Bangkok Travel Guide

A hectic mega metropolis in stark contrast to Thailand’s paradisiac island beaches. In place of swaying palm trees and fine white sand are towering skyscrapers, shopping malls galore, and traffic jams as far as the eye can see. 

Never go hungry in the world’s street food capital. Munch on fried insects in Chinatown or pick up bargain phad Thai from a street cart vendor. Luxury dining experiences abound atop the city’s soaring skyscrapers. After dark, the streets come to life in a sea of neon beneath thumping music from epic rooftop bars as seen in The Hangover Part II. 

Shop ‘til you drop in cavernous malls featuring cinemas, bowling alleys, and even an aquarium. Or for a more authentic experience, find souvenirs at a floating market, or clothing and handicrafts at Chatuchak, in the world’s largest outdoor market.

Concealed beneath the frenzied city veneer is a cohesive stillness from centuries of Buddhist traditions. Zen-filled temples offer peaceful respite with ancient architecture, intricate sculptures, and gold-leaf decorations. Narrow streets are lined with tranquil massage parlours like an oasis in an urban desert, for relaxation and restoration after a big night on the town. 

Friendly locals will always greet you with a smile, proving Bangkok’s hustle and bustle is no match for the undercurrent of serenity that can only be found in the land of smiles.


Who Will Like Bangkok

Food Connoisseur

Indulge in exotic food like fried scorpions in Chinatown or a classic Thai green curry in a swanky rooftop restaurant. Bangkok is one of the world’s greatest street food hubs, but there’s also no shortage of fine dining options. A new taste sensation waits around every corner.

Nightlife Star

Create a memorable night with an explosion of music, dance and flashing lights. Head to Khao San Road for backpacker party mode or Sukhumvit for a dash of glamour. Royal City Avenue is the epicenter of Bangkok's clubbing scene while hard-core party goers rock the night away in Sinom.

Retail Therapist

Blow your baht in Siam's mega shopping malls. Chinatown will put a smile on your face if you're into street markets, and don't miss Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the largest outdoor markets in the world.

Culture Buff

Discover Buddhist traditions at Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, or Wat Arun, to name a few of Bangkok's exquisite temples. The city’s modern development hides fascinating cultural stories that beg to be uncovered. 

Sports Fan

Experience the excitement of watching a Muay Thai fight at Rajadamnern, Lumpinee, or Channel 7 stadiums. Locals love to gamble on fights, so why not try your luck?

Fun Expert

Have a ball in a massive entertainment park, like Art in Paradise, Dream World or Dinosaur Planet Theme Park. Dusit ZOO and its 2000+ species make a special treat for the animal lover.

Entertainment Specialist

Watch a traditional Thai dance performance with elegent moves and fine hand gestures set to Thai music. There won't be a dull moment with live music and caberet shows every evening all over town. 

Top Sights & Attractions In Bangkok

Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

Palace $$$$$

Na Phra Lan Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

Price: ฿500 (USD$13.63) Time spent: 2 hours

Hours: 8:30am-3:30pm, 7 days

A spectacular 18th century palace and former home to Thai royals. Exquisite buildings decorated in mosaic, painted ceramic and carved statues bring thousands of tourists to the complex each day. Also within the complex is Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, said to be the most sacred Buddhist relic in Thailand.

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Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha)

Religious $$$$$

2 Sanam Chai Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Price: Adult: ฿100 (USD$2.73), Children: Free Time spent: 1-2 hours

Hours: 8:30am-6pm, 7 days

Wat Pho is home to Bangkok's 46-meter (150-feet) long golden reclining Buddha statue, one of the most sacred Buddhist relics in Thailand. The operational monastery features several areas worth visiting, including exquisite pagodas known as the 4 kings temple, long hallways lined with intricate paintings of stories from Thai folklore, and a Thai massage school where visitors can receive a massage from students.

