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 Toan3002 on Fri, 15/12/2023 - 09:11

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I would like to visit Bangkok, Thailand, once in my life. Because I enjoy the cuisine, which is famous for being spicy and tasty. And the culture here is also rich and diverse.

Submitted by Anton-Ove-Beng… on Tue, 28/11/2023 - 12:14

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I like Bankcock and all the streets in China but there is a little too much traffic

Submitted by pelageja284 on Fri, 17/11/2023 - 09:51

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I would like to visit Bangkok, because I like to travel. I like to see new places, make photos and meet new people. The culture of Thailand is completely different, I hope one day I'll have oportunity to go to Thailand.

Submitted by Carmen Amat on Fri, 03/11/2023 - 00:02

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Of course, only if the opportunity were given because the place I have wanted to know since I was little is Spain, exactly Ibiza.

Smartly said! I really like visiting this place due to its amazement! There’re a lot of restaurants, clubs.. so it is the dream of any party animal to say:)

Submitted by betelf on Sun, 22/10/2023 - 10:08

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Maybe in the future, but not anytime soon. I would like to explore different places like Europe because it's closer and less crowded than Bangkok.

Submitted by Safe_Mode on Fri, 20/10/2023 - 12:57

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Actually, I don't want to visit Bangkok, it's noisy and dirty but I'd like to visit the another parts of Thai, for example, Pattaya or Phuket

Submitted by roldooo21 on Sat, 14/10/2023 - 23:24

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I would like to visit the Thailand, Because I always watch the movie ‘ If drinking, not married’, and there it’s talks about the Bangkok, and since then, I want to visit Bangkok. And because I want to prove the Tailand foods, because I like pepper, and I think that the Tailand Food it has much pepper.

Submitted by Elenra on Tue, 03/10/2023 - 14:59

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I would like to visit Bangkok, but only for one day. I know that Bangkok might be noisy and polluted. I would like to test their street food, to visit main sites and to travel by the river

Submitted by Issa_25 on Tue, 03/10/2023 - 11:05

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I would like to visit Thailand to experiment delicious food and to discover the Thai landscapes that look very beautiful.