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Best Time: Late November - Mid Jaunary Read More

Ideal duration: 3-5 days

Nearest Airport: Bangkok Check Flights

"Of street food, skyscrapers and unending nights"

Bangkok Tourism

A city that never sleeps, Bangkok, the capital of Thailand is a modern-day melting pot of contrasting cultures and faiths. Here, towering skyscrapers stand in harmony next to temples and monasteries. The luxury malls and shopping centres compete with the street bazaars and floating markets. Cuisines - both Thai and from around the world are showcased in all their glory on the streets as well as in rooftop restaurants. The nightlife of Bangkok, on the one hand, revolves around flashy nightclubs, rooftop and go-go bars, bright neon light signs and cheap drinks. While on the other, it also includes cabaret shows, muay thai and dance exhibitions and even cultural walking tours. Sites like the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaew showcase the city's rich history, while the likes of museums such as Art in Paradise and parks such as the Sea Life Ocean World cater to those seeking modern-day experiences.

Connectivity to Bangkok

Bangkok is serviced by Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Mueang Airport. Suvarnabhumi International Airport handles all of the international flights to and from Bangkok is the primary entryway into the capital. Thailand also grants Visa-on-arrival for many nationalities at Suvarnabhumi. Read the guide here for the complete visa eligibility and application details. 

Accomodation in Bangkok

Bangkok has many hotels, both luxury and economical across the city. Over the years, the city has also evolved into a more backpacker friendly destination with many hostels, dormitories and homestays popping up.

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Nightlife in Bangkok

Nightlife in Bangkok is thrilling, pulsating and very different than what any other part of Thailand has to offer. It has matured over the years with high affinity towards classy rooftop bars, energetic nightclubs and trendy cocktail bars. The place offers some of the best bars, nightclubs, go-go bars, pubs, beer bars, massage parlours, and discos in the country. You are so spoilt for choice that it gets difficult to decide where to go. Names such as Sukhumvit (venue of Nana and Soi Cowboy) and Silom (where Patpong is located) are packed with people exploring the excitement of Bangkok. Other not-to-be-missed places are Khao San Road, trendy new bars at Thonglor, and Soi Rambuttri.

Shopping in Bangkok

Bangkok is a shopper's paradise. The place is packed with various shopping options from high-end, gleaming malls to street markets offering cheap clothes. You can find anything from jewellery and trendy clothes to souvenirs and handicrafts in Bangkok. There are unlimited options available to blow away all the Bahts in your pockets.

Some of the most popular shopping places in the city include:
  1. MBK Center: Has over 2000 stores selling the latest fashion, leather products and electric appliances.
  2. Chatuchak Weekend Market: An authentic Thai marketplace, the Chatuchak Market is spread across a vast area. One can buy fake branded clothes, jewellery, antiques, souvenirs, lip smacking food, and so much more at more than 9000 stalls. Visit this one with lots of time and cash in your wallets.
  3. Patpong Night Market: A must visit, this night market is open from 6 pm up until midnight.
  4. Pratunam Market: One of the thriving markets of the city.
  5. Siam Paragon: One of the largest shopping complexes in Asia with a 16-screen movie theatre.
  6. Ratchada Night Market: Located outside Ratchadapisek metro station, this place is open only on Saturdays. It offers a variety of products such as vintage cameras, second-hand jeans, leather handbags, etc.

Daily Budget for Bangkok

The budget mentioned here is approximate per day per head cost excluding the hotel charges (including food, water, local transport, entertainment, tips and handouts, local transportation, souvenirs and alcohol cost)

Budget travel: approximately THB 350
Comfortable travel: approximately THB 900
Luxury travel: approximately THB 2500

Exchanging Money in Bangkok

The currency in Bangkok can be exchanged at banks (major banks of Thailand being Bangkok Bank and Thai Farmers Bank), which are open Monday to Friday. Numerous authorised FOREX counters are dotted all across the tourist places with daily exchange rates displayed on electronic notice boards. It is also possible to get it exchanged at the airport. Almost all the major foreign currencies are accepted and exchanged. Most of the hotels will also perform currency exchange, but the rate is typically poor. You will find bank branches at most of the shopping centres and marketplaces.

