December – February
LCY → BKK
Up to 30 days
Taxi: 10 £GBP (50 min)
Bus: 1 £GBP (60 min)
Shuttle: 4 £GBP (60 min)
Take some time to get to know Bangkok’s multi-faceted personality. Anything goes in the invigorating Thai capital which is perhaps why this city has so much on offer. Almost nowhere else in the world will you find sacred temples sitting alongside electric nightclubs and incredible, sprawling shopping centres including the seventh largest in the world – the 429,500 square metre (4.6 million square foot) Central World?
As you explore the city on Bangkok holidays you’ll discover life in the city is both hectic and leisurely. Experience the former by taking a ride in a tuk-tuk to see the chaotic traffic on the city’s roads. For the latter hop aboard one of the long-tail taxi boats on the Chao Phraya river which bisects the city and see The Temple of the Emerald Buddha and The Grand Palace on the river’s east bank.
Journalist and author Susan Orlean dubbed Khaosan Road as “The Place to Disappear” and she’s right. This short central Bangkok street is an assault on all the senses – sample delicious and exotic Thai street food, haggle for goods in the stalls and watch the street transform into a decadent party hub at night. For a less seat-of-your pants experience, head for the more laid-back Soi Rambuttri nearby in search of tourist trinkets on your holidays to Bangkok.
It is fair to say Bangkok is hot, very hot. The city has hot, rainy and cool seasons, but the overarching theme is that temperatures are fairly hot all year; they range from an average low of 22 degrees Celsius (71.6 Fahrenheit) in December to average highs of 35.4 degrees Celsius (95.7 Fahrenheit) in April.
The rainy season kicks-off when the southwest monsoon arrives around mid-May and September is the wettest month.
Bangkok has a multitude of accommodation options to cater to almost any traveller. The sheer number of choices can make it a little daunting. So where to start?
Bangkok is a city without a real “centre”, so it is best to choose the district to stay in based on what you want and need to do during your holiday in Bangkok.
Of all the districts of Bangkok there are three that are great places for tourists to stay.
This area is great for its shopping and easy access to the Skytrain. A large area that stretches over several kilometres, the majority of Bangkok’s biggest and best malls are located in Siam Square. Travel east to the Sukhumvit area and the retail activity spill into the streets and alleys but there are some large malls here as well. The range of great places to eat is huge in Sukhumvit.
In this area you will find some of the best hotels for Bangkok holidays. It’s some distance from here to Siam Square’s shopping but if you opt for a hotel close to the Skytrain it is manageable. A lot of Bangkok’s top attractions are situated on the river so if you are in the city to sightsee it makes for a good place to base yourself. Cruises along the river make for a great way to experience the city and can be easily arranged along the riverfront.
This area is historically the haunt of backpackers and still is but in and around Khaosan Road are some good mid-range hotels. It is one of the city’s cheaper areas to stay in and is also close to many of the city’s cultural attractions. The biggest drawback is that there is no Skytrain station nearby so any trip needs to be by tuk tuk, taxi, or bus which can take a significant amount of time in Bangkok’s chaotic traffic. Consider it before choosing Bangkok holiday packages.
Bangkok is the epitome of old Thailand meeting the new world of dynamic Asian metropolis. There are sights, sounds and smells on almost every corner – the list of things to do during your Bangkok holidays is endless.
The kaleidoscope of colour and scents that is Pak Khlong Talat flower market will overload your senses. Get an early morning start and head to Damnoen Saduak’s floating market or go to the Chao Phraya river’s west bank and take a long-tail boat trip through the khlongs – traditionally used for transportation or floating markets. Enjoy Thai cuisine in a rooftop restaurant before experiencing the lively nightlife of Pattaya.
Bangkok is a paradise for shoppers and ranges from hi-tech mall experiences like the MBK Centre with its more than 2000 while Central World has everything you’d expect from the world’s seventh largest mall, then there’s the ‘one-stop’ shopping centres through to traditional Thai markets. Take a walk around the busy night markets at Patpong and haggle over prices.
Given the country’s deep Buddhist faith it is little wonder a large part of Bangkok’s sightseeing is concentrated on its temples. From the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, to the impressive spires of Wat Chaeng and the beautifully decorated reclining Buddha of Wat Pho, to the striking Grand Palace.
A gastronome’s heaven awaits you in Bangkok, there’s literally thousands of eateries and knowing where to begin can prove a challenge. Your choices begin with the street vendors to and range through to fine gourmet dining. Take an evening dining cruise on the Chao Phraya river on your holiday in Bangkok.
Bangkok’s nightlife scene is famous world-wide and there is something to cater to all tastes no matter how unusual, from Thai traditional dance, to kick boxing, through to the infamous gogo bar shows. Take a stroll down the Khaosan Road by night or immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere of Pattaya.