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Introduction to Bangkok
“Chaotic” scenery seems to be the word best fit to Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the hub of southeast Asia in terms of touristm. Bangkok has a lively mix of traditional Thai culture together with a modern western metropolis, Bangkok hotels are exciting and luxurious but the city is also popular with backpackers on their way to North Thailands' jungle on account of its numerous budget accommodation options from 10 usd per day, amazing exciting nightlife, and its place as a gateway to the idyllic tropical paradise islands found further to the south of Thailand. However Bangkok’s cultural delights like the famous temples and visitors worldwide are drawn to its vibrant atmosphere, elaborate palaces and Thai food.
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Things to do in Bangkok
Bangkok is a cultural collection in Thailand with over 400 temples, amny impressive Thai palaces and also museums. Vimanmek Palace is the world’s largest golden teak structure and can be visited on a guided tour, while the Royal Barges National Museum preserves a huge collection of beautiful royal barges, seldom used by the Thai royal family today, with the oldest dating back to the 13th century.
A hidden treasure in Bangkok is Jim Thompson’s House, an oasis of calm in this crowded city and the former home of the famous American silk entrepreneur, who mysteriously disappeared in Malaysia in 1967. His home is built in the traditional Thai style and houses a collection of Oriental art, antiques of course silk and the garden is a small jungle.
A cruise along the wide river is a great way to get a feel for Bangkok, while those in search of some action might watch some Muay Thai (Thai boxing) at the Ratchadamnoen or Lumphini stadiums. Bangkok is also famous for its cheap shopping, with several markets and modern shopping malls which are ideal for picking up souvenirs. Try the 9000 stalls of the Chatuchak weekend market for starters, or the Patpong night market while eat some Kao Phat on the street, inauspiciously located in Bangkok’s red light district but aimed at tourists. Khao San Road in the Banglamphu district, a mecca for backpackers, is also worth a look for cheap clothing, jewelry, nightlife, handmade suits and shirts and other products.
Eating and Drinking in Bangkok
Authentic Thai cuisine is easy to come by, delicious, spicy and cheap, with innumerable street vendors selling everything from fried noodles (phat thai) to deep-fried locusts. The best food is often to be found in the most basic environment, so don’t necessarily be put off if a restaurant appears a little shabby! Most of the time when local people eat there and it is busy it means it is good. The Sukhumvit area is a good place to find fine restaurants, while western style fast food can be found in the Banglamphu area. Dinner cruises along the river are also available for the more romantically inclined. Most people love Thai food.
The rainy monsoon season descends on Bangkok in June and lasts through to October. However some tourist prefer the rain season as it only rains an hour per day and it makes the Bangkok trip in Thailand a bit cooler. The heaviest rainfall occurs in August and September, when the city is prone to flooding, while the months from November to May are drier. Expect high humidity levels throughout the year, with the hottest months being March to May. Avoid the north of Thailand in the rain season, however Bangkok is not a problem at all.
When to go to Bangkok
As it is winter in Europe and USA, the months between November and February are generally acknowledged as being the best time to visit Bangkok as it is the best weather in Bangkok and winter at us. However, temperatures and humidity are high all year round, and even during a deluge an umbrella is preferable to a raincoat to prevent you from overheating.
International flights to Bangkok land at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, 30km east of the city, while some domestic flights arrive at Bangkok Don Meung, 24km to the north. A good range of public transport is available at both for the journey into central Bangkok. The best way to go from the airport is by taxi as it is so terrible cheap and they have great fresh new taxis which drive on the meter. Don't worry is the driver asks you to pay the fee for the highway, as that is normal in Bangkok and cheap.
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