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Arguably the premier attraction in the Thai capital is the Grand Palace, the official residence for Thailand's royalty since its completion in 1785. The gold-tipped structure sits majestically on the Chao Phraya River and contains the Wat Phra Kaew, the most sacred Buddhist temple in the country and the revered Emerald Buddha.Bangkok: Grand PalaceGrand Palace

The world's largest reclining Buddha is found near the Palace at Wat Pho. Other notable temples include Wat Arun, Golden Mount, Wat Suthat and Wat Ratchanaddaram.

Lumphini Park offers a great escape from the city's frenetic pace and a boat trip on the canals provides a fun yet convenient way to move around the city. Shoppers will love the department store MBK and the Bobae Market, an extensive clothing market. Khao San Road is the city's dedicated tourist strip featuring the associated traveller infrastructure.

The top sights and attractions in Bangkok include visiting the ancient temples and palaces located in a central area in old Bangkok, the floating market, the ruins of Ayutthaya, street food tours, the markets and partying around Khao San Road.Bangkok: Boat on Chao Phraya RiverBoat on Chao Phraya River

Bangkok's colourful nightlife is legendary with everything from traditional cultural performances to risqué Go-Go dances and mesmerising drag shows. And it would be criminal not to experience a Thai massage in the country that developed the relaxing art form.

There are several fascinating Bangkok tours available including day trips north, to explore ancient Ayutthaya's remnants, pay your respects at the Bridge on the River Quai, or pat a placid tiger at the Tiger Temple.


How long is the flight from South Africa to Bangkok, Thailand?

Flights are between 14 - 18 hours long, depending on connecting times.


Which day of the week is cheapest to fly to Bangkok?

Monday - Thursday are cheapest. Weekends carry a surcharge and are generally more popular, which means more expensive.


Which month is the cheapest to fly to Bangkok?

The low season, so around April/May to August/September is cheapest.


What time of day is cheapest to fly to Bangkok?

Whenever the gulf carriers are flying, they are generally the best price.


Which airlines fly direct to Bangkok?

None as of early 2021. However, that might change after the pandemic as Thai was going to start again.


When are the flights to Bangkok from Johannesburg?

You can book on any day of the week with multiple airlines.


When are the flights to Bangkok from Cape Town?

There are daily flights from Cape Town to Thailand with several airlines.


When are the flights to Bangkok from Durban?

There are daily flights with Emirates, and flights every 2nd day with Qatar Airways.


What should I know regarding COVID-19 pandemic and flights to Bangkok?

South Africans can enter for 30 days, but you need to quarantine for 14 days and show a negative Covid test.


Is Bangkok expensive?

No, Thailand is a similar price to going on holiday in South Africa. Nevertheless, accommodation is more expensive than Phuket, but your cost of living is lower.


What language do they speak in Bangkok?

Thai and English.


What is the weather like in Bangkok?

It is hot and humid in Bangkok. There are two seasons, dry and wet.


What currency do they use in Bangkok?

Thai Baht.


How much money do I need for 1 week in Bangkok?

Hotels etc. it depends, however for food etc. perhaps budget for Cape Town, the food is cheaper, but the drinks are more expensive. If you eat street food and keep it simple, you can live and drink off around $5 - 10 a day, if you sit down for the evenings around $10 - 15 per day, anything more than that and you don’t need to worry about the budget.


Do I need a visa for Bangkok?

For South Africans no, if you are staying less than 30 days (when entering by air) and 15 days when entering by land.


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