Bangkok Thailand ðŸ‡đ🇭
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Key information about Bangkok

Population

5,680,000

Country
Thailand
Money
Currency
THB - Thai Baht (āļŋ)
Exchange rate
1 USD = 32.70 THB
ATM fees

200 THB per withdrawal (plus your own bank's fees)

Credit cards

Accepted almost everywhere

Tipping

10% for restaurants, bars and services

Airport
Main airport

Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)

Airport to city center

Taxi (~250-400 THB, Airport Rail Link (~15-45 THB)

Other options

Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) - smaller regional airlines sometimes fly here instead

Transportation
Taxi apps

Grab

Public transportation

Metro/SkyTrain: 15 - 40 THB, tickets bought from station kiosks
Bus: 7 - 24 THB, tickets bought on board

Getting around

For Skytrain, buy a rechargeable Rabbit Card from a station booth; for Metro, buy a rechargeable MRT Plus card from a station booth or at 7-11

SIM card
Best options

AIS

Expected cost

50-75 THB for the card, ~600 THB for 5GB of data valid for 1 month

How to buy

At airport booths, convenience stores or official retail shops. 10 minutes needed. Bring passport.

Language
Official language(s)

Thai

Level of English

Low

Food
Tap water

Not drinkable

Overall cuisine

Meat and fish dishes, vegetables, noodles and soup

Local food specialities

Pad thai, tom yam, kway teow reua, som tum, sooan

Eat like a local

Food stalls, local markets, shophouse restaurants

Vegetarian / vegan options

416 listings on Happy Cow

Food delivery apps

GrabFood, LineMan, Foodpanda

Supermarkets

Big C: Largest selection of products, many locations, average prices
Tesco Lotus: Standard supermarket, many locations, average prices
Foodland: Prices above average, good selection of Western products, many locations
7-Eleven: Convenience store, higher prices, many locations, offers all the staple products
Tops Market: Organic and fresh foods, many locations, online shopping available
Villa Market: High end, western products, vegetarian and vegan selection, online shopping
Local Markets: Many around the city, great for produce, meat and seafood, excellent selection of prepared meals at inexpensive prices