It's hard to imagine a more exhilarating city than Bangkok. The clichéd images of the Thai capital have been blown away by its astonishing evolution into a city that will surprise newcomers and returning visitors alike.
The Chao Phraya River is still the epicentre of a city that celebrates its past whilst embracing the future. Cruises and river taxis ferry locals and visitors along, providing a chance to take in some of the stunning temples that are an unmissable part of any visit to Bangkok. Hire a long-tailed boat for the day and explore the 'klongs', the canals that are home to the famous floating markets of the city, where you'll have a chance to appreciate Thai homes and gardens.
The Grand Palace is one of the world's most impressive tourist attractions. The grounds display a dazzling array of golden statues and multi-tiered spires. Towering above the beautifully preserved traditional architecture are hotels that epitomise the tasteful sophistication of the new Bangkok. This new breed of hotel will please even the most discerning guest. They are effortlessly suave, incorporating modern Thai sensibilities with ultra-tasteful western chic.
Nightime in Bangkok is truly fascinating, from gourmet restaurants and space age nightclubs to night markets and bars. Haggle your way to incredible bargains at the countless market stalls, experience some of the best cuisine you'll taste anywhere, and settle back with a drink listening to lounge music or a Thai Elvis impersonator - the city caters to every taste and budget.
However you choose to travel around the capital, you'll find it a memorable experience in itself. The three wheeled tuk-tuks buzz through the traffic and make taking a taxi look positively pedestrian. The city's Sky Train soars above the bustle of the Bangkok traffic, a one-way track through the doors of Thailand's new spirit of consumerism.
Giving you even more travel options, an extensive new metro system and state of the art international airport are soon to become reality, cementing Bangkok's position as a truly first class world capital.
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Thailand, in southeast Asia, is roughly the size of France. It is bordered by Myanmar on the north and west, and by Laos and Cambodia on the east. The country has an equatorial climate in the extreme south, while the centre and north have a tropical monsoon climate.
The north of Thailand is hilly and even mountainous, with land rising over 1,000 metres. Most of the centre and east of Thailand, however, is low-lying with gentle hills and slopes.
Air temperatures are generally hot with high humidity. There is very little rainfall from November to April with most days being hot (around 33°C) and a light breeze on the islands. Water temperature is generally stable around 25°C.
The monsoon season is mid-May to October; from November to April conditions are ideal for diving, but the destination offers something for everyone year round.
Thai is the official language of Thailand. Whilst most Thai’s will speak some English, they appreciate the effort taken to speak a few words. The majority of Thai involved with tourism speak English as a second language.
Thailand is 7 hours ahead of GMT.
Thai Baht. £1 = 43 Thai Baht.
Most of the developed resorts accept credit cards and payment in $ and € at their local exchange rate. ATMs are also readily available.
It is possible to extend your diving holiday to take in the other cultural aspects of this beautiful country. Regaldive feature Bangkok, Phuket and Ao Nang, but you may request us to extend your flights should want to make other travel arrangements within the country outside of the diving.
The coast accommodates those who seek modern hotels and entertainment as well as unspoilt beaches. Aside from diving, there are many watersports and activities available to entertain guests.
Bangkok is a thriving exciting city with an array of good restaurants, markets, theatre and music, and impressive architecture both ancient and modern.
Thailand is renowned for its shopping opportunities. Local woodcarving is well known and batik prints are popular. Bartering is expected in most shops and street stalls.
With the exception of some smart hotels in Bangkok, Thailand is a casual country above water. You should pack for hot days and nights, but a light layer to cope with airconditioned buildings and cooler evenings is recommended. A sarong is useful for covering up in temples etc. Please note you will need to cover your legs and arms to visit any religious sanctuaries.
Prices are based on flights with Thai International, flying via Bangkok. Flights are also available with other airlines, including Singapore Airlines. Daily flights are available and stopovers in Singapore and Bangkok can also be organised.
Flight time: Approx. 16 hours, with a change in either Bangkok or Singapore depending on the airline you are travelling with.
Departure tax: N/A
Passengers travelling to Thailand must have six months valid on their passport from the date of return to the UK.
British citizens do not require a visa for tourism stays of less than 30 days. For longer stays, please check the FCO website. Other nationalities should consult their consular office.
There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to Thailand, but we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and polio. Please consult your travel clinic for the latest advice about malaria, and different prophylaxis available. Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure by consulting your local GP or travel clinic. Further information on vaccinations for travel to this country can be found at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and from your local healthcare provider.