Welcome to the Kingdom of Siam
Bangkok is a dynamic, modern and bustling city where you'll certainly enjoy a complete change of scene. The city plays a fundamental role in Thailand's economic, political and cultural life. Beyond Bangkok and its many monuments and cultural treasures, Thailand has so much to offer; not least its exceptional beauty. This corner of paradise, endowed with a very strong identity, both in the north and south, rarely fails to impress.
Regular flights between Rennes and Bangkok
You can fly to Bangkok all year round via Paris-Orly with Air France.
Climate: tropical. Although there are two seasons per year in Thailand, it is always hot wherever you are in the country The rainy season extends from June to October, and the dry season from March to May. The ideal time to visit is mid-November to mid-February, since the weather is a bit cooler at this time.
Time difference with France: +5hrs in summer and +6hrs in winter
Official language: Thai
Travel document requirements: a passport which must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Thailand. If you want to stay for more than 30 days a visa is mandatory. Please contact your embassy before setting off to check the entry requirements.
Tourist information: http://www.thailande-tourisme.com/
A city with two sides
Bangkok is a perfect example of the merging of two identities: traditional and modern. The traditional side is exemplified by old Bangkok, with its complex of temples and markets. The shopping centres and financial districts express the city's modern side. The interweaving of these two aspects of the city is what drives the Thai way of life. This very strong cultural identity is part of the reason why the country has never been colonised.
A tour of the klongs (the canals which criss-cross the city) is a great way to soak up the charm of the local way of life. Other ways to discover the different aspects of Bangkok life include wandering through a market, tasting the traditional cuisine or enjoying the dynamic nightlife.
The kingdom of Buddhism
With its 400 Buddhist temples, Bangkok offers a wealth of impressive cultural and architectural attractions. One part of the city you shouldn't miss is the royal quarter, which is home to the Wat Phra Kaew and its 75-metre high Emerald Buddha and the Grand Palace, a sumptuous western-style building which bears witness to the country's cultural openness. Today, the Grand Palace is used for official ceremonies.
Away from Bangkok, Thailand is a treasure trove of idyllic locations. From Chiang Mai to Phuket, you might often find yourself thinking you are on a film set. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle and just lounge in the sun, the tropical island of Koh Samui is a must-visit destination. For scuba diving enthusiasts, the island of Koh Phi Phi is an extraordinary place to dive.
Fine sandy beaches, a turquoise sea, mountains, rock rising out of the sea, rivers, kind hospitality and a warm welcome from the local people and fantastic gastronomy - Thailand is not one of the top tourist destinations by chance!