Dynamic, exotic and richly cosmopolitan, Bangkok is one of South East Asia’s most vibrant and cherished travel destinations. A city of contrasts, this cultural epicentre and shopping paradise entices millions of travellers each year to its bountiful markets, luxury hotels, stunning scenery and tantalizing cuisine. Where ancient and modern coincide, Bangkok’s glorious golden temples and world-class skyscrapers await. Revel in the frenetic pace as you soak up the sights, shop until you drop then tuk-tuk around town for a zesty slice of Bangkok’s indulgent and risqué nightlife.

Facts

Population

Approx. 10,300,00

Currency

Thai Baht 1 Baht = 100 Satang

Opening hours

Shops are generally open Monday to Saturday, 8.00 to 21.00. Banks are generally open Monday to Friday, 9.30 to 17.00 except on public and bank holidays. Banks located in major shopping malls are generally open Monday to Sunday (7 days a week) 10.00 to 19.00.

Newspapers

Bangkok Post The Nation

Tourist information

Tourism Authority of Thailand TAT 1600 New Phetchaburi Road Makkasan, Rajatevee +66 2 250 5500 Monday to Friday, 8.30 to 16.30. Closed on weekends and public holidays.

Travel to Bangkok

Book your flights to Bangkok with Etihad Airways and unveil the modern and dynamic face of Thailand. In this city of contrasts, futuristic shopping centres sit side by side with centuries-old Buddhist temples and houses, giving life to an urban environment like nothing you’ve ever seen.

Top 5 things to do in Bangkok

Bangkok is the capital and the most populous city of Thailand, so there are endless things to see and do. Once you have finished visiting the reclining Buddha, Royal Palace and Rama IX Park, check out these top 5 things to do in Bangkok:

  • Delve into the Grand Palace, an impressive complex of buildings crowned with pointed towers that seem to almost pierce the sky
  • Visit the snake farm, enjoy their live show, and if you dare, have a photo taken with a huge cobra wrapped around you
  • Embark on a tour of the Chao Phraya River at night, when temples and magnificent buildings take on an almost magical appearance
  • Take a boat and go shopping in Damnoen Saduak, the city's oldest floating market
  • Try some tasty local delights on the menu at the Park Society restaurant, located on the 26th floor of Hotel Sofitel So Bangkok, which offers the perfect vantage point for spectacular views over the city

Shopping in Bangkok

Want to know what to buy and where to shop in Bangkok? Chatuchak Weekend Market - home to over 15,000 stalls and 200,000 visitors a week - is a great place to start. Anywhere you go in Bangkok is guaranteed to be busy with weird and wonderful ways to spend your holiday money.

Bangkok is also famous for its night markets and indoor shopping centres where you will find stalls and stores suitable for all ages, lifestyles and budgets.

Restaurants in Bangkok

There is no shortage of places to eat in Bangkok. If you're after Thai fusion foods, toned down for the Western palate, the best place to eat in the Old City is Khao San Road.

Apart from the traditional Thai favourites encompassing sweet, sour and salty flavours, you can also find cuisines from around the world. Great value-for-money food courts, dinner cruises, trendy restaurants, riverside eateries and food markets are only some of the options available while on holiday in Bangkok.

Nightlife in Bangkok

Holidays in Bangkok are not complete without experiencing the city’s buzzing nightlife. Bangkok nightlife is plentiful, relaxed and enjoyable – everything you need for a great holiday. Rapidly establishing itself as Asia's capital of cool, Bangkok's diverse nightlife features everything from live music to great restaurants.

Plan your Bangkok holiday

With a tropical climate throughout the year, any time is good a good time to buy tickets to Bangkok. However, the months from November to February are ideal for finding flight deals to Bangkok given that it is a cooler time of the year.

During these months there are large New Year celebrations, which give rise to amazing displays of colour and jubilation that spread through the streets of the city centre.

To find great flight deals and cheap hotels in Bangkok on these dates, be sure to book your accommodation several months in advance.

Another event during these months is Loy Krathong, when the rivers are transformed into beautiful floating gardens illuminated by candle light. If you are looking for cheap hotels in Bangkok, it is better to arrange your travel dates between May and August, when there is a smaller influx of tourists.

Book your ticket to Bangkok today

Discover the best deals on accommodation and affordable ticket prices to Bangkok with Etihad Airways. You may also want to note that, while the baggage allowances on Etihad flights are generous, you can enjoy special rates for any extra bags you would like to take or return with you too.

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