Travel in Bangkok
Standard UTC/GMT: +7 hours.
Thai Baht (THB/B) is the official currency of the Kingdom of Thailand. 1 US dollar is equivalent to 31.00 roughly. You may exchange your money for the Baht at most Bangkok banks or at specialized stores called Foreign Exchange Bureaus.
The weather in Bangkok is dominated by a
tropical monsoon climate. This means the
city has three main seasons: hot season from
March to June, rainy season from July to
October and cool season between November and
February. As Bangkok holds claim to being
the hottest city in the world, expect
daytime temperatures to be in excess of 30
degrees centigrade throughout the year. The
possible exception to this is in late
December and early January.
Bangkok weather may not be the warmest in the world every day but, overall, it is unrelenting simply because it doesn't cool at night. The two periods – April to May and September to October – are the most humid. The southwest monsoons arrive between May and October bringing unsettled, cloudy conditions. For many people, this is a welcome respite.
Thailand uses 220V AC electricity. Power outlets most commonly feature two-prong round or flat sockets.
The Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT)
rail systems connect the main shopping,
entertainment and business areas of the
city, while river taxis and express boats
can be used to explore many historic sites
and attractions at the riverside. Taxis are
cheap and appear on virtually every corner
at almost any time. Tuk-tuks, once a big
Bangkok attraction, are slowly disappearing
in favour of more comfortable transport, but
are still worth a ride at least once.
Bangkok is one of the world’s top
tourist destinations. The city itself is a
true tourist paradise, proved by the growing
number of travelers coming each year.
A side of the city itself, Bangkok is also surrounded by many interesting provinces that are worth visiting.
Located at the north of Bangkok are Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani provinces. They have many attractions such as Koh Kret and Lotus Museum.
Located at the east of Bangkok is Chachoengsao, a small province with many interesting attractions and activities. Tourists can pay homage to Luang Pho Sothon Buddha Image at Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan, watch flying foxes, also known as fruit bat, at Wat Pho, see the golden church at Wat Paknam Jolo, and pray to the giant reclining of Ganesh statue at Wat Saman Rattanaram. There are also old markets for you to visit and shop such as Ban Mai Market, Nakhon Nuang Khet Market, and Khlong Suan Market.
Located at the south of Bangkok are Samut Prakan Province and the Gulf of Thailand. There are many tourist attractions such as Bang Pu, Ancient City, and Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo.
Located at the west Bangkok are Samut Sakhon and Nakhon Pathom provinces. Tourist attractions include Don Kai Dee Benjarong Village, Phra Pathom Chedi, Sanam Chandra Palace, Don Wai Floating Market, Sampran Riverside, and Thai Human Imagery Museum.
· Beware of scams involving Tuk-Tuks, gem shops, and tailors, particularly around popular tourist attractions. Remember, there is no such thing as a free ride.
· It’s better to flag down taxis that are already driving (the red light means empty). These will generally use the meter while parked taxis typically ask for higher fixed fares or will take you for the proverbial ‘ride.’
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