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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.

Stay in Bangkok

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Book Bangkok Accommodation

Eat in Bangkok

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Drink Bangkok

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Explore Bangkok

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Experience Bangkok

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Book Bangkok Tours

Absorb Bangkok

Backstage at Bangkok International Fashion Week

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Interviewing Thai fashion designers and photographing models backstage during the 2011 Bangkok International Fashion Week was the last thing we expected to be doing when we went to Bangkok to work on a first edition ...

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Shop Bangkok

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Festivals & Events in Bangkok

Monks in Bangkok, Visakha Bucha Day, Thailand

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When there are 12,600 Buddhist monks from southern Thailand in one street of Bangkok at once, where, as a photographer, do you start trying to document the mass alms-giving that was Visakha Bucha Day? The answer, ...

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Bangkok Local Knowledge

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Bangkok Resources

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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 = 31.12 THB
$1.00 AUD = 21.61 THB
€1.00 EUR = 35.00 THB
£1.00 GBP = 38.85 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.


Thai language, ‘hello’ in Thai, ‘sawasdee krab’, said by men, and ‘sawasdee ka’ said by women. Copyright © 2018 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.


Electricity in Thailand is 220 volts. 50 cycles/sec. Power plugs used in Thailand. Copyright © 2018 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.