As Thailand's capital city, Bangkok is the largest and most exciting city in all of Southeast Asia. From colorful, traditional markets to skyscrapers and sky trains, it's a perfect blend of the old and the new. Whether you’re into the stunning architecture of ancient Buddhist temples or you’re eager to visit some futuristic, family-friendly amusement centres or even the exciting nightlife of the city’s Patpong district, you’ll never be bored. Book our renowned flight and hotel package for a superb, all inclusive vacation that you'll never forget.
Things to know before visiting Bangkok
Thanks to Thailand’s ‘visa exemption’ scheme, American passport holders can enter the country without a visa and enjoy 30 days stay. If 30 days isn’t enough, a longer stay of up to two months can be had provided a tourist visa is obtained beforehand from your nearest Thai Consulate or Embassy. Keep in mind, too, that Bangkok is 11 hours ahead of Eastern Time. That’s quite a time difference to deal with, so it’s a good idea to spend a couple of days on arrival, just relaxing in comfort at or near your hotel to acclimatize and shake off any jet lag after your flight to Bangkok. Then you’ll be ready for some serious exploring. Keep in mind, it’s always warm in Bangkok, so bring suitable clothes that are light and comfortable – and sunscreen, too. If you need to take medication during your trip, it’s best to obtain enough before you leave as it may be unavailable in Bangkok or may require a prescription.
What is the weather in Bangkok?
Situated in the tropics, Bangkok enjoys more than its fair share of warm sunshine. April is the hottest month, with daily temperatures reaching the mid 90s, while January, with temperatures in the mid 70s to low 80s, is the coolest month. As you’d expect, the afternoon is the hottest time of day, but early mornings and evenings are very pleasant for walking around the city. September is the wettest month of the June to October rainy season, but even then, rain showers tend to last no longer than an hour at a time. There’s still lots of sunshine to be had during this period, and it’s never cold in Bangkok at any time of year. Enjoy your trip with our flight and hotel packages to sunny Bangkok available throughout the year with with a flight from New York to Bangkok or a flight from Los Angeles to Bangkok.
What to do in Bangkok?
There’s no shortage of enjoyable things to do in the city. Bangkok's Chao Phraya River is full of activity, and boat trips, including sunset and evening trips with dinner and entertainment are especially popular, as are private excursions by small long-tail boats through the maze of canals that connect with the river. Bangkok is a shopper's paradise, too. Virtually everything you can think of is likely to be available in department stores and markets, and you’ll find most things cheaper than back home. Whether you're looking for traditional handicrafts or the latest smartphone, you'll be spoiled for choice in huge shopping malls such as Mahboon Krong. For more natural surroundings, Lumpini Park is a beautiful place to spend time in and enjoy its many facilities. All of Bangkok's touristic treasures are waiting for you, so take advantage of our excellent Bangkok vacation package for the trip of a lifetime.
What to eat in Bangkok?
Thai cuisine is world famous, and every type of regional food from all corners of the country can be found in Bangkok. Meat-based or vegetarian rice and noodle dishes and curries are irresistible, and an incredible range of desserts featuring exotic fruits you’ve probably never heard of is also available. Recommended Thai dishes to look out for include tom yam, a tasty sour soup, phad Thai, a stir fried noodle dish, and som tam, or green papaya salad, a spicy northeastern favourite. In addition to many excellent restaurants, there are countless cheap and cheerful street stalls offering tasty, hygienically prepared dishes. If you need to indulge in some Western food, too, it’s not a problem. You can easily find well-known hamburger and pizza restaurants, and most Thai restaurants include a Western menu offering the likes of spaghetti bolognaise, steak and fries and much more. You’ll also find a good selection of fine Thai beers such as Chang and Leo. Whatever your tastes, you can enjoy superb food and drink in the city with our excellent hotel and flight package to Bangkok.
What to visit around Bangkok?
While Thailand's more famous islands lie far to the south, there are a few nearby islands in the Gulf of Thailand that many tourists aren’t aware of. These include Koh Samet and Koh Sichang, both of which are just around an hours drive from Bangkok plus a short ferry ride from the mainland. They’re much calmer and more peaceful than the southern islands and popular with Thai families looking for a weekend break. Inexpensive minibus tours can easily be arranged to visit these islands whether for a day trip or longer. Nonthaburi is another interesting place. It’s a thriving and lively market town that lies a few miles to the north of the city. Walk around the seemingly endless street market; it has a terrific atmosphere, and there are great bargains to be had, too. The best way to get there is to take a half hour trip on the frequent, public Express Boat to the last stop. For early risers, the Floating Market of Damnoen Saduak, 60 miles south west of Bangkok, is a another fascinating sight with countless small boats laden with fruit and vegetables. Discover these and other places with our unbeatable Bangkok hotel and flight package.