Destination Guide - Bangkok

A textbook example of East meets West – the traditions of Bangkok are ensconced firmly within its modern expansion. The Grand Palace and temples sit neatly next to skyscrapers, while floating market stalls offer a distinct alternative to grand shopping malls. In a city where hawker-style fried bananas are just as popular as the Thai delicacies of the luxury restaurants, Bangkok urges you not to discriminate and see life from every perspective.

The Basics

Currency: Baht (Bht)
Population: 8,200,000
Time zone: +8
Daylight savings: N/A
Language: Thai
Country code: +66
Area code: 2
Electricity voltage: 220V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: Two-wire plug with two round prongs or two-wire prong with flat parallel blades
Mobile network: GSM

Highlights

Events

  • 12 August
    Queen's Birthday
  • October (ninth Chinese lunar month)
    Vegetarian Festival
  • November (full moon of the 12th Chinese lunar month)
    Loy Krathong
  • 13-15 April
    Songkran Festival

Weather

Bangkok experiences dramatic shifts in climate – from unbearable, humid heat to monsoonal rain. Monsoon season stretches from May to November. It’s usually cool and dry between November and January and many travellers will take advantage of the temperate conditions by visiting during this time.


Getting there and around

Bangkok has an excellent network of transport options. The water taxis are an economical and scenic way of seeing the city. The Skytrain is a quick option, however it only covers a limited portion of the sprawling city. Tuk-tuks are always a fun way to get among the traffic and feel like a local. Taxis are usually fuss-free – for both tuk-tuks and taxis make sure to confirm your fare beforehand.

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Every visitor to Bangkok knows Khao San Road, but it’s the bustling streets beyond that are calling the shots.

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See & Do

Bangkok: Thaidye

Better-known for its nightlife and bustline markets, Bangkok also boasts a thriving art beat.

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Further reading

Here are some suggestions for other destinations in Thailand and South-East Asia.

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