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Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is a cosmopolitan Asian city with skyscrapers, heavy traffic, tropical climate, grand temples and palaces, authentic canals, busy markets, and vibrant nightlife. Bangkok is a hub for spirituality, culture, politics, commerce, and education in Thailand. Visitors can expect exotic food and a lively atmosphere throughout the city center. While in Bangkok, travel to top attractions and discover hidden gems during the many city tours available. For a truly unique and popular Asian destination, book cheap luxury flights to Bangkok via major airlines worldwide, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Cathay Pacific Airways, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, and Etihad Airways.

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Facts About Bangkok

  • Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and largest city in the country with a population of over 11 million.
  • Locals refer to Bangkok as Krungthep, a shortened version of the lengthy full name, which is the longest city name in the world.
  • Bangkok is divided into 50 administrative districts, which are then split into 154 sub-districts.
  • All the temples pictured on Thai baht coins are in Bangkok.
  • According to the World Meteorological Organization, Bangkok is the world’s hottest city.
  • The Thai National Anthem is recited twice daily at 8:00am and 6:00pm in public areas.
  • “Sawadee” is the most common way of saying “Hello.”

Top Attractions in Bangkok

Bangkok offers a number of awe-inspiring historic attractions, popular local markets and shopping centers, and fascinating city tours to satisfy the interests of all types of travelers. With so much to see and do in this popular Asian destination, it’s a good idea to create an itinerary so you don’t miss anything that interests you. Book your cheap premium flights to Bangkok via major airlines, such as American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Cathay Pacific Airways, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, and Etihad Airways. Then, add the following top Bangkok attractions to your must-see list.

  • Grand Palace – In the heart of Bangkok, you’ll find the spectacular former residence of the Kings of Siam dating back to 1782. As the city’s most famous landmark, this is a must-see for anyone visiting Bangkok. It continues to impress visitors with its beautiful intricately crafted Thai architecture. Current monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, does not live at the palace, but it is still used for royal ceremonies and other events. The palace is in the Banglamphu area of Bangkok, also known as the Old City. All visitors must adhere to a strict dress code upon entering the Grand Palace complex.
  • Wat Phra Kaew – Located on the grounds of the Grand Palace, this Bangkok temple is considered the most sacred Buddhist temple in all of Thailand. Within the temple is the Emerald Buddha, an important religious and political symbol of Thailand. Other attractions in the temple include a model of the Angkor Wat temple, the magnificent Balcony, and impressive murals. You can take a guided tour, or a self-guided audio tour available in English, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish. Remember to dress appropriately when visiting this sacred temple.
  • Wat Arun – Located in the Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok, this Buddhist temple is one of the most stunning temples in the city for its riverside location and unique design. It is open daily and takes at least an hour to explore. To avoid the crowds, visit early in the morning. Visitors can climb to the highest point of the central tower for magnificent views of Chao Phraya River, the Grand Palace, and Wat Pho. This temple is a popular tourist attraction, but it is also an important place of worship, so dress modestly.
  • Lumphini Park – This popular urban park in Bangkok offers expansive grassy areas open to the public, along with playgrounds and an artificial lake where visitors can rent paddleboats. It’s a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city without having to leave Bangkok. If you’re an early bird, visit the park before 7am to join the locals in the rejuvenating practice of t’ai chi. Avoid the park late at night.
  • Siam Paragon – Located in the Pathum Wan district of Bangkok, this has been one of the largest shopping malls in Asia since it opened in 2005. Here you’ll find a wide range of specialty stores and restaurants, Paragon Cineplex, Sea Life Ocean World aquarium, Thai Art Gallery, an opera concert hall, a large bowling alley, and a karaoke center. Shops include high-end brands like Gucci, Chanel, Balenciaga, Valentino, Hermès, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and more.

