Bangkok, Thailand is filled with sights and sounds, and handsomely rewards travelers who visit its famously chaotic streets, with cheap and delicious food. When you look past the chaos of wild nightlife, and never-ending traffic, and peel back Bangkok’s layers, the city comes alive with endless things to do.
The best time to visit Bangkok is from late November to mid-January, when the climate is a tropical cool but humid, yet comfortable. During the rainy season, which spans from May to November, the weather is warm and humid, with afternoon showers. No matter when you plan your Bangkok trip, it will be hot: between March and May, the city reaches its highest temperatures. November to the end of February is the best time to visit Bangkok if you want pleasant weather. If you have to come during this time, try to make it for the Thai New Year (Songkran) in April.
Bangkok’s Cultural Backdrop
When you visit Bangkok you discover this diverse city is an amalgamation of what old and new has to offer. Bangkok is full of history, temples, and Thai ruins. Check out Wat Pra Kaeo, which houses the 15th century Emerald Buddha, tons of temples, statues, and beautiful artwork. Afterwards, head to Wat Pho to see the famous golden reclining Buddha. Take in the view from Wat Arun, a gorgeous Buddhist temple opposite the Grand Palace.
Must See Markets
Visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market the largest outdoor market in Asia and great shopping destination place to buy gifts, find knock-offs, barter, or eat some good food. The market is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The best time to go shopping is in the morning, or when the market first opens. Many shopkeepers believe that the first sale of the day is good luck. Because of this, they’re more than happy to bring the price down more than usual.