Bangkok, Thailand, the city with many ups, downs and beautiful scenery, has so much to offer travelers and residents alike. With history that dates back centuries and the present-day revival, Bangkok can only be fully experienced in one way – a visit! Let's take a look at some of the features and tours Bangkok has to offer.
Need to Know Facts
The best time to visit Bangkok is between November and February. This is when the temperatures are comfortable, but the local beaches tend to be crowed. Monsoon season is not in effect, so flooding is not as big of an issue.
Residents speak the native language of Thai but many tourist areas offer English speakers that can help foreigners out. Bus drivers and taxi drivers tend to be less fluent in English, but there is usually someone nearby to help sort out any discrepancies.
If you are pressed for time, there are many tours that offer the ability to see the city and see it fast! You can catch public tours where you would be touring with groups of people, or there are private tours that you can set up to see the sites with only your party.
Bicycle tours are a great way to see the sites of the city without leaving land. Some of these tours see the neighborhoods of Bangkok while others offer views of the lush tropical forests surrounding the city. Bring comfortable shoes cause you'll be pedaling over many hills and bridges.
For those who would like to venture off the land, boat tours are available, and they come in many different forms. Taking a paddle canoe can get you into the tight spots that large dinner boats can not travel. Areas that you may see from the water can consist of the popular "Venice of the East," an area that has long been under seen due to the increase in motor vehicle traveling around the city. Temples and trading houses are also popular sites along the river and can lead to hint on how the past was lived from the waterside.
Boat tours are very well known around Thailand. This is attributed to the fact that Thai people consider themselves jôw nám ( water lords). If you are a couple in the area, the perfect romantic getaway on the water would be to take a dinner cruise. This allows for you to see the sites and also get a beautiful Thai meal served to you!
If you are old-fashioned, there are many walking tours offered around Bangkok that will suit your needs. Ranging from long to short, walking tours can be completely customizable or you can join a group to get the detailed walking tour.
Any way you look at it, Bangkok offers tours to quench your thirst, whether you are a walker, biker, or a boat rider. Step into the magnificent city that is Bangkok and take the time to learn and explore the culture and history of the ancient city that has marveled people for centuries!