The Kingdom of Thailand's gloriously chaotic capital, Bangkok, is a friendly, sweltering, glittery, smoggy city simultaneously nursing ancient traditional values and futuristic lifestyles. Thai hospitality is legendary and there are many Marriott hotels in Bangkok to choose from.
It's impossible to imagine Thailand without its aromatic, incredibly delicious food. Beyond the staple green currys and pad thais Westerners are so familiar with, exoticisms such as fried insects and oyster omelettes are also available from vendors on the street. There are also many world-class fine dining options, with rooftop restaurants being a spectacular favourite.
Sacred sites to explore from your hotel accommodations in Bangkok include the Grand Palace with Wat Phra Kaew, home to a greatly revered emerald Buddha dating from the 14th century. Wat Arun, with its many steps, is another stunningly beautiful site.
Bangkok is legendary as a shopping destination and you'll find state-of-the-art shopping centres as well as more traditional colourful markets, night markets and Bangkok's famous floating markets, where buying and selling happens in boats on the river.
In Bangkok, Marriott hotel guests can easily plan a day trip to ride on elephants, enroll in an afternoon cooking course or book a river cruise.