Travel facts

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GET­TING THERE

• THAI Air­ways In­ter­na­tional flies di­rect daily to Bangkok from Syd­ney, Mel­bourne, Bris­bane and Perth, with one-stop flights from Adelaide and Ho­bart. 1300-651-960; tha­iair­ways.com

• For in­ter­nal flights in Thai­land, Bangkok Air­ways has a large net­work; bangkokair.com

GET­TING AROUND

Bangkok’s streets are choked with traf­fic, but its pub­lic trans­port is ex­cep­tion­ally good. Me­tered taxis are cheap, but en­dure the traf­fic jams. Tuk-tuks can weave through the tangle of cars, buses and trucks, how­ever rip-offs are not un­com­mon and you need to bargain a fare. Best by far are the Skytrain, MRT (sub­way) and Chao Phraya River Fer­ries, all of which are in­ex­pen­sive, clean and ef­fi­cient.

WHEN TO GO

Bangkok’s trop­i­cal heat is re­lent­less, but the pe­riod from Novem­ber to Fe­bru­ary is less hu­mid and gen­er­ally dry, and evenings are pleas­antly cool. The hottest months are April and May, and the wettest are from July to Oc­to­ber.

WHERE TO STAY

• Sof­i­tel So Bangkok is a lux­ury ho­tel with fine views over Lumpini Park, and all the ‘So’ brand’s quirk­i­ness. Staff wear Chris­tian Lacroix uni­forms, and rooms are dec­o­rated in four dis­tinc­tive ‘el­e­ments’ of wa­ter, metal, wood and earth. The rooftop bar is a great spot for cock­tails, and Park So­ci­ety is one of the city’s most renowned fu­sion restau­rants. +66-2/624-0000; so-sof­i­tel-bangkok.com

• VIE Ho­tel Bangkok MGallery by Sof­i­tel is a bou­tique-style prop­erty of 154 rooms that sits close to Bangkok’s key shop­ping ar­eas. It is just a cou­ple of min­utes’ walk to the Ratchathewi Skytrain sta­tion, which gives the ho­tel out­stand­ing ac­cess to the city’s at­trac­tions. La VIE French restau­rant of­ten hosts Miche­lin-starred guest chefs, and the ho­tel’s sushi bar is re­garded as Bangkok’s best. +66-2/309-3939; viehotel­bangkok.com

FUR­THER IN­FOR­MA­TION

• Tourism Author­ity of Thai­land. 02/9247-7549; tourismthai­land.org

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