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About Bangkok

The capital of Thailand and one the world's top tourist destinations, Bangkok is renowned for its stunning shrines and exciting street life. Go to visit the historic Grand Palace and Buddhist temples. If it’s night life you’re after, be sure to head down to the bustling Khaosan Road and Patpong. With a city this large it can be easy to become overwhelmed by choice, so our recommendations represent the best places to stay in Bangkok to make the most of this extraordinary city.

Sitting in the midst of the Chao Phraya River delta, the city rose to prominence in the eighties and nineties after many multinationals moved their regional headquarters to the area. After this, the city quickly became a cultural and entertainment hub.

For high temperatures and a low chance of rain, aim to visit Bangkok between November and April.

What not to miss:

  • The Grand Palace - Built in 1782, the palace consists of several magnificent buildings including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. A fantastic example of traditional architecture and cultural heritage.

  • Temple of the Reclining Buddha - Another sanctuary for Thai relics, this temple is one of the oldest and largest in Bangkok and houses the famous Reclining Buddha.

  • Lumpini Park - The largest and oldest park in the city, this is a great place to escape the hectic city and catch a glimpse of some lizards!

  • Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute). This farm produces world renowned anti-venom serum for snake-bite victims. However, it’s also an amazing, if not slightly terrifying spectacle. For the full experience, make sure you catch the shows that display the snakes and how they extract the venom.

  • Thai Cooking Class - Try your hand at some Thai cooking! You’ll be guided through some traditional dishes using ingredients picked up in the local market. And after the class, enjoy the fruits of your labour with a multi-course feast!

Use our pick of the best places to stay in Bangkok, and start to plan your Far East adventure.

For reasonably priced comfort

  • Como Metropolitan Bangkok offers five star luxury in the heart of Bangkok for a reasonable price. Not to mention that it houses an acclaimed restaurant and outdoor swimming pool!

  • Nothing scandalous about the Amari Watergate Bangkok. Perfect for a shopping trip, the five-star hotel boasts all the comforts you would associate with the rating.

For Something special

  • For the best the city has to offer, visit The Siam. This boutique hotel boasts impeccable service and palatial surroundings. And to explore the city, why not head down to the river through the hotel’s tropical grounds where your private speed boat awaits!

For A colonial hideaway

  • Cabochon Hotel only has eight rooms and so is understandably intimate. With plenty of nooks and crannies for a secluded drink, this hotel feels very personal despite being nestled amongst skyscrapers!

Contemporary retreats

  • Avani Riverside Bangkok is a suave, modern building with floor to ceiling windows and luxurious bathrooms. Not to mention some spectacular views over the Chao Phraya River.

  • Maduzi is a chic and luxurious hotel in the heart of Bangkok. A great terrace for sundowners and gourmet food add to the charm.

  • W Bangkok offers five star flash to match the city it sits in. Somewhere you might want to dress up to visit reception.

  • So Sofitel is chic, modern and minimalist. Great bathrooms and a fantastic pool on the roof to cool off after a day's exploring.

For Renowned excellence

  • Banyan Tree Bangkok is well known, and for good reason. Not only does it boast spectacular 360 degree views over the city, but also a host of drinking and dining options along with everything you’d expect from a five-star hotel!

  • Oriental Residence Bangkok is just what it says on the tin. A taste of home in a foreign land with kitchens in the rooms and large wardrobes, not to mention everything else you’d expect from a five star hotel.

  • Shangri-La offers river views and contemporary architecture. A great location to use as a base to explore the city from.

  • The Peninsula offers five star riverfront luxury. Traditional design coupled with modern comforts. The suites are large and the food is fantastic.

Still undecided?

Best Hotels in Bangkok

  • COMO Metropolitan Bangkok 169 rooms from $98

    Bangkok (Sathorn)

    Cool, calm and collected - the COMO Metropolitan brings understated, five-star luxury to the heart of the capital with neutral decor, impeccable facilities and an acclaimed Thai restaurant. Rooms are sprawling and feature state of the art bathrooms. Plus there is an inviting outdoor pool.

    Families  -  The decor might be deceptive but with child friendly menus and babysitting, it's great for the whole family
    City Style  -  Uber chic hotel in the beating heart of Bangkok
    Sights nearby  -  The Sathorn area is known for its abundance of temples
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Amari Watergate Bangkok 569 rooms from $100

    Bangkok (Thanon Phaya Thai)

    Shopaholics, rejoice – Amari Watergate Bangkok’s location is prime for mall-lovers. The five-star hotel also boasts an expansive fitness centre, a luxurious beauty spa and a huge range of dining options. An upmarket and absolutely top-notch choice for a city stay!

    Local exploring  -  With many of Bangkok's sights a short walk away you can easily wander around getting to know this vibrant city
    Local markets  -  Take a stroll around the bustling Pratunam Wholesale Market which is practically right on your doorstep
    Sights nearby  -  The stunning Temple of the Golden Mount (Wat Saket) is only a couple of miles away-a must visit!
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • Maduzi 41 rooms from $108

    Bangkok (Khlong Toei, Klongtoey)

    A zen-like approach to luxury means the Maduzi keeps calm in the heart of Bangkok. Chic rooms feature jacuzzi tubs and complimentary mini bars whilst head chef Yuya serves up gourmet French and Japanese dishes. Sundowners can be sipped on the terrace and guests can keep fit 24 hours a day.

