Bangkok’s charming city has a beautiful natural landscape and the vibrant atmosphere of the crowded city with the low-cost shopping paradises. Every year, Bangkok receives millions of tourists from all over the world. The tourist season in Bangkok usually starts from mid-October to April next year. In order not to affect your travel budget, the detailed plan should be prepared 2-3 months before you travel. The article below will show you the best time to travel to Bangkok and suggest some interesting places for you to discover.
1. Best time to travel to Bangkok
Climate – the factor determines your travel plans
The weather in Thailand is divided into two seasons: the rainy season starting from May until October and the dry season starting from November until the end of April. Traveling to Bangkok from October to April of the next year, visitors will have the opportunity to attend two major festivals in this country: the Loy Krathong Light Festival (also known as the Love Festival of Thailand, taking place on the full moon day of December on the lunar calendar) and Songkran Traditional Lunar New Year (taking place in mid April) as well as many other festivals.
The visitors should choose the cool weather to suit the needs of traveling, visiting the beautiful places in Bangkok. In terms of climate, the best time to travel to Bangkok is from November to February of the next year, which is the coolest time of the year. However, this time is also the peak tourist season in Thailand so the price will increase and the number of tourists coming here is also huge. Bangkok is affected by the monsoon from the Indian Ocean, so the tourists should come here from November to May (the rain and flooding can occur from June to October).
Tourist season – the factor determines your travel budget
Choosing the time for your trip to Bangkok pretty much affects your travel budget. Consider carefully your plan for traveling in peak seasons. In Bangkok, during peak periods from late December until the end of February of the next year, especially on the festive days or weekends, the airfare and hotel room rates in Bangkok are much higher (sometimes 2 or 3 times compared to that of the weekdays). If you want to save money, avoid traveling to Bangkok at these times.
In return, on these occasions, the sightseeing sites are opened to the public for free and you can take part in many exciting and hectic activities at the tourist sites around Bangkok. If you are a shopping lover, you should go to Bangkok in June because this is the sale-off season. At that time, many high-end branches launch many sale programs.
2. Places of interest
The beautiful capital of Thailand has countless attractions for you to explore. Here are 5 destinations you should not miss in Bangkok.
Chao Phraya River
Bangkok was interwoven with a system of canals in the nineteenth century, so the capital was dubbed the “Venice in the west”. The Chao Phraya River (rivers of kings) and the canals outline the memorable motifs of the traditional way of life that have arisen from the waterways that are still preserved over the centuries. The visitors can use convenient public transportation to easily explore the canal system here.
In addition, the Thai government is now paying more attention to the development and dissemination of the country’s culture to visitors by organizing traditional fair booths, Muay Thai martial art performance, the river cruise day tour and many other activities right on the harbor of Chao Phraya River.
China Town, located on Yaowarat Road in Samphanthawong District and a large part of Charoen Rung Road in the heart of Bangkok, is one of the most popular living areas of the Chinese. Yaowarat is also famous for its delicious food. There are many shops and suppliers of goods available here. In general, the model and culture here are similar to other Chinese neighborhoods around the world, but it also gives the visitors a very comfortable and fun feeling to walk around.
Although the Royal Palace in Thailand is in the process of renovation, this is still the number one tourist attraction in Bangkok. Inside the palace campus is a combination of gilded pagan paintings along with paintings depicting the history of the Thai people forming along the wall surrounding the palace. In addition, visitors can visit the royal palace to learn about the history and culture of the Thai royal family.
The visitors coming here should come to the 8 o’clock in the morning to avoid queues to buy tickets at the price of 500 Baht (16$). Besides, all guests will be required to rent trousers with a deposit of 200 Baht (about 6.5$).
Dumnoen Saduak Floating Market
More than 100 km to the southwest from Bangkok, in Ratchaburi province, the floating market attracts many tourists. In here, you can find everything from handicrafts to agricultural produce, fruits, spices, flowers and even traditional Thai massage. This market is also a place to sell handicrafts and souvenirs. At the end of the market, it is the system of canals flowing through the fields of fruit such as oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit. The market begins in the early morning. The Floating Market is a good place to visit and learn Thai culture.
Ratchadamri is considered as the center of Bangkok with a wide range of hotels, restaurants, famous business centers and night markets crowded throughout the day. Visitors can enjoy shopping at Central World, Siam Paragon, Amarin, MBK, and Palladium or enjoy the streets of Bangkok with tuk-tuk before moving to Sukhumvit and visiting Terminal 21 Entertainment Complex.
I hope that the above information will be helpful in choosing the best time to travel to Bangkok and planning your Bangkok trip! Let’s go and experience by yourself! Many interesting things in Bangkok are waiting for you to discover.