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Chatuchak Weekend Market

Market Free

Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

Price: Free Time spent: 1.5-3 hours

Hours: 7am-6pm, Wednesday-Thursday (Plant section only)
6pm-12am, Friday (wholesale only)
9am-6pm, Saturday-Sunday

One of the world’s largest outdoor markets with over 1,500 vendors forming a maze-like grid of stalls each weekend. Items for sale include clothing, souvenirs, homewares, jewellery, curry sauces, street food, and much more.

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Chinatown (Yaowarat Road)

District Free

Yaowarat Road, Samphanthawong, Bangkok, Thailand

Price: Free Time spent: 1-3 hours

Hours: 24 hours, 7 days

Centered around the electric Yaowarat Road, Bangkok’s Chinatown is a hub of street food and discount shopping contrasted against authentic Chinese restaurants and harmonious heritage sites.

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Bangkok National Museum

Museum $$$$$

Na Phrathat Road, Grand Palace sub district, Phra Nakorn district, Bangkok. 10200

Price: ฿200 (USD$5.45) Time spent: 1-2.5 hours

Hours: 9am-4pm, Wednesday-Sunday

Thailand's first public museum located in a series of buildings that once formed a regal palace complex. Bangkok National Museum houses the world’s largest collection of Thai art and historical artifacts, from ancient fishing tools and stone statues, to sacred depictions of the life of Buddha, to golden chariots once used in royal funeral ceremonies.

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Food & Drink in Bangkok

El Mercado

Italian Seafood $$$$$

490 Phai Singto Alley, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Hours: 11am-11:30pm, Tuesday-Saturday
11am-10:30pm, Sunday

Mediterranean market-style restaurant selling local and imported cuts of meat, cheese and seafood. Primarily Italian menu items like pasta, risotto and pizza as well as western dishes. Extensive wine cellar. Courtyard seating. Ranked amongst top 20 restaurants in Bangkok.

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Thai $$$$$

2nd Floor, Building G, Tha Maharaj, Trok Mahathat, Maharaj Rd. In Rattanakosin Island

Hours: 11am-11pm, 7 days

A riverfront dining experience you can depend on for authentic Thai and seafood dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Savoey’s signature recipes are passed down generations and pair beautifully with Thailand’s fresh produce, like oysters from Koh Samui.

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Amaya Food Gallery

International $$$$$

4th Floor, Amari Watergate, 847 Petchburi Road, Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

Hours: 6am-10:30am & 12pm-2:30pm, Monday-Thursday
6am-10:30am 12pm-2pm & 6pm-10:30pm Friday-Saturday
6am-10:30am & 12pm-3:30pm Sunday

Amari Watergate Hotel’s main buffet restaurant modelled on a classic Asian hawker market with a gourmet twist. International and themed food stations include dietary labels for each dish, making it easy to spot spice levels and protein sources like seafood, chicken, or beef - very handy for veggies and vegans! Themed food stations include Thai, Indian, Chinese, Italian, Western, salads, and desserts.

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Café Claire

French Fusion Thai $$$$$

Ground Floor, Oriental Residence Bangkok, 110 Witthayu Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Hours: 6am-11pm, 7 days

An elegant French bistro located within the Oriental Residence Bangkok hotel serving a fusion of French and Thai cuisines. Mouthwatering dishes including drool-worthy steaks, vegetables roasted to perfection, and decedent desserts are expertly crafted onto plates like a work of art.

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Sunrise Tacos Mexican Grill (Silom)

Mexican $$$$$

114/19-20 Silom Corner of Soi 4 and Silom Rd Suriyawong Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

Hours: 11am-2am, 7 days

Authentic Mexican food has arrived in Bangkok. Sunrise Tacos Mexican Grill is set apart by its real corn and flour tortillas used to prepare several flavors of tacos, nachos, burritos, fajitas, and quesadillas. Or perhaps Sunrise’s margarita menu offering strawberry, mango, classic lime, or “virgin” margaritas either frozen or classic.

