Bangkok Travel Ideas
and Best Bangkok Beaches

Are you looking for Bangkok travel ideas, where to stay in Bangkok or even the best Bangkok beaches?

Maybe you are planning on going to Thailand in the future, or thinking about visiting the islands near Bangkok?

***Test and Go Revised***

Effective 1st May 2022 fully vaccinated visitors will no longer need to take an RT-PCR test on arrival and no longer need to book a hotel room for their first night.

Instead, it is only recommended that visitors take a self ATK test during their stay if they show symptoms.

Visitors will still need to submit their proof of vaccination and USD $10,000 covid insurance to the Thailand Pass system prior to traveling.

Those who are not vaccinated or only partially vaccinated must enter Alternative Quarantine (AQ) of five days and show proof of a hotel booking at government-approved hotels. They are to take an RT-PCR test on the 4th or 5th day. They can, however, enter Thailand without a quarantine, providing that they show proof of an RT-PCR negative test taken within 72 hours prior to departure, which must be submitted before departure in the “Thailand Pass” system.

See Australian Embassy links and list of requirements here.

See the list of Bangkok SHA Quarantine Hotels here.

Phuket sunsetPhuket is known for its warm climate and breathtaking sunsets

Direct Flights to Phuket

Phuket International Airport (HKT) is the third largest airport in Thailand.

In total there are 47 airports around the world that have direct flights to Phuket, spread around 46 cities in 22 countries, however come countries or airlines have currently suspended flights.

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Copenhagen
  • Doha
  • Frankfurt
  • Helsinki
  • Hong Kong
  • Istanbul
  • Kolkata
  • London
  • Melbourne
  • Moscow
  • Mumbai
  • New Delhi
  • Paris
  • Singapore
  • Stockholm
  • Sydney
  • Vladivostok
  • Zurich
Phuket Sandbox beach

About Bangkok Travel Ideas

If so, then you have come to the right place, because more people visit Bangkok, Thailand than any other destination in the world. 

Thailand Buddhist Temple

Indeed Bangkok was the most visited city in the world, with over 22 million international overnight visitors per year passing through Suvarnabhumi Airport in the year up to September 2019.

In this most recent report Paris came second, with London in third place, but Bangkok is still also the number one destination city in the Asia / Pacific by visitor numbers. 

Source: MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index 2019

Bangkok is an exciting, vibrant, modern city with a wealth of tourist attractions and it is known as the gateway to the Orient for good reason. 

If you have never been to Bangkok before, then you must come and visit because there is so much to see and do and it is all explained here, in Bangkok Travel Ideas.

Why Should I go to Bangkok?

People come to Bangkok for all sorts of reasons.

Some come to escape the Northern winter, some come for a Thailand vacation, some plan a short Bangkok layover on the long journey to Australia or New Zealand, to break up the trip.

Koh Chang island just 5 hours from Bangkok and has some of the best beaches near Bangkok

Then there are those that are heading for the beaches close to Bangkok, like the beaches at Hua Hin, or even to experience the crystal clear waters on the island of Koh Samet.

Some tourists even come to explore the exciting inland regions of Thailand.

For example there are the World War II relics and cemetery around Kanchanaburi, or the historic area of Chantaburi, with its temples and fruit growing farms.

A few days at a one of the many Bangkok beaches or some retail therapy at a Bangkok shopping mall will do wonders for the soul and give you a new perspective on life.

Bangkok Travel Ideas

Sure, there is plenty to do here and whether you intend to visit Bangkok for a few days or a few weeks some early planning will let you make the most of your trip.

Explore this site for some great Bangkok travel ideas and travel tips that will save you time and money and make the most of your vacation time.

The sights that you can see in Bangkok are just amazing.

Look at this picture of a Thai elephant just wandering the local streets.

Of course taking elephants into the city is no longer allowed by the local authorities.

But, it is still possible to see small elephants being taken around the streets of the smaller towns or areas close to the elephant camps and being given food by tourists.

Bangkok elephant, Bangkok travel ideas says don't feed the elephant in the local Soi or face a 10,000 Baht fine.

Over the passed few years I have travelled to Bangkok frequently and using the power of the internet have literally saved thousands of dollars in travel costs.

More time than I care to remember has been spent researching the very best Bangkok hotel deals and cheap flights to Bangkok.

You can do the same by just following my simple guide.

Of course, when I came to Bangkok it wasn't all work.

Market stalls in Bangkok

Sometimes I would have a weekend spare between flights, where I would get a chance to see the sights, investigate the very best in Bangkok shopping, or visit one of the best Bangkok beaches, before I had to fly off again. 

As a frequent business traveller I look for good value in nice hotels, not just the cheapest.

I also value my health and personal safety so you are not going to find reviews of backpacker hostels or camping sites here.

Not that they are not safe, just I never used this type of budget travel. 

Bangkok at night viewed from the Emporium Suites

This site is going to share many years experiences with you, where I went to, the things I did, both the good and the bad and reveal all the secrets that I learned during those years arranging my own Bangkok travel.

Thailand Buddhist monks collecting alms in the morning

Booking on the internet is really convenient, but did you know that you can't always trust the hotel descriptions given on websites?

