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Bangkok welcomes more visitors than any other city in the world and it doesn’t take long to realise why. Bangkok is a city of contrasts with action at every turn. Marvel at the gleaming temples, catch a tuk tuk along the bustling Chinatown or take a longtail boat through floating markets. Food is another Bangkok highlight, from local dishes served at humble street stalls to haute cuisine at romantic rooftop restaurants. Luxury malls compete with a sea of boutiques and markets, where you can treat yourself without overspending. Extravagant Luxury hotels and surprisingly cheap serviced apartments welcome you with the same famed Thai hospitality. And no visit to Bangkok would be complete without a glimpse of its famous nightlife. Be it nightclubs, cabarets or exotic red-light districts, Bangkok never ceases to amaze. 123

Bangkok Weather Overview

Bangkok experiences a tropical monsoon climate which remains hot and humid all through the year. Being a popular tourist destination, tourists flock this place almost during all the seasons. Every season of Bangkok has a unique charm of its own. However, the peak season starts from November and lasts till March. Summers starts from the month of March and stay until May and these months are the hottest. It is also the time when the Thai New Year takes place, and the whole Bangkok indulge into festivity and fervor. December to February is the time when the weather is cold and pleasant and also the perfect time to explore the city on foot. During this time the temperature drops below 20 degrees C.

Check the below table for the general idea of Bangkok weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 32.7 27.2 22.9
Feb 33.9 28.7 25.2
Mar 34.9 29.7 26.3
Apr 36.1 30.7 27.1
May 35.5 30.4 26.8
Jun 34.5 29.8 26.3
Jul 33.7 29.1 25.9
Aug 33.8 28.9 25.7
Sep 33.6 28.6 25.4
Oct 33.2 28.4 25.2
Nov 33.4 28.5 24.8
Dec 32.7 27.6 23.4

Best time to go to Bangkok

While it won’t make a huge difference, late November and early December may be the best time to visit Bangkok, when the city is drying out from the monsoon season and experiencing a slight cool down, and the holiday crowds have yet to arrive. September and October are Bangkok’s (and Thailand’s) rainiest months. The best weather for Thailand’s beaches and islands are December to March, so if you’re combining Bangkok with a visit to one of the southern islands then this is best time for sunny, dry weather. More important than time of year when visiting Bangkok, try to visit the most popular attractions early in the morning for the smallest crowds, coolest temperatures, and best experience.

Bangkok Current Weather & 7-Day Forecast

BANGKOK WEATHER

The best things to do in Bangkok tell the story of this fascinating city which began as a small trading centre and port community on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River some 200 years ago. Today, while the city is up to speed with modern times, the grandeur and glory of its illustrious past still prevails. Be it dazzling temples, spectacular palaces, a world-famous floating market or colourful Chinatown, each of these famous places has an intriguing story to tell.

1. Grand Palace and Wat Prakeaw

The dazzling, spectacular Grand Palace is undoubtedly the most famous landmark in Bangkok. It’s one must-see sight that no visit to the city would be complete without. It was built in 1782 and for 150 years was the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government.

The Grand Palace of Bangkok is a grand old dame indeed, that continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail, all of which is a proud salute to the creativity and craftsmanship of the Thai people.

Within its walls were also the Thai war ministry, state departments, and even the mint. Today, the complex remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom.

Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (officially known as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram) is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. Located in the historic centre of Bangkok, within the grounds of the Grand Palace, it enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of jade. The image can also be called Phra Putta Maha Mani Ratana Patimakorn and is in the meditating position. Its design is in the style of the Lanna school of the north.

2. Khlong Tour

Thonburi, the old capital of Thailand, lies on the western banks of the Chao Phraya River. It stayed an independent province until it was merged into Bangkok in 1972. This area has avoided much of the modern development seen elsewhere in the city. 

Its manmade network of khlongs (canals), including Khlong Mon and Khlong Bangkok Noi, retain much of their ramshackle charm. For a real sense of how people in Bangkok used to live (and still do), in stilted shacks, old wooden townhouses and dilapidated lean-tos, head down to Bangkok’s Thonburi khlongs.

At 6 metres across, only narrowboats like flat-bottom boats and longtail speedboats can navigate the Thonburi khlongs (canals). You can hire a colourfully painted long-tail boat (hang yao) from major tourist piers like Rivercity, Taksin, Chang or Maharaj. Agree on the price before departure (usually between 400 and 500 baht per hour). Even so, bear in mind that he's your driver and not your guide – his English may be minimal but he will know where to go.

3. Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)

The impressive silhouette of Wat Arun’s towering spires is one of the most recognised in Southeast Asia. Constructed during the first half of the 19th century, this ancient Khmer-style stupa is equally stunning up-close, showcasing an ornate floral pattern decked out in glazed porcelain. Apart from its beauty, Wat Arun symbolises the birth of the Rattanakosin Period and the founding of the new capital after the fall of Ayutthaya.

4. Chinatown Market

A must-do when in Bangkok is to venture down to Chinatown for delicious Chinese food. At the old market, you'll find some of the city's best-tasting and most reasonably-priced fare. From the obscure (bird's nest soup) to the ostentatious (Peking duck), there will be something to enlighten your taste buds and provide a feast for the eyes.

5. Cocktails at a Bangkok rooftop bar

Long gone are the days of chilling out in a hotel lounge after sunset. Hit the rooftop of the iconic State Tower’s Sirocco or the Banyan Tree’s Vertigo and Moon bar and claim your first-class ticket to the most amazing sunset vista Bangkok has to offer. From this height, the bustle of downtown feels like a distant hum, while the glittering skyline creates a backdrop before which romance unfolds.