Best Times to Visit Bangkok

Bangkok has a tropical monsoon climate with hot and humid weather most of the year. The peak season for Bangkok travel is between the months of November and March. The best months to visit Bangkok are December, January, and February because they are the coolest months with pleasant temperatures. During these months, visitors can explore the city without the intense heat and humidity that makes any outdoor activity, even walking, uncomfortable during other times of the year. From December through February, Bangkok weather is calm and comfortable with blue skies almost every day. But be prepared for crowds since this is when most tourists visit the city. No matter when you decide to travel to Bangkok, contact us to book cheap luxury flights via top airlines, such as American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Cathay Pacific Airways, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, and Etihad Airways.

Weather in Bangkok

  • The weather in Bangkok is the result of the city’s tropical monsoon climate.
  • The 3 main seasons in Bangkok are the hot season from March to June, the rainy season from July to October, and the cool season between November and February.
  • Bangkok is the hottest city in the world with average daytime temperatures exceeding 85°F throughout the year, with the exception of December, January, and February.
  • April to May and September to October have the highest levels of humidity.
  • The southwest monsoons occur in Bangkok between May and October.
  • The hottest weather occurs in Bangkok between March and May when temperatures exceed 100°F.
  • The low season occurs in Bangkok between May and October because the city is still hot, but experiences rainstorms as well.

Tour Options in Bangkok

  • Bangkok Food Tours – These Bangkok food tours introduce the local flavor of Thailand to visitors so they can eat like the Thais do. Explore the food culture of Bangkok while learning the fascinating history of the city from local experts. The tour is approximately 3 hours of leisurely walking with stops at 5 tasting locations. Tours are offered in English only.
  • Bangkok Canal Tour – This boat excursion begins at the eastern bank of the Chao Phraya River and then travels through the backwaters of Thonburi, passing interesting attractions along the way. Canal tours tend to be expensive, but you can negotiate the fare with individual boat drivers.
  • Bangkok Bike Tour – Ride through Bangkok, discovering unique neighborhoods as you learn all about the city’s fascinating culture and history. The expert local guides share their passion for Thailand and insider knowledge of Bangkok. Get up close and personal with your surroundings to experience the real Bangkok. Bike tours mainly use back streets, avoiding most of the traffic.

