Your tickets have been booked…the excitement is rising….You’re coming to Bangkok !!
We’ve accumulated a lot of useful information about Bangkok tourism – everything the first-time visitor needs to plan a wonderful and memorable trip. Use our hard earned knowledge so that your first experience of tourism in Bangkok will be an unforgettably great one.
Suvarnabhumi Airport, also known as Bangkok International Airport, is one of two international airports serving Bangkok, Thailand. The other one is Don Mueang Airport. Suvarnabhumi Airport is the world’s fourth largest single-building airport terminal. However, Air Asia has moved all of its Bangkok operations to Don Mueang Airport, the low cost terminal. A free bus service connecting Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang Airport operates from 05.00 until midnight. Various public transport options are available at both the airports.
At 1,600 square kilometres and counting, Bangkok is big. The most popular areas for visitors are: Siam, Silom, Sukhumvit, Old City (Rattanakosin), Chidlom-Ploenchit, Pratunam & Riverside. All these charismatic parts of the town that combine sights, nightlife, shopping, great hotels, super cheap hostels and convenient locations with access to public transport. There are a thousand and one hotels here, most combine all the mod cons and luxuries of the finest Western hotels, combined with Thai design, finesse and hospitality. For budget travellers there are bargains galore.
Bangkok is relatively cheap, but you have to look at the right place. You can find food ranging from 25TB to 2500TB, same for hotel and accommodation. If you have the initiative, venture off the foreigner beaten path and eat in restaurants serving predominately Thai customers. The food here is many times tastier, spicier and cheaper. Public transport is a great option within the city but traffic in peak hours can be notorious. BTS “Skytrain” and the MRT “Metro/subway” are excellent but some attractions require the use of taxis. Plenty of taxis are available as well as public busses. Taking a ride in the Tuk-Tukis one of those Bangkok’s “must-do-once” activities though. You need to haggle hard and agree on the price before you get in a Tuk-Tuk, and only pay once you’ve reached the destination. River transport is also a great mode to reach some of the major attractions. The tourist boat service starts at SaphanTaksin (i.e. Central Pier) and finish at Rama 8 pier whilst others go further along the river, although the main attractions are already covered by the tourist line.
Weather in Bangkok is always hot and often humid. T-shirts and shorts with a comfortable shoe/slipper are advisable but some attractions do not allow shorts. Carry your sunglasses and you won’t repent even if you wear a big hat as well. You can plan to buy all these from Bangkok itself at exceptionally cheap prices. Whether seeking out pricey brands in monstrous malls like Siam Paragon or Central World, or rummaging for street-side shops at massive markets like Chatuchak Weekend Market, Pratunam wholesale market or the floating markets, this city offers all kinds of places to blow your baht.
The popular tourist icons around Bangkok also have their fair share of scammers loitering, waiting to relieve you of your precious vacation time, and money. If anyone tries to tell you that a major attraction is closed, and offers you an alternative (like a rare visit to the “Lucky Buddha”) consider that this may be a scam. In addition to the “closed” attraction scam, you may be told there are no restaurants in the area – this is yet another “Tuk Tuk” scam. Simply ignore these. At the Reclining Buddha, Chatuchak weekend market or any other market, be careful of pickpockets. These places can get extremely busy and you walk like shoulder to shoulder slowly inside when viewing. Officials are outside also warning of pickpockets so hold onto valuables safely.
An organised tour ingeniously eradicates all the hassles of sightseeing. No need to bury your head in your guide book as a guide gives you the live, unedited version. No need to fret about how to get there, as you’re picked up and delivered back to your hotel. There are numerous trips, such as the Temple Tour, Shopping Tour, Safari World & Marine Park Tour, which can be arranged within the city. Bangkok is also a great starting point for tours outside Bangkok, with trips available to the famous floating markets, Ayutthaya, the River Kwai, far-flung jungles in the North and palmy beaches in the South.
How can one miss Bangkok’s notorious nightlife – go-go bars, clubbing, ladyboy shows and the like. Bangkok is one of the most-visited cities in Asia, and for good reason. It has some of the best nightlife in the world. Nightlife in Bangkok has evolved over the years, with the emphasis on swanky rooftop bars, lively nightclubs and hip hop cocktail bars. The Thai capital has so much more to offer than just the adult-themed fun of Patpong, Nana and Soi Cowboy.
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