Bangkok Travel Guide
" Everything you need to know before traveling to Bangkok"
Officially known as Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand also has another name known as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or Krung Thep. The city has an area of 605.7 sq miles (1,568.7 square kilometers), with the largest population among the other cities of the country. It is also the most important city of Thailand in terms of trade and economic importance. Although the city has always been a significant one and is a primary location for trade and commerce, it is also known for its street life. Beyond that, the red-light districts and the nightlife of Bangkok have gained worldwide popularity and fame.
Historically, this city and the surrounding areas have been a hub for trading ever since the 15th century. This purpose of the capital of Thailand become more prominent in the 20th century, which rapidly turned it into a modern and large city. The developments of the city mainly were felt from the 1960s and the coming decades, but the potential was always there for development and growth. The only problem with the city could only be the lacking an appropriate transportation system.
Seek out the fun and exciting activities of Bangkok and visit all of its highlights. This city is a center of education, where you do not necessarily need to go to a university to learn! Just by traveling around and discovering the lore and history, you will get a fun and educational experience in Thailand.
Local Name บางกอก (Bangkok/ Krung Thep)
Population (2018) 8,305,200
Time Zone UTC+07:00 (ICT)
Area Code 02
Why Visiting Bangkok?
One of the most common reasons for traveling around the world would be to discover a new culture and learn about its history. Bangkok would be ideal for this end as the starting point of the trip to Thailand. Some of the best temples and museums along with several traditional and cultural activities, are found in this city.
As a trading and commerce center, Bangkok offers numerous places and areas for shopping and trade. The open-air markets and the other shopping centers of the capital city are also among the top places in Thailand for tourists.
While exploring and shopping, you will have a great time having the street food of Bangkok as well. In the nearby streets of the floating markets, or the traditional markets, you will find stalls and vendors offering tasty snacks and street foods.
Beyond the fun and cultural experience of shopping and getting to know the locals, there are bars and other places to have a good time. The nightlife of the city is one of the most favored aspects of the city. You can go to the red-light districts to have fun on your own or with friends or take a cruise on the waters for a romantic experience.
If you have had enough fun and entertainment or plan to go for these kinds of activities, there are Thai Massages to enjoy. Getting a Thai Massage is just the thing that can help you have a relaxing experience. Besides the massages, there are numerous places that are suitable for seeking a calm and relaxing sensation.
And at the end of it all, if you seek more than relaxation and rather a spiritual sensation, there are the various temples and sacred parts of town. The temples in the different parts of the city are among the most famous temples in this part of Asia. Right beside the spiritual sense of these structures, you will also discover their historic significance in the museums of the temples or the museums near them.
Rooftop bars, clubs, tourist highlights, and all of that are in Bangkok as a beautiful city that is rich in any way imaginable. To make the experience even more memorable, take the more traditional transportation methods of the city like Tuk Tuks and boats.
Last but not least, this amazing city will also be very cost-efficient. Everything will come with good quality and great prices, making it one of the best places to choose as a traveling destination.
What to See in Bangkok
- Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall
- ASIATIQUE The Riverfront
- Baiyoke Tower II
- Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market
- Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
- Bangkok Bus Terminal (Eastern)
- Bangkok City Pillar Shrine ศาลหลักเมืองกรุงเทพมหานคร
- Bangkok Flower Market
- Bangkok National Museum
- Bangkokian Museum
- Benchasiri Park
- Benjakitti Park
- BTS Skytrain
- Calypso Cabaret
- Chatuchak Park
- Chatuchak Weekend Market
- Children’s Discovery Museum
- Chitralada Villa Royal Residence
- Democracy Monument
- Dream World
- Ekkamai Road
- Elephant and architecture
- Elephant Tower
- Erawan Shrine
- Giant Swing
- Hua Lampong Temple, Thai
- Jim Thompson House Museum
- Khaosan Road
- Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
- King Power Mahanakhon
- Kwan-Riam Floating Market
- LHONG 1919
- Lumphini Park
- Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum
- MBK Center
- MRT Blue Line
- Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)
- Museum Siam
- National Gallery
- National Museum of Royal Barges
- New Lumpinee Boxing Stadium
- Or Tor Kor Market
- Patpong Night Market
- Phayathai Palace
- Phra Sumen Fort
- Pororo Aqua Park
- Pratunam Market
- Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute
- Queen Sirikit Park
- Rama VIII Bridge
- Ratchadaphisek Road
- Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall
- Rattanakosin Island
- Royal Thai Air Force Museum
- Saen Saep
- Safari World
- Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo
- Sathon Pier
- Scenic park with a lake & walking paths
- Science Center for Education and Planetarium
- SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World
- Siam Amazing Park สยามอะเมซิ่งพาร์ค
- Siriraj Medical Museum
- Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute)
- Soi Cowboy
- Sri Maha Mariamman Temple
- Srinagarindra Train Night Market
- State Tower
- Suan Luang Rama IX
- Suan Pakkad Palace Museum
- Taling Chan Floating Market
- Temple of the Emerald Buddha
- Tha Tian Market
- The Artist’s House
- The Erawan Museum
- The Grand Palace
- Train Night Market Ratchada
- Vachirabenjatas Park
- Victory Monument
- Vimanmek Mansion
- Wat Benchamabophit Dusitwanaram
- Wat Bowonniwet
- Wat Kanlayanamit Woramahawihan
- Wat Mahathat Yuwararangsarit Royal Palace
- Wat Mangkon Kamalawat (Wat Leng Noei Yi)
- Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen
- Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho)
- Wat Rakhang Kositaram Woramahawihan
- Wat Saket (Phu Khao Thong)
- Wat Suthat Thepwararam Ratchaworahawihan
- Wat Traimit Withayaram Worawihan
- Wat Trimitr
- Wat Yannawa
- Yaowarat Road
Best Time to Visit Bangkok
Thailand has a Tropical Savanna Climate, which means there are basically three seasons; cool season, hot season, and rainy season. The most suitable time would be during the cool season when the humidity and heat are lower than the rest of the year.
