Bangkok Tourism Guide

Bangkok Tourism Guide

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Language
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You must apply for a Visa on Arrival and will require a confirmed return ticket to leave Thailand within 15 days of entering

Cost of a beer
INR 131 (avg)

Average Cost of a Meal
INR 1,422 (avg)

Average Room Rate
INR 2,110 per night (3* hotel)

1 Thai Baht = INR 1.96(Exchange rates can vary)

Bangkok is an architectural paradox. Not for the faint-hearted, this mesmerising city of chaos and intrigue will not fail to leave a lasting impression. The city is the capital of Thailand and delivers all a cultural hub should and more. Known also as the Venice of the East, you will find yourself amidst sluggish river traffic, golden Buddhist temples and looming, glistening skyscrapers. The clash between the modern and traditional is in abundance and will leave you expecting the unexpected as you walk around every corner.

The city is a growing, sprawling metropolis intertwined with time-honoured historical sites, such as celestial palaces and longstanding village communities. Prepare to have your senses inspired and your heart racing as you explore the hidden alleys and secret corners that are home to Bangkok’s most exciting sites and attractions.

Bangkok is a cultural enigma that can be difficult to navigate, so we have put together a travel guide to help you get started on your Bangkok adventure. As you will soon discover, all that Bangkok has to offer cannot be assembled into one travel guide, so we beseech you to go beyond our suggestions and explore this beautiful, exciting city further for yourself.

Top Attractions

There’s plenty of temples within Bangkok that are worthy of being a top attraction: however, there’s none more so than the must loved Wat Phra Kaew. Also known as ‘the Temple of the Emerald Buddha’, this is an important symbol in Taiwanese culture. Made of semi-precious green stone, it is a unique looking sculpture, standing at 26 inches tall. It is considered so important that only the Thai King and Crown Prince may touch it, such as to change its cloak three times a year in a ritual believed to bring good fortune to Thailand. Going on a trip to Bangkok without experiencing this exceptionally important place would be missing out on a vital part of any worthwhile visit.

Many of the best places to visit have in some way something to tell you about Bangkok’s culture and history. There’s no other single example as complete an experience in this regard than the National Museum Bangkok, which brings together the past and the present to deliver the most complete look possible at what makes this such a special and unique city. We recommend visiting the museum early on, as a trip here can colour and inform the rest of your experiences in Thailand in ways which are both positive and surprising.

When you think of Bangkok’s top attractions, you generally think of places that are iconic. Like our previous entries, these seem to be so deeply embedded within Bangkok and Thailand’s culture, that they seem like part of the fabric of everyday life here. Well, we’re not sure that Safari World necessarily cuts it in that sense, but we do think it deserves a place on our list simply for being so much fun. A celebration of nature and all the weird and wonderful creatures that inhabit our happy little planet, if you’re looking for something everyone from toddlers to the elderly can enjoy, look no further.

Things To Do in Bangkok

With such a rich, culturally astounding history, there is no shortage of places to visit in Bangkok. From Buddhist temples with gleaming golden roofs to market places precariously floating on Bangkok’s maze of waters, you will soon familiarise yourself with this city’s most wondrous and impressive sights. Here a few of the top must-see sights and activities, but there are always more to be found so we urge you to continue researching and probe the city of Bangkok.


Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra KaewBewilder at this intense architectural homage to Thailand’s Buddhist culture and monarchy. This sacred ground was consecrated in 1782 and is a commonly sought out pilgrimage destination for Buddhists around the world. Located within the grounds of the Grand Palace, it is home to the Emerald Buddha: a meditating Buddha sculpture delicately carved out of a single block of jade. The King is the only person permitted to view the Emerald Buddha, but the atmosphere and ambience emanating from this sacred area is enough to send tingles up any visitor’s spine. The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew is a superb place for tourists to understand the foundations of Thai culture and truly stare in awe at a sight worth seeing.