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Sara Janes

Thai $$$$$

88 Naradhiwat Rajanagarindra Rd, Yan Nawa, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

Hours: 11am-2pm & 5pm-10pm, Monday-Friday
11am-3pm & 5pm-10pm, Saturday-Sunday

Eat like a local at authentic Thai restaurant, Sara Janes, located in the business district of Sathon. Every lunch hour, dozens of local office workers rush to Sarah Janes for a plate of their favorite curry or phad Thai. You know if the food gets local approval then the prices do too!

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Areas of Bangkok

  1. BanglamphuArtistic backpacker area Younger traverlers are drawn here for the epic parties and budget accommodation. Also a rich historical area home to must-see attractions like the Grand Palace.
  2. SiamCommercial district The beating commercial heart of the city. Streets lined with shopping malls, specialist stores, and street vendors offering shoppers their every desire, from affordable electronic equipment to designer clothes.
  3. Chinatown/YaowaratDistrict that never sleeps A district with a concentrated Chinese population and cultivated culture. Wafting aromas from restaurants, marketplaces, and street food stalls fill narrow laneways and lead to some of the best food in town.
  4. Bangkok Riverside, Chao PhrayaRiverside Romance Avoid Bangkok's infamous traffic jams and get around by boat. Couples will love the watching the sunset over a romantic dinner at a waterfront restaurant. Retro accommodation along the banks of the Chao Phraya River is plentiful.
  5. Old Town/Ko RatanakosinHistorical landmarks The historical centre home to Bangkok's most notable temple's and tourist attractions. This is the place to say if you only have a few days in the city and want to get around on foot.
  6. Sukhumvit RoadPreferred by families The longest road in Bangkok and closest neighborhood to the Suvarnabhumi airport (BKK). Several international hotel chains, shopping malls, and high-quality restaurants, from food courts to fine dining.
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Best Places To Stay in Bangkok

Shama Lakeview Asoke


No. 41 Sukhumvit 16, Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey, 10110

Conveniences of a luxury hotel blended with the independence of a rented furnished apartment. Apartments range from studio up to 3 bedrooms, suited to any length of stay. Soak up city views from a private balcony or soak in a sensuous bathtub. A fully equipped kitchen, washing machine and dryer make you feel like home. Shama Lakeview Asoke is within walking distance of public transport, shopping malls, restaurants, and the Central Business District. Relax by the peaceful lake at Benchakiti Park or make the most of the hotel’s complimentary buggy service to the supermarket. A perfect location for both business and leisure travelers.

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Getting Around Bangkok


Convenient to get to a specific location, but allow extra time for traffic jams. Be mindful of scams - always insist the driver uses the meter before getting in and never agree to stop at the driver's cousin's gem store on the way. Use your phone's GPS to track your route along the way.

Ride Sharing

A more convenient and less scam-prone alternative to traditional taxis. The most popular rideshare app in Bangkok is Grab. Many Thai drivers don't read maps so it's handy to pre-populate your destination in the app for the driver to follow the GPS.

BTS Skytrain

Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) avoids traffic jams with two elevated train lines running between major attractions, nightlife venues, shopping centers, and accommodation hubs. The Silom Line connects the National Stadium and Bang Wa. the Sukhumvit Line passes from Mo Chit (near the Chatuchak Weekend Market) and Bearing. The lines cross at Siam.

MRT Transit

Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT) is Bangkok's subway system with two lines - blue and purple. The blue line connects to the Bangkok train station. Use the MRT to check out attractions on the outskirts of the city.


Ideal for budget travelers to get between most parts of the city. Be prepared for traffic jams and bus drivers with limited English. Signal an approaching bus if you want to get onboard. Use this guide to select the right bus.


Thailand's iconic transport method that must be tried at least once, although often more expencive than taxis. Most drivers are entertaining and many have a Bluetooth speaker to blare your favorite tuness while weaving through traffic. Tuk-tuk's don't have meters so agree on a fixed price before hopping in.


Ferries operate on the Chao Phraya river daily and tickets can be bought at piers. Boat services are also available on khlongs (canals) for reasonable prices, with tickets sold onboard after embarking.