Cool Season (November – February)
- Temperature: 21°C (69.8°F) – 32.7°C (90.9°F)
- Features: From the start of the Cool Season, the rain starts to get reduced, and the weather becomes more pleasant. The ideal time of this season would be during December, when there is the lowest amount of humidity with only occasional rains. You will get the most sunshine during the days with moderate heat.
- Recommendation: Always check the forecast before heading out. You should probably wear something cool and free. It is possible to face a bit of cold and rain, but it will not be something too harsh to need anything more than a jacket or coat. You will not need a lot of bottled water as you travel, but in case it gets too warm, it is best to have at least one with you.
What to wear?
Sleeveless shirts are ok, and there are no restrictions or dress codes except for at the temples. It is better to wear something that covers your skin but not something too warm. Plan to wear something that will not restrict your movement.
Hot Season (March-May)
- Temperature: 24.8°C (76.8°F) – 34.8°C (94.8°F)
- Features: The hottest times of the year begin from the start of March and last until a bit after May. Although the rains increase, the heat will make this season mostly dry. You will have at least 8 hours of daylight, but the rains will slowly increase as the months pass. The heat will make the coastal regions ideal, but this is not the favorite season of travelers.
- Recommendation: : Since this is the shoulder season of Bangkok and Thailand, you will see fewer crowds and lower prices. But you will have to find a way to fight the heat or learn to cope with it. If rain bothers you, you should plan to avoid April and the coming months.
What to wear?
Since it is hot, you will need to wear something cool and according to the temperature. Additionally, you should plan for rain, which means the least you should have with you is an umbrella. The best thing to do is to stick to shopping and visiting the bars. In these places, you will not be bothered with any dress codes as well.
Rainy Season (June – October)
- Temperature: 24.2°C (75.7°F) – 33.1°C (91.6°F)
- Features: The monsoon season may begin in April, but it is officially known to start at the end of May and last until October and the beginning of September. During these seasons, the amount of rain is so much that the heat will be reduced, but that means you will get the least sunshine of the year. Logically, it is the low season for the huge amount of rain. But it is also possible to see some crowds of travelers for the lower prices.
- Recommendation: If you are planning to travel at this time of the year, it is best to do your research and find the lowest prices possible. This is because the weather will not leave so much room for having fun; it should at least be cheap. In any case, plan for indoor activities only, and perhaps some shopping.
What to wear?
You will not have to fight the cold, so wear something cool, but also be prepared for rain showers. If you are heading outside, taking an umbrella will only help you a little. It is best to come prepared in any way you see fit to fight the rain and humidity. Avoid anything that does not have a roof unless getting wet in the rain is part of the plan.
How Long To Stay?
Ordinary travelers should be able to see the best of Bangkok in just three days maximum. You will be able to sample the top dishes and see the highlights and have some time to relax and do some shopping. But for a better experience, plan to stay for at least seven days to make the most of this wonderful city.
Things to do in Bangkok
As the capital of Thailand, Bangkok is full of fun things to do. You will not even have to look for entertainment that hard. But while having fun, some people miss out on some of the best things the city has to offer. The cultural heritage and history that is in this city are also worth seeing. While having fun and exploring, be sure to also try the world-famous Thai Massage, either for relaxing or just an amazing experience.
Go Shopping in the Chatuchak Weekend Market
One of the must-try activities of Bangkok is exploring the stalls and shops of Chatuchak Weekend Market. The shopping experience of the Chatuchak Weekend Market is so popular that everyone should do it during their trip. This market was originally only interesting for wholesalers and traders as a center for commerce. Nowadays, the Chatuchak Weekend Market has become a good place for shopping with much better prices. There are more than 8000 stalls and shops, bringing more than 20,000 visitors. The huge crowd includes locals and tourists alike. You will mostly see clothing, jewelry, and souvenirs, but if you have the time and have no problems exploring, other items may also be found. Visiting the Chatuchak Weekend Market is also a good chance to sample the street of the capital.
