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BANGKOK Overview



Bangkok, the “City of Angles”, is one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities. It was established as the Thai capital in 1782 by the first monarch of the present Chakri dynasty. Bangkok, located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and the traditional lifeblood of Thailand’s fertile Central Plains, it is both a gateway and principal destination for most travellers.

Bangkok is a national treasure house and Thailand’s spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational and diplomatic centres. It is also a city that both preserves the old with respect and embraces the new with enthusiasm.

Bangkok’s many Buddhist temples and the art treasures they contain are usually the first sights the traveller encounters. It has in the last 20 years undergone more change than at any other period during its history. Concrete and glass high-rises have reshaped the skyline and multi-lane expressway, re-mapped the city. Likewise, the options for shopping, dining and entertainment have vastly expanded in the last couple of decades.

Amazingly, at the same time as developing as a thoroughly modern metropolis; Bangkok has succeeded in preserving monuments to its traditional Oriental splendour. It is still a city of temples and palaces, of golden spires and orange tiered roofs, of saffron-robed monks and serene Buddha images. Classic sights, most famously the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, remain as magnificent as ever.

However, the influence of the past is not limited to major monuments and it continues to colour daily life. Files of saffron-robed monks making their early morning alms round, for example, present a scene essentially unaltered by the passing of time. Today’s backdrop of high-rise buildings only adds wonder to this and other traditional sights from which the city continues to draw definition.







The most comprehensive domestic transportation network is the government-operated long-distance bus service. there is scarcely a town in the entire country which is not served either on a direct Bangkok route or a feeder service from a provincial Centre.





By train: Train travel is also convenient on the main northern and southern lines, and to the northeast. Air-conditioned first-class sleepers are ideal for long journeys, though there are also second-and third-class carriages. Website: www.railway.co.th


The road network is in good condition. Conditions of driving are good but accidents are frequent, therefore you should purchase insurance if you rent a car. The Thai drive on the left (as in the UK and Commonwealth countries) and you must have an International Driving License.



There is a direct flight from Greece to Bangkok every Monday-Thursday-Saturday. Nowadays, the Passenger Service Charge is included in the ticket price.



In Bangkok, hotel taxis have fixed fares. Public taxis are air-conditioned, comfortable and have starting fares of 35 Baht for the first kilometer and approximately 5 Baht for every additional kilometer. Be sure the driver resets the meter every time you enter the vehicle. In some cities, Tuk Tuks, three-wheeled taxis, are a symbol of Thailand. They are popular for short journeys and can cost anywhere from 20 Baht to 150 Baht, depending where one choose to go. Important: Fare must be bargained for before the journey is undertaken as there is no meter.