District.

    Pratunam Market

    Located next to the Amari Watergate Bangkok hotel in Ratchathewi District, the largest clothing market in the country offers goods at wholesale prices. Visitors and shoppers probably are best off going between 11 AM to 8 PM.

    KHAO SAN ROAD

    It is famed for being a source of affordable accommodations for backpackers. The area caters to travellers, whether as a hub through which to head elsewhere, or as a place of entertainment, including a nightlife scene of its own, and shopping options.

    Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

    Located in Damnoen Saduak District in Ratchaburi Province about 100 kilometres from Bangkok, this area is one of the most renowned floating markets. Here, traders on small wooden boats situated in canals sell produce so visitors can shop like a local.

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    Food: Bangkok is undoubtedly one of the best dining destinations in the world, no matter what time of the day or night. Much of daily life is conducted on the street and thus locals prefer to pick up breakfast from food hawkers scattered all along Sukhumvit road which you can easily find outside your hotel. Thai cuisine is cheap, tasty and an intense mix of spices: sour, sweet and salty. For those looking for more fine dining, there are many higher-end restaurants to choose from. For food aficionados who want to explore further, there are lots of speciality food tours and cooking classes to choose from.

    The floating markets in Bangkok are among the city’s most popular attractions. The chaotic atmosphere mixed with unique smells and colour makes it an unforgettable experience. There are several floating market across town and a variety of tours to get you there and in the thick of it.

    Temples: Some of the most impressive Bangkok temples are within the heart of the city and should be seen. Wat Phra Kaew or The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is the most frequented temple in Bangkok. Located in the grounds of the Grand Palace, its prized jewel is the Emerald Buddha, carved from a block of pure jade which was originally housed in Chiang Mai. Next to the Grand Palace, is Wat Pho or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha’. Here you will be astonished by the 43-metre-long Reclining Buddha statue covered with gold leaf and feet encrusted with exquisite mother-of-pearl decorations. Located on the Chao Phraya River, opposite the Grand Palace is the magnificent 17th century, Wat Arun or Temple of the Dawn. The distinctive shape of the temple resembles ancient Khmer-style towers and is a beautiful spot to enjoy the sunset by the river. Bangkok tours can take you throughout the city to all the main temple sites.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where is Bangkok?

    Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, near the Gulf of Thailand.

    What is Bangkok famous for?

    Tourist attractions in Bangkok Thailand are focused around temples, shopping and markets, street food and nightlife. Bangkok’s street life is industrious and lively with something always happening somewhere. One night in Bangkok is not enough to take in the exotic anthropology of this oriental city.

    Is it safe in Bangkok for tourists?

    Bangkok Thailand is generally safe, but from time to time there are political tensions and public protests, so check your home country’s travel advice on this. Like any bustling metropolis, there are scams to be aware of. Only use metered taxis or risk paying triple the usual fare. Avoid buying uncut gems from traders- this is a well-known scam. Further, Thailand has strict laws about defaming the monarchy, therefore its best to avoid discussing the Royal family at all.

    Which month is best to visit Bangkok?

    Bangkok weather is warm all year round. The best time to visit Bangkok is from November to March during the dry season when the weather is cooler. May is the hottest month when the heat in the city feels like a pressure cooker until its relief arrives with the wet season.

    Where is the Best Location for Tourists to Stay in Bangkok?

    Siam Square or Sukhumvit are the best areas to stay; anywhere along with one of the longest boulevards in Bangkok. With easy access to all parts of the city via the BTS or MRT train system, you can walk the various sky bridges and hop on/off the metro. Bangkok Riverside sits alongside the Chao Praya river is very picturesque with its temples, historical monuments and the marvellous ornate Royal Palace.
    Silom is in the city centre and infamous for its busy Patpong Night Market and Red Light District. By day Silom is a hectic business and financial district, but at night it morphs into the lively party scene. Additionally, Khao San Road area is also known as party central. Perfect for budget travellers and backpackers, with tons of affordable hotels and hostels, it is in close proximity to the major attractions.

    What’s Bangkok like?

    Bangkok is the epitome of a typical Southeast Asian metropolis. Congested traffic, pollution, skyscrapers, smouldering heat, enormous shopping malls, street food and markets. But amongst all this, there is an energetic undertone of authentic modern Thai life mixed with the traditional and the exotic. It is a true experience of all the senses.

    Why Bangkok is called the city of angels?

    When translated from Thai, the traditional city name of Krung Thep roughly equates to the City of Angels.

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