Flights to Bangkok (BKK)

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

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Flights to Bangkok

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.

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; it's a completely different kind of tense, family-friendly fun.

Interchange 21 Building
Soi Cowboy
Khlong Toei Nuea
+66 2 611 2828

Visit the temples

Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, is Thailand’s most famous temple; 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 tons.

Wat Arun
Bangkok Yai
+66 2 891 2978 (Thai-language site)

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
+66 2 281 4205

Visit Bang Krachao Island

Well worth a trip out of the city center, Bang Krachao is a place where life harkens back to a simpler time. Rent 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

Shop at Chatuchak Weekend Market

A visit to the Chatuchak Weekend Market could mean you’ll have to buy 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 fueled up. Thais and tourists alike come here to bag a bargain.

Kampaengphet 3 Road
Khwaeng Lat Yao
Khet Chatuchak

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
+66 2 819 6762

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 both visitors and locals.

Soi Charoen Krung 49
Suriya Wong
Bang Rak
+66 2 630 7710

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 start by checking out the stalls around the busy Victoria Monument.

Victory Monument
Thanon Phaya Thai

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
+66 2108 4488

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 offers ribs and seafood, but don't be fooled—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 arugula.

1144/34 Soi Pattanakan 30
Pattanakan Road
Suan Luang
+66 2 318 6831

Rossini's (Italian)

Located at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, this Italian restaurant has long been a Bangkok fine-dining favorite. The interior makes you feel as though you could be in a Tuscan restaurant, but it is the food that steals the show. Try the seared goose liver with pumpkin foam to start and follow with the milk-fed veal tenderloin with foie gras and truffle jus for a truly indulgent taste of Italy.

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
250 Sukhumvit Road
+66 2649 8364

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 yogurt, and fresh fruit. It’s really popular with backpackers, who keep coming back for the fresh flavors and generous portions, and to hang out with the resident kittens.

13 Tanao Road
Taladyod Phanakorn
+66 82 457 9071

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 the 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 make your reservation well in advance.

65 Sukhumvit Soi 1
Klongtoey Nua
+66 2 254 8880

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, and a Tenface taxi card.

81 Soi Ruamrudee 2
Wireless Road
+66 2 695 4242

Phranakorn-Nornlen Hotel

This guest house in Bangkok is away from the main tourist hotspots, but still well served by tuk-tuks and water taxis. It’s massively popular, with a loyal fan base that keeps coming back. Highlights are the in-house cooking class and the rooftop garden where you can soak up the city views.

46 Thewet Soi 1
+66 2 628 8188

Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok

This stylish five-star hotel on the river has its own shuttle across the Chao Phraya River to connect you to Wat Arun (Thailand’s most famous temple) and to the Asiatique the Riverfront open-air mall. Alternatively, you could just hang out by the stunning pool.

26 Charoenkrung Soi 70
+66 2 307 8888

Smile Society

Widely known as one of the best hostels in Thailand, Smile Society is a great base for exploring Bangkok, especially buzzy Chinatown. Plus, unlike some backpacker hostels, it’s quiet enough for you to get some shut-eye. Add the free Wi-Fi and friendly staff, and you’ve got yourself a real gem.

130/3-4 Silom Soi 6
Silom Road
Khwaeng Suriya Wong
Bang Rak
+66 81 442 5800

Metropolitan by COMO

Perfectly located if you want easy access to Bangkok’s legendary nightlife and shopping, this contemporary luxury hotel feels like an oasis in the city. With large airy rooms, an incredible breakfast, and a superb spa, the hotel delivers on all fronts. The restaurant Nahm is also well worth visiting when you stay.

27 South Sathorn Road
+66 2 625 3300

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