Flights to Bangkok (BKK)

Travellers on flights to Bangkok can expect a city of contrasts; where skyscrapers and five-star hotels tower over ancient temples.
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Bangkok, Thailand

What to do in Bangkok

Watch a Muay Thai fight

If you want to see an authentic Muay Thai fight, head to Sanam Muay Rajadamnern, also known as Ratchadamnoen Stadium, one of the best venues in Bangkok. Make sure you buy tickets from an official vendor, then sit in the first tier with other tourists, or head upstairs to mix with the hardcore fans of the sport.

1 Ratchadamnoen Nok Road
Pom Prap Sattru Phai
10200
+66 2 281 4205
rajadamnern.com

Visit the temples

Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, is Thailand’s most famous temple, and the best time to see it is at sunrise or sunset. You can get up close by paying a small fee to walk up the central stairs. Another temple worth visiting is Wat Traimit, which houses a solid gold Buddha weighing more than five tonnes.

Wat Arun
Bangkok Yai
10600
+66 2 891 2978
watarun.org (Thai language site)

Visit Bang Krachao Island

Well worth a trip out of the city centre, Bang Krachao is a place where life hearkens back to a simpler time. Hire a bike or stroll around the buildings while trying some of the fresh produce sold at various stalls and shops. Lush gardens and small temples make this a relaxing antidote to the busyness of central Bangkok. Check out the temple Wat Bang Krachao Klang.

Wat Bang Krachao Klang
44/7 Moo 7
Ban Khlong Bang Krachao
Tambon Bang Yo
Amphoe Phra Pradaeng
Samut Prakan
10130

Take on the Escape Hunt

Based on the massively popular online ‘Escape the Room’ games, the Escape Hunt is a real-life version that’s causing quite a stir in Bangkok. Teams of up to five players have to escape a room by solving clues – tense, family-friendly fun and completely different.

Interchange 21 Building
Soi Cowboy
Khlong Toei Nuea
Watthana
10110
+66 2 611 2828
bangkok.escapehunt.com

Shop at Chatuchak Weekend Market

A visit to the Chatuchak Weekend Market could mean you’ll have to splash out on extra luggage for the flight home. It’s packed with stalls selling everything from pretty lamps to souvenir T-shirts, with loads of street food to keep you fuelled up. Thais and tourists come here to bag a bargain.

Kampaengphet 3 Road
Khwaeng Lat Yao
Khet Chatuchak
10900
chatuchak.org

Floating markets

One of the most iconic images of Bangkok is that of locals on their boats at the floating markets. There are a few different ones to choose from: check out Taling Chan, Tha Kha and Bang Ku Wiang markets for starters. If you want to watch rather than shop, book a Damnoen Saduak market boat tour.

Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market
Bang Kobua
Phra Pradaeng District
Samut Prakan
10130
+66 2 819 6762
facebook.com/Bang-Nam-Phueng-floating-market

Where to eat in Bangkok

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Mango Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant and Arts Gallery (Vegetarian/Fusion)

This vegan and vegetarian restaurant near Khao San Road is the best place in the city to grab a healthy breakfast of muesli, homemade yoghurt and fresh fruit. It’s really popular with backpackers, who keep coming back for the fresh flavours, generous portions and to hang out with the resident kittens.

19 Tanao Road
Taladyod Phanakorn
10200
+66 82 457 9071

Rossini's (Italian)

Located at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, this Italian has long been a Bangkok fine-dining favourite. The interior makes you feel as though you could be sat in a Tuscan restaurant, but it is the food that steals the show. Leave room for dessert: chocolate foie gras mousse served with foie gras ice cream and fig brule.

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
250 Sukhumvit Road
10110
+66 2649 8364
rossinisbangkok.com

Asiatique The Riverfront (Night market)

Not so much a specific restaurant as a sprawling night market, this riverside destination has loads of different stalls, shops and eateries where you can sample a variety of local and international cuisine. Check out Ko Dang Talay Thai for some of the best seafood you can find in Bangkok.

2194 Charoenkrung Road
Wat Phrayakrai District
Bangkor Laem
10120
+66 2108 4488
thaiasiatique.com

Tealicious (Thai)

East meets West at this restaurant owned by an English and Thai couple, so expect brilliant Thai food and a great cup of tea. There’s something for everyone, from authentic Tom Yum Goong to spaghetti carbonara and Caesar salad, making it popular with visitors and locals.

Soi Charoen Krung 49
Suriya Wong
Bang Rak
10500
+66 2 630 7710
facebook.com/pages/Tealicious-Bangkok

Street Food (Ready-to-eat)

Some of the best food in Bangkok isn’t even served in a restaurant. Hit the streets and pick something that (a) looks delicious, (b) smells amazing or (c) is completely unfamiliar. An adventurous palate is part of the Bangkok experience, and it might just be the best food you ever have. You can find it everywhere, but check out the stalls around the busy Victoria Monument for starters.

Victory Monument
Thanon Phaya Thai
Ratchathewi
10400

Papa's Kitchen (American)

Have a hunger that only a big, juicy burger will satisfy? Papa’s Kitchen is the place to go. The menu also has ribs and seafood, but be under no illusion, it’s all about the burgers. Try the French Kiss, The Gov'nor, or the duck burger, which comes with camembert, wild berry sauce and rocket.

1144/34 Soi Pattanakan 30
Pattanakan Road
Suan Luang
10250
+66 2 318 6831
facebook.com/papaskitchenbkk

Places to stay in Bangkok

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Tenface Bangkok

It’s the extra touches that make Tenface a hidden gem in Bangkok, especially for first time visitors. When you check in, you get a Tosakan's Heart – a box of treats and useful items including a prepaid BTS Skytrain card, a local SIM card, an iPod nano video, a ‘must-see’ map as well as a Tenface taxi card.

81 Soi Ruamrudee 2
Wireless Road
Lumpini
Pathumwan
10500
+66 2 695 4242
tenfacebangkok.com

Ariyasom Villa

Looking for a quiet stay? You can’t go wrong with Ariyasom Villa, a beautiful 1940s boutique hotel in Bangkok. You can grab a healthy breakfast in their fantastic vegetarian restaurant Na Aroon before hitting the city, or just relax by the pool or in the lovely Som Sen Spa. Just be sure to book well in advance.

65 Sukhumvit Soi 1
Klongtoey Nua
Wattana
10110
+66 2 254 8880
ariyasom.com

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