Bangkok – A Quick Guide to Getting the Most From the Thai Capital

Bangkok, the exciting capital of Thailand, is a non-stop adventure with a lot to offer the curious traveller. Whether you are staying for a week or a month, your schedule will be packed.

Things to Do in Bangkok as suggested by Flight Centre Hong Kong

Marvel at the stunning gold roofs and Buddha carvings at the Grand Palace.

See the famous Reclining Buddha.

Get a Thai massage to loosen your sore muscles.

Watch an exciting round of Thai boxing.

Day Trips From Bangkok

There are plenty of fun things to do within Bangkok, but the city is also a great jumping off point for a number of lovely day trips. Here are some ideas for day trips in and around Bangkok when you arrive on your cheap flights:

Ayutthaya – This city was once the capital of Thailand, before it was burned to the ground in 1767 by the Burmese. It is now a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to an impressive row of stone Buddha states dressed in orange robes.

The Ancient City –

This is an impressive miniature city, which is located on over 200 acres. It has a number of replicas of buildings and attractions all thoughout Thailand and you can rent a bike to cycle between them.

Amphawa Floating Market – Located an hour and a half taxi ride out of Bangkok, this market is set on a river and the vendors sell their flowers, fruit, noodles and souvenirs from boats.

Helpful Thai Phrases to Know

While you probably won’t become fluent in the Thai language before your flight, it certainly doesn’t hurt to learn a few words to help you along your way. It will make your travels easier and the Thai people really love it when visitors attempt to speak their language. Here are some helpful phrases to remember:

Sawatdee

Krub (male) or Swatdee

Kah (female) – “Hello.” This is a typical friendly greeting, usually accompanied with a “Wai” which is a small bow with palms pressed together.

Mai Aow

Krub (male) or Mai Aow

Kah (female) – “I don’t want it.” You can say this with a friendly smile to discourage a market seller from persuading you to buy something.

Khob

Khun

Kup/Kaa – “Thank You” – also usually accompanied with a “Wai”, this is a useful phrase to know.

Pood Thai Mai Dai – “I can’t speak Thai.” – It is helpful to know this phrase, in case someone starts speaking to you in Thai and you don’t understand.