One of the first things that you will notice when you arrive in Bangkok is the heat. The boiling humidity will hit you like a wall, leaving you sweating through your clothes. Walking around for long periods of time can cause you to feel fatigued and the hot sunshine turns your skin red.
The heat and sunshine can be a danger when travelling to Bangkok, as you could possibly suffer from heat exhaustion. Also, sunburns will increase your risk for melanoma as well as causing lasting wrinkles and damage to the skin. Here are some tips for beating the heat in Bangkok:
Don't Go Out in the Midday Sun
You know the song about how only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun? It has a lot of truth to it – the locals really know how to avoid the strongest heat and ultraviolet rays in the middle of the afternoon. Avoid going out in the sun between 11am and 3pm – spend that time resting in your hotel or enjoying an indoor activity.
There are plenty of fun things you can do indoors in Bangkok! Why not go to an afternoon matinee at the cinema, take a cooking class, visit a temple or go shopping at one of the huge malls?
Keeping yourself hydrated will replace the sweat that you are losing and help you to avoid heat exhaustion. However, it is not safe to drink the water in Bangkok so you should stick to drinking bottled water. It is very cheap, so buy yourself a big bottle and keep sipping throughout the day.
Along with water you can also drink coconut water, which is known as "Natural Gatorade". It is filled with electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and sodium which will help you to replace what you have lost from sweating. You can buy a fresh coconut to drink from on the street corner in Bangkok.
Wear Your Sunscreen!
Make sure that you bring sunscreen with you on your trip to Bangkok and wear it every day. It will protect you from the harmful UV rays of the sun and ensure that you don't get a sunburn. If you are sweating a lot you should reapply your sunscreen because it will slide off your skin throughout the day.
Pack the Right Clothing
The best type of clothing to wear while you are visiting Thailand is lightweight, loose cotton clothing. Anything that is too tight, such as a pair of jeans, will make you feel too hot. Wearing skimpy clothing is not recommended because it exposes more of your skin to sun damage and it will also be inappropriate when visiting temples and sacred sites. Also, this clothing will be easy to wash and will dry quickly – which is handy when you are travelling.
Keep these tips in mind and you will be able to stay cool and avoid sunburn and heat exhaustion when visiting the hot, humid, bustling metropolis of Bangkok.