6. Asiatique: The Riverfront

Asiatique: The Riverfront has successfully combined 2 of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. 10 minutes downriver from the Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station, this once-bustling international trade port has over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants within a huge replica warehouse complex. Open from 5pm, spending an evening here is no problem. You’ll have good fun browsing the boutiques, picking up gifts or something for yourself. If this isn’t enough entertainment, shows are performed nightly.

7. Soi Rambuttri

Parallel to Khao San Road, Soi Rambuttri gives you a taste of how Bangkok used to look before all the skyscrapers arrived. Leafy banyan trees shade the pavements and the vibe sways more towards local than foreign, despite the high number of travellers choosing to stay here rather than on the infamous street itself.

8. Dinner cruise

As the sky turns from tawny gold to twilight, life along the Chao Phraya River seems to slow down, and its beauty takes on another dimension. Embark on a dinner cruise in a restored teakwood boat or luxurious yacht and watch as the skyline unfolds along the Chao Phraya, from Wat Arun’s iconic silhouettes to Saphan Bhut’s strong industrial lines and the Grand Palace’s graceful curves.

9. Soi Cowboy

Soi Cowboy was named after the cowboy-hat-wearing African-American who opened the first bar here in the early 1970s. This red-light district has a more laid-back, carnival-like feel to it than some of the other risque parts of Bangkok like Patpong or Nana Plaza. Flashing neon lights up a colourful streetscape, which you've got to see to believe (and you might not even believe it after that!).

10. Partying in Bangkok's club districts

Bangkok’s electrifying nightlife scene has been rated as one of the best in the world. Much has changed since the early days of go-go bars and clubs. While Soi Cowboy, Patpong and Nana slowly fade into the background, Khao San, RCA, Sukhumvit 11 and Thonglor have emerged as the most-happening places after sundown, where international DJs rock the house with their latest mixes.

Choosing where to stay in Bangkok can make or break your holiday. It's worth spending a couple of minutes looking at the pros and cons of each district. You can see what's good and what's not so good before you choose where to stay in Bangkok. Once you know which neighbourhood you prefer, it's quite simple to choose a hotel.

1. LUXURIOUS SUKHUMVIT

Sukhumvit is an 18km long road located in the center of Bangkok, full of restaurants, bars, clubs, shopping centers and the best place to stay in Bangkok if you want to be where all the action happens. Even though this is not a very authentic or traditional part of the city, it is very modern and fun and you will always find something to do, as it is a real Bangkok tourist spot!

Luxury options

Grande Centre Point Sukhumvit 55 Thong Lo 

This is an amazing 5-star accommodation and one of the best hotels in Sukhumvit area, with gorgeous rooms and great facilities! You will be happy to know this hotel also has an outdoor pool and a cool terrace where you can relax after a full day of exploring Bangkok!

Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 

This is a 4-star luxury hotel in Sukhumvit, Bangkok with contemporary rooms. They even have an outdoor pool on the 9th floor, which is a great bonus! Novotel Sukhumvit 20 is located very close to all the attractions in Sukhumvit, especially if you are interested in some shopping in Bangkok!

Mid-range options

Adelphi Suites Bangkok 

This hotel awaits you with an outdoor pool, an on-site restaurant and a very cool fitness center! The rooms are spacious, with huge windows, great facilities, and beautiful decorations. You can even arrange day trips at the front desk, the staff is so friendly you just have to ask!

Hotel Clover Asoke 

This is another great place to stay in Bangkok for a middle budget. This hotel is close to Skytrain stations and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall. All the rooms are air-conditioned, tidy, spacious and super nice!

Budget options

Rest at Ekkamai 

This is an incredible accommodation and one of the best cheap hotels in Bangkok, Sukhumvit (prices start at 7$/night)! You will get free Wi-Fi all over the accommodation, nice and tidy rooms and even a comfortable shared lounge!

Twothree A Homely Hotel 

This hotel will definitely make you feel like home! This awesome Bangkok accommodation has a great outdoor pool, a gym and spacious rooms that are very nicely decorated. Plus, you will benefit from free Wi-Fi and a nice seating area.

2. TRENDY SIAM

Siam area is located on Sukhumvit road as well, but a bit further away, closer to the river. Siam square in Bangkok is the best area in the city if you want to have the best shopping experience in the city, as you will be close to fashionable and modern shopping centers such as MBK, Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery, Siam Center, Central World Mall and more. The area is very glamorous, boasting with tourists and all types of locals and, just like in Sukhumvit, it is very easy to get around thanks to the Skytrain. You will be close to many great restaurants (especially Western restaurants), bars and cinemas, so staying in Siam will be the opposite of boring.

Luxury options

Pathumwan Princess Hotel 

This is an award-winning 5-star luxury hotel in Bangkok located in Siam area. It has very stylish and clean rooms and excellent service! One of the best things about this hotel is that it is right near MBK Shopping Center!

Mercure Bangkok Siam Hotel 

This is one of the best 4 star hotels in Bangkok that offers beautiful views over the city and the neighborhood! Each room has free Wi-Fi, a minibar, a fridge and all the other facilities you may need during your stay!

Mid-range options

Happy 3 

This is my first recommendation for a middle-priced stay in Siam. This hotel is located very close to Skytrain stations and I’m sure you will enjoy the indoor pool! This Bangkok accommodation is also close to MBK Shopping Center and Siam Paragon Mall!

Nine Design Place 

This hotel awaits you with beautiful rooms, flat-screen TV, private bathrooms and all the facilities you will need for a great stay in the city! Needless to say, you will be close to all the important attractions in Siam area!

Budget options

Grey Sheep Hostel 

This is one of the best budget accommodations in Siam! It is only a 20-minute walk from Patpong and I am sure you will find there everything you need for a pleasant stay in the neighborhood! Plus, the shared kitchen is a big plus!
ibis Siam Hotel Bangkok 

This is an amazing budget hotel that won’t make you break the bank during your stay in this neighborhood. This accommodation is close to shopping malls, restaurants and every other place you might want to visit in Siam. Plus, it is also pet-friendly!

