Travelling to Bangkok and have no idea about what to expect? Read the travel tips for Bangkok below and prepare yourself well!
Visiting Bangkok for the first time can be challenging, particularly for those who belong to the more organised countries like Australia, or somewhere in Europe. And this is for a simple fact: Bangkok is the hub of backpacking in Asia, and offers a Wild West experience!
Surprising smells, new and confusing smells, a different culture, strange food, there is enough to explore and be amazed at, in Bangkok.
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Choosing the best time to visit Bangkok
Since Bangkok, and Thailand at large, is a warm country, the best time to visit is between December and March, or during the months of monsoon, that is, July and August.
Finding the best hotel in Bangkok
If you’re backpacking, and backpacking solo, head straight to Khao San Road. This is where most backpackers from across the world end up eating, drinking and sleeping together.
Other than that, consider Siam District and Sukhumvit District. At Sukhumvit, you will find the fanciest of nightclubs in the entire Bangkok. Siam district, on the other hand, is ideal for those who want to stay away from late night parties and loud music. Both, the Siam District and Sukhumvit District, are a bit expensive to stay than The Khao San Road.
How to get around Bangkok
Public transport in Bangkok is amazing. From buses to trams to tuk-tuks, there is no dearth of anything on wheels, if you have decided not to be riding a scooter for yourself.
When arriving, from the airport, you can take the Airport Rail links: City Line or Express Line with a connecting BTS skytrain or the MRT. Those, wanting a bit more comfort, can take shared mini-van for 150 Baht.
Check ransitbangkok.com for all connecting routes at the official website of transport in Bangkok.
You will moreover find it surprising that most bus drivers and the metro/BTS staff speak fairly good English, making it even easier to buy tickets and find directions if lost.
Taxi in Bangkok is also affordable, just make sure that the driver switches on the taxi-meter before the journey.
Eating street food in Bangkok
Street food in Bankok is a highlighted thing to do in Thailand and I totally encourage you to explore the night markets in Bangkok and sample some exotic dishes being served on roadside stalls.
Head to Chinatown, if you fancy some Chinese delicacies. You must also visit Chatuchak market for some great local Thai food. Open on Saturday and Sunday from 9am-6pm and Friday from 6pm-midnight Chatuchak is a preferred weekend market for locals too.
Other that than, visit Yaowarat district, and check out Suan Lum Ratchada and Siam Gypsy Junction.
Don’t miss a floating market
There are many floating markets in Bangkok, but only a few of them are real and not for tourists. If you can afford a day trip from Bangkok, visit the popular Amphawa floating market, which is one of the biggest in the entire country.
If short with time, a recommended floating market to visit in the city of Bangkok is Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market. Just don’t forget to go for a short ride on a river with smiling local ladies selling fruits & veggies.
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