Travel in Bangkok is often described as a whirlwind – it’s hot, chaotic, crowded, and full of exotic energy. This popular tourism destination is a city of extremes with majestic temples, floating markets, romantic rooftop restaurants, and a wide range of accommodations to suit every budget. But before you start feeling overwhelmed, read through our brief guide to learn about this exciting city and begin planning your itinerary.
|Peak Season||Population||Language(s)||Currency||January Climate||July Climate|
|November to February||8,280,925||Thai||Thai Baht||Average high 32.5 °C||Average high 33.2 °C|
Bangkok is sometimes referred to as the “Venice of the East” because of its network of canals, so take a boat tour to see sights like the Khmer wats and the riverside dwellings. While exploring the city, you’ll definitely want to sample some of the eclectic street food options – often fresher and more unique than in the surrounding restaurants! To get a dose of Thai culture, visit the Wat Arun, the Grand Palace, Wat Parkeaw, and Wat Pho.
If You Have Time
The waterways around the Chao Phraya River are some of the most scenic areas around Bangkok, and the Chatuchak Weekend Market is a good place to browse if you have a bit of time. To experience Bangkok’s “East meets West” vibe, head to Khao San Road to browse market stalls and grab a cocktail. The city’s Red Light District always provides an interesting experience for the adventurous traveler!
Free Things to Do
- Take a free meditation class at the International Buddhist Meditation Centre inside Wat Mahathat.
- Visit the temples. With the exception of a few like Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho, most are free and open every day.
- Watch a free Muay Thai boxing match at MBK Shopping Center.
- Relax and watch a free music concert at Lumpini Park.
There are two airports that serve Bangkok, Suvamabhumi Airport and Don Muang Airport, and both are located about 30 kilometers from city center. Most travelers who fly into Suvarnabhumi take the airport rail link to get downtown. The most important train station to know is the Hualamphong station, and railway lines extend in all directions. It’s not a good idea to travel around Bangkok by car since traffic is very congested.
Food is a big deal in Thailand, and there are plenty of cheap eats, high-end restaurants, and street food delights to keep your taste buds satisfied every meal.
|Lung Yai||Isaan||Din Daeng Rd.||Budget||Off the beaten path and never touristy|
|Issaya Siamese Club||Thai||4 Soi Sri Aksorn, Chuaphloeng Rd.||Moderate/Pricey||Order a mix of chef recommendations to try something new|
|Bankara Ramen||Japanese||32/1 Sukhumvit Soi 39||Budget||Try the signature ramen with chashu|
Money Saving Tips
- If you love to shop, look for bargains on high-end designer goods. You’ll often find much better deals here than in Singapore or Hong Kong.
- Rent a free bicycle to explore the city, courtesy of Project Bangkok Smile Bike.
- Hop in metered taxis but decline rides from drivers who haggle on the price.
- Check out our homepage to view price comparisons for flights, hotels, and rental cars before you book.