Enjoy a Visit to the Grand Palace
Visiting the Grand Palace is a very popular thing to do in Bangkok, as the completion of this marvelous structure in 1782 was the same time as the capital being moved to Bangkok. The royal family used to live in this great complex until 1925, when they moved out, and the Grand Palace became a popular tourist site. When inside the Grand Palace, be sure to check out the Temple of the Emerald Buddha as well as numerous pavilions and structures in the complex. There is only one thing you should be aware of. There are numerous scammers in the surrounding areas of the Grand Palace. You would be better off going with a tour or just ask for some “real” information and tours at the official entrance.
Get a Small and Short Tour of China at Chinatown
When in Bangkok, you will have the best chance to visit Chinatown for shopping, trying the cuisine, and enjoying the culture of China. While in Thailand, you can also try the cultural activities of the Chines in Chinatown and purchase some more exotic souvenirs. The simplest, yet enjoyable, the experience of going to Chinatown would be to just walk around and explore. Or you can plan your trip during the Chinese New Year and get two birds with one stone, enjoying Thailand to the fullest and witnessing a beautiful Chinese event.
Lear the History of Thai Silk at Jim Thompson House
Reviewing the history of Jim Thompson House is an interesting activity in Bangkok, as it involves this man and the famous Silk Trade of Thailand. As you may already know, Thai Silk is a famous product all around the world. But unfortunately, this quality item was slowly fading in time and history. Jim Thompson House is the place where Jim Thompson restored this craft and the manufacturing methods of Thailand. You will learn all of this story and visit the traditional style of the Jim Thompson House in an educational visit. Touring the Jim Thompson House is full of history and art as a museum, which will not take long and can be suitable for all ages and groups.
Marvel at the Beauty of Wat Arun
As a general rule in Bangkok, one thing to do is to see the beautiful temples, but as a priority, everyone should first Visit the Wat Arun. The full name of this famous and beautiful structure is Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchaworamahaviharn. This name is the name of the God of Dawn; hence it is popularly known as the Temple of Dawn. While you should visit Wat Arun a priority one among the temples, it is best to make it during sunset. Wat Arun is a beautiful sight at all times of day, but when the night lights are lit, you will see a more beautiful aspect of the building.
When visiting the Wat Arun temple, be sure to follow the dress code and cover all of your skin. If you forgot about this rule of the building, you could rent or borrow some clothes at the entrance, but it is best to remember this rule and respect the sanctity of the structure.
Visit the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho Temple
Wat Pho is another one of the top temples of Bangkok where you will see the Reclining Buddha statue. Just like Wat Arun, the Wat Pho Temple has a long name. This full name is “Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimonmangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan,” but do not try to memorize that. Inside the complex of Wat Pho Temple, you may see the massive and impressive golden statue with hundreds of smaller golden statues of Buddha. Like many other places of worship that are also other sacred artifacts. There is more than just entering the gallery and seeing the sanctity of this site. There is a Thai Massage school inside the temple for learning or experiencing the work of an expert Massager.
Look for a Traditional Thai Massage
One of the best experiences for all travelers is to get a Thai Massage, especially in Bangkok. As one of the top activities and best things to do, getting a Thai Massage is a priority that should be included in anyone’s plans. Preferably get a full body massage and get the traditional method. It is just so good that you will be looking for a place to learn Thai Massage. Just be ready to have an altogether new experience, as the beginning of the Thai Massage is somewhat like wrestling!
Enjoy a Calmer Side of Bangkok in Lumphini Park
Bangkok is a crowded and noisy city, therefore to get away from all the hustle, the best place to go is Lumphini Park. Lumphini or Lumpini park is the most peaceful part of the capital. Expect to see numerous people and couples going there to relax, stroll, or do Tai Chi. When exploring the large modern city, it is probably a good idea to get a change of pace and go to Lumphini Park and enjoy the green nature of this vast area.
Stroll Around the Khao San Road
One of the most affordable yet exotic places in Bangkok is the Khao San Road. This area is known to be the cheapest and among the most suitable options. Whatever you want can be found in the Khao San Road, which is evidently full of backpackers. It is, in a way, a paradise for backpackers and adventurers, especially those who seek to try eating some insects and scorpions as a snack. Thai Massages and local food can also be tried in the Khao San Road, with better prices, but they will not be as amazing as the more luxurious options.
Shop at the Traditional Floating Market
Shopping at the Floating Markets of Bangkok is mostly a cultural activity rather than the actual act of shopping. Yet, it is one of the best things to do in Thailand that even the locals enjoy. There is a time limit for most of these Floating Markets, and they usually sell fresh edibles that are recently harvested and fresh. There are not just farming products; there are always more things to find in the Floating markets but do not expect to find whatever you desire. And keep in mind to arrive at the Floating Markets in the early hours of the morning before they sell their best products. From morning until noon, you will be able to shop in the Floating Markets, which move about in wooden boats on certain days of the week.
