Bustling streets, exciting markets, delicious food and stunning temples can only mean one thing, a Bangkok stopover, and breaking up your long-haul flight in Thailand's capital is an eye-opening and amazing experience.
Whether you want to explore the Buddhist temples, enjoy haggling at the river market, take in some quiet time at a spa or enjoy the local cuisine, a stopover in Bangkok breaks up the journey and adds that extra special something to your trip.
For such a vibrant city, Bangkok has a surprising number of quiet havens amongst the noise and excitement. Take a trip to one of Bangkoks incredible Buddhist temples for a bit of calm amongst the crazy, or enjoy a relaxing massage or spa experience at one of the city's many 5-star hotels. Either way, a stopover in Bangkok could be just the thing you need to get you through your long-haul flight.
Take a boat trip up the river and into the food markets.
Areas in the city to stay depend ultimately on budgets, if you're a backpacker, Khao San Road is a great part of town, ideal for partying with budget hostels and accommodation. Just be sure to do your research in advance on where you are staying.
For those with a larger budget, many of the cities best four and five star hotels take pride of place along the river. For something extra special, enjoy the riverside Mandarin Oriental hotel for rooms with stunning views across the city and a luxury spa to get lost in.
For those after more of an unusual experience, take a trip to one of bangkoks culinary schools and learn to make authentic Thai dishes like Phad Thai or Thai Green Curry. If you're a fitness fanatic, there are a number of Muary Thai Boxing Clubs offering classes to tourists in the city. Take a lesson in discipline and improve your health for a change to the usual stopover excursions.
Jump in a taxi to Arun Residence on Ratanakosin Island and enjoy authentic Thai cuisine whilst watching the sun set over Wat Arun. As the sun goes down, the temple lights up a beautiful gold, a much more romantic evening than dining atop one of the city's skyscrapers.
Getting around Bangkok is cheap and easy. From the airport, the Express Airport Rail Link runs directly into the city centre in just 15 minutes, costing less than £3 each way. Once in the city, the Bangkok MRT or Metropolitan Rapid Transit is clean, comfortable and one the best options to get around on a budget, although taxis are relatively cheap too.
Thai Airways and British Airways both offer passengers the option for a stopover in Bangkok before continuing on to destinations in the Far East and Australasia.