Travel & Destination Information

Renowned for its food, sights and rich culture, Bangkok is not only the world’s most visited city in 2019, it is a thriving business gateway to the Southeast Asian region and a top business events destination.

Visa

Due to COVID-19, please click here to access the Thai Embassy website for requirements to enter Thailand.

Climate / Weather

With a tropical wet climate, Bangkok enjoys plenty of sunshine all year round with a rainy season from June to October.

Time Zone

Bangkok is seven hours ahead of UTC (Coordinated Universal Time).

Safety & Security

Bangkok is a relatively safe place. Muggings and other forms of direct confrontation are uncommon. A bigger crime problem is pick-pocketing in crowds. Always be aware of your belongings in crowded areas.

The most likely criminal behavior you might encounter in Bangkok is retail scams, where touts may try to sell you something which is of far less value than what you paid for it.

People

Thailand is also known as the Land of Smiles. The warm smiles, hospitality and friendliness of the Thai people are a big reason why travellers keep coming back.

Language

The official language of Bangkok is Thai and it is widely spoken throughout Thailand. English is also understood and spoken in the main city and tourist areas.

Culture

Bangkok’s culture is contemporary, yet still retains links to its tradition and Buddhist spirituality. Nearly 94% of Thails are Buddhist. It also has rich traditions in art forms such as music, art and dance.

Food & Beverage

Bangkok is one of the premier cities for world-class cuisine. In addition to thousands of outstanding Thai restaurants and street stalls, Bangkok features the entire spectrum of international cuisines, a by-product of its cosmopolitan population. It also has a diverse offering of drinking options, with some great bars and pubs.

Payment / Currency / Tipping

The Thai baht is used in Bangkok. Major credit cards are accepted across Thailand in most major hotels and large restaurants but smaller businesses will expect to be paid in cash, as will taxi drivers. Tipping in hotels is not expected, but again is always appreciated, for instance 20 – 50 baht for the porter that carried your bags up to your room, or 20 baht left under your pillow for the cleaner. In all restaurants it is customary to leave behind any loose change in coins as a tip.

Electricity

Bangkok uses 220 volts AC electrical supply. There is unfortunately no specific standard for plugs and outlets. The most common plug type is the two flat-pronged North American type but round prongs are also seen.

Connectivity

Many free Wifi spots are available around Bangkok.

Useful Numbers

Should you require assistance while in Bangkok, here are some useful numbers to take note of.

  • Tourism Authority of Thailand Call Center (#1672)
  • Thai Tourist Police Call Center (#1155)
  • Bureau of Prevention and Assistance in Tourist Fraud (Tel: 0 2134-4077)

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