British Embassy: 00 66 2 3058333; 14 Wireless Road. Open Mon-Thur, 8amm-4.30pm. Fri, 8am-1pm. MRT Lumphini
Tourism Division; Culture, Sports and Tourism Department: 00 66 2 2257612; 17/1 Phra Athit Road. Open daily, 9am-7pm. Phra Athit pier
Tourist Police: Dial 1155, 1699
Local laws and etiquette
It is strictly against the law to criticise the monarchy. Smart appearance goes a long way in Thailand. Visitors to Buddhist temples should be covered up, take their shoes off and never point the soles of their feet at Buddhist icons.
Telephone code: Dial 00 66 2 for Bangkok numbers from outside Thailand, 02 from inside Thailand
Time difference: +7 hours
Flight time: 11hr 25min
Tom moved to the Thai capital 15 years ago, drawn by the hot weather, friendly smiles and laissez-fair vibe. Today you can find him exploring river side markets such as Tha Pra Chan, and checking out the city’s eclectic music venues.