Where to Stay in Bangkok
According to most travelers, the ideal place to stay in Bangkok is the Khao San area. If you are not bothered by the crowds and noise, it is the most affordable option. Khao San comes with numerous fun activities in close proximity. That does not necessarily mean everything is cheap and low-quality, as there are high-end options as well.
Other than the famous Khao San area, the riverside is also recommendable for its astounding scenery. Besides the marvelous scenery, there is also easy access to several of the highlights. Even if there is a distance to some of the other highlights, you will not have a hard time with the local transportations.
Last but not least, there is the Sukhumvit area, and it is more modern than the rest of Bangkok, with better shopping centers. The transportations from this area will enable you to have access to the rest of the city with the least of complications.
Depending on your preferences, there are numerous other options as well. Do not worry about the budget either, because you will have a lot of options all over the city.
How to Get to Bangkok
The best option is to get a flight to Bangkok as this city has two airports. If you are in one of the nearby countries or other cities of Thailand, you can get to the capital via bus or train as an alternative. If you are in Thailand, your preferred method of reaching this destination in terms of ease and price would be the buses and mini-buses. The train system can be a little bothering since it is old and slow; therefore, it is better to see it as a last resort.
There are two airports in Bangkok; Suvarnabhumi (airport code: BKK) and Don Muang (airport code: DMK). The former is the choice for people who are coming from abroad. The latter is only good for regional travels in the nearby regions and the domestic flights of Thailand.
There are four major train lines in Thailand, two of which have stations in Chinatown and north of Bangkok. The station in Chinatown will be suitable for arriving in the city, whereas the one in the north is good for traveling to the west of the country.
There are three main stations in the capital to get a bus or a van; Morchit, Sai Tai Mai, and Ekkamai. Morchit station is in the northern section of the city, which is the largest option with buses coming and going in all directions. Sai Tai Mai is for west and south destinations bot for going or arriving. The Ekkamai station is the smallest for eastern destinations.
Get Around In Bangkok
There are various ways and methods of getting around in Bangkok. The key is navigation and mastering the best method of transportation. Once you know how to get around, finding the most suitable ride will be easy. The best of all the transports is the trains all around the city. Learning about the routes and stations can be a big help in moving around.
Suvarnabhumi Airport Train to the City
The first thing to learn about is the Airport Rail Link which will connect Suvarnabhumi Airport to the heart of Bangkok. It is the cheapest method of transportation in case you are traveling by airplane. This train is also the fastest way of getting to the center, which will take about half an hour.
The elevated trains system or the BTS Skytrain has two lines, connecting the center of the city to the newer and more modern areas of Bangkok. These two lines can be a great help for first-timers who want to stick to major highlights, restaurants, cafés, and bars. To get their tickets, you will need coins to use the ticketing machines. If coins are not available, there are also desks and offices for tickets (but having coins is faster). The BTS Skytrain runs from 06:00 until 00:00 (midnight) in both lines.
- Sukhumvit Line: This line connects Wat Phra Si Mahathat to Kheha.
- Silom Line: This line connects National Stadium to Bang Wa.
The two BTS Skytrain lines will connect at Siam Station, where you can switch trains.
For additional information, you can visit https://www.bts.co.th/eng/ and see the map.
Bangkok Metro (MRT)
This city’s subway also has two lines, shown in blue and purple in the subway maps. The blue line is the first line that began working and runs between Tao Poon and Hua Lamphong. Expect this line to be crowded as it is a very useful transport around the capital.
The purple line is mostly only useful for the locals as it runs from Tao Poon to Khlong Bang Phai. The MRT and the BTS connect at the Chatuchak Park station and Sukhumvit station, making it possible to change trains. But keep in mind that the two train systems use separate tickets, which means you will have to pay for another ride. The opening hours of the MRT are the same as the other system, which runs from 6 in the morning until midnight.
Hint: If you are planning on staying for a long time, purchase a card for each of the trains. These cards are valid for 30 days and enable you to travel without buying tickets each time.
Chao Phraya River offers limited destinations, but in case you are in the area and want to avoid traffic, the river taxies are the best. Their fares can be as low as 30 cents for a journey, but not all of them.
Using the taxies in Bangkok is not very recommended unless there are no other options available. This is because of the so-called taxi mafia in the city. To avoid problems with taxies, first of all, make sure you ask the price for a ride. If they are charging too much, do not even get in. If you choose to enter the car, make sure the meter is on, and the driver is using a recommended google maps route. Chances are that you will pay extra anyway, but there are good drivers in the city as well. It is best to rely on other transportation methods.
Riding a Tuk-Tuk in Bangkok is almost like getting a taxi. Therefore, make sure to ask for the price of the ride before getting in. Going around in a Tuk-Tuk is mostly for having fun, as they are slower and charge as much as a taxi. They are also a bit dangerous as there are no seatbelts or other safety measures.
