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.
Capital of Thailand, north of the Gulf of Thailand
1 565 km2
- Public transport
SkyTrain straight through the city, busses, taxis and tuktuks
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.
Suvarnabhumi Airport, about 28 km from downtown Bangkok
Public service busses; cheap but not very comfortable.
Suvarnabhumi Airport City Line, about 30 min. travel time to downtown (Phayathai Station), 6 stops. Ticket rate starts at 15 baht, maximum 45 baht.
Public taxi stand at airport (level 1) and all over the city; trip from airport to downtown costs depending on traffic situation about 300-400 baht (about CHF 10 to 12) plus express way fee starting from 60 baht; agree to price beforehand.