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LUXE City Guides - Bangkok - - Greetings -

Nov-feb is the best time to visit, it’s oven-hot be­tween Mar-may and rainy Jun-oct with oc­ca­sional floods Su­varn­ab­hu­mi­air­port­to­town:45mins/350baht­by­cab incl. tolls, traf­fic de­pen­dent; 1500 baht by limo (see Very Use­ful);air­por­traillink:15mins/100baht(ex­press)to Makkasan ter­mi­nus (around 1km north of Sukhumvit Soi 1) Cer­tain pub­lic hol­i­days eg. Bud­dhist hol­i­days and elec­tion days mean no al­co­hol in restos and bars Songkran Fes­ti­val (mid Apr) is a night­mare of filthy wa­ter, flour and ‘get the farang’ ie. you; avoid like the plague; whereas Loi Krathong Fes­ti­val (Nov) is a mag­i­cal joy, don’t miss it. Check out tourismthai­ Bars and clubs of­fi­cially close by 1am, though this can change like the wind from a duck’s bot, bah! You may some­times need ID to get into larger clubs/bars Smok­ing is not al­lowed in all venues with air-con Cash? Re­lax - there are ATMS si­t­u­ated ev­ery­where Have plenty of small de­nom­i­na­tions for taxis Odd sois (streets) on one side, evens t’other - easy! Tuk-tuks - once fun, twice shy. If you like hav­ing frizzy hair, a filthy face and reek­ing of gas - go right ahead Taxis-dirtcheap,but­nome­ter,nogo.bright­ly­coloured cabs (eg. hot pink) tend to be newer and com­fier BTS Sky­train - great for traf­fic-free shut­tling above cen­tral Bangkok, es­pe­cially dur­ing peak hours Don’t fid­dle with the monks, point with your feet or pass re­marks about the Royal Fam­ily There are dress codes in tem­ples and shrines - bare shoul­ders, shoes and shorty shorts are no-no’s; so no mink hot­pants, and wear eas­ily-re­moved footwear G/F is some­times 1/F and some­times not - most con­fus­ing The intl code for Thai­land is +66, Bangkok is 2, once there, dial 02 for lo­cal land­lines, 08 for lo­cal mo­biles Emer­gency 191; tourist po­lice 115; tourist info 1672

The fol­low­ing Thai phrases will come in handy...

Sa wah dee (kap) (m) / (kah) (w) : Hello/too­dle­doo Kop koon (kap) (m) / (kah) (f) : Thanks, gor­geous Mah ha sah han! : How fab­u­lously amaz­ing!

’kay, let’s party...

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