Bangkok. Photo credit: “Bangkok Siam square at night” by Paolobon140. Public Domain Dedication via Wikimedia Commons

Stopovers to Australia: Bangkok

On your stopover flight to Australia, explore one of the world’s great cities.

Bangkok has grown a little tamer with age. This is still a city of excess when it wants to be, but it now mixes its wilder side with a big city roster of fine dining, shopping, museums and galleries.

Bangkok Siam Square

Bangkok Siam Square

Image credit: “Bangkok Siam square at night” by Paolobon140. Public Domain Dedication via Wikimedia Commons


It’s easy to get rather templed-out in Bangkok – there are so many of them. We’d recommend Wat Pho (see sidebar), the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo, housed within the Grand Palace).

Other things to do in Bangkok

Chao Phraya River: Take a boat trip: it’s a great way to view the city.
Lumpini Park: Bangkok’s oldest and largest park, right in the middle of the city.
Chinatown: The country’s largest Chinese district has been here for around 200 years.

Do I need a visa for Bangkok?
British passport holders can enter Thailand and stay for 30 days without a visa. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from your entry into the country.

What vaccinations do I need for Bangkok?
Check with your GP eight weeks prior to departure to ensure your standard UK vaccinations (diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and TB) are all up to date.

Additional recommendations: Typhoid and Hepatitis A (which can be given in conjunction with Hepatitis B)

Best time to visit Bangkok?
Whenever you visit, Bangkok will be hot. The rainy season lasts from late May through to October/November. It’s warm and humid and there will be rain most days.

Late November to mid-January is a little cooler (although still hot and humid by UK standards).  From March through to the rainy season it is extremely hot and can be uncomfortable.

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Whilst in Bangkok you must see...

The Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
If you’re in search of the spiritual you may feel you’ve hit a heavenly jackpot at Wat Pho.

One of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok features tantalising architecture, the mighty reclining Buddha (the largest in Thailand) and a fabulous (if rather public) massage.

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