Bangkok City & Chao Praya River

Bangkok Travel Guide

Floating Market Excursions

Bangkok Travel Guide

The Golden Mount

Bangkok Travel Guide

Pratunam Shopping District

Bangkok Travel Guide

A detailed guide for traveling to Bangkok for South African citizens. Whilst a visitor’s first impression may be that Bangkok is merely another lively modern city, closer inspection reveals a magical Oriental metropolis, containing a splendid heritage of culture, art and architecture that still thrives amongst the high-rises and new shopping centres.

The Thai’s light-hearted attitude and determination to enjoy life to the full is evident in Bangkok’s abundant entertainment, ranging from classical dance and Thai boxing to pulsating nightlife of Patpong and the night markets in Pratunam. For sightseers, the best way to explore Bangkok is to cruise along the rivers and ‘klongs’ (canals), revealing not only magnificent palaces and temples but also colourful markets and the everyday life of waterside dwellers.

Dinners can run the gamut of the city’s cuisine – from a simple bowl of lemon grass shrimp soup at a floating market, to a multi-course meal at one of the many exclusive restaurants.

Bangkok is a great place for shopping, offering an enormous choice of locally-made and designer goods at very reasonable prices- whether purchased in one of the modern, air-conditioned malls of the exhilarating atmosphere of traditional markets.

How to travel to Bangkok

Bangkok is easily reachable by flight on major airlines flying directly to Bangkok Airport (BKK).

Emirates Airlines - Operates daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban & Cape Town Airport, flying via Dubai Airport. Travel time is approx 16 -18 hours.
Singapore Airlines - Operates a daily flight from Johannesburg flying via Singapore.
Travel time is approx 14 -17 hours.
Qatar Arlines - Operates daily flights from Johannesburg & Cape Town flying via Doha. Travel time is approx 16 -18 hours.
Etihad Airlines - Operates a daily flights from Johannesburg flying via abu Dhabi.
Travel time is approx 17 -19 hours.
Cathay Pacific - Operates a daily flights from Johannesburg flying via Hong Kong. Travel time is approx 17 -20 hours.

Make the most of your holiday in Bangkok

Explore Bangkok and three of its most renowned temples; The Golden Buddha Temple, the Marble Temple and the Reclining Buddha Temple on a half-day City and Temples Tour. The Beautiful architecture and inticate details are a tribute to Thai craftsminship.

Navigate the klongs, pass by orchards and enjoy the atmosphere of the floating markets on a Damnoen Sudak floating market excursion. A visit to the Rose Garden botanical park reveals a typical Thai village with demonstrations of Thai Boxing and traditional crafts.

Spen a night out at the Siam Niramit Dinner Show that depicts Thailand's rich historical and spiritual heritage. The magnificent performance includes over 150 artists and state-of-the-art special effects.

Enjoy a full-day of fun with the family on a Safari World tour, Thailand's open zoo and leisure park. Attractions include a Dolphin show, the Orangutan boxing show, the Sea Lion show and the White Tiger show amongst many others.

Insider Tips

Bangkok is a great place for shopping. From bargains at the MBK Plaza to trendy Central World and the high street shops at Siam Paragon, the city has it all. After-dark shopping at Patpong and Asiatique only add to the dazzling sensory experience.

Enjoy a relaxed dinner cruise on the Chao Praya River while enjoying a different perspective of Bangkok's iconic landmarks, ideal for couples and families alike.

Visit Jim Thompson's House Museum and his retail shop at Siam Paragon Mall for a glimpse into the past to understand his influence on the silk industry and a chance to buy some luxurious silk clothes, shawls, bags and toys.

Grab a beverage at any of the great rooftop bars in the city and enjoy stunning views of the city's skyline. Remember, most rooftop bars have a dress code.

Get a foot massage or a Thai massage, they are usually cheap and easy to come by. For an unforgettable night out, watch a Muay Thai (thai Boxing match), a must for any sporting enthusiast.

Do I need visas for Thailand?

South African Passport Holders do not need visas for Thailand.

4*Holiday Inn Silom

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Silom Road
In the heart of the shopping and entertainment district, close to a sky train station.

5*Amari Watergate

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Pratunam Shopping District
Best location in the shopping district, walking distance to Central  World & Erawan Shrine.

5* Pathumwan Princess

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Next to MBK Shopping Centre
Adjacent to the famous MBK shopping centre & surrounded by Bangkok’s best retail & entertainment facilities

4* Centara Watergate

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Pratunam Shopping District
Stylish and modern hotel in the Pratunam area with easy access to the BTS sky strain station.

3* Ibis Bangkok Nana

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Sukkhumvit road
Situated minutes from the Pratunam markets, Siam Paragon Mall and Patpong night bazaar.

5* Four Seasons Hotel

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Close to Lumpini Park
Luxury hotel set in 10 acres of lush gardens with exquisite dining options and close to Lumpini Park.

Places of Interest

Cruise the klongs
The Grand Palace complex
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha)
Wat Saket (Golden Mount)
Emerald Buddha Temple
Jim Thompson’s House Museum Street Markets

For the Family

Dreamworld Theme Park
Siam Water Park
Siam Niramit Show
Dusit Zoo
Safari World
Rose Garden

Best Buys

Silk, Jewellery, Gems, Antiques, Silver, Lacquerware, Rattan Furniture, Leather Goods and Asian Artefacts
Good shopping places are the Central World (old World Trade Centre) shopping complex, Patpong night markets, Silom Road, Siam Square and Pratunam Market

Out & About

Everything from classical dance to lively nightclubs

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