Quick Guide | Bangkok, Thailand

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The basics

Entry Requirements: Passport, Tourist visa (if staying longer than 30 days)
Security: Petty crime (pickpocketing, theft of mobile phones). As always beware of your surroundings, don’t carry more cash than you need, don’t flaunt any expensive personal belongings, and make sure your passport/visa are in a safe location.

Drugs are prohibited (including marijuana) which can result in severe fines/prison sentences. Night-time police checks occur to search for illegal drugs – mainly around entertainment districts.

Tourists are required to carry identification at all time. Although you can carry a photocopy of your passport police may want to see the original.
Currency:  Baht (THB), ATM’s are widely available, and major credit cards are widely accepted.
When To Go: May-November is generally rainy. Although it is warm and humid you can expect showers in the afternoon. November – Mid January is the ‘cool’ season. As Thailang is topical, it is cooler but still humid and comfortable. March – May is incredible hot.
Time: + 11 hours (EST)

Don’t Miss!

Wat Pho – Buddhist temple and also the birth place of traditional Thai massages.

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Wat Phra Kaew – Most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.

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Lumphini Park – 142 acre park, which offers rare open public space, trees, and playgrounds.

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Giant Swing – Religious structure which used to be used in a Brahmin ceremony which is not one of Bangkok’s main tourist attractions.

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Suan Pakkad Palace – Museum which features Thai antiques and pottery marking over 4,000 years old.

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Rama VIII Bridge – Cable bridge which crosses the Charo Phraya River. It had an asymmetric design with a single pylon in an upside down ‘Y’ shape. The bridge has a main span of 980 feet, and at its time of completion was one of the largest asymmetric cable bridge.

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Dusit Palace – Compound of royal residences which was constructed bettwen 1897-1901. It coveres 696,950 sq ft, and has gardens and lawns with 13 different residences.

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