3. TRADITIONAL BANGKOK RIVERSIDE

If you are not fond of the modern and glamorous parts of the city and want to enjoy the traditional vibe of Bangkok, Riverside is a very scenic area full of temples, historical attractions, shrines, and the Royal Palace – it is a very popular tourist spot! Even though this area is a bit more expensive, it is a great place to enjoy the authentic roots of the city and see how the capital of Thailand was born. To be honest with you, I think this would be the best area for a first time visitor of the city!

Luxury options

Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort 

This is one of the best resorts in Thailand located in the Riverside area, overlooking the Chao Phraya River. The rooms are decorated in Thai-style, they’re spacious and sparkling clean. The hotel also has an outdoor pool and a private boat shuttle that can take you to the closest Skytrain station, which is extremely convenient!

Chatrium Bangkok Hotel Riverside 

This is another great 5-star Riverside Bangkok hotel that awaits you with an outdoor pool as well, but also a great spa and fitness center that you can use during your stay. More than this, you will also be able to choose from 6 dining options and benefit from free parking and free Wi-Fi.

Mid-range options

The Grand Sathorn 

This is a 4-star, middle-priced hotel in the Riverside area with amazing facilities. This hotel has an awesome rooftop pool overlooking the entire neighborhood! You will be able to use a free river boat shuttle that can take you around, or you can take a train to the city center to see all the attractions there.

Riva Arun Bangkok 

It has super stylish and clean rooms and 4-star amenities and facilities. You will surely enjoy your meals on the open-air restaurant with gorgeous views over the river!

Budget options

Ibis Hotel Bangkok Riverside 

Ibis Bangkok Riverside hotel awaits you with beautiful, stylish rooms, a great restaurant and bar, and perfect facilities. Plus, a free shuttle will take you to the closest Skytrain station whenever you want!

Prince Theatre Heritage Stay 

This hotel await you with nice rooms, daily continental breakfast, and a cool on-site bar that is actually a cinema room refurbished to look like a bar where they serve signature cocktails inspired by original films!

4. VERSATILE SILOM

If you will be staying in the area, you will be able to enjoy a stroll in Lumphini Park – the biggest park of the city, catch some fresh air and enjoy the locals doing their daily Thai Chi there.

Except being the green lungs of the city, Silom is also famous for having Patpong Night Market and their “Red Light District” there.  Just like any other downtown area in Bangkok, Silom has accessible public transport, but it is not as traditional and you may sometimes feel like you are not in Asia. But one thing is sure: there is always something to do in this neighborhood!

Luxury options

SO Sofitel Hotel Bangkok Silom 

This is one of the best 5-star hotels in Bangkok! The rooms are stunning, with a décor inspired by the 5 essential elements: Water, Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire. You can rent bicycles at the hotel or relax in the outdoor pool. Plus, this 30-stories hotel is super close to Lumphini MRT Subway Station!

Tower Club At lebua

This is another gorgeous 5-star hotels in Silom area that provides world-class facilities and service. During your stay, I recommend you enjoy a drink at the Skybar and a luxurious meal at their award-winning restaurant! Let’s not forget about the outdoor pool and private balconies with stunning views!

Mid-range options

Siri Sathorn Hotel Silom Bangkok 

This is a very nice hotel where you can book service apartments for your stay in Silom! The rooms are very spacious and clean and you will have a stunning view over the city! Plus, you can always relax at the outdoor pool and pampering spa!

Amara Bangkok Silom Hotel 

This hotel is located only 6 minutes away from Patpong, in Silom area. The on-site restaurant is great, delicious daily breakfast, free Wi-Fi, a fitness center and a bar. And the rooftop pool is simply gorgeous!

Budget options

The Backpack Hostel Bangkok 

This is an excellent option for a budget accommodation in Silom area. The rooms are very simple yet cozy and you will have free Wi-Fi during your stay and a very nice shared lounge where you can unwind and make friends with the other backpackers!

Urban Hostel Bangkok 

This is my other budget recommendation for this neighborhood. This hostel has extremely good prices and great service, including free Wi-Fi, a terrace, air conditioning and some rooms even have a nice patio!

5. PARTYING KHAO SAN

A walk in Khao San neighborhood means visiting amazing Bangkok attractions and museums such as Wat Pho, The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, among others. This special neighborhood will show you the true side of Thailand and a bit of the city’s history. It is also a great place for budget travelers and a cool Bangkok backpacker area, as you will find here many affordable hotels and hostels (and not many luxurious 5 star hotels, in fact, it is more of a backpacker destination).

Luxury options

Praya Palazzo 

This is a superb 5-star hotel located close to Khaosan Road and The Grand Palace. The rooms and the entire hotel is decorated in a very elegant way and it provides world-class services. During your stay, you will be able to enjoy the outdoor pool, the great art gallery and free Wi-Fi!

Riva Surya Bangkok 

This is another great option for anyone who wants to feel like a princess/price during their stay in the Old City! This beautiful hotel is only 5 minutes away from Khao San road and it offers stunning views over the river and indoor and outdoor dining options!

Mid-range options

Baan Noppawong 

This hotel in hosted in one of the few colonial houses left in Bangkok and it only has 7 guestrooms where you can stay. The rooms are beautiful, with wooden floors and ceilings and Thai antiquities!

Old Capital Bike Inn 

This is another great option which awaits you with nice, clean rooms decorated with hand-painted porcelain and classical furniture! You will benefit from free Wi-Fi during your stay and a great breakfast and I recommend you serve a delicious coffee at their on-site coffee shop!

