A Bangkok Guide to Help You Prepare for a Trip
Ideal for first-time visitors, this Bangkok travel guide offers insights into choosing accommodation, as well as nightlife, sightseeing and shopping hotspots.
The Thai capital, Bangkok, has much to offer intrepid travellers, and if it’s going to be your first time in the city, this guide will come in handy.
Look to be based in a centrally located area such as Sukhumvit, a dynamic business, nightlife, and shopping district. Instead of a hotel, consider a modern serviced apartment with a well-equipped kitchenette and free Wi-Fi on offer from properties like Citadines Sukhumvit 16 Bangkok; such accommodation providers also feature onsite amenities for business and leisure, and are within easy reach of top attractions as well as subway and Skytrain stations.
For shopaholics based at a serviced apartment, Sukhumvit Bangkok provides easy access to some of the city’s best malls including Terminal 21 with its unique destination themes as well as Emporium and EmQuartier. A long-time favourite, the MBK Centre is also popular along with CentralWorld, IconSiam and ASIATIQUE The Riverfront. For something different, visit one of the lively local markets such as the sprawling Chatuchak Weekend Market which features over 15,000 stalls!
Amongst the top attractions in Bangkok is the 18th-century Grand Palace which is home to stunning pavilions, halls, historical buildings, and statues spread across the complex; a key site here is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Other sightseeing highlights include the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the Temple of Dawn, the Bangkok National Museum, and the National Gallery. If you’re travelling with kids, don’t miss SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World and Madame Tussauds wax museum as well.
The city is renowned the world over for its happening nightlife scene and once more, Sukhumvit, is one of the hotspots for entertainment after the sun has set; highlights include the Sing Sing Theatre and Insanity nightclubs, Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy which offer more adults-only allures and the Sukhumvit Street Night Market. Another popular area for clubbing is RCA, while not to be missed is the backpacker-favourite, Khao San Road, home to bars, pubs, restaurants, and clubs.