Bangkok, with its wide array of cultural and religious sites, bargain shopping locations, famous nightlife and many business and technological centre is one of the most contrasting and compelling of Asian cities. It is indeed a very cosmopolitan city with a good mix of Thai, Chinese and other middle Eastern influence, not to forget the millions of tourist from all over the world flowing in every year. With a population of over ten million it is a surprisingly safe and clean city, offering many transport option including a multitude of elevated highways, the Sky train (BTS), the underground (MRT), boats and the famous tuk-tuks. It is also the perfect city to enjoy a relaxing Thai massage or experience a Muay Thai (kickboxing) match.
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- Introduction to Bangkok
- About Bangkok
- Top places in Bangkok
- Top hotels in Bangkok
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Bangkok, the capital of Thailand is one of the world’s biggest city, with an area of 1,500 square kilometres, more the ten million people and over 30,000 taxis circulating in this urban jungle. What was once only a small trading village became Siam capital in 1782. In the following 200 years it quickly became Thailand’s spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational and diplomatic centre. The city itself is split up into 50 districts with some more popular than others. Some of the most known district include Rattanakosin home to the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, Khao San Road the backpacker Mecca, Yaowarat Chinatown, Pahurat Indian community, Dusit the political centre of Thailand, the area around Siam Square the city modern commercial core, Sukhumvit filled with quality hotels and clubs and Silom the financial centre by day turning party district by night.
Top places in Bangkok
Although most of Bangkok’s sights are concentrated in the Rattanakosin district also known as the "Old City" they are plenty other sights and neighbourhood worth visiting.
- Grand Palace
- Wat Pho
- Wat Arun
- Khao San Road
- Wat Bowonniwet
- Lumpini Park
- Erewan Shrine
- Big Buddha
- Ananta Samakhom throne hall
- Wat Benchamabophit (marble temple)
The Grand Palace is a very large in size collection of astonishingly decorated temples and other holy monuments, with the most famous being Wat Phra Kaew the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and perhaps one of the most sacred in Thailand.
Wat Pho also called the Temple of the Reclining Buddha and located near the Grand Palace is home to the world’s largest reclining Buddha image and a famous massage school.
Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn is located on the other side of the Chao Phraya river from the Grand Palace. The main structure is 70 meters high and surrounded by four smaller prangs, all decorated with colourful Chinese porcelain pieces.
Khao San Road
Khao San Road located on the north of the Royal city is the backpacker Mecca as it offers many cheap accommodation and plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from, not to mention its vibrant nightlife.
Wat Bowonniwet is a major Buddhist temple in the Phra Nakhon district, in the heart of Bangkok.
On the central east of the City is located Lumpini Park, Bangkok’s Central Park, a lovely place to escape from all the hustling of the city.
The Sukhumvit district with its long Sukhumvit Road is located on the east of Central Bangkok. It is not were the main sights are located but more a business area with many sky scrapers (and still building). It is said to be popular among expatriates especially middle easterners. It is filled with quality hotels, restaurants and nightclubs and perhaps represent Bangkok’s naughty image with Soi Cowboy and Nana Entertainment Plaza.
Patpong is the naughty district of Bangkok and perhaps one of the most known red light district in the world offering a multitude of go-go bars to choose from.
Bangkok‘s Chinatown also called Yaowarat remains us of the important commercial role the chineese played over the last 200 years. This neighbourhood is packed with many Chineese restaurants, medicine shops and other street market.
The Dusit is the political centre of Thailand and home to the Dusit Park and Dusit Zoo.
Located in the central shopping district, on the cross road of Rama 1 and Ratchadamri, the Erewan Shrine is a religious landmark that locals believe that brings luck and prosperity.
The Big Buddha located in the central north of Bangkok is a grandiose 320meters tall standing Buddha that can be viewed from far away.
Ananta Samakhom throne hall
The Ananta Samakhom build in a Italian Renaissance and Neo Classic style, is the former reception hall within the Dusit Palace and now serves as a museum.
The Wat Benchamabophit also known as the Marble temples is one of the most beautiful attraction in the Dusit district, attracting Buddhist as well as international tourists.
Top hotels in Bangkok
Here comes the list of some of the favourite hotels in Hua Hin including 5, 4 and 3 stars hotels.
Lebua at State Tower Hotel, 5 stars
The Lebua at State Tower is one of Bangkok’s most prestigious Hotel offering 358 suites each equipped with a charming living room. This 67-storey tower offers a rooftop restaurant with spectacular views on the city.
Baiyoke Sky Hotel, 4 stars
The Baiyoke Sky is a 4 stars Hotel in a 88-storey building, said to be the Thailand’s tallest. Perfectly located in the heart of Bangkok near all the entertainment and shopping centres.
Centre Point Silom Hotel , 4 stars
The Centre Point Silom Hotel is a 4 stars accommodation situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River near to all the business and leisure facilities. It offers a swimming pool, sauna, fitness centre, library and spacious rooms with amazing city and river views.
Prince Palace Hotel, 4 stars
The Prince Palace Hotel is a 4 stars hotels conveniently located in Bangkok’s downtown area. It offers many facilities for its guests including a karaoke lounge, numerous bars, and a fitness centre with swimming pool, steam room and Jacuzzi.
