via Suvarnabhumi International airport
via Don Mueang International Airport
By the way, did you know that Bangkok has ranked #2 as the best city for expats in Asia (after Singapore)? There are many good reasons for that.
Connections with this trip
Getting from Singapore to Bangkok
There are 2 airports in Bangkok.
Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) is the old aiport and is closer to the city center. It’s used by AirAsia. It’s smaller and offers less amenities than the main Suvarnabhumi International airport (BKK) but you will get to the city faster from Don Mueang. It is good to know that there are 2 different airport especially if you are meeting someone at the airport.
Fly from Singapore Changi Airport to Suvarnabhumi International airport (BKK)
Getting there: Jetsar: 6:35 PM – 19:55 PM (2h20 flight)
Coming back: Scoots: 8:15 PM – 23:40 PM
Return ticket from SGD 230
Fly from Singapore Changi Airport to Don Mueang International Airport (DMK)
Getting there: Airasia: 8:40 PM – 10:05 PM (2h25 flight)
Coming back: Airasia: 6:25 PM – 9:40 PM
Return ticket from SGD 190
Note that AirAsia brings you to from Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) to Don Mueang International Airport (DMK)
Get your ticket NOW to enjoy the best fares. Use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flight.
Getting to Bangkok city from the airport
From Don Mueang International Airport
The Airport is around 24km from the centre.
1. By taxi
Take a public taxi (don’t accept offers from drivers or agents in the terminal). Follow the “public taxi” signs. Get a ticket at the counter. You will pay the taxi driver directly. The driver will ask you to pay the 2 toll fees on the way (50 Baths and 70 Baths) + 50 baths of airport fees. Total cost to reach the Silom district is about THB 300. It’s the recommended option if you don’t want to waste too much time (but you still run the risk to be stuck in traffic. Traffic can be quite dense in Bangkok). This usually takes between 30 minutes and an hour depending on traffic.
2. By bus and subway
Take the A1 bus from outside the terminal to Mo Chit BTS station and then take the Skytrain directly to Siam.
3. By train and subway
Take a train from the airport to Hualamphong station. From there you can take the subway to your final destination. Note that these trains time tables are not reliable and very slow. This option will cost you a few baths (less than THB 10) but will probably take you more than 1h30.
From Suvarnabhumi International airport
Suvarnabhumi airport is 30km from the city center. It is a huge, clean and modern terminal. Money changer & ATM are available at the airport. There are many options for food and shopping in case you get there early.On your way back, make sure you arrive some time in advance as you will need some time to go through the usual formalities and reach your boarding gate.
1. By taxi
Take a public taxi (don’t accept offers from drivers or agents in the terminal). Follow the “public taxi” signs. Get a ticket at the counter. You will pay the taxi driver directly. The driver will ask you to pay the 2 toll fees on the way (25 baths and 45 baths) + 50 baths of airport fees. Total cost to reach the Silom district is about THB 400.
2. By train: Airport Rail Link
The Airport Rain Link runs from 6 AM to 12 PM. The direct express line (non stop) costs 90 baths. The transfer takes about 25 minutes. Details, schedules here: Airport Rail Link
3. By bus
There are buses going to the city from the airport but the journey can be long so we do not recommend you use them. If you really want to take a bus, ask at the information desk.
Where to stay in Bangkok?
There are hundreds of accommodation options in Bangkok, all the way from cheap hostels to luxury hotels. It all depends on your budget and style. If you have little time and plan to run all around the city, you will probably be happy to be able to rest in a comfortable hotel.
Take a look at the hotels via the box below and select in the hotel areas “Khaosan / Grand Palace” if you want to be near the main sites, “Bangkok Riverside” if you want to jump easily on a public boat bus. Take a look at Ariyasomvilla if you are looking for a little oasis. Book NOW to enjoy the best rates
To see & to do in Bangkok
Open from 8AM to 6:30 PM. Fees: THB 100 per person
Grand Palace Wat Phra Keaw (or Emerald Buddha)
The Grand Palace is definitely worth a visit.It’s probably the most important tourist attraction in Bangkok. Large and shinny the Grand palace consists of more than 100 buildings.
Open from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Fees: THB 350 per person.
Take a walk in Chinatown
Explore Chinatown and its busy life. Check out the colorful markets around. Check out the raw material suppliers, the traditional Chinese medicine retailers, the car parts shops and the temples. Walk around and feel the city life. Once you are lost, simply take a cab back to your hotel or to your next destination for the day.
