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A city of smiles and ancient culture, Bangkok is the jewel of south-east Asia and a place you will want to return to...
Once you reach central Bangkok, everything you need is within the city centre. The city is constantly presenting you with tempting food options. From grilled chicken skewers of the street stalls to the upmarket seafood restaurants, Bangkok has some of the best food you will find anywhere, at shockingly low prices.
You can easily spend a good couple of days exploring the temples and palaces of Bangkok, but if you only have time for one, make it The Grand Palace, a spectacular complex of government offices, royal residencies and home to Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). The palaces and temples are sights of cultural and spiritual significance to the Thai people, so be sure to dress appropriately, no shorts or revealing tops.
Relax in the Lumpini Park, more than half a million square metres of lush parkland, providing tranquillity, shade and a break from city living for the locals of Bangkok. Visit Thailand's tallest building, the Baiyoke Tower II, at 304 metres and with a 360-degree, open-air revolving roof deck the tower is the best place to get a bird's eye view of the sprawling city.
The large air conditioned malls of Siam and Chidlom-Ploenchit offer multiple storeys of clothes shops, home wares and electrical equipment that can usually be bartered down to a price that will leave you feeling very satisfied with your haggling skills. Away from the large department stores the streets of Bangkok are lined with market stalls competing for your attention. If you're looking for a bargain visit the markets of Patpong, Khlong Thom, Saphan Phut or Travel the Chao Phraya River by boat for the legendary Chatuchak Weekend Market.
By night you are spoilt for choice. The nightclubs and cabaret shows of the city offer something for every taste. Heading to the entertainment district of Patpong is a popular choice with its bars and restaurants catering almost exclusively to tourists. Alternatively head to the Lumpini Stadium for an authentic Muay Thai boxing match.
Flights to Bangkok are plentiful from the UK and cheap offers are available by using TravelSupermarket's price-comparison tool...
Bangkok flights take between 11 and 13 hours from the UK. International flights arrive via Suvarnabhumi International (BKK), while the smaller airport of Don Muang (DMK) is confined to providing internal flights across the country.
There are a number of non-stop flights from London's Heathrow from British Airways, Thai International and Eva Air. All other flights operate via a hub airport.
Air France and KLM, along with Lufthansa and Emirates, have the widest variety of UK departure points via their Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Dubai hubs. Other airlines you could consider are Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad, Swiss and Austrian.
As a bustling city, Bangkok has lots of airport transport options, many at very good value too...
There are a number of options for getting into the city centre from the airport. The express airport train runs between Suvarnabhumi airport and Phaya Thai station in the city centre. The fare is set at 150 Baht and the journey takes around 30 minutes to reach the city centre. Alternatively a number of bus routes run into the airport with some of the larger hotels offering a shuttle service into the city.
As with every airport, travel by taxi is available from the airport. Taxis can be found on Level 1, near Entrance no. 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8, the fare is run on a meter which is paid at the end of the journey. Tourists and locals alike usually round up the fare to the nearest whole note, avoiding making your driver hand out coins your change.
Accommodation can vary so check out our guide to the best places to stay in Bangkok...
If you are new to Bangkok, it's worth staying centrally to get a good sense of the geography of the city.
Siam remains a shopper's favourite thanks to its proximity to the huge shopping malls where bargain hunting travellers head day and night.
Silom is ideal if you are young or on business (the business district is here), but families may wish to avoid it as it is also home to the infamous Red Light District. Expect accommodation to range from tiny inns to contemporary hotel chains.
Riverside is the best option for those with a little extra to spend and offers fantastic restaurants and luxury hotels. One advantage is that this area is also not too far from the historical Old City which is great if you want to experience the contrast between old and new.
Budget travellers and backpackers, of course, gravitate to the Khao San Road area where the cheapest B&Bs can be found as well as hostels.
Wherever you choose to stay, be sure to book your flights to Bangkok today. Use our price comparison tool for some really great deals and before you know it, you will be experiencing the eastern wonder of Bangkok.