For all travellers departing on THAI flights across the network during the peak December/January holiday travel season, please note the following :
1. Airports will be busy with additional passenger flows so please allow extra travel time to Airports on departure day. Check-in opens 3 hours prior to the scheduled flight departure.
2. For customers travelling with children, please allow plenty of time for check-in, Immigration and Security screening especially when travelling with infants.
3. We recommend using the online check-in facility available from 24 hours prior to the flight departure time as this will expedite Airport processing. Please note you will still need to allow adequate time for Luggage check-in, Immigration and Security screening.
4. Please be aware of the maximum permitted luggage allowance for both hand carried luggage and checked luggage. Excess luggage will be charged over and above the permitted allowances. Please visit thairways.com for details, ask your travel agent or call 1300 651 960.
We wish you a very Happy Christmas and a happy holiday wherever you may travel.
Please note the THAI offices in Australia will be closed on Sat/Sun weekends and on all Public Holidays. For urgent assistance, please contact your local Airport (please note Airport offices are open only during flight operational periods).
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See the "Best of Bangkok" on your way to Asia or Europe or even a visit to Thailand. Gilded Temples, the friendliest people, delectable cuisine and unbelievable shopping adventures are just a few of the delights that this amazing city has to offer.
See the Tourism Authority of Thailand's visitors guide for more details : http://au.tourismthailand.org/
It's said that Bangkok is a city that never sleeps. That it has been awarded the world's greatest city to visit a few times now probably says it all. The 'City of Angels' is a stand out for many reasons. It's unique ambience and culture; the food, shopping, hospitality, location and overall value for money. The city is home to over 11 million people and oftens serves as a transit point for visitors heading for the country's southern beach hotspots or other parts of Southeast Asia.
Apart from traditional bars and eateries dotted all over the city, new and more contemporary dining concepts are continually opening with top local and international DJs spinning tunes in a host of hip new venues. One of the newest districts is Thong Lor, with an enviable offering a night hops for visitors and locals.
With all these options, from local diners to glitzy restaurants and to ritzy clubs, it's easy to see why Bangkok is a city with plenty of 'buzz'.
For those who've already been luck enough to venture to Bangkok, you'll know that the food stalls, bars, clubs and restaurants seem to offer endless variety - with new 'hot spots' opening up regularly for repeat visitors.
We've rounded up the best of the roof-top bars for your review - yes, that's roof top! There are some fantastic choices dotted around the city. And the views? Wow, be early or you won't get a seat! Read more here.
There's also a heap of other dining and nocturnal places you might like to try....here's more for your review.
Bangkok is affectionately known as the Venice of the East....a city of over 6 million people, built almost entirely over water. The intricate web of canals connects the city with the main river channel, the famous Chayo Praya River that flows to south to the Gulf of Thailand.
Take a river taxi or ferry to visit some of Bangkok's highlights such as Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn and go exploring by long-tail boat down the 'back street' canals to see how the locals live. You can also take a ferry or boat to visit the Floating Markets and the Asiatique Night Bazaar.
There are also a number of river boat operators that offer leisurely river cruises to the ancient capital of Ayutthaya or there are many options for a romantic dinner cruise offer by the riverside hotels such as the Royal Orchid Sheraton, Shangrila and The Peninsula.
To find out more about exploring Bangkok's river and canals, visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand here.
Bangkok is 'shopper heaven' with a seemingly endless array of shopping opportunities from local markets to glamorous shopping malls and everything in between. No matter where you choose to stay, there'll be shopping nearby or a least a quick BTS Skytrain or MTR underground ride away.
There are even shopping maps available so you can plan your day around your favourites shopping haunts. Markets open early morning and the larger centres like Central Department Stores, ZEN, Centraworld and MBK open from 10am until late each day. Check websites for opening times during Festivals and Public Holidays.
If you're travelling soon, don't forget to take advantage of Central's discount offer exclusively for THAI's international travellers. Find out more here.
When your shopping, sightseeing, exploring and eating missions are complete, you'll need to take a breath and recover. What better way than to find your way into one of the many Spa resorts, day Spas or local Thai massage retreats found across the city. You can even have your hair, nails and massage treatment done all in the same place and for a fraction of the cost you would pay at home.
Visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand for recommendations on the best places to visit here.
For THAI's Premium Customers, visit our Royal Orchid Spa Lounge at Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International Airport for a relaxing treatment before you fly on your next international journey. Find out more.
