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There are three seasons - Rainy, Winter and Summer. The Rainy Season runs from May to October. The Winter months are November through January while the Summer spans February to April. The average temperature ranges from the low 20s (Celsius) to mid 30s.
When to fly to Bangkok
November through late April is peak season, when most tourists arrive on cheap flights to Bangkok. December and January are the busiest months. The Songkran (Thai New Year) festivities in April are wonderful to experience.
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.
September is a shoulder month, when there are fewer tourists and the rainy season is petering out.
Getting around Bangkok
If you're not in a hurry, walking is a great way to soak up Bangkok's atmosphere. The speed setting will be slow; the city's streets are always busy.
Quick, reliable and air-conditioned, the BTS Skytrain is the fastest way to whizz around Bangkok. There are two lines (Sukhumvit and Silom) that cover the centre of Bangkok and the trains run all day - from 6am to midnight. Local buses, operated by the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA), are a cheap and slow way of getting about, but offer a priceless glimpse of Bangkok from the "inside". There are more than 100 routes and fares start at about 7 baht. Taxis are plentiful; flag one down on the street. There are also motorcycle taxis and for the tourist experience tuk-tuks.
Bangkok insider information
- In Bangkok, the shopping never stops. For fashion, head to Siam Paragon, Asia's largest shopping complex, or the Siam Square district. For electronics, visit Pantip Plaza and Fortune Town. For night shoppers Patpong and the Suan Lum Night Bazar are great places to find gifts for family.
- The markets of Bangkok offer a fascinating glimpse into the locals' city. Talat Pak Khlong is one of the best wholesale markets in Bangkok. It's best known for its vegetables, fruit and flowers. Nearby, Saphan Phut Market is a popular night market.
- Eating from the street stalls has its charms but you can't beat a venue with a view. There are a few sky-high eateries in Bangkok, including Red Sky, on the 55th floor of the Centara Grand at CentralWorld, the Vertigo and Moon Bar at the Banyan Tree on Sathorn Road and the Sky bar at Sirocco, which is on the 63rd floor of The Dome at State Tower on Silom Road.
- Chao Mae Tuptim is a little-known fertility shrine on the grounds of the Nai Lert Park Hotel on Wireless Road. The shrine features lots of carved phalli, offerings from women hoping to have babies.
- You don't hear of many travellers going to Bangkok to fish and yet it's a great destination for the sport. Bungsamran Lake is home to the Mekong giant catfish, the arapaima and the giant Siamese carp. Cast a line here and you may just land a fish weighing more than 100kg. Other lakes are Shadow Lake (Gnao Nam) and Bung Kwarng in Minburi, on the outskirts of Bangkok.
- Lumpini Park offers a chance to step away from the frenetic city streets. Get there early to see the locals doing tai chi.
- Most eateries include a 10 per cent service charge on their bills. Don't be alarmed to see it on your bill.
- Nothing compares to a nice slow holiday around Thailand, but if time is short, visiting Ancient City might just give you a passable overview. Ancient City is a park outside Bangkok on the way to Pattaya that has reproductions of notable buildings from around Thailand. The reconstructed throne hall from Ayutthaya is there, there's also a wooden temple from Northern Thailand as well as some traditional Thai houses and a reproduction of a Thai floating village .
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- Explore Bangkok’s six vibrant nightlife districts packed with bars and clubs where you can dance until dawn.
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- Experience Bangkok’s local delights from tuk-tuk rides to Muay Thai (kickboxing) matches and traditional massages.
- Discover Bangkok's beautiful Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the magnificent Grand Palace.
- Direct Bangkok flights operate frequently from Heathrow with airlines including BA, Thai Airways and EVA Air.
- Leave room in your suitcase as you’ll find fantastic bargains from silks to sweets in the famous Patpong night market.
- Enjoy a fabulous meal under the stars and great city views on dinner cruise trip along the Chao Phraya River.