Where is Bangkok . . .
The exotic Thai capital of Bangkok is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Central Thailand.
Thailand (officially the Kingdom of Thailand and formerly known as Siam) is located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia. The country is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Burma.
Getting to Bangkok
Bangkok is well serviced by direct and one-stop flights from most of the world's capital cities.
From Australia: Most convenient direct flights include: British Airways, Emirates, Qantas Airways and Thai Airways offer daily direct flights from Sydney to Bangkok; Jetstar and Thai Airways offer direct flights from Melbourne; and Thai Airways offer direct flights from Brisbane and Perth to Bangkok.
From New Zealand: Thai Airways offers the most convenient direct flights; 1-stop flights are available via Kuala Lumpur on Malaysian Airlines or via Singapore on Singapore Airlines.
From the UK: Most convenient flights include: British Airways, Qantas, Eva Air and Thai Airways, which fly daily non-stop between London and Bangkok.
From the USA: From New York, the most convenient flights are British Airways connecting in London or Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong connecting with Thai Airways to Bangkok. From Los Angeles, the most convenient direct flight is on Thai Airways to Bangkok.
Flight time to Bangkok
Brisbane to Bangkok is 9 hours 20 minutes, direct flight
Sydney to Bangkok is 9 hours 25 minutes, direct flight
Melbourne to Bangkok is 9 hours 30 minutes, direct flight
Perth to Bangkok is 7 hours, direct flight
Auckland to Bangkok is 12 hours 45 minutes, direct flight
London to Bangkok is 11 hours 15 minutes, direct flight
New York to Bangkok is 19 hours 50 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Bangkok is 17 hours 20 minutes, direct flight
(ˆIncludes layover time.)
Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok International Airport) has replaced the former Don Muang Airport for most domestic and all international flights. The airport is located at Samat Prakan, around 30km east of Bangkok and 60km east of Pattaya. Hotels and resorts can meet guests if prearranged.
A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days.
Getting around Bangkok
On foot once you reach your destination – Bangkok is not a pedestrian friendly city. Take great care when crossing streets even at traffic lights.
The convenient BTS (or Skytrain) – Bangkok’s efficient elevated rail line – and the MRT subway offer a way to get around Bangkok’s main commercial centres and beat the city's often clogged roads. A new high-speed elevated railroad – the Suvarnabhumi Airport Link – now links the city with Suvarnabhumi International Airport
Bangkok's taxis are reasonably priced and the best choice for door-to-door transportation outside of rush hour, and tuk-tuks (three-wheeled motorized open vehicles) are often the best way to get around smaller streets.
Bangkok’s public riverboats provide a great way to travel throughout the city, especially the Chao Phraya Express, which offers a frequent service stopping at several public piers along the river’s length.
The relatively slow, wide-bodied Chao Phraya Tourist Boats offer a relaxed way to cruise Bangkok's fascinating waterways and spy on the locals.
Alternatively, you can charter a fast long-tail boat to race along the river or cruise the narrow canals of neighbouring Thonburi. Boat charters are easily available at every pier and can also be booked at the riverfront kiosk at River City or at the Grand Palace.