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Shopping in Bangkok is a whole-day activity and can vary from bustling street markets to premium luxury shopping malls. Malls are similar to a western shopping experience, but with a unique oriental twist. Use the opportunity to buy authentic Thai silk, natural soaps, wood-carved handicrafts, traditional snacks, and spices. All make for great souvenirs or original presents for your loved ones.

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Market Free

Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

Price: Free Time spent: 1.5-3 hours

Hours: 7am-6pm, Wednesday-Thursday (Plant section only)
6pm-12am, Friday (wholesale only)
9am-6pm, Saturday-Sunday

One of the world’s largest outdoor markets with over 1,500 vendors forming a maze-like grid of stalls each weekend. Items for sale include clothing, souvenirs, homewares, jewellery, curry sauces, street food, and much more.

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Siam Paragon

Shopping Mall $$$$$

991 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Price: Free Time spent: 1-5 hours

Hours: 10am-10pm, 7 days

One of Bangkok’s largest and most popular shopping malls, located within the historical district of Siam. This sprawling mega mall features 9 levels of stores covering local and international clothing brands, accessories, precious jewellery, technology, homewares, hair salons, nail salons, toys, luxury cars, and more. Don’t feel like shopping? There’s still plenty of things to do at Siam Paragon including a large cinema, kids’ play centre, bowling alley, and even an aquarium.

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Chinatown (Yaowarat Road)

District Free

Yaowarat Road, Samphanthawong, Bangkok, Thailand

Price: Free Time spent: 1-3 hours

Hours: 24 hours, 7 days

Authentic local shopping experience suited to adventurous buyers. Even if you’re not going to buy, the atmosphere alone is worth coming for.

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Shopping Mall $$$$$

999/9 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Time spent: 1-4 hours

Hours: 10am-10pm, 7 days

One of the world's largest malls offering a wholesome experience for the biggest shopping addicts. Hundreds of local and international stores selling a wide range of designer and budget clothing, sportswear, homewares, and many other items.

Tip: Due to the size and popularity of the mall, expect to spend a lot of time weaving between crowds.

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Best Time of Year to Visit Bangkok

The weather is pleasant all year round.

Dry Season

November-February: average of 30°C, sunshine and blue skies.

Hot Season

March-May: up to 40°C, hot and humid.

Rainy Season

June-October: between 25°C and 35°C, heaviest downpours usually in afternoons.

Best Photo Spots in Bangkok

Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha)

Religious $$$$$

2 Sanam Chai Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Price: Adult: ฿100 (USD$2.73), Children: Free Time spent: 1-2 hours

Hours: 8:30am-6pm, 7 days

The main temple within Wat Pho is Phra Ubosot which is excellent for close-up shots with its distinctive white columns, intricate rooftop, and small, wall-mounted shrines. Phra Rabiang - the “wall of Buddha” surrounds the complex and offers a gorgeous setting and framing for portraits with several golden doorways and archways.

Tip: Visit early in the morning for the best lighting and least crowds.

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Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

Palace $$$$$

Na Phra Lan Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

Price: ฿500 (USD$13.63) Time spent: 2 hours

Hours: 8:30am-3:30pm, 7 days

Amateur and professional photographers alike are drawn to the Grand Palace for the marvellous details within its temples and golden stupas. The colours are especially beautiful in the first rays of the morning sun.

Tip: Adhere to the strict dress code by wearing clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.

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Loha Prasat


Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Price: ฿20 (USD$0.55)

Hours: 9am-5pm, 7 days

Take advantage of remarkably smaller crowds than similar attractions while photographing the distinctive architecture at Loha Prasat. If you're lucky, you may catch a glimpse into a monk's daily routine.

Tip: Use a wide angle lens to capture the temple's roof in one shot.

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

Religious $$$$$

158 Thanon Wang Doem, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600, Thailand

Price: ฿50 (USD$1.36) Time spent: 30-120 minutes

Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm, 7 days

An elegant Buddhist temple located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Wat Arun’s appearance is different to other religious sites in Bangkok, having been inspired by the temples of the ancient kingdom of Ayutthaya. Visitors who brave the spire’s incredibly steep steps are rewarded with views over the winding river and historic old city.

