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 Amoon_96 on Wed, 11/05/2022 - 09:46

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Yes, I want to visit Bangkok I think it's a wonderful city, I want to try Thai food and visit historical places, I want to go to the beach there and enjoy it, I heard about Thai massage I want to try it too.

Submitted by HarryAg on Sat, 23/04/2022 - 11:58

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I like Bangkok. One of the main reason is that we can arrange the trip with affordable price if we want to go to there. There are many tourist attractions places in there such as cultural related places and beaches. For me, I like Bangkok because I can get authentic Thai food in there.

Submitted by Byullie on Sun, 10/04/2022 - 16:44

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I think Bangkok is pretty good to vist. They have lots of foods and you can buy the clothes with cheap price at the marlket. I have also been to Bangkok when I was young.

Submitted by Khin_Burmese on Fri, 01/04/2022 - 15:56

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Yes, I would. Some Bangkok clothes and food are affordable, and also Thai culture is pretty similar to my country's.

Submitted by jos1724lu on Mon, 21/03/2022 - 00:57

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In my opinion visit Bangkok I don't think it's the most attractive trip because this place is very different from my home, for example the food, traditions, language, etc. I prefer visit other type of cities.

Submitted by Laxsus on Thu, 10/03/2022 - 23:26

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Well, I have some places in my priority that i wish to visit first and then i might make a trip to Bangkok if i have time and money .

Submitted by bladismedina on Tue, 11/01/2022 - 21:32

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It´s a good place to visit! I like to eat so much and Bangkok is a nice place tu eat everywhere you go.

Submitted by wenyeeee on Mon, 27/12/2021 - 12:51

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Yes, of course I really want to travel to Thailand at least once in my life! Their culture, food, shopping, beach and symbolise temples are the most impressing thing attract me to visit there.

Submitted by Robert Felix on Tue, 21/12/2021 - 15:38

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Hello! Yes, I would wish to visit Bangkok and to take a journey in a boat taxi and enjoy the travesy. Also I would like to eat the Thai food and to know the culture of the city.

Submitted by Stela Stoycheva on Mon, 15/11/2021 - 20:24

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I wish to myself to visit not only Bangkok... I think it will be interesting to see beautiful and different life,different culture...to walk in their streets,to do many photos, to do beach...Maybe it will be strange the food,but will try. I must win from lottery for there :/