Most travelers arrive in Bangkok when their adventure begins. This modern travel hub has quite some cheap flights landing there. And with Thailand being among the very forgiving countries to backpack in, it’s a perfect place to start from.
Here I will share my experiences of this huge, energetic, fun and still ungraspable capital city. If you’re looking for vegan(friendly) spots to eat at, look here or if you are looking for Thailand basic tips check this one out.
MULTI FACETED CITY
A city with millions of inhabitants and being humongous in size is difficult to grasp during a single trip. Even a slow traveler may only catch a glimpse of what this city holds. Therefore I try not to conclude too much about this city when fellow travelers ask me how Bangkok was like.
We met many people along the road that visited Bangkok. Most stayed near the touristic area around Khao San road. But their opinions about this place were mostly very diverse. Which is possible when this city itself is just as diverse. I mostly saw this city as a cheap travel hub with amazing cultural sights, a tremendous amount of places to eat at, a nice introduction to a new country and a safe city with a good vibe in general.
WHAT’S A MUST SEE?
A lot of the most touristy and famous spots are beautiful (if not too busy). They are famous for a reason so if you got the time check some out. Your Lonely Planet or TripAdvisor can give you an idea of the must-sees.
PHRA ATHIT ROAD
Just a block away from the most touristic area is a street where, at night, almost only local youngsters go to. If you’re looking for a nice bar to drink a beer and even listen to Thai live-music go to Phra Athit road. Along this road you’ll find a couple of good bars filled up with local youngsters having fun.
On the corner of Phra Athit and Phra Sumen you’ll find a big white fort surrounded by a small but nice and green park. Behind this fort and park is the laid-back backpackers hostel Flapping Duck. In between the park and hostel you’ll find very cheap fried rice/noodles and fruit shakes, sold by nice ladies who are gossiping the whole day.
HOW TO GET AROUND?
In Bangkok you can hop in a taxi (do ask them to put the meter on!), grab a more expensive tuk tuk, a cheap bus, a fun-to-do khlong boat taxi, a bigger taxi boat on the main river or just walk around. Moving through the city is very easy and definitely not expensive. Just watch out for people on the street telling you you can get a very cheap tuk tuk (just 10 baht) only because it’s “National Oil-company Day” and their gas is free or extremely cheap, just that single day! It’s a known Bangkok scam.
SO CHECK OUT BANGKOK?
Some people we met didn’t feel like staying longer than three days in this big city. We though could easily enjoy ourselves for more than a week. Give this city some time, explore multiple areas, get a massage, eat a lot and enter the depth of the Thai culture.