Phachara Suites Sukhumvit,4 stars
The Phachara Suites is a 4 stars hotel with 194 rooms located in the business district of Sukhumvit. It has all the features of a modern hotel with superior recreational and leisure facilities including indoor pool , gym, sauna, spa, outdoor pool
Emporium Suites Hotel,4 stars
The Emporium Suites, is a 4 stars Hotel located at the top of the remarkable Emporium Shopping Centre on Sukhumvit Road. It offers amazing views of the city and on Benjasari Park nearby. It offers onsite shopping, entertainment, restaurants and many facilities including an outdoor free-form swimming pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi and a fully equipped fitness centre.
Grand Diamond Suites Pratunam Hotel, 4 stars
The Grand Diamond Suites Pratunam Hotel is a 4 stars hotel located on Phetchaburi Road in the heart of the city. It offers 172 luxuriously appointed Suites and 4 Heavenly Comfortable Penthouses with panoramic views of the Bangkok skyline. The hotel facilities include two restaurants, a bar, a business centre, meeting rooms, a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a steam room, sauna, gym and their famous Thai House Massage.
Majestic Grande Hotel, 4 stars
The Majestic Grande Hotel is a 4 stars hotel offering 251 well-equipped guestrooms in the heart of Bangkok. It offers many restaurants to choose from as well as leisure and recreational activities including exercise in the pool and gym and a traditional Thai massage.
Grande Centre Point Ratchadamri Hotel, 5 stars
The Grande Centre Point Ratchadamri Hotel is a 5 stars hotel located in Bangkok’s down town. The hotel offers the exquisite Dao’s Coffee Bean Restaurant which serve both Thai and International cuisine. It also offers a beautiful tropical pool to relax.
Indra Regent Hotel, 4 stars
The Indra Regent a 4 stars Hotel located in the heart of the shopping district with all the major commerce centres within a few kilometres and easily accessible. The hotel offers several on-site restaurants offering Thai, Chinese and Continental dishes, as well as their famous massages at the Spa Indra.
Bliston Suwan Parkview Hotel, 4 stars
The Bliston Suwan Parkview Hotel is a 4 stars hotel in Bangkok’s city centre offering apartment-style accommodation. It is equipped with all the amenities to make one feel at home including an outdoor swimming pool with breath-taking views of the bustling city, a fitness centre, spa, and even a children’s playroom.
Centre Point Wireless Road Hotel, 4 stars
The Centre Point Wireless Road is a 4 stars Hotel providing guests the convenience of space and location whether they are in the city for business or leisure. It offers a range of recreational facilities for guest use, including an outdoor pool, squash room, sauna and spa.
President Solitaire Hotel, 5 stars
The President Solitaire Hotel is a 5 stars hotel in the heart of Bangkok. It offers relaxing massage services and an outdoor pool.
President Palace Hotel, 4 stars
The President Palace is a 4 stars Hotel on the well-known Sukhumvit road ideal for both business as well as leisure travellers with a range of high standard amenities and facilities to enjoy.
Amanta Ratchada Serviced Apartments, 4 stars
The Amanta Ratchada Serviced Apartments is a 4 stars accommodation in the Ratchada district in the centre of Bangkok. It offers 116 executive suites, each neatly decorated with modern style and equipped with all necessary amenities and facilities ready to use.
Bandara Suites Silom , 4 stars
The Bandara Suites Silom is a 4 stars hotel popular among both business and leisure travellers. This 27-story, 242-unit, building offers a lovely restaurant, 2 pools, a spa, a gym, a squash court, a sauna, a whirlpool and a business centre.
Oakwood Apartments Trilliant Sukhumvit 18 ,4 stars
The Oakwood Apartments in Sukhumvit are the latest addition to Bangkok’s serviced apartment. Located next to all the malls and shops around Siam it has an enviable location. Facilities include a complimentary parking, a gym, coffee shop and a roof top outdoor pool.
Adelphi Grande Hotel,4 stars
The Adelphi Grande is a 4 stars apartments Hotel providing comfortable alternative to cramped hotel rooms. Located in the heart of the city, near the upscale Emporium shopping mall. The hotel offers a fitness centre and a swimming pool for the guest.
Somerset Lake Point Hotel, 4 stars
The Somerset Lake Point is a 4 stars Hotel located in the centre of Bangkok. It offers luxurious and enormous serviced apartments with amazing views of Lake Rajada. It also is fully serviced, with two restaurants, two swimming pools, a business centre and conference room, gym, sauna and whirlpool tub for its guests.
Citrus Sukhumvit 22 Bangkok ,4 stars
The Citrus is a 4 stars hotel in the business district of Sukhumvit, close to many of the capitals best convention centres and shopping malls.
Narai Hotel, 4 stars
The Narai Hotel is a 4 stars hotel located in Silom, Bangkok’s popular business, shopping, and entertainment district, offering 472 spacious, air-conditioned rooms to choose from. Ideally placed and offering many modern amenities it will make for a perfect stay in the capital.
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