Price: Admission is 500 Baht per person

Opening Hours: Daily: 08.30 – 15.30

Address: Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

The Giant Swing

The Giant SwingStanding amongst the Wat Suthat and Bangkok City Hall is Bangkok’s famous crimson Giant Swing. At a whopping 21.5 metres tall, this distinctive sight is a must-see. Traditionally, it was used as part of a Thanksgiving ceremony where young men, suspended high above the street below, would swing to try and catch silver coins in their teeth. Owing to a few fatalities and even more injuries, the tradition was ceased and now this unique sight stands as a tribute to a time gone by in Bangkok.

But if this doesn’t sound like enough entertainment for you, the Wat Suthat, a temple of the highest honour, is right next door. The imposing architecture and charming, exquisite interiors lined with different images of Buddha are guaranteed to dazzle any visitor.

Price: Entrance to Wat Suthat is 20 Baht per person

Opening Hours: Daily: 08.30 – 21.00

Address: 144 Bamrung Muang Rd, Khwaeng Wat Ratchabophit, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

Wat Arun

Wat ArunAlso known as the ‘Temple of Dawn’, this Buddhist temple is named after Aruna: the personification of the red glow from the rising sun. But no matter what your religion or spiritual stance, nobody can deny Wat Arun’s place as a pivotal Taiwanese landmark. Architecturally stunning, its large porcelain crusted tower would stand out amongst any skyline. Not only a must-see amongst religious worshippers, architecture and culture enthusiasts, it also has an incredible history dating back to at least the mid 17th century.

Price: Admission to the temple is 100 Baht

Opening Hours: Daily: 08.00 – 17.30

Address: Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600, Thailand

National Museum Bangkok

National Museum BangkokThere’s so much to see and learn in Bangkok, that it’s pretty much impossible to experience it all in just one visit. But if you’re going to try to get the absolute most out of your trip and soak in as much of its history and culture as possible, there’s nowhere better to start than the National Museum Bangkok. Opened in the late 19th century by King Rama V to honour his predecessor’s rule, today the museum has hugely opened up in its scope. The exhibits here take you back in time to the New Stone Age and all the way to the present day. There’s three permanent exhibitions here, each with its own distinct focus, from the artistic to the historical. As big in size as it is in ambition, this has something for everyone.

Price: Admission is 40 Baht per adult and 20 Baht per child

Opening Hours: Monday – Tuesday: Closed, Wednesday – Sunday: 09.00 – 16.00

Address: 4 Na Phra That Alley, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

Wat Pho

Wat PhoWat Pho is known as one of the most important temples in Thailand, and it’s one of only six to be considered the highest grade of royal temple: not that you would need to know that in order to realise the magnitude of this building’s significance though. It’s immediately impressive in scale and beauty, featuring some of the largest Buddha images in the country. Historically, there’s a ton to learn too, being one of Bangkok’s oldest temples. While we won’t give you the full history lesson here, we’ll just say that there’s much more depth to the history of Wat Pho than you might think. It’s even believed to be the birthplace of traditional Thai massage, which is still taught within the temple to this day.

Price: Admission to the temple is 100 Baht. Massages at the temple cost 250 Baht for 30 minutes or 400 Baht for a one-hour massage or 45-minute foot massage

Opening Hours: Daily: 08.00 – 17.00 (massages available until 18.00)

Address: 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Jim Thompson’s House

Jim Thompson’s HouseThe distinctly American name of this tourist destination makes it stand out like a sore thumb. Jim Thompson’s House is exactly what it sounds like, although the man himself hasn’t lived here for a long time, having disappeared on the 26th March 1967. Today, the house remains a monument to his life as an architecture and businessman. He’s credited with saving the country’s silk industry, with his disappearance remaining to this day one of Thailand’s greatest mysteries, leading to one of the largest land searches in its history. Sadly, there’s not much chance of Jim Thompson’s mystery ever being solved, but what remains is a stunning art collection that showcases the man’s love of local art.

