Thailand's historic capital Bangkok
The sprawling city of Bangkok is the ancient capital of Thailand. Today, Bangkok is also an international business destination with a vibrant nightlife and food scene.
Seasons and festivals in Bangkok
Bangkok has a warm climate throughout the year with the monsoon season running from June until November. Many tourists choose to visit between November and February when the weather is cooler and less humid. February is also the time for the Wan Trut Chin or Chinese New Year festivities that fill Bangkok's Chinese quarter with fireworks and parades. Another popular festival is the Songkran or Thai New Year, which takes place on April 13-15. Bangkok's streets are filled with dazzling electric displays during the Loi Krathong Festival of Light, which takes place in November (the festival is held around the full moon, so the dates vary each year).
How to get a visa and vaccines
A visa is required before travelling to Bangkok. In order to qualify, visitors must have a passport that is at least six months old. Tourists can also apply for a visa on arrival if they are planning to spend 30 days or less in Thailand. Visa applicants must also have proof of a return flight, at least 10,000 in Thai bahts, and they must pay a 1,000 baht fee upon entry. Visitors are advised to have the hepatitis A, tetanus, diphtheria, typhus, and rabies vaccines before visiting Bangkok. It is also recommended to consult with a doctor about the malaria prophylaxis vaccine. Bangkok has a relatively affordable standard of living. Groceries are about 20 to 30 percent higher than in Delhi, while a restaurant meal is slightly cheaper, averaging around 60 bahts.
Public transportation and accommodation
There are two rail lines from Suvarnabhumi airport to downtown Bangkok. The Airport Link Express is a direct train with no stops that costs around 100 bahts, while the Airport Link City Line is slightly cheaper, but there are stops along the route. Bangkok has several transportation options. Taxis are fast and cheap and the metro system is also cheap. The bus system is inexpensive, but it can be hard for tourists to navigate. The local rickshaws, called tuk tuks, are tourists traps that are expensive and inefficient. The average Bangkok hotel charges 600 bahts per night. Hotels are clustered around Chinatown, Sukhumvit Road, and Khao-San Road.