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Home to breathtaking palaces, exciting nightlife and some of the best food in Asia, Bangkok is a travel hotspot that is sure to wow even the most seasoned traveler. While there are no beaches in Bangkok, it does provide a gateway to tropical islands such as Phuket and Koh Chang. Overall, the bustling city life in Bangkok makes this one of the most-loved countries in Asia.

Why visit Bangkok?

  • Bangkok has a floating river market where you can take a boat trip along the beautiful waterways and pick up some fresh fruit and veg at the same time!
  • Chatuchuck Market is held every weekend in Bangkok and it is the largest market in Asia!
  • Eating in Bangkok won’t break the bank as it's easy to pick up freshly cooked street food for next to nothing!
Thai Baht, THB, ฿.
Time Zone:
Indochina Time (UTC +07:00). Daylight Savings Time is not observed.
Dialing Code
00 + 66 + 2 + Local Number
Bangkokian, however this is a direct translation and not an official english term
Drive on the left side of the road.
Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang International Airport
Travel Adaptor:
Standard electrical socket types A & C

Plan your trip in April over the Songkran Festival if you want to see what it's like to be in a three-day water fight (hint, it's a refreshing way to cool down from the hot weather)! Visit around Christmas for special festive lights and shows, while the Chinese Year is a huge celebration which includes lots of fireworks.

Whatever time of year you visit, Travelstart makes it easy to find and book the best cheap flights to Bangkok, Thailand.

Thais will really appreciate it if you make an effort to learn some basic phrases. Sawatdee Ka is how you say hello if you are a woman, while Sawatdee Khrap is how you greet someone if you are a man.

  • Bangkok has the longest city name in the world. Thais shorten it to Krung Thep, but the official name is 164 characters long.
  • Thais don't shake hands, instead they press the palms together and bow the head in an act known as a Wai.

Head to the Grand Palace to marvel at the intricate architecture and beautiful gold sculptures in the 218,000 square metre walled complex. Shopaholics are catered for with a huge shopping center called MBK that has attractions like a cinema and a food court.

Thai Buddhists don't eat meat, so there are plenty of dishes that are vegetarian and vegan friendly. If you have a fish allergy be wary of fish sauce - a common ingredient that is often used in pad Thai, soups and papaya salads.

The feet are considered to be the lowliest part of the body, so you should never step over another person or point at someone with your feet. It is also a prisonable offense to say anything negative about the monarchy. Thailand’s state religion is Buddhism.

Mosquitoes can sometimes be a problem so be sure to bring along some repellent. Make sure you have your inoculations before travelling. Avoid petting or approaching stray dogs. Crime rates are generally low for Asia but travellers should use common sense when it comes to storing money and flashing expensive items.

Visitors from Egypt need a valid visa and passport to visit Thailand. A visa application can be found on the website for the Royal Thai Embassy in Cairo. Bring the completed application to the embassy at 9 Tibe Street, Dokki between 9:30-11:30, Sunday-Thursday (no appointment necessary), along with:

  • Your passport (valid for no less than 6 months).
  • One RECENT passport-sized photo.
  • A copy of a confirmed roundtrip ticket or flight reservation.
  • Letter of Employment (or Self-Employment).
  • Bank statements for the past three months/evidence of adequate finance (10,000 LE per person).
  • Visa processing fee (300 LE for entry visa).

It takes three days to process the paperwork. Questions? Call the embassy at 202 3336 6520 or 3760 3553/3554.

There is an Egyptian Consulate in Bangkok, located at:

Address: 23 Sukhumvit Rd. Soi 63 (Ekkamai), Bangkok 10110
Phone: (+66)27269831, (0066)27269832 or (0066)272698331

Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Airport - BKK

As you can see, the name of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (code BKK) is a mouthful but so is their traffic. It’s the sixth busiest international airport in Asia and an estimated 48 million passengers passed through its hallways in 2011. The airport acts as a hub for national carrier Thai Airways, as well as a few smaller Asian airliners.

If you don’t have a hotel arranged airport transfer when you arrive at Bangkok International Airport then you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of public transport options – most of them cheap. Whether you’re travelling to Bangkok to relax in the lap of luxury, or looking for a budget experience vis-à-vis The Beach style, we can help you find the best in Bangkok hotels.

The information on this page is correct as of October 2015. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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