This is a travel site. And then it’s good to consider some destinations. The most popular destination in 2019 was:
“Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit”
which is the world’s longest place name. But for the sake of the word, I think we’re sticking to Bangkok.
Facts about Bangkok
The town is commonly referred to as Krung Thep – the city of angels. The city was founded at the commercial site Bang (Bang kok) and has retained this name in most other languages. (บาง means city / village along the river and กอก which is a reference to trees that produce olive. In the word Bang kok will be a reference to this place, or what one might call the “old town” and not to the metropolis which is usually called Bangkok in other languages.
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and the country’s most populated city. Located next to the Chao Phraya River in central Thailand, Bangkok is also one of the biggest cities in south-east Asia. 20.2 million tourists visited Bangkok in 2017, making it the world’s most popular city for international tourists according to Mastercard’s annual list of most-traveled to cities, which looks at visitor volume and spending. London came 2nd, followed by Paris, Dubai, Singapore, and New York City in the top 10 list.
Bangkok has a rich history. Its roots can be traced back to the days of the 15th century when it was just a small trading post in the Ayutthaya Kingdom. But the city grew quickly, and eventually played a key role in the modernization of Siam, renamed Thailand later in the 19th century. Bangkok now stands at the center of Thailand’s economy, politics, media, education, and modern society.
There is a lot to see and do in Bangkok. You can see famous shrines and temples, ride the tuk-tuk, try the famous street food of Bangkok, get a traditional Thai massage, do a canal cruise, visit the huge Sea Life aquarium and Madame Tussauds, and shop at the many street markets and night markets.
10 Quick Facts About Bangkok City
- Capital of the Kingdom of Thailand, and the country’s most populated city.
- Bangkok is world’s most popular city for international tourists.
- Travel + Leisure magazine rates Bangkok as the “World’s Best City”.
- Population – 8,280,925 (2010 census).
- Time Zone – ICT (UTC+07:00).
- Official Language – Thai. It is also the most spoken language.
- Baht – The currency of Thailand and Bangkok
- Airports – Suvarnabhumi and the Don Mueang International Airport.
- Extensive railway network – SRT, BTS, MRT, and the Airport Link.
- Water Transport – Chao Phraya boat service, water taxis
There are three main seasons in Bangkok – hot, monsoon, and the cool season.
- Hot season – March to June
- Rainy season – July to October
- Cool season – November to February
Month, High/Low, Rain
- January, 32° / 22°, 1 day
- February, 33° / 24°, 1 day
- March, 34° / 26°, 2 days
- April, 35° / 27°, 5 days
- May, 35° / 26°, 14 days
- June, 34° / 26°, 14 days
- July, 33° / 26°, 14 days
- August, 33° / 25°, 15 days
- September, 33° / 25°, 18 days
- October, 33° / 25°, 15 days
- November, 32° / 24°, 5 days
- December, 32° / 22°, 0 days
Best Time To Visit Bangkok
November to February is the best time to visit Bangkok. The precipitation and temperature will be lower. But this is also the peak time as the weather is more pleasant.
There is no official winter season in Bangkok – only a ‘cool’ season between November and February, when most tourists visit the city. The temperature is still warm, but it is much more comfortable, thanks to the northwest monsoon, which brings dry and cool air. There are occasional showers, especially in November.
Top 8 Tips For A First Time Visitor To Bangkok
1. Official taxi queue at airport
You can take a taxi from outside the airport. But private taxis will sometimes charge three times more than the official meter price. It’s best to go to the Official Taxi Queue, which moves fast. Tell the lady your destination, which she will write down and explain to the taxi driver. You will have to pay a 50 baht surcharge, but it is worth it.
2. Use public transport
Traffic moves slowly during the rush hour. Motorbikes, tuk tuks, buses, and cars slow it down. Take the sky train, particularly between 7:00 to 09:00 and then again between 17:00 and 19:00. This is the most efficient way to travel within the city.
3. Dress respectfully
More so when you are visiting a temple. Wear long pants or skirts. Cover your shoulders.
4. Respect the King
Local Thais respect their King. You should also show the same respect, no matter what your personal opinion.
5. Carry small change
Bangkok is one of the cheapest cities. You can buy more with small changes. Many food vendors and taxi drivers cannot give you change for a 1,000 baht note. Carry a few 20 and 100 baht notes and coins.
6. Try the street food
Bangkok’s street food is world famous. Yes, there are plenty of good choices, but the Pad Thai is a must try. This is like a staple in the Thai diet. There are also the Thai boat noodles, bird’s nest soup, the suckling pig, Kobe beef noodles, dancing shrimp, and the roast duck. Find out more about the famous street food of Bangkok.
Bangkok’s most popular supermarket. You will find them everywhere. These stores are open 24 hours, as the name suggests.
8. Visit the Thai markets
There are some awesome Thai markets that are a must-visit. The Chatuchak Weekend with 15,000 booths is the mother of them all. You will find everything here – fashion items, hill-tribe outfits, ceramic wares, silk, wooden furniture, decorated flowers, Buddhist amulets, shoes, ceramic wares, and more. There is also the Pak Klong Talat flower market, Klongsan market, the Klong Toey fresh market, the farmers market, and the Pratunam market. Find out the top markets in Bangkok here.
Most international tourists arrive at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, which is large, swanky, and very impressive. You will find shops, money exchange, tourism desks, and ATMs inside. There are moving walkways. Just follow the blue ‘immigration’ signs. Luggage carts are free.
There is a second airport, the Don Mueang International Airport, which is smaller in size. Don Mueang is mostly a hub for non-frills, cheaper, and domestic airlines.
There is a lot of sightseeing in Bangkok, places to eat, and shopping areas. In fact, there is so much to see and do in the city that one visit is never enough. There are dizzying contradictions too – upscale places to eat and restaurants in Bangkok and street-side vendors, red-light areas and temples, busy streets and languid canals, traditional Thai homes and chic hotels – you will find them side by side here. The city is a blend of new and old. Bangkok never fails to impress tourists.
Maybe you need a travel guide if you are going to Bangkok? You can read my review of Top 10 Bangkok at my Review Page. Click Here.
your next final destination?
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