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  Where to Stay - City Districts & Hotel Areas

Many of the famous sights of Bangkok are located at or near the Chao Phraya river - simply because this is the oldest and historically and culturally most important part of the city. For this reason, it is often a good idea to choose a hotel near the river (you will save a lot of time that would otherwise be spent in taxies on the city`s crowded roads) . (Please see our City Map). Good hotels are the Mandarin Oriental (of course!), the Shangri-La, or the Royal Orchid Sheraton, or, just as nice but less expensive, the Bangkok Marriot Resort & Spa  in Thonburi - by many considered one of the most pleasant hotels in the city. It is located in Thonburi, on the other side of the Chao Phraya, a 20 minute ride with the hotel`s shuttle boat away from the city center).  Located in the commercial district  are the hotels of the Amari chain (Amari Boulevard, Amari Watergate, and so on) or the Rembrandt, also comfortable, but less expensive than the hotels mentioned above. Please find information about 30 hotels in our Hotel Discount Guide - a lot of them with special prices and discounts.

Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok
Mondop in the Temple of Emerald Buddha

What to See & Do 

Bangkok is a fascinating mix of chaos and tranquility. Few people like the city at first sight - it seems too large, too noisy, too congested, and too crowded with people, buildings, and vehicles of all kind.  However,you will find here - very often where you would least expect it - among all the noise and traffic quiet and shadowy temple courtyards, peaceful alleys, lined by old teakwood houses, where time seems to have stood still,and the golden towers and Buddha statues of the city´s splendid temples and palaces. Take a temple tour! Or explore the famous Klongs with a slim longtail motor boat!

By the way, "Bangkok"- that is not the real name of the city. The real and full name is:"Krung Thep Manakhon Bovorn Ratanskosin Magintharayutthaya Mahadilokpop Noparatratchathani  Burirom Udomratchanivetmahasathan Avatartsathit Sakkathattiya Visnukarmrasit" - translated:

"City of Angels, greatest of all cities,home of the emerald Buddha, immortal, precious jewel, invincable stronghold, ancient and honourable, crownded with nine jewels, heavenly city, founded by Indra and rebuilt by Vishnu"Thais use the short version: Krung Thep (City of Angels). By the way, it was founded by King Rama I, who also built Wat Phra Keaw, the famous Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Grand Palace. Of course, therea are also other palaces and museums, for instance the National Museum with its large collection, or Vimarn Mek (Golden Cloud), a palace built entirely of Teak and full of interesting furniture and antiques from the time of King Chulalongkorn. 

And if you feel that you`ve had enough of the city, Ayuthaya, the ancient capital of Thailand with its lovely temple ruins is only an hour away.  Getting There & Around

What is the name of the airport  (and what is the airport code?) What is the best way to get from there into town and how long does it take? Is there any way to avoid the city`s infamous traffic jams and wasting time when visiting the famous sights (Answer: there is!) Please read more ...

Tha Chang pier, Bangkok
Ferry Pier in Chinatown
Other Issues

Read more about Shopping, Currency & Tipping. Are there any health risks? Is the food safe to eat? What languages are spoken? The Thais are friendly people by they have their own cultural traditions and their feelings are easily hurt, when inconsiderate visitors violate there rules. Read more about How Not to Offend. This is especially important when visiting the beautiful Thai Temples. Please read our small temple etiquette ...

Background Information

When was the city founded? Read more about the History of Bangkok! What story is illustradted in the beautiful and interesting murals at Wat Phra Kaew ? (Answer: its the Thai version of the Ramayana Epic). What is the function of all those coloured and glittering building in the buddhist Thai Temples


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