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This city of 9 million may come across as hectic and teeming with life at first glance.

But it’s definitely worth a visit anyway, as the blend of energy, vitality and personal warmth that permeates everyday life here means you can’t help but be in a good mood.

You'll sweat to be sure, but then some random person at a sidewalk stand hands you a glass of cool lime juice, just like that. You’ll see the beautiful temples and ride through the streets of the city on a tuktuk. The extraordinary scents wafting from food stands greet you on the streets.

You’ll visit one of the many markets and coast along one of Bangkok's rivers in a longtail boat. And when night falls, this megametropolis turns into a colourfully lit world of glamour that is still hot enough but that offers the time for visitors and residents to do all the things that make Thailand so attractive: dining, shopping, nightlife.

City Facts

  • Location

    Capital of Thailand, north of the Gulf of Thailand

  • Population

    approx.9.3 million

  • Size

    1 565 km2

  • Public transport

    SkyTrain straight through the city, busses, taxis and tuktuks

  • Climate

    Bangkok is in the tropical climate zone; it’s the hottest city in the world. the average annual temperature is about 28°C (84°F) with frequent rain, especially during the monsoon season from May to October; the heaviest rainfall comes in September and October.

  • Best time to visit

    During the dry season from December to March

  • Good to know

    A trip on the tuktuk is unforgettable, but make sure you don’t get scammed or land in the nearest silk shop.

  • Nice to know

    Dress appropriately if you visit a temple; shoulders and knees should be covered.

  • Airport

    Suvarnabhumi Airport, about 28 km from downtown Bangkok

  • Bus

    Public service busses; cheap but not very comfortable.

  • Railway

    Suvarnabhumi Airport Express Line, about 15 min. travel time, no stops; Suvarnabhumi Airport City Line, about 30 min. travel time, 6 stops, connection to the SkyTrain.

  • Taxi

    Taxis at airport terminal and all over the city; trip from airport costs about 300 – 400 baht (about CHF 10 to 12) plus 60 baht motorway tax; agree to price beforehand.