A travel guide

A travel guide

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Whether you're travelling to the islands or the mountains of Thailand, you're likely to spend at least one night in its capital city on the way. Bangkok might be noisy and polluted but it's also an exciting city with plenty of things to see and do. Why not make it a longer stay?

Where to stay

The Khao San Road was a famous traveller spot even before Leonardo di Caprio's character in the film The Beach stayed there. But it's noisy, not very pretty and not very Thai. For something more authentic, Phra Kanong offers an alternative place to stay, with its fantastic street markets where everyday Bangkok people eat, work and live. It's not as convenient for the main tourist sites, but it has a Skytrain station so you can be at the Grand Palace in 20 minutes.

How to get around

Bangkok's traffic can be a nightmare. Sure, you can easily take a taxi – if you want to spend hours stuck in traffic jams – but there are two much better ways to get around the city. To explore the temples and historical sites, catch an express boat river taxi or a longtail boat along the Chao Phraya river and the canals. For the modern part of the city, the Skytrain is a fast, cheap way to travel from the river to the shopping malls and nightlife of Sukhumvit, and the famous Chatuchak street market.

Where to eat

The simple answer is: everywhere! Thai street food is among the best in the world, and for around $5 you can eat a filling and delicious meal. Some food stands have little plastic seats where you can sit and eat and they cook the same dish over and over, like fried chicken on rice or Pad Thai noodles. Head for Chinatown – Yaowarat Street – and choose whatever looks most interesting from the many excellent Chinese and Thai restaurants and food stands.  

What to do

After you've seen the main sites like the Giant Buddha at the temple of Wat Pho and the spectacular Grand Palace, and shopped at Chatuchak market, check out the snake farm and watch the live snake show. You can even touch a snake yourself if you want to!

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Submitted by tonymontana on Sun, 05/04/2020 - 16:52

Definitely, ı woul like to visit Bangkok.My two brothers has been doing muay thai and we've sometimes talked about Thailand.Additionally ı am someone who interested in cultures in the southeast asia.I will go to Thailand eventually,but firstl ı should take a passport

Submitted by Cotufa84 on Fri, 03/04/2020 - 17:49

It's an interesting plan. But I prefer to know other places in the southeast asian.

Submitted by Bunga on Thu, 02/04/2020 - 08:08

Of course, i want to go to Bangkok. I have plained to go there befot. But until today i didn't make my passport. Hmm, later i will make a passport ☺ The temples and historical sites be The first place that i will visit in Bangkok. Sounds interesting to learn about history. And then i wanna try the food because Bangkok have so many kind of food. I think it will be fun if can go there with friends or family.

Submitted by Nurten on Sat, 28/03/2020 - 13:09

If the paragraph is true I would like to visit Bangkok because I want to do an insanity and I want to touch a snake

Submitted by noentropica on Fri, 27/03/2020 - 21:41

I would like to spend time in Bangkok. I love Thai food, I think that i could enjoy a lot the city and their around. I like to read this travel guide, i feel like going to Thailandia. It might be a needy clash cultural and understand better the world.

Submitted by Mamta Gusain on Thu, 26/03/2020 - 08:28

Yes, I would like to visit Bangkok. Thailand is one of the best attraction for tourist. i love travelling hence i would like to visit not only bangkok but other places also like chiang mai, chiang thai, phuket, pattaya. i would like to try thai street food, visiting beaches.

Submitted by amanda ferreira on Wed, 25/03/2020 - 18:45

Yes, I would. This place, it's appears to be very fun and friendly wiht tourists.

Submitted by theguest22 on Tue, 24/03/2020 - 20:57

By short words, who don't like to see and enjoy in this spectacular places, and live that moment when ride longtail boat or eat different meal and show another communities?. But I have wonder about what meaning K ao San Raod not very Thai

Submitted by Paulo Henrique… on Thu, 19/03/2020 - 02:40

I have never been to Bangkok, but I would love to be able to visit one day.
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Submitted by Nikolaos Stavr… on Fri, 28/02/2020 - 10:15

Yes I would like to go to Bangkok It's a different culture, I love Thai food especially fried chicken on rice and pad Thai noodles. I would love to go on a sky train and visite the spectacular temples.