Open 24/7 and it’s FREE 😉
Boat tour in the canals
To get a different idea of the city, take a boat tour on the canals. You will find many tours in the main ferry terminals (Tha Chang pier for instance). You will need to negotiate the price. You can find tours from 1 hour with no stop to 1h30 / 2h if you want to stop at some of the attractions on the way (snake farm, fish farm, Royal Barges Museum). Honestly the 1h tour is good enough to give you an idea. The Royal Barges Museum can be an option if you want to make a stop. You will need to pay a THB 100 entrance fee extra. Most tours will take you along the Klong Bangkok Noi. During your tour, you will get to see the canal life and the simple condition of the canal people.
Available all day. THB 800 for a 1-hour tour for a private boat after negotiation (price on the list will usually say THB 1000 per boat or sometimes per pax!)
Jim Thomson house
Architecture, art and silk. What else? Well, visit this house if you are interested in any of these. It is a very nice place. Guided tour only in English + other languages available every 10 minutes. If you’re hungry, check out the restaurant, it’s very nice!
Open from 9AM to 5PM. Fees: THB 100 per person.
This is one of the largest museums in South East Asia and is definitely a good option, especially if it’s raining.
Open from 9AM to 3:30 PM. Fees: THB 200 per person.
Looking for something in particular (a pet? clothes? decoration stuff? a fake watch?), you should be able to find it there. If you are not looking for anything but just want to walk around in the market and do some window shopping (well there is no window) you can spend hours in this market. There are a lot of food & drink stalls that will enable you to stay there even longer. It can be very hot in the market so dress accordingly. Most of the market is covered; however there are some streets where you can get some air (or water if it’s raining…).
The market is on the road to the airport and a bit far away from the city center. By taxi, it will cost you around THB 150 (with taxi meter) and take you about 25 minutes depending on your starting point. Free admission to the market. Open on Saturdays and Sundays ONLY.
If you have more time
There are hundred more activities that you can do in Bangkok. What about a cooking class? Try http://www.maliwancooking.com. They have a brand new kitchen and the teacher is very nice. You’ll go to the market to get supply for 45 minutes and then you’ll learn how to cook Thai dishes by doing. On top of this you will get the recipes and some pictures! It’s very professional! THB 1200 for the class for beginners (pad thai, green curry, tom yam and mango sticky rice)
More info to prepare your trip
!Warning! Common scams in Bangkok – read if you are a first time traveler in Asia/Thailand.
It’s a pity we have to create a section on this but… Better safe than sorry. Most Thais are very friendly and will try to help you. However, Bangkok hosts a lot of people who will try to abuse the tourist you are. Here are a few of the scams that you will most probably encounter during your stay. You’ve been warned!
Tuk Tuk. Riding a Tuk Tuk is fun and probably a must-do when in Bangkok. However, a short trip is fine. Remember that it’s hot, loud, and polluted out there so you don’t want to sit in a Tuk Tuk for 2 hours. It’s also usually more expensive as Tuk Tuk have no meter. The Tuk Tuk drivers will probably try to bring you to a shop (shirt, jewelry, antiques, “massage” (and maybe more…) to get a commission from this shop. Make sure you tell the driver you don’t want to go. Don’t believe him (I’ve never met a female tuk tuk driver in Bangkok) if he tells you the place you want to visit is close today. It’s just a scam to take you somewhere else. Check your guidebook for the opening hours and stay cool. It can be quite annoying… Don’t try to argue if you know someone is lying to you, just walk away and find somebody else.
As a reference a short ride will cost you between THB 30 and 40. Always negotiate the price before you board.
Taxi meter. All taxis in Bangkok have a taxi meter. Before you enter the taxi, explain where you want to go and ask the driver to use the taxi meter. If the driver proposes a fixed amount instead (because there is heavy traffic or for whatever reason he may come up with), you have 95% of chances that it will cost you more than using the meter. If the driver does not agree, find another taxi. Be patient, you will find one.
You will find Wifi pretty much everywhere.
What to pack for Bangkok
Your main bag
That’s the one you leave at the hotel. Ideally you want to avoid checking in your luggage when flying. So check the weight and dimensions for hand carry luggage with your airlines (some airlines will allow only 7kg, some will allow up to 10kg). From head to toes.
- Short sleeves tops: your main outfit. Everybody will see them on all your pictures. You really want to take that old Mickey Mouse T-shirt? Be mindful that you will be in a different environment so it might be a good idea to adjust your wardrobe.
