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About Bangkok:
Bangkok is home to up to 10 million people and is the capital of Thailand. It was established in 1782 by King Rama I.

Bangkok has many temples and cultural attractions as well as modern amenities to satisfy everyone.
Bangkok has everything from backpacker dorms, boutique accommodation, five star resorts to match the requirements of every type of traveler from backpacker to businessman.


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Bangkok Guide
Action & Adventure
The most popular activities on the tourist 'things to do' list, include:
  • Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaeo: Royal residence & holy temple housing the Emerald Buddha
  • Chatuchak Weekend Market: The biggest open street market in Thailand!
  • Khao San Road: Bangkok's backpacker street
  • Wat Pho: Bangkok's oldest temple housing the reclining Buddha
  • Jim Thompson's House: Thai residential architectural home of the silk merchant
  • Lumphini Park: Arrive at sunrise to join the Tai Chi fanatics
  • Khlong Canal Tour: The famous Floating market
  • Sunset Cruise on Chao Praya river: boat trip to Ayutthaya past beautifully lit temples
  • Siam Square: The shopaholics dream!
  • The State Tower: evening drink on the top floor for amazing sunset views
  • MBK shopping complex: For all things cheap in laptops, mobiles and electronics!
  • Vimanmek Teak Mansion Museum: built in 1868 in reign of Rama V with 81 rooms
  • Anantasamakkhom Palace & Parliament: Renaissance style used for official ceremonies
  • Royal Barge National Museum: Many historical and royal Thai artifacts
  • National Museum: Thai art and the largest in Asia
  • Sampeng: Bangkok's China Town
  • Phahurat: Bangkok's Little India district
  • Dusit Zoo - one of the best in South East Asia
Day Trips
  • Ayutthaya: the old capital two hours north of Bangkok and full of Khymer temples
  • Khanchanaburi: Two hours west of Bangkok is the bridge over the river Kwai, hot springs, Erewan seven tier waterfall & the famous tiger temple
  • Khao Yai National Park: Two hours north east of Bangkok see amazing wildlife such as hornbills, deer and the waterfall in the movie 'The Beach' which was filmed here.
Social Life

Bangkok is world famous for its colourful nightlife, especially Khao San Road which becomes alive in the evening with street vendors, cheap food stalls and street bars serving the hoards of young backpackers. Don't forget to try the fried insects! There's a variety to chose from including locusts, grubs and even scorpions deep fried to perfection and apparently very tasty!

For the more up-market types, Sukhumvit has a lot to offer with both standard and high quality dining plus a vast array of bars and night clubs.

You could even take an evening cruise on the river with a full program of live entertainment and dinner dance whilst cruising towards Ayutthaya past amazing temples lit up with amazing effect in the evening darkness..

Bangkok has it all! Live music and night clubs for the younger generation, entertainment and glamour shows, a vast array of international bars and restaurants.

Always between 28 and 38 degrees!

Skytrain, Tuk Tuk, Taxi
The most popular way to get to around Bangkok is by the mass transit Skytrain BTS system which now links directly to the airport.

The other good way to get around is to take a metered taxi which will make a small fixed charge on entering the vehicle but all rates will be fixed.

Tuk Tuk's are an experience that many want to try but be on your guard as many will offer low transport rates but will try to take you to jewelry shops, suit makers and even reclining buddha's where they are paid commissions and you waste most of your day!
Bangkok is a shopper's paradise with vast open air markets, masses of street vendors, rows and rows of shops, supermarkets and indoor shopping malls catering for every need all over the city
Banks & ATM's
There is an abundance of ATM's and banks all over Bangkok. There are also facilities for international money transfer via Western Union.
Police, Post office & Medical Emergencies
There is a Tourist Police Station on Khao San Road. There are a number of large international hospitals in Bangkok. The main Post Office is on Charoen Krung but there are many sub-branches spread around the town.
Important Numbers
Police emergency: 191
Tourist Police : 02 678 6800
Tourist Police - Emergency: 1155
Fire Department: 199
Bangkok General Hospital: 02 318 0066
Bangkok Immigration: 02 287 3103
TAT Bangkok Office: 02 694 222 and 02 282 9773