Bangkok is one of the world’s great cities with no shortage of delights that could keep you busy for weeks. This sprawling metropolis houses surprises and hidden gems around every corner. The city is famed for its world class food, excellent nightlife and its grand, historic temples. Bangkok should never be overlooked by travellers and it is best seen at a relaxed pace when you can sit back and get to grips with the speed of this bustling mega-city.
Bangkok has two major international airports that accept flights from every major destination in the world and dozens of smaller regional ones. Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) is the largest airport and is the main point of entry for the country. Don Mueang Airport (DMK) is slightly smaller and is mainly used for low cost carriers like Air Asia, Nok Air and Bangkok Airways. It is also the main transport hub in Thailand, so options are abundant for regional travel throughout the country.
WHEN TO GO
The cooler months of November & December are probably the best times to go as rain is less frequent and it is not as busy. The hottest months run from February to April and the most rain comes between August and October.
WHERE TO STAY
The city has a fantastic range of accommodation options which means that there is something to satisfy all budget types. From backpacker hostels, motels, apartment rentals and five star luxury hotels - the range on offer is quite extensive. Here are a few of our favourites:
Once Again Hostel - Trendy hostel in the city's old town, close to Khao San Road and many monuments.
Lub d Bangkok Silom - Colourful and vibrant hostel close to Silom Road.
The Yard Hostel - Trendy hostel with great vibes in a quiet but convenient location.
Everyday Bangkok Hostel - Chilled out, low key hostel with artsy vibes and friendly people.
Abloom Exclusive Serviced Apartments - Large, convenient serviced apartments in great location.
Silom City Hotel - Simple hotel on Silom road with comfortable rooms.
Bangkok Patio - Serviced apartments in quiet location with a good pool and large rooms.
Trinity Silom - Boutique hotel in central location close to BTS and shops.
Shanghai Mansion - Trendy design hotel with classic Shanghai vibes that will transport you to the stylish 1930s.
Golden Tulip Mandison Suites - Smart, clean and modern hotel just off the main Sukhumvit Road.
U Sukhumvit - Contemporary design hotel with excellent service and a fantastic range of food options.
Park Plaza Bangkok Soi 18 - Fun downtown hotel with great rooftop bar and pool.
Conrad Bangkok - Luxury business hotel with wonderful rooms and a large, well maintained lagoon pool.
AETAS Bangkok - Sleek and modern hotel that is perfect for relaxing in a wonderful location.
Banyan Tree Bangkok - A slice of contemporary Asian design in downtown Bangkok with incredible rooftop bar.
Grand Hyatt Erawan - Classic luxury hotel with colonial vibes in incredible location on Sukhumvit Road.
Siam Kempinski - Grand luxury hotel with modern rooms and a tranquil garden pool setting.
The Sukhothai - A peaceful setting with large outdoor pool and unique interiors in the heart of Bangkok.
Mandarin Oriental - Classic luxury hotel with traditional feel, excellent pool and beautiful riverside location.
The St. Regis - A sprawling luxury hotel that offers the very best of everything in the very centre of the city.
WHERE TO EAT
Cabbages & Condoms, Cali's Grill, Bunker, Sra Bua, Raan Jay Fai, Suhring, Morimoto, Saffron
THINGS TO DO
Wat Arun - Famous riverside temple with ornamental white pillars and a canteen run by the monks.
Wat Pho - Temple close to the Grand Palace that is famed for its giant golden reclining Buddha statue (46m in length).
Grand Palace/Temple of the Emerald Buddha - Residence of the Thai King and home to the country's most important Buddha statue.
Wat Suthat - Home to the famous Bangkok Giant Swing - which you must see.
Terminal 21 - Huge shopping mall with a unique theme that more resembles Epcot than a shopping mall.
Centralworld Plaza - Large shopping plaza with luxury and discounted items.
Chatuchak Market - The largest outdoor market in Thailand with over 15,000 stalls.
JJ Green Night Market - A fun, hip market that has great food and an interesting selection of unique sellers.
Khlong Lad Mayom Floating Market - The best floating market that is easily accessible from Bangkok
Lumpini Park - A beautiful park that is popular with locals for jogging, yoga and meditation. Large lizards wander freely so look out!
Jim Thompson House - The house of the renowned artist and designer Jim Thompson who helped appropriate Thai Silk into a phenomenon.
Asiatique - Half mall, half theme park, half food court in a beautiful riverside location.
Sealife Bangkok Ocean World - A great aquarium tucked away under the mega-mall Siam Paragon.
Bangkok National Museum - One of the largest museums in South East Asia that houses a large collection of Thai art.
Snake Farm - Get up close and personal with large and deadly snakes at this research centre.