【Good for golf and sightseeing!】How to enjoy Bangkok 2019
Introducing the basic information not only golf, but enjoying “sleepless Bangkok” for 24 hours. It takes about 6 hours from Japan to Bangkok which is known as one of the famous tourist cities in the world and has 2-hour time difference. We give the latest Thailand golf information for everyone from novice to repeat tourists.
■Winter in Japan is a best season in Thailand
The dry season from November to March is the best season for golf in Thailand since it is comfortable to spend by around 20-degree temperature in the morning and evening while daytime play in April and May needs perfect heart stroke prevention due to hot weather. And even in the rainy season there is almost no rain throughout the day from June to October. Playing golf in the early morning is the better way as it is relatively rainy in the afternoon.
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■Rent a van from airport to hotel
It takes about 30-minutes from the airport to the city of Bangkok by airport rail link. It is better to rent a van with your company if you have golf bag and luggage. The renting fee is around 1,000 baht(3,500 yen) depending on the companies while the another charge would be needed for Japanese assistance or guide.
■Cherry pick service appartment
There are countless various hotels from five-star to youth hostel in Bangkok. While selecting the popular hotel chain is safe choice, service apartment is recommended for those who wants to wash golf wears right after the round. It equips drum type washing machine, kitchen, refrigerator and microwave, and has a clean up service like hotel.
About 90% of the Thai are said to be Buddhists, and there are large Buddha statues and temples everywhere. With flashy Buddha statues in the city and in the shopping centers, many Thai peoples pray religiously. Be careful to avoid clothes such as sleeveless, shorts, and ripped jeans for both men and women when visiting the temple. Also, keep in mind that is pretty disrespectful to touch others’ heads as man’s head is considered to be where sprite lives.
■The heavy traffic is a serious social issue.
The world famous severe traffic has no sign to improve. The streets are filled with cars, especially around 8:00 am and 5:00 pm of commuting time, and the severity doubles on Fridays and in rain. While there are various causes, many factors such as too much vehicles for infrastructure, too many one-way and dead ends, and long timing of signal switching have piled up for the factors. There are forceful lane changes to go forward, and bad safety rule, such as a wrong-way driving by motorcycles, and the economic loss and image degradation for Bangkok that the traffic has brought is getting worse year by year.
Smart transportation by using public transportation is essential for avoiding arriving late as a punctual Japanese.
・BTS（The Sky train）
With no timetable, the elevated railways run by every several minutes. The Rabbit card at the ticket office and ticket at ticket machine are available for taking the train.
Transfer from the BTS is available at Silon and Sukhumvit station. The black token comes out from machine as you put coins.
Basic fare for taxi is so cheap at 35 baht(122 yen) and casual use is what we’d like to do, however, they often don’t hesitate to deny the customers when traffic to the destination is expected. The receipt is basically not available.
It may be convenient for short distance and when you need to hurry. The fare is around 20 baht(70 yen) for one station worth. On the other hand, it’s better not to take when you feel the risk of accident.
When you negotiate the fare with the driver, just be careful for being asked an exorbitant fare like 200 baht for short distance. Be careful for the loud blast.
Recommended as the safe, steady and absolute transportation. By downloading the apps and registering your credit card, you can go to your desired destination without cash. And, it is nice for transportation claims as receipt is sent to the registered e-mail address after getting off.
The department store directly connected from BTS Phrom Phong station. The food court at the underground level is recommended and as there are many variety shops, solo-shopping is useful as well. At the high end super market “Gourmet Market”, you should find the nice souvenirs for your coworkers.
“DONKI MALL THONGLOR” opens between the Thong Lo station and the Ekkamai station. Don Quijote has three DON DON DONKIs in Singapore and they have been popular for their large selections. Their first shop in Bangkok has been the big topic and there is “Donki Traffic” around the shop.
■Choice of Yasuko! The food ranking you definitely want to eat at Bangkok.
We can enjoy food all around the world in Bangkok which is said to be a treasure house of food and we hope you enjoying authentic Thai food by all means. You can find the shops offering authentic cooking beyond the food stall when you walk in the city and you would want to stop by unwillingly, but still you need to be careful for the case having poor hygiene, such as washing the plate with water by sharing the bucket.
- ・Crab curry
- ・Fried vegetables with garlic.
- ・Papaya salad
- ・Green curry
- ・Satsuma-age(deep-fried ball of fish paste)
・Rice gruel best for breakfast
・Mango for standard desert
■Restaurant guide by Yasuko
・Nai Meng Bami Phu
So happy having highly skilled massage at 200 baht in an hour. Moreover, there are many shops where reservation is unnecessary, and when you feel “I’m tired” you can stop by, so it is no problem getting tired by consective rounds of golf.
※1 baht = 3.5 yen
※As of March 27th, 2019
※The prices may change without notice.