Glimpses of Bangkok, Thailand

What is it about Bangkok? Very few locations on the planet elicit the same sort of responses to that question as will Bangkok The full Thai name of Thailand's capitol

Krungthepmahanakhon Amornrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharat Ratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphiman Awatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit

Translated to English

The city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable city (of Ayutthaya) of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated God, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn.

Ask 1000 people who have visited Thailand's capital longer than a package tourist and you will probably get 1001 answers. Quite naturally, those answers will be colored by a mix of the travelers' experiences and perceptions. You may wonder if the visitors encountered different lands when you hear such a diverse range of answers.

  • "It's Shangrila and heaven combined!"
  • "The bloody place stinks like one big sewer!"
  • "The temples are magnificent!"
  • "Beware, a scam on every corner!"
  • You will have to drag me kicking and screaming to the plane to go home!

So what is it about this city that Thais call “Krung Thep”? It's a fascinating mix of tradition, poerty opulence and hedonism. We plan on trying to answer some of the most asked questions about this great cirt, and maybe invoke a few fantasies as well.

When to Go

The short answer to that question is, "Anytime it's not flooded." Every region in Thailand has slightly -- or significantly -- different annual weather patterns are pretty much the same across the central region. Except for the heat!

Because Krung Thep appeals to different people in different ways. Those in pursuit of the city's famed night-life may not much care so much about the heat. After all, they will be out at night and spending lots of time in bone-chilling air-conditioning.

Urban explorers will care quite a lot about daytime heat. It can be exhausting. Visitors to the city will also want to avoid heavy rains and flooded streets. So they should consider the cool season (high season).


The city has three season. The locals call them hot, hotter & wet.

  • Cool Season - November thru February
  • Hot Season - March thru May
  • Rainy Season - May thru October

More details about the seasons and weather in Bangkok.


Another common question about visiting is, "What clothing should I take take and how should I dress." And, quite naturally, it all depends ..

Thailand's capitol city is getting more casual with every passing season. Back in the '90's you seldom saw grown-ups wearing shorts in public. Now it's common for men and women alike, especially in hot and/or rainy weather.

Certain venues, especially temples, government offices and higher end venues dictate appropriate dress, but mostly it is, "Up to you."

Thailand's rainy season screams for rain gear -- especially footwear. Stop and think. Do you really want to lose a flip-flop on a flooded street and go barefoot on the rugged sidewalks of Bangkok?

More thoughts on what clothing to take vs. what to buy after arrival.