Most visitors to Bangok will already be familiar with the world-famous Thai cuisine and have a favourite dish they'll be keen to sample when they arrive in Thailand - Som Tum, Tom Yum Gung, Massaman, Pad Thai or a great green or red curry, of course you'll find them all and in abudance. Although some of these dishes may be toned down for western palattes, you can order by the 'chilli' to get just the heat you need.
As you explore the city, you'll see the locals eating at all hours of the day or night - on the way to work, on the way home, at lunch or for a late night snack, eating with friends is part of the Thai social experience. Some Thai's don't even have a kitchen at home as they do all their dining at street stalls or at local restaurants.
You'll find food stalls, noodle carts, gourmet food halls, restaurants specialising in international cuisine and themed buffets all over the city. Food markets also dot the city and are a great early morning excursion to observe how the locals shop and eat. You'll be amazed by the available selection from fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables to meats and condiments such as sauces, sprinkles, nuts and curry pastes. Ask your hotel concierge for directions to the closest markets or recommended eateries or visit Bangkok.com for their eating guide. Bangkok.com
If you're yet to experience a Festival, Holiday or Special Event in Thailand, you need to put one on your travel map as soon as possible! There are plenty of opportunities throughout the year to join the local people in the cities or villages to celebrate with them. From the Thai New Year Celebrations of Songkran in April to the beautiful Loy Krathong Festival in November and everything in between, you're sure to find an excuse to visit and celebrate in the Kingdom of Thailand. Visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand for a full calendar of events here.
Immerse yourself in the spiritual side of Bangkok. It won't be difficult with a majority of 95% of the population being followers of Buddhism and a plethora of mystical temples and spriritual sites around the city. You will feel the compassion and tolerance exuded by Buddhism beliefs as you experience daily life in this frenetic yet spiritually peaceful capital. Read more about religion in Thailand here.
If it's been a few years or more since you ventured to the bustling metropolis that is Bangkok, the first thing you'll notice when you next arrive is the skyline. From a sprawling, low-rise city, a building boom has seen a rapid change in the height of the city, with skyscaping office towers and apartment blocks now towering over the streets and canals. And where better to enjoy the new skyline than from one of the many rooftop bars opening up for rooftop relaxation and spectacular sunsets. Find out more here.
Visitors to Bangkok cannot help but be enchanted by the beautiful flower decorations found across the city...in the market places, at temples, on roadside stalls and in flower arrangements in hotels and shopping malls. The artistic talents of Thai florists is world-renowned. If you love blooms as much as we do, take a visit to the Flower Markets in Chinatown or ask your hotel concierge for a market near you. If you're feeling more adventurous, take a day trip to one of Thailand's spectacular orchid farms. For more information visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
So, you're heading to Thailand on a budget? No problem. There are loads of free and inexpensive activities to keep you busy during your stay. Hotels, food stalls, shops, markets and sights all come with budget options in Bangkok. Grab a copy of Nancy Chandler's Bangkok map and get exploring! Maps are available from most hotels and book shops.
It's often said that Bangkok is a city that never sleeps. Well, you won't need to go far to discover life at any hour of the day, no matter where you wander. Traffic congestion during peak hour can be a nightmare despite the very organised travel flows. There just seems to be way too many tuk-tuks, cars, motorbikes, buses and trucks for the available road space. There are over 8 milliion people living in the city and they need to get places. The solution? Plan your travel carefully to avoid traffic chaos; opt for a tuk-tuk or motor bike 'taxi' if you're in a hurry to get across town and of course, there's always the very clean, cool and efficient BTS Skytrain or Underground system that'll get you where you need to be in a jiffy. At a fraction of the cost you'd pay at home.
Bangkok is a sprawling metropolis known for its ornate temples and vibrant street life. As the political, economic, cultural, culinary and spiritual capital of Thailand, Bangkok features both old-world charm and modern convenience, at times served up in a chaotic manner, but always with a gracious smile. It has several important business districts with modern, contemporary skyscrapers marking their precinct. And of course, there are many luxurious, business-focused hotels thriving on the constant ebb and flow of corporate customers from around the globe, merging in Bangkok for meetings, conferences and international forums.
Have you every wondered what it might be like to take your family to Bangkok? Well, don't hesitate. The Thai people will welcome your children with gracious smiles and open arms. There are plenty of activities on offer for children of all ages from the swimming pools and kids activities offered by hotels to the theme parks and activity centres just made for fun! There are even indoor playgrounds within the major shopping centres so everyone gets looked after. For more on kids activities in Thailand, read more here.