Tip: Got at sunset or blue hour for a classic long-distance shot. The best shots are taken from the platform on the opposite side of the river, but you'll need to pay a fee of ฿100 to enter the platform.

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ATMs are located on every corner, especially in the city cener, and are easy to use. The first screen will prompt you to select your language. Most ATMs attract a fee of ฿200 (USD$5.45) per withdrawal.

Currency exchange stores are also readily availbale. Super Rich is the most common currency exchange chain, but it doesn't always offer the best rates. Check exchange rates at multiple stores to get more baht for your buck. 

Most shops, cafés, restaurants, and hotels accept payment via card. The most commonly accepted cards are Visa and Mastercard.


Daily Budget

Budget฿200-฿350 (USD$5.45 - $9.54)

Comfortable฿800-฿1,500 (USD$21.80 - $40.88)

Luxury฿1,200-฿8,500 (USD$32.71 - $231.67)


Budget฿90-฿300 (USD$2.45 - $8.18)hostel or 1 star hotel

Comfortable฿260-฿600 (USD$7.09 - $16.35)3 star

Luxury฿750-฿5,000 (USD$20.44 - $136.28)4-5 star


Street Food฿30-฿50 (USD$0.82 - $1.36)

Mid-Range Restaurant฿150-฿250 (USD$4.09 - $6.81)

Fine Dining Restaurant฿700-฿2,500 (USD$19.08 - $68.14)


BTS฿30 / ฿50 (USD$0.82 / $1.36)Single ride / daily pass

MRT฿30 / ฿150 (USD$0.82 / $4.09)single ride / daily pass

Local bus฿8 (USD$0.22)around Bangkok

Inter-city bus฿106 (USD$2.89)Bangkok-Pattaya

Taxi฿50-฿100 (USD$1.36 - $2.73)short ride

Tuk-tuk฿300 (USD$8.18)short ride

Boat฿30 (USD$0.82)single ride


Temples฿100-฿500 (USD$2.73 - $13.63)entrance fee

Canals & floating markets฿1,000 (USD$27.26)6-hour tour

Street food tour฿1,300 (USD$35.43)3-hour tour

Muay Thai Match฿1,000-฿2,000 (USD$27.26 - $54.51)ticket price

Typical Costs In Bangkok

  • Meal in inexpensive restaurant: ฿60 (USD$1.64)
  • Small bottle of water in restaurant: ฿9.48 (USD$0.26)
  • Large bottle of water in market: ฿17.78 (USD$0.48)
  • Domestic beer in restaurant: ฿80 (USD$2.18)
  • Domestic beer in market: ฿62.19 (USD$1.69)
  • Bottle of wine in market: ฿700 (USD$19.08)
  • Cup of coffee: ฿74.17 (USD$2.02)
  • Short taxi trip: ฿35 (USD$0.95)
  • 1-way public transport trip: ฿35 (USD$0.95)
  • 1L of gasoline/petrol: ฿30.25 (USD$0.82)
  • Pair of jeans: ฿1,฿852.20 (USD$50.48)
  • Summer dress: ฿1,฿126.62 (USD$30.71)
  • Cinema ticket: ฿250 (USD$6.81)

Internet, Mobile & Tech


Average Internet speed in Bangkok: 16 Mbps

Public wifi access: Readily available


The 3 major mobile providers are True Move, AIS and DTAC. All have websites in English. Buying a SIM card from one of these operators alows you to use their Wi-Fi locations throughout the city. Common SIM card purchase locations include Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports, most shopping mall phone stores, and 7-Eleven stores which are common throught the city.  

  • True Move - ''Tourist SIM'' package for ฿299 (USD$8.15) (8 days, 3GB high-speed internet, unlimited 14 social network apps). True Move has “coffee shops” in Bangkok where you can get help with your SIM card.
  • DTAC - "Happy Tourist" package for ฿299 (USD$8.15) (8 days, 3 GB high-speed internet, free ฿100 (USD$2.73) call credit, unlimited calls among Happy Tourist SIM 299 users, special international call rate via 00400).
  • AIS - “Traveller SIM” package for ฿299 (USD$8.15) (8 days, 3GB data, ฿100 (USD$2.73) call credit, free AIS Super WiFi).

