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 Aliya848 on Fri, 02/04/2021 - 15:06

I have never been to Thailand. But I wanna visit it. Because I would like to see temples and eat local food. Also I wanna see travesti show in this country.

Submitted by TIa vinaka on Wed, 31/03/2021 - 07:24

I'd love to!! Actually, I've traveled there once for about 10days. It was amazing I love Thai food and market. there are also a lot of place to visit. it wasn't enough time to explore there. I would like to visit there again to explore the beautiful country.

Submitted by Mathew on Mon, 29/03/2021 - 15:17

Bangkok seems to be a very intriguing place. So yes, I would love to visit it. With its temples and markets - I have never been to a market, come to think of it. So that will be the most important reason there is.

Submitted by Frank Cuello on Fri, 26/03/2021 - 03:06

I think it is a pretty interesting place to go and travel, specially for the things mentioned in the travel guide. I'm very excited to see the historical places, markets and serpents!

Submitted by Rano on Tue, 16/03/2021 - 12:47

Yeas I would like to visit Bangkok, it have amazing natural

Submitted by In on Mon, 15/03/2021 - 08:01

After this reading text, I would love to visit Bankcgog someday.

Submitted by nrleizh on Tue, 09/03/2021 - 02:00

Yes, I would like to visit Bangkok. It is because there are plenty of shopping markets for me to visit in Bangkok. I want to visit one of the floating markets. I also want to visit Bangkok because Bangkok is well-known for its street food.

Submitted by Víctor De Anda on Fri, 26/02/2021 - 18:14

I would like to travel to Bangkok. I love eating different meals, walk through for new cities and know other cultures.

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Sat, 13/02/2021 - 08:40

Sure, I would like to visit to the Bangkok because this is famous in the world for its historical places ,rivers, food markets, and shopping malls.

Submitted by mohamad90 on Mon, 08/02/2021 - 14:52

I'd like to visit Bangkok to enjoy Thi massage and eat foods that sounds to be deliciuos.