Tourist Useful Information
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What is the weather in Bangkok ?
- What is the best time to visit Bangkok ?
- When is school vacation in Thailand ?
- Are shops open during the week-ends and feasts in Bangkok ?
- How big is Bangkok ?
- How much does it cost to visit Bangkok ?
- What is the best way of transport in Bangkok ?
- How to get from the Khaosan road to center Bangkok (and other destinations in town) ?
- What are the driving distances from Bangkok to other cities in Thailand ?
- What is the Flight time to Bangkok ?
- How can I reserve a flight ticket to Bangkok ?
- How can I get from the Airport to Center Bangkok ?
- Where are the Bus and Train Central Stations in Bangkok ?
- Do I need a Visa in order to visit Thailand ?
- How can I reserve an hotel for Bangkok ?
- Where are the Nightlife zones in Bangkok (for bars and dancing clubs) ?
- Where are the Red Light Districts in Bangkok ?
- What can I Do and Visit in Bangkok during the day ?
- Do Thais speak English ?
- How can I find a good Restaurant in Bangkok ?
- Is it easy to exchange Money in Bangkok ?
- Can I pay in Bangkok in foreign currency like with the Dollar ?
- What is the cheapest way to make International phone calls ?
- Which Electric Plug is used in Thailand ?
- Where can I dance Salsa in Bangkok ?
- Is it safe to visit Bangkok ?
- Do I need any vaccination before visiting Thailand ?
- Can I drink tap water in Thailand ?
- Where can I find a doctor or a dentist in Bangkok ?
- How long does Bangkok exist ?
- Where can I find a Map of Bangkok ?
- Where can I see Videos with Bangkok scenery ?
- Where can I get more Information about Bangkok ?
As you can see from the chart, it is quite hot (and humid) in Bangkok during all year, at day and at night. Bangkok is close to the equator and it has a tropical climate, it is one of the hottest cities in the world.
There are mainly 2 seasons in Bangkok: the dry season from November to May and the rainy season from May to October.
April is (relatively) the hottest month, December is the coolest month, September receives the most rain. When it rains it can be quite intense (monsoons) and there can be floods.
Take into consideration that there is a difference in hotel prices between the highly touristic season (little rain) and the rainy season.
Size: To get an idea:
From the big Palace (or Khaosan road) to the center of town (MBK mall) it is about 5 Km. Usually, you need to use some kind of transport to get from one tourist attraction to the other.
At a Worldwide Cost of Living survey 2012 - City rankings (Mercer Consulting), Bangkok was found to be in position 81. (for reference - Tokyo is in position 1 and San Francisco is position 90).
Here is a list of common prices in Bangkok in 2013:
Big Mac meal at Mac Donald's: 150 baht.
Pad-Thai for take away: 30 baht.
Small natural orange juice from street vendor: 20 baht.
Beer in a cafe or club: 100 baht.
Breakfast: 100 baht.
Individual room in a guest house with air condition and bathroom: 800 baht. Individual room in a guest house with fan and no bathroom - 400 baht.
Internet cafe, one hour: 40 baht.
Air conditioned bus in town: 15 baht.
Non air conditioned bus: 7 baht.
Public boat on the river: 15 baht.
Taxi in town: around 80 baht.
Night train (sleeping coach)to the north or south of Thailand: about 800 baht.
One day organized trip out of Bangkok: 250 to 700 baht.
Massage one hour: 300 baht.
T-shirts from street vendors: 100 to 200 baht.
Use this Currency Converter to get the prices in your local currency.
Speed issue: The sky train, the underground (MRT), the speed boat in the "Khlong Saen Saeb" canal and moto-taxis are fast because they don't depend on car traffic. Regular Taxis and Buses can be very slow when the roads are jammed (when it rains for instance). Tuk-tuk are a little bit faster than taxis. The boats on the big Chao Phraya River are slow but they bypass car traffic, the problem is that the river doesn't pass in the center of Bangkok.
Comfort issue: Taxis are comfortable and air-conditioned (You need to like Thai music on the radio).
Sky Train and MRT(metro) are comfortable and air conditioned. Tuk-tuks are not comfortable for long distances, you get all the pollution of the city in the face.
