Overview

The mighty Chao Phraya River meanders through a wide flat valley and dominates the centre of the country. This is where the vibrant capital city, Bangkok and some of the country's larger beach resorts such as Pattaya and Hua Hin can be found.

Highlights

As one of the world’s top tourist cities, Bangkok has major historical and cultural tourist attractions that include royal palaces, temples and museums. Shopping and dining experiences offer a huge range of choices and prices, from worldwide brands to local artisan offerings. The city is also famous for its dynamic nightlife and some of our featured hotels have rooftop bars, restaurants and clubs high above the buzz of city life below.

Palaces and temples

The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew temple are at the top of most visitors’ “must see” lists

Float along the Chao Phraya

Dinner cruises on the Chao Phraya and and boat trips on Thonburi's canals for the floating markets

Chaotic Chinatown

With fabulous street-side restaurants, market stalls, and a dense concentration of gold shops, Chinatown is an experience not to missed.

When to visit

Bangkok is hot all year, and the best time to visit is late November to mid-January, it's still humid, but comfortable. Temperatures rise from March (when the Northern Haze also occurs) until the rainy season starts in late May, and from then until October there are a few showers most days, especially in the afternoon, so an umberalla would be useful.