Mini guide to Bangkok

Insider tips for Thailand's bustling capital, Bangkok

  • Bjorn Richardson
    General manager, Oakwood Residence Bangkok
  • April 2012

Great place for dinner: Baan Klang Nam on Rama 3, soi 14. It’s a great Thai seafood restaurant set in an old teak house on the Chao Phraya River. Reservations are recommended as this place is favoured by Thais and foreigners alike.

Must-eats: Street-side Thai fare for lunch. Choose a place that’s crowded with locals, which will guarantee fresh food with authentic Thai flavours.

Local recreational activity to watch: Thai boxing at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium. Place a bet and enjoy the fights as well as the atmosphere.

Best idea for a family outing: Take a long-tail boat trip down the klongs (canals) and discover a completely different side of Bangkok. End the trip with a visit to Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, and if time permits add a visit to Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

From the Airport

CBD: 30km from Suvarnabhumi International Airport

Travel time: Around 40 mins by car

Taxi: Approx THB300 (AU$9)

Airport Express: THB150 (AU$4.60); takes around 60 mins

On the go

1. BTS Skytrain and MRT These two train systems travel over-and underground to get you to all the major points in Bangkok.
2. Tuk-tuk This method of transport offers an exhilarating ride around the streets, but is best for short distances only.