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 Nandar Su Hlaing on Tue, 09/08/2022 - 14:12


I love to visit Bangkok. I have been Bangkok and Chaing Mai. I think I like all kind of Thai Foods and shopping around the mall is very nice. I had visited many places but I can't mention, I don't remember the names.

Submitted by graham141 on Sun, 07/08/2022 - 09:05


good, exciting topic

Submitted by ivanricardo07 on Sat, 06/08/2022 - 23:52


Of course! I would love to visit Bangkok, It seems to me that it is a multicultural-interesting site, and especially for its gastronomic diverse..

Submitted by eugeniabcm on Tue, 02/08/2022 - 21:57


Yes, I really like to visit Bangkok because I would like to learn about a different culture than mine

Submitted by Tam Truong on Fri, 22/07/2022 - 02:20


I like to visit Bangkok because there are many things that I want to try. It must be a fantastic trip.

Submitted by samaa1 on Tue, 12/07/2022 - 16:00


Yes. I want to visit Thailand. I want to explore a temples, culture, traditions, nature and of course the Thai food, actually I always want to try Thai food. :)

Submitted by ACGC on Mon, 13/06/2022 - 22:17


I really love it visit Bangkok ! I've heard a lot about the culture, the beautiful places to travel around, and with a exception that im not a big fan of Thai food, but I very interested in capital city and go to authentic places.

Submitted by EMF_12 on Tue, 07/06/2022 - 05:18


Visiting a new place abroad is a great and unique experience. I mean, of course, I want to travel to Bangkok. Reading this guide convinced me to go there and meet the places it describes. I want to taste the native food, see the architecture, and go shopping. The most important thing is that going to new places approaches me to one of my immediate goals: to improve my English.

Submitted by jyoti Chaudhary on Sun, 29/05/2022 - 12:40


Would you like to visit Bangkok? Why or why not?
I would like to visit Bangkok but I haven't gone because I'm from India and my family does not allow me to go before marriage.

I like to visit Thailand, it is very convenient. The food is so delicious and cheap. There are plenty of shopping malls, and some special items are made by hand. You should go to Thailand in your life.

Submitted by tamizh on Tue, 17/05/2022 - 17:09


I like to travel soon I wish to visit Bangkok because it's wonderful city.

Submitted by SIVASANKARI D on Tue, 17/05/2022 - 16:45


I read the paragraph .now i like to visit a bangkok

Submitted by pavi29 on Tue, 17/05/2022 - 15:56


In my view, Bangkok is one of the interesting place to visit because it has many wonderful places and also have variety of foods to taste. Definitely it will be a great place for food lovers. Finally I'm eagerly waiting to visit the place. I hope I'll go there soon.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 :/

Submitted by Hàn_Nguyệt_Dạ_Ruby on Mon, 15/11/2021 - 13:38


I want to go to England because it's very amazing there. I hope one day no far, I will go there for the first of my life U-U.

Submitted by Shaheen Kakar on Mon, 15/11/2021 - 07:17


I would love to travel to Thailand and visit historical places and explore the other areas and people. Thailand's historical landmarks like the Giant Buddha temple clearly describe its long history that has had across the world.

Submitted by LamVanPhuong on Tue, 02/11/2021 - 10:04


i really want to go Bangkok, even though my country and Bangkok is near but i have never been there, sure that in the future i am going to go there.

Submitted by AHMED-star on Thu, 28/10/2021 - 14:54


for me i wont visit bankok coz i saw movie in tv about it and really its amazing place.

Submitted by Phyo Thandar Nwe on Tue, 26/10/2021 - 21:21


Yes ,Bangkok is a place that has many places to visit and a wonderful night life too. The one thing I like the best is street foods,they are everywhere ,delicious and cheap .
If I got a chance ,I would like to travel there again.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Sun, 17/10/2021 - 09:21


Definitely, I would like to go Bangkok. It's amazing place. Many people told about this it's interesting place for tourists.
Girls are very friendly there.

Submitted by Wótila Carneiro on Wed, 13/10/2021 - 17:21


I love asian culture, mainly because Budhism religion. I think that to know Thai is a way to be near thist things. But in my opinion, we have to be attention. There are some dangerous places in this city.

Submitted by Marco Aurélio … on Sat, 25/09/2021 - 20:49

For sure I would like to go to Bangkok. In my opinion, the whole Asian culture is very interesting and I would appreciate goes there. I would be very motivated to travel to Bangkok to try as much as I could of food stands. I think that is the real diving moment into a culture. I can imagine a lot of people walking frenetically, also some different language sound everywhere. That's probably very exciting stuff to do in life! =)

Submitted by ghimirra on Wed, 08/09/2021 - 08:02

First of all, thanks for this reading material. Definitely, I would like to visit Bangkok within a couple of years. I have heard from friends and family that it's a city with a lot of fun activities to do and where you can really relax and unwind. I would like to experience the Thai massage and lay on the beautiful beaches.

Submitted by KATIELLE RAIAN… on Wed, 28/07/2021 - 08:32

No not me. In fact, I never thought about visiting Bangkok. Maybe, today I start to think that.
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Submitted by iEdd on Mon, 19/07/2021 - 21:26

Yes, I would. I love to know whatever I can, so if I have tha chance to go there, it is welcome. Thailand is not my dreaming place to visit, but I'm sure Thain people are amazing, and their food is delicious. These are good reasons to go there.

Submitted by Muzaffer on Sat, 10/07/2021 - 13:50

I wouldn't want to go Bangkok because I am very picky about food. I think Turkiye food culture and Bangkok food culture not similar so I don't want to go bangkok.

Submitted by GiulianaAndy on Sun, 20/06/2021 - 20:30

Yes, I would like to visit Bangkok because I would like to know a famous traveller spot, and it would be a different experience in my life

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Tue, 11/05/2021 - 08:54

I would like to visit Thailand. I hve never visited in this country. I don't like temple but I like natural and beach places. I love shopping.

Submitted by MikhailZatopliaev on Tue, 27/04/2021 - 15:55

I like Thau. But I think I wouldn't like visit Bangkok. I prefer near sea place, with long beach, and fruits, and not noisy place. I have visited Thue twice, and we rented a bike, and go to trip ourselves. It was amazing and awesome.

Submitted by Paula Bermúdez… on Thu, 22/04/2021 - 00:08

Yes, I really would like to visit this amazing capital city! I have wanted to travel to Bangkok since I watched on the internet some pictures about his tourist places, food and facts about his diverse culture. I hope to have the opportunity to know this city!

Submitted by May Nine on Sun, 11/04/2021 - 10:29

For me , I've never been to Bangkok. But I've tasted of it a lot from the uploaded photos and videos . As I am a shopping girl , the shopping malls and supermarkets attact me a lot. And I figured the selling things from Bangkok are so smart and is not that expensive. Also , the street food might be so delicious and worth it . Although I'm so freaking out just thinking about of snakes , I will probably take a selfie with snake; like it's around my neck when I go there .

Submitted by desouza on Sun, 04/04/2021 - 20:34

I've been in Bankok in 2017. this is one of my best cities in the world. I had so much fun , also I ate a lot of street foods. I stayed kao san road as same as mostly young people. I loved in chatucak market, I realy enjoy there.bangkok streets are smells really bad and dirty but it isn't important so long as I live. I went to chiniatown, I was shopping in many present my friends and family. I had a lot massage like asian style. And when I read this content, I felt little bit there :)

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.