Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and one of the most visited cities in the ASEAN region. Popular for nightlife, rich cultural history, delectable food and an amazing number of hotels in all prices ranges make Bangkok one of the most desirable places to visit in Thailand. Your first-time visit to Thailand should start with exploring Bangkok city which has a lot to offer.
The active city and commotion of Bangkok will overpower your senses if you are not used to large city life. Based on your travel choice and interest it is advisable to select the right place to stay in Bangkok. The transport system is efficient and connecting some of the busiest hubs in town. Travelling on the road can be hectic with plenty of slow-moving traffic. Most traveller seeking fun nightlife and new adventures prefer to stay in the Sukhumvit and Silom areas of Bangkok. These suburbs have a large number of hotels and hostels in all price ranges.
Search for Hotels in Bangkok Thailand
You can find plenty of cheap hotels in Bangkok to match your budget. Bangkok caters to a wide range of tourist. Lots of single travellers tend to stay in cheaper accommodation and hostels which are available in all parts of Bangkok. Most backpackers in Bangkok tend to live in Banglamphu which is a Mekkah for single travellers.
My First stay in Bangkok City
During my first stay in Bangkok, I searched for a hotel near Siam Square. Visiting MBD Center and Siam Square was the first thing on my mind. I looked for some 4-5 star hotels in the area and settled for:
The Sukosol ($80/night) - 477 Si Ayuthaya Road, Phaya Thai, Siam, Bangkok, Thailand, 10400
The location of The Sukosol is very convenient if you are planning to explore Platinum Mall, Siam Square, Siam Paragon, Jim Thompson House, Khaosan Road, Temple of Emerald Buddha. The rail link is almost walking distance from the entrance of the hotel.
The Sukosol is a very well managed property and ideally located if you want to avoid the hassle of using public transport or driving to the various locations around Siam Square and MBK Center.
After returning from a road trip from Pattaya, I booked another amazing hotel near Lumpini Park.
The Center Point Hotel Chidlom ($70) 60 Soi 1, Langsuan Rd. Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand. I preferred this hotel due to its easy parking and very reasonable rates. If you are driving, the hotel provides easy access to the Sukhumvit, Silom and Sathorn areas of Bangkok. The famous Peninsula Tailors and Bangkok Shopping Center is easily accessible from this establishment.
When is the best time to visit Bangkok?
If you cannot stand the heat, November to February is the cooler months. It starts getting hotter in March.
Transfers from Bangkok Airport to Bangkok City
From 6 am to midnight the Suvarnabhumi Airport express rail links connect the international airport to CBD destinations in around 15 minutes, costing around $5. A slower Airport city line connects to central Paya Thai station, which connects to Phaya Thai Sky Train Station.
If you are heading down to Kho San Road, a taxi would cost around $8.00. Airport limousine costs around 600/ Bhat.
A number of airport buses run to the city
- AE1 heads to Silom Road
- AE2 goes along Petchaburi Road to Khao San road
- AE3 serves Sukhumvit Raod
- AE4 passes via Siam Square to Hualamphong Railway Station
(The ticket is around 100 Bhat)
Getting Around Bangkok
The best way to quickly travel between destinations is the BTS (Bangkok Mass Transit System) & MRT.
What are some of the interesting areas of Bangkok?
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Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and one of the most visited cities in the ASEAN region. Popular for nightlife, rich cultural history, delectable food and an amazing number of hotels in all prices ranges make Bangkok one of the most desirable places to visit in Thailand. Your first-time visit to Thailand should start with exploring Bangkok city which has a lot to offer.Read more ...
Exploring Pattaya in Thailand
Pattaya & Neighbouring Islands
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Quick Facts Bangkok
Visa Passport & Travel
If travelling from Australia register yourself with www.smarttraveller.gov.au
When to go
The best time to travel is between November and February. Most festivals are during this season. Rest of the year is normally humid and warm.
The official currency in Thai Bhat. Traveller's cheques are widely accepted. You will find major ATMs in all shopping centres and Malls. Citibank ATMs are recommended as this will not cost you any fee.
Thai. English is widely spoken and understood.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chaing Mai offers wide range of interesting activities to the visitors both indivdual and travelling with family. Here is some basic information for the travellers
How to get there
From Bangkok: You can catch a Government Bus which will cost around 200 bhat and make frequent stops along the way.
Catch a non-stop buses you can find from Khao San Raod (called VIP buses) can take around 9 hours and cost 550 bhat.
Daytime Services: leaves at around 830am and 1430 am and costing on average 250 bhat.
Overnight sleepers are another alternative to find comfortable bunks and save daytime travelling. For private bed comnpartment, you pay around 1400 bhat. Tickets can be bought using visa/MasterCard 60 days in advance.
Bangkok Train stations:
Rama 4 Rd., Pathumwan, Bangkok, 10330; Thailand +66 2 223 7461
Arun Amarin Bridge, Thon Buri, Bangkok, 10600; Thailand +66 2 411 3102
Accommodation in Chiang Mai
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