The capital city of Bangkok is a cultural enigma that provides a tourism experience that will leave a good taste in your mouth for years to come. Every element of the city entices you in, from its grand architecture to its dynamic people; it is an alluring destination that you would be disappointed to miss.
Bangkok will keep you entertained for days; the traditional and the modern coexist harmoniously and make for an exciting experience wherever you walk. Visit celestial palaces, see bustling street food vendors, floating markets and more on your trip to Bangkok.
We’ve put together our Bangkok Tourism Guide to share with you some of the most popular, intriguing and astounding sights in the city. You can carve out your own route in Bangkok and maybe even find some places we haven’t mentioned, but these are definitely a great place to start.
At the moment the basic exchange rate for Singapore and Thailand is 1 Singaporean dollar to 25.91 Thai Baht. There’s only a one hour time difference between the two countries (Singapore is an hour ahead) so you don’t even have to worry about jet lag having an effect on your trip.
“Bangkok is thousands of people all wearing the same color shirt on the same day for respect to their King, it is backpackers, it is Khao San Road, it is massage parlors, it is crowds, it is traffic, it is orange robed monks, it is hot, it is humid, it gleams with golden temples, it is medical tourism, it is cheap guest houses, it is some of the best hotels in the world, it is an ever present ebb and flow of life – all day and all night long, it is service with a smile – there is really no other city like it in the world.”
By Dave Levart, Dave’s Travel Corner
The traditional name of Bangkok is quite the lengthy word, and has in fact featured in the Guinness World Book of Records for having the longest name for a place. Bangkok’s traditional name being: “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit”.
Bangkok has gained a nickname for being the ‘City of Angles’ due to its interest with city planning, as well named the ‘Venice of the East’ due to having numerous canals and an active nightlife.
95 percent of the 200,000 US$ millionaires in Thailand live in Bangkok, so don’t be shocked if you happen to stumble across one of Bangkok’s many wealthy residents.
Invest in a good map for your daily travels around Bangkok as the altering street names, the massive expressways, the winding river, and the absence of clearly distinguishable neighborhoods can get a little tricky!
A tour around Bangkok is reasonably priced and easy to arrange, just book and enjoy. The bonus of an organised tour is getting to do nothing and having someone else plan out the days logistical routes etc. Why not give it a go, you’re on holiday right!?
This timeless tip can end up being a lifesaver when travelling foreign countries, write down your accommodation in the countries native language (in this case Thai) on a piece of paper. This will safeguard any potential crisis when attempting to navigate your way back to your accommodation.
Getting Around Bangkok
There are many different ways of navigating the effortless, chaos of Bangkok, including walking, jumping on a boat and riding traditional tuk tuks. The Skytrain and the underground system are the most common ways of getting around, but you’ll usually need to combine multiple methods of transport to get to your destination. Maps are available at all tourist information points and train stations and we recommend you pick one up to avoid getting lost.
A few helpful tips include avoiding taxis as traffic can be unbearable in this huge city. Also, when walking, keep your wits about you as those on the road are known to disregard most road rules.
“Avoid having to battle Bangkok traffic and stay along Chao Phraya river for easy access to Bangkok’s best attractions. River taxis go up and down the river every 15 minutes stopping at the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun and lively Khao San Road as well as other popular eating and shopping spots.”
By Elaine Brindamour, http://sumabeachlifestyle.com/
Flights to Bangkok
If you’ve decided you want to head to Bangkok to see all of its beautiful sights and experience the delicious tasting meals, then your next step is booking your flight. Explore the Expedia website further for a large array of different flights to Bangkok for all budgets.