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Travel to Bangkok - the nightlife city

By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile

Our Editorial team's advice

Like most Asian capitals, Bangkok is a city that never sleeps. It is difficult to spend time in Thailand without making a stop in this multifaceted city. The old vibe of Thonburi town contrast with the modernity of the business district of Silom. Shopping centres are commonplace in the streets of the capital. Take this opportunity to pass through one of the many massage shops where you will discover the pleasures of a Thai massage for only about 250THB (just over 5 euros). Hop from riverbus to riverbus to make your way down the Chao Phraya River. Once ashore, do not hesitate to take the sky train to avoid the traffic jams.

As for the local lingo, the Thai language is not easy to pronounce by Western visitors. To start, remember these few words:
"Sawatdee Kaa" (hello if you are a woman)
"Sawatdee Khrab" (hello if you are a man)
"Khorb khun ka" (thank you if you are a woman)
"Khorb khun krub" (thank you if you are a man)

Many airlines connect the UK to Thailand. Created in 1960, the company Thai Airways has been offered a daily London-Bangkok flight since 1975.

To see

Head to the Royal Palace and Wat Phra Keo of Rattanakosin where you will discover breathtaking statues of Buddha. The floating market at Damnoen Saduak is also a must-see even if it is some 60 miles from Bangkok, it is nevertheless one of the most famous in Thailand. It's quite a novelty to go shopping from aboard a boat. Don't forget to take in all the colours, sights and sounds of what you see around you and bask in the warmth and smiles of the Thai people.

To do

The Chatuchak weekend market is open on Saturdays and Sundays. This half indoor/half outdoor market sells anything and everything! Shopkeepers come to get their supplies here so prices are therefore lower than elsewhere.

pros

  • +  Easy to get to, many direct flights from the UK
  • +  The friendliness of the Thai people

cons

  • -  The pollution
  • -  The traffic jams

To think about

Go with an empty suitcase, otherwise you will be forced to buy an extra bag over there for all your new purchases! Oh, and don't forget your mosquito repellent, very important.

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To avoid

There's a good reason why Thailand is nicknamed the 'land of smiles' so don't hesitate to join in - smile! Don't buy counterfeit goods, you'll only get yourself into trouble with customs. Also, avoid visiting during the monsoon - never pleasant for your holiday!

To try

Thai food is very tasty but be know your limits with spices so enjoy those spicy peppers in moderation! The choice is varied; from green curry to noodles, from sauteed vegetables to fried rice and soups there is something to satisfy all palates. Don't forget to taste a real pad thai and somtom (green papaya salad).

To bring back

In Thailand, it is difficult to resist the temptation to shop; from clothing to Buddha statues, or incense and cushion covers, here you will find the souvenir to suit you.

Weather Bangkok

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Bangkok . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Bangkok so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Bangkok , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Overall rating 60/100
  • Temperature indicators 78% Very hot

    The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 33°C and 36°C.

  • Bad weather indicators 30% Rainy

    Rainy - averaging between 3.5mm and 4.5mm per day.

  • Sunbathing indicators 36% Cloudy

    Overcast 60% to 80% cloud cover.

  • Swimming indicators 80% Very pleasant / Optimal

    High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).

  • Wind indicators 60% Light warm breeze

    Near optimal comfort: moderate to light winds (between 6 mph and 7 mph) in a warm enviromnment (>24°C).

  • Humidity indicators 60% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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