Transportation in Bangkok

  • Train – The Skytrain (BTS) connects to the main shopping, entertainment, and business areas of the city. There are 2 BTS lines. The Silom Line runs west to south, and the Sukhumvit Line runs north to east. The 2 lines meet at Siam Station, and interconnect at 2 stations with the underground MRT. A new BTS train arrives every 3 to 6 minutes or so between 6:30am and midnight. Fares start at 15 baht for one stop. Keep in mind that trains are very crowded during peak morning and evening hours because the BTS is the choice mode of transport for Bangkok residents.
  • Subway – The Mass Rapid Transit network (MRT) is a quick and efficient way to get around Bangkok. It serves 18 stations throughout the city. Trains arrive every 5 minutes during peak hours, and every 7 minutes at other times, and they connect to the BTS Skytrain at 2 stations. The most popular stops for visitors include Kampaengphet, Sukhumvit, Silom, and Hua Lamphong. The Bangkok MRT runs underneath the two main thoroughfares in downtown Bangkok. MRT service hours are 6:00am to midnight.
  • Taxi – Aside from the BTS and MRT, the next best way to get around Bangkok is by taxi. Most taxis are new, spacious, and come in a variety of colors including green, yellow, red, blue, orange, and pink. Taxis are readily available at all times of the day and night, especially near hotels, shopping malls, and other tourist attractions. Expect a long wait when it rains, and during rush hours. The majority of Bangkok taxi drivers speak little English, so it’s a good idea to have the name and location of where you’re going written in Thai. All taxis in Bangkok are now metered. If a driver refuses to use the meter, it’s best to find another taxi. Tipping taxi drivers is not required, but it is common to round the fare off to the nearest 5 or 10 baht.
  • Bus – Bangkok buses are a cheap way to travel across the city. The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) provides bus service in Bangkok and nearby provinces, operating over 100 routes with more than 3,000 buses. Be sure to get a BMTA map, available at most bus terminals. If you need assistance, ask a policemen or call the BMTA Hotline. Most buses run from 5:00am to 11:00pm daily. Destinations on the majority of Bangkok buses are written in Thai, so visitors should pay attention to the bus number, the type of bus, and its colors. The EURO II is the newest, most efficient, and spacious bus in Bangkok.
  • Tuk-tuk – A tuk-tuk is basically a rickshaw with a small engine in it. Tuk-tuks are still popular among tourists because riding in one is a unique experience, not a practical way to get around. Tuk-tuks are ideal for short trips. Fares vary, depending on distance, time of day, traffic, and drivers. Fare negotiating and haggling is a must. Beware of the tuk-tuks around tourist areas claiming to know secret attractions, and offering sightseeing tours and unsolicited help. Simply refuse their scams. Avoid taking a tuk-tuk during peak morning and evening rush hours.
  • Boat – Boats provide a great way to get around the popular riverside area with its many historical attractions, temples, and architecture, and also to explore the canals. Express boats, river taxis, and long-tail boats travel up and down the Chao Phraya River. Ferries are a good option for crossing the river. Some of the express boats only stop at the main piers. All of the 5-star hotels along the river offer free shuttle boats that ferry guests to and from their hotel and Sathorn Central Pier. Even if you are not a guest at these hotels, the shuttle service is still available for free. Canal boats travel up and down the largest canals daily every 5 to 20 minutes.
  • Motorbike – If you are by yourself, the fastest way to get around Bangkok is by motorbike taxi, especially during rush hours. However, it can be dangerous because motorbike taxis dart in and out between cars and buses. Motorbike taxi drivers even drive on sidewalks or in the opposing traffic lane to get you to your destination quickly. Motorbike taxi drivers wear numbered orange vests and wait near office buildings and shops, busy roads, and Skytrain and underground stations. Fares vary depending on how far you go. Be sure you negotiate the fare beforehand. Certain routes have a fixed fare. Always wear a safety helmet.
  • Rental Car – You can rent a car in several locations throughout Bangkok, including Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport and downtown Bangkok. However, Bangkok is known for its massive traffic jams. Most tourists consider driving in Bangkok a nightmare. We highly recommend that you use public transport instead of driving yourself, unless you are traveling outside the city center to other parts of Thailand.

Travel Safety Tips in Bangkok

  • If you decide to experience Bangkok nightlife, be sure to carry your passport for ID checks.
  • Police sometimes raid bars and nightclubs, forcing all customers to participate in drug tests and searches.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.
  • Beware of motorbikes speeding by and going through red lights. If you rent a bike, make sure you have insurance.
  • Do not take advice from someone on the street who appears to be a friendly local. It could be a scam. Ask your hotel concierge if you need assistance.
  • Never get into a tuk-tuk if a local is urging you to do so. Bangkok locals only approach foreigners if they have an ulterior motive.
  • Be on the lookout for scammers, especially in major tourist areas.
  • If an English-speaking Thai approaches you at a popular tourist attraction and says it is closed or offers you a discount on admission, it is most likely a scam.
  • Insist on the meter for taxis and agree on a price in advance for tuk-tuks.
  • If at any point your transportation brings you somewhere you didn’t want to go, walk away as soon as you can and find other transportation.
  • Never ask a taxi driver for a restaurant recommendation.
  • Avoid private bus companies offering direct trips from Bangkok to other cities via “VIP” buses. There are robberies and scams aboard private buses.
  • The Metropolitan Police speak very limited English, so contact the Tourist Police if you’re in trouble.
  • The hot Bangkok weather makes food go bad quicker. If you’re away from major tourist hotels and resorts, stick to eating boiled, baked, or fried foods.
  • Avoid drinking tap water, even in hotels. Good restaurants serve boiled water, but it’s best to order sealed water bottles instead.
  • Avoid consuming ice because it is most likely made with unpurified tap water.
  • Before opening your door to get out of a taxi, make sure a motorbike isn’t speeding by.
  • Before exiting a taxi, make sure you haven’t left any valuables or shopping bags behind.
  • Once you’re on a bus, keep walking inside. Don’t stand at the door, or block the way in the middle of the bus.

