Wat Benjamaborphit, Bangkok, Thailand


Bangkok needs little introduction and is one of the world’s most exciting cities. Wonderful hotels, great shopping – both local and international, where a shimmering Grand Palace sits alongside smaller, hidden temples and colourful markets all jostle for space in this eclectic city. Bangkok should be included for at least a night or two as part of your journey to Thailand.

Amongst the thriving streets are many fascinating temples, Buddhist statues and ancient ruins. Thailand was never colonised and Bangkok showcases the true grit and determination of the Thais and the country as a whole.

A true example of the force of modernisation in the East: a vast metropolis of modern skyscrapers and luxury brands blending with local houses, riverside markets and palaces.

Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand

A little more about Bangkok

All too often Bangkok is used as a quick stopping point between holidays to other regions of Thailand and South East Asia, however, to not spend a few days exploring is to miss out on the very essence of Thailand. Yes, it is busy, sometimes dirty and always on the go but finding a peaceful temple, a backstreet cafe and a colourful flower market, not to mention some of the best shopping in Asia, make Bangkok a great city for those who enjoy the buzz and atmosphere of city life.


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Lotus Marigold, Temple Flowers, Thailand

Pak Khlong Talat Flower Market

Rise early and visit Pak Khlong Talat. Bangkok’s biggest flower market has a rich history and is a colourful and fascinating place in the early hours when huge deliveries of fresh flowers arrive.

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Long Tailed River Boat, Bangkok, Thailand

Cruise Bangkok’s Canals

Explore the canals of Bangkok by long tailed boat – James Bond style.

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Kranthong Festival, Bangkok, Thailand

Loy Krathong Festival

Visit Bangkok during Loy Krathong, a time when locals gather waterside to release candle-lit lotus shaped rafts in respect of the goddess of water. A picturesque scenes when canals and rivers across the country flicker with light.

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Green tuk tuk driving towards camera on busy Chinatown street.

Explore Chinatown

Spend a few hours exploring the vibrant streets of Chinatown in Bangkok.

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Station View, Eastern & Oriental Express, Bangkok, Thailand

Take the Sleeper Train

Journey on the local overnight sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai or treat yourself to Eastern & Oriental’s journey to Singapore.

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Yellow boxing ring ropes with pair of red muay thai boxing gloves hung on them.

Thai Boxing Lessons

Stay at The Siam hotel and have a private Thai Boxing lesson, known locally as Muay Thai.

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Bangkok street food

Sample Street Food

Spend an evening in Bangkok with a private guide for the chance to sample some of the countries tastiest street food.

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Buddha Statues, Ayuthaya, Thailand

UNESCO Ayutthaya

Visit the former capital of Ayutthaya exploring temples and daily river life from a private rice barge, before returning to Bangkok by road.

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Where to Stay

Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.

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Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz.

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