In fact a lot of the information is just cut and pasted and the same description is used for multiple hotels.

You won't find that on Bangkok Travel Ideas.

I wrote and typed all this information myself, based upon my travel experiences and I'm adding details to my Bangkok Travel Diary as I go.

It is as real as it can be and I try and keep it as up to date as possible.

What if I was to tell you that one major Asian travel website advertises a particular Bangkok hotel as being 5 minutes from Suvarnabhumi Airport when in fact it is two hours away by car.

Booking something like this, would cause serious disruption to your Bangkok holiday or your stopover.

If you have never been to Bangkok before, you just wouldn't know... until you arrived.

Looking for Beaches Near Bangkok?

For example the photograph below, I took on Koh Samet, I call this photo my Bangkok Beach umbrella and it is one of my favourites.

This  is one of many beaches near Bangkok and you can easily get there by coach in under three hours.

You can swim, eat seafood under the stars, listen to the waves lapping on the sand... and still be back to work for Monday.

Bangkok beach umbrella on a beach near Bangkok

I am going to tell you how to avoid the scams, how to get cheap local travel, how to fly comfortably in economy class, and lots more.

It doesn't matter if you are a tourist or a businessman like I was.

If you are planning any Bangkok travel and you need to book some Bangkok accommodation for your stay here, then you are sure to find some of my Bangkok travel ideas useful.

There are lots of photographs and write-ups of various places around the city as well as pictures of beaches near Bangkok.

You can see and feel what each place is like, before you book.

Fishing boat on Whitesand Beach Koh Chang

There are constant updates to this site with new Bangkok travel ideas and reviews of Bangkok hotels and shopping malls, all building upon the Asian travel theme, so visit regularly and start to plan your Bangkok travel now.

Weather in Bangkok

When planning a trip to Bangkok, one of the most important things is to consider is the season and what the weather is going to be like during that period.

The most popular period for tourists from the Northern Hemisphere to visit Bangkok is in the November to March period. 

This coincides with the Thailand dry season and it also means visitors can escape from the Northern winter.

Read more about the weather in Bangkok to help you plan your trip to Bangkok and the surrounding areas.

Bangkok Travel Planning Quick Links

Where To Stay in Bangkok?

If you can't decide where to stay.

Click through to read my guide to the main Bangkok districts or the beaches and islands near Bangkok

Check out the Bangkok map below, showing key features of the city or jump straight to my page describing the main areas to stay in Bangkok.

If you like what you read, then please link back to my site or give me a Facebook Like as you pass through.

If you have any Bangkok Travel Ideas of your own or see any errors on these pages, please let me know.

I think I have it all covered, but I can always add more information.

Bangkok Travel Guide

The links below will take you to other pages in Bangkok Travel ideas website.

Travel Out of Bangkok

My travels have now extended beyond the district of Bangkok and in recent times I have visited:

I am working on adding these trip reports and reviews as fast as I can.

You may not have heard of some of these interesting places in Thailand; many locations that I visit are off the beaten path for the package tourist, but they are well worth a visit.

Budget hotel in Thailand beach area

The advantage of going to less touristy places is that you experience a more natural and authentic feel to the country and have the chance to experience more of the traditional culture of the country.

Even though I have not written many of the articles yet you can find the place holders marked on the Google map above.

Bangkok Airport

There are two main airports in Bangkok.

Don Mueang Airport (DMK) was the old airport, which now handles mainly regional and budget airlines and then there is the newer Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) that is currently being expanded to double the size.

Churning of the Milk Ocean in Suvarnabhumi Airport Departures levelChurning of the Milk Ocean in Suvarnabhumi Airport

Most overseas visitors arrive in Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), so if you have already purchased your ticket, then I have detailed the Bangkok airport arrival procedure on this page about Suvarnabhumi Airport arrivals.

It covers:

  • immigration
  • transfers to internal airports eg. Phuket, Koh Samui
  • baggage collection
  • lost baggage
  • duty free purchase
  • customs processing
  • meet and greet areas
  • currency exchange
  • airport transport options

Check it out and see what you think.

Airport transfer to Bangkok via AOT Limousine car

Future Bangkok Travel Ideas

Here are some ideas for future trips, that are currently in the early planning stages.

They are not fully researched yet, but the shortlist includes:

  • Tong Pha Phum
  • Chumphon
  • Khanom

Most tourists will never get to these spots and all the more reason to showcase them on Bangkok Travel Ideas.

Koh Phayam is located on the Western coast of Thailand and the closest major town is Ranong, which is close to the Myanmar border.

Ao Manao is in the Prachuap Khiri Khan province of Thailand and is just South of Sam Roi Yot National Park.

The actual beach area is inside a working military base and you could easily cycle there if you stay in the Prachuap Beach area.

Prachuap Khiri Khan is the province just below the ever popular Hua Hin and it has some interesting places to visit.

Tong Pha Phum is close to the Myanmar border after you pass through Kanchanaburi.

This is a mountainous region with lots of National Parks and lakes and is great for exploring if you like nature and the outdoors.

I hope you enjoy your travels and that you found some inspiration from reading my Bangkok Travel Ideas.

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