Destination Guide

Bangkok, Thailand

With almost 11 million inhabitants, Bangkok is one of the largest cities in the entire world. All those people make for a bustling city that has a never ending spectrum of sights, sounds, and destinations. Bangkok has been one of the most important and sought after destinations for years.

Well known for its beautiful beaches and tropical settings, Thailand has long been a premium location for romantic vacations. But Bangkok is a completely different story. It is a hub for industry, business, and economy. The city boasts a broad spectrum of restaurants, cuisine and cultures. It's also a symbol of Asian history and religious tradition. Bangkok shopping is also some of the most exciting!

No matter what it is you like to do, you can find it in Bangkok. From spa treatments to boxing lessons to touring historic buildings, Bangkok is the ultimate vacation destination.

Getting in and around Bangkok

Bangkok Airport

Airport

Unless you live in a nearby Asian city, you will likely be flying to Bangkok. Air travellers to Bangkok will fly into Suvarnabhumi Airport. Suvarnabhumi Airport handles almost all domestic and international flights to Bangkok. There is only one terminal, but it is quite large. You'll need to allocate plenty of time to get around. Some say that three hours are needed to travel through Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Don Muang Airport was the main airport in Bangkok until a few years ago. A few small carriers do still fly in and out of this airport located twenty miles north of the city's centre.

Thailand Transport

Once you arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport, you will be met by numerous transportation options. Your best bets are metered taxis or the Airport Express buses as they charge a flat or metered fee as opposed to a declared fee.

The SkyTrain and the Metro are both excellent options for travelling around Bangkok. They are very convenient and affordable. You may consider getting a travel card that stores value to make travelling more convenient.

River taxis might not seem like a viable transportation option, but they are really quite practical. Because they avoid Bangkok's extensive traffic, river taxis can get you to your destination fairly quickly.

Bangkok Car Hire

Of course Thailand caters for those who wish to hire a car and tackle the roads themselves, with all the major car hire companies plus the local ones. When traffic slows to a grinding halt, you might be tempted to hire or employ the speedy services of a motorbike, or a motorbike taxi. However, you must resist the urge. This mode of transportation is widely acknowledged to be very dangerous and motorcycle accidents are very common.

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Bangkok accommodation

The hotels in Bangkok range from one extreme to the other. The best hotels in Bangkok are among the best in the world and the worst are about as bad as it gets. Regardless of your budget, a great hotel selection will be nearby public transit stations so that you can easily get on with your efforts to see all that this great city has to offer.

Luxury
  • The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok is one of the best hotels in Asia if not the world. Guests at this hotel will enjoy a luxurious stay in Bangkok.
  • The Peninsula Hotel line is well known for its commitment to style and luxury and the Bangkok branch is no different.
Mid-range
  • The Conrad Bangkok is a sleek and soothing accommodation in Bangkok that will keep you coming back year after year.
  • The Shangri-La is at the centre of Bangkok and offers a luxurious comfortable experience that Bangkok travellers love.
Budget
  • Asia Hotel Bangkok is just a few steps from public transportation, making travelling to Bangkok's attractions as easy as ever.
  • The Park Plaza is new and fresh and offers a very affordable and pleasant stay in Bangkok.
Backpackers
  • Lub d Bangkok is one hostel that refuses the typical dingy hostel experience. This establishment is clean and chic yet still affordable.
  • Bangkok Centre Sukhumvit is located nearby transportation and offers a clean and affordable stay in Bangkok.
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Things to do in Bangkok

There is plenty to do in Bangkok and trying to do it all could leave you quite exhausted. Nevertheless, you'll never be bored in Bangkok and no matter what your travel style is, you'll find things you enjoy doing in Bangkok. The following are some great suggestions!

  • The Grand Palace is an important place in Bangkok as it served as home to the king of Thailand for over two hundred years. This network of buildings can keep tourists busy for quite a while.
  • The Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is a Buddhist temple within the walls of the Grand Palace. It's thought of as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand.
  • The Baiyoke Tower is an epically tall skyscraper that is among the tallest buildings in Asia. Also home to the Baiyoke Hotel, visitors can enjoy tremendous panoramic views of the city from the observatory on the top floor.
  • Wat Arun. Also known as 'Temple of the Dawn,' Wat Arun is a sacred Buddhist temple in Bangkok that is a breathtaking architectural and religious landmark.
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    Day trips in and around Bangkok

  • Chao Phraya River. A river boat ride is a great way to take in the sights of Bangkok while relaxing on the beautiful Chao Phraya River.
  • Siam Paragon. For the ultimate shopping experience in Thailand, you have to stop at Siam Paragon. This shopping mall is one of the largest in Asia and there's nothing you won't find at this gigantic mall.
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