Price:Entrance to the exhibition space and Jim Thompson store is free, with a guided tour of the house costing 100 Baht per person

Opening Hours: Daily: 09.00 – 18.00

Address: พระราม 1 Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand

Safari World

Safari WorldImage source Tennessee Wanderer

One thing that’s true no matter where in Thailand you choose to visit is that nature is one of the country’s greatest assets. There’s few better places in Bangkok to celebrate the all natural magic Thailand has to offer than at Safari World, where you can get up close and personal (at least, as close as you can get while remaining safe) to giraffes, lion, tigers and much more. Known as a great place to take the whole family, there’s few other tourist destinations anywhere that can provide such a wild day out.

Price:Admission is 400 Baht for adults or 300 Baht for children

Opening Hours: Daily: 09.00 – 17.00

Address: 99 ถนนปัญญาอินทรา แขวงคลองสามวา เขตสามวานอก Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10510, Thailand

Shopping in Bangkok

Khao San Road

Khao San RoadThe Khao San Road is a popular tourist destination and you will find fellow travellers from all over the world investigating the offerings of the shops, hotels and bars that line this busy street. But don’t be afraid of losing out on a cultural experience amongst a sea of tourists though. The popularity of the street extends to the locals, so you can look forward to mingling with them and learning more about Thai culture.

Opening Hours:Daily: 15.00 – 02.00

Address: Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri, Thailand

Bangkok is such a popular destination, that its “must-sees” are well known. If you want to explore Thailand’s capital beyond the temples and floating markets, head straight to Klong Toey. This is the biggest wholesale market in town, where Thai people buy and eat. An amazing glimpse into the local life!

By A&Z, Founders of Bkpk.me

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Its sheer size and vibrancy makes Chatuchak Weekend Market a true landmark shopping destination in Bangkok. This 35-acre retail haven is home to over 8,000 market stalls, attracting flocks of shopaholics since it opened back in 1982 Whatever you are looking for, you’ll be sure to grab a bargain here, with stalls selling everything from clothing and handicrafts to art and antiques, with mouth-watering food and drink retailers keeping you refreshed.

Opening Hours:Monday – Tuesday: Closed, Wednesday – Thursday: 07.00 – 18.00 (limited stalls only), Friday: 18.00 – 00.00, Saturday – Sunday: 09.00 – 18.00

Address: 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand

CentralWorld

If you prefer a more modern retail experience, then you can’t go wrong with CentralWorld. This vast and varied shopping complex offers everything from international brands to trendy independent boutiques and everything in between. The grand 830,000 square metre mall is also home to delectable eateries and exciting activities, such as its very own ice-skating rink. You could easily spend half a day here and never run out of things to do.

Opening Hours:Daily: 10.00 – 22.00

Address: 4,4/1-4/2,4/4 Ratchadamri Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand

Damnoen Saduak – The Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak – The Floating MarketImage source Marco Verch

The floating markets have always been at the epicentre of international imagery of Bangkok. The reason for this is because they really are overwhelmingly wonderful in the best way. It is a fun, fast-paced experience where fresh, home-grown fruits and vegetables are haggled over, and trinkets and keepsakes are bought by visitors wanting something to remind themselves of the time they bartered for their breakfast.

Opening Hours:Monday – Thursday: 09.00 – 16.00, Friday – Sunday: 08.00 – 17.00

Address: Damnoen Saduak, Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi 70130, Thailand

One of my favourite things to do in Bangkok is to hop on a local boat on the Chao Phraya river and watch life along the lungs of the city. Though tourist boats do ply the Chao Phraya, it is the local ones that house monks and vendors and tourists alike, providing a perspective that is less sequestered as you explore Bangkok. The river is also cooler than the city itself, providing you with some respite from the sticky air. When you’re done, get out in Chinatown and head to Samsara Cafe, where you can grab a drink by the river and continue your people watching as the sun sets.

By Jodi Ettenberg, Founder of Legal Nomads

Nightlife in Bangkok

rooftop bar in bangkokWhen the sun goes down, Bangkok’s nightlife literally lights up the city. Bars, clubs and restaurants are in no short supply and there is guaranteed to be something to satisfy everyone’s tastes. From live bands and pumping nightclubs to classy cocktails bars, these destinations offer a new way to delve into and savour all that Bangkok has to offer.

