Beneath the many layers of Bangkok’s larger-than-life personality are hidden secrets, just waiting to be discovered. From the city’s alluring aromas to its fascinating sights and visual delights.
Bangkok epitomises Thailand’s blend of old and new. It’s where majestic temples exist alongside pulsating nightlife and eccentric street culture, while popular tourist haunts boast flamboyant shows and energetic Thai kickboxing. Intoxicating and diverse, Bangkok will draw you in with its spirited way of life. By day you can discover the ‘Land of Smiles’, where saffron-robed monks make their way to prayer at the countless riverside temples and spirit houses that adorn every corner, overflowing with generous offerings. It is a city of striking contrasts, where religious devotion transforms into a world of neon lights and colourful night markets as soon as the sun goes down.
Close to the centre of the city and home to a selection of luxury hotels, the Riverfront is one of the most captivating and picturesque areas of Bangkok. Water-taxis and heavily laden barges ferry up and down The Chao Phraya River, against a backdrop of spectacular landmarks and glistening hotels. Visit one of Bangkok’s most important attractions, The Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which stands on the east bank of the river.
Sukhumvit Road is situated at the heart of the lively entertainment district. Discover abundant clubs, bars, restaurants and street stalls selling all manner of trinkets. This area boasts many great value hotels, from budget 3 star accommodation to 5 star deluxe hotels. Haggle for souvenirs and accessories at the roadside stalls or, for more upscale shopping there is an array of malls and department stores. Visit one of the many bespoke tailoring stores and get something made to measure.
Silom is considered to be the centre of Bangkok and is best known for its famous Patpong night market. You’ll find many bars, clubs and lively entertainment - which has become synonymous with Thailand. What once comprised rural farmlands and rice fields is now Thailand’s financial centre and an important shopping district by day, home to a broad range of hotels. You won’t find many tourist attractions, but many visitors head to the rooftop bars for spectacular views.
The area around Phetburi Road is best known for its excellent shopping opportunities. Visit Pantip Plaza, an IT and electronics mall where you can find anything technology-related at unbeatable prices. This area is better known for its street-side cuisine and budget eateries than gourmet restaurants. A busy business area by day, it turns into a vibrant nightlife zone after sundown, with a wealth of entertainment including buzzing karaoke bars and pulsing nightclubs.
Combine your city break in Bangkok with some beach time in Pattaya or Hua Hin. Pattaya, Thailand’s liveliest beach resort has something for everyone, with its shops, busy bars, discos and restaurants. Hua Hin’s more tranquil way of life contrasts with Pattaya’s colourful night time entertainment. Visit the Chiang Mai night bazaar, absorb the natural beauty of the local attractions or sample award-winning Monsoon Valley label wine at the Hua Hin Hills vineyard.