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Bangkok General Facts
Bangkok, Thailand’s Capital City, is a major destination for anyone seeking a holiday destination where tradition and modernity are deeply interwoven. Bangkok offers a multitude of places for simple Bangkok Sightseeing and cultural education. The highlights range from temples, monuments, spectacular historical buildings and Bangkok Shopping venues, to the never ending selection of Thai cuisine. The skyline is shaped by skyscrapers, banks and Bangkok hotels. Bangkok’s original name was “City of Angels” (or “Krung Thep” in Thai). With no shortage of things to do and see, you will find Bangkok a true travel destination. Wired Destinations' Bangkok Public Transportation will tell you how to reach your Bangkok travel destination.
Area: Bangkok city covers a total area of 1,565 sq. km (602 sq. miles) of delta land, of which no natural area is more than 2 meters (7 ft) above any other. See the Bangkok map.
Bangkok Telephone - Country and City Code
UTC or GMT (+ 7 hours) Thailand is 7 hours ahead of London, 6 hours ahead of Berlin, 12 hours ahead of New York and 15 hours ahead of Los Angeles. Daylight saving time will add 1 hour to the above.
Bangkok Business Hours
Business hours are from 08:00 to 17:00 from Monday to Friday. Some businesses may open on Saturdays at around 09:00 to 12:00. Government and administrative offices open from 08:30 to 14:30, Monday to Friday. Bangkok Bank hours are from 09:30 to 15:30.
Three seasons are known in Thailand, namely: hot, rainy and cool. But to the traveler coming in from anywhere non-tropical countries, Thailand has only one temperature: hot and humid. Humidity during day and sometimes during the night is above 70%. The gift of air-conditioning makes Bangkok and other bigger cities bearable during the hot season. The countryside is fairly cooler, but, surprisingly, the northern parts of Thailand tend to be hotter in March and April than in Bangkok.
The following temperature ranges give a reliable guide to the degree of heat to be expected in Bangkok
Hot season (March to mid-June): 27-35°C (80-95°F)
Rainy season (June to October): 24-32°C (75-90°F)
Cool season (November to February): 18-32°C (65-90°F), but less humidity.
Thailand Dress Code
Due to the hot weather and high humidity level in Bangkok all year round, casual clothes from natural fibers, like cotton, are recommended. However, in temples or government offices, travelers are required to dress properly. Expect trousers or at least knee length shorts or skirts and T-shirts with sleeves and proper shoes. No sleeveless blouse or flip flops are allowed in these areas. In some temples tourists can borrow appropriate attire before entering.
Telephone communication in a metropolis like Bangkok is comparable to any international standard. Public telephone booths can be found all over town. At airports and in major Bangkok Hotels, international calls can be made, and public phones normally take calling cards. These cards are available at convenience stores. Consider purchasing a SIM card with pre-paid option. This would be more convenient than finding a public phone booth.
Travelers have easy access to the Internet and e-mail. Bangkok hotels, business centers and serviced apartments often provide Internet services. Internet cafes can be found almost everywhere in town, with fax and phone service also available.
The electricity in Bangkok is 220 volts. If you are from a 110-volt country, it is recommended to purchase 220 volt appliances.
Thai language is generally used in this capital city of Thailand. In major tourist hotspots, some Bangkokians can also speak English, but it is better to write your destination down on a piece of paper, or ask your concierge at the hotel to write it down in Thai for you.
Bangkok Health Facilities
General and specialized hospitals and international class health facilities can easily be found throughout Bangkok. Bumrungrad and Samitivej hospitals apply western standards, but so do their fees. For those with comprehensive medical insurance, these would the places to go. For minor problems, the British Dispensary, 109 Sukhumvit Road (between Soi 3 and 5), tel.: 0-2252 8056, has British doctors on its staff. Most international hotels also have an on-premises clinic or a doctor on call.
In Bangkok, one dental clinic with a long-standing good reputation is the Dental Polyclinic, at 211-3 New Petchburi Road, tel.: 0-2314 5070. The Dental Hospital, 88/88 Soi 49, Sukhumvit Road, tel.: 0-2260 5000-15, looks more like a hotel than a dental hospital and offers the latest imported dental equipment.