Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand, has long been considered the focal point of Thai culture and is the political and financial centre of Thailand. In spite of Bangkok’s rapid growth and prosperity, the city still manages to retain its rich cultural heritage, and travellers worldwide have been traditionally welcomed by the ornamental elegance and treasures of this exotic city. Bangkok is a city of temples, with more than 400 Buddhist temples scattered across the city. The Grand Palace, one of Bangkok’s major sites is situated along the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Here also is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Phra Kaeo, which houses the Emerald Buddha. A cruise along the canals of Bangkok offers insights into the history and character of Bangkok, from the richly ornate royal barges, used for special processions up the river, to the numerous floating markets.

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Fact File

CapitalBangkok

LanguageThai (English widely spoken)

ClimateThailand’s climate is tropical, high both in temperature and humidity. April and May are the hottest months of the year. June sees the beginning of the South West Monsoon, and brings with it the rainy season, which continues intermittently until the end of October. From November to the end of February the climate is much less trying with a cooling north east breeze and a reduction in the humidity level. The north and north east are generally cooler than Bangkok in winter, and hotter in summer. In the far north, temperatures can occasionally drop as low as 2°C

CurrencyThai Baht (THB)

VisaRequired for stays exceeding 30 days

HealthAdvised immunisation against malaria, hepatitis, polio, typhoid, tetanus and cholera

PassportsMust be valid for more than six months after proposed date of departure from Thailand

Time ZoneGMT +7 hours