Bangkok Tourism: Plan Your Trip to Bangkok
What to do
Where to stay
Where to eat
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Bangkok Is Great For
Impossibly cool cocktails on steamy nights
Relaxing in the world’s best spas
Temple-hopping across the city
Scoring one-of-a-kind finds at amazing markets
Travelers' pro tips for experiencing Bangkok
In the words of those who've been there before ...
What is the best way to get there?
Bangkok is served by two airports, the Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and Don Muang Airport (DMK). The latter is a hub for low-cost carriers including Air Asia and Nok Air and mainly offers domestic and regional flights.
Do I need a visa?
Thailand has many bilateral agreements in place with other nations that allow visa-free travel. To see if your country is on that list please check here.
If your country is not listed, you will need to apply for a visa at your nearest Thai embassy. You can check here for more information on types of visas.
When is the best time to visit?
November through January: Bangkok is hot and steamy no matter what time of year you visit, however, the very best time to visit is late November to mid-January. Known as the “cool season,” the temperatures sit around 90 Fahrenheit (36 Celsius).
The ferry on the Chao Phraya river is also convenient — if and only if — you are heading somewhere close to the river.
Motorcycle taxis are cheap, fast but can be scary for the uninitiated. Tuk Tuks are used by both tourists and locals alike; please bargain before jumping on.
Skytrain and subway
The BTS Skytrail and the MRT subway provide another inexpensive way to get around town. Both train systems are limited and only cover portions of the city, so definitely map out your route before setting out. Also note that these two lines of public transportation run separately and don't share a ticketing system. However, they do have a few connecting stations—which is helpful if you need to cross from one to the other.
The easiest way into the city is through a metered taxi. Do not use the limo or taxi services offered by touts. They can tend to swarm around you once you have cleared customs. These touts will charge rates that can be as much as 200% to 300% of normal metered taxi rates.
For more detailed information on getting around, you can refer to this article.
Are there local customs I should know?
- We recommend checking out these popular tours when looking for something to do in Bangkok:
- If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to Bangkok between March and May, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between September and November.