Why the Chao Phraya River is now the coolest place to be in Bangkok

What's new in Bangkok? The Chao Phraya River in Bangkok is the city's place to be, with things to do including floating markets and boat trips, plus new hotels and restaurants.

Where to stay in Bangkok

Creativity is on full display in the Thai capital and nowhere more so than in its hotels. Whether it’s with stylish antique flourishes, retro rooms or minimalist chic, Bangkok has plenty of stylish places to bed down.

Bangkok, according to Kay Plunkett-Hogge

The cookbook author takes us on a culinary tour of her favourite city

See how this former monk blesses others with his spiritual tattoos

Meet Thailand’s renowned tattoo master, Ajarn Noo Kanpai. People from around the world travel to Bangkok to seek his blessings and the spiritual powers of an ancient tattoo art called sak yant. Using yantras, geometric designs inscribed with Buddhist psalms and prayers, sak yants are believed to offer protection to the wearer. Originating thousands of years ago, sak yants were once tattooed by monks on warriors to keep them safe during battle. After leaving the monkhood himself to further pursue the art of sak yant, Noo began his own tattoo samnak, institute, where he shares his philosophies and continues to tattoo people the traditional way by piercing the skin with a sharpened bamboo stick dipped in ink. One of Noo’s most popular tattoos is the hae taew, a five row yantra, which he designed. Each row represents a line of sacred Buddhist scripture.

Neighbourhood: Bangkok

Thailand's capital may be big and brash in places, but it's got plenty of soul, whether you're exploring the back streets of Chinatown or the hidden bars and vintage stores of its new hipster heartland

Future of food: Bug grub

With a top chef in Bangkok dishing up insects, could this eco-friendly protein become a fine-dining norm?

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