Bangkok travel guide
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Bangkok is the starting point for many travelers. Bangkok is a huge city with a lot to offer and it can be hard to know where to begin. I had picked my hotel and was so happy with my choice near Nana Plaza until my friend and expat in Bangkok said to me ‘Check out Nana Plaza if you are feeling brave.’ I soon realized I was rather clueless and was in need of some solid information before making further plans. This Bangkok travel guide should help you pick the right place the first time. Click here to check out an amazing 5 day Bangkok itinerary.
If you are coming in from an international airport you are likely flying into Suvarnabhumi Airport, one of two airports in Bangkok. For many people this might be a layover on the way to the next stop, or it might be the start of a longer trip around Asia. You may also have come into Don Mueang if you are flying from somewhere closer to Bangkok. Both are in the city and easy to navigate.
It is not uncommon to hear people coming into Bangkok by land. There are trains coming all the way from Singapore , and buses that cross every border Thailand has. Typically you will come in by bus or train and those will bring you in the stations in the centre of Bangkok. It is then easy to get to your hotel or the area you want to be in.
Transfers and getting around
When landing at the airport or bus station it is very simple to get to where you want to go. There are taxis everywhere and they are easy to grab. My only advice is to make sure you get in a metered taxi, not the branded ones out the front of Suvarnabhumi. You will pay up to ten times more if you take one of those fancy cabs.
You can also grab any of the number of Tuk Tuks to get around.
Where to stay
If you are a lively backpacking type you NEED to get yourself to Khao San Road. I ended up switching to the Rikka Inn here with the recommendation of my friend who is a Bangkok expert and we were not disappointed.
There are a plethora of hotels on Khao San Road to choose from and you can find out which we think is the best hotel on Khao San Road in our post. This place has it all including parties, clubs, bars, food, hotels, a market and way more. If you are looking for somewhere quieter check out the Silom area and we recommend our next pick – the Amari Watergate.
Things to do
There is a whole host of things to do here. Check any attraction sites for ideas of what to do and see. We travelled without kids the first time so Khao San Road was one of our main hangs, there was so much to do and see. We also checked out Dusit Zoo and really enjoyed it. There are lots of awesome things to do in Bangkok and you can find cheap tickets to most of them.
We hope that our Bangkok travel guide will help you avoid making the same mistakes we did. If you have two days there this two days in Bangkok guide will really help you decide what to do.
What to eat
Thailand is a country where all your senses are going to be tickled. You need to get out and about and try absolutely as much food as possible while you are in Thailand, and Bangkok is the street-food hub of Thailand. Get out and about and eat as the locals do. A lot of the time you are going to find meat in the dishes, but not to worry, you can try these vegan options in Thailand too.
Try some Pad Thai, green curry of Thai fried rice for something authentic yet familiar.
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