Bangkok, Thailand Travel Information


Travel Guide


An Introduction To Bangkok

Bangkok, thailand

It's a good idea to visit Bangkok, there is a wide variety of things to see and do regardless how large or small your group is. We don't aim to sway your mind on what to do while in Bangkok but perhaps offer advice on what's there. Not unlike other cities, there are good and bad places to visit and if this visit is your first to Bangkok or if you have paid a visit before, enjoying yourself and making the most of your time there is paramount. It is good to have an idea of what type of trip you want to make, and Bangkok has a wide array of exciting places to visit that with stick with you for a long time.

Bangkok Ten Top Attractions

While visiting Bangkok a number of great attractions exist that you should be aware of to possibly plan into your trip. The well-liked Central Thailand territory of Thailand has attractions that you may know and maybe others that are not known to non local locals of Bangkok we have put together a Top 10 list to be of help to you:

1. Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
2. Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
3. Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo)
4. Skytrain
5. Grand Palace
6. Siam Niramit
7. Jim Thompson House
8. Ananta Samakorn Throne Hall
9. Golden Mount (Wat Saket)
10. Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)

These are a simple starting point if you have a good local book or guide you can delve further and if you schedule enough time in Bangkok. You are sure to find other interesting points of interest and attractions in and around the Bangkok vicinity of Thailand.

Getting Around In Bangkok

Bangkok is not a hard place to travel around, when you have grasped the layout of the place and know a couple of local landmarks you should be able to navigate around with ease. You can cover a lot of the city on foot but be sure to stick to popular and familiar areas after dark. If you want to travel greater distances across Bangkok there are some other alternatives to get around. There is a city wide bus system where tickets can be purchases to cover multiple journeys. There is also the alternative to use Bangkok Taxis, where a knowledgeable driver can offer ideas for places to visit. Whichever way you plan to explore Bangkok make sure you see as much of the city as your can.

Bangkok Metro Map

bangkok metro map

Places To Stay In Bangkok

If you plan to stay in Bangkok more than one night you will be looking for a place to sleep. Bangkok offers a broad range of facilities to sleep these include hotels varying from the higher end of the star range to lower end hotels, bed and breakfasts and hostels. If you are a business traveller ensure the hotel you decide to select has suitable facilities and is in the right area for your meetings as the traffic in Bangkok can cause problems at certain times of the day. If you are looking for a prestigious hotel to stay at there is a selection of top chain and independent hotels. Bangkok also offers a good selection of lower star hotels that offer basic but suitable facilities for travellers. If you do not have a huge accommodation budget there is a number of hostels and guest houses in the city which are a good place to rest your head. Whichever type of accommodation you select in Bangkok ensure you take time to seek out deals that are available on countless travel web sites, often when there is a big event on in town.

Recommended Hotels In Bangkok

1. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
2. Ariyasomvilla
3. Oriental Residence Bangkok
4. The Peninsula Bangkok
5. Hansar Bangkok

Venues To Dine In Bangkok

A wide number of places are available to eat at in Bangkok, the place you dine at will reflect your tastes and budget. There are a high number of great low cost venues that provide Thai meals that won't leave you out of pocket. If you wish to dine in a high class restaurant these exist in numbers, but be sure to have placed a prior booking and ensure that your follow the dress code if there is one. If you just wish to eat without glamour the well known chain brands like McDonalds etc are available, but if you want something a bit more edgy find somewhere that's really busy. Part and parcel of visiting a city is to enjoy everything about it, including it's food There is a wide variety of places to dine in Bangkok. whether that is a café, a fine restaurant or food from a street vendor. You should try and seek your local vouchers and ensure that you try something new.

The Shops And Outlets In Bangkok

Bangkok is a great place for shopping, there are some great areas of the city where you can buy fantastic items and gifts. Bangkok has a wide array of top end boutiques and shops, for those interested in buying clothes. It also has familiar chain stores, here you can buy fashions at lower prices. If you are trying to find a bargain, Bangkok has a number of popular markets where you will be able to find big savings on clothes and gifts. Like a lot of cities, Bangkok has a number of Shopping Centres with countless shops. The are also a number of shops with a difference that offer items unique to Bangkok.

shopping in bangkok

Shopping Locations In Bangkok

Chidlom-Ploenchit area - Popular Shopping Street / Famous Chain Stores
Chatuchak Market - Market Area
Ratchaprasong Intersection - Popular Shopping Street / Famous Chain Stores
Chinatown - Picturesque shopping area with novelty shops
Victory Monument - Trendy Shopping Area - Funky Shops and Outlets

Recommended Places To Eat In Bangkok

1. Nang Gin Kui - Bangkok Private Dining
2. Seven Spoons Bar and Restaurant
3. Snack Bar Bkk
4. G's Bangkok
5. Water Library

Bangkok Key Facts

When getting your head around a place like Bangkok it is always good to be armed with some basic facts. Here are a few that could prove useful.

Continent: Asia
Country: Thailand
Region: Central Thailand
International Dialing Code: 66
Bangkok Coordinates: 13.7500° N, 100.4833° E
Altitude: 1.50 m / 4ft
Currency: Baht (THB)
Language: Thai
Bangkok Time Zone: UTC/GMT +7 hours
City Population: 8,28 m
Metro Population: 14.56m
Temperature High In 32.7°C / 90°F
Temperature Low In 20.8°C / 69°F

Keeping Safe In Bangkok

Like any city Bangkok possess it's own good and bad points. it is key not to be too complacent and you will be OK and have a fantastic trip to this wonderful Thai city. Try and make you’re read your guide book brief to understand the city geography, don't alert people to the fact you are unfamiliar wit h the city by holding an expensive video camera and try not to carry more cash than you need on your person. Stick to well populated areas after dark and if you find yourself stranded, ask a police officer or hail a cab. Just because you are on vacation, don't switch off completely. Bear this is mind and you will have a great time in Bangkok. As a rule Thailand is a safe location with helpful and warm citizens. Some basic groundwork pays dividends and if you know a city better, you will have a much better time there.

20 Jan 2016