Do you always plan for your long holidays? Do you want to go on a budget trip or a luxurious trip? What is the final destination that came into your mind? Because it is a “holiday”, you need to take a rest, enjoy and of course you want excitements, so you can feel satisfaction and relax.
How about Bangkok, Thailand? Have you ever been to Bangkok before or do you want to visit there again? If the answer is yes, then you should put it on the top of the list. Why? Among 162 cities worldwide, Bangkok is one of the world’s top tourist destinations and it sounds worth it.
Millions of visitors are traveling to Bangkok every year. Cheap and delicious street foods, beautiful and wild nightlife, best shopping places and a variety of things to have fun are the reasons that every people on this earth would love to visit Bangkok. And there some saying Bangkok is like a paradise, people work so hard, save money and they visit to feel the satisfaction of life. So why don’t you explore Bangkok? Let’s find out together.
Things to see and do in Bangkok
Let me start with things that you can do or enjoy while you are in Bangkok. After you know how to spend your time in Bangkok, you definitely will want to visit there.
If you love seeing and learning about cultures, there are lots of landmarks in Bangkok. The very first and most famous of all is “The Grand Palace in Bangkok”. 238-year-old palace used to be the home of Thai Kings, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government is a one must-see. The amazing architecture and intricate detail drew the attention of the visitors and it is the pride of the country as it deserves to be saluted to the creativity and craftsmanship of the Thai people.
Within the grounds of the Palace, the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand is located. The name of the temple is known as “Wat Phra Kaew” or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. I should not spoil your excitement by telling everything about this location. I strongly recommend you to visit and enjoy yourself but you need to know something very important before you go.
First, you need to buy a ticket to enter the palace and they sell tickets with 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. The other thing is about your dress code. You are not allowed to enter if you do not dress properly. Shorts, tank tops, barefoot (no socks), crop top, no see-through clothes, shoulder off, etc., are restricted to wear or you are not allowed to enter the temple. Disrespectful to the things, buildings and important people that Thai people adore are like admitting crime in Thailand.
If you walk around 10 minutes from the Grand Palace, you can visit another Buddhist temple call “Wat Pho” (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon. This place is such a huge compound of temples and it is full of golden leaves and 46 meters long.
There is another famous temple of Buddha which is located at the riverside of Chao Phraya. It is called “Wat Arun”, one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok and the design is very different from the other temples in the Thai capital. The transportation to this temple is very convenient. You can take the BTS sky train to the “Saphan Taksin” station and transit the boat pier and stops at Pier 8. Isn’t it cool?
Did I just mention about the river? Yes, I did. So let’s move on to that. They call the lifeblood of Bangkok is the “River of Kings”, “Chao Phraya”. It also has a nickname, ‘Venice of the East’. The reason is around 50,000 people are still using the ferries here to get around each day. There are 5 different public boat lines which are ‘local line’, ‘orange’, ‘yellow’, ‘blue’ and ‘green-yellow’, operating between 6 AM and 7:30 PM daily.
There are also ‘Tourist Boats’ to ride for sightseeing and river cruise or dinner cruise are another option to have a different perspective on this fascinating river. Alongside the rivers, hotels, markets and some of the landmarks exist as to attract tourists. The prices are varied and you can ask at the information or ticket selling counters and the good news is the staff can speak in English.
Before I move to other places, let me make a list for other palaces and temples which are not very famous like the above places but still worth to visit. They are “Bang Pa-In Royal Palace”, “Phayathai Palace”, “Sanam Chandra Palace”, “Suan Pakkad Palace”, “Wangderm Palace”, “Sri Maha Mariamman Temple” (Hindu temple), “Wat Mangkon Kamalawat”, “Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha temple” which is Sikh and it exists in Pahurat, “Wat Pariwat” which is known as David Beckham Temple and the last one is called “Chinatown’s Wat Pathum Khongkha”.