There are buses all over the capital, but they are almost always completely full. There is really no map of the routes, and you will just have to ask around about the destination. It is cheap, but the least comfortable option. Buses can be confusing as well since the conductors do not know any foreign languages either. They are very cheap, but for ordinary tourists, they are not recommended.
Flight to Bangkok (BKK)
Bangkok Food & Drink
The people of Bangkok have a sweet tooth and love sweet and delightful foods and desserts. Other than sweets, they make good use of noodles and curries in rich and mouthwatering meals and dishes. They have odd and exotic dishes that may not be to the liking of everybody, but their traditional food is not all odd and foreign. Be sure to have a try at all the traditional dishes of the country while at the capital and discover the amazing taste of the Thai people.
Pad Thai (Fried Noodles and Prawns)
Pad Thai is one of the most famous dishes of Thailand and a national dish. Pad Thai is made with fried noodles and prawns with vegetable toppings. It is a well-known dish, but it is not one of the most popular dishes among the locals. The favor towards this food is mostly because of the tourists. People come from all over the world and fall in love with Pad Thai Instantly. It is healthy and delicious and found all over Bangkok, but you have to try it in the Thip Samai restaurant. Pad Thai is a dish that everyone will recommend, especially if you can go to Thip Samai to have some.
Yellow Curry is one of the dishes with a strong flavor and a rich history. It is a traditional salty and hot dish with turmeric and thick curry with a strong smell along with a hot flavor. There is also the fish and sometimes crab meat that make it even tastier. This dish has a vegetarian version as well, and this version is just as amazing and exotic. Since this is one of the more traditional dishes of Thailand, it is best to seek out the traditional restaurants of Bangkok to have this dish.
Mango Sticky Rice
Mango Sticky Rice is a sweet and sticky dessert of the country, with its best version found in Bangkok. The first ingredient for this dessert is mango, which is served with sticky rice, coconut milk, and other toppings such as mung beans. Mango Sticky Rice used to be a royal dessert that is now seen in all corners of Thailand as a very addictive thing to eat. If you had a bad or long day or want to brighten your mood, the best thing in Bangkok to have is Mango Sticky Rice.
Crispy Pork Belly
Crispy Pork Belly is one of the top dishes of Bangkok that is fried, but it is not too greasy. It is a simple dish that is served with just some sweet soy sauce and nothing else. Despite being simple, it is a very delicious dish of the city with only several places that make the best of Crispy Pork Belly. One of the best Crispy Pork Belly restaurants is a place called Mr. JO, where you get a very crispy exterior with tender meat. The other best kitchens in Bangkok with amazing Crispy Pork Belly are found in Chinatown with several eateries that offer their own recipes.
After the flavorful and aromatic Yellow Curry, the Green Curry is the dish with the strongest flavors. The ingredients of these two Curry dishes are mostly the same, but the Green Curry tends to be a lot spicier. There is also the recipe of Green Curry, which is made with beef that is much tastier and a bit more expensive. If you can withstand the hot taste of this dish, ask for the extra spicy version, which can even melt metal! But in case you do not tolerate spicy food, there are always mild versions of Green Curry dish available with less spice and more coconut milk.
Fried Duck dishes are among the most popular street foods of Bangkok, using the recipes of the Thai and Chinese alike. Fried Duck is a legendary dish that is loved by all; locals and foreigners alike. This dish has a unique texture and taste because of all the garlic, basil, and chili used inside the food. Crispy and tasty, the Fried Duck dish of Thailand is one of the things you have to try in the capital. There are numerous great places to have this amazing food, but the more suitable options are found in Chinatown.
Boat Noodles in Thailand is a simple noodle dish that is only seen in Bangkok. What makes it special is not the ingredients or the method of serving it, but rather the history and tradition behind the dish. Boat Noodles used to be sold from boats that traveled on the canals in the capital; hence they were called Boat Noodles. They are usually sold in small portions and do not cost so much. This dish is simple, but the experience of having them as a traditional part of their cuisine is a must. Search up and down the Boat Noodles Alley to find your preferable version of this delicious food.
Roti is an Indian bread that has become Roti Gluay in Bangkok. This little modification has turned Roti into a pancake-like food that is covered in banana and condensed milk. Since the people of Thailand have a taste for sweet things, there are other combinations of toppings on the Roti, all in the capital of the country.
When exploring Bangkok, one of the things you will have to try in the streets is the Fried Chicken that is found all over the city. Having Fried Chicken is nothing special, as they are always easily found all over the world. But these Fried Chicken are somewhat different in terms of their batter and marination, which create a special flavor and texture in the meat.