Bangkok Airport Tips

  • Suvarnabhumi Airport or Bangkok International Airport (BKK) is the 10th busiest airport in the world and main hub for Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, and Orient Thai Airlines.
  • BKK has a terminal complex consisting of International Terminals 1 and 2 and the Domestic Terminal, which are connected by an air-conditioned walkway and a free shuttle.
  • Terminal 1 handles flights for over 30 airlines including Aeroflot, Air-India, EgyptAir, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, and Thai Airways.
  • Terminal 2 also accommodates flights for more than 30 airlines including British Airways, China Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, Qantas, and Singapore Airlines.
  • The Domestic Terminal manages domestic flights for Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways, and others.
  • The Terminal 2 parking building offers retail opportunities for everyday necessities, such as a drugstore, a convenience store, and a supermarket.
  • BKK dining options range from American-style fast food to traditional Thai food. Eateries are located on the 4th floor of Terminal 2, the 4th floor of Terminal 1, in the Domestic Terminal, and the food court in the Terminal 2 parking building.
  • BKK provides free Wi-Fi in all areas for 2 hours per day.
  • Banks, ATMs, and currency exchange kiosks are located in the arrivals and departures halls of Terminal 1, Terminal 2, and the Domestic Terminal.
  • The Airport Rail Link (ARL) offers two train services: the non-stop Express Line and the commuter City Line.
  • A free bus service connecting BKK and Don Mueang Airport operates daily until midnight.
  • Two air-conditioned city bus routes serve the BKK bus terminal free of charge.
  • Bus stops and taxi ranks are located outside the arrivals hall at all terminals.

Best Restaurants in Bangkok

Bangkok is a favorite destination of foodies from around the world. From street food to fine dining, Bangkok offers local and international cuisine for every budget. The thriving culinary scene in Bangkok has gained worldwide recognition. Many Michelin-starred chefs have descended upon the capital of Thailand to continue to grow the city’s culinary scene. For a true Bangkok experience, visitors should try the street food at one of the many food stalls throughout the city. Book cheap flights to Bangkok to taste the extraordinary cuisine in this popular Thai city!

Fine Dining Restaurants in Bangkok

  • Gaggan – The cuisine at this award-winning Bangkok restaurant is described as progressive Indian. Chef Gaggan Anand has created a menu that has received critical acclaim locally and globally. The restaurant is located in an elegant colonial home, which adds a unique ambiance to the dining experience.
  • L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon – Since opening in early 2015, this gourmet French restaurant has rocked the Bangkok culinary scene, garnering praise from customers and critics. It is part of a prestigious restaurant group run by award-winning, highly-regarded chef Joël Robuchon. Even though gourmet cuisine is on the menu, the dining experience is informal.
  • J’AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain – Created by a Michelin-starred chef, this exclusive Bangkok restaurant serves classic yet innovative French cuisine. With unique décor and an intimate atmosphere, this is the perfect spot for a date night in Bangkok.
  • VOGUE Lounge – Foodies and fashionistas flock to this trendy restaurant in Bangkok. Known for its bite-size servings, it offers some of the best food in the city. This chic lounge prides itself on having the same sophistication and glamour as its namesake magazine. You can find it on the 6th floor of the MahaNakhon CUBE shopping mall.

