Bangkok is one of the most addictive cities in the world. It’s like an assault on your senses, from loud tuk tuks hooting their horns through to the aromas of Thai street food, pumping through every street corner. It’s hard to know where to look there is simply so much going on. Most visitors only need an hour or so to acclimatize and soak in the bustling atmosphere.
If you’re into history, there’s tons to see and do in Thailand’s capital city. There are several exquisite temples in the Old City including Wat Pho and Wat Wrun temples. Meanwhile, the Grand Palace is an ornate gold building that was built in 1782 for the royal family. Today it’s home to an interesting museum about the history of the palace.
Other top activities include visiting the floating market, where you can see sellers selling fruits, vegetables and flowers out of their longboats and sampling the city’s incredible street food scene.
The Khao San Road is one of the best places to stay. It’s where all the backpackers congregate and it’s packed with hostels and near to some of the best bars and restaurants in town. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for something a bit more relaxing, the Sukhumvit area has a great mix of budget and mid-range hotels. There are also tons of bars and restaurants nearby and it’s right by the Skytrain which offers public transportation throughout the city.
The top time to visit Bangkok is between November and March, which is the dry season. The days are sunny, and there's barely any rain. The temperature cools in the months of December to February, making it easy to explore the city on foot.
This climate histogram shows you the weather patterns in Bangkok. The hottest month in Bangkok is October, when temperatures peak at 103 ˚F. The coolest month is January, when temperatures drop to 65 ˚F. The wettest month in Bangkok is June with 11.36 inches of rain, while the driest month is December with 0.77 inches of rain.
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