Bangkok is one of Asia’s hottest cities - in terms of temperament as well as temperature. The Thai capital is one of the most popular stopover cities in the world, with travellers often en-route to Thai beaches or islands, or further flung destinations such as Australia and New Zealand. Bangkok also makes a fabulous short break or holiday location in its own right, with plenty of exotic sights to see and spicy flavours to savour.
Whatever you want from Bangkok hotels, there is plenty of choice in this sizeable Asian city. Many of the cheap hotels in Bangkok cluster around the Khao San Road area, famed the world over as backpacker central. The 5-star hotels in Bangkok, meanwhile, are often housed in grand, colonial-style buildings and offer superb levels of style and service. Other luxurious properties are located on the banks of the Chao Phraya river, a wide sweeping expanse of water that reflects the bright city lights by night and is busy with local life by day.
Thai food is burgeoning in popularity all over the globe, and is one of the myriad reasons why people flock to Bangkok. From a bowl of pad thai noodles from a street stall, to a fine dining experience in a top-end hotel, Bangkok has plenty of options to tickle your tastebuds. Some of the more exotic options may not appeal to Western palates, but if you are feeling adventurous, you can book a foodie tour of the city’s markets to sample some truly eye-popping, jaw-dropping delicacies.
The prospect of retail therapy also attracts many visitors to the capital of Thailand. From tiny stalls to spacious shopping malls, there is ample opportunity to shop until you drop during any stay in Bangkok. Electronic items are popular purchases and Pantip Plaza is the place to be for gadgets, while fashion fans will revel in the chance to snap up the latest trends for a snip in Pratunam.
For a rather different shopping experience, the city’s floating markets are a must and have to be seen to be believed. Scores of boats are piled high with fresh, exotic fruits and easy hot snacks tempt the taste buds, while you feast your eyes on the unusual scene before you. Chinatown, meanwhile, is the place to go after nightfall, where there’s an astonishing array of Asian specialities to sample.
If a trip to Thailand tickles your fancy, why not have a look at the range of hotels we offer in this Southeast Asian city?