When it comes to capital cities, Bangkok really embraces the “go big or go home” ethos. While not one of the world’s largest cities, it’s definitely one of its most intense. Whether you want to make beautiful memories, experience spiritual awakening or just forget it all with some Thai rice moonshine, hotels in Bangkok put you in the centre of all the action. Thailand isn’t called “The Land of Smiles” for nothing—you’re sure to leave happy.
Things to Do in Bangkok
Bangkok is flush with can’t-miss landmarks and attractions, so we hope you brought your walking shoes! Bright golds contrast with subdued pastels at The Grand Palace, where you can visit the Emerald Buddha (but don’t touch him unless you’re the king!). On your way out, learn about another kingly symbol at the three-headed pink elephant statue, which symbolises royal power. Then see some pink elephants of your own with a trip to Khao San Road, where you’ll find boozy hangouts catering to all types—and we mean ALL types.
Accommodation near Chatuchak Market is a great choice if looking for deals is your deal. Barter for everything from Buddhist amulets to silk scarves, book an afternoon for reading rare novels or “hang around” the clothing section looking for that perfect hill tribe outfit at Thailand’s largest market. Chatuchak calls itself “The Place Where You Can Find Everything”—and much like the rest of Bangkok, they aren’t kidding.
Getting To & Around Bangkok
Flights to Bangkok will land 30 km east of the city at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). The Airport Rail Link runs from the airport to downtown’s Phaya Thai station. However, if you’re getting in late or can’t tell up from down on a map, you can also take a taxi to your accommodation in Bangkok—just make sure you hail one at an official cab stand. Once you’ve dropped your bags, fly above the traffic on the SkyTrain to attractions like Siam Square. Use it to hook up with the Express Boat on the Chao Phraya River and ferry your way to Rattanakosin, where you’ll find major landmarks like the Grand Palace and Wat Pho.
Best Time to Travel
You can head to Bangkok any time, but we’ve got a few words of wisdom. With temperatures that hover around 30 degrees C year-round, the biggest considerations when booking Bangkok holidays are rainfall and humidity. If you want to avoid some of that humidity, book a trip from November to February, when the weather is cool and dry (by tropical standards!). In March and April, the temps and humidity rise; if you’re looking for off-peak bargains, the rainy season from July to October is a good time to look for deals on Bangkok hotels.
Pack your sense of adventure and prepare for a holiday that can truly be whatever you want it to be. Let Wotif help you find your perfect Bangkok accommodation, and all you’ll have to worry about is whether or not to visit the mummy museum.