If a Thai Dessert has coconuts, milk and tastes very sweet, the locals love it. For example, the mentioned Mango Sticky Rice is a must-try that all the locals love. As for why you should try them all in Bangkok, the reason is that you will find more combinations of sweet desserts than in the other cities. The ones you should probably try in the capital include Coconut Ice Cream, Tub Tim Grob, and perhaps some Kanom Bueng (sweet and crisply pancake). These sweet desserts are just perfect after a spicy meal. If you have a hard time finding them, explore the Market areas such as the Weekend Market.
Shopping in Bangkok
The best shopping districts in Bangkok
Chatuchak Weekend Market
The largest outdoor market of the capital city with more than 8000 stalls is the best place to go for your shopping needs. This market is not just perfect for shopping, which makes it one of the highlights as well, therefore you now have more than one reason to go there.
Khao San Road
Khao San Road is also a great place for shopping, especially during the night. You can also find better prices in this area of Bangkok if you are up for a little bargaining and exploring.
The Floating markets are numerous and located in several areas. The best of their items includes freshly harvested edibles, but nowadays, there are more options for shopping. Haggle for a better price and get the freshest fruits and juices in all of the capital.
Pratunam is the place to seek out if you are looking for clothes. Seekers of fashion will especially love this part of the city. Just keep in mind since this market is a place for wholesale purchasing, you might want to go there when you have a lot of shopping to do. Also, be ready for haggling for a better price.
Central World is the more luxurious version of Chatuchak Weekend Market, with eight stories along with cafés and restaurants. It is one of the largest malls in the world with several places for entertainment.
If you are looking for the brands and do not have a limiting budget, Siam Paragon is the place you are looking for. It also comes with one of the best cinemas in the capital, and it is near the Central World.
MBK is short for Mahbookkrong and is a perfect place to buy souvenirs. The prices are so good that they make the MBK the favorite place for souvenirs among travelers. High-quality items and exotic shops do not end in this place, and it is only a 15minuit walk away from Paragon.
What to buy in Bangkok
The number one product of Thailand that has a global reputation would be its silk products. You can acquire some of these products from the Jim Thompson House, where you can also visit the museum and learn the history of silk in Thailand.
Strangely shaped soaps of Thailand are among the best items to buy. They smell good, care for your skin, and cost very little, with only their odd shape as the drawback.
The essential oils and scented candles, along with the famous Thai Coconut oil, are among the best thing you can purchase to care for your skin. Whatever you want, which is related to caring for your skin or having a good massage, Bangkok can offer it in the best quality.
One of the key ingredients in the delightful cuisine of Thailand is the Spices they use. They can be found in vacuum-sealed packs all over the city, which is easy to bring home for some cooking.
You can select any size or shape of jewelry of top quality in Thailand. Jewelry can be a suitable souvenir as it is easy to bring home and has lower prices despite the good quality in Thailand.
Among the more popular handicrafts of Bangkok, the Wooden Carvings are the best. They are useful, beautiful, and reasonably priced. But if you want to purchase them, the most important thing to consider is the weight, as some of them can be really heavy.
Bangkok Travel Tips
Get A Good Map
The local transportation can be a bit difficult, and finding your way around might not be easy. If you do not have a guide, having a map is a necessity.
Is Tap Water Safe?
Yes and No. There are several areas where you cannot drink from the tap, but not all of Bangkok is like that. Although most of the city has drinkable tap water, it is better to consider it unsafe until you have asked if it is safe.
Drink Lots of Water
To fight the heat and dehydration in all of Thailand, you had better get some bottled water. Do not underestimate the temperature, it may not kill you, but it will make you sweat a lot.
Beware of Scammers
Do not buy guide books and do not accept guidance from the locals in the street no matter how nice they seem. Also, if someone tells you that a certain site is closed, make sure to ask the officials of that site. As for the Tuk Tuks and taxies, if they offer better places to see in the city, politely refuse. These are only scams to sell you something that you do not need.
Watch Your Drink
Although this does not happen regularly, some people report that it is possible for someone to put something in your drink. All you have to do to avoid this is to keep your drink near you and not handing it to a stranger.
Better to Go as Part of a Tour
Although Bangkok has amazing offers for backpackers, it is better to have a professional guide. Tours of Bangkok are not very expensive, and with a guide, you will eliminate most of the possible complications.
Have Copies of Your Passport
You will find that in Thailand, you will need your ID a lot. If you carry it around and keep showing it to every policeman or official that asks for it, chances are, you will lose it or get it stolen. Having a photocopy of your passport is the best way to avoid any possible complications.
