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Bangkok Travel Guide

Energetic, chaotic, and majestic, these are just a few words that come to mind when describing Bangkok. The heart and capital of Thailand, Bangkok is one of the most sprawling and metropolitan cities in Asia, and a popular gateway into the country. A city that has deeply rooted traditions and cosmopolitan attitudes, Bangkok has abundant cultural fascinations to captivate travelers from all over the world.


Located close to the Gulf of Thailand, Bangkok is a city of waterways with the Chao Phraya River flowing through it. Back in the 19th century, as most of the city’s residents lived near or on the water, the city is known as the “Venice of the East.” While the history of Bangkok dates back about 600 years, it didn’t become the capital city until the 18th century. Through trade and commerce, the city expanded to its current scale. Today tourism is one of the major sources of revenue in Bangkok.


With a tropical monsoon climate, the capital is hot and humid year-round. The most pleasant months to visit are from November to March when the heat and humidity are at their lowest. But this also means crowds are at their peak in late Fall and Winter, and this is particularly true around the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. If you don’t mind the monsoon season, July and August are the off-peak seasons where many good deals are available on hotels and flights.  


There are so many first-rate scenic spots on offer in Bangkok, it is impossible to see them all if you only have a few days. For major tourist attractions in Bangkok, most are historical or religious sites. Make sure you admire the amazing architectural design of the Grand Palace and Wat Arun, pay homage to the sacred Jade Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) or the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), or cruise past the temples and mansions on the Chao Phraya River (River of Kings). It is worth noting that, as many sites are sacred, there are strict rules which all visitors must follow. For instance, dress codes at the Grand Palace and various temples, men must wear long pants, shirts with sleeves, and no bare feet are permitted. Women must wear modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders. 

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The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace

8.9
4.5/59,051 Review
"Palaces"
Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan

Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan

8.6
4.8/54,865 Review
"Temples"
"Night Attractions"
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World

SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World

8.4
4.6/56,008 Review
"Aquariums"
Chao Phraya River

Chao Phraya River

8.2
4.6/53,258 Review
"Rivers"
"Night Attractions"
Golden Dome Cabaret Show

Golden Dome Cabaret Show

8.0
4.2/51,588 Review
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Safari World Bangkok

Safari World Bangkok

7.9
4.4/51,155 Review
"Zoos"
King Power Mahanakhon Sky Walk

King Power Mahanakhon Sky Walk

7.8
4.7/5925 Review
"Observation Decks"
"Night Attractions"
Wonderful Pearl Cruise

Wonderful Pearl Cruise

7.7
4.5/5396 Review
"Boat Tours"
"Night Attractions"
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The Temple of the Emerald Buddha

7.6
4.7/52,347 Review
"Temples"
Erawan Shrine

Erawan Shrine

7.4
4.6/53,918 Review
"Other Places of Worship"
"Statues/Sculptures"

Where to Stay

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JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok
dusitD2 Samyan Bangkok

dusitD2 Samyan Bangkok

4.5/5390 Review
Seven Ratchada

Seven Ratchada

4.6/541 Review
The Emerald Hotel

The Emerald Hotel

4.1/5570 Review
Triple Y Hotel

Triple Y Hotel

4.5/5431 Review
Hi hotel Bangkok

Hi hotel Bangkok

4.1/575 Review
Hotel Sapin

Hotel Sapin

4.2/5146 Review
Ago Hotel Chinatown

Ago Hotel Chinatown

4.5/5189 Review

What to Eat

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Paste Bangkok

Paste Bangkok

4.4/536 Review
Avg. USD255/person
"Southeast Asian"
Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin

Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin

4.5/573 Review
Avg. USD124/person
"Southeast Asian"
"Spectacular Views"
VERTIGO BAR

VERTIGO BAR

4.5/544 Review
Avg. USD69/person
"Southeast Asian"
"Spectacular Views"
Mezzaluna

Mezzaluna

4.5/525 Review
Avg. USD240/person
"Western-style"
"Spectacular Views"
Le Normandie by Alain Roux

Le Normandie by Alain Roux

4.6/548 Review
Avg. USD305/person
"Western-style"
"Spectacular Views"
Saneh Jaan

Saneh Jaan

4.6/513 Review
Avg. USD66/person
"Southeast Asian"
The house of smooth curry

The house of smooth curry

4.6/5230 Review
Avg. USD66/person
"Southeast Asian"
RAIN TREE CAFÉ

RAIN TREE CAFÉ

4.1/538 Review
Avg. USD56/person
"Buffets"
"Brunch"
Paii

Paii

5.0/55 Review
Avg. USD107/person
"Seafood"
"Afternoon Tea"
The Dining Room at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok

The Dining Room at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok

4.7/510 Review
Avg. USD60/person
"Buffets"
"Brunch"
Sorn

Sorn

4.9/510 Review
Avg. USD250/person
"Southeast Asian"
NAHM

NAHM

4.5/5123 Review
Avg. USD104/person
"Southeast Asian"

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