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Bangkok? No biggie.

Thailand’s capital is fast-paced and action-packed – and your holiday to Bangkok will be exactly that. With gleaming temples, zigzagging markets and super-sized malls, this frenetic city is a real mishmash of tradition and modernity. Old and new blend seamlessly together, as ancient palaces and quiet canals intermingle with neon-lit streets and soaring skyscrapers. So it’s no surprise that Bangkok holidays offer plenty of variety. You can spend your mornings exploring centuries-old shrines, your afternoons browsing floating markets, and your evenings sipping cold Chang beer in one of Bangkok’s best rooftop bars. And, throughout the day, you can fill up on delicious morsels from the city’s iconic street food stalls.

Bangkok is famous for its bustling attractions and vibrant nightlife – but there are two sides to every story. This lively capital is peppered with pockets of calm, so don’t be put off by its party persona. In Bangkok Old Town, also known as Rattanakosin, you’ll be surrounded by regal temples and fascinating museums. Meanwhile, in tranquil Lumphini Park, you can take a rowing boat out on to the beautiful lake, and admire the city skyline. Or why not hire bikes for the day and head in to the surrounding countryside? If you cross the Chao Phraya River, you’ll soon be cycling past by lush greenery, mangrove swamps and traditional villages.

For a real contrast, though, it’s best to pair Bangkok with a second destination. We’d recommend spending a few days in Bangkok as part of a Thailand multi-centre holiday. You can explore the capital, then fly south to beach-lined Phuket, or retreat to the rolling hills of Chiang Mai in the north. Alternatively, enjoy a city break in Bangkok on your way to Malaysia, Japan or Australia. Whatever you’re planning, our travel experts can help you create the perfect Bangkok experience. test

Things to do

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Nightlife

Best time to go

Things to do

Whether your city break lasts for a few days or a week, you’ll have a seemingly endless list of things to do in Bangkok. For starters, there are over 400 Buddhist temples. There’s ancient Wat Pho – the biggest and oldest shrine in the capital – which has a huge, reclining Buddha, and the multi-towered Wat Arun, known as the Temple of the Dawn. But one of the best places to visit in Bangkok is undoubtedly the Grand Palace. This sprawling complex of throne rooms, courtyards and shrines is one of Bangkok’s top attractions, immediately recognisable by its golden spires and elaborate sculptures. It’s also home to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, one of the most sacred sites in all of Thailand – so, if you want to enter, make sure your shoulders and knees are covered.

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Bangkok’s markets are another must-see. A labyrinth of 800 stalls, Chatuchak Market is the world’s largest weekend market. Or, for a shopping trip with a difference, why not visit one of Bangkok’s famous floating markets? When you see the long-tail boats drifting along the canals – piled high with fruit, souvenirs and everything in between – it’s easy to understand why Bangkok was once called the “Venice of the East”. Taling Chan is the most central floating market, but Damnoen Saduak is our favourite.

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Bangkok Street Food

There’s no shortage of fantastic places to eat in Bangkok. Whether you grab something from a market or a Michelin-starred restaurant, you can be confident that your meal will be full of delicious flavours. But Bangkok street food is the most authentic option.

Noodles or rice is the base for most dishes, but that doesn’t mean they’re all the same – far from it. With over half a million street food stalls scattered across Bangkok, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. The lanes of Chinatown or Sampeng are a good place to start, where you can crunch on papaya salad, snack on grilled chicken skewers, and enjoy the sweet, zesty flavours of tom yum noodles. And no holiday to Bangkok would be complete with a helping or two of pad Thai – a mild stir fry dish made with noodles, bean sprouts, peanuts, scrambled egg, and either chicken, shrimp or tofu.

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Restaurant food

Once you’ve experienced Bangkok street food at lunchtime, change things up in the evening and head to an air-conditioned restaurant for dinner. You can try creamy Thai green curry, nibble on crispy pork belly, or enjoy a bowl of hearty massaman curry made with freshly-caught prawns.

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Nightlife in Bangkok

Even if you’ve never heard of Khao San Road, you’d probably recognise it. This lively stretch is the backpacker heart of Bangkok, filled with neon signs, street vendors and overflowing bars. It’s quintessential night-on-the-town Bangkok, where cocktails are sold by the bucket and a scorpion on a stick is a perfectly acceptable snack. And yet, amidst the throng of backpackers, you’ll spy Buddhist monks browsing the market stalls, and children tucking into steaming plates of pad Thai. This kaleidoscopic street is bursting with all kinds of life, and is a must-visit on any holiday to Bangkok.

But Bangkok’s nightlife isn’t all about Khao San Road. Away from the backpacker trail, this city of contrasts has some truly stunning rooftop bars. Pull up a chair at Spectrum or SkyBar – made famous by The Hangover: Part Two – and sip fruity cocktails, as you look out across one of Asia’s most energetic capitals.

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Best time to go

Bangkok has a tropical climate, so daytime temperatures rarely drop below 28 degrees. That said, the city has three distinct seasons – wet, hot and cool. The cool season, which runs from November to February, is the best time to visit Bangkok. At this time of year, temperatures hover in the high twenties, humidity levels drop, and rainfall is minimal. This perfect weather combination does mean, however, that this is Bangkok’s busiest time, so queues for attractions will be longer – but at least you’ll be able to see the capital at its best.

