The city of Bangkok, Thailand is a frenetic jigsaw puzzle of towering skyscrapers, colorful taxicabs, motorcycle taxis and busy pedestrians. Travel to Bangkok and discover what this diverse city – an amalgamation of old and new – has to offer. It is a busy metropolis, yet at dawn you can see Buddhist monks clad in yellowish robes filling the streets. Bangkok, like the rest of Thailand, is a city of negotiation and bartering: Haggling at markets is the norm. It is a language of its own. This Bangkok travel guide will give travelers the inside scoop on the city.
There’s a wide range of activities to amuse yourself in this metropolis, from the historical and religious to shopping, galleries and spas.
Things to Do in Bangkok
• One of Bangkok's serene temples, including Wat Suthat
• Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho and Wat Arun – three of the holiest sites
• MBK Center
• Lumphini Park
• Wat Traimit the temple of the Golden Buddha
• Many different spas
• WTF Café & Gallery
When to Go to Bangkok
No matter when you plan your Bangkok travel it will be hot. There are three defined seasons in Bangkok. During the rainy season, which spans from May to November, the weather is warm and humid, with afternoon showers. Strong rains fall periodically, with the occasional dramatic thunderstorms. The best time to visit Bangkok is from late November to mid-January. During this time, the climate in Bangkok, Thailand is a tropical cool: humid, yet comfortable. The least ideal season to visit Bangkok is between the months of March and May when the city reaches its highest temperatures.
- Indulging in street food. Set aside any squeamishness and plunge right into the city’s 24-hour street-side feast, especially in Yaowarat and the nighttime-only Sukhumvit Soi 38.
- Taking a canal tour to get a glimpse of why Bangkok was once called the Venice of the East. Grab a long-tail boat at the Tha Chang pier near the Grand Palace, and don't forget to stop by the striking Wat Arun temple on the other side of the Chao Phraya River.
- Exploring Chatuchak Weekend Market. Hot, chaotic, exhausting, and full of delightful surprises, it’s a microcosm of the city and an excellent spot for people-watching.