Things to know before you go to Bangkok

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Bangkok is a heady fusion of innumerable vibes and experiences. Culture-packed temples collide with delicious street food, a buzzing nightlife and an urban jungle like no other. And in a city where ‘hustle and bustle’ are its middle names, it pays to do your homework in advance of your trip. To get you started, here are some other things to know before you go:

Quick facts about Bangkok

Population: 8.2 million
Currency: Thai Baht
Opening hours: Most shops are open from 10am to 8/10pm seven days a week, although many small shops are closed on Sundays.
Emergency numbers: Tourist police, 1155; police, 191; ambulance and rescue, 1554; fire, 199.
Language: Thai, English
Plug type:  The most common plug type is the two flat-pronged North American style, although some round prongs have been seen.
Voltage: 220 volts
Visa requirements: British citizens arriving by air or land can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa. This can be extended for another 30 days by applying at the immigration office. Those who intend to work have to obtain a visa in advance.

Arriving in Bangkok

Suvarnabhumi International Airport is around a 30-minute drive from Bangkok city centre; although with traffic the 19-mile journey can take up to an hour. If you've booked a Thailand holiday with us, you're transfers will already be included and someone our in-destination partner Buffalo Tours will meet you at your airport and take you to your accomodation. Otherwise, a taxi to your hotel from the airport should cost no more than 400THB (£10), although we recommend confirming the price with your driver before agreeing to get in. Other alternatives include the bus (35THBpp), or the train (45THBpp).

Practical tips

Getting around: It’s easy to explore most of the districts on foot, but Bangkok is simply too big to explore entirely under your own steam. The elevated Skytrain (BTS) and the subway (MRT) will take you through the main business districts inexpensively, but for a more extensive exploration, opt for a taxi – don’t worry, fares are cheap . Riding a tuk-tuk is also an essential Bangkok experience, even just as a one-off. Make sure you negotiate a fair price before you climb aboard though, and be wary of scams.

What to pack: Bangkok can often be humid and wet – especially in the rainy season (June-Oct) – so be sure to pack light clothes, a rain mac and comfortable walking shoes for when you’re exploring the city. And also don't forget the insect repellent. 

Tipping: Tipping isn’t customary in Bangkok, but any gratuities where you have experienced great or exceptional service will be greatly appreciated. Most workers here earn very little, so even a small tip will go a long way.

Wi-Fi: Bangkok has plenty of free Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the city – thousands in fact. There are too many to list, but most coffee shops and cafés will have available internet access for customers.

We’re here if you need us

Book your trip to Bangkok with a Flight Centre Travel Expert and you’ll also have access to our dedicated Travel Butler concierge service, as well as our 24/7 Emergency service. To contact our 24/7 Emergency service from outside of the UK, please call +44 203 056 7993.

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