Foreign Embassies & Consulates in Bangkok
|U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand|
|Address||120 – 122 Wireless Road and 95 Wireless Road Bangkok, Thailand|
|OFFICE HOURS||Monday Friday, 7:00am to 4:00 pm|
|Australian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand|
|Phone||+66 2 344 6300|
|Fax||+66 2 344 6593|
|Address||181 Wireless Road Lumphini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330|
|OFFICE HOURS||Monday to Friday except for embassy public holidays 8:30 am to 4:00 pm|
|Embassy of Japan in Thailand|
|Address||177 Witthayu Road Lumphini, Pathum Wan 10330|
|OFFICE HOURS||Open Monday to Friday 8:30 to 12:00; 13:30 to 17:45|
|Embassy of Canada in Bangkok, Thailand|
|Address||15th Floor, Abdulrahim Place 990 Rama IV Road Bangrak, Thailand, 10500|
|OFFICE HOURS||Monday-Thursday: 07:30-16:15 Friday: 07:30-13:00|
|Embassy of France in Bangkok, Thailand|
|Phone|| (2) 657 51 00|
|Fax|| (2) 657 51 11|
|Address||35 Charoenkrung Road Soi 36 Bangkok 10500|
|Embassy of Germany in Bangkok, Thailand|
|Phone||66 2 287 90 00|
|Fax||66 2 287 17 76, 66-2285-6232|
|Address||9 South Sathorn Road Bangkok 10120 Thailand|
|OFFICE HOURS||(Montag bis Freitag, 09.00 – 11.30)|
|Embassy of India in Bangkok, Thailand|
|Address||46,Soi 23 (Prasarn Mitr) Sukhumvit Road 10110|
|Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok|
|Phone||+66 (0)2 204-6500|
|Fax||+66 (0)2 262-0218|
|Address||UBC II Building, 18th floor, 591 Sukhumvit Road, Soi 33, 10110 G.P.O. box 81, 10501|
|OFFICE HOURS||09:00 to 12:00, and from 13:00 to 16:00 Monday through Friday|
|Embassy of Spain in Bangkok, Thailand|
|Phone||02 661 8284|
|Address||23rd Floor,Suites No.98-99 193 Ratchadapisek Road Klongtoey P.O. Box 449 Bangkok 10501 Thailand|
|OFFICE HOURS||Monday – Thursday 08.30 -15.30 Friday 08.30 – 13.30|
|Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok, Thailand|
|Phone||+66-(0)2-263 72 00|
|Fax||+66-(0)2-263 72 60|
|Address||20th floor, First Pacific Place 140 Sukhumvit Road P.O. Box 1324, Nana Post Office Bangkok 10112 Thailand|
|OFFICE HOURS||Monday-Tuesday 08.00-12.00 Wednesday 09.00-12.00 Thursday-Friday 08.00-12.00|
|British Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand|
|Phone||+66 (0) 2 305 8333|
|Fax||+66 (0) 2 255 9278|
|Address||14 Wireless Road Lumpini Pathumwan Bangkok 10330 Thailand|
|Embassy of Turkey in Bangkok, Thailand|
|Phone||+66-2- 355 54 86 / +66-2- 355 54 8 87|
|Fax||00 66-2 274 72 61|
|Address||61/1 SOI, Chatsan Suthisarn Road, Huaykwang Bangkok 10310|
|Embassy of The Republic of Korea in Bangkok, Thailand|
|Phone||(+66) 2247-7537 – 9|
|Address||23 Thiam-Ruammit Road Ratchadapisek, Huay Kwang Bangkok 10320 Thailand|
|OFFICE HOURS||08.30 – 12.00 and 13.30 – 16.30|
|Embassy of Austria in Bangkok, Thailand|
|Phone||(+66/2) 105 67 10|
|Address||no. 14 Soi Nantha-Mozart, Sathorn Soi 1, South Sathorn Road, Thungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120 POBox 1155 Suan Plu, Bangkok 10120|
|OFFICE HOURS||Monday to Friday from 9 to 12 o’clock|
|Embassy of Portugal in Thailand|
|Phone||(+66) 22342123, 22340372, 22347435|
|Address||26, Bush Lane (Soi New Road 30), Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500|
|Embassy of Greece in Bangkok, Thailand|
|Phone||(00662) 6791462, 6791464|
|Address||Unit No. 25/9-5. 9th Fl, BKI/YWCA Bld, No. 25 South Sathorn Rd, 10120 Tung-Mahamek Sub District|
|OFFICE HOURS||Embassy: 09.00 – 15.30 Consular: 10.00 – 13.00|
|Embassy of Czech Republic in Bangkok, Thailand|
|Phone||0066-2-250 9223, 250 9224|
|Address||71/6 Ruam Rudee Soi 2 Ploenchit Rd. Bangkok 10330 Thailand|
|Embassy of Belgium in Bangkok, Thailand|
|Phone||+66 2 108 18 00|
|Fax||+66 2 108 18 07, +66 2 108 18 08|
|Address||16/F Sathorn Square – 98 North Sathorn Road Silom Sub-District, Bangrak District 10500 Bangkok Thailand|
|OFFICE HOURS||Monday to Friday 08:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 16:00|
|Details||Marc Michielsen – Ambassador|
|Italian Embassy in Thailand|
|Phone||662 285 4090|
|Fax||662 285 4793|
|Address||399, Nang Linchee Road Thungmahamek, Yannawa Bangkok|