Bangkok Customs

Bangkok is a cosmopolitan city with people from various cultures like Thai, Chinese, and Malays. It is customary to dress modestly and take off footwear before entering temples. Monks do not accept anything from women, and they are not supposed to touch monks. The rear seats of the buses are usually reserved for monks, and one has to vacate if needed. The Royal family is held in highest regard, and speaking ill of it is a criminal offence. Tipping is usually appreciated in Bangkok especially in the hospitality sector. However, it is not mandatory. A tip of THB 20 - 50 is commonly paid to a porter and 5 - 10% to other staff. A generous tip of THB 100 is usually given to massage ladies.

Language of Bangkok

Central Thai is the official language of Thailand, which is widely spoken in Bangkok, especially in business and tourist areas. However, people usually converse in southern Thai dialect that sounds pithier and faster than Central Thai.
English is also widely spoken and understood, especially in tourist areas. 

Useful Thai phrases to know while travelling (krub is used for males and kha is used for females): 
Hello - Sawatdee (krub/kha)
How are you? - Sabai dee ru (krub/kha)
Fine - Sabai dee (krub/kha)
Thank you - Khob Khun (krub/kha)
Yes - Chai
No - Mai Chai
(You/I) can - Dai
Cannot - Mai Dai
How much? - Nee Tao Rai

History of Bangkok

Comparatively a young city, Bangkok was created in the year 1782. This was after Ayutthaya, the former capital, was sacked by the Burmese. Commenced with a temporary base established at the western bank of the Chao Phraya River, a palace was built by Rama I, the first king of the new dynasty. It was made at Rattanakosin within layers of two canals, which till date serves as the spiritual hub of the city. Originally, only palaces and temples were built on the dry land with houses for subjects floating on thick bamboo rafts on the river and canals. However, it was during the time of Rama IV (1851 - 68), Rama V (1868 - 1910) that first road was constructed, and then the progress continued. Modernization set its foot in Bangkok after the World War II, the mid-1960s onwards.

Currency in Bangkok

The Thai Baht is the primary currency used in Thailand. Make sure you carry cash while shopping at the local street markets and use your cards wisely to avoid any fraud. Most of the international credit cards are widely accepted in Bangkok. ATM Machines are easily available, 24 hours, all around the city and accept all major credits cards including Visa and MasterCard. Traveller's cheques are also an option and are mainly accepted at specific foreign exchange shops or banks with processing charges of THB 153 per cheque. For credit cards, the processing fee is about THB 150 to THB 250.

Religion of Bangkok

Buddhism is the main religion followed in Bangkok with 95% of the population being Buddhists. The city is home to some of the most famous temples or 'wats' of the country.

Restaurants and Local Food in Bangkok

The food scene in Bangkok is fantastic. With a wide variety of mouth-watering, scrumptious street food on one hand and some of the best fine dining restaurants in the world on the other, it is every food lover's dream. Dominated by Thai cuisine, Bangkok also has a lot to offer in terms of other cuisines like Chinese, Indian and European as well.

Khao Phat is one of the major dishes of Thailand, which is a typical rice dish eaten with beef, chicken, pork, crab, shrimp, pineapple or coconut. Other main dishes that one must try are Tom Yum Goong (spicy shrimp soup), Som Tum (Spicy green papaya salad), Tom Kha Kai (chicken in coconut soup), and Pad Thai (Thai style fried noodles).

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A truly global city, Bangkok has the right amalgamations of modernity and culture. Skyscrapers, bustling night clubs and premium malls could be seen everywhere. Besides that you could also visit temples and other heritage sites.
Rohit Shroff 9 months ago
Bangkok is one of the most modern and cosmopolitan cities in all of South East Asia. With modern skyscrapers, amazing street food, backpacker filled streets and lots of cultural heritage makes Bangkok the go to place for all tourists planning a trip to Thailand. Great connectivity with other parts of Thailand makes Bangkok a great base for tourism.
Saanya Lulla 1 year ago
With its floating markets, weekend markets and vibrant street life, Bangkok is heaven-like for most shopaholics! I remember its streets, bustling with locals and tourists alike, were filled with the aroma of delicious food being prepared. After hours of shopping, tourists can quench their thirst with freshly-squeezed orange juice available easily. Somehow, Bangkok has the perfect blend of Western ideas with Thai traditions, which I could see in the food, clothes and even people. A tip to travellers is to be mentally prepared to want to replace their entire wardrobe!
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