A ride in Taxi-motos is scary.
A boat on the Chao Phraya River is comfortable. A ride on the Khlong Saen Saeb canal can be tough because the polluted water sometimes splash on the passengers.
Buses are fine, although being stuck in a traffic jam in a non air conditioned bus can be unpleasant.
Security issue: Surprisingly, I (almost) didn't see any near accidents in Bangkok, drivers of all kind of vehicles are very concentrated in the driving. You, as a tourist, should be prudent because some standards are not like in western countries. For instance, while riding a bus in town, branches of trees can hit the open windows and reach you, the bus also doesn't always stop exactly at the bus station and you may need to run between cars in order to get on it. Just be prudent.
Price issue: All way of transports in Bangkok are cheap compared to western countries. Examples of prices of typical rides in town:
Bus or boat: 7 to 15 baht.
Skytrain or underground : 25 baht.
Taxi: 70 baht.
Tuk-tuk and moto taxi: just depends on your negotiation skills.
Note: It takes time to move from one way of transport to the other. Transport in Bangkok is not very efficient but it has improved considerably in the last years.
- Walk (20 minutes) or take a tuk-tuk (about 40 baht) to the first station of boats on the Khlong Saen Saeb canal, it is near Wat Saket, the golden mount.
- Take the boat for about 10 minutes (10 baht) till the station near Siam center.
- Walk 4 minutes to the MBK mall or Siam.
- From there, you can take the Skytrain to other destinations.
You can use buses if traffic is fine:
To MBK and Siam malls: bus 47 and 15
To World Center mall: bus 2, 511, 15
To Sukhumbvit area (Nana, Asok): bus 2 and 511
To Silom area (Pat-Pong): bus 47 and 15
To Chatuchak Market (week-end market): buse 3 and 524
To the Grand Palace: Just walk, it is close to the Khaosan
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From the U.S: Around 17 hours.
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The airport is situated 25 Km from the city (see Map).
You can arrive to the city by train, bus or taxi.
The train is very efficient, it will get you to the city in less than 30 minutes and will bypass any traffic jam. There are two types of trains: one is express and will get you to the center in 15 minutes (a little bit more expensive). The last station of the train is Phaya-Thai (see Map) where you have a connection to the Sky-Train. (To get to the Khao-San area you'll have to continue from Phaya-Thai with a Taxi). The train doesn't operate at night.
From the airport, you can also take a Taxi to the center, it will cost you less than 300 Baht if there is no traffic and the driver uses the taxi-meter.
The main train station is called "Hua Lamphong" and is located near China town (see Map), the MRT (metro) gets there.
Buses: There are several central stations, depending on the destination:
Ekkamai Bus Station, for eastern long distance destinations like Pattaya and Ko-Chang (see Map).
Mochit Bus Station, for northern long distance destinations like Chiang-Mai (see Map).
Sai Tai Bus Station, for southern long distance destinations like Phuket (see Map). (Difficult to reach this station at the west side of the river).
Victory Monument, for close destinations around Bangkok, like Amphawa floating market (see Map).
There are also buses picking-up people from the hotels to different destinations, tickets are sold in the travel agencies.
Thailand Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
As to 2013: Many western countries receive a Visa on arrival, free of charge, for 30 days if arriving by air and only 15 days if entering by land. This type of Visa is not expandable in Thailand (but you can exit Thailand and re-enter). If you intend to stay more than 30 consecutive days, you need to do a Visa in advance in one of the Thai consulates around the world.
here, on TripAdvisor.
See here the possible zones where you can stay in Bangkok.
You can reserve an hostel for Bangkok here, on HostelWorld.
- Sukhumvit street between Nana and Asok SkyTrain stations.The
little streets that are on both sides of Sukhumvit are numbered and
called "Soi". From Nana to Asok stations, all the "Soi" on the left
side (impair numbers) are very animated. Soi 11 has many cool, dancing
clubs. Soi 4 (Nana station) is a "red light street" and also "Soi
between Soi 21 and 23 (Asok station).
- Khaosan and Rambuttri streets, the backpacker zone.
