Bangkok Travel Guide

Thailand’s cosmopolitan capital Bangkok can be a chaotic, complex and confounding city – until you cruise the Chao Phraya River, discover the Old City and its glittering pagodas and gleaming spires, and explore the quiet canals. For many visitors Bangkok is little more than a shopping stop punctuating a beach holiday. Yes, there’s cheap accommodation and dirt-cheap street food, but there are also beautiful boutique hotels, heady cafés and buzzy bars, and brilliant restaurants serving inventive Thai food – not to mention new art and design destinations, a rejuvenated riverside, and a rapidly gentrifying Chinatown. Go now.

Bangkok Itineraries

One Day


One day in Bangkok Old City itinerary. The ubosot (main shrine) in Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok, Thailand. Copyright 2018 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Two Day


Err, Urban Rustic Thai, Bangkok, Thailand. Copyright 2018 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

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Drink Bangkok

Sipping Singha Beer in Bangkok

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We love eating street food on the footpaths of Bangkok. But if there is a downside, it’s the sweltering heat and often stifling humidity that nearly constantly hangs over the city. There is a cure ...

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Experience Bangkok

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Absorb Bangkok

Bangkok’s Best Live Music Venues

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From a rockabilly band playing at a fish and chips joint to an all-girl rock group performing nightly at an ice bar, Bangkok’s live music venues can most accurately be described as 'quirky'. Bangkok’s music ...

A Guide to Thai Design by Jitrin Jintaprecha

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Bangkok designer Jitrin Jintaprecha's striking furniture and light fittings featured in an exhibition of Thai contemporary design that caught the international design world’s attention when it showcased at the 2011 Salone del Mobile in Milan, ...

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Shop Bangkok

Shopping Mall Sugar Rush: Bangkok’s Sweet Spots

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I will always choose savoury over sweet, spice over sugar. My ideal dessert is something like this traditional chocolate Catalan treat, because it includes salt and olive oil. I’ll eat — and I’ll enjoy — dessert when ...

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Festivals & Events in Bangkok

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Bangkok Local Knowledge

Where David Thompson Eats in Bangkok

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With hundreds of chefs, restaurateurs, gourmands, and food media converging upon the Thai capital for Monday's Asia's 50 Best Restaurants Awards, we thought we'd share a list of the restaurants where David Thompson eats in Bangkok so they don't ...

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Bangkok Resources

How To Eat Like Locals When You Travel

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How to eat like locals when you travel? There’s an abundance of advice out there: slurp soup from a street food stall, sample home-cooked food at a local home, savour creative cuisine at a secret ...

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Bangkok Essentials


Nov–Feb The temeratures in Bangkok don’t vary much, it’s the humidity and change of rain that varies, this is the best time to travel and it’s crowded.
Mar–Jun Weather This shoulder season is less crowded but the chance of rain is higher.
Jul–Oct Wet season commences and while it’s a little less crowded, the storms
can be ferocious.


Bangkok has excellent healthcare facilities, in fact it’s where most people in Southeast Asia head for medical treatment if they can afford it and is a medical tourism destination. It’s still of great importance that you get full medical insurance for your visit. Recommended Vaccinations


Nationals of most countries can get a free tourist visa on arrrival in Thailand, it’s the length of the visa that varies and can range from 15 days to 90 days. Overstaying visas incurrs daily fines and rules can change overnight so be aware. Some visas can be extended, check the Thai Immigration website.

Insurance for Bangkok



$1.00 USD = 32.77 THB
$1.00 AUD = 20.14 THB
€1.00 EUR = 35.49 THB
£1.00 GBP = 40.24 THB

The Thai currency (THB) is called the ‘Baht’, and it’s the only currency used in the country. In touristy areas they may acccept USD but and give change in THB but you’ll suffer an unfavourable exchange rate. It is, however, easy to change most major currencies into THB.