“Democracy Monument” is one of the busiest places located on Ratchadamnoen where the traffic never stops. It is a large western-style symbol of Thailand’s adoption of democracy and liberty.
Another monument is “the monument of King Rama I” was built for the city’s 150th anniversary in 1932, a double life-size monument to the Thai royal.
The most traffic and busiest center of Bangkok takes place at the area of “Victory Monument”. As the name of the monument, it was built to commemorate the country’s victory over French colonialists in Indochina. BTS sky train is available at the victory monument and if you take transportation from there, you’ll catch the best view of the area.
Thailand knows very well how to present and share about their cultures, traditions, history, art, heritage and their creativity to the world. Museums became the places to attract the tourists to visit Thailand. There are numerous museums only even in Bangkok. So let me make a list of famous and most visited museums for you to search through before you visit in Bangkok.
Here is the list: Jim Thompson House, Patpong Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Art in Paradise Bangkok, Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), Museum of Siam, Suan Pakkad Palace Museum, The National Museum Bangkok, Madame Tussauds Bangkok, Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall, Princess Mother Memorial Park.
Actually, there are more museums to visit. When we talk about the museums we should not forget about the “SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World” which is one of the most famous spots to make sure you visit. It locates at Siam Paragon shopping mall. In Samut Prakan area, there is a farm of scary crocodiles called “Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm” and there is another scary farm like them but this is “Snake Farm”, the corner of Rama IV Roads and Henry Dunant, is the location.
Markets, Night Markets, Floating Market
Here comes the best part of the article which I let you know about the famous markets including night markets and floating markets that Bangkok has to offer.
“Chatuchak Weekend Market” which is also called JJ Market by the locals and it is very popular among resellers. Right now, it became one of the landmarks of Bangkok as a must-visit place. There are more than 8,000 market stalls open on a typical weekend. More than 200,000 visitors go there to visit or shopping and if you want to go there, you need to spend a whole day to go around the market. By the way, this market opens at night only on Friday.
When we talk about the floating market, we should start with the most popular one which is the “Damnoen Saduak floating market”. This is a great location to take photos and delicious foods to eat. To avoid the heat and catch Damnoen Saduak at its liveliest, you should go there early in the morning because this market is out of Bangkok and it takes an hour to transfer. The easiest way is to join a tour to visit there.
And here are the other floating markets that you should try to visit when you are in Bangkok. There are a total of 6 floating markets including the Damnoen saduak floating market and the other 5 are Amphawa, Taling Chan, Khlong Lat Mayom, Bang Nam Pheung floating market and Tha Kha Floating Market.
“Asiatique”, everyone who came to visit Bangkok knows this place very well as it is the most well known night market of all. Every person definitely goes to Asiatique for delicious Thai food and international foods. Not only foods are the attraction of this place, it is the riverside night market so this is a perfect place for sightseeing at night.
As I have mentioned before about the Chao Phraya River, it exists on the bank of the river where you can enjoy your night breeze and the beauty of the river. There are also other night markets as famous as Asiatique or less famous but still should visit.
Here, I’ve made a list for you: Chang Chui Bangkok Plane Night Market, Khaosan Road, Khlong Thom Market or Flashlight Market, Rod Fai Market 1 (Srinakarin Road), Rod Fai Market 2 (Ratchada), Suan Lum Night Bazaar Ratchada, Artbox Bangkok, Sukhumvit Street Market (Nana) and Box Space Ratchayothin Night Market.
When you come to Bangkok, you will see so many huge and tall buildings which are business centers, hotels and shopping malls. Wherever you look, a shopping mall or a shopping mart will be in your sight. So please do not worry that you couldn’t buy something when you are in need. Thailand is very good at crafting and creativity, so they design the shopping malls not only to sell things but also to attract the tourists or customers to visit and make memories. I have listed out some of the most popular shopping malls for you.