Budget options

Bangkok Saran 

This is one of the most gorgeous 3-star hotels in Bangkok, located only 10-minutes away from Khao San road by foot and it offers gorgeous city views from the rooms! Of course, you will also get free Wi-Fi and you can choose from different types of rooms, including a single or a 5-person room.

Baan Nai Trok Khaosan Hostel 

This is a very accessible accommodation located only 9 minutes away from Khao San Road. This nice place features a beautiful garden, tidy rooms, a shared lounge and all the other facilities you may need for a good stay in the city!

Bangkok restaurants cater to all price ranges and are open all hours, proving that this city is certainly heaven for food lovers; a sensational culinary journey and taste experience await in Bangkok, guaranteed to delight your taste buds. Apart from renowned Thai cuisine with its blend of spicy, sour, sweet and salty, the array of options includes every other famous type of cuisine found in the world. Eating options are limitless, night or day. Great value-for-money food courts, riverside eateries, Thai-style dining in antique teak houses, dinner cruises, trendy restaurants and food markets are only some of the options available.

#1 - Noodles of Your Choice

It’s not difficult to find street vendors selling noodles in Bangkok. They are probably one of the most readily available snacks around. Of course you may have to take several taste tests before you decide on your favourite noodles from a long list including;

•    Sen Yai (rice river noodle) – These noodles have a flat shape and are made from white rice flour.

•    Bah Mii – You will notice these noodles as they are yellow in color. They contain a mixture of wheat flour and egg.

•    Woon Sen (glass noodle) – Made from soya bean flour, these are thin noodles that have no colour.

•    Gieow (wonton) – Something a little different with minced pork, boiled and encased in a yellow dough.

One of the best places to find a selection of Noodles is the street food market at Sukhumvit Soi 38. The place is alive with a variety of stalls, and you can get plenty to eat for less than 150 baht.

#2 - Boat Noodles (Kway Tiao Rua)

Okay, we know we’ve already listed noodles as a street food of choice, but boat noodles are something a little different. Their name comes from the fact that they used to be sold from boats floating on the canals. Boat noodles consist of rice noodles served in a thick broth that is made from a mixture of pig’s blood and stock. If you are in the vicinity of Victory monument then you are surrounded by “boat noodles alley” which exists along the banks of the canals. You can buy a bowl of this familiar dish for approximately 9 baht (small portion). If you’re trying to find one of the more unusual must eats in Bangkok then you may want to try this traditional snack.

#3 - Grilled Pork (Moo Ping)

This is probably one of the most familiar items of all street food to eat in Bangkok. It attracts your sense of smell long before it delights your sense of taste. The pieces of pork are marinated in soy sauce before being grilled and served on skewers, usually accompanied by a portion of sticky rice. You normally pay around 10 baht for the Moo Ping and 5 baht for the sticky rice. As it’s so popular, moo ping is available from many street vendors, but one of the most popular is situated on Silom Road, just outside 7/11. The Moo Ping Hea Owen cart was first established in 1983 and is renowned among the local community for its high quality.

You can get a stick of Moo Ping from the cart for just 10 baht. This venue is open from 10pm until early morning. There is another Moo Ping Hea Owen venue at Central Embassy which is open during the day but the sticks cost twice as much here.

#4 - Sweet Potato Balls (Kanom Kai Nok Krata)

These tiny delicacies are not as popular or readily available as Moo Ping, but they’re no less delicious. If you’re looking for food to eat in Bangkok then you can’t go far wrong with these deep fried spheres containing sweet potato, sugar and tapioca. You’ll probably need several balls to satisfy your hunger, due to their diminutive size. So, when you find a cart that sells these treats don’t lose it, as you may want to return for more.

The best place to search for such a cart is around the traditional street food havens of Pratunam and Sukhumvit Soi 38.

#5 - Yam (Thai Salad)

There are so many different versions of this traditional Thai dish that it’s difficult to choose just one when you’re looking for Thai street food. There’s an amazing Thai salad cart in Sukhumvit Soi 38 where you can choose your preference from a menu. You can get great salads for a reasonable price, including Som tam boo maa, papaya and blue crab salad which costs 160 baht.

#6 - Crispy Pancake (Kanom Bueang)

You know when your mom tells you not to snack when you’re a kid, because you won’t eat your meals? Well, if you’re really worried about having room for that big dinner, these delicious snacks are just light enough to make sure that happens. They’re a crispy delight that at first glance look a little like tacos. Check out the crispy pancake carts at locations such as Soi Rambuttri, Banglamphu District, and you can sample a myriad of toppings, from sweet coconut to savoury scallions or fried egg.

#7 - Sticky Rice Mango (Khao Neow Mamuang)

If you’re taking a walk along Sukhumvit Soi 38, especially during mango season from March to July, you’re sure to see a couple of carts or stalls selling one of the most famous Thai dessert dishes, sticky rice mango. This refreshing treat consists of sticky rice, coconut milk and mango, and will usually cost you around 60 baht to buy.

#8 - Ice Cream Topped With Egg (Itim Gati Kai Kaeng)

This may seem like a strange combination but it actually tastes delicious. The twist of a little sweet coconut ice cream, with a slight savoury touch from the egg, goes down very well. The dish is just waiting for you to eat it at Mook Dow Tung, a famous Thai dessert restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 38. You can expect to pay around 30 baht for this taste bud sensation.

#9 - Fried Banana Pancake (Prata – Roti Gluay)

It’s a pancake, and it’s banana, what’s not to love? If you’re taste buds hanker for a sugar rush then stop off at one of the street carts, in Pratunam or Silom, and you’ll get a mouthful that won’t leave you feeling too full to explore Bangkok for the day. Even better, you can choose a topping, such as sugar, Nutella or that perennial favourite, chocolate.

