Once a small, neglected trading outpost, the city of Bangkok is now the bustling, metropolitan jewel in Thailand's crown. It is known globally as the cultural heart of the country and with over 11 million inhabitants it is by far Thailand's biggest, most populous city. That number continues to swell every year in the height of the tourist season from November through to March as visitors continue to flock to the area to enjoy the warm weather, historical attractions, sightseeing and vibrant nightlife. The city is also home to many expats who have fallen in love with the way of life there.
The best time to visit Bangkok is between November and February, with peak season being December and January. In winter, the average temperatures in Bangkok are approximately 28˚C/82˚F and in summer approximately 32˚C/90˚F.
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New York may be known as the city that never sleeps, but Thailand's capital isn't getting much rest either, given the extensive calendar of events and festivals keeping the city buzzing all year round. There are free, open air festivals for the musically minded, with songs ranging from classical Thai to Western pop, in style. You can enjoy days dedicated entirely to the nation's youth, and Chinese New Year is also widely celebrated. Whatever time of year you visit there's bound to be something fun for all the family to do, so be sure to book your flights soon.
There's plenty to keep any visitor to this busy city occupied. There are busy markets and shops to appeal to those looking to indulge in some retail therapy. Visitors can even take part in a group run or try some unusual new sports.
Bangkok is an ideal travel destination for a wide variety of people, catering to plenty of different interests. The spiritual may find solace in the city's many temples while history buffs and fans of architecture may simply marvel at the scale and beauty of these ancient attractions. Marital arts aficionados will revel in the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the foremost experts in Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing, a popular sport in the city. Plus, the nightlife of the area offers entertainment as diverse as cabaret performances, bars and a wide range of clubs.
The fun never stops in Bangkok. Musical, cultural and other events and festivals are staged all year round, with lots to choose from.
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Flights to Bangkok can be cheaper last minute, but this isn’t always the case. We recommend that you try to book to Bangkok 4-5 months in advance for great deals.
A good tip is to search for flight deals to Bangkok on Tuesday, and to book flights that fly on Wednesday, as these are usually the cheapest deals.
Bangkok is a safe destination for travelers and backpackers.
Bangkok has long been a favoured destination for solo travelers of all genders and races.
Skytrain and metro are considered the best way to get around Bangkok due to their affordable prices and fast speed.