    Cooking classes  -  Everyone loves Thai food and you can take home those famous flavours at Baipai Thai cooking school.
    Local markets  -  Khlong Toei market is one of the largest in the city.
    Sights nearby  -  Wat Traimit (or the Golden Buddha) is a must visit.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Oriental Residence Bangkok 145 rooms from $141

    Bangkok (Lumpini Patumwan)

    For those seeking a home away from home, the Oriental Residence Bangkok’s considerate approach to luxury distinguishes it from other five-star options. Rooms boast fully-stocked kitchen and expansive wardrobe space to mimic the comforts of home while there's an understated French bistro downstairs.

    Local markets  -  Explore the bustling street markets of Bangkok.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Temple of the Golden Mount.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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  • Cabochon Hotel 8 rooms from $143

    Bangkok (Klongton Nua, Wattana)

    Intimate and stylish colonial themed hotel in the heart of Bangkok.

    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Avani Riverside Bangkok Hotel 245 rooms from $150

    Bangkok (Thonburi)

    Enjoy panoramic views from an infinity pool at this contemporary hotel with a riverside location. Find slick rooms complete with floor to ceiling windows, clean design and luxurious bathrooms. A wide range of eating options both international and thai. A chic base to explore the city from.

    Local exploring  -  A luxury contemporary city base with free shuttle boat to Sathorn Pier for easy access to the city.
    Sailing  -  Explore the Chao Phraya River and its canal maze on a traditional tail boat.
    Local markets  -  Jump into any of the bustling markets and sample Bankok's famed street food.
    Sights nearby  -  Be sure not to miss the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Golden Mountain.
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  • Banyan Tree Bangkok 327 rooms from $158


    One of Bangkok’s better-known hotels, Banyan Tree Bangkok offers a range of upmarket drinking and dining options, spectacular 360-degree views across the city and all the modern conveniences of a five-star hotel.

    Sights nearby  -  Grand Palace is four miles away.
    Local markets  -  Navigate the bustling market places of Bangkok.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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  • W Bangkok 403 rooms from $185

    Bangkok (Silom)

    Unapologetically flashy and fashion-orientated, The W melds 5-star luxury with all the mod-cons that its jet-setting, millennial clientele expect.

    Local markets  -  Want it? You'll almost certainly find it at Chatuchak Market, one of the largest in the world.
    Cooking classes  -  Blue Elephant Cooking School allows students to take home those popular Thai flavours.
    Sights nearby  -  Bangkok has plenty of temples but Wat Phra Kaew is one of the most resplendent.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
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  • SO Sofitel 238 rooms from $201

    Bangkok (Bangrak)

    A chic contemporary hotel well located overlooking Lumpini Park. Chic rooms are uber modern with plenty of glass, minimalist style and luxurious bathrooms. A rooftop pool is the ideal place to unwind after a day's exploring. Boasting a wide array of dining and drinking options. Superb.

    City Style  -  An elegant 5 star property complete with rooftop pool, chic bars and fabulous restaurants.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll around the picturesque Lumpini Park.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive gold guilded Grand Palace.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Shangri-la from $206

    Bangkok (Bangrak)

    A grand hotel sat on the banks of the Chao Praya River. Chic rooms are either sleek and contemporary or feature opulent Thai style depending on which wing you reside in. Boasting a wide range of cuisines in the six restaurants and an elegant cocktail bar. Perfectly situated for accessing the city.

    City Style  -  A chic five star property adding some serious glamour to any Bangkok stay.
    Sights nearby  -  Be sure not to miss the awe inspiring Wat Arun.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • The Sukhothai 210 rooms from $231


    A grand hotel located in Bangkok's business district. Colonial style rooms are expansive and impressive with teak furniture and Thai fabrics. The service is slick and a large pool, pampering spa and choice of three restaurants make this a very comfortable stay.

    City Style  -  An opulent colonial style luxury property, ideal for chic city stays.
    Sights nearby  -  For a little bit of India in Thailand visit the colouful Sri Mariamman Temple.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the nearby Suan Lumpini park.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
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  • The Peninsula 370 rooms from $267

    Bangkok (Klongsan)

    A smart five star property boasting a superb riverfront location. Rooms are lavish yet have a pleasing touch of traditional design. Suites are spectacularly large and impressive. The spa is sumptuous and cuisine noteworthy. A great all-rounder of a property.

    City Style  -  A riverfront property offering five star luxury at its finest.
    Local markets  -  Explore lively Chinatown and Phahurat Market holding Thailand's largest textile market.
    Sights nearby  -  Be sure to make a stop at the spectacular Wat Mahathat.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • 137 Pillars House, Bangkok 34 rooms from $469

    Bangkok (Wattana)

    This boutique hotel is bold and unabashed when it comes to luxury. From its private butler service to the sky-high rooftop infinity pool and 34 sumptuous suites, 137 Pillars House promises its guests the ultimate urban experience.

    City Style  -  The contemporary design, attentive service and luxury suites make this one of Bangkok's sleekest establishments.
    Local markets  -  Explore the bustling streets of China Town and sample local dishes from the street vendors.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the ever-impressive Grand palace and Wat Prakeaw.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
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  • The Siam 39 rooms from $640

    Bangkok (Dusit)

    A privately owned boutique hotel with palace-like grandeur and phenomenal levels of service. Sprawling tropical grounds lead down to the Chao Phraya riverbanks where a private speed boat awaits. In house, unwind in the spa, feast on gourmet cuisine and sip delectable cocktails at the art-deco bar.

    Local exploring  -  Well located on the city side of Chaopraya River with many sights easily accessible.
    Honeymoons  -  Luxurious and wonderfully private, the ideal escape for couples.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive Vimanmek Teak Mansion located in the nearby Dusit Park.
    Cooking classes  -  Daily classes are held with the hotel's chef starting in the local markets.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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