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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

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4.5/58,967 Reviews
"Palaces"
Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan

Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan

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4.8/54,858 Reviews
"Temples"
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SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World

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4.6/55,801 Reviews
"Aquariums"
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Chao Phraya River

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Golden Dome Cabaret Show

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King Power Mahanakhon Sky Walk

King Power Mahanakhon Sky Walk

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4.7/5884 Reviews
"Observation Decks"
"Night Attractions"
Safari World Bangkok

Safari World Bangkok

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4.4/51,094 Reviews
"Zoos"
Wonderful Pearl Cruise

Wonderful Pearl Cruise

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The Temple of the Emerald Buddha

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha

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4.7/52,347 Reviews
"Temples"
Erawan Shrine

Erawan Shrine

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4.6/53,920 Reviews
"Other Places of Worship"
"Statues/Sculptures"

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Paste

Paste

4.4/534 Reviews
Avg. USD255/person
"Southeast Asian"
Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin

Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin

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

VERTIGO BAR

4.5/543 Reviews
Avg. USD69/person
"Southeast Asian"
"Spectacular Views"
Mezzaluna

Mezzaluna

4.5/525 Reviews
Avg. USD240/person
"Western-style"
"Spectacular Views"
The house of smooth curry

The house of smooth curry

4.6/5229 Reviews
Avg. USD66/person
"Southeast Asian"
Le Normandie by Alain Roux

Le Normandie by Alain Roux

4.6/548 Reviews
Avg. USD305/person
"Western-style"
"Spectacular Views"
The Dining Room at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok

The Dining Room at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok

4.7/510 Reviews
Avg. USD60/person
"Buffets"
"Brunch"
Saneh Jaan

Saneh Jaan

4.6/513 Reviews
Avg. USD66/person
"Southeast Asian"
Paii

Paii

5.0/55 Reviews
Avg. USD107/person
"Seafood"
"Afternoon Tea"
Sorn

Sorn

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

NAHM

4.5/5123 Reviews
Avg. USD104/person
"Southeast Asian"
Above Eleven

Above Eleven

4.4/518 Reviews
Avg. USD28/person
"Japanese"
"Spectacular Views"

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