Price: Around £8 for a cocktail

Opening times: Monday – Tuesday: 4pm – 12am, Wednesday – Friday: 4pm – 2 am, Saturday: 4pm – 12 am

Khao San Road

We’ll start off with a nightlife destination with an unusual history. Khao San Road began life as a rice market, from which it gets its name. However, today it’s a haven for backpackers and local partygoers, thanks to its night time transformation into one of (if not the) wildest places in the city to party and dance the night away. It might be a little rough around the edges, but there’s plenty to love about Khao San Road’s rustic charms.

Opening Hours: Daily: 15.00 – 02.00

Address: Khao San Road, Bang Lamphu, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand

Price: Around £8 for a cocktail

Opening times: Monday – Tuesday: 4pm – 12am, Wednesday – Friday: 4pm – 2 am, Saturday: 4pm – 12 am

Sky Bar in Lebua at State Tower

Alternatively, if you want to get a view of the bigger picture, the Sky Bar in Lebua on the 64th floor of the State Tower is a great way of seeing Bangkok morph into and embrace its night time personality. As the world’s highest open-air bar, it’s guaranteed to be serving up some breath-taking views. The vision of the gleaming, shimmering lights of Bangkok will make you dizzier than the bar’s strongest cocktail.

Opening Hours: Daily: 18.00 – 01.00

Address:1055 Silom Rd, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand

Price: Around £8 for a cocktail

Opening times: Monday – Tuesday: 4pm – 12am, Wednesday – Friday: 4pm – 2 am, Saturday: 4pm – 12 am

Moon Bar Bangkok

Another sky high alternative for tourists who love the high life, the Moon Bar Bangkok also offers shimmering views of its spectacular skyline from a great height. There’s also a tantalisingly tempting selection of cocktails and an excellent restaurant to boot. All this doesn’t come cheap however, but this may be a case of you get what you pay for, and what you pay for here is pretty amazing.

Opening Hours: Daily (weather permitting): 17.00 – 01.00

Address:21/100 South Sathon Road | Banyan Tree Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

Saxophone Pub

The musically titled Saxophone Pub isn’t just a namesake. It’s this nightlife highlight’s party philosophy. Here they take their music a little more seriously than most: hiring real musicians rather than cheap novelty acts, which creates a classy, fun filled ambience that few other city spots can match. If you’re in Bangkok and you’re in the mood for some jazz, this is your first port of call.

Opening Hours: Daily: 18.00 – 02.00

Address:3/8 ซอย ราชวิถี 11 Phayathai Rd, Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

Bangkok is a fairly safe city for tourists, but always keep an eye out for over-friendly strangers and keep your belongings and drinks close-by at all times. Plenty of nightlife destinations are located around the city, so as always, explore beyond our suggestions.

Bangkok is known for being a party city and the night never stops. While backpackers and 20 somethings will love Khao San Road and some may prefer the adult scenes at Patpong or Soi Cowboy, for a “normal” night out look in Sukhumvit or Silom.

By Rachel Jones, Founder of Hippieinheels

Fun Facts

    It’s home to many

  • As well as being the largest city in Thailand, Bangkok also has the highest population. Roughly on in ten of all Taiwanese citizens call Bangkok their home. It is also sometimes known as the ‘city of millionaires’, as 95% of Thailand’s ultra rich population live in the capital. Additionally, among its extensive population, Bangkok also has over a million Chinese residents.
  • A distinctive name

  • Bangkok’s traditional Thai name is the longest in the world: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. Now, that sure is a mouthful.
  • Red Bull was invented here

  • The famous energy drink might not be closely associated with the city but it was actually made right here in 1976 by Chaleo Yoovidhya, who died the third richest man in the country.
  • The Venice of Thailand

  • Bangkok might not often be compared to Italy’s Venice, but they have one thing in common: it’s slowly sinking due to rising sea levels. This makes it important to visit sooner rather than later, as parts of the city could potentially be underwater within the next few decades.

