Bangkok is an energetic, congested, exciting sleepless city. Whether your interests are in the culture, partying or shopping there is something for everyone. Regardless of what your reasons are for visiting Bangkok you will have an unforgetable experience!
Population: 8,300,000 million
Known as: The City of Angels
Climate: Tropical Savanna Climate
Currency: Thai Baht (THB)
Official Language(s): Thai
Before you Arrive
Most countries have a visa free period to visit Thailand. However, there are countries that do require visas to visit. The countries highlighted below in green, blue and purple are not required to secure a visa for travel between 14 days to 3 months.
But there are a list of things you must have:
1. A passport valid for 6 months at the time of departure
2. An onward or return ticket
3. Sufficient funds
4. Proof of where you will be staying
There are two airports in Bangkok; Don Mueang International Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport. Don Mueang is located 23 km from the city center and Suvarnabhumi is 30 km from the city center. There are many options to get you to Bangkok's city center. The best choice depends on your needs. The cheapest way to get there is by the bus. You can easily find bus information at both airports. Or you can take a taxi, which is cheap. I took a taxi from Don Mueang airport to my hostel and it cost me about $15. To get to Suvarnabhumi Airport I took a bus and the train which cost me under $3 but it was very crowded and uncomfortable.
The best way to get around Bangkok would be Tuk Tuks. They are small, fast and cheap. If you are going to use a tuk tuk make sure to discuss the payment before you get in, always go lower than what they ask for. If you feel they are charging you too much don't be afraid to say no, another tuk tuk will take you for the same price! There are also buses and trains in Bangkok. At times the train may be the better option because of all the traffic. Taxis are pretty cheap and a lot more comfortable.
In Bangkok you are likely to find English speakers because Bangkok is a heavy tourist destination. It also doesn't hurt to know a few phrases.
Here are a few phrases you should know:
Excuse me- Kor toht
Thank you- Kop Kun
What to See
There are a lot of attractions in Bangkok. The most popular attractions would be palaces and temples like The Grand Palace and Wat Arun. Other attractions include Khaosan Road, Jim Thompson House and Soi Cowboy. There are also a lot of shopping districts and museums to visit.
To get a great view of Bangkok make sure to visit the Baiyoke II Tower or eat at the Cloud 47 restaurant.
What to Eat & Drink
Most people have tried a Thai dish at least once in their lives. From what i've experienced Thai food is very similiar in the Western world and in Thailand. The great part is that food in Thailand is super cheap and super delicious.
Must try Dishes:
Pad Thai, pad see ew, curry (red, yellow, green), mango and sticky rice, Khao soi!
Where to Stay
Most travelers stay in hostels in Bangkok. Hostels are super cheap but you also need to be very careful. I tried to save money by booking a $4/night hostel which was infested with bed bugs. Then I got a 10/night hostel which was amazing! Hotels are even really cheap. Bangkok has 5 star hotels at 2 star prices, so these hotels are not breaking the bank. The best areas to stay in Bangkok are Silom, Siam, Riverside and Sukhumvit.
Here are some other great places to visit near or in Bangkok!
Floating Markets-- There are 5 very different floating markets around Bangkok. The more popular markets out of the five are Damnoen Saduak and Amphawa. They are both a bit far but beautiful. Make sure to wake up early to beat the crowd.
Phu Khao Thong (The Golden Mountain)-- Phu Khao Thong is a great place to get away from the madness of Bangkok. Here you can hear birds chirping, bells rings and what you don't hear is any cars.
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