Updated: Sep 16
We have visited Bangkok quite a few times now and every time we have had a completely different experience. Bangkok has something to offer for everyone; temples, high end shopping, backpackers area's such as Khao San Road to the Glam of the CBD.
I would highly recommend that if you are travelling to Thailand for a beach holiday please don't miss out Bangkok as it has so much to offer!
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Tuk Tuk - I highly recommend you jump in a Tuk Tuk just hold on tight! Bangkok has the traditional Tuk Tuk's that are hard to find everywhere else surprisingly, they all seem to be trucks with open backs so this is the place to make sure you go on one!
BTS Sky Train - If you want a cheap fun activity for kids just ride the BTS Skytrain. It is one of the most popular ways to get around Bangkok, nice cold air-conditioned carriages that feel like your flying around downtown Bangkok on its elevated tracks, Roman absolutely loved watching out the window.
Temple of the Emerald Buddha - Regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. The complex consists of a number of buildings within the grounds of the Grand Palace.
Chatuchack Weekend Market - A huge indoor and outdoor market, also known as JJ Market it is now recognised as a landmark and a must-visit place for tourists. It houses more than 10,000 shops and stalls within 27 different sections, great for some bargain shopping.
Where To Stay
We have stayed in a few different hotels in different parts of the city but for this particular trip in October 2019 with Roman we chose to stay at the Novotel Silom Road, we decided on this hotel as it was right in the heart of the city and put us within walking distance of lots of places to visit, It is also walking distance to two BTS stations. The hotel itself was super comfortable for all of us, they have lots of amenities for children like a rooftop pool with a children's shallow end and a play area inside the hotel bar (winner for mum and dad)
There is no particular dress code in Bangkok, I would suggest to dress as you would in any city with hot weather. Light, loose clothing, I have a guide I like to follow for myself that it's knees or shoulders not both but that's just something I have always followed and by no means a dress code. If you are looking to visit any temples you will need to cover up to be allowed entry,
When to visit
Bangkok benefits from having a tropical climate meaning it mainly has three seasons: hot season from March to June, rainy season from July to October, and cool season between November and February. The cool season is the peak time to visit where tourist numbers are higher however I wouldn't let the rain put you off as it can be torrential rain for a few minutes and then sunny fr the rest of the day.
Food & drink
This is my favourite section; Thai food is my favourite cuisine and yes there are hundreds of restaurants I could talk about here but Street Food takes centre stage. At first it can seem a little intimidating, you need to be prepared to try most things until you find your favourite bites, street food in Bangkok provides convenient, delicious and cheap meals and it’s one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the local culture. Some of the most popular choices include -
Som tam (ส้มตำ) – Papaya salad
Khao pad (ข้าวผัด) – Fried Rice
Pad thai kung (ผัดไทยกุ้ง) – Noodles with shrimp
Khao mun gai (ข้าวมันไก่) - Steamed chicken on rice
Gai/Moo bing (ไก่/หมูปิ้ง) - Grilled chicken/pork skewers
Pad krapao moo (ผัดกระเพราหมู) - Stir-fried pork with basil
Pla pao (ปลาเผา) - Fish barbecued in salt
Bangkok is the natural jumping off point for Thailand as it is home to the major international airport suvarnabhumi airport and you can fly here from pretty much anywhere around the world. It is also home to the smaller Don Muang Airport which is where most domestic flights take off from due to it being the hub for Air Asia, Both are around a 30 minute transfer into the city.
Travelling into to the city
You can either pre book a transfer (we normally use Holiday Taxi's), we chose this option it allows you to request request a car seat which is great after a long flight. Car seats aren't mandatory and all journeys after this we didn't use one but handy to have after a 14 hour flight.
There is also a train connection that goes straight into the city or the most popular way is by taxi. There is a designated taxi area, give the receptionist your destination and they will get you a metered taxi. A taxi to the city should cost between 250-400 Baht plus you will need to pay 50 Baht for the meter fare and then any tolls you drive through (depending how far into the city you are going) just make sure you have some cash before getting into the Taxi.
Bangkok also widely uses Uber or Grab and you can pick one up pretty much everywhere, they are cheap, reliable and you don't have to make sure you have cash as its linked to your bank account.
every 2/3 minute walk you will come across a 7-Eleven or Family Mart they sell everything you need; nappies, wipes, milk and food/snacks. Branded nappies are quite expensive however we opted for their own brands we love nappy pants so went for Mamypoko pants, I'm a loyal Pampers user and found these just as good! the only thing we really struggled to find was swimming nappies they just didn't really sell them anywhere so pack as many as you can if you use them.