“City of angels” is another name of Bangkok. This is capital of Thailand, is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon. This city thrives with energy with magnificent temples and palaces, authentic canals, busy markets and a vibrant nightlife. You will not have moment to rest between sightseeing, shopping, and eating possibilities. You can also pamper yourself with spa treatments, skyline-view bars, luxurious hotels, and excellent restaurants. The hot weather here is no joke though. Therefore the best time to visit is from late October to late February when the city is at its coolest (85°F) and driest.
There are thousands of option for accommodation in Bangkok which could range from super cheap to quite pricy. Dorm bed/basic guesthouse room could cost from $7-$23, Flashpacker guesthouse or midrange hotel room cost from $25-45$. Besides there are special discount offers all year round.
Bangkok’s food is famous for spice, taste, and variation. Fresh and delicious food is a must here no matter where you eat. While Bangkok’s restaurants are home to excellent Thai as well as French, Italian, and other world cuisines, street food from Bangkok is also a good source of cheap yet delicious food.
About 30 km southeast of the city is the Suvarnabhumi Airport which is used by most Thai airlines instead of the old Don Muang Airport. The Airport Link rail system is the fastest option way to get into downtown. It may take 30 to 90 minutes to get downtown by taxis which are also quite convenient to get between downtown and the airport. The Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail systems are the best options for traveling around Bangkok. Taxis are low-priced and available rides here. River taxis and express boats can also be used to avoid traffic and visit many attractions at the riverside.
Most popular landmark of Thailand, The Grand Palace, is a must-visit attraction in Bangkok. You’ll surely enjoy the artefacts, beautiful Thai art, and exquisite architecture and decoration throughout the palace complex. Being home to the Kings of Siam since 1782 the Grand Palace is used till date for royal ceremonies. The Temple has a dress code, so it’s better to prepare beforehand. The easiest way to get here is taking the BTS skytrain to Saphan Taksin station. Then take the Chaophraya Express Boat to the Chang Pier. From there it’s a short walk to the Grand Palace’s main entrance.
Opening hours: 8:30 am–3:30 pm daily.
Entrance fee: 500 B (about $14)
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The legendary Wat Arun, one of the most striking riverside landmarks of Thailand, is set majestically on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River. Despite its name (from Aruna, the Hindu god of the dawn), the best views of Wat Arun come at sunset, when the spires of Wat Arun make an impressive silhouette against the skyline. The quietest time to visit, however, is early morning, before the crowds. You can take bus routes 19, 57, 83. Wat Arun pier to get here. Alternatively take a Chao Phraya express boat to Tha Tien pier at the Grand Palace on the East bank of the river and cross the river from there with the Tha Tien express boat. Some other tourist attractions accessible from here are Wat Pho, Wat Phra Kaew, the National Museum, Chinatown the Ko Rattanakosin area, and the Banglamphu district.
Opening hours: 8.30 am–5.30 pm daily
Entrance fee: 20 B
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Whether you’re a fan of shopping or not this is a place you must visit while you’re at Bangkok. Visiting Chatuchak Market, the largest market in Thailand with over 15000 stalls is an extraordinary experience itself. Besides it is a great place to mingle with locals and get a taste of everyday Thai life. You can buy just about anything at this market and the goods are all affordably priced.
To get to Chatuchak Market take the sky train (BTS) to Mo Chit Station and take exit no.1. Exiting from the right side, you will be able to see the huge crowd gathered around the market from the BTS station itself.
Opening hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00am–6:00pm, and Fridays 6:00pm–12:00pm
Entrance fee: None
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Named after Buddha's birth place in Nepal, Lumpini Park is often described as an inner city haven for its tranquility, fresh air and shade that offers the people of the city a connection to the nature. There are different types of recreation arrangements here for different groups of people. For example: there are paddleboats for lovers, playgrounds for the kids and enormous monitor lizards for the whole family. It is best times to visit the park early in the morning when it is less crowded and the air is fresh. It’s very easy to get here, Sala Daeng BTS station, Lumpini MRT station and Silom MRT station are all less than a minute's walk from the park.
Opening hours: 5am - 9pm daily
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Jim Thompson was "self-made American entrepreneur" who helped revive the Thai silk industry in the 1950s and 1960s and later disappeared while traveling in the jungles of Malaysia in 1967. Even if you don’t know who Jim Thompson was, the combination of historic Thai architecture with his own Western influences make this house museum an intriguing place. To get here you have to take exit 1 from the BTS National Stadium Station, turn right into Soi Kasemsan 2 and continue walking all the way to the very end. Jim Thompson's house is on left-hand side.
Opening hours: 9am-5pm daily, last of the compulsory guided tours leaves at 5pm
Entrance fee: Adult 100B (about $3); Students 50B (about $1.5)
For more information visit: http://www.jimthompsonhouse.com/life/index.asp View more