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Almost every traveller visiting Bangkok for the first time has this ardent urge to visit these unique shopping areas conducted from the traditional boats. Despite the fact that sellers are more worried about tourists as compared to local people nowadays, the floating markets of Bangkok are still heaped with tropical fruits and vegetables, ready-to-drink coconut juice and local food cooked from floating kitchens found right on the vessel.
It might sound strange but there are different varieties of floating markets in Bangkok. While most of them begin their operations early morning at around 05:00 AM, rest remain open till noon as well. Well, it is best advised to sit and relax without any bargaining over prices, you can even opt for a guided boat tour to Bang KhuWiang, Bang Nam Pheung, DamnoenSaduak, KhlongLatMayom and various other beautiful and impressive floating markets.
Location: Floating markets are located throughout Bangkok and surrounding provinces
Things to keep in mind: Depending on the market you chose to visit, ensure that you are aware of the opening and closing timings of different markets. Also, some markets operate on weekends, make sure that you are well aware of the fact. Bargaining is a tough job here and is time-consuming also, thus, is recommended that you do slight research before jumping onto the price argument with the vendors.
Located in Khlong Sam Wa , the Safari World, within an area of 170 acres is a drive-in zoological park divided into two parts. The first is the Safari Park to house a large variety of animals like zebra, deer, giraffe, birds tigers lions, bears, etc. in a natural habitat. The second is the Marine Park which hosts events like the famous dolphin show. The Safari world zoo is the perfect place for families with children to visit in Thailand. Come face to face with thousands of rare and endangered species roaming freely in their natural habitat. The park provides a coach service for visitors who do not drive in.
Timings: Opens daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Price: The approximate price ranges from 50 Baht to 350 Baht.
Madame Tussauds in Bangkok offers you the chance to brush shoulders with your favorite Hollywood stars, local celebrities, sports heroes and heroines, even heads of state. Madame Tussauds has opened its 10th attraction in Bangkok, with a revolutionary concept – the wax museum with exhibits you can touch, hug, play with and even kiss. Pose with the U.S. President and the First Lady in the Oval Office, play basketball with the NBA star Yao Ming or give Leonardo DiCaprio an air-kiss (or real kiss). Waltz down the red carpet and join the party of the Hollywood A-List, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie, to name just a few. A day out at Madame Tussauds wax museum is unlike any other you have experienced before.
Timings: Opens daily from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Price: The approximate price for an adult is 600 Baht and for a child is 500 Baht.
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Baiyoke Sky hotel
At 88 storeys high, Baiyoke Sky Hotel is the tallest building in Bangkok. Centrally located it offers high-end rooms with free wifi, minibars, etc. It has 10 restaurants, bars, a rooftop bar and a floating market on the 75th floor. Guests have free access to the observation deck on the 84th floor making it the best place to stay in Bangkok.
Amari Watergate Bangkok
Located at Pratunam, a vibrant commercial district of Bangkok, this Hotel has splendid guest rooms with city, garden or pool views, suite rooms have whirlpool tubs, a Spa, an international cuisine restaurant, an outdoor pool with poolside bar, a squash court and a fitness centre. The Hotel also has a business center with free wifi and the latest equipment.
Isanook Hotel is the best place to stay in Bangkok, with its location at just a few minutes walking distance from Samyan Metro Station and close proximity to shopping malls, restaurants and popular entertainment areas of Bangkok. Guest rooms come with balconies, TVs and ensuite bath. There is an in-house restaurant that serves Thai and international cuisine and a rooftop bar.
Dream Hotel Bangkok has excellent rooms with modern decor, TVs and free wifi. The Hotel also has a spa, fitness centre, in-house restaurant serving Western and Asian cuisines and a rooftop swimming pool. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Bangkok city while sipping a cocktail at the Flava Restaurant in the hotel.
Centara Watergate Pavillion
Centara Watergate Pavillion is located in the popular Pratunam area in close proximity to shopping hubs, entertainment, and restaurants and it is the best place to stay in Bangkok. The Hotel has 24/7 room service, 2 restaurants, and a rooftop lounge. It also has a spa, a fitness centre, and a steam room.
