Whether you are spending one month, one week, or one night, your trip to Bangkok will be an unforgettable experience. The city of contrasts assaults your senses; gilded buildings stand alongside slums, and the smells, sounds and sights are literally breath-taking. Only once you have become acclimatised will you begin to pick out the individual, exquisite pieces of detail that make up this incredible city.
Most direct flights to Bangkok will take you to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), a short taxi ride from the city centre. BKK airport is also open for domestic flights and is often a stop-over destination for longer flights; if this is the case, try to spend at least one night in Bangkok!
Bangkok has two climates: hot and humid, or hot and wet! During the cooler months, between December and February, evening temperatures can drop to around 20 degrees, making it the most popular time to visit for those looking to explore the city on foot. Monsoon season, from May to October, brings the city’s low season. However, many find relief and excitement from the sudden warm, torrential downpours. This is the perfect time to bag yourself cheap flights to Bangkok, as well as good deals on hotels and excursions.
Like many Asian cities, Bangkok is vibrant: alive with music, markets and culture. If you are planning a trip to Bangkok, there are a few things that simply must be experienced.
Even the hardiest city dwellers will find the bustling roads of Bangkok an experience! A taxi may be more practical (and cheaper) but a tuk-tuk ride is a fantastic, exhilarating way of experience Bangkok at its most basic. There is a limitless supply of tuk-tuks so don’t be shy: get a quote from the driver before you get in and don’t be afraid to barter.
Many of Bangkok’s finest architecture stands within close proximity to the Chao Phraya river and there are frequent water buses that convey locals and tourists alike. This is a brilliant way to see the city and offers a pleasant breeze: a welcome reprieve from the heat and pollution of Bangkok. If you want to see a little more, book a river trip, where you can see everything including slums, temples and water markets.
It is impossible to turn a corner in Bangkok without being reminded of its religion. Buddhism is celebrated throughout the city; from souvenirs to a dazzling array of temples (or Wats) and royal palaces, which, for hundreds of years have played homage to Buddha.
Situated at on the East of the Chao Phraya River is Wat Pho, The Temple of the Reclining Buddha. With its 46-metre long, gold leaf coated Buddha Wat Pho is a must-see on your trip to Bangkok, as is Wat Arun, The Temple of Dawn, just a short ferry ride across the river. If your appetite for temples is insatiable, Bangkok won’t disappoint; you could spend literally weeks touring the temples and palaces. Consider hiring a guide or finding a friendly, trustworthy tuk-tuk driver to transport you from one to the next.
Bangkok is not short of choices when it comes to dining. You can pick up a good meal from a street vendor for a couple of pounds, or you can spend £100 a head (or more) at a high-end hotel or restaurant. Your food choices are down to your taste, bravery and wallet, but you really don’t need to spend a lot of money to experience real Thai food. Everywhere you go, you will see street vendors selling fruit, freshly squeezed fruit juice, ice cold coconuts, noodles, kebabs and more. Most vendors are so cheap that you can try a little bit of everything; if you’re feeling adventurous, why not try fried squid eggs or a nice crispy insect! For an authentic dining experience, look for cafes packed with Thai people; don’t expect mod cons like matching furniture, air conditioning or table cloths, but the food will be cheap, the food fantastic, and your experience 100% authentic.
If you want to treat yourself on your trip to Bangkok, book a table at the Namsaah Bottling Trust, a quirky restaurant that is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.
Every tourist attraction comes with the ubiquitous stalls where you can buy souvenirs and traditional Thai fare. Visit MBK for the ultimate shopping experience; a huge mall selling everything you can imagine. Take to the night market for a fantastic shopping experience (stick to the centre aisles as the outer ones tend to have less savoury things on offer). You can buy pretty much anything in Bangkok’s street markets but remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is, so don’t be surprised if the plug on your wireless speaker stops working before you get home!
Whether you decide to just dip your toe into the hustle and bustle of Bangkok with a two or three-day break, or you have more time to give the city the attention it truly deserves, Travangelo can help you to find cheap flights to Bangkok so that you can make the most of every moment.