|Embassy of Switzerland in Bangkok, Thailand|
|Phone||(+66) 2 253 01 56 (+66) 2 253 01 60|
|Fax||(+66) 2 255 44 81|
|Address||35 North Wireless Road P.O Box 821, Bangkok 10501 Thailand|
|OFFICE HOURS||Monday-Friday 09:00-11:30|
|Embassy of Brazil in Bangkok, Thailand|
|Phone||(+66) 2679-8567 – 8, (+66) 2285-6080|
|Address||34 F, Lumpini Tower 1168/101 Rama IV Road Thungmahamek Sathorn Bangkok 10120 Thailand|
|OFFICE HOURS||09:00 – 17:00|
|Embassy of Denmark in Bangkok, Thailand|
|Phone||+66 (0) 2343 1100|
|Fax||+66 (0) 2213 1752|
|Address||10 Sathorn Soi 1 South Sathorn Road Bangkok 10120 Thailand|
|Royal Danish Consulate General in Thailand|
|Phone||+66 (0) 2285 6677|
|Fax||+66 (0) 2679 7609-|
|Address||East Asiatic Company (Thailand) Ltd. Lumpini Tower, 36th Floor, 1168/92-109 Rama 4 Road, Thungmahamek 10120|
|Embassy of Singapore in Bangkok, Thailand|
|Phone||+286 2111, +286 1434|
|Fax||+286 6966, +287 2578|
|Address||129 South Sathorn Road, 10120|
|OFFICE HOURS||Mon – Fri 9.00 am to 12.00 pm 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm Sat & Sun – Closed|
Your best place to exchange money in Thailand are the exchange offices. Luckily, these offices are always easy to find in the capital. You should make the exchange with ease and the best prices to have some cash at these places:
The best place to exchange into THB in Bangkok are these reputable green exchange offices called SuperRich Thailand. They are also the best place to exchange at the airport in the capital via a kiosk.
Super Rich Thailand HQ
- Address: 45 Soi Rajdamri 1, Rajdamri, Patumwan, Bangkok, 10330
- Phone: +66 (0)2 254-4444
- Opening hours: Daily 09:00 – 18:00 – Weekends 09:30 – 16:30
Emporium, Sukhumvit Branch
- Address: B1 Floor, Customer & Tourist Service Center, Sukhumvit Soi 24, Khlong Toei, Bangkok
- Phone: +66 (0)2 254-4444
- Opening hours: Daily 11:00 – 20:00
Siam Paragon Branch
- Address: 3rd Floor, Siam Paragon Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
- Phone: +66 (0)2 254-4444
- Opening hours: Daily 11:00 – 20:00
BTS Chong Nonsi Branch
- Address: Chong Nonsi Station (BTS Skytrain), Bang Rak, Bangkok
- Phone: +66 (0)2 254-4444
- Opening hours: Daily 11:00 – 20:00
- Address: 18/4 Soi Vibhavadi 22, Vibhavadi – Rangsit Rd. Chompon, Chatuchak, Bangkok
- Phone: +66 (0)2 254-4444
- Opening hours: Daily 10:00 – 17:00 – Weddkend 10:00 – 16:00
Another great place to exchange since 1965 are the orange SuperRich offices.
- Address: 47/11-13 Rajdamri Rd. Pathumwan Bangkok 10330
- Phone: (+66) 2-655-2488, 02-655-2400
- Opening hours: Daily 09:00 – 19:00
- Address: 491/5 – 491/7 Silom Road, Suriyawong, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
- Phone: (+66) 2-635-0900
- Opening hours: Daily 09:00 – 17:00
Big-C Ratchadamri Branch
- Address: 97/11 GJA 001 Room, 1st fl. G in Department Big-C Super Store Ratchadamri rd, Lumpini, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
- Phone: 02-655-2400, 02-655-2488
- Opening hours: Daily 10:00 – 20:00
BTS Chidlom Branch
- Address: E1-2, E1-2 / 1 BTS Chidlom, Ploenchit Road, Lumpini,Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
- Phone: 02-655-2488
- Opening hours: Daily 10:00 – 20:00
MRT Sukhumvit Branch
- Address: MRT Subway Sukhumvit Station Room No. 17, Khlong Toei District, Bangkok
- Phone: (+66) 2-655-2488
- Opening hours: Daily 10:00 – 20:00
This office has good rates but does not have numerous offices.
- Address: 133-133/1 Soi 7/1 Sukhumvit, Sukhumvit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok
- Phone: 02-253-1706-7, 02-251-1651
- Opening hours: Daily 09:00 – 17:00 – This office is closed on Sundays
- Note 1: There are numerous other offices but their rates may not be as competitive as these.
- Note 2: You can use your credit cards and the US Dollar at Bangkok, but to avoid additional fees, it is best to exchange.
- Note 3: Always ask for additional fees and taxes when withdrawing, using a credit card, or exchanging money. Some places do not have extra charges, whereas other places have increased additional charges.