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Bangkok Stopovers

As one of Asia’s most intoxicating capitals, Bangkok is both chaotic and fascinating.

A place where ancient temples and saffron-robed monks contrast with shopping malls and skyscrapers. Spend a few days here soaking up the culture and sampling some of the most delicious street food you'll ever taste.

One of city's most iconic landmarks is the opulent Grand Palace. A striking construction located in the heart of Bangkok, attracting hundreds of visitors each day. With several buildings, pavilions and courtyards, as well as beautifully landscaped gardens, leave yourself plenty of time to explore this vast complex. Open from 8.30am to 3:30pm everyday, we recommend getting there early to avoid the crowds.

Crowned as one of the most impressive Buddhist temples in Thailand, Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn, is a must see. Found on the west side of the Chao Phraya River, the temple is open daily between 8.30am and 5.30pm. Covered in tinted glass with an imposing 70-metre spire (prang), the structure is a unique architectural wonder. Though, for the best views of the monument, enjoy a walk along the east bank of the river at dusk when Wat Arun is lit up in a shimmering gold.

For the evening, head to the 64th floor of the Lebua Hotel. Here you'll find the award-winning Sky Bar - the highest open-air bar in Bangkok. Open daily from 6pm until 1am, the famous bar is the perfect spot to sit back and watch the sun set with a ‘Hangovertini’. The aptly named cocktail created for the cast of the 2011 film The Hangover Part II while they were filming at the rooftop bar. With stunning panoramic views across the city, Sky Bar is certainly a memorable place to end your stopover in Bangkok.

Stopping in Thailand? Try your hand at some Thai cooking. I did a half-day cooking course when I was there. It was one of the best things I did and I can make a mean green curry now.
Laurie, Travel Designer

What to do in Bangkok

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Traveller's guide

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    Useful information

    Currency: Thai Baht (THB)

    Language: Thai

    Time difference: GMT +7

    Airport: Suvarnabhumi Airport (code: BKK)

    Visa: British passport holders do not need a visa for tourist stays of up to 30 days in Thailand.

    Climate: Bangkok experiences a tropical climate with wet and dry seasons. The hottest months tend to be between March and June, with average highs of 35ºC. More comfortable temperatures of 20ºC run from November to February. The wet season from July to October sees the heaviest rainfall. Expect regular afternoon showers and occasional thunderstorms.

    Approximate flying times

    If you're thinking about stopping over in Bangkok, here's a rough guide of flying times from London, and then on to Australia and New Zealand.

    London Heathrow to Bangkok = 11 hours 30 minutes

    Bangkok to Sydney = 9 hours 30 minutes
    Bangkok to Melbourne = 9 hours
    Bangkok to Cairns = 11 hours + 1 stop

    Bangkok to Auckland = 11 hours 30 minutes
    Bangkok to Christchurch = 14 hours + 1 stop

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