From adventuring outdoors to experiencing the spiritual and historic Buddhist temples, there are plenty of things to do in Bangkok. There are a series of beautiful temples, including the ancient temples Wat Pho and Wat Arun. Chatuchak Weekend Market is a must-visit; it’s one of the largest markets in the world, where vendors hawk all manner of items, from squirrels to sneakers, with a wealth of drink and snack stalls. The Grand Palace and Lumphini Park are city landmarks worth visiting, while the Sofitel So Bangkok Spa and Oriental Spa offer an array of wellness treatments for those in need of some pampering.
Traffic is unavoidable if in a car or other vehicle. Public transportation is rapidly improving, and the BTS (the above-ground Skytrain) and MRT (underground metro) run from 6 a.m. to midnight; however, they require separate tickets and rarely connect with each other (fares for both starts at $0.50). Brightly colored taxis and tuk-tuks are available for hire for an outstanding bargain.
April is the hottest month, with an average high of 95°F (35°C) with humidity adding an extra layer of heat. December is the coolest month, with an average high of 79°F (26°C).
Know Before Visiting
The hottest season runs from March to August. Rainy season is unpredictable and varies, but normally runs from June to early October. While it is classified as monsoon season, the rains infrequently last more than an hour or two at a time.
Best Time To Visit
The short window of winter lasts between late December and early January, and these cooler temperatures coincide with peak tourist season. November and February are cooler with (typically) fewer people.