Hotels in Bangkok
Best Time to Travel to Bangkok
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is a vibrant and bustling city, with temples, shops and houses juxtaposed along its roads and canals. At first glance, the city’s messy and chaotic demeanor may intrigue a lot of people. However, it's a city that grows on you. No matter how many times you’ve been to Bangkok, you’ll always find something new to explore. From delicious street food to lush green parks, rivers to markets, rooftop bars to a Muay Thai boxing bout — there is never a dull moment when you are in Bangkok. The locals call the city Krung Thep — city of angels — which is the first part of a lengthy official name. Bangkok enjoys a tropical climate — it’s warm throughout the year, has a long rainy season, and is humid. The best time to visit Bangkok is from November to February. The daytime temperature is around 30°C and humidity is low. However, since this is the peak season for tourism, rates are slightly higher.
Airport in Bangkok
There are two airports in Bangkok — Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Mueang Airport. Suvarnabhumi Airport has located about 30 km from Bangkok’s central business district. There are four ways of getting to Bangkok from Suvarnabhumi International Airport — train, public van (route 551), airport taxis and minibus. The fastest mode of transport is the Airport Rail Link. It takes around 25 minutes to reach the city and costs AUD2. A ride to the city on a public van takes almost an hour and costs AUD1.8. Your most convenient option to reach the city, especially while traveling with kids and heavy luggage, would be to hire a taxi. The cost would range between AUD16 and AUD20. The last option could be a minibus, or limousine taxis. This option is only useful if you are traveling in a group of around eight people.
Transportation in Bangkok
Bangkok is packed with exciting things to do and wondrous places to see. To move around the city, there is a range of options such as Skytrain (BTS), Metro Rail (MRT), bus, taxi, tuk-tuk, and the river taxi network. Skytrain, or Bangkok Mass Transit System, soars on two elevated lines that connect many popular attractions. Fares can be up to AUD2.7. Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT) has two lines — Blue and Purple. For visitors, the Blue Line can be great as it runs through many tourist places. The MRT uses contact-less tokens, available at stations. Fares run between AUD0.7 and AUD2. Local buses connect almost all parts of Bangkok. Though they aren’t fancy, with ceiling fans and open windows, they are ideal for budget travelers. Fares run as low as AUD0.3 and a few cost about AUD0.9. Apart from this, there are taxis, which is the most comfortable option of traveling within the city. Fares start from AUD1.6.
How to get to Bangkok
Bangkok is home to two international airports. Suvarnabhumi International Airport is Bangkok’s newest international airport. Pronounced as “soo wan na poom”, it is the busiest airport in Thailand in terms of flight operations. It operates most long-haul international flights. If you are flying to Bangkok from Australia and not on a budget airline, most probably you’ll land at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Airlines such as Air China, Air France, Bangkok Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Thai Airways operate from Suvarnabhumi Airport.
How much are hotels in Bangkok
When it comes to hotels in Bangkok, there are several budget and luxury places to stay. So, you will be spoilt for choice before looking at the best Bangkok hotel deals.
- For a memorable holiday, combine Bangkok's nightlife with a 5-STAR hotel. You can choose from a range of suites, cottages, and villas, where you can also experience the best of Thai culture, cuisine, history, and art. Rates for a night can range from AUD200 to AUD456.
- Are you searching for a 4-STAR hotel in Bangkok? You can take a pick from a range of Bangkok hotels in areas such as Khao San, Riverside, Silom, and Chinatown among others. Rates for a night start from approximately AUD150.
- If you are looking at 3-STAR facilities that would offer sophisticated Thai charm and vibrant culture, be ready to shell out around AUD40 to AUD80 for a night. For best deals, book Bangkok hotels in advance.
- The city has accommodations for every type of traveler, be it a honeymoon couple or a backpacker on a shoestring budget. If you’re looking at cheap hotels in Bangkok, read up reviews and ratings of budget hotels.
Bangkok Tourist Information
Top tourist attractions in Bangkok
Bangkok is a city with bountiful cultural attractions and a bustling nightlife. Be it shopping, cultural attractions, or street food — there is something for everyone. The list of Bangkok attractions is eclectic. Apart from two well-known floating markets — Khlong Lat Mayom and Taling Chan — Khao San Road, the haven for backpackers, and a cruise on Chao Phraya river, here are the other attractions that you can explore:
- The first place you should visit in Bangkok is the spectacular Grand Palace. Established in 1782, it is the most famous landmark in Bangkok and has some amazing architecture, towering spires, and stunning temples across the grounds. Admission is AUD23. From there head to Wat Pho Pho or the temple of reclining Buddha. Explore from the jaw-dropping size of the Reclining Buddha (46-metre-long and 15-metre-high) by paying approximately AUD5.
- Shop and eat at the Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the biggest flea markets in the world. It’s the size of many football fields. If you know where to look, you can buy anything from designer wear to their fake counterparts, phones to knockoff movies and pets to kitchenware.
Top food places in Bangkok
Thai cuisine is one of the tastiest in Asia. Bangkok is a foodie’s paradise and offers the best in Thai dining. So, while deciding on things to do in Bangkok, here are a few places where you can sample everything from modern fusion cuisine to traditional dishes.
- Visit Blue Elephant, located in a colonial-style mansion, for fine Thai dining. Here, you can dine in a room with high ceilings with wooden floors. The restaurant is all about classic dishes cooked to perfection. Go for their massaman lamb curry with sweet potatoes, one of their signature dishes.
- At Prachak Pet Yang, you’ll get the best Cantonese-style duck in Bangkok — it’s stuffed with spices and slow-cooked, which makes its flesh soft and gives it a crunchy skin. You’ll also find many noodle dishes on the menu.
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