Food In Bangkok

Undoubtedly, a hugely enjoyable part of your Bangkok trip will be getting familiar with the Thai cuisine. From lively stalls selling street food that will overpower you with the alluring aroma of their sweet dishes to restaurants in the clouds serving gourmet food accompanied by colourful cocktails, Bangkok truly delivers on all things gastronomical.

Street Food in Bangkok

Street Food in BangkokBangkok’s mouth-watering street food can be found around almost every corner, and is a great opportunity to take a taste of Thai culture. You will find it difficult to find an ingredient that Bangkok street food does not supply, from fish curries to duck noodles and vegetables dripping in soy sauce, prepare to send your taste buds reeling.

As food is in no shortage on the streets of Bangkok, from elaborate dishes to tasty nibbles, you will be able to try a new thing every day. We don’t want to spoil the surprises that await you, but here are a few suggestions of dishes we recommend you try.

There is stiff competition among vendors over who sells the city’s best Pad Thai: a recipe that has fast become known as Thailand’s national dish. It is a stir-fried noodle dish of Thai vegetables and your choice of meats, mixed in with fish sauce, egg and peanuts, neatly topped off with a drizzle of lime juice.

Khao Niew Ma Muan, also known as mango sticky rice, contains jasmine rice and juicy mango, stirred in with smooth coconut cream. This makes for a delicious sweet option.

But it’s not all rice and noodles. Som Tam, a papaya salad, is common amongst street food vendors, owing to its popularity and ability to satisfy the hungriest of travellers. Unripe papaya is crunched up and added to a plethora of other ingredients, including lime, fish sauce, chilli, and beans. The mixture of flavours and textures will leave your taste buds joyfully confused and excited.

Monday is usually the day the streets of Bangkok are cleaned up, so it is very likely a lot of vendors will not be open. But when the stalls are alive with life, the food has great value.Dishes usually cost between INR 60 to INR 400, depending on how gluttonous or adventurous you are feeling.

Now you’ve got an idea of what is instore, we’ve compiled a list of highly endorsed areas where you can find these authentic, delectable dishes.

Sukhumvit Soi 38

Easily one of the most popular destinations for street food is Sukhumvit Soi 38. It is not only the tourists who flock here. The locals are big advocates of the freshly cooked food produced here every day too. Helpfully, the menus here are all in English and the food is made to order: ready to be eaten there and then or taken away and eaten in another area of Bangkok’s rich environment. A true street food experience is not authentically Thai until you’ve gorged on noodles whilst trying to overcome the rush of the world around you.

Silom Soi 20

A hard morning at work is always enough to stir up an appetite. That’s why a short distance from one of Bangkok’s dense business districts and near the city’s largest Hindu Temple, you’ll find Silom Soi 20. Here you can explore dozens of vendors amongst the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, and there are countless plastic chairs and tables for you to relax and dig into your dinner.

Mahachai Road

Natives and travellers are in agreement on one thing: the best Paid Thai is from a street restaurant named Thip Samai. Bangkok’s worst kept secret is located along the Mahachai Road. Its Pad Thai is gently gift wrapped in a thin case of beaten egg…brace yourself for a taste sensation. The world famous dish is only unavailable on every other Wednesday, so you have plenty of opportunity to get tucked in.

There is no end of things to see and do in Bangkok, however I recommend sampling the street food and finding a sky bar to chill out. I recommend Sukhumvit Soi 38 and Silom Soi 20 as great places to start for street food and the Sukhumvit Marriott sky bar, Octave, for a 360 view.

By Mariellen Ward, Award Winning Travel Writer and Founder Breathedreamgo

Restaurants in Bangkok

thai foodIt is not all street food in Bangkok. There are ample numbers of fine dining and culturally-rich experiences to be had in the restaurants located all over the capital. Prepare to stare in awe at the views from the top of skyscrapers and experience the down-right bizarre in restaurants with questionable décor themes. These establishments equal their street food counterparts for quality and intrigue, but offer the taste from a different perspective.

