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Teeming with history and culture, you will be in awe of Bangkok as soon as you arrive. Bangkok is bustling with activity and has a unique energy compared to its neighbouring cities in Southeast Asia. As the capital and largest city in Thailand, Bangkok is the perfect place to get an authentic experience for the country. The city has something to offer all different types of travellers between its museums, palace, temples, nightlife, food scene, and natural beauty. Bangkok has been referred to as the “Venice of the East” due to its scenic series of rivers and canals that wind their way through the city. With direct flights from Auckland, Bangkok is the ideal place to start a trip around Southeast Asia. With affordable trains and buses, you could make your way through Thailand and some of the surrounding countries. Due to the exchange rate, Thailand is an extremely affordable destination for travellers from New Zealand, so you can afford to take advantage of all the activities on offer.
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The best time to visit Bangkok
Due to its tropical location within Southeast Asia, Bangkok experiences a wet season, a cool dry season, and a hot humid season. Dry season occurs between November and March when heat and humidity are at their lowest. Temperatures are about 32°C during the day and cool down to about 23°C at night. Because of its great weather, this season is the busiest time to visit Bangkok. Hotels increase their rates, so be sure to book your hotel early to lock in the best rates.
For the best bargain, you could plan to visit Bangkok during the wet season between July and October. Rain is common and temperatures hit about 32°C. For a similar deal on hotel rates, you could plan your AKL to BKK visit for the months between the dry and wet seasons. From March to June, Bangkok experiences its hottest temperatures, averaging about 35°C during the day. Humidity is high, but rainy days are not common. In advance of the wet season, these months are the shoulder season in Bangkok when you can find some great deals on AKL to BKK flights as well as hotels within the city.
Departing From Auckland
Auckland is home to the busiest airport in New Zealand, which offers a variety of international flights to Thailand. Auckland Airport (AKL) is located about 20 kilometres (12 miles) south of the CBD.
On an average day, there are about 130 to 150 cheap flights from Auckland to Bangkok, Thailand. Many of these flights fly direct, getting you to Bangkok in about 12 hours. Several of the top airlines offer cheap airfares from Auckland to Bangkok, such as Air New Zealand, Qantas, Emirates, Air China, Thai Airways, British Airways, and Cathay Pacific.
Getting to Auckland Airport
Auckland Airport offers a SkyBus, which travels between the CBD and the airport 24 hours a day. The SkyBus is the most affordable transport option to the airport and will get you to the International Terminal in 40 to 60 minutes. The SkyBus departs from Customs Street East every 10 minutes during peak times, then makes stops along Queen Street, Dominion Road, Symonds Street, and Mount Eden Road. Taking the SkyBus to the airport will cost $18 NZD for a one-way ticket or $32 NZD return.
For the most direct ride to the airport, you can catch a taxi or an Uber from locations all over Auckland. If you are travelling from the CBD or inner suburbs, taxis cost about $60 NZD and will get you to Auckland Airport in less than 30 minutes.
Parking at Auckland Airport
To secure the best parking rates at Auckland Airport, pre-book your space. Several car parks are available which offer convenient access to the International Terminal.
Where to Park at Auckland Airport
• The cheapest parking rates are available in Car Park A. Spots are uncovered, and it is a 2 to 3 minute walk from the International Terminal. Weekly rates start at $75 NZD.
• For even more convenience, there is valet parking. Pull up to the terminal, and an attendant will park your car. Covered spots in the valet car park start at $139 NZD per week, and uncovered spots start at $130 NZD for a week.
Arriving in Bangkok
There are two major airports that receive international flights into Bangkok: Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and Don Mueang Airport (DMK). Each of these airports is located about 25 kilometres (15.5 miles) from the centre of Bangkok. Whichever airport you fly into, you’ll have no trouble reaching your hotel in the city.
How to Get from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to Your Bangkok Hotel or Accommodation
For the fastest trip from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to the city, you can catch the Airport Rail Link. This train travels to Phayathai Station in the city centre and completes a full run in about 30 minutes. Catching the train into the city is the perfect way to avoid the crazy traffic of Bangkok. The Airport Rail Link departs every 10 minutes during peak times and every 15 minutes off-peak between the hours of 6am and midnight. The cost of riding the train varies based on which station you are going to. Tickets for the train can cost anywhere between 25 to 45 baht ($1.15 to $2.05 NZD).
Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) also offers an airport bus into the city. The bus departs from the airport terminals every 30 minutes between 6am and 8pm. Tickets to ride the airport bus cost 60 baht ($2.75 NZD). The airport bus makes several stops throughout the old quarter of Bangkok before terminating at Khao San Road–a popular area among visitors to Bangkok.
Due to the favourable exchange rate between Thailand and New Zealand, a taxi is a great option from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). Taxi fare into the city typically costs between 250 to 400 baht ($11.45 to $18.30 NZD). It is important to note that taxi drivers in Bangkok only accept cash and aren’t able to make change for large notes. If you are travelling light, you can catch a standard taxi, but if you have several pieces of luggage, you may need to reserve a large taxi.
How to Get from Don Mueang Airport (DMK) to Your Bangkok Hotel or Accommodation
If your flight is arriving into Don Mueang Airport (DMK), the most affordable transport option is Bus 29. This bus departs the airport regularly and reaches the city in 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the traffic. Tickets to ride Bus 29 cost 20 baht (90 cents NZD). While this bus is affordable, it doesn’t offer much space for luggage. If you are travelling with a large suitcase, taking a taxi may be the better option.
A taxi is a great option of you don’t want to navigate the busy streets of Bangkok immediately after arriving. A taxi will get you into the city from Don Mueang Airport (DMK) in about a half hour without traffic. Taxi fare into the city comes to about 350 baht ($16 NZD).
Things to do in Bangkok
Thailand is a country that is known for its elaborately-designed temples. One of the most popular to visit is located just 3 kilometres (1.8 miles) from the centre of Bangkok. Head across the Chao Phraya River to visit the Wat Arun Temple. The temple was named after Aruna, the god of dawn. As its namesake would suggest, the dawn is the ideal time to see the temple. The soft lighting of the early morning reflects off the porcelain and ceramic tiles of the temple, causing it to glow. You can see Wat Arun from across the river, but the best way to appreciate its beauty is to see it up close.
The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace was home to the king and his court from 1782 and 1925. While the Thai royal family no longer lives in the Grand Palace, it is still used for a variety of government events and royal ceremonies. Throughout the years the palace was occupied, kings added their own personal touches and designs to it, giving the Grand Palace the elaborate style it has today. While visiting the Grand Palace, visit the Wat Phra Kaew, which houses the famous Emerald Buddha. When you visit the palace, be aware that there is a dress code in place. Sandals, bare shoulders, and shorts are not allowed for men or women.
Bangkok National Museum
If you are interested in learning more about the history and culture of Thailand, make sure you visit the Bangkok National Museum. Throughout the museum, you’ll see a variety of exhibitions and artefacts that have had an influence on Thailand over the years. You can admire traditional Thai textiles, puppets, gold and precious stones, Khon masks, and royal funeral chariots. If you would like to take a guided tour of the museum, English-speaking tours are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Bang Krachao Gardens
While most of Bangkok is fast-paced and bursting with activity, there are some spots where you’ll feel as if you’re a world away from busy Bangkok. The Bang Krachao Gardens are located right outside the city centre beside the Chao Phraya River. Within the gardens, there are walking trails, lakes, and tropical jungle that will have you feeling like you’re in the Thai countryside. You can also view picturesque stilt houses in the river, which are unique to Thailand.
Eat Thai Street Food
Visitors to Thailand are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options. Thailand is loved around the world for its cuisine, and Bangkok is one of the best places to experience it. Throughout the city, you’ll see vendors serving up Thai specialties from stalls along the street. Street food in Bangkok is so reasonably priced that many locals even opt to eat their meals out rather than cooking at home. To ensure the highest quality, go to stalls that cook the food right in front of you, and follow the locals to their favourite spots. Some must-try foods while visiting Bangkok are Pad Thai, mango sticky rice, and Thai curry.