Avani Atrium Bangkok hotel
Boasting spacious garden view rooms with modern decor, an outdoor pool, a fitness centre, a wellness area with a steam room and a hot tub. The Hotel has a Japanese steak house, an all-day dining area, a takeaway pantry and also offers to dine aboard a rice barge while cruising along the Chao Phraya River.
Admiral suites Bangkok
This is a fully furnished serviced apartment located in one of the best areas to stay in Bangkok is in close proximity to shopping hubs and popular entertainment areas. The Hotel has a rooftop swimming pool, a fitness centre, Jacuzzi, salon and two in-house restaurants serving Thai and International cuisines.
Hotel Picnic is ideally located and in close proximity to many commercial hubs and entertainment in Bangkok. It is one of the best places to stay in Bangkok offering clean and chic modern rooms with great views, dorm facilities, the restaurant offers an all-day buffet with a wide spread of Thai and International dishes.
Narai Hotel is located in a bustling tree-lined avenue of Silom. It offers modern AC rooms with ensuite bathrooms, an outdoor pool, a fitness centre, a business centre with 24-hour currency exchange. Dining options at the hotel include an Italian Restaurant and a buffet dining area serving Asian and International cuisines.
Stay Hotel Bangkok
Stay Hotel Bangkok is the best place to stay in Bangkok if you are looking for proximity to the Airport and other attractions of this city. It offers contemporary rooms with floor to ceiling glass windows offering excellent city views. The Hotel offers an outdoor pool, a kids’ pool, an in-house restaurant, and a fitness centre.
Sukhumvit is the best area to stay in Bangkok, especially for first-time travelers with many hotels to fit every budget. The connectivity from here to other popular destinations in Bangkok is a lot easier. This area also has some of the best shopping malls, restaurants, and the most vibrant nightclubs and rooftop bars.
Banglamphu is an interesting neighborhood with great street food stalls, nightclubs, and blues bars. Phra Athit Road is popular for its bohemian bars and restaurants while Khao San Road is a backpacker’s paradise. The area is close to the Chao Phraya River and there are many upscale boutique hotels as well as budget guesthouses.
Khao San Road is a 1 Km long stretch road filled with interesting bars and restaurants, budget and boutique hotels, shops selling a variety of things from tattoos to books, eateries, massage parlors and so much more. This is the best area to stay in Bangkok if you really want to experience the true spirit of this city.
Siam is the best place to stay in Bangkok if great shopping is on your agenda. Central Mall, the biggest mall in Thailand is in Siam. It is also the best place to entertain kids with attractions such as the Aquarium, Madame Tussauds and the popular Kidzania. Siam also has some great eating options and rooftop bars and restaurants.
Pratunam district is a shoppers’ paradise with the Pratunam Market being the largest clothing market in Thailand. The area has the city’s tallest building, the Baiyoke Hotel at 88 storeys high. Other attractions here are Bangkok Doll’s Museum, Phaya Thai Palace and the Victory Monument. Dining options range from excellent street food to 5-star gourmet restaurants here.
Silom accommodates two very diverse personalities of Bangkok. During the day it is a bustling business district with several offices in the highrises bursting with workers piling in and out. By evening Silom turns into a hardcore fun and party zone with markets stalls unfurling and fine dining restaurants and nightclubs opening their doors.
Bangkok is home to the largest Chinatown in the world and it is one of the best areas to stay in Bangkok. Major attractions such as Wat Traimit, China Gate, Grand China Princess the revolving rooftop bar, Sampeng Lane and many Chinese Temples. Yaowarat Road in Chinatown transforms into one of the most fascinating eat-street at night.
Bangkok Riverside (Chao Phraya river)
The Chao Phraya River area is the best place to stay in Bangkok with its many landmark historic sites and beautiful temples. The riverside restaurants are a great place to try out authentic Thai cuisine. The river itself is used for transportation and boat cruises. Asiatique the Riverfront is the latest attraction here.
