Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire.

Traditional teak buildings like the grand Vimanmek Palace and the residence-turned-museum Jim Thompson House contrast with the city’s skyline of modern high-rises. Shopping options range from the upscale mega-malls of the Ratchaprasong district to the thousands of tiny stalls at overflowing Chatuchak Weekend Market.

The city’s renowned food scene spans traditional street-cart snacks – spicy, sour, sweet and salty – to upscale international restaurants. 


The Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Wat Arun

Asiatique The Riverfront

International Hospitals

Bumrungrad International Hospital

33 Sukhumvit Soi 3, Wattana District, Bangkok 10110 Telephone 02-066-8888, Emergency 02-011-52222 Fax 02-011-5100

BNH Hospital

9/1 Convent Road, Silom, Bangkok 10500 Phone 02-022-0700 Fax 02-686-2778

Vejthani Hospital

1 Ladprao Road, Soi 111, Khlong Chan Subdistrict, Bang Kapi District, Bangkok 10240 Phone 02-734-0001 Call Center: 02-734-0000 Fax 02-734-0044

Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital

133 Sukhumvit 49, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110 Phone 02-022-2222 E-mail:

Phyathai 2 Hospital

943 Phaholyothin Road, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400 Phone 02-617-2444, 1772 Fax 02-617-2499

Central General Hospital

290 Phahonyothin Rd, Khwaeng Anusawari, Khet Bang Khen, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10220 Tel: 02 552 8777