Phone country code: +66

Getting Into Bangkok

Bangkok is a major international hub and can be reached by plane from almost any city in the world. Flights into Bangkok from countries within Southeast Asia and cities within Thailand run regularly and take between 1 hour (Krabi) and 4 hours (Bali). Bangkok can also be reached by train, bus, or ferry.


Bangkok has two international airports, Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and Don Muang International Airport (DMK). Suvarnabhumi is the larger airport mainly used by full-service airlines and for connecting international flights. Don Muang is mainly used by low-cost airlines and for local flights.

Always know which of the two airports you are flying into or out of as it takes about an hour to drive between them. A free shuttle bus operates between every 30 minutes or more frequently between 5am and midnight.

There are 3 main ways to get from the airports to the city center:

  • Bus - runs from the airport to over 10 locations in the city center. Tickets cost ฿35 (USD$0.95). Some locations are accessible via express bus for ฿150 (USD$4.09). Busses may not be available if your plane arrives late at night.
  • Taxi - via one of 2 taxi stands on the ground level. A taxi ride to the city center should cost between ฿400-฿500 (USD$10.90 - $13.63).
  • Rideshare - via an app like Grab. Rideshare drivers are not allowed in the taxi rank, so check the app for instructions on where to wait or chat with your driver through the app.


Trains arrive at Hua Lamphong Railway Station from most cities within Thailand and also from nearby countries like Laos, Malaysia, and Cambodia.

The smaller Thornburi Train Station offers limited services into Bangkok from surrounding towns like Nam Tok and Kanchanaburi.

From Hua Lamphong Railway Station, take a taxi or Grab to your accommodation.


There are three major bus terminals in Bangkok that can be reached from most cities within Thailand:


Bangkok can be reached from islands like Koh Samui by a combination of ferry and bus. This option is very cost-effective at around ฿1,400 (USD$38.16) but can take up 12 hours. It's most suitable for budget travelers with time to spare.

Most ferry companies sell online tickets including the bus journey. Busses usually drop off along the main roads in Bangkok, like Rambuttri Road and Khaosan Road.


As Thailand's capital city, Bangkok is the embassy or consulate location for most countries, including US, Canada, UK, and Australia, so it's relatively easy to seek diplomatic help should it be required. 

Important: Avoid overstaying your visa at all costs as it may result in a fine or even imprisonment.

Health & Safety

A relatively safe city, however, always use caution and common sense. For example, take a taxi instead of walking alone at night, and only get massages from profesional, hygenic-looking massage palours.

In case of emergency, call the tourist police.

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Fairly Safe71 Safety Index
Very Peaceful98.85% Global Peace Index

Is it safe to drink tap water? Not recommend

Bottled water is cheap and easy to find. Don't risk digestive problems by drinking water that has gone through the old and rusty pipes. Apartment buildings often have a water vending machine for filling large containers at very cheap prices (around ฿5 per liter).

Important Phone Numbers:

Tourist Police: 1155

Thailand's Tourist Police was created in 2017 and has contributed to Bangkok's increasing reputation as a safe city, compared to similar locations.

Emergency: 1669

Police: 191

Ambulance: 1554

Fire: 199


Bangkok has highly qualified doctors with good English language skills. They are easy to find and offer affordable services.
In case of a minor illness, it's good to know that pharmacies in Bangkok sell some medicines over the counter that would require a prescription in USA or Australia.


Thailand operates 2 types of hospitals, public and private, which offer vastly different levels of healthcare. While public hospitals are far cheaper, international travelers are better off going to a private hospital for better care and faster service.

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Bangkok Culture & History

The most iconic cultural symbol of Bangkok is the wat (temple). Many of the city's 300+ wats date back to the 18th century and showcase traditional Thai architecture and religious beliefs. Wats were traditionally used as hospitals, schools, libraries and religious centers, but today many lease part of their property for commercial use.

