Accommodation & places to visit in Bangkok

Located in south-central Thailand, Bangkok is the country's capital and largest city. First settled in the 15th century, Bangkok is now home to more than eight million residents. The city today is a mixture of old and new, the sacred and the secular. More than 16 million visitors come to Bangkok each year to marvel at the sites, savor the delicious cuisine and shop for elegant Thai silks and other handicrafts.

  • When to visit
    The best time to visit Bangkok is November through February. During the summer and autumn months, the average temperatures soar into the 90s (Fahrenheit) and it rains almost daily, making for a humid, oppressive environment. All that changes during the winter, when the air is dry and crisp and the sun shines most every day.
    The traditional Thai New Year's celebration, the Songkran festival, is held in mid-April each year and features live entertainment, a beauty pageant and a parade through the streets.
  • Weather
    As we mentioned, Bangkok has distinct rainy and dry seasons. This is illustrated by the average temperatures and monthly rainfall statistics listed below.
    Average high temperature F/C , average low temperature F/C , average monthly rainfall:

    • January -- 91/33, 73/23, .5 in

    • March -- 94/34, 79/26, 1.6 in.

    • May -- 94/34, 79/26, 9.75 in.

    • July -- 92/33, 78/26, 7 in.

    • September -- 91/33, 77/25, 13 in.

    • November -- 90/32, 72/22, 6.3 in.

  • To Do
    Situated at the delta of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok was originally mostly swampland. During the 16th through the 19th centuries, much of these wetlands were drained and diverted into a series of canals (called klongs), earning Bangkok the moniker, the "Venice of the East."
    Today, one of the most popular things to do in the city is to take a boat tour along Bangkok's waterways and visit the many floating markets that dot the shores. You can also escape the fumes and heat of the city center by taking a stroll through Lumphini Park, Bangkok's largest green space and home to an artificial lake, lots of hiking trails and even a library.
  • To See
    It's difficult to see all of the important attractions in Bangkok, even in multiple visits. There's just so much to see and do. Among the most popular attractions are the Grand Palace, the traditional home of the Kings of Siam and their court; the many Buddhist temples and shrine, such as Wat Pho and Wat Arun; the Bangkok National Museum; and the Jim Thompson house, the elegant, Thai-style home of the American CIA operative who helped revitalize the Thai silk industry in the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Tips & Recommendations

    • Thai cuisine is delicious and favors rice, rice noodles, complex soups, fresh fish and seafood, and curries. Street food vendors are also popular and offer some tasty and affordable fare.

    • Bangkok restaurants serve lunch, generally, between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Dinner is a more leisurely meal, and restaurants are often open between 6:00 PM and midnight or even later. There are also many 24 hour restaurants in Bangkok.

    • Most stores in Bangkok are open between 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM, seven days a week. Smaller, independent retailers may close earlier.

    • The subway system in Bangkok is modern, clean and efficient. It's one of the best ways to get around this traffic-clogged city.

    • A "tuk-tuk" is a unique Thai motorized contraption that runs on three wheels and costs about 30 percent less than a metered taxi. Beware, however, a ride in one of these tiny vehicles is not for the faint of heart.

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