Bangkok Travel Guide

Introduction to Bangkok

Book flights to Bangkok and be humbled by one of Southeast Asia's most iconic cities.

The capital of Thailand is the perfect introduction to Southeast Asia. The people are friendly, the food is delicious, and squat toilets are few and far between. Your trip will feature a balanced mix of grunge and glamour, so sit back and enjoy the ride. Join commuters on the hyper-modern Skytrain (BTS) or see more of the city from the back of a tuk-tuk. Haggle with stall-holders at the lively night markets, or browse designer must-haves in the shopping malls. Drink happy hour cans of Chang beer in a backpacker bar, or sip signature cocktails in a skybar with a view. As they say in Thailand: it's "same same, but different.

Grand Palace

Grand Palace: ex-Royal residence, now a museum and temple complex.

Khao San Road

Khao San Road: Backpacker heaven.

Temple of the Reclining Buddah

Wat Pho: Home to the famous reclining Buddha.

Other things to do in Bangkok

Pamper yourself. After a day of temple-hopping there's nothing better than a foot rub, and Bangkok is famous for its massage parlours. Full-body massages involve yoga-like moves and leave you feeling flexible and refreshed. Prices are very budget friendly: in Thailand massages are considered a healthcare essential rather than a luxury. 

Go shopping. You'll find high-end and high-street fashion in the city's blissfully air-conditioned mega-malls, quirky local bargains at the MBK shopping centre, and everything you could dream of (including puppies) at the sprawling Chatuchak Weekend Market. Don't forget to haggle.

Take a boat trip. Tickets on the Chaophraya Express are inexpensive, and the boat stops at many of Bangkok's iconic sights. Hop off and enjoy afternoon tea in the Author's Lounge of the Mandarin Oriental, visit the flower market and eat street food in Chinatown, or stay on board until the tourist hubs of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Khao San Road.

For more inspiration, check out our top ten things to do in Bangkok.

Eating and drinking in Bangkok

From hipster hangouts and Michelin listed restaurants to Western chains and indulgent Sunday brunches, you'll never go hungry in Bangkok. The city's culinary scene is dominated by street food. Victory Monument is one of the best BTS stops for a bite, with street hawkers selling everything from freshly squeezed orange juice to grilled seafood and boat noodles. Don't turn your nose up at mall food courts, either: Emquartier has five floors of impressive places to enjoy a bite.

Bangkok climate

Bangkok has two seasons: dry (mid-October to March) and wet (April to mid-October). During the wet season temperatures rarely drop below 30°C.

When to go to Bangkok

Mid-October to March is high-season in Bangkok. Temperatures are high, but humidity is low. There are plenty of festivals including the King's birthday in December, Pride during October/November, and Chinese New Year in January/February. April to mid-October is wet season, when the city is at its hottest and most humid. This is when you'll find the cheapest flights and best hotel deals in Bangkok.

Flying to Bangkok

Direct flights to Bangkok are available from London, and the trip can take up to 13 hours. Indirect flights from the UK usually involve a brief stopover in the Middle East (Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Muscat), Vietnam or China. If you're planning to explore your layover destination we recommend checking entry requirements before you fly.

 Bangkok Deals

Hotels in Bangkok

Car hire in Bangkok

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