The International Airport Suvarnabhumi Area
The International Airport Suvarnabhumi Area is dotted with a few tourist attractions and hotels for every budget. The area has the world’s biggest crocodile farm, Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and a 100-year-old market the Klong Suan Market. Within 10 minutes' worth of taxi ride from the Airport is the Paseo Mall and Mega Bang Na.
Navalai River Resort
Navalai River Resort is located in the vicinity of the Chao Phraya River and offers a great view of the riverside area. The Resort is in a perfect location to explore Bangkok’s historical sites, shopping, entertainment or dining. The Resort has a riverside terrace restaurant and bar, an outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi.
The Orchid House 153
The Orchid House 153 is located in Phra Nakhon not too far from the iconic Grand Palace Wat Phra Kaew. The Bangkok Riverside is just a minute away and the popular Khao San Road is also nearby. The rooms feature European decor and fitted with TVs, wi-fi, and mini-bars. The Hotel also has a beautiful garden and a terrace.
The Silver Palm Rama 9
The Silver Palm Rama 9 Resort is like an oasis of calm in the midst of the bustling life of Bangkok. The Resort offers a magnificent outdoor pool, a garden, an all-day dining cafe serving Thai, Asian and International delicacies, a fitness centre and free wi-fi across the property. The Resort also offers an airport shuttle service.
Baan Sukhumvit Soi 18
Baan Sukhumvit Soi 18 is a pleasant boutique resort within walking distance to Asoke BTS Skytrain station, Emquartier, and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall. It is located in a quiet corner of the busy Sukhumvit area. Complimentary breakfast is served between 8 AM to 11 AM. There is a rooftop swimming pool with sun loungers.
Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort
Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort is a luxurious waterfront property with enchanting views of the Chao Phraya River and the best place to stay in Bangkok. The resort features a fresh tropical garden, a Spa and a shuttle boat for sightseeing. The property has a large outdoor pool with power jets, a fitness centre and 10 exquisite dining options.
Ammata Lanta Resort Bangkok is a luxurious pagoda-shaped villa-style resort that offers opulent and private villa for their guests. The resort offers a fantastic outdoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness centre, Spa, restaurants, and a poolside bar. The Resort is located within 3km from the Airport and the area is also popular for golfing.
Yim Huai Khwang Hostel
Yim Huai Khwang Hostel is a popular hostel located within 2 minutes walking distance from the Huai Khwang Metro station. They offer dorm-style rooms with ensuite bathrooms, private rooms fitted TVs, tea and coffee maker and junior suites have mini-fridges, microwaves and pull-out sofas in the living room. The hostel has a cafe and a garden as well.
Barn & Bed Hostel
Located in one of the best areas in Bangkok, Barn and Bed Hostel offers AC dorm rooms with wi-fi facilities, a communal lounge with a TV, lockers and a garden area. It is within walking distance from Phrom Phong Skytrain station and close proximity to Terminal 21 Mall and Emporium shopping mall.
Once Again Hostel
Once Again Hostel is located close to the highly popular backpackers’ paradise, Khao San Road. The Hostels offers mixed and all-female AC dorm rooms with shared bathrooms fitted with modern showers. All the dorms have free wi-fi facilities, lockers, and microwaves. They serve a complimentary continental breakfast and they also have a cafe within the premises.
Diff Hostel provides for a comfortable Bangkok accommodation in the heart of the city with cozy dorm rooms. The rooms are modern, comfortable with privacy curtains and luggage storage space. They also offer private rooms fitted with a TV and ensuite bathroom. They offer complimentary breakfast, terrace, and lounge area as well as laundry services.
Good ‘uck Hostel
Good ‘uck Hostel is a wonderful boutique hostel in Silom featuring AC dorm rooms as well as private rooms. Free wi-fi is available all over the premises, a bar, and a rooftop lounge. The Hostel is within 1km from Surasak and Chongnonsee BTS Skytrain station. Several street food options and bars are available within walking distance from the hostel.