Mid-Range Restaurants in Bangkok

  • Bo.Lan – Located near trendy Thong Lor, this Bangkok restaurant serves outstanding Thai food sourced locally. The celebrity chef owners created tastings menus with authentic Thai recipes and ingredients, influenced by Thai street-food and home-cooking. The interior has traditional Thai décor and a low-lit ambiance.
  • Isao – Diners from around the world flock to this unique eatery in Bangkok. Its small size means it’s always crowded, but it’s worth the effort to try the innovative fusion cuisine that you won’t find anywhere else in the city. Try visiting at lunchtime for a better chance at getting a table quicker.
  • Soul Food Mahanakorn – For delicious, authentic Thai food in Bangkok, visit this hotspot in the stylish Thong Lor neighborhood. On the menu you’ll find high quality street food, but the dining experience is better than eating outside in the heat at a typical food stall. Foodies from near and far rave about their meals at this popular eatery.

Cheap Eats in Bangkok

  • Thip Samai – This famous little eatery is a must-try for cheap local food in Bangkok. Many agree that the best pad Thai in Bangkok can be found here. With the freshest ingredients and generous portions at cheap prices, it’s no wonder this is a local favorite. Get a glimpse of the iconic Bangkok food culture here. Dine inside or on the benches outside.
  • Jok Prince – This cheap Bangkok eatery is known for its porridge, a simple rice soup served with pork. Many consider it the best rice porridge in Bangkok. You can find this narrow restaurant in Bang Rak near the Sapan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station.
  • Rot Dee Det – Located in the middle of fashionable Siam Square, this noodle house is a Bangkok institution. With a name that translates to “Tastes So Good,” it’s no wonder why it regularly attracts a mix of locals and tourists. Meals are small, so you may want to order more than one.
  • Took Lae Dee – If you’re grocery shopping in Bangkok, you’re likely to see these little eateries inside Foodland supermarkets throughout the city. The menu features American diner food, which gives visitors from the Unites States a taste of home. Locals love it, too.

Best Luxury Hotels in Bangkok

Bangkok is home to some of the best hotels in the world. With the discounts we can find for you, and the fact that top Bangkok hotels are cheap compared to luxury hotels in Europe, you can stay somewhere posh in Bangkok without breaking the bank. Book your stay at an upscale Bangkok hotel in the city center so you’re close to the main tourist attractions. Consider the following luxury hotels when you’re planning your trip to Bangkok.

  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bangkok – This sophisticated Bangkok hotel overlooks the Chao Phraya River, and offers luxurious rooms with river views, free Wi-Fi, butler service, free breakfast, and free parking. Dine and socialize at your choice of 9 upscale restaurants and bars on site. Relax by the 2 outdoor pools, and unwind at the spa. Guests staying here can expect legendary service and excellence in comfort and style.
  • Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok – Along the Chao Phraya River is this landmark high-end hotel that offers upscale guestrooms, topnotch amenities, and gracious Thai hospitality. Stay here for a mix of traditional Thai style and modern comfort. After a day of sightseeing, relax at The Spa at Shangri-La, then enjoy dinner, river views, and live entertainment at Salathip Restaurant.
  • The Siam – This boutique Bangkok hotel is located in the Dusit district, just minutes from top attractions, including the Grand Palace, the Royal Elephant Museum, and the Dusit Zoo. Enjoy river views from your suite, villa, or cottage. Guests can take advantage of the free breakfast and complimentary river shuttles. Free Wi-Fi is available everywhere on the property. Additional services include a 24-hour front desk, currency exchange, and babysitting. Try authentic Thai cuisine at Chon Thai Restaurant.
  • Hansar Hotel Bangkok – This unique Bangkok hotel offers authentic and unpretentious luxury experiences in an intimate environment. With less than 100 rooms, this hotel boasts a private and secure setting along with world-class services and amenities. Enjoy complimentary amenities, such as Wi-Fi, minibar, and a la carte breakfast. The location is ideal for its close proximity to the Silom and Ploenchit business districts and the Siam shopping area.
  • The Sukhothai Bangkok – This stunning hotel is surrounded by gardens, making it an ideal escape form the hustle and bustle of the city. Dine at the high-end Thai and international restaurants during your stay for a taste of the best gourmet cuisine in the city. Enjoy a relaxing massage at the luxurious spa, plus many other topnotch amenities.

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