Bangkok, a world metropolis of over 8 million in the heart of Southeast Asia, is situated on the Chao Phraya River (River of Kings) and dates back to the 18th century. The city is multiethnic, comprised of ethnic Thais, Thais of Chinese heritage, ethnic Isan (from the Northeast, sometimes referred to as Lao), Thai Muslims (mostly from the South), Indians (predominantly from Tamil Nadu, Punjab and other regions), plus a number of indigenous minority ethnic groups, laborers from Myanmar and Cambodia, and a large ex-pat community (notably from China, Japan, Europe, North America, Australia).
Consequently, the languages represented in Bangkok’s diverse population can be heard on the Sky Train and in the subway, at the street-side food stalls and in the high end shops of Siam Paragon, and they are mirrored in Bangkok’s dynamic linguistic landscape. Home of some iconic modern architecture, internationally renowned shopping malls and two symphony orchestras, the city also retains aspects of deeper Buddhist and animistic roots, as seen, for example, in its world famous temples, and the pervasiveness of spirit houses, taxi cab dashboard shrines, body art and homage paid to tree spirits. This amalgam of modern and traditional pervades social structure, language policy, and discourses about national identity and Thailand’s place in a region diverse in language, culture, history, religion and political systems
TRAVELING TO THE CITY CENTER
You will most likely arrive in Bangkok at one of two airports:
Savarnabhumi International Airport is the larger of the two and services long international flights as well as regional and domestic flights. Directions to get From Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Chulalongkorn University can be found at:
Don Muang is the smaller airport and primarily services domestic and regional flights. Directions to get from Don Muang Airport to Chulalongkorn University can be found at:
Because taxis are comparatively inexpensive in Bangkok, we would recommend taking a taxi, though depending on the time of day or night you arrive, you may experience one of the infamous Bangkok traffic jams. At both airports, there are taxi queues. In the link below, a destination card with Thai translation is provided here. You may want to show the card to the taxi driver
However, the cheapest way is to take the Airport Rail Link from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Phaya Thai Station. A single journey costs 45 baht and takes around 26 minutes. From Phaya Thai station you can change to the Bangkok Train Service (BTS) which is adjacent to the Airport Rail Link and travel to your desired location along the BTS routes. You can also walk down from the station and grab a taxi.
For more information regarding transportation from the airport, please follow the link below.
VISA REQUIREMENT TO THAILAND
Citizens from certain countries/territories are allowed to stay in Thailand for a period between 2 weeks and 3 months without visa. This includes ASEAN member countries, some European and Latin American countries, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, New Zealand, South Korea, etc.
Visa on Arrival valid for 15 days is issued for people from certain countries/territories e.g. China, India, Taiwan, etc.
For a full list of the countries/territories and the number of days allowed on their Visa on Arrival, please check the link below.
Documents required for Visa on Arrival
Passport or travel document with validity of no less than 6 months
Visa application form completely filled out (available at the airport)
Arrival/ Departure card (mostly provided by the airline you are travelling with)
One recent photograph (4 x 6 cm.) of the applicant
Confirmed return ticket within a period of 15 days from the arrival date
Evidence of adequate finance (10,000 baht per person and 20,000 baht per family)
Visa fee (2000 baht)
For more detailed information, please check the link below.