Baan Gaysorn is ideally located in the Riverside district and offers shared and private rooms. The property has a restaurant and also offers a shared kitchen fitted with a microwave. Free wi-fi and bike rentals are also available at the hostel. Attractions like the Bangkok Ocean World and Jim Thomson House are within 10 minutes of a taxi ride.
Playground Hostel is the perfect hostel for party lovers. The Hostel features a bar, a garden area, and a shared lounge. Attractions such as Wat Arun, Wat Pho, Emerald Buddha Temple, and the Grand Palaceare within a 3-mile radius of this Hostel. The Hostel offers luggage storage, laundry facilities, housekeeping, and Internet access.
Cubic Bangkok is a cozy and budget Bangkok accommodation within 10 minutes walking distance from the National Stadium Skytrain station. The hostel features a mixed-gender and female-only dorm-style AC rooms with complimentary wi-fi. Private rooms are also available with TVs. There is a coffee shop, a guest kitchen, and a terrace.
Revolution Hostel Asoke
Revolution Hostel Asoke is a casual and modern hostel located in the popular Sukhumvit area. The location offers easy access to major attractions in the city and walking proximity to traditional street stalls, fine dining restaurants and some of the best malls in the city such as Terminal 21. The Hostel has a cafe-bar and a rooftop bar as well.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Mandarin Oriental Hotel is a well-known luxury hotel near the Chao Phraya River. The Hotel features lavish rooms with teak and silk Thai furnishings. They offer free wi-fi, TVs, and rooms with spectacular river views. There are 9 dining options within the Hotel serving Thai, Asian, French, and several International cuisines.
Anantara Siam is a luxury hotel in the heart of the city offering high-end lavish Bangkok accommodation. The Hotel feature elegant rooms with Thai decor, outdoor pool, the Spa offers spa suites with private plunge pools, 9 fine dining, and casual dining options and close proximity to shopping and entertainment centres.
Banyan Tree Hotel is a 5-star hotel offering luxurious rooms with spectacular city views or views of the Chao Phraya river, tea and coffee maker, a minibar and 24-hour room service. The Hotel has a fitness centre, steam and sauna room. There are 6 dining options in the Hotel with a floating and a rooftop restaurant.
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok is located in the best area to stay in Bangkok with Chidlom Skytrain station and Pratunam Market within walking distance of the Hotel. This beautiful highrise hotel features elegant rooms with ensuite bathrooms, TVs, free wi-fi and other amenities. The Hotel also has a spa, outdoor swimming pool, and fitness centre.
Hansar Hotel offers guests a luxurious stay with elegant rooms, an outdoor pool, free wi-fi, a minibar in each room and 4 dining options serving French Mediterranean and Thai cuisine. The Hotel also has a Spa, a fitness centre, a business centre, and private workspaces. The Hotel is within walking distance of Lumpini Park and Erawan Shrine.
Ariyasom Villa is a perfect boutique hotel that epitomizes Thai hospitality and luxury. The Hotel has an inviting decor featuring hand-woven silk drapes and teakwood flooring. Guests can enjoy free wi-fi, organic and vegetarian food at the in house restaurant, the outdoor pool, yoga and meditation classes and soothing traditional Thai massages at the Spa.
So Sofitel Hotel is located in downtown Bangkok opposite Lumpini Park. The Hotel offers elegant rooms with floor to ceiling windows, a nightclub, business centre, rooftop bar, two restaurants, and hotel organized tours. Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool, spa, fitness centre and sauna. So Sofitel also hosts a pool party on the last Saturday of each month.
U Sathorn Hotel
U Sathorn Hotel is a perfect hotel for travelers who want to explore the exotic culture of Bangkok. The hotel offers lavish rooms with ensuite bathrooms, balconies, tea, and coffee maker. The hotel has a Michelin-starred restaurant serving international cuisine and poolside snack-bar. Guests can also enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, free rental bikes and a garden area.
Bangkok is a year-round vacation spot and it has a tropical savanna climate. It has three main seasons; hot season, the rainy season and cool season. The peak season in Bangkok is between November and March. This is the best time to visit Bangkok if you really want to explore the wonders of this city.
