Source : https://www.tourismthailand.org/
The average minimum temperature (usually the minimum temperature is noted during the night) in Bangkok in August – September is 25.6°C (78.08°F). August – September falls in the rainy season with an average precipitation of 220mm (8.7in). It rains on average a total of 20 days. The average maximum daytime temperature lies around 32.8°C (91.04°F). The sun will occasionally show itself with 160 hours of sunshine during the whole month.
Waterproof rain jacket is necessary since it will often be raining. Also bring your summer clothes.
Thai is the official language and generally used. English is rarely used in every day’s life, however, English is occasionally used in tourism and commerce in Bangkok and major cities.
Banks and Currency
The Thai unit of currency is the Baht 1 Baht is divided into 100 satang. Note are in denominations of 1,000 (brown), 500 (purple), 100 (red), 50 (blue) and 20 (green) Baht. Coins consist of 25 satang, 50 satang, 1 Baht, 5 Baht and 10 Baht. For you convenience, Shangri-La Bangkok provides currency exchange counter
Major credit cards such as VISA, Master card, JCB and American Express are accepted by most business establishments, but not in small local shops
There is NO mandatory requirement to tip, but small gratuities for great service are very much appreciated
The country code of Thailand is +66
There are three cell networks in Thailand, operated by dtac, AIS, and TrueMove. SIM cards are available for purchase at both Suvarnabhumi and Donmueang, all three cell companies have booths beside each other in the arrival hall or at any convenience store. Passport and photo taken are required for the registration process.
The standard voltage is 220V, 50Hz. Majority of sockets in Thailand are Type A. At hotels, coffee shops or airports, you will see Type A socket. So if your plugs are A-type, you can easily charge your devices everywhere in Thailand.
UTC +7 Indochina Time (NO daylight saving time in Thailand)
Tourist Police 1155, to reach an English-speaking operator call the Tourist Police or in the case of an accident, an ambulance service from one of the many international hospitals in Thailand.
PRIVATE CARS and VANS
You can rent a car or van if you want a comfortable and safe way of transport. International car rental companies have branches in Bangkok and other major cities. The rental rates are between B. 1,500 – 15.000 per day and B. 9,000 – 20,000 per week, depending on the car brand. Do note that you must have a valid international license if you are doing the driving yourself.
Air-conditioned taxis with meters are common and recognizable by a sign on the cab’s roof along with their bright colors (hot pink, green, orange, yellow). The taxi charge is 35 Baht for the first 2 kms, then fares increase from 4.50 – 5.50 Baht depending on the distance. A surcharge of 1.25 Baht kicks in when the taxi travels at less than 6 kph. Booking a taxi for the whole day will cost between 1,000 – 1,500 Baht.
Non-metered taxis are also available but are usually more expensive, so one must negotiate the rate. A trip within central Bangkok should cost between 60 – 80 Baht (plus an additional 10 – 20 during peak hours). The trip to the airport is about 200 – 300 Baht.
The ineffable tuk-tuk, or samlors, are usually faster than taxis in traffic jams as they can weave in between cars, but you must be prepared for inhaling a day’s dose of traffic fumes. Tuk-tuk fares have escalated and they are now on par with metered taxis. Be prepared to pay about 40 baht for a short hop, or better yet, negotiate with the driver before you take the ride.
Those in a hurry can use motorcycle taxis to beat the jams. Fares are about the same as taking the tuk-tuk. But be forewarned that riding a motorcycle taxi on the main thoroughfares can be a little dangerous, although they are a perfectly safe and pleasant solution in the sois (lane or secondary streets) where Bangkok retains a village-like atmosphere. Some of the motorcycle taxis provide a helmet for their passengers though.
BTS (Bangkok Mass Transit System)
Bangkok’s answer to traffic jams along its key stops. Running from 6 a.m. to midnight, the fare depends on distance traveled, ranging from 10 – 44 baht/person. For frequent riders, it would be best to buy a stored value card, ranging from 440 – 800 baht/person that would ensure you a multiple trips at a flat rate of 20 baht per trip regardless of the destination.
SUBWAY (Bangkok Mass Rapid Transit)
With fares ranging from 14 – 36 baht, the subway run from the city’s main destinations. By linking several hotel, shopping centers and business districts, the subway can definitely help you reach your destination on time.
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) runs express, fast and ordinary services throughout the country at very reasonable fares. There is also a train service between the city center and Don Mueang Airport.
One can save a fair bit of money by making use of the public bus system, and they are comfortable as many buses on the main routes are air-conditioned. A non air-conditioned ride costs around 6 baht, while adding just another 5 baht. There are also micro buses which charge a uniform fare of 25 baht and accommodate a maximum of 30 passengers. Euro buses are also in service and theses between 10 and 18 baht.
The most pleasant way to get around Bangkok is undoubtedly the shuttle boats plying Bangkok’s waterways. They are faster and much more interesting. Although many of the klongs (canals) have been paved over, there are still a number of routes to be savored, e.g. along the Chao Phraya River and the adjoining canals. Fares range from 6 – 10 baht.