Flights to Bangkok
Bangkok is the capital and largest city of the Asian country, Thailand. It is a very large city, spanning the Chao Phraya River, and in the Thai language, the city is not called Bangkok, but Krung Thep Maha Nakhon.
To reach Bangkok from South Africa you cannot take a direct flight, though you do have a good choice of both routes and airlines for a flight which connects through to Bangkok. All flights depart from Johannesburg International O R Tambo Airport with the following airlines: Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, South African Airways (SAA), Singapore Airlines, Kenya Airways, Ethiad Airways, and British Airways (BA). The cities you can connect through, and have a stop-over if you desire, are London Heathrow, Hong Kong, Singapore or Dubai.
Bangkok has two airports, though the newer Suvarnabhumi International Airport (airport code: BKK) is the main airport for international flights. The airport is located 19 miles (30km) outside the city centre and is accessible by taxi, public transport and in the future by an express train service.
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The Tourist Attractions of Bangkok:
Bangkok is a huge, crowded and busy city which could easily overwhelm the senses of somebody not used to this much commotion! Having said that, Bangkok is cited as being one of the most traveller-friendly cities in Asia and has lots to offer visiting tourists.
The majority of attractions can be found within the Old City of Bangkok on Rattanakosin Island. Conveniently, the three top-rated attractions are all next to each other, so once you’ve found one the others are easy! Be aware that there are strict rules as to what you should wear when entering temples and you will be refused entry if not appropriately dressed – arms and legs must be covered and you should not wear flip-flops.
The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) are next to each other and have a combined entrance fee. The palace was strangely built based on European architecture but with Thai roofs.
Wat Pho is a definite highlight of any visit to Bangkok as it’s here that you’ll find Asia’s largest reclining Buddha! You can also enjoy a massage here or even learn the art of massage through the course which is offered. The Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) is another attractive and appealing temple to visit as well.
Bangkok is also a great city for shopping and nightlife. There are many shopping malls as well as countless markets, and the main shopping street is Sukhumvit. This is also the street to visit for a good choice of nightlife, including clubs and go-go bars, though the main spot for nightlife is around Silom. One of the most famous streets is Patpong which gets very crowded at night and is full of sex shows.
The shopping malls and markets sell huge varieties of goods which are quite cheap by Western standards so it may be easy to get carried away with buying clothes and electronics.
For a view of Bangkok from up high the Dome at the State Tower is a great place to go for a drink. It’s the world’s tallest rooftop bar and restaurant, or try the not quite so high Vertigo bar, on top of the Banyan Tree Hotel.
When Should You Visit?:
Bangkok has a tropical monsoon climate, so is hot and humid all year round. If you don’t like the rain it’s best not to visit during the rainy season, from July to October. Temperatures do not vary much from the low to mid 30’sC (88-95F) across the year, with minimums in the low to mid 20’sC (69-79F).