Introducing the city

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About Bangkok

Thailand's capital of Bangkok is a thriving cosmopolitan city with a reputation as one of Asia's elite thanks to its diverse range of attractions.

After hearing about the infamous naughty side of this great Asian city, you may be surprised to hear its nickname is 'City of Angels'; and while some might snigger over its sarcastic nature, others will point towards the number of friendly Thais who make up the eight million-plus population.

With only London pulling in more visitors in 2015, Bangkok attracted over 18 million tourists and has blossomed into one of the world's most popular destinations. Sure there's the busy, polluted roads, sticky hot weather and a sleazier side that give it a negative reputation. Yet when you look beyond the tales of ping-pong shows and the over-sexualised hangouts, there's so much to love in the Thai capital: the friendly locals, delicious food, grand temples, bustling markets, diverse nightlife, affordably luxurious hotels, and most importantly - its unrivalled character.

With so much diversity in this enormous city, it turns out it is possible to be an angel in Bangkok after all - who knew?

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When Should You Visit?

The best time to visit Bangkok is during the dry season in December and January when it's slightly cooler.

Bangkok experiences a consistent average high of 30 degrees Celsius (or more) all year round. It can be pretty uncomfortable, especially in the warmer months of April and May. Rainy season falls between May and October and the wettest month is September; showers can be heavy but sporadic. Temperatures rarely fall below 20 degrees Celsius all year round.

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Travioor top tips

Getting Around
City Views
River Boats

Insider Info

  • If you are getting taxis, ask them to turn on the meter to avoid being ripped off and leave yourself plenty of time as traffic is severe. Tuk Tuks can be quicker for shorter journeys and cheaper; agree a set price before you get in and if they say 'one-stop' politely decline. They'll take you to a shop on route to your destination (usually a tailors out of the way) so they can get commission or a fuel-card/stamp. You will get a slightly cheaper price from the driver but it isn't worth the hassle, time or the pressure from the staff to buy something.
  • Some breath-taking city views can be experienced from a number of Bangkok's rooftop bars. Take heed, many of them have strict dress codes including Sky Bar at the Lebua State Tower where torn and sleeveless clothing, shorts and open shoes are not permitted. It's also here where a scene from 'The Hangover 2' was filmed so it's worth a visit, although drinks are incredibly pricey. Opt for an alternative rooftop bar such as Cloud 47 if you're on a budget.
  • If you can't stand the busy nature of the city roads, a great way to get from A to B and cut out the major traffic jams is via boats that run regularly along the river. They are incredibly cheap and offer lots of hop-on-hop-off points too. As long as you can get to the river, there will never be a boat stop too far away.

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Food and drink

Main Course £1.39 | ฿60.00

3-Course Meal £16.18 | ฿700.00

Cappuccino £1.62 | ฿70.23

Beer £1.39 | ฿60.00

The Scene

The city of Bangkok is one of the best places in the country to experience Thai cuisine. You'll find a diverse range of options here from first-class restaurants and international fare, to an array of local street food stalls and even the infamous creepy crawly selections along Khao San Road. Like most Asian cities, food is incredibly cheap and many dishes are curry, rice, noodle or soup based. The street/market food is some of the tastiest and most authentic food you'll come across in the whole of Asia, where fresh produce will be cooked in front of your eyes. Some Thai staples you can't leave Bangkok without trying are Pad Thai (noodle stir-fry with egg, spring onion, tofu, your choice of meat and peanuts), fried rice and Thai green or red curry.

If you've come to party, you're in the right place. Bangkok has nightlife for every budget. Khao San Road is known for its cheap booze, lively bars and cocktail 'buckets' which should be drank with caution. Alternatively, there's an upmarket nightlife scene to be found too with an array of chic lounges, lavish nightclubs and fancy rooftop bars. The local beer is either Chang or Singha.

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History

Bangkok’s Story

After King Taksin passed in 1782, King Rama I, who ascended the throne, decided to move the capital across the river to Bangkok as it was believed to be a stronger base to fight off potential foreign invasion. In the 19th century some key developments were made including the building of government offices, roads, ships and canals. However, it wasn't until King Rama V's reign, between 1868 and 1910, that the country began to modernise important areas such as education, public health and administration.

In 1971, the two provinces located on either side of the river merged into one to form Bangkok as we know it today. Since then tourism has boomed in the Thai capital and it is not only a major tourist destination but also used as a gateway to access cheap flights to other Asian cities.

Language

Sa-wùt dee - krúp (m) OR kà (f) | Hello
Koopkhun | Thank you

Thai

The official language in Bangkok is Thai, yet given its incredibly high level of tourism, the majority of people also speak at least a basic level of English so you should be able to get by without any knowledge of Thai. However, it's always polite to know the basics. Here are some examples:

  • Goodbye: Sa-wùt dee krúp (m) Sa-wùt dee kà (f)
  • Please: Ga-roo-nah
  • Yes/No: Châi/Mâi

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Need to know

+66 Dialling Code
191 | 1669 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Always be aware of pickpockets and scams.
  • Cover up when visiting places of worship and temples.
  • Make sure you have proof of departure from Thailand before you get to the airport.
  • Bangkok is not a walkable city so expect to pay some transport costs.


VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Thailand here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Grand Palace

View the iconic Grand Palace which is arguably Bangkok's most significant historic attraction and home to Wat Phra Kaeo.

2. Wat Pho

Visit Wat Pho - one of Bangkok's most treasured attractions - home to the enormous Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

3. Khao San Road

Lined with shops, stalls and lively bars, experience the hustle and bustle of this iconic and legendary tourist hotspot.

4. Wat Arun

This 19th century temple is one of the most visually spectacular in Bangkok because of its unique design made up of colourful spires.

5. Floating Market

Located in Ratchaburi, the Damneon Saduak Floating Market is a fascinating sight with hordes of boats selling piled-high local produce.


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