Sirocco

Lebua at State Tower has a number of offerings for sophisticated experiences in Bangkok, and one of those is their Sirocco restaurant. Adjacent to the famous Sky Bar (see Bangkok Nightlife) on the 63rd floor of this elegant skyscraper, the restaurant offers an evening to remember. The experience starts as you enter the elevator and swiftly ascend up to the chic garden restaurant, where you are welcomed by the sweet aroma and warm breeze that Bangkok’s sky has to offer. You will then be served award-winning dishes, such as Poêle poached, homemade linguini pasta and Perigord black truffle with lobster essence or Pyrenees lamb saddle with alla Milanese, parmesan “Royale”, wrapped in papardelle, black truffle tomato stir fry and herb jus.
These top quality dishes come with top price tags, so make sure you investigate beforehand. A full course meal with drinks could cost you anywhere from INR 12,000 (for two people). There’s also a strict dress code, including no athletic or sports uniforms, torn clothing, slippers, beach sandals and flip-flops and men are asked to refrain from wearing sleeveless clothing, shorts, and open shoes. (This code applies to children too.)

Opening Hours: Daily: 18.00 – 01.00

Address: 1055 State Tower, Silom Road, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

Cabbages and Condoms

At Cabbages and Condoms, the food is great, but it’s not the main attraction of this unusually named restaurant. You’ll be unable to miss the striking décor they have chosen: condoms. There are multiple sculptures made purely out of condom packets and instead of a mint at the end of your meal, feel free to take a condom sample. The restaurant was conceptualised as part of a campaign to improve awareness, understanding and acceptance of contraception and family planning. Part of the income generated goes towards supporting various actions and events of the Population and Community Development Association. The cost of visiting this peculiar restaurant is anywhere from around INR 400 per person, but this all depends on how easy you find it to resist their cuisine.

Opening Hours: Daily: 11.00 – 23.00

Address: Sukhumvit 12 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Toei, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand

Issaya Siamese Club

Secretly located in a luscious green tropical surrounding is a grand, 100-year old house with warm twinkling lights, comfy, colourful beanbags and romantic porches and verandas. It is also the restaurant of internationally known chef Ian Kittichai. The Issaya Siamese Club offers all a chance to taste modern cuisine, whilst taking a step back into the past. Relax on the restaurant’s velvet sofas or take a sip of your cocktail in one of the private salons that guests are able to reserve. Enjoy the Thai shabby-chic ambience whilst trying dishes such as the banana blossom and palm heart salad served with crispy shallots and roasted peanuts in a chilli jam dressing or the jasmine flower panna cotta with jasmine rice ice cream and jasmine rice tuile for dessert. It’s a great place for romantics or anyone wanting to retreat from the exciting chaos of Bangkok’s busy streets. Expect to be spending at least INR 2,000 per person and prepare to indulge in dishes oozing with passion.

Opening Hours: Daily: 11.30 – 14.30, 18.00 – 22.30

Address: 4 ซอย ศรีอักษร Chuea Phloeng Rd, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

Spicy by Nature

Spicy by Nature is a restaurant with a name that conjures up a few immediate expectations. One is the sense that its food would be as fresh and natural as possible, and another is that some of it will be spicy enough to satisfy anyone looking for those authentic Indian flavours. Happily, Spicy by Nature delivers on both counts. It doesn’t immediately give the best first impression. In fact, it looks rather ordinary from the outside. But don’t let that fool you. When it comes to what is on the plate, this is top of the class.

Opening Hours: Daily: 11.00 – 23.00

Address: 33/5-6 ซอย สุขุมวิท 63 เอกมัย Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Ekkamai Rd, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Indian Food in Bangkok

indian spicesImage source Chris Shervey

If you feel as though you would like to try a slice of home whilst away, Bangkok has a number of great Indian restaurants offering a different dining experience each time.

