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Bangkok

กรุงเทพฯ
Central Thailand
0 km from Bangkok
Province of Bangkok
Population : 12 000 000
Thai prononciation : Krungtep

Budget

Recomm. stay
2 à 4 jours

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General Information about Bangkok

The Thai capital is fascinating. It is this mix of asian recklessness and western life. Many say that Bangkok never sleeps and it's true. There is always animation, you will find a supermarket open all the time, night and day. Mostly the famous 7-Eleven. The bustle of the city and its traffic density can sometimes make you want to flee but Bangkok is full of astonishing places, some more peaceful, some really exotic. I really started to appreciate Bangkok only when I started to mainly use public transport (see all information in ''Transports in Thailand" then Transports in Bangkok), especially the subways and Chao Phraya Expres sboats. The "big mango", one of Bangkok's nicknames, is also a fascinating and culturally rich city that offers multiple facets, modern towers and shopping malls among the largest in the world, older and historical districts or rural ones especially along the klongs, the small channels crossing the city.

With the Great Palace, Wat Phra Keo and Wat Pho to name only the 3 most famous monuments, Bangkok is an essential stop for those who want to discover the Thai culture and understand the place that the Buddhist religion occupies in the Life of the Thais. Lovely parks, day or night markets, klongs, Chao Praya river, vendor stalls that reduce the sidewalk to a narrow alley, people who smile at you, temples, tuk-tuks, nightlife that shows the best and sometimes the worst of Thailand, massage ... You are in another dimension. Sometimes exhausting, Bangkok, if you let it time, will seduce you.

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Hôtels et guesthouses à Bangkok

In Bangkok, for sleeping, there are thousands of hotels and hundreds of guesthouses. Whatever is the area of the city you choose you will have no trouble finding a room in Bangkok even at last minute. It is however better, especially for a first trip to Thailand, to book at least your first hotel in Bangkok night in advance. The most popular area to stay for travelers is Khao San Road, which is known as the backpacker district. This is where you will find the largest concentration of cheap hotels and guesthouses and also the greatest concentration of tourists of course. Khao San has the advantage of being next to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) and the Great Palace. I recommend to avoid accommodations located in Khao San Road itself. Personally, I much prefer Soi Rambuttri which is a 2 minutes walk away. The second most popular area for tourists is Sukhumvit district. It is crossed by a subway line and an underground subway line so you can easily get around Bangkok. The prices of the rooms are more expensive and there are logically less backpackers. In general, try to stay near a BTS station, the Bangkok skytrain to be able to get around and reach Bangkok airport easily.

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My recommandations

People often ask me what accommodations I recommaend in Thailand, here are my recommandations in Bangkok.

ibis bangkok riverside

Hotel IN_WORD Bangkok

Khao San Road

new siam river side

Guesthouse IN_WORD Bangkok

Khao San Road

river view guesthouse

Guesthouse IN_WORD Bangkok

Chinatown

rambuttri village hotel

Hotel IN_WORD Bangkok

Khao San Road

lamphu house

Guesthouse IN_WORD Bangkok

Khao San Road

the hansaah guest house

Guesthouse IN_WORD Bangkok

Sathorn

petals inn

Hotel IN_WORD Bangkok

Sukhumvit


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Weather & climate in Bangkok

Bangkok has a tropical savanna climate. There are three seasons: the warm season, the rainy season and the cold season, although the temperatures remain quite high. The rainy season begins with the arrival of the south-west monsoon in mid-May. September is the most raining month, with an average rainfall of 334.3 millimeters. The rainy season lasts until October, when the dry, cool northeast monsoon takes over until February.

The best moment to go to Bangkok is in November, December, January and February. The least favorable months, due to the monsoon, are from June to September until mid-October. September is the month when it rains the most, there can be some flash floods in some parts of the city.

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Practical information about Bangkok

If getting around Bangkok in a in tuk-tuk is part of the folklore, I advise you to use the subways to get around.

You can bargain prices for a lot of things in Bangkok especially for tuk-tuk or motorcycle taxis. For taxis, prefer those with a taximeter and insist that they use it. This is the best way to pay the fair price.
Be careful, some tuk-tuks drivers around Wat Pho or Grand Palais may tell you that the temples are closed and propose to take you elsewhere. In the vast majority of cases, nothing is closed, they just want to drive you to stores that reward them with gasoline vouchers for each customer they bring. Sometimes you'll even end in jewelry store where you will be scammed.

How to get around in Bangkok ?

To get around in Bangkok, you have the choice !If occasional travelers often use tuk-tuks and taxis, getting around the Thai capital by subway, whether aerial or not, avoids traffic. There are several metros in Bangkok: the BTS or skytrain, the subway, MRT and the Airport Rail Link which connects bangkok to Suvarnabhumi airport. You can also use motorbike taxis or take the buses even if it is a little bit complicated for a tourist. To help you, I created a bus line search engine in Bangkok to go to the main places in the city. Another option is to take the river shuttles on the klongs, the small canals crossing Bangkok or the Chao Phraya Express baots. The most adventurous among you will perhaps try the Pun Bikes.

To get to or from Suvarnabhumi Airport, the best option is to take the Airport Rail Link from or to Phaya Thai (served by the BTS) or take a taxi. To get to Don Muang Airport, where most of the low-cost airlines depart and arrive, there are express buses departing regularly from the airport to BTS Mo Chit, Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal or Victory Monument. Don Muang is also accessible by train but trains in Thailand are regularly late ! A free shuttle bus service runs between the two Bangkok airports (from 5:00 to 22:00, it takes around 1h30 , more info HERE)

All information about Transportation in Bangkok are HERE.

How to ask in Thai to go to Bangkok ?

I want to go to Bangkok / Yak paï ti Krungtep.
Where is Bangkok ? / Krungtep you ti naï ?

Must-visits in Bangkok

Wat Pho Bangkok

Wat Pho

วัดโพธิ์
My opinion :
Very pleasant in the late afternoon, just opposite to the Wat Phra Kaew, it is famous for its huge reclining Buddha.
Wat Arun Bangkok

Wat Arun

วัดอรุณ
My opinion :
or Temple of Dawn on the other side of the river in front of Wat Po. The crossing by tray boat is very cheap (3 bahts)
Wat Phra Kaew Bangkok

Wat Phra Kaew

วัดพระแก้ว
My opinion :
and its many buildings with gilding and refined decorations. No entry after 15:30 is possible. Try schedule the visit in the morning to be sure.
Great Palace Bangkok

Great Palace

พระบรมมหาราชวัง
My opinion :
royal residence which is now used only for ceremonies. It is right next to Wat Phra Keo
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