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Nov-feb is the best time to visit, it’s oven-hot be­tween Mar-may and rainy Jun-oct with oc­ca­sional floods Su­varn­ab­humi Air­port to town: 45 mins / 350 baht by cab incl. tolls, traf­fic de­pen­dent; 1500 baht by limo (see Very Use­ful); Air­port Rail Link: 15 mins / 100 baht (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’ aka you; avoid like the plague; whereas Loy Krathong Festival (Nov) is a mag­i­cal joy, don’t miss it. Check out tourismthai­land.org 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 lo­cated 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 – cheap, but no me­ter, no go. Brightly coloured 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 int’l 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

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