It’s hard to believe, but there are whales living in the waters off Bangkok, and you can spend the day whale watching in one of the city’s most surreal experiences.
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The Royal Barges Procession brings the normally bustling Chao Phraya river to a standstill as stunningly beautiful boats built by Thailand’s Kings over the last three centuries sail in formation through the heart of the city.
Each November there is a spectacular procession of intricate and ornate Royal Barges on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river. But you can see the Royal Barges any time of the year at Bangkok’s Royal Barges Museum.
A luxury nature retreat in the middle of the city, Bangkok Tree House is an ambitious attempt to integrate a purpose-built hotel resort into its river and jungle surroundings
Vertigo is the highest open-air bar in Asia, and on some nights it provides the most stunning sunset views over Bangkok
The Thai Red Cross centre in Bangkok is the easiest place to get a yellow fever vaccination if you’re heading to Africa or South America. Here’s directions on how to get there
If you’re travelling to Thailand for the first time, you’ll probably arrive and stay in Bangkok to begin with. Here’s a collection of useful Travelhappy links that will help you get the most out of Thailand’s amazing capital city.
Bangkok’s notorious maximum security Klong Prem prison has long been nicknamed the “Bangkok Hilton” – and only one foreigner has ever escaped. Now former drug smuggler David McMillan has written Escape: The true story of the only Westerner ever to break out of Thailand’s Bangkok Hilton to explain how he did it
There’s a Buddhist temple in Bangkok that has a golden statue of David Beckham himself built into its altar. Here’s a guide of how to find the temple (Wat Pariwas) and how to find Mr Beckham’s holy image when you get there
I first went backpacking solo in December 2002, departing from London. I arrived in Bangkok on a three day stopover before continuing to my final destination of Australia. At the time, I thought I would be away for six months, a year at most. That was nearly five years ago. I never went home.
Jim Thompson became famous for reviving the Thai silk industry and living in a traditional Thai teak wood house filled with exquisite antiquities. Jim Thompson’s House is now one of Bangkok’s premier tourist attractions, but the mystery of Thompson’s abrupt disappearance in Malaysia has never been solved
You need a visa to enter Vietnam before you travel to the country. It’s easy to organise a Vietnam visa in Bangkok if you know where to go.
Applying for a Myanmar visa in Bangkok is surprisingly straightforward if you know where to go. Here’s some tips on making it easy on yourself.
Feel like staying somewhere a little more unique and intimate? Here’s our hand-picked list of best Bangkok boutique hotels, ranging from small historical palaces to modern boutique hotels offering luxurious suites, rooms and experiences.
Ayutthaya is Thailand’s ancient capital, only an hour’s drive from Bangkok – perfect for a day trip to see its picturesque temple ruins and a river cruise back into the big city
Thailand is known as a cheap holiday destination, but is it cheaper to buy a camera when you get to Thailand rather than picking up one before you leave home?
One of Bangkok’s boutique hotels with a stunning riverside view of the Temple Of The Dawn, Arun Residence also boasts an excellent open air restaurant where you can soak up the ambience
Bangkok has excellent accommodation options that won’t break the bank – see our hand-picked list of the best cheap hotels in Bangkok for a budget stay in the city.
The Three Sixty Bar at the Bangkok Millennium Hilton provides a genuinely spectacular in-the-round vista of Bangkok’s skyline from the banks of the Chao Phraya river
You might not think of Bangkok as a place where you can cycle, but Bangkok Bike Rides have come up with some great daytrips you can do that gets you away from the crazy traffic and into the more rural side of Thailand’s capital
J. G. Ballard is one of the great British post-war writers, with a unique post-industrial aesthetic to his literary imagination. It’s even generated its own adjective – “Ballardian”. Seen through the lens of Ballard’s work, Bangkok has its own distinctive Ballardian moments…