The exciting city of Bangkok
Bangkok is a fascinating city that can be enjoyed during the day and night. There's a huge range of fascinating attractions to see, traditional Thai restaurants to dine in, boutique shopping malls and lively night life. Bangkok is also a cultural city with many beautiful temples, shrines and landmarks.
Best time to travel to Bangkok
Weather wise, the best time to travel to Bangkok is from the middle of November to the beginning of May. The monsoon season generally starts in June until around late October where there can be considerable rainfall and strong winds. A good time to visit this wonderful city is during Thai holidays and festivals. April 13th to April 15th is known as Songkhran, the Thai New Year celebrations. During November when there is a full moon the charming Buddhist religious Loi Krathong Festival Of Light is held.
Before travelling to Bangkok
British passport holders must have a passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry into Thailand. There's no visa needed for stays up to 30 days. Regarding vaccinations before you travel, it's recommended to have hepatitis A, tetanus, diphtheria and rabies, if in doubt ask your doctor. There's a time zone of GMT +7 compared to the UK. The cost of living here is generally lower than in the UK especially where food, clothing and travelling are concerned. The Thais are very proud of their capital city welcoming visitors with a smile which they will expect you to do in return.
Whether you are travelling to Bangkok on holiday or a business trip it's good to know handy hints, tips and advice concerning arrival, accommodation and transport. There is an airport rail link that stops regularly at the airport with direct access to the terminal. The cost of travelling from the airport to Central Bangkok with the Airport Link Express (direct train) is around 100 THB. Alternatively the Airport Link City Line with stops takes a little longer and is slightly cheaper. Expect to pay around 360 THB and upwards for accommodation especially in the centre of Bangkok. There are many affordable hotels in Sukhumvit Road Area, Chinatown and Khao-San-Road Area. Public transport by bus is quite cheap but can often be complicated so maybe the Metro is a better idea. Taxis are also popular, fast and cheap.