"The Big Mango"
10 539 000
14 626 000
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Largest City in Thailand
Avg. Summertime High:
Avg. Summertime Low:
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Bangkok is one of the true world cities where there's just an endless amount of things you can do. In Phra Nakhon, you'll find sights such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and the, by backpackers, popular bar street Khaosan Road. Pathum Wan is the most modern district with several large shopping centers and upscale restaurants.
Kingdom of Thailand | ราชอาณาจักรไทย
513 120 km2
Ranked 50 out of 195
69 800 000
Ranked 20 out of 235
Ranked 128 out of 194
Population: 14 626 000
Population: 14 626 000
Economy & Development:
Human Development Index:
Ranked 79 out of 189
Ranked 65 out of 189
GDP (PPP) Per Capita:
Ranked 97 out of 225
Democracy & Freedom:
Ranked 73 out of 167
30 points out of 100 possible
Ranked 115 out of 180
Ranked 81 out of 162
5th of December
What Is Celebrated On The National Day:
The birth of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (1927 - 2016). He is referred to as "The Father of Thailand" and reigned for 70 years (1946 - 2016), which is the second-longest time any head of state has reigned in human history.
Facts & Codes:
UTC +7 (ICT)
Country Calling Code:
Province of Thailand | Changwat
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
1 564 km2
Ranked 69 out of 77
5 666 000
Ranked 1 out of 77
Of National Population
Population: 14 626 000
Population: 14 626 000
GDP Per Capita::
Higher than national average
Tropical Savanna Climate
UTC +7 (ICT)
Meaning of the Name:
The name in Thai, "Krung Thep", has the literal meaning "City of Angels". The official name in Thai is "Krung Thep Maha Nakhon". The full name of the city is often considered as the longest name for a city in the world.
30 km / 18 mi (E)
The name is Sanskrit for "Land of Gold"
The largest airport in Bangkok and Thailand. Suvarnabhumi is a hub for intercontinental traffic and is the most likely point of entry coming from Europe or North America. It's a huge and modern airport, and one of the best I've been to.
Suvarnabhumi Airport is connected to the metro system of Bangkok through the BTS line Airport Rail Link (ARL). From the ARL, you can connect to most of the major tourist locations in the city with just one change. If you're going to Pathum Wan it's best to change at the end station, Phaya Thai. If you're going to the Old Town (Phra Nakhon) it's best to change at Makkasan Station, where you can change into the Underground Metro Blue Line.
Bangkok-Don Mueang Airport
20 km / 12 mi (N)
Don Mueang District
The former main airport of Bangkok. Since Suvarnabhumi opened it has been surpassed to become the secondary airport of the city and mainly a hub for various low-cost airlines. Despite that, it still handled over 40 million passengers in 2018.
The old airport in the city, nowadays mostly served by low-cost airlines. Since November 2021 it's been connected to the metro network of the city through the Dark Red Line. The 26-kilometer long line only has one station where you can change lines and it's the end station of Bang Sue, where you can connect to the Underground Metro Blue Line.
Tram / Light Rail
Elevated Rapid Transit
Bangkok has an excellent network of rail-based transport. There are two lines and 53 stations of underground metro. The BTS SkyTrain, an elevated rapid transit system, has three lines and 62 stations. There are also three lines of commuter rail, two of which connect the city to the two international airports.
Bangkok is walkable at street level, or in some cases through elevated walkways. However, the city is spread out with large distances to cover. Despite a lot of tall buildings, the street-level experience isn't as dense and crowded as other cities in the region, such as Yangon or Phnom Penh. There's no definitive center either. So be prepared to travel large distances on public transport, and also on foot.
Cash Or Credit:
You will need cash for some transactions, but the use of credit cards is growing and, most restaurants and shops accept cards. This does not apply to the street vendors as they usually do not accept cards. I found it easier to use cash even if a restaurant or shop accepted cards.
Good To Know:
What About English?
Bangkok was the second most visited city in the world by international arrivals in 2018, according to Euromonitor. For being such a tourist city, the level of English proficiency is not great. The degree of proficiency is higher than in the capitals of surrounding countries, but the expectation is also higher. With that said, you will have no problem getting by, and at places where tourists generally are, there will be people who speak decent English.
Bangkok is one of these extremely spread-out cities with no definitive center, similar to Los Angeles or Tokyo. Traditionally the center has been Phra Nakhon and Rattanakosin Island, and there are still where you will find many of the sights. For accommodation, it will quickly become boring, and the center of the city has shifted to Pathum Wan and Sukhumvit. When looking for a hotel, I would look for one that will put you within a five-minute walk of either the Chit Lom or Phloen Chit BTS stations.
Bangkok is not an unsafe city, as long as you steer clear from and avoid the things that would have been illegal at home. That is basically everything that has to be said about safety in Bangkok. If you treat the city as the interesting, cultural, but huge mega-city that it is, and take the normal precautions that a city of this size always comes with, then you will have a great time and won't have to think too much about safety.
Note: My assumption is of the basis that you will always take normal precautions when you're out traveling, just as you would do at home. Even the safest cities have bad elements and no matter how safe you might feel you must always take basic precautions. I'm always aware of my surroundings when I walk around, both with and without the camera. I am however a very typical tourist and it shows so I am a person that will undoubtedly draw the attention of those who targets tourists. If you can you should of course always try to blend in as much as possible, but with my big camera around my neck, it's impossible. That's two things that are good to know when reading my assessment of how it felt from a safety point of view.
Type of Food:
Did I Try:
4 / 5
This Japanese chain is a good alternative to McDonald's or Burger King if you're looking for burgers. If you haven't tried it before I recommend doing so. It's really good!
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I never understood the hype about Thailand and it never interested me to visit. When I finally did visit it was mostly because it was the easiest waypoint to get to the destinations I wanted to. Contrary to many other arrivals in Bangkok I did however stay for a few days and gave the city a chance. What I found was a city of life that is very interesting and has a lot to offer. It's a city of tradition and history, but also a city that is experiencing rapid modernization and it is home to several luxury galleries and skyscrapers.
Do I Recommend You To Visit?
Yes, Bangkok is a great city to spend a few days in, and even if it's not the main target of your trip it will always be a good idea to spend a few days here if you are passing by.
Will I Come Back Again?
I can definitely see myself visiting Bangkok again.
Weather During My Stay:
Sunny, Hot, and Blue Skies!
Not As Good:
The Skyline of Bangkok.
CentralWorld is a major shopping center in Pathum Wan.
Streets scene from Old Town.
Soi Cowboy, a street known for nightlife and the shadier parts of life in Bangkok. During the day there are no issues here though.
Central Embassy is another major shopping center in Pathum Wan. There are several large upscale shopping centers along Phloen Chit Road.
The Chinatown of Bangkok goes by the name of Yaowarat.
The Grand Palace. It's something you should do on a first visit to the city, but it's also something you'll do once and then never again.
Wat Pho is a temple not far from the Grand Palace. This is a huge complex with several interesting shrines.
Another temple across the river from Wat Pho. Wat Arun is not as large.
A street called Thanon Wang Doem near Wat Arun.
Architecture in Old Town.
Nana Square is yet another large shopping center on Phloen Cit Road.
Sukhumvit Road near Asok BTS Station.
While much of Bangkok has become filled with huge glass skyscrapers some areas have been able to preserve the old way of life. These areas are however often found near the skyscrapers of modern Bangkok.
Chao Phraya is the river that goes through Bangkok.
Lumphini Park, with the Skyline of the city in the background.