#10 - Waffles

Yes we know that you don’t necessarily have to be in Bangkok to eat waffles, but if you’re trying to decide what food to eat in Bangkok, there’s nothing wrong with approaching an old friend. The Waffle is a company set up to provide franchises with the Thai version of this timeless favourite. These are mini waffles, just the right size to handle on the move and available with a variety of filings including cranberry, maple, raisins and of course chocolate. It’s worth pointing out that these waffles also come with savoury fillings if you prefer.

These franchises are popping up everywhere in the Thai capital, including Platinum Fashion Mall, Fortune Town and outside many BTS stations; you should never be far away from a waffle.

#11 - Grasshoppers

Yes, you did read that right. Check out major food stall venues, such as Khao San Road, and you will find a stall where you can sample the delights of deep fried grasshopper; often these insects are fried with chillies so they can be a pretty hot mouthful. A little like a surreal type of popcorn they tend to pop in your mouth. We’re not sure they will catch on at movie theatres but we could be wrong. Bear in mind that this will actually look like a grasshopper when you’re eating, complete with wings and antennae. On the plus side just think how cool the photographs will be.

#12 - Spiders

A lot of people won’t go near a spider, whether it’s alive or dead, but they don’t actually taste that bad, with the body of a tarantula having a similar texture to cold duck. These hairy arachnids are often sold coated in plum sauce, and can be found at the more famous insect selling venues such as Klong Toey Market (on Rama IV road) or Pahurat (the textile market near Chinatown).

#13 - Bugs

At the same venues, you may find you would like another course, and beetles are very easy to find. Much like the other insects, beetles are actually high in protein, so in themselves are not unhealthy to eat. It has been said that they taste a little like chicken but we don’t think they’ll ever replace the poultry on most people’s menus. That being said, this is Bangkok and you’re on vacation so it’s time to really take your taste buds, and your nerve, on a ride. These stalls are always surrounded by tourists, some whom come to have a taste and some who just want to take photographs. Be warned that some stalls actually charge 10 baht for you to take a picture which is probably fair enough when it’s their business.

#14 - The Volcano

This baked scallop in a cream sauce is a spicy and fiery taste sensation on the menu at Isao, a fusion restaurant which is known for its creative menu and situated just off Sukhumvit. The restaurant is always busy, and the Volcano is a popular menu item, so named because it looks a little like molten lava.

#15 - Lobster

No, lobster isn’t only eaten in Bangkok, obviously; but you won’t forget the lobster you eat at Le Normandie Restaurant in a hurry. Located in the Bang Rak neighbourhood of the city, this is Bangkok French cuisine at its best. This particular lobster certainly isn’t cheap, but it’s not extortionately priced either, and it’s a taste sensation.

#16 - Seafood With Jazz on the Side

If you love seafood, and you’re a jazz fanatic, then the Living Room at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, has both in abundance. From calamari to Yellow fin tuna the venue knows how to cook seafood to an exceptional standard. Of course the side order of some very classy jazz music helps this food make it to our must eat Bangkok list.

#17 - Foie Gras

Foie Gras is not to everyone’s taste, but if you are a lover of this food, and you’re looking for somewhere in Thailand to get the best available, then look no further than The Reflexions, at Plaza Athenee. The exceptional foie gras is just one of the specialties of Chef Daniel.

#18 - Herb and Flower Juice

If you would like a change from drinking bottle after bottle of water in the hot weather, then these juices are a brilliant alternative. You can get the juice of flowers such as lemongrass and chrysanthemum. The tastes are obviously different from those you are used to but they are worth a try. You will often see these juices being sold from large pots in the food markets.

#19 - Thai Iced Tea

If you’re on a diet, or you’re more savoury than sweet, then you may not enjoy this very popular Thai beverage. It’s strong tea which has been mixed with condensed cream, and topped off with just a little more cream for good measure. For those of you with a sweet tooth it’s well worth joining in with the locals and giving this a try.

#20 - Bia

The beer or “bia” on offer in Bangkok is light beer which can often be refreshing in the hot weather. The most expensive of the beers is Singha, while Leo and Chang are slightly cheaper. All of the beers go well with any Thai food. One thing to mention is that beer is served with ice in Bangkok so you need to mention if you would rather have it without.

#21 - Whiskey

This is an extremely popular drink with the local people, although technically the most popular Thai whiskey, Sang Som, is actually rum. All the same it’s not a bad alcoholic drink to try while you’re in the Thai capital; just don’t make too many plans for the following day.

There’s something for everyone on our “what you must eat in Bangkok list”. We hope we’ve given you some ideas, and we certainly hope you get to take your taste buds on that ride.

By Flight

Bangkok is served by two airports: Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Muang Airport. Suvarnabhumi Airport is used by all airlines in Thailand except for Nok Air, Orient Thai and Air Asia, which use the old Don Muang Airport. Both these airports are about 30 km (19 mi) from the city centre, so be prepared for a long ride to get into the city. Also allow at least three hours to connect between them, as they are far away from each other and there is heavy congestion on the roads. However, if you arrive at one of these and have a flight within a few hours from the other, then there is a free shuttle bus service which uses the tollways. You need to show your ticket to get on board.

Suvarnabhumi Airport

Located 30km (19 mi) to the east of Bangkok (in the Samut Prakan province), space-age Suvarnabhumi Airport (pronounced "soo-wanna-poom") (IATA: BKK) started operations in Sep 2006 and is now Bangkok's main airport and the busiest airport in Southeast Asia. It is used for almost all international and domestic flights to Bangkok. There is only one terminal building, which covers both domestic and international flights, but it is huge (by some measures the world's largest), so allow time for getting around. There are two immigration sections, but processing time can be lengthy — 30 minutes and more.

