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January 22, 2008updated Dec 14, 2015

Useful Information for staying in Bangkok

By Chris Boyle

WHEN BEST TO GO

Bangkok

The best time to visit Bangkok is between November and March when the weather is dry and temperatures are milder, though still hot. After March temperatures begin to rise and in June the rainy season begins and continues until the end of October.

LOCAL CUSTOMS

Confrontation in public is frowned on and littering is fined. Shoes should be removed in temples but it is considered offensive to show the soles of your feet. Women should not stand next to Buddhist monks and it is a criminal offence to make derogatory remarks about the royal family.

ATTIRE

Casual and modest western attire is acceptable in public. When visiting temples and Buddhist monuments arms and legs should be covered. There is a strict dress code for visiting the Grand Palace: no fisherman’s trousers, tight trousers, sweatshirts or flip flops can be worn.

LANGUAGE

Thai, English and Tamil

CURRENCY

Thai Baht (THB)

EXCHANGE RATE

$1 = THB 29.945

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£1 = THB 48.968

€1 = THB 43.401

COUNTRY DIALLING CODE

+66

24 HOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT

Ambulance: 191

Fire services: 199

Police: 191

EMBASSY CONTACTS

United States: +66 2205 4000;  British: +66 2305 8333

TIME ZONE

GMT +7

POPULATION

9.6 million

RELIGIOUS DEMOGRAPHIC

Buddhist

BUSINESS HOURS

Shops open every day from 10am – 9pm

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