- Pat-Pong (a red light district).
- China Town (for restaurants)
- Nana Plaza
- Soi Cowboy
- The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew
- Wat Pho
- Wat Arun
- The Golden Mount - Wat Saket
- Jim Thompson's house
- China Town
- Vimanmek Mansion
- The Chao Phraya River
- The Khlong Saen Saeb Canal
- The Khao-San road
- Dusit Zoo
- Snake farm
- Sky bars - Panoramic views
- Thai Boxing - Muay Thai
- Commercial Centers
- Chatuchak - The Weekend Market
- The floating markets
- The bridge on the River Kwai
- The Market on the Railway - Maeklong market
If you will try to converse in English with locals who are not in the tourist business, it will all depend on their level of education. Young Thais in Bangkok do speak English although they are much better at writing and reading than at oral speaking.
In Bangkok most of the important signs are written in English (like signs in the metro, names of the streets etc).
TripAdvisor Restaurant guide.
Note: Bangkok is known for its very developed street food eateries.
Currency Converter to know the rates.
International plug adapter when you travel. Just remember that the adapter will not convert the voltage, so make sure your electronic device is also suitable for 220 Voltage. This Site, it tells you the active clubs for the week. The main Salsa club is "La Rueda" at the street: Sukhumvit soi 18.
In Bangkok you can dance Salsa almost every day of the week. At "La Rueda" the evening usually begins at 20:00 with a lesson of one hour and after that comes the party. Going to Salsa in Bangkok is a good way to meet local people and expatriates.
The risk for a tourist may be with accidents of many kinds, for instance driving a motorcycle without experience (In Bangkok, tourists can not rent a moto but in many places in Thailand, yes). Getting on and off a bus in Bangkok may be dangerous because the bus doesn't always stop completely, crossing the streets in general may be hazardous. The solution: beeing very careful, after a few days in Bangkok you will get more familiar with the environment.
Another issue for the tourist may be light stomach problems because of food, usually it is just because you are not used to the local diet and not because of hygiene problems, but anyway you should try to avoid these problems by eating and staying in clean places and washing your hands frequently.
Whether you are travelling or not, you should be up to date with the routine vaccinations, like the Tetanus.
See this site: Disease Control and Prevention Center for recommendations.
A lot of travellers who are just staying in main cities (like Bangkok) and not in rural places, choose not to do vaccinations for Thailand.
Again: stay in clean places, eat in clean places, wash your hands frequently and protect yourself from mosquitoes.
Bumrungrad is a private international accredited hospital with all the services including dentistry. Prices are high for Thailand but normal by western standards. It is situated in the center of town near Nana Skytrain station.
For dentists in Bangkok you can also see threads in TripAdvisor forum: thread1, thread2, thread3.
Also, when you arrive at Bangkok airport, look around you, there are stands with excellent free maps of Bangkok.
KhaoSan road in the afternoon
Video: Khaosan road at night
Video: Rambuttri street
Video: Sail on Chao Phraya river
Video: Sail on Khlong Saen Saeb Canal
Video: Bus ride from Khaosan road to Bangkok center
Video: Ride on the Sky-Train of Bangkok
Video: Visit in the Grand palace
Video: Visit at Wat Arun
Video: Visit at Wat Saket
Video: A walk in China town
Video: A visit at the Snake farm
Video: Video of Erawan shrine Bangkok
Video: Video of a Muay Thai Box fight in front of the MBK mall
Video: Video: Bachata demo at La Rueda Salsa Club Bangkok
Video: Songkran Water Festival (recommended !)
Video: A visit at Damnoen Saduak floating market
Video: Train Market filmed from the train (recommended !)
Video: Bangkok main railway station
Video: A flight from Laos to Bangkok Airport
- On this same site (langeasy.com) at these pages
- TripAdvisor Bangkok
- Wikitravel Bangkok
- Wikipedia Bangkok
- If you have specific questions about Bangkok or Thailand, you can ask them in this TripAdvisor Forum.
Visit the pages Bangkok- What to expect in your visit, to get a taste of Bangkok atmosphere and more information.
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