International flights arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (suvarnabhumiairport.com), about 20 miles to the east of the city. Three airlines fly directly to Bangkok from London, including British Airways.
Where to stay
Special treat: Those who wish to experience Bangkok in regal splendour should try the Sukhothai Bangkok hotel, which has old-world charm, an excellent choice of restaurants and a great location. Doubles from £145 (€172).
Mid-range: The Siam@Siam Design Hotel feels just right among sky trains, high rises and gigantic malls – smart, very cosmopolitan, but informal. It has a superb downtown location. Doubles from £81 (€96).
On a budget: The smart, quiet Luxx XL hotel is in the upmarket Lang Suan area, with large, simple rooms. Doubles from £37 (€44).
(All prices are for room only.)
For destinations close to the river, the Chao Praya Express Boat (chaoprayaboat.co.th) is the way to go. Otherwise, the quickest modes of transport are the BTS and the MRT.
Visitors to Buddhist temples should be covered up, take their shoes off and never point the soles of their feet at Buddhist icons.