Bangkok, Thailand is one of the most popular tourist cities in all of Asia. With its low retail prices and beautiful tropical plant growth, Bangkok is the perfect city for a backpacking adventure or upscale retreat. A trip to Bangkok will be most enjoyable when visited between November and February. Bangkok is well-known for its heat, but during these months, the temperature is significantly cooler. Bangkok also experiences much less rain during this time of the year.
Best Time to Visit
November to February. March is also tolerable but it starts getting hot by the end of the month.
How to Reach
The newly renovated Suvarnabhumi Airport is very well connected by major cities in the world. But do consider the price factor and enquire into alternative routes requiring two to three connecting flights. Most routes to Bangkok run out of the major airports (LAX, DFW, DIA, etc.). Once youve reached one of these airports, you will fly to Osaka or Tokyo, which takes twelve to fourteen hours. The last flight from Osaka or Tokyo to Bangkok runs between four and six hours. Some places are directly connected to Phuket, a renowned international destination within Thailand and you could fly there and then take a one-hour flight to Bangkok.
Once in Bangkok, the city provides many transportation options, including Metro, Skytrain (BTS), boats, taxis, and of course, tuk-tuks. As a general rule, use Skytrain or the Metro to get near your desired attraction, then either walk or use Taxis or Tuk-Tuks to get to the place. Do try the tuk-tuk once before hopping on to air-conditioned taxis or you will miss out on the experience. Tourist information counters on every square will guide you on the price you should reasonably pay for the ride. Taxis and tuk-tuks cost roughly the same.
For destinations on the Rattanakosin island (the famous temples and museums), the boat is the most practical and economical means of transport once you have reached the pier by BTS.
If youre looking for great Thai food, look no further than Bangkok. With its balance of the five fundamental flavors (spicy, sour, sweet, salty, and bitter) Thai food has a dish to offer for people of all different tastes. You will find almost all international food chains in Bangkok from Starbucks and KFC to McDonalds and Pizza Hut, but the best bargains are the Thai Pad Thai noodle bars found all over the streets and food courts which give you the best value for money.
Almost every mall has a food court serving Thai noodles along with a range of other cuisines like Italian, Indian, Vietnamese, Chinese food along with countless counters for desserts and ice-creams.
Where to Stay
There are a wide variety of hotels in Bangkok, including some of the top rated in the world. The price for hotels varies greatly depending on quality, ranging anywhere from $45-$300 per night. Most of the upscale hotels offer a full spa service in addition to sleeping accommodations. Check out our article on Family-friendly hotels and Hotels near shopping areas in Bangkok.
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What to Do
Bangkok is full of interesting places for tourists to visit. It is best known for its street markets, beautiful temples, delicious restaurants, and bustling nightlife. Check out out articles and itineraries below to see all what Bangkok has to offer.