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Bangkok Neighborhood Guide

Bangkok Neighborhood Guide

Bangkok is a huge city, and each of its neighborhoods has its own vibe, attractions, cuisine, accommodation options, and experiences. From sleek Sukhumvit and Siam to backpacker-central Banglamphu, here are our favorite Bangkok neighborhoods.

Banglamphu

Banglamphu is Bangkok’s backpacker haven. While high rises and megamalls dominate much of Bangkok these days, Banglamphu retains an older feel. Also known as Old Bangkok, Banglamphu boasts traditional shop fronts, street-side markets, touches of greenery, and a healthy dose of Thai temples. It’s a place to wander, browse, and eat. It’s near Bangkok landmarks including the Grand Palace, Golden Mount, and Giant Swing.

Silom

Silom is Bangkok’s central business district, full of skyscrapers and upmarket hotels and malls. Amid all that modernity is the delightful Lumphini Park, a favorite playground of many Bangkok residents. Take a walk, join the locals in an open-air exercise class, admire the flora and fauna (including large monitor lizards), or just chill out in the shade with a book.

Chatuchak

North of central Bangkok, Chatuchak is best known for its enormous weekend market. If you can’t find what you’re looking for at the 15,000 stalls that set up every Saturday and Sunday, it’s probably not available in Bangkok. Other attractions in the area include the Queen Sikrit, Rod Fai, Wachirabenchatat Park, Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and the Children’s Discovery Museum.

Sukhumvit

The large Sukhumvit area is focused around Sukhumvit Road, one of Bangkok’s main arteries. Although there are few traditional tourist attractions, it’s an upmarket area with some of the best bars and dining options in the city. As well as Thai fare, you can find a wide range of international cuisine, from Japanese to Middle Eastern. 

Siam

Siam is the old name for Thailand, and the Siam area is one of the most fashionable in the city. The focus here is on shopping—the large Siam Square is a landmark, and many malls, markets, and backstreets radiate out from the square. Other top attractions include Jim Thompson’s House and Sealife Ocean World. 

Chinatown

The center of Bangkok’s Chinese community is an ideal place to take a guided or self-guided walking tour—on foot is preferred as it's difficult to get a vehicle down most of the congested streets. In Chinatown, find fascinating markets selling Chinese food and household items, and indulge in street food. Little India is also nearby.

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Bangkok by Night: Temples, Markets and Food by Tuk-Tuk

Bangkok by Night: Temples, Markets and Food by Tuk-Tuk

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This award-winning night tour by tuk-tuk provides a great introduction to Bangkok for first-time visitors, but it also showcases a side of the city that most repeat visitors haven't seen. You get to bypass heavily trafficked areas and take off-the-beaten-track routes toward illuminated temples such as Wat Pho and a bustling, 24-hour flower market. Enjoy dinner, followed by dessert at a mystery stop. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people.
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  • 4 hours
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Half-Day Bangkok City Highlights Small-Group Tour with Lunch

Half-Day Bangkok City Highlights Small-Group Tour with Lunch

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See the top sights in Bangkok with a professional guide who shares key details about each place you visit along with the history of Thailand’s capital city. Your guide makes it easy to navigate popular sightseeing destinations including the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, the Golden Buddha Temple (Wat Traimit), and Chinatown. Stop for lunch at a scenic riverside restaurant, and have time to browse the shops in Chinatown.
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  • 6 hours
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Experience Real Bangkok by Bike

Experience Real Bangkok by Bike

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Spend three hours exploring Bangkok by bike on this popular tour that puts travelers right up close to the action. Venture down the narrow alleyways of Chinatown. Cruise through markets and backstreets and explore Thonburi with your professional guide who will point out all the highlights and attractions of this dynamic city.
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  • 3 hours
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Bangkok Food Tour of Bang Rak with Local Guide

Bangkok Food Tour of Bang Rak with Local Guide

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Take a stroll through the Bang Rak district as you’re introduced to Thai dishes and drinks at food stalls, local eateries, a wet market and more. Taste authentic flavors and savory bites all handpicked by a knowledgeable guide. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 10 food lovers for a small-group experience on this Bangkok food tour. Select a morning or evening tour.
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  • 4 hours
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Half-Day Siam Boran Cultural Bike Tour of Bangkok

Half-Day Siam Boran Cultural Bike Tour of Bangkok

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Explore the back streets and local communities of Bangkok by bike during this half-day cultural tour of the city. Follow your local guide through Chinatown, explore colorful flower markets, navigate ancient Chao Phraya River and get an insider's look at the former capital of Thailand. This easy-going tour is the perfect way to see the sites and landmarks of Bangkok.
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  • 4 hours
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Bangkok in Motion: City Highlights Tour by Skytrain, Boat, and Tuk-Tuk

Bangkok in Motion: City Highlights Tour by Skytrain, Boat, and Tuk-Tuk

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Discover Bangkok via its public transportation system as you travel with a private guide throughout the city by Skytrain, 'tuk-tuk' (motorized rickshaw), public boat, and shuttle boat—and on foot. Make stops at Wat Pho, the Grand Palace, and the Jim Thompson House, and float down the Chao Phraya River and one of its ‘klongs’ (canals). Opt for an additional early morning stroll in Lumpini Park, too.
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  • 9 hours
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$115.21
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Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour

Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour

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Visit several different eateries in Bangkok’s Chinatown during a leisurely walking tour led by an expert food-loving guide. Learn about the neighborhood’s culinary traditions and history as you discover the best local spots and try a variety of savory and sweet dishes like Chinese dumplings, noodles, rice plates, and desserts. Your guide shares places that most visitors would never find on their own, giving you an authentic local experience. Numbers are limited to 10 participants for a personalized small-group experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Bike Bangkok Historic Communities

Bike Bangkok Historic Communities

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Hit Bangkok’s back streets and explore the city as locals do—on two wheels. This half-day guided bike tour takes you off the main tourist beat and introduces you to a Bangkok few visitors have seen. Ride through Muslim neighborhoods and across the Rama 8 Bridge, and suss out some of the city’s most mouthwatering street foods en route. Along the way, your guide also fills you in on local history, and with a small group size, you’re assured a more personalized experience.
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Bangkok Old Town: Day and Night Tour

Bangkok Old Town: Day and Night Tour

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Discover the essence of old Bangkok on a private, day-and-night tour through the city’s most iconic sights. Take in the elegant architecture of the royal Grand Palace and step into Wat Phra Kew’s hushed and gilded sanctuary; circle the massive reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, and experience a Thai massage from a traditional practitioner. After a sunset drink, board a tram that threads between the city’s illuminated monuments: pass the Golden Mount, City Pillar and National Theater before finishing your nighttime tour in the vivid chaos of Khao San Road.
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  • 9 hours
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