Concrete skyscrapers, colourful bazaars and golden temples; the contrasting faces of Bangkok allow for a multitude of different experiences within this fast-paced city.
Few places in the world offer up such a fascinating fusion of old and new, with ultra-modern malls neighbouring centuries-old homes and exquisite palaces conflicting with the ever-present flicker of neon light. Bangkok is vast and vibrant, and a must-see for anyone visiting Thailand.
The best way to explore Bangkok is on street level. Immerse yourself in the urban jungle, take in the chugging sounds of the noisy tuk tuk, grab a bite to eat at one of the countless street food vendors or lose yourself amongst a hidden marketplace. From the backpacker’s paradise of Khao San Road through to the tiny backstreets of China Town, it’s easy to spend days navigating this wonderful city.
Day or night, sweet and spicy aromas fill the air as street hawkers sizzle chilli and lemongrass, inviting travellers to sample their wares. Be adventurous – there really is no better place to experience authentic Thai food than on a Bangkok street. With a hearty meal costing less than a dollar, a roadside eatery is a far better choice than an upmarket restaurant. Bangkok is the ultimate foodie destination, so be brave, trust the seasoned chefs and delve into alleyways on a unique culinary quest.
On the west bank of the Chao Phayra lies the colourful spires of the Wat Arun, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Its impressive main summit towers over 70 metres high, offering visitors stunning views across the river to Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. An early morning trip to the temples will allow you to witness the monks in their distinctive saffron robes, silently walking the streets barefoot as they journey to receive their alms.
To find a moment of peace in an otherwise chaotic city, take a trip to Lumphini Park, a tranquil escape from the bustling streets. Lush, green gardens may not be what spring to mind when visualising Bangkok, but this sanctuary of calm offers its visitors a literal breath of fresh air and the perfect environment wherein to reflect upon the day’s discoveries.
11 hours 35 minutes
Best Time To Go
November to March
Bangkok has a tropical monsoon climate and the highest average temperature of any city in the world. Temperatures in Bangkok regularly peak above 30°C throughout the year. The period between November and February is the driest period in Bangkok; September is the wettest month on average. The humidity levels also remain high during this period. The climate in Bangkok is at its hottest from March to August. If you visit between May and October expect short spells of rainy weather, with frequent afternoon showers, monsoons and spells of thunder at times.