Bangkok welcomes more visitors than any other city in the world and it doesn’t take long to realise why. Bangkok is a city of contrasts with action at every turn; marvel at the gleaming temples, catch a tuk tuk along the bustling Chinatown or take a longtail boat through floating markets. Food is another Bangkok highlight, from local dishes served at humble street stalls to haute cuisine at romantic rooftop restaurants.
April is the hottest month, with an average high of 95°F (35°C) with humidity adding an extra layer of heat. December is the coolest month, with an average high of 79°F (26°C).
Best Time To Visit
The short window of winter lasts between late December and early January, and these cooler temperatures coincide with peak tourist season. November and February are cooler with (typically) fewer people.
Traffic is unavoidable if in a car or other vehicle. Public transportation is rapidly improving, and the BTS (the above-ground Skytrain) and MRT (underground metro) run from 6 a.m. to midnight; however, they require separate tickets and rarely connect with each other (fares for both start at $0.50). Brightly colored taxis and tuk-tuks are available for hire for an outstanding bargain.
Things to do
From adventuring outdoors, to experiencing the spiritual and historic Buddhist temples, there are plenty of things to do in Bangkok. There are a series of beautiful temples, including the ancient temples Wat Pho and Wat Arun. Chatuchak Weekend Market is a must-visit; it’s one of the largest markets in the world, where vendors hawk all manner of items, from squirrels to sneakers, with a wealth of drink and snack stalls. The Grand Palace and Lumphini Park are city landmarks worth visiting, while the Sofitel So Bangkok Spa and Oriental Spa offer an array of wellness treatments for those in need of some pampering.