Bangkok provides a wide variety of tourist attractions, shopping and nightlife to keep the average person going indefinitely and there’s easy access to fun cities and beach sites in Pattaya, Hua Hin and Koh Samet or further afield via short flights to Phuket, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui. then there’s the option of a day trip to the War Cemetery and museums in Kanchanaburi, so extend your stay to enjoy the sights or just have a round of golf and a quiet beer.
Visas Tourists from most Countries are permitted to stay 15-30 days in the Kingdom without a visa but please check with your local Thai Embassy or Consul office.
Passports It is recommended that travellers secure their passport in the hotel and just carry a photocopy. Lost or stolen passports need to be reported to your Embassy as soon as you are able but none work on weekends so your contact will be with the Duty Officer in your Home capital city. Time consuming and frustrating & to be avoided!!
Currency & ATMs Currency is in Thai Baht and Currency Exchanges and ATMs are located around the Airport and everywhere in the City, 7 days a week. They are English language capable and accept all major cards. ATM withdrawals with some machines is limited to Bt 20,000/day. We do recommend using ATM’s in front of banks as they usually have a security guard present to ensure that ATM skimmers are not installed.
Sports Bars, Places to Have a Beer or a Meal
Where do you start!! Many attractions offer quality food, late night bands and entertainment at reasonable prices. All tastes are catered for. Be aware that most bars must close at 2am and curfews of midnight closing may be in place.
Sukhumvit Road Sois (side streets)
Soi 4 – Nana Entertainment Plaza offers variety but tourists need to be aware of the Lady Boys and ladies of the night who are in abundance here. Further down the Soi there are numerous bars of various quality offering food & drink and entertainment.
Soi 22 – 200m down the Soi is the Southerners RFC hang out in the very high quality and brand new, “No Idea Gastro-Pub” which is worth a stop – great food and atmosphere.
Sukhumvit Rd Odd Numbered Sois
Soi 23 – Soi Cowboy – Many bars in the Soi feature exotic shows with a little nudity from time to time!! Generally speaking, Soi Cowboy offers good entertainment at cheap prices with minimum hassles.
Soi 33 – Artists Soi Many of the bars are named after famous artists and range from pubs to nightclub bars. Also home to the Bangkok Bangers RFC. Close by is Soi 33/1 with upwards of 4 English style pubs. Home to the Bangkok Japanese RFC at Royal Oak.
Khao San Road – be careful – a backpackers haven with bars with many Filipino bands. Known to be rough and ready