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.
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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