Bangkok, capital city of Thailand is the primary entry point into the country via its international airport. With in-excess of 10 million inhabitants and still growing, Bangkok is a sprawling metropolis which encompasses a mix of modern culture and architecture mixed with fascinating traditional Thai attractions and industries.
Central areas of Bangkok are nowadays extremely cosmopolitan with all the giant shopping centers, cinemas, hotels, restaurants and nightlife which you’d expect in a major capital city. Yet nearby you can see many intriguing points of interest including the Grand Palace, countless Buddhist temples such as the impressive Wat Arun on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and Wat Po near the Grand Palace. The enormous Chatujak weekend market to the north of the city is well worth a visit to see an endless range of arts and crafts, plus the Muay Thai Boxing stadium near Lumphini Park is very popular.
Being the natural starting point for any exploration of Thailand, a massive range of activities are available both within Bangkok and the surrounding area. And needless to say, the are many tour/travel agents located in all the touristic areas where travel and activities throughout the rest of Thailand can be arranged.
Bangkok is a major travel hub and flights are available from across the globe direct into Bangkok’s main Suvarnabhumi airport. This international airport is located on the outskirts of the city, and transfer into the city is easy using either meter taxi (for a few hundred baht) or inexpensively using the relatively new airport rail which connects with Bangkok’s main BTS (skytrain) system.
There’s also an older secondary airport to the north of the city called Don Muang which offers a range of domestic and regional flights. Many low-cost airlines operate out of Don Muang Airport, so here you can find economical flights throughout Thailand and connecting to nearby destinations such as India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and more.
The road and rail network throughout Thailand is reasonably good, so from neighboring countries it’s possible to travel into and from Bangkok by train or bus. And public transport within the city is excellent, with an elevated skytrain network (BTS), underground metro (MRT) and inexpensive meter taxis covering most of the city center. However traffic congestion is very heavy at peak times.
Being tropical Bangkok is warm year round, with high temperatures usually falling in the 30-35C range.
Most rainfall occurs between May and October with the rest of the year generally dry. However visiting even during those months is fine – just you need to be prepared that you may see some showers.
Hottest temperatures are normally reached during April and May, which coincide with the Thai New Year (Songkran) celebration in mid-April.
Visit ancient Ayutthaya, former capital of Siam on a full day Thai food tasting and historical tour from Bangkok
Visit the 'last Venice of Thailand', floating markets in Samut Songkram, trying tasting Thai food and cruising slowly down the river
Explore the klongs (canals) of Bangkok on a half day tour by Thai long-tail boat, visiting the incredible Wat Arun temple
Explore the rainforest canopy like a gibbon, travelling over 3km of exhilarating ziplines through the Thai jungle!
Private Bangkok tour, visiting the Thai capital's ancient Buddhist temples, riding along canals aboard a Thai longtail boat and seeing the Royal Grand Palace
Try traditional Thai cuisine in a 3.5 hour food tasting tour of Bangrak, Bangkok, including crispy catfish, roasted duck & more
Stroll the streets of Bangkok's Chinatown (Yaowarat), enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of Chinese-Thai cuisine
Explore temples in the Thai capital on a guided tour, seeing the enormous Reclining Buddha at Wat Po temple, plus visit Chinatowns Wat Traimit & Wat Benchamabopit
7-8 hour tour of Bangkok, exploring historical areas of the Thai capital by bike, and combining a food tour of local cuisine
Private guided tours of Bangkok's incredible Royal Grand Palace. See the famous Emerald Buddha and visit a handicraft and artisan center
Four hour guided bike tour exploring Bangkok's religious buildings, riverside and Chinatown with a stop for lunch
Cycle Bangkok 's streets on a guided tour, visiting an ex-pm's house, taking a longtai boat across the river and exploring the 'lungs' of Bangkok
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