One of the world’s most vibrant and intriguing cities, Bangkok is both the destination in itself and the perfect base from which to explore the central region. From the stately Grand Palace and myriad temples to the hustle and bustle of riverine life and colorful street markets, the capital is a wonderland waiting for you to discover. Not just browsing through places, it's even better if you have time to experience the Thai way of life, Thai culture and hands-on Thai activities, such as Thai boxing, Thai massage, Thai cooking, and Thai classical dance to create the most memorable vacation.
Some of the great things to do while visiting Bangkok:
• Walk and explore the old Bangkok
• See a fight night of Thai kick boxing (muay thai) or learn its boxing skills.
• Discover the exquisite performance of Thai classical dance.
• Experience a traditional Thai massage.
• Take Thai cooking lessons and amaze your friends.
• Discover the traditional Thai lifestyle by boating along canals and the Chao Phraya River.
Getting Around Bangkok
Although traffic can be heavy at times, getting around Bangkok is relatively easy thanks to a well-integrated and inexpensive transport system of public buses, taxis, limousines, motorcycle taxis, tuk-tuks and mass transit.
A large number of taxis ply Bangkok’s streets 24-7. Look for the Taxi Meter sign on top and make sure the cabbie turns on the meter. Fares begin at 35 baht (roughly US$ 1) and increase according to the distance you travelled.
Tuk Tuk is a three-wheeled rickshaw with small engine. It is once popular in Bangkok and becomes the most recognisable vehicle among tourists and visitors to Thailand. Tuk Tuks' fares vary depending on many factors including the distance travelled, the traffic and the drivers' feelings. Be suspicious if you the fare is too cheap with a very helpful locals nearby, as they'd lead to a shopping scam.
Elevated electric trains transport Bangkok's commuters in wide air-conditioned carriages, running every 3-5 minutes at peak times and slightly longer off-peak, providing a quick, reliable and efficient service. The Skytrain in the city has two routes, with two main changeover stations at Siam and Asoke. Fares are based on distance traveled.
Bangkok Bus operates daily from 5 am - 11 pm and night buses run 24 hours per day. Get on the buses at bus stops that consist of signs with the buses' numbers on them. Tickets are bought on board the buses.
The underground rail system complements the BTS Skytrain in moving commuters around central Bangkok through a special tunnel system. Lifts and escalators provide access to the trains. The MRT system has 18 stations running from Hua Lamphong railway station to the northern bus terminal at Mor Chit.
Airport Rail Link
The Airport Rail Link is a commuter line that provides a link from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Phaya Thai Station in central Bangkok. The ride will take 30 minutes to travel the 28 kilometers (17 miles), making six stops along the way throughout the city, and linking with both the MRT Subway and BTS Skytrain in Bangkok.
Following the death of the beloved king of Thailand "Father of the Nation", many Thai people will be wearing black or white during this period of year. It isn’t mandatory, and visitors aren’t expected to dress in the same way as Thai people. However, showing respect by wearing muted colors will be appreciated by locals.