Start your Thailand holiday in Bangkok

Inching towards the Gulf of Thailand in the south, Bangkok is an assault on the senses. As soon as you step off the plane it’ll hit you full force, a hodgepodge of road-rage chaos, gold-gilded temples and street food carts, ablaze with neon lights. Simply put, it’s not for the faint of heart, but you haven’t seen the Land of Smiles without experiencing Bangkok, which is why it’s one of our favourite places to start your holiday in Thailand.

On the surface, Bangkok’s allure is clouded by pollution and the hot haze of humidity. But if you squint and look beneath all that, you’ll uncover a capital that has real character, which is why we love city breaks here too. Hate the traffic? Take a gentle longtail boat ride along the Chao Phraya River. Seeking jungle solitude? Look no further than Bang Krao Jao, an untouched, car-free wilderness that will undoubtedly alter your perception of Bangkok’s freneticism. And amid Thailand’s unrelenting heat, who doesn’t have time for an air-conditioned supermall? It’s a city of contradictions – where WW2 history fuses with modern day politics – but that’s all part of its charm, and why we know you’ll love this untamed, curious gem and the sense of adventure being here instils.

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