Don Muang Airport

Don Muang Airport (IATA: DMK) (or Don Mueang), about 30 km (19 mi) north of downtown, was Bangkok's main airport until 2006. The airport currently handles Nok Air and Orient Thai domestic flights, the international terminal is now used by Air Asia and charters. Since 1 Oct 2012 all Air Asia flights arrive at and leave from DMK (Don Muang) instead of BKK (Suvarnabhumi). This might be something to consider when you have a connecting flight, since most non-Air Asia international flights will be leaving from BKK (Suvarnabhumi).

Contact us for the latest flight schedule and price. Or you can check via some online platform such as SkyScanner.com or Kayak.com

Here you can find some tips to book the cheapest flight

By Bus

When buying tickets for buses out of Bangkok, it's best to skip travel agents and their private buses, whose rates are a 50 to 100 percent premium over regular government rates, and get the bus tickets directly at Bangkok's three public bus terminals. These buses are much cheaper, generally safer, more comfortable and won't scam you onto a clapped-out minibus halfway along the way. Each of these long haul bus terminals serve a different direction. They are purposefully located in off-central locations, so the long-haul buses avoid the heavy traffic congestion in the centre of the city. Beware of the so-called tourist information booth on the second floor of Hua Lamphong train station, as that's a travel agency in disguise, offering overpriced bus voyages to popular destinations around Thailand. They have been known to employ overly friendly persons in official-looking uniform to entice customers. Verify uniform.

The largest, busiest, and most modern terminal is the Northern Bus Terminal, +66 2 936-2841(-3), also known as Mo Chit 2. The upper floor serves the Isaan region in the northeast of Thailand; the ground floor serves Northern Thailand, and shares some destinations with Ekkamai (including Pattaya, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat). The bus terminal is a fair hike from BTS station Mo Chit or MRT station Chatuchak Park. Motorbike taxis do the trip for a fixed 30 baht fare (bargaining is pointless), while tuk-tuks charge whatever they feel like — when bargaining, remember that a real taxi with air-conditioning will cost you about 45 baht (assuming little traffic). You can also take bus 77 and pay the 13 baht fare on board (this bus also goes from the terminal via Victory Monument, Pratunam and Silom Road. If you have a considerable amount of luggage, the easiest, if not necessarily fastest, option is to take a taxi directly to or from the bus terminal.

Buying tickets here is reasonably easy; find a window with your destination written on it (in friendly Roman letters), pay the fare in big numbers on the same window, and you'll get a ticket on the next available departure. Note that blue writing means 1st class, red means 2nd class (avoid on longer trips), and tickets for destinations in Isaan are sold from the third floor. Ask the information desk on the first floor if you need help, or any of the BKS staff, easily identifiable thanks to their natty white shirts with gold buttons. Now just find the departure stall and you're on your way. If you have time to kill, there are two fairly decent air-conditioned food courts at both ends of the main terminal building, plus KFC, Dunkin' Donuts and lots of 7-Eleven outlets.

The Eastern Bus Terminal, +66 2 391-2504, also known as Ekkamai, is a relatively compact terminal right next to Ekkamai BTS station in Sukhumvit. Ekkamai serves destinations in Eastern Thailand, including Pattaya, Rayong, Ban Phe (for Ko Samet), Chanthaburi and Trat. If you're heading for Ko Chang, there is a specifically designated stop for it between Chanthaburi and Trat. You can also get a bus to the Cambodian border crossing at Poipet, look for the bus to Aranyaprathet and tell them you are going to Poipet when you buy the ticket.

Then there's the Southern Bus Terminal, +66 2 894-6122, also known as Sai Tai Mai, that serves all destinations west and south of Bangkok from its somewhat inconvenient location on the Thonburi side of the river. In December 2007, the terminal moved to a new, even more remote location, at Phutthamonthon Sai 1 Road in northern Thonburi. It is a 70 baht taxi ride to the Bank Khae area of Bangkok. Long-distance buses leave from here to destinations throughout Western Thailand (including Nakhon Pathom and Kanchanaburi) and Southern Thailand (including Krabi, Phuket, Surat Thani, Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, Hat Yai, and many others). It also has a huge number of minibuses out back which take trips to most of the places the buses go, and do it a lot quicker. However, if you have large baggage, forget this option. The new terminal is a fairly pleasant airport-like structure with air-conditioning, electronic departure monitors (in English), a few bank offices, nice and cheap food. Unlike the rip-off operators at Khao San Road, all buses from here are public, well-regulated, cheap, and reasonably safe. Just buy your tickets at the numbered desk with your destination posted on it (almost always in English). There are also plenty of taxis out the back of the bus terminal.

Getting to the terminal is a bit of headache, as public transport is limited. The easiest option is to take a metered taxi, but if you're going there in the evening, especially during workdays, be prepared to fight a serious traffic jam — getting there can take 30 minutes or an hour from the city centre. A taxi ride from Khao San Road should end up around 120 baht in favourable traffic conditions. Ignore touts — unlike what they might say, there really is no "faster" way when all the roads are congested.

From Victory Monument BTS station, the terminal can be reached with pale orange air-conditioned bus 515 (17 baht). When approached by an on-board bus conductor, just say "Sai Tai". After quite a ride, the large bus terminal will be on the left side about 9 km after crossing the river (you won't miss it and probably will be told as well). Getting there by bus actually does not take much more time than taxi (it's almost the same in the likely case of a traffic jam), but the ride is much cheaper, especially if alone. Bus 556 no longer goes from Suvarnabhumi Airport, but from Makkasan Airport Rail Link (ARL) station. There are also white minibuses (30 baht) from various points around Bangkok, eg. from Ramkhamhaeng (near Rajamangala National Stadium). There are inexpensive shuttle buses and slightly more expensive (but quicker loading and a bit faster) minibuses to and from the Northern Bus Terminal as well. A meter-taxi from Northern Bus Terminal (Morchit) is about 150-180 Baht and takes about 30-50 minutes. Insist on the meter. There are plenty of taxis at the entrance of the big hall.

