Bangkok, Thailand

Destinations

 
 

Bangkok is a huge, modern and bustling city with a population of 5.7 million living in the city and 9.8 million in the metro area. The city is split into 50 administrative districts and further split into 154 sub-districts. Around Bangkok are the provinces of Nakhon Pathom (to the west), Nonthaburi (to the northwest), Pathum Thani (to the north), Chachoengsao (to the east), Samut Prakan (to the southeast) and Samut Sakhon (to the southwest). However, visitors to Bangkok will find the conceptual division below more useful for getting around the main tourist destinations.

 
 
 
 
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Siam Square
The area around Siam Square is Bangkok's modern commercial centre with its glitzy malls and hotels. The Skytrain intersection at Siam Square is the closest thing to Bangkok's city centre. > More

Sukhumvit
The long stretch known as Sukhumvit Road is an exclusive district popular with expatriates and Bangkok's upper class. It is occupied with upscale hotels, restaurants and nightclubs. > More

Silom
The area around Silom Road and Sathorn Road is Thailand's sober financial centre by day but Bangkok's main party district by night when quarters like the infamous Patpong come alive. > More

Rattanakosin
Between the river and the downtown area, lies the densely packed "Old Bangkok", home to the city's best known sights including the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. > More

King Prajadhipok Museum in Rattanakosin by Globetrotter

Khao San Road
Located in the northern area of Rattanakosin is the budget travellers' mecca of Khao San Road and the surrounding district of Banglamphu. > More

Yaowarat
Located west of Silom and southeast of Rattanakosin is Yaowarat Road, Bangkok's Chinatown and sort of miniature Hong Kong with its Chinese-owned stores, street markets and restaurants. > More

Phahurat
This is Bangkok's own Little India, the centre of the city's Indian community and the place to be for Indian products including sarees, sweets and Bollywood movies. > More

Dusit
This European-style area is the political centre of Thailand, home to numerous political institutions and the monarchy. Breezy palaces, lush gardens and broad avenues give this district its distinct character. > More

Thonburi
Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River and often explored with a canal tour, visiting at least Wat Arun, Royal Barges National Museum and one of the floating markets. > More

Floating market in Thinburi by Globetrotter

Pratunam
Pratunam is a large garment market with hundreds of fashion stores selling both retail and wholesale. Major landmarks include the Baiyoke Tower II and Victory Monument. > More

Phahonyothin
The area around Phahonyothin Road and Viphavadi Rangsit Road is a large suburb and best known for its
Chatuchak Weekend Market with more than 8,000 stalls. > More

Ratchadaphisek
Since the completion of Bangkok's metro line, Ratchadaphisek Road has developed into an entertainment mecca with several clubbing spots. > More

Ramkhamhaeng
Along Ramkhamhaeng Road is a vast residential area with its large shopping malls and amusement parks. Each neighbourhood has its own distinct character but Hua Mark and Bang Kapi stand out as the lively areas. > More

 
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