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Language

Thai

Currency

Thai Baht (THB)

Dialing code

+66

Time zone

Indochina Time (GMT+7)

Weather

Bangkok is buzzing whatever the weather, which tends to hit a sizzling 30°C or higher most days. If you don’t feel like dripping your way through your temple tours and sightseeing spots, avoid April to May, and September to October - the humidity can be unbearable. The hot season runs from March to June, and the rainy season from July to October (never leave the hotel without your umbrella!) and it’s ‘cooler’ than normal between November and February.

Getting around

There’s no shortage of public transport in Bangkok. Taxi drivers love tourists, but make sure the meter is on. The SkyTrain (BTS) is a cheap and efficient way to get between most districts, and the Chao Phrya Express boats run along the river in both directions, offering a more relaxing ride. Tuk tuks are always fun, especially at night when the open-air rush will help to keep you awake longer. It’s another city that never sleeps, so why should you?

Nightlife

Neon signs and a carnival-like atmosphere make Soi Cowboy the place to be after dark. Named after an African-American who opened the first bar here in the early 1970s (famed for his cowboy hats!), this is the district for adult-entertainment. You’ll find more bars, night markets and cheap restaurants along Khao San Road. It might be a major tourist haunt, but it’s a lot of fun... with a lot of rum. Peckish? Try some deep-fried insects. Mmm.

What to do in Bangkok for 3 days

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Over 8,000 market stalls in this sprawling shopper’s paradise offer everything from bargain-rate handbags to gardening tools, to antiques and boiled chicken feet. You can even buy a lizard, cat or tortoise! Chatuchak Weekend Market has reached landmark status as a must-see Bangkok highlight, so clear your Sunday diary, put on your comfiest walking shoes (or just buy another pair there) and get ready to barter like a pro.

Bangkok Khlongs and Canals

Take a canal-side stroll, or board a boat and try to ignore the pungent smell of stagnant water - it’s all part of the charm in what’s called The Venice of the East. This ramshackle network of criss-crossing waterways has been thriving for hundreds of years. Ancient bridges, even more ancient market sellers, crooked houses and the fumes from waterside cooking all add up to a feast for the senses along Bangkok’s Khlongs and canals.

Private Guided Tour of Ayutthaya

The former capital of Thailand glitters with colorful Thai architecture and unmistakably European influences. Taking a guided tour is highly recommended if you want the full details on Ayutthaya’s rich (literally) and royal history. The full day tour around its cool crumbling temples includes a swanky private vehicle, a buffet lunch and a trip back to Bangkok by boat, along the Chao Phraya River.

Jim Thompson House

Housing the art collection of American businessman and architect Jim Thompson, this intricately detailed property will also teach you about the man who single-handedly saved Thailand's silk industry - that’s quite a feat! Thompson disappeared mysteriously in 1967, but his influence on the nation is not forgotten. Witness the mercurial entrepreneur’s Thai treasures and artworks, and get the inside scoop on a tour.