Spicy by Nature

Spicy by Nature is a restaurant with a name that conjures up a few immediate expectations. One is the sense that its food would be as fresh and natural as possible, and another is that some of it will be spicy enough to satisfy anyone looking for those authentic Indian flavours. Happily, Spicy by Nature delivers on both counts. It doesn’t immediately give the best first impression. In fact, it looks rather ordinary from the outside. But don’t let that fool you. When it comes to what is on the plate, this is top of the class.

Opening Hours: Daily: 11.00 – 23.00

Address: 33/5-6 ซอย สุขุมวิท 63 เอกมัย Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Ekkamai Rd, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

The Great Kebab Factory

Don’t let the name fool you, The Great Kebab Factory is far from a one trick pony. Whether you’re a vegetarian looking for something to satisfy your appetite at lunchtime or you’re looking for the best biryani around, you shouldn’t go away unhappy or hungry as long as The Great Kebab Factory has something to do about it. As for the kebabs? They’re pretty amazing as well, with over 450 recipes and a choice between A la Carte and set menus. Despite its name, one of this restaurant’s greatest strengths is in its variety. They’re also known for excellent service and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Opening Hours: Daily: 11.00 – 23.00

Address: 12 Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Toei, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand

Charcoal Tandoor Grill and Mixology

Speaking of great variety, another restaurant that has to be in the running for one of the best menus in Bangkok is Charcoal Tandoor Grill and Mixology. Here they have a wonderful set of Indian dishes for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. Often the latter is neglected, but not here. Not only that, but the quality of all the food on offer has meant Charcoal Tandoor Grill and Mixology is considered by many to be the best Indian restaurant in the city. With the amount of competition out there, even being in the running should be considered an incredible accomplishment. As its name suggests, there’s also a cocktail element to the menu, meaning you can mix and match your beverages with suitable dishes. This is more often seen in European cuisine with wines, so it’s interesting to see it cross continents here. However, if you’re not much of a drinker, you needn’t worry, as the food available should have no problem keeping you satisfied.

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 18.00 – 23.45, Sunday: 12.00 – 14.45, 18.00 – 23.45

Address: Fraser Suites Sukhumvit, 38/8 Sukhumvit Rd. Soi 11, Khlong Toey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Top Tips for Travelling To Bangkok

    Make sure you haggle

  • Bartering is commonplace here, with few set prices in many parts of the city. Therefore, feel free to go to bat for the best deals you can manage.
  • Beware of scams

  • As is the case in many big cities, scammers here thrive on tourists. One example of a common scam is someone offering to take you to stores where you’ll be pressured into buying overpriced items. So, be careful and don’t be pressured into going anywhere you don’t want to.
  • Don’t be overcharged for your journey

  • Insist your taxi driver uses his meter. There’s no shortage of taxis in Bangkok, so if they refuse, you can always get another.
  • Take a photocopy of your passport

  • You’ll need ID in Thailand but you won’t want to risk losing your passport during your daily excursions. Photocopying it is a simple, easy solution and means you can keep the real thing locked safely in your hotel safe.

Hotels in Bangkok

Luxury Hotels in Bangkok

luxury hotel in bangkok

If money is no object and you are looking forward to investigating the luxurious accommodation Bangkok has to offer, you are in luck. The city has a range of hotels offering you sleek and sophisticated contemporary surroundings, such as the W Bangkok. Here you’ll rub shoulders with jet setters and fashionistas, and never want for anything. Alternatively, if you are looking for a more culturally traditional surrounding, the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit offers an indulgent retreat-like experience, whilst retaining a classical and deluxe personality.

Looking for a more private trip? How about a break at the Cape House Serviced Apartments? Located in one of the more distinguished areas of Bangkok, this 4-star accommodation features a gym and outdoor pool. Other similar experiences can be found at the Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao, Metropolitan by COMO and many more hotels which can be located on the Expedia website.
Prices can vary dependent on time of year, but for this level of exuberance, expect to be spending at least INR 6,000 and upwards a night.

