Travel Guide to Bangkok

Indian Embassy in Bangkok

Embassy of India


42nd Floor (75/32-33, 20th Floor for Consular, Passport and Visa Services)

Ocean Tower 2, Soi Sukhumvit 19, Klongtoey, Wattana

Bangkok – 10110

Contact Number: (662) 2580300-6

Visa Process for Indian Visitors to Bangkok

The following documents are required to get a visa to Bangkok, Thailand

  • Original passport valid for 6 months from the date of arrival in Thailand
  • Confirmed air tickets with E-ticket Number
  • Proof of funds to cover the stay (10,000 Baht per individual in case of Visa on Arrival)
  • Confirmed hotel bookings

Bangkok – The capital city of Thailand it is a place full of vibrancy. It is very popular for its ornate shrines, rich temple display and phenomenal street life. Bangkok offers tourists a mixture of traditional culture and the de rigueur of the modern life. From various shopping destinations to mouth-watering cuisines this city offers a trip of a lifetime.

Here are Some of the Best Tourist Places in Bangkok

  • Wat Pho, popularly called the Reclining Buddha Temple, is the largest and the oldest temple in Bangkok. The complex of the temple houses the largest image collection of Buddha, including its main attraction the large reclining Buddha statue.
  • Next to the temple complex is the Grand Palace located on Rattanakosin Island. It is one of the most famous places in Bangkok. The grand complex was once the official residence of the King from the late 17th century.
  • Emerald Buddha is the one of the city’s historic temple and is also close to the Grand Palace complex. Its prime attraction is the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) from the 14th century.
  • Another famous temple is the - Wat Arun, which is also known as the ‘temple of Dawn’. It is located on the Chao Phraya River.
  • Shopping is one of the most preferred things to do in Bangkok. And, the destination for it is the Central World. This 8-floor complex is a shopper’s paradise and has plenty of options to entertain its visitors.
  • Bangkok’s mass transit, or the MRT, is excellent and is rated as one of the famous tourist places in Bangkok. It has been running since December 1999 and is today considered equivalent of a city landmark. Enjoy the pleasurable ride at least once.
  • A trip to Bangkok is incomplete without a visit to the city’s biggest aquarium- SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World. It is a fun-filled family destination. There is an underwater ocean tunnel; glass-floor shark wall, and various fish and marine creatures to observe, watch and enjoy the marine life with the kids in-toe.
  • Chinatown is Bangkok’s busiest and the most vibrant district. Many interesting activities take place here including dragon parades, street dances and the sky lighting firecrackers.

How to Reach Bangkok from India

Suvarnabhumi Airport, also known as the Bangkok International Airport, is one of two international airports in Bangkok. The quickest way to reach Bangkok from India is to take a flight from any of the major cities of India. The duration of the shortest flight is about 4 hours 15 minutes.

How to Travel (All Location)

To travel in Bangkok, one needs to board the BTS ‘SkyTrain’ and use the MRT attached to the subways and the metro. The public transport system of the city is par excellence. Certain tourist destinations like the Royal Palace may require shuffling at SkyTrain stations, like the Siam station change, depending upon where you are boarding from. Take the SkyTrain to the boat terminal near the Saphan Taksin station and then get on the Chao Phraya Express Boat to reach the Grand Palace. Use the SkyTrain Sukhumvit Line and de-board at exit 9. Walk the sky bridge to Gaysorn Plaza and just across the road is the CentralWorld. De-board at Siam Station for SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World. The best way to reach Chinatown is by boat (Chao Phraya River Express).

Best time to Visit

Bangkok has a tropical climate making it a popular year-round destination. The humidity here sometimes causes problems, so it is better to visit during months when humidity is least. In the summers the temperature remains high, but due to the Thai New Year (Songkran), you can see a flock of tourists around. There are sudden occurrences of rain that provide relief from the summer heat. Tourists can enjoy boat cruises, mall shopping and a good old poolside relaxation after the rains. May to October is regarded as Bangkok’s low season so that tourists can fetch good deals and exciting offers on various products and hotels. If interested in shopping mid-June to mid-August is the best time to visit Bangkok as the markets offer the ‘Amazing Grand Sale’ during this period. November to March is the peak season for tourist visit in Bangkok.

What to Pack?

Bangkok wear is conservative, and one must dress up to cover shoulders and knees, preferably up to the ankles. This applies to both men and women attire.

  • Carry long shorts, capris; prefer long skirts and trousers or pants.
  • Carry a t-shirt, polo t-shirt or a blouse. Skimpy clothes are a big no-no.
  • Wear slip-on shoes.
  • Always carry a water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, rain jacket, swimwear and a soft jacket or a sweatshirt, especially under the probable monsoon time.
  • For winters, carry jackets with hoods.

