Bangkok: a rich blend of today and yesterday

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Book a flight to Bangkok with Qatar Airways

If you’re looking for a city that has charm and plenty of character, then look no further than Bangkok. It has come a long way since the 18th century, when it was just a small village on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Today it’s a vibrant metropolis that’s home to more than 8 million people, and is one of the most visited cities in the world.

Book a flight to Bangkok with Qatar Airways to discover Thailand’s spiritual, economic and cultural capital, a sensory-rich city where centuries-old Buddhist temples coexist alongside sprawling high-rises.

Bangkok highlights

Floating markets; lively street scenes; mouth-watering delights. Visitors to Bangkok are in for a quirky urban experience.

  • Tourist attractions

    Whether you’re looking for ancient temples, bustling markets, lively nightlife or absolute luxury, you’ll find the Bangkok that suits you . Many of the city’s best known sights can be found in the historic centre within the Rattanakosin district. The most spectacular is the Grand Palace, which was once home to the King of Thailand and today offers visitors a rich mixture of history and architectural splendour.

    Within the palace grounds you’ll also discover Thailand’s most revered temple, Wat Phra Kaew, while other highlights in Rattanakosin include the large reclining Buddha statue at Wat Pho and the Thai-European stylings of Wat Ratchabophit. Another sought-after attraction is Wat Benchamabophit, or the marble temple, which is more than a century old.

    Other popular districts worth exploring during your trip to Bangkok include Siam Square, with its many modern shopping malls, and Silom for its bustling nightlife. The clothing markets of Pratunam are definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for high-quality, yet affordable fashion.

  • Leisure activities

    When you travel to Bangkok you’ll find many activities to indulge in that may be outside of your everyday experiences. During the day, you can take a meditation class run by the local monks at Wat Mahathat, or a Thai cookery class in Silom.

    As evening approaches, you can visit the renowned night market located next to Chao Phraya River. Other popular activities include browsing through the city’s colourful and atmospheric markets and soaking up the nightlife for which Bangkok is famous.

  • Food

    Thailand is famous for its cuisine, and in Bangkok you can sample all aspects of it. Street food is highly affordable, safe and delicious, and can be sampled in Yaowarat (Chinatown), on Silom Road and in many other places that draw a crowd.

    There are also thousands of restaurants where you can sample Thai delicacies like green curry, pad Thai and aromatic Tom Yam Goong.

  • Shopping

    From the multitude of market stalls in Banglamphu to the designer boutiques of Siam Square, you’re sure that you’ll find something that would suit your shopping needs when you travel to Bangkok. The floating market in Taling Chan is a good place to go to get an insight into traditional Thai trade. You can also find just about everything imaginable in the huge shopping centres between Siam and the Chidlom area.

    Another way to satisfy your shopping yen is to visit the popular Chatuchak Weekend market, which is one of the world’s largest weekend markets, covering an area of 27 acres.

Essential facts about Bangkok

Enjoy a hassle-free journey with all the information you need to know before your trip

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