- Long sleeves tops: to protect yourself from the sun (if you’ve stayed for 5 hours on a motorbike with short sleeves you know what I mean) or to enter religious buildings or to protect yourself from mosquitoes in the evening.
- Pullover. Yes I know, you’re going to a country where the temperature never goes down below 25 degrees and you need to pack a pullover? You will thank us when you’re back. Remember that flight during which you were freezing? Or this museum where the aircon is set to the “polar bear” temperature?
- Short/skirt (you should be able to chose the appropriate one by yourself).
- Trousers for the same reasons you need to take long sleeves tops. Jeans are usually not a good option. They are heavy and keep you too warm.
- Underwear: well, you know. If you plan to walk or ride motorbikes for long hours, take something comfortable as the combination heat + friction can make you regret this sophisticated silk underwear. Cotton is good.
- Shoes: one pair of flip flap and one pair of confortable shoes. Remember that you are going to spend most of the time on your feet. Forget about high heels and leave your Westons at home.
- Swimsuit: even if you don’t plan to go to the beach, you never know. A nice river, a swimming pool, a heavy rain? Always have one with you.
- Raincoat and protection for your bag. Even if you are visiting the country during the “best season”, you never know what the sky will be like.
- Torch: take a pocket torch with you if you visit countries where the power is not reliable… Can come very handy when stuck in the dark in your room.
- Toilet bag: Shampoo, soap, toothbrush & toothpath, deodorant, sun screen, tiger balm. Ideally, all these in miniature formats.
- Sleeping bag liner (if you plan to stay in very cheap or dirty places, not required if you are staying in a 5-star hotel…)
- Your IT stuff: iPad, eBook, laptop, chargers, memory card, batteries, etc.
- Dryer sheets: they will help keep a fresh smell in your bag.
Your small bag
That’s the one you keep with you, all the time. Hence, a backpack is the best option.
- Your passport, cash, credit cards and other life saving items like your insurance card with emergency contact details. Not a bad idea to put them in a zip-lock bag in case it rains. It will keep your documents dry.
- Your driver’s licence if you plan to rent a car or a motorbike (some countries are quite particular about this so take it with you in case you are not sure, even for a motorbike rental).
- Your emergency medical kit: painkillers, mosquitoes repellent, dressing/plaster, disinfectant, anti diarrhea, eyewash
- Tissues and toilet paper (you will thank me later). Remember that in a lot of countries, you will not be provided napkins when having a meal.
- Water – plastic bottles are a good option as they are lighter than a gourd/flask.
- Biscuits (always buy some before you go when you are not sure what you will find. Always have “emergency” biscuit and water in case you cannot find food around and need to recharge batteries)
- Sunglasses: you’ll need them. Take them even if it’s raining. Weather can change very fast in the region.
- Scarf (krama, or any kind of fabric that you can use to put around your neck, put on your head to protect it from the sun, cover your shoulders in temples, dry your sweat, etc). Can come very handy in some situation. It will not stay clean for long so it’s wise to pick a dark color…
- Camera and its protection.
- Language: Thai.
- Time zone: Bangkok and across the country GMT +7 hours.
1h behind Singapore
- Currency: Thai Baht (THB)
- Phone: + 66
- Electricity: 220V 60 Hz
Immigration and airport taxes on arrival
If you are a citizen from the following countries, you possess a passport with at least 6 months validity, and you are staying up to 30 days, then you do NOT need any Tourist visa to enter Thailand.
- Visa exemption rule applies for: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam.
- If you hold a passport from another country, you will need to apply for a visa on arrival at the airport customs. A visa for 15 days costs 1000 Bahts.
National Public Holidays in Thailand
|January 1||New Years Day|
|March 4 *||Makha Bucha Day|
|April 6 *||Chakri Day|
|April 13||Thai New Year|
|April 14||Thai New Year|
|April 15||Thai New Year|
|April 16||Thai New Year|
|April 17||Thai New Year|
|May 1||Labour Day|
|May 5 *||Coronation Day|
|June 1 *||Visakha Bucha Day|
|July 30 *||Asahna Bucha Day|
|August 12||H.M. Queen’s Birthday|
|October 23||Chulalongkorn Day|
|December 5||H.M. King’s Birthday|
|December 10||Constitution Day|
|December 31||New Year’s Eve|
* check the exact date on this website as it varies from one year to another.