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Central Thailand
0 km from Bangkok
Province of Bangkok
S Thai prononciation : Krungtep


Recomm. stay
2 à 4 jours


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.


Accommodations in 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.

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Khao San Road

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Khao San Road

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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.

My selection of tours & activities in Bangkok

Bangkok: Luxury Buffet Dinner Cruise With Live Music Bangkok

Bangkok: Luxury Buffet Dinner Cruise With Live Music

Offered in Englishenglish guide
End your day in bangkok with a luxury dinner cruise with your loved ones enjoying live music right on the Chao Phraya River. Savor delicious Thai and international cuisine as well as fresh seafood.

Bangkok Classical Bicycle Tour Bangkok
Co van Kessel Bangkok Tours

Bangkok Classical Bicycle Tour

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Discover the unknown Bangkok on a 3-hour bicycle tour that explores Chinatown and the Chao Praya River. Cross the river by pedestrian ferry and continue through backstreets discovering shop houses and the historic neighborhood of Thonburi.

Day cycling tour in unseen Bangkok and Bang Krachao Bangkok
Amazing Bangkok Cyclist

Day cycling tour in unseen Bangkok and Bang Krachao

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Discover Bangkok's small streets and communities and cycle in the Green Lung, a small haven of nature in the Thai capital. This bike tour will make you discover an unseen Bangkok.

Bangkok week-end tour with floating market Bangkok
Amazing Bangkok Cyclist

Bangkok week-end tour with floating market

Offered in Englishenglish guide
The ABC Amazing Bangkok Cyclist weekend / floating market tour we will give you the fullest experience Bangkok has to offer and a unique insight into the lifestyles of the local people living in Bangkok.

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.

Festivals in Bangkok ?

Here is a list of the main festivals taking place every year in Bangkok. I mention their dates as soon as they are official on Thai Festivals page.
thailand tourism festival

Thailand Tourism Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of January

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chinese new year in chinatown

Chinese New Year in Chinatown

This festival generally takes place in the month of February

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bangkok international motor show

Bangkok International Motor Show

This festival generally takes place in the month of March

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phra pradaeng songkran festival

Phra Pradaeng Songkran Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of April

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bangkok water festival

Bangkok Water Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of April

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la fête (french-thai festival)

La Fête (French-Thai Festival)

This festival generally takes place in the month of June

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bangkok river fair

Bangkok River Fair

This festival generally takes place in the month of August

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samut prakan temple fair

Samut Prakan Temple fair

This festival generally takes place in the month of October

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tak bat phra roi tradition

Tak Bat Phra Roi Tradition

This festival generally takes place in the month of October

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golden mount temple fair

Golden Mount Temple Fair

This festival generally takes place in the month of November

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bangkok river festival

Bangkok River Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of November

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grand loy krathong ceremony

Grand Loy Krathong Ceremony

This festival generally takes place in the month of November

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bangkok street show

Bangkok Street Show

This festival generally takes place in the month of December

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bangkok international motor expo

Bangkok International Motor Expo

This festival generally takes place in the month of December

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bonjour french fair

Bonjour French Fair

This festival generally takes place in the month of December

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bangkok amazing countdown festival

Bangkok Amazing Countdown Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of December

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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

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

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)

The klongs

My opinion :
These small canals going through Bangkok take you rto a completly different setting : very quiet, rural, almost out of time. You really have the the impression of having left the city.

Wat Phra Kaew

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

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

Golden Mountain

My opinion :
which offers a beautiful view of the city and where you can see the contrast between modernity and the more fragile houses.

Klong Lat Mayom Floating Market

My opinion :
This small floating market on the immediate outskirts of Bangkok is open on weekends only and is a nice place to visit to discover the life on the canals of the Thai capital city. Collective or private boat tours leave. I advise you to combine your visit with a tour on the klongs (canals).
My opinion :
At the top of the Mahanakhon Tower, on the 78th floor, culminating at over 300 meters, it offers the highest and most impressive view over the Thai capital city. Its part with its glass floor above the void is not for those who are subject to vertigo.

Wat Pak Nam Phasi Charoen

My opinion :
This temple, not yet very known to foreign tourists, already attracted some of them thanks to the superb colored vault of its chedi, but it should attract many more once its large Buddha image will be completed.
bangkok with local manger habitant

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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