Mid-Range Hotels in Bangkok

Mid-Range Hotels in BangkokBangkok’s mid-range hotel scene is highly competitive and the city has an ample amount of hotels and apartments vying for your business. You can therefore expect some great value deals.

The Raya Surawong Bangkok offers an elegant, smooth experience for the traveller looking for comfortable and personable accommodation. It also boasts a calm, minimalist atmosphere with plenty of modern comforts.

If you’re seeking something a little less subdued, perhaps try the Glow Pratunam, where after a long day of sightseeing, you can put your feet up by the pool or decompress in the steam room.

Fortunately, most mid-range hotels in Bangkok have a pool to satisfy the needs of a well-travelled tourist to relax and retreat from the Bangkok’s bold, hot climate. Other hotels of this type include The Tawana Bangkok or The Asia Hotel Bangkok.

Prices for mid-range hotels tend to stay quite similar during the year, and usually start at around INR 2,500-3,000. However, make sure you do a little research to find a hotel that perfectly suits your desires.

Budget Hotels in Bangkok

Budget Hotels in BangkokAs an incredibly popular tourist destination for travellers from all over the world and from vastly different backgrounds, staying in Bangkok on a budget is not a problem. Again, owing to staunch competition, you will receive great value for your money.

Excellently located near to the main Bangkok Transit System is the Red Planet Asoke Hotel. With great links to the city, this is smart place to stay if you are planning on doing a lot of sightseeing. In Bangkok, you are never far from the city’s amazing attractions, and this hotel is nearby to many great restaurants and major shopping sites as well.

Alternatively, on Bangkok’s busy Surawongse Road and nearby to many amazing attractions is the Patpong Night Market is Justbeds. All guestrooms provide you with basic amenities, such as a mini-fridge, safe deposit box and Wi-Fi, and will give a great level of comfort for the budget traveller.

Other examples of budget hotels in Bangkok include the PJ Watergate Hotel and ,a href=”https://www.expedia.co.in/Bangkok-Hotels-New-Siam-II.h11922856.Hotel-Information?rm1=a2&hwrqCacheKey=ab84f04f-70ca-4227-a5e9-a32e073f46edHWRQ1447330594359&c=f2a8ddc5-f058-4147-a422-a8a755ce6b69&”>New Siam II. Budget hotels in Bangkok usually provide the usual conveniences needed for your travels, but make sure you explore further to check they have what you need.

Staying in Bangkok on a budget is highly popular for backpackers and solo travellers, so prices can vary throughout the year and can range from anywhere between INR 700 to INR 2,000.

For more hotels in Bangkok, explore the Expedia India website and find the best accommodation for your stay.

Best Time to Visit Bangkok

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Owing to its tropical climate, Bangkok generally experiences warm temperatures throughout the year. This lends itself as a wonderful tourist destination in any month, with the cityscape transforming throughout the seasons. However, the hottest temperatures fall between March to May, when the city also celebrates the vibrant Thai New Year festivities.

If you want to experience the capital in cooler climates though, opt for a visit between December to February. These months bring much more comfortable temperatures, with the evenings dropping to under 20°C. This is ideal if you want to traverse the city on foot through the day without having to contend with the scorching Thai sunshine. However, it is also during peak season, so if you want to escape the crowds, try to avoid these months and instead plan your holiday in the low season between May to October. Rates during this time will be lower, but you may have to put up with rainfall in return for those bargains.

Flights to Bangkok

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The city of Bangkok is served by two international airports. Suvarnabhumi Airport, which is also known as (New) Bangkok International Airport is located 25km east of downtown Bangkok and is the main hub for national flight services, as well as the 20th busiest airport in the world. Bangkok’s other airport is Don Mueang International Airport. It is one of the oldest international airports on the continent, dating back to 1914.

There are plenty of flight services that connect Bangkok to India’s major airports. New Delhi alone has four airlines offering around 50 flights per week between the two destinations, with the average flight time taking 3 hours and 55 minutes to complete.

Visit the Expedia website to find the best prices for flights to Bangkok.