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Bangkok is a modern metropolis merging old and new, sacred and profane.

Straddling the Chao Praya River, hectic Bangkok is a colossal contradiction: bustling street markets peddle bargains alongside high-end shopping malls, trendy nightclubs and restaurants that tempt devotees, while serene Buddhist temples and majestic palaces stud the riverbanks and boulevards.

Throughout Bangkok's urban theatre the futuristic push of neon, glass and steel performs alongside a tradition of chanting monks and street touts in a narrative of poverty and wealth.

Don't forget Bangkok is home to some of the best hotels and spas in the world, offering sheer luxury and pampering to visitors, coupled with warm Thai hospitality and charm.

Grand Palace

The Old City is Bangkok's ancient heart, filled with palaces and temples, or wats.

Situated on the banks of the Chayo Praya River, the Grand Palace is the most spectacular complex in Bangkok. Built to mark the founding of the new capital in 1782, it houses Thailand's holiest shrine, Wat Phra Kaeo, resting place of the sacred Emerald Buddha.

Wat Po

Wat Phra Chetuphon, or Wat Pho, is Bangkok's oldest, largest and most famous temple;
‘The Temple of the Reclining Buddha' houses one of the largest reclining Buddhas in Thailand.

The soles of the 46m-long golden image are decorated with intricate mother-of-pearl displaying the 108 auspicious signs, or lakshanas, of the true Buddha.

Wat Pho is now a centre of learning for traditional medicine and also houses the most respected massage school in the city.

Chao Praya River

One of the best ways to discover Bangkok is to explore its main waterway, the Chao Praya River, aboard a narrow long-tailed boat, or hang yaaw.

There are plenty of tours, usually at breakneck speed, around the Khlongs (canals) of Thonburi. The first stop is usually at the Floating Market, or Talaat Nam, but you will find a genuine and fully functioning floating market at Damnoen Saduak, around 100km southwest of Bangkok.

Back in Thonburi, the famous Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) is the highest prang (tower) in Thailand.

The Jim Thompson House

Jim Thompson's House is one of the best preserved Thai houses in Bangkok and one of Thailand's finest museums, full of atmospheric and attractive treasures.

Thompson, a former CIA agent, was an avid collector of antiques and art (his collection spans 14 centuries) and also played a hand in reviving the art of silk weaving. In 1959 he dismantled six teak houses in Ban Khrua and Ayutthaya and reassembled them in their current location, before mysteriously disappearing in the Malaysian jungle.

Shopping in Bangkok

Bangkok is a shoppers' paradise with many luxury boutiques, modern malls, large department stores and plenty of bargain-filled outdoor markets spread throughout the city.

Whether you're after this season's designer fashions, the latest electronics, traditional arts and crafts, antiques, or gems and jewellery, in Bangkok you're sure to find what you're looking for.

Boutiques and markets are scattered through Bangkok, but the main concentration of shopping outlets are around Siam Square, Silom, Phloen Chit, and Sukhumvit Roads.

CentralWorld Plaza is South East Asia's largest shopping centre, but Siam Paragon and Mahboonkrong are also popular. The sprawling Chatuchak Market, said to be the world's largest open-air market, sees more than 200,000 shoppers on the weekend, while the vendors at the Wat Mahathat Amulet Market carry on a spiritual tradition stretching back hundreds of years.

Top itineraries in Bangkok

Authentic Thailand

15-day tailor-made journey from £2,525 pp incl. flights

Get a taste of Thailand as you combine the exhilarating capital city Bangkok with the hill tribes and temples in the northern town of Chiang Mai.

Hidden treasures of Thailand

13-day tailor-made journey from £1,615 pp incl. flights

A crowd-pleasing concoction of culture, city and beach, has made Thailand one of the most popular destinations for travellers the world over. Wonderful food, almost guaranteed sunshine and a wealth of accommodation options to suit almost every budget has ensured Thailand's appeal.

Bangkok, the River Kwai & Elephant Hills

11-day tailor-made journey from £2,405 pp incl. flights

Offering a flavour of three very different regions of Thailand, this 11-day tailor-made tour explores the vibrant capital Bangkok, before setting sale on a cruise along the River Kwai, a region famed for both its scenery and historical significance.

Bangkok, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan

14-day tailor-made journey from £1,600 pp incl. flights

The Gulf of Thailand offers fine beaches, superb snorkelling and world-class diving in clear, warm seas. Two of its most popular holiday destinations, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, attract holiday makers in search of sun, sea and sand, combined with lively bars, wonderful restaurants, traditional Thai…

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Top places to stay in Bangkok

Banyan Tree Bangkok, Thailand


Within the heart of the bustling metropolis of Bangkok, look no further for a sanctuary for the senses than the Banyan Tree luxury hotel.

Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok


The Shangri-La hotel, Bangkok is a centrally located 5-star luxury hotel in the Silom business district of Bangkok, close to the shopping and entertainment districts.

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Thailand


The legendary Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, is situated in a stunning setting on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the River of Kings in Bangkok.

The Sukhothai, Bangkok, Thailand


The Sukothai hotel, Bangkok is a sanctuary in the buzzing heart of downtown Bangkok.

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Special offers in Bangkok

Best of Asia Cruise Holiday

19-day cruise and stay from £2,399 pp incl. flights


Exclusive tailor-made cruise holiday. Free cabin upgrades

Enjoy the best of Asia on this tailor-made luxury cruise holiday - visit Singapore, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, and Hong Kong plus enjoy a land stay in Beijing - includes private tours and much more.

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