Bangkok has a tropical climate with annual temperatures averaging 24 to 33 degrees Celsius. March through May have the highest temperatures and humidity, and approximately June through October is monsoon season, and November through February is cooler and less humid. Keep in mind though, that the monsoon season varies throughout the country, so there may be rain in May and November and floods in October.
When to fly to Bangkok
November to March is the best time to take flights to Bangkok. The temperature is in the mid 20s (Celsius) and the humidity is at its lowest. Prices can be twice as high as in the off season, and hotels are often fully booked.
The off-season prices are appealing, especially if you like it hot and humid and rainy. The least-crowded months tend to be May, June, and September.
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Getting around Bangkok
There are many different ways to get through the busy, crowded streets of Bangkok. Hop aboard the Skytrain, which runs on a raised monorail, for great views of the financial and shopping districts. The train is connected with the underground, which is easy to use and covers the parts of Bangkok not connected to the Skytrain.
Buses crisscross the city, but the system can be confusing to navigate. You’re better off taking a taxi or tuk-tuk, both of which are inexpensive.
Don’t rent a car for your stay. You’ll learn quickly that Bangkok drivers are very aggressive and traffic is a nightmare. If you really want your own car, hire a car and driver for the day instead.
Heading out on foot is doable, but you’ll move slowly. Foot traffic crawls along, which is great if you want to experience the colour of the city, but slow-going if you’re trying to get somewhere.
The water taxis lining the Chao Praya River are another popular tourist option. You’ll also find that Bangkok is the centre of Thai travel, so you can find a bus, train or flight to almost anywhere else you’re looking to go.