Bangkok – Southern Thailand
Bangkok is one of the world’s greatest cities offering tourists the chance to experience a compelling culture in a place which has areas with great natural flora as well as being one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities. While the city has a thriving future it also has a fascinating past which to simply call intriguing is an understatement. If you enjoy visiting places which offer a sense of adventure and discovery then a holiday in Bangkok is certainly for you.
The main Bangkok airport is Suvarnabhumi Airport which is located only 19 miles from the city centre. As one of Southeast Asia’s most busy airports you can expect to find a variety transport to make your transfer, but whatever way you choose you can expect to be travelling for around an hour before you reach your Bangkok accommodation.
As Bangkok is a bustling metropolis you can expect to find a large variety of accommodation to choose from to enjoy your stay in the Thai capital. There are plenty of luxury Bangkok hotels to choose from including well known international hotel chains. Boutique hotels are another option which have sprung up in Bangkok over the last two years where a more personalised service is offered. Backpackers beware, whilst there are many low cost apartments and hostels to choose from be cautious of your selection, there are plenty of world class hotels in Bangkok but there plenty of poor ones too.
Getting around on your holiday in Bangkok won’t be too difficult as there is a good public transport service providing plenty of buses and trains to get you around the large city.
Bangkok – Fun & Activities
There is plenty to see and experience during a holiday in Bangkok and perhaps the best place to start is the Old City on Rattanakosin Island where you enjoy a great understanding of the country’s vast history. Take note and visit the Gran Palace, Wat Arun and Wat Pho which are the most impressive temples in the area. You will find the most sacred Buddha temple within the palace grouns of Wat Phra Kaew. Other temples worth noting include the Wat Rajnadda, Wat Suthat and the Golden Mount.
Simple walks to the more traditional areas of the city uncover great architecture from various ages of Thai history. Thai style homes are very attractive and visits to Jim Thompsons House & Museum or M.R. Kukrit’s Heritage Home.
Lumpini Park is Bangkok’s largest and it is a great way to escape the vibrant city and relax within a more tranquil environment. Santichaiprakarn Park is another choice which has the Chao Phraya River running through it.
Go see the wildlife that lives in places like Queen Saovabha Snake Farm which has many species of the slithery reptiles whilst on holiday in Bangkok, better still head over to the Siam Ocean World which is the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia.
To truly submerge yourself in the Thai culture simply do as the Thai people do. Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) is a popular sport which is a variation of brutal martial arts and can be seen within the Ratchadamnoen and Lumphini Stadium’s in Bangkok. Elephant rides are a big part of Bangkok’s tourism trade and certainly a must when in the city. There is plenty of wellness spa’s offering the ultimate service of relaxation during a holiday in Bangkok where you will be offered various treatments.
There are plenty of street markets and modern shopping malls for holidaymakers to experience a good shop whilst abroad. There are plenty of places where you can shop till you drop in Bangkok offering great souvenirs as well as designer goods.
Bangkok – Food & Nightlife
Thai food alone is an internationally recognised cuisine and of course around Bangkok you can expect to find it in it most flavoured and tasteful form. Select from various world class restaurants serving delightful traditional Thai dishes and allow a holiday in Bangkok to be experienced beyond places you can visit. If the Thai cuisine isn’t something to your liking however you will be able to enjoy more universal food in the various Italian restaurants that can be found around the city. As for light meals you will be able to choose from the likes of KFC, Burger King and of course McDonalds during you stay in Bangkok. Dinner cruises are popular with tourists, you can choose from a 3 course meal of buffet cruise as you sail along the Chao Phraya River.
The nightlife in Bangkok is one which is well documented for its vibrant and colourful nature, in fact many tourists come to the city to enjoy a wild night out. There is simply hundreds of places to choose from and if you can take advantage of some local knowledge it is always useful. The party can go on all night long and there are classy places and some more seedy establishments which can wander through and experience. Nowadays there tends to be a heavy police presence as the country is cracking down on drugs and nudity. You must carry your passport with you as police often have ID checks.
Bangkok – Weather Info
The weather you will experience in Bangkok is very humid no matter what time of the year you visit, however some period endure much more rain than others. The general classification is that it has a tropical wet and dry climate or Tropical Savanna Climate.
During summer your holiday in Bangkok will be greeted with temperatures over 30°C though the hottest months but summer in Bangkok is spring for you and me. During March to May is when the hottest temperatures will be experienced. The most rainfall will occur during what we would call summer and September is considered the cities wettest month over the course of the year.
With temperature never dropping below 20°C all year long there really isn’t a bad time to visit Bangkok and the only consideration you need take is whether or not to come during the wettest months of the year.