Welcome to Bangkok

Bangkok is one of the world´s true mega-cities. The capital of Thailand is well known for its unique character - a fusion of modernity and tradition. Food is a major attraction, with an endless array of dishes on offer from the street markets to the luxurious rooftop restaurants. The spiritual heart lies in Bangkok´s temples. Rooted in Buddhist culture, the temples are culturally significant. Bangkok´s nightlife is also famous, with visitors attracted by its diversity and vibrancy. 

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The best seasons for Bangkok

The best season to visit is the "cool season" which runs from late November to mid-January. At this time, the weather is comfortable despite the humidity. The monsoon season, which stretches from June to November, is very warm and humid with flooding at times.

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How to best prepare before you travel

Visas should be prepared in advance. British passports must be valid for at least 6 months upon entry. For stays under 30 days, no visa is necessary. A number of vaccines are recommended before travelling. These include hepatitis A, typhus, tetanus, diphtheria, rabies and malaria prophylaxis. Thailand is a land of smiles. Locals always appreciate a smile. Signs of negativity, especially anger, are often considered rude. In terms of living costs, Thailand is comparatively much cheaper than the UK. Accommodation, travel and food are all modestly priced. Thailand resides in a GMT +7 timezone. There is no summertime as there is in Britain. 

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Bangkok facts

Concerning airport transport, the Airport Rail Link stops there regularly with direct access to the terminal. From BKK to central Bangkok using the Airport Link Express (a direct train) typically costs 100 THB. From here, it is best advised to take a taxi. Alternatively, the Airport Link City Line, which has more stops, takes longer but is slightly cheaper.

Accommodation ranges in price from upwards of 360 THB. Popular areas for hotels include the Sukhumvit Road area, Chinatown and the Khao-San Road area. The bus is very cheap but can also be confusing. The metro is an affordable, modern system. In addition, taxis are generally the most popular way to travel. Tuk-Tuk´s best be avoided; they are expensive tourist traps

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