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Destination guide

Bangkok – a furious assault on the senses

The sprawling Thai capital is deservedly one of the world's most popular travel destinations. Initially overwhelming in scope, it's a metropolis of dramatic contrasts, where ramshackle markets jostle for your custom alongside sleek mega-malls, and where gilded Buddhist temples glisten in the shadow of soaring, glass-and-steel skyscrapers. It's a gourmand's paradise, with street stalls and restaurants at every turn serving up rich curries, zingy papaya salads, succulent meat skewers and countless other intensely flavoursome Thai staples. Bangkok holiday rentals range from cosy condos to luxurious penthouses, so you'll find something that suits all your needs.

Things to do

Tranquil temples and seductive street scenes

You'll find a diverse array of attractions within easy reach of your Bangkok holiday rental. Top of the agenda for many first-timers is the Grand Palace. This ornate, ostentatious complex has served as official residence to the royal family since 1782, and you can spend hours exploring its elegant courtyards and tranquil temples. Nearby, Wat Po is home to the world's largest reclining Buddha image, which takes the form of an awe-inspiring, gold-leaf covered, 45 metre-long statue. And no visit to Bangkok is complete without a wander down Khao San Road, the chaotic epicentre of South-East Asia's vibrant backpacking scene. Here you'll find beach bums and intrepid explorers from every corner of the globe, trading travel tales over ice-cold beers in bustling bars.

Activities

Mesmerising markets and neon-clad nightspots

Bangkok is a shopper's paradise, with the city's cavernous, air-conditioned malls offering blissful respite from the often-searing heat. But, if you're looking for something beyond the usual big international brands, visit the vast Chatuchak Weekend Market to haggle over edgy street fashion, quirky antiques, handsome homeware and colourful trinkets. Or, for a quintessential Bangkok experience, head to the iconic floating markets to see vintage wooding trading boats piled high with tropical fruit, fresh seafood and fragrant flowers. Once you've stowed your purchases in the safety of your Bangkok holiday rental, it's time to experience the city's legendary nightlife. Take your pick from laid-back streetside bars or pulsing clubs where you can dance ‘til the early hours.

Weather

Sultry days in Bangkok

Based on year-round average temperatures, the World Meteorological Society has declared Bangkok the hottest city on earth. December to February are the most pleasant, and thus most popular months to visit, with very little rain and lower humidity. March to May are generally the hottest months, but only by a couple of degrees. If your travel plans are flexible, September and October are perhaps best avoided, as these are usually the wettest months. Rain is a fairly common occurrence at other times of year, but it generally falls in short, refreshing bursts, so is unlikely to interfere with your plans.

Natural features

Animal encounters in Bangkok

Bangkok isn't exactly synonymous with unspoilt nature, but expansive Lumpini Park is a cherished urban oasis. Sprawling out over 140 lush acres, its tree-shaded paths are the ideal spot for an early-morning jog, and it's a prime location for spotting giant monitor lizards, close relatives of the legendary Komodo dragon. For guaranteed animal encounters, head to Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World, an astonishing aquarium where you can get up close and personal with playful penguins, giant spider crabs, Pacific octopuses and all manner of other captivating creatures.

How to get there

Transport to and around Bangkok

Fly into Bangkok (DMK-Don Mueang Intl.), the closest airport, located 12.7 mi (20.5 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Bangkok (BKK-Suvarnabhumi Intl.), which is 14.9 mi (24.1 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Bangkok Makkasan Station, Bangkok Hua Lamphong Station and Bangkok Railway Station are the main stations in the area. It's easy to get around Bangkok by jumping on the metro at Siam BTS Station, Rachathewi BTS Station or National Stadium BTS Station.

How many holiday rentals are available around Bangkok?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,593 holiday lettings around Bangkok. From 1,945 flats & apartments to 153 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Bangkok?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Bangkok:

  • Watthana: 1,595 holiday homes
  • Khlong Toei: 1,403 holiday homes
  • Phra Khanong: 159 holiday homes
  • Sathon: 215 holiday homes
  • Huai Khwang: 467 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Bangkok?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Bangkok. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Bangkok Phahonyotin Station: 2,585 holiday lettings
  • King Power Downtown Complex: 2,588 holiday lettings
  • Wat Yan Nawa: 2,584 holiday lettings
  • Saint Louis Hospital: 2,583 holiday lettings
  • Saphan Khwai BTS Station: 2,588 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Bangkok listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Flats in Bangkok?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 1,945 Flats in Bangkok. Our other popular types of Bangkok holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 153 self catering accommodations
  • Villas: 15 self catering accommodations
  • Studios: 1,640 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Bangkok?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 1,360 holiday homes with pool available in Bangkok. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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