Bangkok – or Krung Thep Maha Nakhon for short – is an unforgettable place. A heaving, teeming Asian mega-city, it combines a humid, tropical monsoon climate with no fewer than 50 districts to explore. Building both up and out, it’s a dazzling mix of modern-day concrete and grand imperial oases of green. Be prepared for temples, palaces – and some of the largest shopping malls in all of Asia.

Must See:
The Chatuchak Weekend Market (also known as JJ) has to be seen to be believed. Open all week round (and not just at the weekend) its 15,000 stalls cover an area of 35 acres and attract up to 300,000 visitors daily.

Must eat at:
For a serious blast of Thai and western fusion, stop off at Kalapapruek on First, in the Sukhumvit area, and soak up a heady mix of cultures, scents and flavours.

Must be there for:
If you’re in or around Bangkok in autumn, make a date for the Thailand International Swan Boat Races, every October... and get there early for a spot on the Rama IX Bridge. Then sit back and watch someone else do all the hard work...

Well-travelled tips:
Travel in style – or at least, travel authentic. Taking in street-level sights from a traditional Tuk-Tuk is cheap, cheerful and charming.
Dress to impress the security at the local temples. You’ll need to cover-up if you want to look at the treasures inside.

British citizens do not ordinarily need a visa to enter Thailand as a tourist for trips of 30 days or less, as this type of visa is issued on arrival. As conditions apply, please visit:

Destination overview
  Language: Thai
  Currency: Baht
  Time zone: GMT +7 hours
  Good for: Singles, Over 60s, Couples, Families with school age children
  Holiday type Beach, Winter sun, City break
  Weather Average maximum temperature: 32.4C (annual)
Rainfall: 1467mm a year

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