When to fly?
November through late April is peak season, when most tourists arrive on cheap flights to Bangkok. December and January are the busiest months so it is worth booking your airline ticket in advance if you are planning to travel around these dates.
February sees the Chinese New Year celebrations when the China Town area of Bangkok turns into a big party scene with dragon dancers, colourful decorations and families enjoying the festivities. Some restaurants in the area will offer promotions and discounts but bear in mind that they will be very crowded.
Sogkran Festival in April attracts hordes of visitors too so if you are a fan of hot weather and water fights on the streets, make sure you book your flights around this time.
May through the end of September is low season, for very good reason. It's hot and often very rainy. However, if you can stand the heat and the rain, it's a good time to seek travel bargains and there should be plenty of accommodation and flight deals.
September is a shoulder month, when there are fewer tourists and the rainy season is petering out.
It may have been called the village of the wild plum trees at one time, but travellers booking their cheap flights to Bangkok will more often hear it described as "the City of Angels".
This is the capital city of the Kingdom of Thailand, at once heavenly and seamy with a good dash of consumerism thrown in.
Bangkok has 400 Buddhist temples, of which the must-sees are Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) in the grounds of the Grand Palace, Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and Wat Traimit (the Temple of Golden Buddha).
Patpong and Khao San Road are popular with backpackers who have flown in and want to kick up their heels. Patpong, cleaned up in recent years, may not be quite as infamous as it was, but it's still lively, filled with bars, clubs and the ubiquitous Irish pub.
The shopping in Bangkok is legendary too. You can go high-end in the city's designer stores or haggle at Chatuchak Market at the weekend.
To really get a flavour of the city, eat out on the street. Thai food is freshly cooked, ready in seconds, cheap and delicious - filling a gap at any time of the day or night. To work off the calories, try hitting the local museums. The Bangkok National Museum is a natural starting point but don't stop there. Take in the charm of the Folk Museum, the almost as good as the real thing Museum of Counterfeit Goods and the curious Corrections Museum.