Bangkok is at its hottest between March and June, when temperatures regularly hit 35 degrees and the humidity levels can make sightseeing very uncomfortable. September and October are the wettest months, so it’s best to avoid going on holiday to Bangkok during this time.

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Things to do

Things to do

Whether your city break lasts for a few days or a week, you’ll have a seemingly endless list of things to do in Bangkok. For starters, there are over 400 Buddhist temples. There’s ancient Wat Pho – the biggest and oldest shrine in the capital – which has a huge, reclining Buddha, and the multi-towered Wat Arun, known as the Temple of the Dawn. But one of the best places to visit in Bangkok is undoubtedly the Grand Palace. This sprawling complex of throne rooms, courtyards and shrines is one of Bangkok’s top attractions, immediately recognisable by its golden spires and elaborate sculptures. It’s also home to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, one of the most sacred sites in all of Thailand – so, if you want to enter, make sure your shoulders and knees are covered.

Show More
Show Less

Bangkok’s markets are another must-see. A labyrinth of 800 stalls, Chatuchak Market is the world’s largest weekend market. Or, for a shopping trip with a difference, why not visit one of Bangkok’s famous floating markets? When you see the long-tail boats drifting along the canals – piled high with fruit, souvenirs and everything in between – it’s easy to understand why Bangkok was once called the “Venice of the East”. Taling Chan is the most central floating market, but Damnoen Saduak is our favourite.

Show More
Show Less

Food

Bangkok Street Food

There’s no shortage of fantastic places to eat in Bangkok. Whether you grab something from a market or a Michelin-starred restaurant, you can be confident that your meal will be full of delicious flavours. But Bangkok street food is the most authentic option.

Noodles or rice is the base for most dishes, but that doesn’t mean they’re all the same – far from it. With over half a million street food stalls scattered across Bangkok, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. The lanes of Chinatown or Sampeng are a good place to start, where you can crunch on papaya salad, snack on grilled chicken skewers, and enjoy the sweet, zesty flavours of tom yum noodles. And no holiday to Bangkok would be complete with a helping or two of pad Thai – a mild stir fry dish made with noodles, bean sprouts, peanuts, scrambled egg, and either chicken, shrimp or tofu.

Show More
Show Less

Restaurant food

Once you’ve experienced Bangkok street food at lunchtime, change things up in the evening and head to an air-conditioned restaurant for dinner. You can try creamy Thai green curry, nibble on crispy pork belly, or enjoy a bowl of hearty massaman curry made with freshly-caught prawns.

Show More
Show Less

Nightlife

Nightlife in Bangkok

Even if you’ve never heard of Khao San Road, you’d probably recognise it. This lively stretch is the backpacker heart of Bangkok, filled with neon signs, street vendors and overflowing bars. It’s quintessential night-on-the-town Bangkok, where cocktails are sold by the bucket and a scorpion on a stick is a perfectly acceptable snack. And yet, amidst the throng of backpackers, you’ll spy Buddhist monks browsing the market stalls, and children tucking into steaming plates of pad Thai. This kaleidoscopic street is bursting with all kinds of life, and is a must-visit on any holiday to Bangkok.

But Bangkok’s nightlife isn’t all about Khao San Road. Away from the backpacker trail, this city of contrasts has some truly stunning rooftop bars. Pull up a chair at Spectrum or SkyBar – made famous by The Hangover: Part Two – and sip fruity cocktails, as you look out across one of Asia’s most energetic capitals.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to go

Bangkok has a tropical climate, so daytime temperatures rarely drop below 28 degrees. That said, the city has three distinct seasons – wet, hot and cool. The cool season, which runs from November to February, is the best time to visit Bangkok. At this time of year, temperatures hover in the high twenties, humidity levels drop, and rainfall is minimal. This perfect weather combination does mean, however, that this is Bangkok’s busiest time, so queues for attractions will be longer – but at least you’ll be able to see the capital at its best.

Bangkok is at its hottest between March and June, when temperatures regularly hit 35 degrees and the humidity levels can make sightseeing very uncomfortable. September and October are the wettest months, so it’s best to avoid going on holiday to Bangkok during this time.

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Grand Palace

Explore the courtyards and shrines of the Grand Palace. You can take photos of the fantastic architecture and visit the sacred Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

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Bangkok’s markets

Lose yourself among hundreds of stalls at Chatuchak Market, and watch fruit-filled boats bob along at the colourful Taling Chan floating market.

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Bangkok street food

Trying street food is a rite of passage on any trip to Bangkok. Fill up on pad Thai and grilled fish in Chinatown, Sampeng or Bangkok Old Town.

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Lumphini Park

Escape the hubbub of the city in this lovely green space. You can row across the lake, hire bikes, or simply stroll along the trails and admire the skyline.

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Khao San Road

For a taste of ‘backpacker Bangkok’, spend a night under the neon lights of Khao San Road. Grab a drink and a bite to eat, then sit back and soak up the lively atmosphere.

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