The end of WWII saw rapid growth in Bangkok resulting in planning challenges relating to transportation, drainage, pollution and water supply. Tourism flourished during and after the Vietnam war, when Bangkok became known for an underground nightlife and sex industry.

The city experienced an economic boom during the 1980s, forging itself as the cultural and commercial center of Thailand. Today it is a modern metropolis surrounded by small towns and rural agricultural areas.


The official language of Thailand is Central Thai native to the Bangkok area. English is taught in most urban schools so the majority of locals, especially the younger generation, can communicate well in English.

A large number of tourists and ex-pats in Bangkok have led to the widespread use of English, ensuring it is spoken modestly throughout the city. Most employees at major tourist attractions, restaurants, and hotels are able to communicate well in English.

Basic Phrases:

  • Hello / goodbye: Sa-wat dee (khrup/ka)
  • Thank you: Khop khun (khrup/ka)
  • Where?: Tiinai?
  • What?: Arai?
  • When?: Muarai?
  • Sorry / excuse me:  Khor-tort 
  • How much?: Gee baht
  • Can you make it cheaper? Lot noi dai mai? (useful for street markets)
  • Yes: Chai (khrup/ka)
  • No: Mai (khrup/ka)
  • Can you speak English?: Kun pood paasaa anggrit dai mai?
  • Where is the police station?: Sataanii dtamruat yoo tee nai?
  • Where is the hospital?: Rongpayaabaan yoo tee nai
  • Do you use the meter?: Chai meter mai (be sure taxi drivers use the meter in Bangkok)
  • Station: Sataanii
  • Bus stop: Bpaai rot mee
  • Bus: Rot mee
  • Skytrain: Rodfai faa
  • Subway: Rodfai dtaaidin
  • Boat: Rua

Events & Festivals In Bangkok


  • Bangkok International Film Festival. Seminars, conferences and exhibitions dedicated to film and accompanied by jazz concerts make a wholesome experience for independent movie fans.


  • Chinese New Year. Narrow streets of Yaowarat (Chinatown) come to life with teeming crowds, fireworks, and dragon dancers in celebration of the year that is to come.


  • Songkran or Water Festival. Bangkok's streets turn into a 3-day water fight accompanied by music, dance and 24/7 drinking. Water washing is symbolic of washing away of sins and troubles and starting the new year with a clean slate.


  • Tesagan Gin Je or Vegetarian Festival. A 9-day Taoist celebration where participants abstain from eating meat, seafood, and dairy products. Indulge in meatless dishes or watch ritualistic acts of self-mutilation by certain participants.
  • Waterzonic is Bangkok's biggest music festival, and it comes with an interesting twist - water splashing everywhere. It's basically an enormous water party with extra loud music.


  • Loy Krathong Is the picturesque festival dedicated to the goddess of water. People gather near lakes, rivers, and canals under a full moon and release lotus-shaped rafts decorated with candles and flowers.
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Myth Busting

  • Everyone in the city will try to scam you. Most locals are kind and welcoming, and will try to help you even if their spoken English skills are basic. In more tourist-centric locations, there may be scammers at work, but they do not represent the vast majority.
  • Bangkok is dangerous. The city is generally considered safe for travelers of all genders and races compared to other large cities across the globe. However, you should be cautious about the traffic, as it’s routinely chaotic.
  • The ice will kill you. The majority of ice in Thailand is produced commercially in hygienic conditions from clean water. This is used in bars and restaurants, so there’s no need to worry.
  • Bangkok is all about the sex industry. Despite its reputation as the sex capital of the world, there's much more to Bangkok - rich culture, history, delicious food, and many other forms of entertainment. Adult entertainment areas are confined to a few locations and very small compared to the rest of this sprawling metropolis.

After Bangkok, Go Further

It's very easy to travel from Bangkok to most other cities in Thailand via bus, train or plane.

Nearby countries Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam can be reached by plane in 1-2 hours. 

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