Quick Travel Guide to Bangkok
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The capital of Thailand, Bangkok is a metropolis where east meets west in a vibrant mix of cultures; for first-time travellers to the city, here are some insights that will come in handy.
Where to Stay
Finding centrally located accommodation be it at budget or the best 5-star hotels in Bangkok is key though there are several areas to consider. The Pathum Wan District home to such shopping hotspots as Siam makes a great choice, while Sukhumvit, Chinatown and the Riverside also offer easy city access.
Must-visit attractions in Bangkok include the Grand Palace and its Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Temple of Dawn, Jim Thompson House and Temple of the Reclining Buddha. For shopping, visit popular malls like the MBK Centre and Siam Paragon linked to Pathumwan Princess Hotel, while the Chatuchak Weekend Market is not to be missed either.
From the Suvarnabhumi or Don Mueang airports, one can take taxis (ensure they have meters) to the city; the Suvarnabhumi Airport also has an Airport Rail Link service. For getting about Bangkok, the underground MRT and Skytrain (BTS) services are cost-effective, while buses, tuk-tuks, motorbike taxis and boat service are available too.
When to Visit
The cool season from November to February has the most ideal weather; the hot season from March to June can see temperatures soar but is also when you can experience famous festivals like Songkran. The rainy season from July to October sees showers arrive but not all the time, so you can enjoy sightseeing as well.