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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

Itinerary

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.

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

Stay in Bangkok

Where to Stay in Bangkok – Hotels for Foodies

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The best Bangkok hotels for foodies range from atmospheric Shanghai Mansion, slap bang in the centre of Chinatown, to the sleek Como Metropolitan, home to Nahm, Bangkok’s number one Thai restaurant. Heading to Thailand to …

Our Home Away from Home in Bangkok

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Breathtaking Bangkok city vistas, a colossal swimming pool, and a soi crammed with street food stalls were all bonuses. Space for both of us to spread out and set up office, fast reliable Internet access, …

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Shop Bangkok

Bangkok’s Best Boutiques

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I love shopping Bangkok’s boutiques because I love Thai fashion. Take homegrown brands such as FLYNOW, Theatre, Wonder Anatomie, Tipayaphongpoosanaphong, and Palette – they’re fresh, quirky, colourful, and fun. And even when Thai fashion is …

Kicking Back in Bangkok: Chatuchak Weekend Markets

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My favourite thing to do on a weekend in Bangkok is kick back at the sprawling Chatuchak Market or JJ Market, as it’s also known locally. Banjo-plucking cowboys, lipstick-wearing coffee pourers, puppy-hugging hipsters, Birkenstock-clad tourists, …

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Bangkok Local Knowledge

Local Knowledge: Chef Bo from Bangkok

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We first met Thai-born chef Duangporn 'Bo' Songvisava, better known as Chef Bo and her Australian chef husband Dylan Jones — protégés of the legendary master of Thai cuisine, David Thompson, at Nahm London — after eating …

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Bangkok Essentials

WHEN TO GO

Nov–Feb The temeratures in Bangkok don’t vary much, it’s the humilidity 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.

Health

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

Visas

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.

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CURRENCY

CURRENT EXCHANGE RATES

$1.00 USD = 32 THB
$1.00 AUD = 23 THB
€1.00 EUR = 36 THB
£1.00 GBP = 41 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.

LANGUAGE

THAI IS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THAILAND.
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

ELECTRICITY IN THAILAND IS 220 VOLTS. 50 CYCLES/SEC.
Electricity in Thailand is 220 volts. 50 cycles/sec. Power plugs used in Thailand. Copyright © 2018 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

LOCAL TIME

CURRENT BANGKOK TIME
Time in Bangkok:

Bangkok’s Time Zone is (GMT+7)
Bangkok has never utilised daylight saving.

WEATHER

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TRANSPORTATION

AIR/LAND/SEA

There are direct international flights to Bangkok from most major international destinations. Domestic flights cover all major tourist destinations. Around Bangkok, the BTS Skytrain and MRT Metro are the most efficient means of travel. Quality of taxi services vary wildly, use Grab Taxi, but that can’t stop the traffic jams. Only tourists use tuk-tuks, locals and expats use motorbike taxis.

Bangkok Daily Costs

Budget

Daily Budget Up To:

US$30

  • Guesthouse dorm room: US$3–10
  • Cheap restaurants, street food: US$0.5–3
  • BTS Daily Ticket: US$3:60

Mid Range

Daily Budget From:

US$31–200

  • Air-con hotel room: US$20–45
  • Good local restaurant meal: US$5–15
  • Medium distance taxi ride: US$4:50

Luxury

Daily Budget From:

US$201+

  • Boutique hotel or resort: US$80–500
  • Degustation meal without drinks: US$50+
  • Private airport transfer: US$80+

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