Top Delicacies

  • Tom Kha Kai- is chicken blended in coconut soup broth.
  • Gaeng Daeng- is a type of red curry.
  • Pad Thai- the local delicacy which is known as the Thai style fried noodles.
  • Pad Krapow Moo Soup- is a mix of basil and pork fry.
  • Gaeng Keow Wan Kai- a type of green chicken curry.
  • Yam Nua- is a famous spicy beef salad.
  • Kai Med Ma Muang- is a chicken speciality prepared using thickened cashew nuts paste.

Indian Restaurants in Bangkok

The Great Kebab Factory

  • Located at: 12 Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Toei, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
  • Cuisine: Indian Mughlai
  • Contact No.:+66 2 262 2999

Bawarchi Restaurant

  • Located at: 973 Ploenchit Road | B-level, Intercontinental Hotel, Bangkok
  • Cuisine: Authentic Indian
  • Contact No.: +66 86 835 9537

Rang Mahal

  • Located at: 19 Sukhumvit Soi 18, Khwaeng Khlong Toei, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Contact No.: +66 2 261 7100

Shopping List Essentials

  • Electronics
  • Visit Chinatown to shop for shoes and food items. Also check the gold vendors on Yaowarat Road
  • Clothing in Central World
  • Indulge in high-end shopping with designer labels like Versace, Louis Vuitton and Burberry.
  • Flea market shopping for bags, clothes and accessories

Healthcare Centers

  • Bangkok Christian Hospital, at Silom Road, Bang Rak District.
  • BNH Modern, a centrally located hospital.
  • Bumrungrad International Hospital An internationally accredited hospital.
  • Samitivej Hospitals, a group of health centres in Bangkok.

Basics of Local Communication

The locals speak in Thai language, so it is important to listen to the common greetings and farewell phrases. Doing so, may appear courteous to the Thai hospitality staff and seem a friendly-gesture to converse with the locals. To negotiate with the vendors, be soft and polite also use the local phrases to make the conversation easier. The use of local phrases is a personal choice and is recommendable for the first-time travellers for an easy and convenient trip. Learning these basic Thai phrases will gain appreciation and smiles from the locals:

Hello - Sawadee krub

Yes – Krup/ Ka

No – bplao

Do you have water? - Mee naam mai krup?

Thank you – Kkop khun krub for men and kkop khun for women

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Loss of passport and documents:

Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a duplicate or fresh passport or reasonable cost of replacing/obtaining the stolen documents/ tickets if the passport belonging to the Insured / Insured Person be lost

Home Fire Insurance Contents & Home Burglary Insurance (contents):

Cover against any loss or damage of the Contents at Home of the Insured in India caused by Fire and Allied perils or through burglary and/or housebreaking while the Insured is on a trip abroad.

Hijack Distress Allowance

Payment of distress allowance in case of hijack of a common carrier for more than certain number of hours whilst on the trip. You can easily avail the allowance by filing a claim online through Travel Insurance cover online process.

Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration  and Emergency Medical Evacuation

If you are sick or injured during the journey, your medical expenses can prove to be costly. In such cases,  Travel Insurance cover greatly helps. The insurance company also offers a cashless settlement with the network hospitals or you can also opt for the reimbursement process within 30 days of hospitalization.

Legal Expenses

Payment of legal costs and expenses incurred by the Insured towards claims from third Parties for compensation in respect of death or disablement arising due to an injury whilst on a trip abroad.

Personal Accident

Payment of compensation if the Insured sustains accidental bodily injury during a trip resulting in death or Permanent Total Disablement or Permanent Partial Disablement within 12 months of occurrence of such injury.

Trip Cancellation/Or Interruption

Payment towards the non-refundable prepaid payments incurred on the trip being cancelled and additional cost of transportation in case of Interruption: due to medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters or other listed reason in policy wordings.

Trip Delay

 Reimbursement of additional expenses if trip is delayed beyond a period, due to airline problems, medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters.

 Daily Allowance in case of Hospitalisation

 Payment of daily allowance for the days the Insured is hospitalised beyond a specified number of days, as mentioned in the Policy Schedule, for which a valid claim is admissible under the Policy whilst on a trip abroad.Emergency Accommodation

 Payment of compensation for the additional cost of emergency accommodation if the Insured/ Insured Person could not stay in the accommodation originally booked due to ­fire& flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane, explosion, outbreak of major infectious diseases.

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