As one of the liveliest, busiest and downright most contrary cities in South-East Asia, Bangkok is a compelling assault on the senses. But for all the noise and activity surrounding the bustling street markets, congested river highways and packed bar strips there is also different side to Bangkok; one where supremely serene temples, pagodas, and air-conditioned mega-malls conspire to provide a most surprising yet very welcome sense of calm. So, whilst it is indeed true Bangkok will excite and stimulate you far beyond your comfort zone, it is worth remembering this city has more to offer than may initially be apparent.
Holidays to Bangkok: things to know beforehand
Being a tropical country means that Thailand experiences a monsoon season from May to October. Because of this, most visitors opt to take holidays in Bangkok in between November and April, as this is when the weather is (usually but not always) at its most dry and pleasant. Whichever time of year you choose to visit, you'll find flights to Bangkok readily available from most major UK airports. Although times may vary, direct flights to the City of Angels normally take around 11-12 hours.
Holidays to Bangkok: what to see & do
Simply strolling the streets of this invincible city will enable you to indulge in some of the best sights (and smells) the city has to offer. Certainly there are enough palaces, temples and pagodas (including the reclining Buddha and the Golden Pagoda) in the central area of the city to keep your spiritual and cultural appetite well and truly satiated. When it comes to feeding your belly properly Bangkok absolutely excels, with street-food that really is out of this world available on every corner. Of course, you'll need to eat well before taking on Bangkok's legendary nightlife. If wild, wacky and excessive is your thing then you can rest assured you'll certainly not be disappointed!