From the Hualamphong station, one can take the 507 (15 baht) non-airconditioned bus. It infrequently stops on the far side of the multi-road intersection from the front of the rail station and goes directly to the terminal. Allow 60-90min to wait for the bus and for the long distance and the traffic.

From the Khao San Road/Democracy Monument area, you can take the orange 511 (15 baht). The New Southern Bus Terminal is the last stop on the route.

We recommend you check the latest bus schedule and price via rome2rio.com

By minibus

For travelling to Bangkok suburbs, the fastest and often the cheapest way is to use public minibus (minivan) services. They are running from the rear of the Victory Monument square (facing the monument itself are the city bus stops, behind it there is a small market, and behind the market you will find many white-coloured minibuses (13.76414N 100.53878E) just parking at the roadside and waiting for passengers ). They depart when full, usually every 10-30 min. Fare is usually similar to long-distance buses with the same destination (if there are any). Other way, it could be estimated as 1 baht/km.

Please note that minibuses to the surrounding provinces have been moved from Victory Monument to the bus stations - Mo Chit, Tai Mai, and Ekkamai. (as at Nov 2016). The only ones from here now are to destinations within the Bangkok area, like Rangsit.

There are also plenty of minibuses at the Southern Bus Terminal, out the back. These go to various locations in the south and also within the city itself. There is one to Bang Phli,(in Samut Prakhan Province) from where buses/minibuses to Rayong/Pattaya can be found

By train

The State Railway of Thailand, +66 2 222-0175, serves Bangkok with railway lines from all four directions of Thailand.

Hualamphong Train Station is the most important station, located close to Yaowarat and served by its own MRT station. It's a big and surprisingly convenient station built during the reign of King Rama VI. It was spared from bombing in World War II at the request of the Thai resistance movement.

Tickets for trains leaving the same or the next day can be bought on the counters under the big screens. The Advance Booking Office is located to the right of the platforms as you walk towards them and is quite well-organised. You can select your seat/berth from a plan of the train, and payments by credit card are accepted. you can book through the official e-ticketing website, or you may book an e-ticket with an agency (against THB 100 service fee).

A word of advice is to only listen to the people at the information desk — anyone else walking around offering to help you "find" a hotel or taxi is just a tout, even if they are wearing official-looking badges. Likewise, the second floor shops offering "Tourist Information" are just agents in disguise. The taxi pick up and drop off point is to the left of the platforms as you walk towards them, and is generally chaotic at busy periods with scant regard for any queue. The left luggage facility is at the opposite end of the concourse, on the far right as you walk away from the platforms.

If coming by train from the north or north-east, connecting to the metro at Bang Sue Train Station can shave the last half-hour off your train trip. This is not a very good place to board trains though, as there is practically no information or signs in English. However, this situation will doubtlessly improve as more and more long-distance departures are switched to here from Hualamphong Train Station to ease congestion in the inner city.

The Thon Buri Train Station, formerly known as the Bangkok Noi Station, is on the west side of the river in Thonburi. It is the terminus for twice-daily trains to Kanchanaburi (via Nakhon Pathom). Just to keep things confusing, the previous Thonburi Train Station right next to the river (accessible by the Chao Phraya Express Boat pier Railway Station) is now mothballed and turned into a museum, but it's only 800m away from the new station. Note that the weekend-only second class air-conditioned "tourist" trains to Kanchanaburi and Nam Tok depart from Hualamphong Train Station.

Wongwien Yai Train Station only serves the rustic Mae Klong commuter line to the fishing village of Maha Chai. Trains run roughly hourly and the trip takes about one hour. The ride is of little interest if you want to get there fast, but is an experience for rail fans and an attraction in itself, with a nice view on the countryside's orchards, vegetable plantations and coconut groves. Maha Chai is a nice seafood destination, and if you feel like it, you can cross the Tha Chin river by ferry and continue by rail to Samut Songkhram. Wongwien Yai Train Station is about 800m from the Skytrain station of the same name; to get there, take a metered taxi for 35-50 baht, or walk (using a map). If you want to walk, continue in the same direction the train came from about 300 metres. You will see a main road underneath at right angles, so cross this and go to the right along this road. About another 300 metres along this road you will see an overhead walkway. Just beyond this on the left is a laneway to the on-ground station.

By ship

Not many people come to Bangkok by ship, but there are some cruise ships that come close to the city. Large ships must dock at Laem Chabang Port, about 90 minutes southeast of Bangkok and about 30 min north of Pattaya.

Frequent first and second class bus services directly connect Laem Chabang with Bangkok's Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai); less frequent direct services run to the Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit). A first class air-conditioned bus (blue and white) to either will take 90min or less; the fare is around 100 baht. A quick way to get into downtown is to board an Ekkamai-bound bus and then disembark early at On Nut, where you can hop onto the Skytrain. The bus will always stop here if a passenger requests it.

Southbound buses en route to Pattaya can be boarded at the traffic lights on Sukhumvit Road in Laem Chabang. These are extremely frequent (at least 10 per hour), and charge less than 50 baht.

Modest-sized ships may dock further upriver at Khlong Toei Port, close to Bangkok's city centre. A modest terminal provides processing for passengers (who may receive Thai customs and immigration processing on-board), as well as offering "managers" who arrange tours and taxis. Reaching major hotels and other points of interest is much cheaper than from Laem Chabang, but can vary according to the passenger's negotiating skills. The facility is not close to the MRT stop of Khlong Toei, the best way to get there is by metered taxi.

By private car

Getting into Bangkok by car is not a good idea, as you can easily waste half a day waiting in traffic just to get to the other side of the city. Three major highways lead to Bangkok from all directions of Thailand. The best way to get to Bangkok from Northern Thailand is driving on Phahonyothin Road (Route 1), which comes from Mae Sai near the Myanmarese border.

