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Did you know that Bangkok has the longest city name in the world? Its full name in Thai is “Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahinthara Yutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udom Ratchaniwet Mahasathan Amonphiman Awatansathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukamprasit”, better known to the locals as just “Krung Thep”. Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand, a hot favourite destination for short getaways for nearby Southeast Asian countries. Bangkok is always buzzing with activities as the “to-do” list in this city is endless. Floating markets, night markets, hundreds of temples with gold-plated Buddha statues; there are heaps to experience and no amount of scorching sun or heat is going to stop you from having fun in the “City of Angels”.
Meaning: No spicy
Example: Let the food vendor know that you can’t handle spicy food well by saying “Mai Phet”.
Bangkok has a tropical monsoon climate, making it infamous as one of the hottest cities in the world. The temperature in Bangkok fluctuates between 26° and 33°.
The three seasons in Bangkok are hot season from March to June, rainy season from July to October and cool season from November to February.
Bangkok has two types of train systems; The Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail systems.
Download the Next Station Bangkok app to help you plan your transportation route as it shows both BTS and MRT stations and many more.
It is recommended to get a BTS Rabbit Cards to get access to every station, with fares starting from 15 baht per stop. Alternatively, you can purchase tokens from the ticket machines for each trip you take.
Taxis in Bangkok are in many different colours, such as pink, orange and yellow, making it easy to spot one. Flag a taxi when you see a glowing red sign, which means the taxi is vacant.
Starting metre fares in Bangkok are between 35 baht to 90 baht, depending on which part of Bangkok you are in.
Local Operator: All Thai Taxi
Other Operators: Grab
There are many bus routes in Bangkok, which can get very confusing especially if you’re travelling to or taking the bus in Bangkok for the first time.
If you hop onto the wrong bus and end up somewhere off your intended route, call the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) Hotline ‘184’ for assistance.
For more information, visit the BMTA Bus Lines website.