Before you dive headfirst into the chaos of Bangkok, it's important to know a bit about Thailand's largest city. The following basic information will come in handy on your Bangkok holiday.

Visa Requirements

Australian passport holders entering Thailand via air are eligible for visa exemption and can holiday in the country for up to 30 days without obtaining a visa in advance. A similar exemption applies for overland travel, however the period of time is only 15 days. If you wish to stay longer, you must be granted a visa. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Embassy or Consulate of Thailand.

Currency

The currency used in Thailand is the Thai Baht. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and Thai Baht can change regularly, so in order to get the best exchange rate, aim to monitor the rate in the lead up to your trip.

Food

For many, Bangkok is the cuisine capital of Thailand. Home of the unique spicy, sweet, sour and salty flavour combination and one of the best cities in the world for street food. And one of the best places in Bangkok to try that fantastic street food is Thanon Khao San (Khao San Road) or try Thanon Phra Arthit for more authentic fare. The trick to finding the best the street has to offer though is to eat where the locals are eating. And with a snacking culture, locals tend to eat. A lot. Look for the stall with the longest line and start from there. Also be aware of how the food is prepared. If you see anything dodgy or unhygienic, keep looking for another stall. When it comes time to ordering, some popular street dishes in Bangkok to try include pad thai, green curry or a Thai-style omelette. For something sweet, order a plate of mango with sticky coconut rice (khao niao ma-muand) or a khanom boeng, a crispy rolled pancake with a sweet filling.

Nightlife

If Bangkok's nightlife could be described in just one word it would be ‘rowdy.' To sum it up in terms of party styles however, is much trickier. Bangkok at night consists of many things, from suave and sophisticated rooftop bars to down and dirty go-go bars. There's clubbing, shopping and shows, not to mention bars and pubs, all with a Thai twist, of course. To taste it all, head to Bangkok's most famous nightlife district, Silom. While the party in Bangkok does go hard, it also goes home — at 1am. It is also important to carry your passport with you at all times when out and about in Bangkok. Make sure you dress to impress to go clubbing in the Sukhumvit sois popular with expats.

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