Sukhumvit Road (Route 3) comes from cities in Eastern Thailand, such as Trat, Pattaya and Chonburi.

Phetkasem Road (Route 4) must be one of the longest roads in the world, as it comes all the way from the Malaysian border serving Southern Thailand.

To ease congestion on these highways, a new system of motorways has emerged which will be extended in the future. The New Bangkok-Chonburi Motorway (Motorway 7) is covering the trip from Chonburi and Pattaya. Then there's the Kanchanaphisek National Highway (Motorway 9 or "Outer Ring Road") which makes a giant loop around Bangkok serving most satellite towns around it, such as Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan.

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As some of you may have seen in the news, Thailand is gearing up for a ‘soft reopening’ to vaccinated travellers a month from now on July 1.

It is official, sort of. After months of kicking sand around debating if it will really happen, the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) has officially approved the Phuket Sandbox plan, an important step forward. The announcement, made late this afternoon, June, 4th, appears to answer the often-posed question if the sandbox plan would ever happen after the much more intense and deadly third wave of Covid-19 swept through Thailand.
Then, the island will be opening Phuket International Airport to foreign travellers as proposed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The trial will be the first of its kind in the country, and if successful, may be rolled out across other parts of Thailand. The Thailand Authority of Tourism (TAT) has already earmarked Krabi, Pattaya, Bangkok, Buriram, Cha-am, Koh Samui, Phang-nga and Hua Hin as possible destinations to try out the scheme.

Each model will be slightly different, depending on geography, and international visitors will still have to get a visa in advance and fill out some paperwork (see details below). Nevertheless, this will come as promising news to those travellers desperate to visit Thailand!

If the Phuket Sandbox Scheme goes ahead, from June to September 2021, Thailand is expecting to receive up to 129,000 international visitors – will you be one of them? In this article, we’ll attempt to answer all of the questions you might have about the Phuket Sandbox and more!

Disclaimer – Information regarding the Phuket Sandbox Program is changing literally every day and is dependent on the COVID-19 situation across Thailand. While we update this article regularly to the best of our ability, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

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Also known as the Nine Emperor Gods Festival or the Kin Jay Festival, the Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event celebrated primarily by the Chinese community in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia.

Running for nine days, the vegetarian festival in Phuket is considered by many to be the most extreme and bizarre of festivals in Thailand. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival could be Thailand's answer to the Tamil festival of Thaipusam celebrated in neighboring Malaysia. Devotees not only adopt a special diet for the holiday, a select few participants prove their devotion by practicing self-mutilation.

Some of the feats performed include piercing cheeks with swords, walking on nails or hot coals, and climbing ladders made of knife blades! Most participants miraculously heal up without needing stitches or medical care.

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Buddhist Lent Day (Thailand Wan Khao Phansa, Laos Boun Khao Phansa) is the start of the three-month period during the rainy season when monks are required to remain in a particular place such as a monastery or temple grounds. Here, they will meditate, pray, study, and teach other young monks. In the past, monks were not even allowed to leave the temple, but today, most monks just refrain from traveling during this period. You will still see them out during the day.

It is said that monks started remaining immobile in a temple during this time because they wanted to avoid killing insects and harming farmland. Apparently, traveling monks were crossing through fields, thus destroying the crops of villagers and farmers. After catching wind of this, Buddha decided that in order to avoid damaging crops, hurting insects, or harming themselves during the rainy season, monks should remain in their temples during these three months.

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The Hmong New Year celebration is a cultural tradition that takes place annually in select areas where large Hmong communities exist and in a modified form where smaller communities come together. During the New Year's celebration, Hmong dress in traditional clothing and enjoy Hmong traditional foods, dance, music, bull fights, and other forms of entertainment. Hmong New Year celebrations have Hmong ethnic traditions and culture and may also serve to educate those who have an interest in Hmong tradition. Hmong New Year celebrations frequently occur in November and December (traditionally at the end of the harvest season when all work is done), serving as a Thanksgiving holiday for the Hmong people.

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Thailand never fails to amaze its thousands of visitors with the most vibrant festivals that are sure to delight them by offering glimpses into the heritage and traditions of the country. Each month offers an exciting opportunity to be a part of these festivals. From kids to adults and old-aged people, locals have the time of their lives during these festivities. Considered to be one of the best ways to relish a memorable time in what is already known as an incredible country, these festivals in Thailand are the most popular ones to be a part of.

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Magha Puja (also written as Makha Bucha Day) is the third most important Buddhist festival, celebrated on the full moon day of the third lunar month in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Sri Lanka and on the full moon day of Tabaung in Myanmar. It celebrates a gathering that was held between the Buddha and 1,250 of his first disciples, which, according to tradition, preceded the custom of periodic recitation of discipline by monks.

On the day, Buddhists celebrate the creation of an ideal and exemplary community, which is why it is sometimes called Saṅgha Day, the Saṅgha referring to the Buddhist community, and for some Buddhist schools this is specifically the monastic community. In Thailand, the Pāli term Māgha-pūraṇamī is also used for the celebration, meaning 'to honor on the full moon of the third lunar month'.

Finally, some authors referred to the day as the Buddhist All Saints Day. 

In pre-modern times, Magha Puja has been celebrated by some Southeast Asian communities. But it became widely popular in the modern period, when it was instituted in Thailand by King Rama IV in the mid-19th century. From Thailand, it spread to other South and Southeast Asian countries. Presently, it is a public holiday in some of these countries.

It is an occasion when Buddhists go to the temple to perform merit-making activities, such as alms giving, meditation and listening to teachings. It has been proposed in Thailand as a more spiritual alternative to the celebration of Valentine's Day.

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