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Thailand Costs and Prices

Thailand Costs and Prices

A survey by the Economist newspaper ranked Bangkok's cost of living at only 57% of that of New York, and certainly it's true that is possible to live very cheaply. How much you adapt to Thai lifestyle habits makes a big difference to your costs though -...

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Introduction to Bangkok

Introduction to Bangkok

A lot of first time visitors aren't quite sure what to expect when first arriving in the capital of exotic Thailand, and some may be disappointed by their first impressions on the way into town - endless high rise buildings, busy expressway flyovers and...

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Chatuchak and other markets in Bangkok

Chatuchak and other markets in Bangkok

Bangkok doesn't lack for markets, and they are generally the cheapest places to shop. This doesn't necessarily reflect on the quality of the goods sold either, and some excellent bargains are for the taking in Bangkok if you know where to...

Thailand Bangkok Getting Around

Bangkok Tuk-tuks

Bangkok Tuk-tuks

Doing a similar job to the taxi is Thailand's ubiquitous tuk-tuk ตุ๊กๆ). So named because of the sound of their engine, these are motorized rickshaws and are popular amongst tourists for their novelty value. They are occasionally faster than taxis in...

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The crazy world of Thai nicknames

The crazy world of Thai nicknames

Just about every Thai person has a nickname by which they are known informally, given to them by their parents at birth. The pervasive use of nicknames in this way apparently comes from the old belief that evil spirits ( ปีศาจ...

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Thailand Monarchy

In an era of declining popularity of royalty in many countries, there's no doubt that Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej  - the longest reigning monarch in the world - and his wife Queen Sirikit stand out as extraordinary exceptions. Held in...

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The full name of Bangkok

The full name of Bangkok

Unless talking to foreigners who don't know any different, Thais will never call their capital city Bangkok - indeed, some Thais in the more remote provinces may never have even heard of it being called that. Instead in Thai it is known as Krung Thep...

Thailand Bangkok Getting Around

Bangkok Skytrain (BTS)

Bangkok Skytrain (BTS)

Bangkok's Skytrain (รถไฟฟ้า) started operating in December 1999 and, for the areas it goes to at least, is an extremely useful way of getting about. There's a central station located at Siam square, and two lines: the 17km Sukhumvit line, which stretches...

Thailand Attractions

Thailand highlights FAQ

Thailand highlights FAQ

  • What should I see and do in Bangkok ?
  • How much time should I spend in Bangkok ?
  • What are the highlights of the rest of Thailand ?
  • What beaches and islands are the best ones to go to ?
  • What...
Thailand Bangkok Attractions

Day trips and excursions from Bangkok

Day trips and excursions from Bangkok

There are quite a few attractions visitable as day trips out of Bangkok, most easily on tours that may combine two or three of them in one day .

Perhaps the most popular trip from Bangkok is the 109km journey southwest to the picturesque...

Thailand Bangkok Getting Around

Bangkok river and canal boats

Bangkok river and canal boats

Formerly known as the 'Venice of the East', Bangkok still has an excess of waterways that offer a great way of getting around. River express and canal boats regularly ply several routes unaffected by the constant traffic on the roads, and...

Thailand Bangkok Attractions

Tours of Bangkok

Tours of Bangkok

There are many, many travel agents in Bangkok offering tours of the sights in Bangkok and surrounding provinces. The Khao San road travel agents tend to be the cheapest, but have a reputation for routinely selling more tickets than there are seats...

Thailand culture

Thailand culture FAQ

Thailand culture FAQ

  • What are the basic do's and don'ts ?
  • What are Thai people like ?
  • What sort of clothes should I wear while I'm there ?
  • How difficult is to talk with the Thais ?
  • Is it okay to go...