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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Bangkok overview

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand is one of the world’s biggest cities, 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 the 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, best known as the backpacker Mecca, Yaowarat Chinatown, Pahurat Indian community, Dusit the political centre of Thailand, Sukhumvit filled with quality hotels and clubs and Silom the financial centre by day turning party district by night.

Bangkok view

Bangkok top sights

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.  Some of the capital most sought after attractions include:

  1. Grand Palace
  2. Wat Pho
  3. Wat Arun
  4. Khao San Road
  5. Lumpini Park
  6. Sukhumvit
  7. Patpong
  8. Dusit
  9. Erewan Shrine
  10. Big Buddha

Grand Palace

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.

Bangkok Chao Phraya River

Wat Pho

Wat Pho also called the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is home to the world’s largest reclining Buddha image and a famous massage school.

Wat Arun

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, plenty of restaurants and a vibrant nightlife.

Lumpini Park

On the central east side of the City is Bangkok’s Central Park.  The Lumpini Park is a lovely place to escape from all the hustling of the city.

Bangkok Lumpini Park

Sukhumvit

The Sukhumvit district with its long Sukhumvit Road is located within the eastern side Central Bangkok.  It is mostly known as a business area with many of the city’s tallest sky scrapers.  It is a popular destination with expatriates’ especially middle easterners. It is filled with quality hotels, restaurants and nightclubs and perhaps represent Bangkok’s naughty image with places such as Soi Cowboy and Nana Entertainment Plaza.

Patpong

Patpong is Bangkok‘s naughty district and perhaps one of the world’s most renown red light district offering a multitude of go-go bars to choose from.

Dusit

The Dusit is the political centre of Thailand and home to the Dusit Park and Dusit Zoo.

Erewan Shrine

Located within the central shopping district, on the cross road of Rama 1 and Ratchadamri, the Erewan Shrine is a religious landmark believed to bring luck and prosperity.

Big Buddha

The Big Buddha located in the central north of Bangkok is a grandiose 320meters tall standing Buddha that can be viewed from far away.

Bangkok Big Buddha

Bangkok best hotels

Bangkok has some of Thailand’s most sought after accommodations.  The following are some of the best rated 5 Stars Hotels.

  1. Okura Prestige, Bangkok 5 Stars Hotel
  2. Oriental Residence, Bangkok 5 Stars Hotel
  3. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok 5 Stars Hotel
  4. Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok 5 Stars Hotel
  5. Peninsula, Bangkok 5 Stars Hotel

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Okura Prestige Bangkok Hotel

57 Wireless Road, Wireless / Chidlom, Bangkok, Thailand 10330
Nestled in the heart of Wireless / Chidlom, Okura Prestige Bangkok Hotel is an ideal spot from which to discover Bangkok. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. Also within easy reach are Pilates Studio, BTS Phloen Chit and Embassy of Vietnam.
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Oriental Residence Bangkok 

110 Wireless Road, Lumpini Patumwan, Wireless / Chidlom, Bangkok, Thailand 10330
Attracting business and leisure travellers alike, this refined accommodation is surrounded by lush greeneries and perfectly placed in the center of Bangkok. Due to its prime location, residents can benefit from the stunning panoramic view of Bangkok’s skyline with easy access to the embassies, shopping centres and business area. Residents can enjoy unique dining experience from Café Claire, an all-day dining restaurant and Mandopop a signature Chinese restaurant.
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Mandarin Oriental Hotel 

48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok Riverside, Bangkok, Thailand
One of Mandarin Oriental’s flagship properties: Mandarin Oriental Hotel has been a favourite of the elite since 1876. In 2006, the grand dame of the Chao Phraya River underwent a face-lift. The new spa is known as one of the best in the world and the facilities have been updated to include: a large gym, tennis, squash, and two outdoor swimming pools. All of the 393 fresh rooms are assigned with personal butlers.
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Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok 

89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok Riverside, Bangkok, Thailand 10500
Near the heart of the business district of Sathorn, lies this luxurious property with easy access to tourist as well as business venues in the city. The Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok stands on the banks of the historic Chao Phraya River, providing easy access to the many attractions, as well as the nearby BTS Saphan Taksin Skytrain station. Voted one of the top ten hotels in the world, the 802-room Shangri-La Hotel is just a few stations away from the commercial hub of Bangkok.
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Peninsula Bangkok Hotel

Siam Chaophraya Holdings, 333 Charoennakorn Road, Bangkok Riverside, Bangkok, Thailand 10600
The 18-room, E-SPA at the Peninsula Hotel is just one of the many world-class facilities on offered at this opulent, multi-awarded accommodation. Already voted the World’s Best Hotel Overall in ‘03, 3rd Best Hotel Overall in ‘04 and World’s Best Business Hotel in ‘05 by Travel and Leisure Magazine Readers’ Survey, the flawless service, charming design, and unique location keep visitors returning to the 5-star hotel.
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Bangkok images

The following is a selection of some of Bangkok’s best photographs.  It includes some of the city most important sites and districts such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Khao San Road, Lumpini Park, Sukhumvit, Patpong, Dusit, Erewan Shrine and Big Buddha.

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Bangkok evening view
Bangkok Lampong train station
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Bangkok Lumpini Park
Bangkok Lumpini Park
Bangkok Lumpini Park
Bangkok Chao Phraya River
Bangkok Chao Phraya River
Bangkok Chao Phraya River
Bangkok Chao Phraya River
Bangkok Throne Hall
Bangkok Throne Hall
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Bangkok video

HD travel documentary Film created by Mat Siems about the best destinations in Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok, including the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Khao San Road, Lumpini Park, Sukhumvit, Patpong, Chinatown, Dusit, Big Buddha, throne hall and marble temple.

Click here to watch the Best of Bangkok video.