There are countless exchange booths in all the tourist areas open 7 days a week, mostly 0800-1530, some 0800-2100. Rates vary only marginally between banks, although if changing a large sum, it is worth shopping around. ATMs abound in Bangkok and most can be used with credit cards and bank cards. They are open 24 hrs a day.
Embassies and consulates
Australia, 37 South Sathorn Rd, T02-287 2680. Mon-Fri 0830-1230, 1330-1630. Burma (Myanmar), 132 Sathorn Nua Rd, T02-233 2237. Cambodia, 185 Rachdamri Rd, T02-254 6630, 0900-1100. Canada, 15th floor Abdulrahim Place, 990 Rama 1V Rd, T02-636 0541. Mon-Thu 0730-1615, Fri 0730-1300, visas Mon-Fri 0800-1200. Denmark, 10 Sathorn Tai Soi Attakarnprasit, T02-213 2021. Mon-Thu 0900-1530, Fri 0900-1230. France, 35 Customs House Lane, Charoen Krung, T02-266 8250. Mon-Thu 0800-1700, Fri 0800-1600, visas Mon-Fri 0800-1200 (there is also a French consulate at 29 Sathorn Tai Rd, T02-285 6104). Germany, 9 Sathorn Tai Rd, T02-287 9000. Mon-Fri 0830-1200, visas 0830-1100. Israel, 25th floor, Ocean Tower II, 75 Soi Wattana, Sukhumvit 19, T02-204 9200. Italy, 399 Nang Linchi Rd, T02-285 4090. Japan, 1674 New Phetburi Rd, T02-252 6151. Mon-Fri 0830-1200, 1330- 1600. Laos, 502/1-3 Soi Ramkhamhaeng 39, T02-539 6667. Mon-Fri 0800-1200, 1300- 1600. Malaysia, 33-35 Sathorn Tai Rd, T02-6792190. Netherlands, 6 Wireless Rd, T02-254 7701. Mon-Fri 0900-1200. New Zealand, 93 Wireless Rd, T02-254 2530. Mon-Fri 0730-1200, 1300-1600, visas 0900- 1200, 1300-1500. Singapore, 129 Sathorn Tai Rd, T02-286 2111. South Africa, 6th floor, Park Place, 231 Soi Sarasin, Rachdamri Rd, T02-253 8473. Spain, 7th floor, Diethelm Building, 93 Wireless Rd, T02-2526112. Mon-Fri 0900-1430, visas 0830-1200. Sweden, 20th floor, Pacific Place, 140 Sukhumvit Rd, T02-3020360. Mon-Fri 0800-1200. Switzerland, 35 Wireless Rd, (GPO Box 821, Bangkok 10510, T02-254 6855. Mon-Fri 0900- 1200. UK, 1031 Wireless Rd, T02-253 0191/9. Mon-Thu 0800-1100, 1300-1530, Fri 0800- 1200. USA, 95 Wireless Rd, T02-205 4000. Mon-Fri 0800-1100, 1300-1500. Vietnam, 83/1 Wireless Rd, T02-251 7202. Open 0800-1130, 1330-1630, 2 photos required, normally takes 3 working days, same-day visas available at a price (฿2700).
There are literally thousands of internet cafés scattered around the entire city. Most offer high-speed access and away from the tourist areas will cost from ฿10 per hr while along Khaosan and Sukhumvit prices are ฿30-60 per hr. The majority of shops congregate around the Khaosan Rd, Silom and Siam Sq and even in the furthest outposts you’ll find net shops choc-a-bloc with game-playing pre-teens. In addition most hotels and guesthouses offer the service. For the BYO laptop crowd, coffee shops and cafés from Starbucks to the local corner coffee shop now offer free or paid Wi-Fi services.
True, http://www.trueinternet.co.th, one of Bangkok’s premier providers, now has over 20 True Lifestyle stores in and around Bangkok, all of which offer modern coffee shop surrounds and extensive services. The flagship True Urban Park in Siam Paragon is a space-age sight to behold with, armchair seating, personal iPod bubbles dangling from the ceiling and a wall of images streamed direct from Paragon’s huge aquarium. The more upbeat Thonglor branch invites live bands to play at the weekends. The peaceful Khaosan Rd branch offers a pleasant escape from the crowds.
Bangkok’s immigration offices are at Sathorn Tai Soi Suanphlu, Silom district, T02-287 3101.
Bangkok has scores of language schools. The best known is the AUA school at 179 Rachdamri, T02-252 8170.
British Council Library, 254 Chulalongkorn Soi 64 (Siam Sq). Tue-Sat 1000-1930, membership library with good selection of English-language books. National Library, Samsen Rd, close to Sri Ayutthaya Rd. Daily 0930-1930. Neilson Hays Library, 195 Surawong Rd, T02-233 1731. Mon-Sat 0930-1600, Sun 0930-1230. A small library of English-language books housed in an elegant building dating from 1922. It is a private membership library, but welcomes visitors who might want to see the building and browse; occasional exhibitions are held here. Siam Society Library, 131 Sukhumvit Soi 21 (Asoke). Tue-Sat 0900-1700. Membership library with excellent collection of Thai and foreign-language books and periodicals (especially English) on Thailand and mainland Southeast Asia.
Bangkok Adventist Hospital, 430 Phitsanulok Rd, Dusit, T02-281 1422, T02-282 1100. Efficient vaccination service and 24-hr emergency unit. Bangkok General Hospital, New Phetburi Soi 47, T02-318 0066. Dental Hospital, 88/88 Sukhumvit 49, T02-260 5000, F02-2605026. Good but expensive. Clinic Banglamphu, 187 Chakrapong Rd, T02-282 7479. Dental Polyclinic, New Phetburi Rd, T02-314 5070. St Louis Hospital, 215 Sathorn Tai Rd, T02-212 0033.
Central General Post Office (Praysani Klang for taxi drivers): 1160 Charoen Krung, opposite the Ramada Hotel. Mon-Fri 0800- 2000, Sat, Sun and holidays 0800-1300. The money and postal order service is open Mon-Fri 0800-1700, Sat 0800-1200. Closed on Sun and holidays. 24-hr telegram and telephone service (phone rates are reduced 2100-0700) and a packing service. There are small post offices in most districts and many shopping centres.
24-hr hotline T1155, 4 Rachadamnoen Nok Av, Dusit.