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Sightseeing in Bangkok

The capital of Thailand, Bangkok, is located in the south of the country and is home to around 8,280,925 registered inhabitants, making it the nation’s largest city. Bangkok is known for its beautiful temples, the old Asian traditions and the huge skyscrapers.

When travelling to Bangkok you will see many different things; from towering modern buildings to old temples or spirit houses, making it an exciting place to explore.   

History 

Bangkok, previously known as Siam, has been the capital of Thailand since 1782. It was chosen becauseof its strategic location beside a big river that separated the west bank from the mainland and covered a big area. This way, it was harder for foreigners to plan an attack on the city. Since it became the capital, Bangkok has undergone a lot of changes; the official Thai name of Bangkok is ‘Krung Thep Maha Nakhon’, a name it was given when founded in 1782. Bangkok began adopting western traditions many years ago, by building statues for their kings and leaders. They accepted the Western way of trading and doing business, which resulted in countries becoming really interested in the city. Before Rama V took the crown in 1868 until 1910, public works were never really that important. But he introduced automobiles, infrastructure, and various other things like a telegraph and an electric tram service. Most of Thailand’s history has been a battle for sovereignty, and even though they had a lot of invasions in the past, Thailand is one of the few countries in Asia that was never colonized.

Consequently, Thailand has grown rapidly. Most of that growth took place in the second half of the 20th century so that is when they became the primate city of Thailand. After the second world war Bangkok got help from more western countries, which is when their aiports and highways were built. With this help the city could develop more and more and that is why it has become one of the most important touristic, financial and commercial centres of Asia, whilst maintaining its unique Thai character.

Work in Bangkok

Internship in Bangkok

Thailand is more affordable than most of its neighbours in South East Asia. You will be able to live the same lifestyle you could in Hong Kong or Singapore, but on a lower wage. Start-up companies are becoming bigger and better each day in Bangkok, and they are looking to hire more Western employees and interns to help them develop quicker. Bangkok is the center of Thailand’s economy and the principal port of the country. Also is Bangkok the financial center of Thailand, home to over one-third of Thailand’s banks as well as the Bangkok stock exchange, so it’s possible to find internships particularly in the finance field.  When doing an internship in Bangkok there are a lot of options in different fields of work, most of them are in the finance, marketing and hospitality branch.

As Bangkok becomes more international, more people want to learn English to connect to the people that are coming or are already living in Bangkok and improve business. Therefore, English teachers are needed, which many foreigners living in Bangkok do.

Bangkok is a really busy city, home to almost half of Thailand’s population, so living in the city there will never be a quiet moment.

What to expect

Climate

If you are visiting Bangkok you can expect warm weather all year round, with mild winters and hot summers. The rainy season starts around May and ends in October.

  • Bangkok has dry periods in December and January
  • The coolest month is December (Average)
  • The warmest month is May (Average)
  • If you don’t like rain, try to avoid September. In that month the most rain falls.
  • Daily life in BangkokJanuary is the driest month.

Transport

When you picture Bangkok, you might think of constant traffic jams and wasted time, but in reality, Bangkok has excellent an transportation system that prevents you from being stuck in traffic all day and losing valuable time. The Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) are connected to the main areas of the city like the malls and all the business areas, so you can get around the city very easily using these lines. When you want to explore the more historical places in Bangkok it is easier to grab a taxi or an express boat. Taxis are cheap, and easy to find. Alternatively, take a Tuk-tuk, which was once one of the biggest attractions in Bangkok, but now they are slowly disappearing and being swapped for more comfortable ways of transportation. So when you are in Bangkok, you should really try one!

Underground (MRT)

The fastest and most efficient way to get around Bangkok is using the underground (MRT/Mass Rapid Transit network). The network serves 18 stations and is in the shape of horseshoe, it stretches out over 20 km. A train arrives every 5-7 minutes and connects to the BTS at the stations Sukhumvit and Silom.

The SkyTrain (BTS)

Getting around Bangkok

When using the BTS line you have to know a couple of things to make it easier to use it.

The BTS train runs over two lines: Silom Line, Sukhumvit Line.  The Silom line runs from West Bangkok to South Bangkok, it runs between the National Stadium in the Siam shopping area and Bang Wa in Thonburi that is across the Chao Phraya River. The Sukhumvit line runs from north to east, between Mo Chit and Bearing. A new train arrives every 3-6 minutes, between 06.30 and midnight. The train will cost you 15 baht for one stop. During rush hour (07:00 – 09:00 and 16:00 – 19:00) the trains can be very full.

 

Taxis

When you can’t use the BTS or the MRT, a taxi is the best way to get around Bangkok. Most of the taxis in Bangkok are new, spacious and not only in the traditional green-yellow and red-blue colourway but also in bright colours like orange and pink. The taxis are easy to find, especially around hotels and shopping malls because they have such bright colours. The taxi fare starts at 35 baht for the first two kilometres, then the price will go up by 2 baht around every kilometre. A normal taxi ride will cost you around 50 baht.

Cuisine

When you want to go to Thailand for the food, you will need a little introduction to start it off. Thai food is well known for its exotic flavours and fragrances, that is why it is one of the most coveted cuisines worldwide.

Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup)

This bowl of soup is full of flavours, that combines the freshness of the lime leafs and the spiciness of the chilli. Fresh prawns and straw mushrooms are the main ingredients of the soup, which float in a sour and spicy broth. This is one of the best dishes served in Thailand, and is best eaten at a local Thai restaurant.

Pad Thai

When you think of Thai cuisine, you probably think of Pad Thai. This dish is made from a mix of ingredients that are fried together in a hot wok. You can choose the things you want to have in your noodles and even the type of noodles you want. It has a lot of different flavours, and is another must-try dish in Bangkok.

Yam Nua

If you like salads, look no further and try this one! It is a mixture of ingredients including onion, coriander, lime and tender strips of beef. This combination gives it the taste you are looking for in a salad. It is fresh and spicy and will make you want to eat it every day.

Sightseeing

Grand Palace

Built in 1782 and the home of the Thai Kings and the Royal court, the Grand Palace is the most beautiful building in Bangkok.  The complex remains as the heart of the Thai Kingdom and is of great importance to Thai people across the nation, so your trip to Bangkok wouldn’t be complete without visiting this amazing place.

Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)

This is one of the most recognised silhouettes in Southeast Asia, you will see the beautiful towers from miles away. It was built in the first half of the 19th century in the ancient Khmer style and it symbolises the start of the Rattanakosin Period and the founding of the new capital.

River Cruise Bangkok

Chao Phraya River 

To see the city from a different perspective, you have to look at it from the water. You will see Thai people transporting heavy rice bags on the boat, and you will see boats full of tourists. If you get the chance you have to see at by day and night, so you get the full experience.

 

 

Traffic in Bangkok

Life in Bangkok

Bangkok combines historical and cultural beauty with the hustle and bustle of a rapidly developing city. This exciting mix makes it the perfect place for an internship in Asia, particularly in the fields of finance, hospitality, engineering and marketing. Choose to intern in Bangkok, and you’ll discover many sides to the city whilst gaining valuable professional skills, making new friends, and enjoying world-renowned cuisine! 

 
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