There are lots of reasons Bangkok is one of the most visited cities in the world, and they all guarantee an unforgettable trip. Thailand’s capital city has been welcoming people to its shores for decades—from backpackers to luxury travelers—all drawn by the amazing Thai cuisine, fascinating culture, and famous party scene.
Flights to Bangkok land in Suvarnabhumi Airport (also known as Bangkok International Airport). If you’re visiting for the first time, you should know that Bangkok is a city of extremes, in the best possible way.
When it comes to a place to stay, be sure to choose a location that suits your style of lodging. Certain areas are livelier than others; if tranquility is your thing, try one of the beautiful villas on the outskirts of the city. Thai hospitality is renowned across the world; indeed, hospitality brands out of Thailand have blossomed on the international lodging scene. So it's not difficult to get an incredible hotel boasting first-rate service.
Once you’ve settled in, the fun begins. You can spend your morning visiting the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, the temple of the reclining Buddha, and by the evening be living it up on the Khao San Road. This busy street, made famous in Alex Garland’s novel The Beach, is a magnet for backpackers, so its bookshops, boutiques, and restaurants cater to those on shoestring budgets.
Some of the best things to do in Bangkok are based on joining in with the locals. Whether it’s cheering on a Muay Thai boxer, shopping in one of the numerous markets, or hanging out in the lively entertainment districts, the best thing you can do is to get involved and experience it.
And all of that’s without touching the surface of one of the biggest Thailand attractions of all: the Bangkok dining scene. There are loads of options, whether you prefer fine-dining restaurants or would rather grab a snack from a street food hawker. Get started on Sukhumvit Soi 38, a street near Thong Lo Station that’s famous for its food stalls.
You could always pick up some fresh produce at the famous traditional floating markets. There are lots of other great shopping options, too, including Central Embassy and Silom Complex (which is located on the buzzing Silom Road, a popular spot for a night out).
As the sun goes down, the city seems to put on its own neon light show and takes on an amazing energy as locals and visitors hustle and bustle to get to their favorite restaurants and nightlife venues. It’s clear that Bangkok is bursting with lots to see and do, at all hours of the day and night.