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Bangkok Travel Guide


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”.

Local Custom & Slang

Sawadee-ka (for females), Sawadee-krap (for males)

  • Meaning: Hello!

Khop kun ka (for females), Khop kun krap (for males)

  • Meaning: Thank you!

Mai Phet

  • Meaning: No spicy

  • Example: Let the food vendor know that you can’t handle spicy food well by saying “Mai Phet”.

Recital of the Thai National Anthem

  • Don’t be surprised to hear the Thai National Anthem being played in public, on radio and television twice a day, at 8:00am and 6:00pm. When you do hear it, kindly stand to show respect to the Thais and their country.

Weird laws

  • The heat in Bangkok may sometimes be unbearable. But as weird as it sounds, it is illegal to drive a motorised vehicle bare-chested in the city. So remember to always keep your shirt on if you intend on driving!

Transgender bathrooms

  • You can spot transgender bathrooms by looking for a half man, half woman toilet sign. Although these bathrooms cannot be found all over Bangkok, such bathrooms do exist, so just a heads-up to ease the confusion when you see one.

Trip Essentials

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  • 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.


By Train

  • 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.

By Taxi

  • 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

By Bus

  • 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.

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