Welcome to Bangkok


Feverish and mystical, Bangkok is a city of contrasts. On the one hand, you'll find traditional floating markets, on the other, towering modern skyscrapers. There are several world-class luxury malls, yet also over 400 traditional temples. Gradually, folklore has made way for ultra-modernism in Bangkok, without the Thais ever losing their energy and never-ending smiles. In the midst of this urban jungle, studded with the odd pocket of lush greenery, such as the Lumphini Park, ancestral traditions live on. Like the mythical Songkran, the Buddhist New Year, during the course of which revellers cover themselves with water, or Makha Bucha and its dreamlike candlelit processions. Thailand’s capital is a careful balancing act and loves to mix things up, even in its museums. From the traditional charms of the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, with the most beautiful pieces from the royal wardrobe, to the modernity of the Museum of Contemporary Art, showcasing the best of today’s artists. The choice is yours!

Sprawling Bangkok spreads its tentacles along the Chao Phraya. Hop on board a boat to enjoy your first impressions of this unique geography. As you move through the water, you can tick off some of the country’s most beautiful sites from your list: the Temple of Dawn with its shimmering pagoda 79 metres tall; the Grand Palace, housing Wat Phra Kaew, better known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. When the sun sets, blessed are those who have decided to go on a dinner cruise, as the “River of Kings” literally lights up with the plethora of restaurants, stalls, buildings and bridges on its banks.

Vibrant Bangkok also knows how to relax and chill out, unveiling its treasures that need time to explore. They say that you can’t know the city until you have wandered through its markets. And there are plenty to choose from! There are the floating markets, with stalls balanced on sampans (like Taling Chan) or the ones that spread across a whole neighbourhood, each one with its own speciality. Pak Khlong Talat and its teeming streets for the flowers that set the pace for the Thai way of life, never forgetting to pay tribute at the altars found on street corners; Phahurat, or Little India, for silk, stunning fabrics and Thai patterns; Yaowarat, Bangkok’s Chinatown, for gold and jewellery; Silom, for its antiques (sculpted wood and tapestries) and precious stones, of which the country is one of the biggest exporters in the world. The Chatuchak weekend market, and the night markets, like Suan Lum, are also well worth a visit.
For a change of scenery, head to Sukhumvit, with its elegant streets and chic boutiques. To the east of the capital, this embassy district reflects Bangkok’s more grown-up side. This is where you’ll find the prestigious shopping centres Siam Paragon, the Central World Plaza and Terminal 21, as well as Western brands including Fendi, Rolex, Vuitton and Dior. To pick up some iconic Thai silk, there is only one choice: Jim Thompson House, or one of his other boutiques which are scattered throughout the city. This American architect and landscaper dedicated his life to developing Thailand's textile industry and elevated it to the ranks of the best silk in the world.
A magnetic destination, Bangkok is also packed with flavor, from sweet and sour to spicy, yet always delicious. Leading the way is the famous Blue Elephant restaurant, along with a few other gems that give the classics a new twist, such as Nahm and the Issaya Siamese Club. Thai cuisine is just like its capital: an impressive maelstrom of flavors, colors and smells.

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When to go

Bangkok is characterised by a tropical climate, with daytime temperatures superior to 30°C almost all year around and temperatures barely inferior at night. Expect a hot season from March to June, a rainy season from July to October and a cool season between November and February.


  • Jan

    Sunday Concerts in Lumpini Park, January and February

  • Fev

    Chinese New Year celebrations, mid February

  • Mar

    Bangkok International Fashion Week, mid-March

  • Apr

    Songkran Festival water celebration, mi-April

  • May

    Royal Ploughing Ceremony, mid-May

  • Jun

    La Fête Bangkok, Frenco-Thai art festival, early to late June

  • Jul

    Asanha Bucha & Khao Phansa Buddhist celebrations, late July/early August

  • Aug

    Queens Birthday celebration, 12th of August

  • Sep

    Bangkok International Festival of Dance & Music, mid-September

  • Oct

    Elle Thailand Fashion Week, mid-October

  • Nov

    Bangkok World Film Festival, mid to late November

  • Dec

    Trooping the Colors and King’s Day celebrations, early December

Transportation is easy to organise in Bangkok despite the size of the city and its intense traffic all day long. If traveling by car or taxi, expect to get caught easily in traffic jams from early in the morning to late at night.
Expect a wide range of methods of transportation, including: local cabs, private car services, rental car, trains, metro, buses, bikes, boats and of course the legendary tuk-tuk (motorized rickshaw).
The elevated Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail systems are very convenient to move around Bangkok since they connect from 6am to midnight the most visited districts of the city: main shopping and business areas, entertainment and nightlife spots, and cultural areas such as Sukhumvit, Silom, Siam Square.
A one-day pass will be 120 Bath, more or less 3 Euros/Dollars.
Taxis are cheap and easy to find in Bangkok, even if you will be tempted to use a tuk tuk for a more local experience. Do not be afraid to negotiate the tuk-tuk fare which tends to double the price for tourists. However, we do not really recommend the moto-taxi who has the reputation of going too fast and not always being safe.
To explore the historic and cultural places close to the riverside, do not hesitate to book a river taxi or to jump in an express boat. The experience is unique.
Keep in mind that when driving in Bangkok, you must drive on the left side of the road.

According to official sources there are more than 70,000 taxis in Bangkok, one of the biggest fleets in the world. Taxis can be hailed on the street, found at taxi ranks or booked in advance through one of the numerous Bangkok taxi company.
The initial charge is 35 Baht for the first 3 kilometers and add 5 Baht for each kilometer.
Some additional charges may apply.
Credit cards are usually not accepted and keep in mind that you will have sometimes to negotiate the final fare with the taxi drivers when they will try to apply a fee instead of the metered system.

Bangkok International Airport (Suvarnabhumi International Airport) is located about 25 kilometers from the city center and Sukhumvit area. Expect a 40 minutes journey and a fare of 300 Baht (depending upon traffic, the time of day, toll fee for the expressway).
Metered taxis are available and private transfers can be arranged at the airports.
From 6am to midnight, the Airport Rail Link connects Bangkok Airport to the city center for only 90 Baht in less than 18 minutes. It is potentially a better alternative than buses and taxis, especially if you are staying close to Makkasan or Phayathai stations.

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