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Bangkok travel guide

For many of our travellers, Bangkok will be the first stop on their Southeast Asian adventure. Sure, Thailand's capital may be seen as a busy transport hub, but stay a little longer and venture beyond the markets and nightspots of Khao San Road; you'll find a complex city that is in part charming olde-world, and part modern, cosmopolitan metropolis. Stuff your face in Chinatown, explore Bangkok's temples, canals and water markets, and discover mind-blowing mega-malls in Sukhumvit. 

What we love about Bangkok

Temple The Grand Palace
'Blingin' would be an understatement. This amazing complex of sparkling shrines, mansions and crazy statues has been the official home of Thailand's royal family since 1782.
3 asian dumplings Thai street food
You won't have to search far, or pay a lot, to find delicious street food in Bangkok. Head to Chinatown for dumplings, noodles & seafood, or check out the stalls around Banglamphu for classic Asian.
camera Wat Arun
The walls  of The Temple of Dawn are covered in intricate, colourful carvings but post-sunset, Wat Arun is illuminated gold. A popular nighttime activity is to take a dinner boat cruise past it. 

Bangkok Tours

Wide landscape view of Bangkok city at night

Bangkok to Chiang Mai Express

Bangkok > Kanchanaburi > Ayutthaya > Chiang Mai

Explore magnificent temples and palaces, sleep in a floating rafthouse, see the multi-tiered Erawan Falls, visit the old capital city of Ayutthaya, learn about the sombre history of Kanchanaburi.
7 days
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Close up of a young women in the Jungle

Classic Thailand - West Coast

Bangkok > Kanchanaburi > Ayutthaya > Chiang Mai > Bangkok > Ko Ngai > Ko Lanta > Ao Nang > Bangkok

Climb up the seven-tiered Erawan Waterfalls, Explore ancient ruins in the old capital city of Ayutthaya, Trek through rainforest trails in Ko Ngai, Relax on deserted beaches, See stunning limestone karsts in Ao Nang
14 days
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Day tours in Bangkok

Close up of a temple roof in Bangkok

Bangkok City Highlights

Visit the shimmering Grand Palace where former kings once lived. See the giant golden Buddha statue reclining in a temple at Wat Po. Take a ferry to the towering Temple of Dawn. Authentic pad thai lunch.
Half day
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A busy street full of shops and bars in Bangkok

Bangkok Multi-Transport Highlights

Skytrain ride to Erawan Shrine. Khao man gai tasting. Canal boat ride to Wat Saket temple and Bangkok panoramic view. Wat Pho temple complex. Tha Tien seafood market. Traditional tuk tuk exhilarating ride to Wat Arun temple of dawn. Street pad thai lunch. Pak Khlong Talad flower market.

Full day

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Thai cooking

Thai Foodie Tour and Cooking Class

Experience the flavours and aromas of traditional Thai cuisine with this intimate cooking class. Pick up some fresh ingredients from the market for a five-course masterpiece. 
Half day
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Sculptures in the trees at Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya and River Cruise

Ayutthaya can feel like a big park, peppered with grand temples and rustic ruins – some woven with vines as nature starts reclaiming the area. Enjoy a river cruise along the Chao Phraya River of Kings, Authentic lunch buffet, Exploring the ancient temple ruins of Ayutthaya, Countryside drive North and Bang Pa-In Complex visit.

Full day

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Hotels in Bangkok

Grand Palace statues, Bangkok

Banglamphu

Bangkok's 'Old Town' of Banglamphu is full of colour, charm, history and famous monuments like Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, offering the best insight into what Bangkok's all about. It's centrally located, and home to Khao San Road, where you'll most likely be staying!
Khao San Road Neighbourhood

Khao San Road

Banglamphu's most buzzing street, Khao San Road is Bangkok's backpacker hub. It's just a kilometre from the Grand Palace, and is packed full of bars, small nightclubs, restaurants, shops and hostels.You're guaranteed to have a ball here, and make some great new friends!
Bangkok city at night

Sukhumvit

Khao San Road might be Bangkok's must buzzing street but Sukhumvit is Thailand's longest. You'll find Bangkok's craziest red-light district, the most futuristic shopping malls, rooftop bars, hotels and drinking spots such as Soi 11 all along here. Boycott the taxis (stand-still traffic jams are the norm along the length of Sukhumvit), and instead hop on and off the BTS Skytrain, which runs the length of it. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Travelling in Bangkok

How do I get to Bangkok?

If you're flying to Thailand from the UK, you'll almost certainly land in Bangkok. Emirates, Qatar Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines all operate frequent flights to Suvarnabhumi Airport (commonly known as Bangkok International) which lies about 30km west of the city centre. If you're flying into Bangkok from elsewhere in Asia, you're likely to arrive in Don Mueng International, which is around 25km north of Bangkok's centre. It's an easy bus journey or cab ride into the city centre from both airports, and all sign posts offer directions in English.

When is the best time to visit Bangkok?

The busiest months in terms of tourism in Bangkok are between December and April, when the climate is driest and the sun nearly always shines. British summertime is actually Bangkok's rainy season, so expect high humidity and short, sharp afternoon storms from late May through until October. Bangkok is rainiest in September.

How do I keep safe in Bangkok?

The city is relatively safe; the biggest danger is traffic. Like in any city, you should stay alert, keep expensive belongings such as phones and jewellery out of public sight, and don’t do anything to attract unnecessary attention to yourself.

It's also a good idea to read up on Bangkok's most common scams before you venture out to explore: ignore drivers who tell you the attractions you want to visit are closed for prayer so they'll take you somewhere else (usually on a tour of shops they get commission for bringing footfall to), and always ask for your taxi or tuktuk on the meter.

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