Between March to May Bangkok experience very hot weather but this is also the time when the Thais celebrate the Thai New Year with great gusto. This is also the best time to enjoy boat cruises, mall shopping and lounging by the swimming pool.
If binge shopping is on your agenda then mid-June to mid-August is the best time to visit Bangkok as the Amazing Grand Sale is held at this time.
The shoulder season is between April to June, September, and October. The advantage of visiting Bangkok during the colder season are the great deals on room rates, airfares and city tours.
The Grand Palace - The Palace is the residence of the Royalties of Thailand and within its premises is the famous Buddhist temple, Wat Phra Kaew.
Wat Arun - Also known as the Temple of Dawn and located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River Wat Arun is one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok in terms of architecture and location.
Chao Phraya River - The River is the lifeline of Bangkok and its waterways hold a lot of experiences for visitors here. Dinner cruises and ferry rides are major attractions for the tourists here.
Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World - This spectacular place is an underground aquarium beneath the Siam Paragon Mall. It holds over 30000 marine creatures and offers one of the most thrilling experiences in Bangkok.
Chatuchak Weekend Market - A shopaholic’s paradise, Chatuchak Weekend Market is the most famous and one of the largest markets in the world. The Market’s 8000 stalls sell a huge variety of things from clothing to souvenirs and every other thing one can imagine.
Chinatown - The iconic Chinatown of Bangkok is the largest in the world. Chinatown is best explored at night and it is the best place to enjoy a variety of street food.
Visit Wat Pho - Wat Pho is the temple that has the Reclining Buddha and a must-visit destination in Bangkok city. The statue is covered in gold leaf and is a spectacular sight to behold.
Ride the Sky Train - This is the best way to travel around the city while enjoying the AC carriages and the wonderful city views.
Shop for designer fashion at Siam Paragon - This is a high-end shopping mall housing many designer brands, the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia, a multi-plex and hundreds of restaurant
Enjoy a Thai massage - A trip to Bangkok is incomplete without experiencing a Thai massage. Bangkok abounds in massage parlors and internationally renowned spas.
Visit Khao San Road - This place is the haven of backpackers and the place is bustling with travelers from all over the world. The area is popular for its nightlife, restaurants serving different cuisines, market stalls, and food stalls.
Enjoy a drink at the Vertigo and Moon Bar - Sip a cocktail while you enjoy a 360 Degree view of Bangkok city from the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel where the Vertigo and Moon Bar is located.
Eat Street food - Bangkok has some of the most vibrant selection when it comes to street food in the world.
Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River - The Riverside area of Bangkok lights up once the sun sets and a dinner cruise on the Phraya river is one of the most memorable experiences in Bangkok.
Catch a performance of the Calypso Cabaret Show - This is the best cabaret show in Bangkok where transgenders perform shows in Broadway-style and representing famous Hollywood celebrities.
Party at Royal City Avenue - This is Bangkok’s largest clubbing area with popular clubs like Route 66 and Slim located in this area.
Laugh the night away at the Bangkok Comedy Club - This is Bangkok’s first English comedy club and performances are held every Friday night.
Enjoy a cultural extravaganza at Siam Niramit - The performance is a spectacular experience with over 100 performers and 500 costumes. There are pre-show activities as well such as an elephant ride or visit a traditional Thai village.
Shop at Bangkok’s famous night markets - These markets offer a diverse selection of products, food, entertainment, and so much experience. Popular night markets are Talad Rot Fai, JJ Green, Asiatique Waterfront and Saphan Phut Night Market.
Ride the tallest Ferris Wheel in Bangkok - Enjoy a ride on the tallest Ferris Wheel in Bangkok at the Asiatique Waterfront and get a bird’s eye view of the city lights.
Yes, Bangkok is a safe city to travel to provided safety measures are kept in mind at all times. The city is always crowded so you need to be careful of scammers and pick-pockets. Never give your passport as a deposit for any kind of rentals. Get travel insurance even if you are travelling for a few days.