Let me start introducing the best mall to shop with reasonable and cheap price but good quality. It is called “Pratunam” or “Platinum Shopping Mall”. You can find millions of fashion products like clothing and accessories. This is more like an indoor version of Chatuchak Market and most of them are wholesalers. It locates at a 10-minute walk from either Ratchathewi or Chidlom BTS Skytrain.
After a wholesale mall, let me get back to some other luxurious shopping malls around Pratunam, which are “Central World”, “Gaysorn Village”, “Siam Paragon”, “Siam Discover” and “Siam Center”. Actually, this area is a shopping mall zone where more than thousands of tourists and locals are rushing through every day. This area is also one of the most traffic areas in Bangkok and some of the museums and landmarks are locating.
There is also another one around that area which is “MBK” is known as a haven for all things affordable with 2,000 shops at 7 floors of retail spaces. Most of these shopping centers can be visited by BTS sky train as most of them exist alongside of the sky train. There are also other famous shopping malls like “EmQuartier” and “Silom Complex” which are also beside the BTS sky train. For the directions, you don’t need to be worried at all because there are directions maps and the staff also are willing to give you directions.
Let me tell you about “Terminal 21” which is one of the best shopping malls in Thailand as it is designed to represent each country all around the world on every floor of the mall. Even though there still are so many shopping malls like “The Malls” and “Central Plaza”, let me skip to the last built and one of the biggest shopping malls in Bangkok which is located on the bank of Chao Phraya River called “Icon Siam”. Please do not confuse the names because there are lots of “Siam” in the names. If you are going with Taxi and you confuse the names, you will get lost.
Foods & Restaurants
So here comes my favorite part of the article. Thailand is one of the countries that are famous for its foods especially street foods and buffets. Let me introduce some Thai local foods that you can buy and eat almost at the corner of the streets and at night markets. Because it is a street food, you might think they’re dirty but do not stress out about that. You can find the busy places where street foods are selling and the ingredients will be fresh. When you get to the shop or stall, you can point out what you want or you can tell the name of the food you want. Some of the vendors can speak English but it’s not guaranteed.
So here is a list of famous street foods for you to memorize: Som tam (Papaya salad), Khao pad (Fried Rice), Pad Thai Kung (Noodles with Shrimp), Khao Mun Gai (Steamed Chicken on Rice), Gai/Moo bing (Grilled chicken/pork skewers), Sai Krok Issan (Sour Issan Sausage), Pad Krapao Moo (Stir-fried Pork with basil) and Pla Pao (Fish Barbecued in salt). There are still more dishes to try but this list is a must. Although these are street foods, you can eat at expensive and high-end restaurants.
You can also find different types of Thai Noodles such as Sen Yai (rice river noodle): a wide flat noodle made from white rice flour, Sen mii (rice vermicelli): thin rice flour noodle, Sen lek: a mix of rice and flour noodle which has a medium flat size (also use in pad Thai), Bah mii: yellowish color noodle which is made of egg and wheat flour and Woon sen (glass noodle): made of soya bean and flour. All of these dishes’ prices are vary from 30 baht to 100 baht ($ 0.9 – $ 3.03).
After street foods, let’s find out about the buffet. One of Thailand’s signature foods is barbeque including seafoods. Nud Pob Seafood Suki and BBQ and Bar-B-Q Resort are very famous among the BBQ buffet. The costs are 229 baht ($6.50) including soft drinks and juice. Hot pot and Suki buffet are very famous in Thailand and you need to wait in line to get your table especially at famous restaurants like Shabu Ban Rai and Shabu Indy Rama 5. The prices start at 250 baht ($ 7.10) including soft drinks.
When I described street foods at expensive restaurants you would be thinking how much would it cost? And nowhere is super cheap but you can eat street foods at a buffet with 199 baht ($ 5.7). Isn’t it cool? The restaurant name is Isan Nang Nua Buffet.
I almost forget to tell you that there is such an amazing and one of the best places to eat buffet in Bangkok. This buffet restaurant is located at a tower which is one of the tallest towers in Bangkok called “Baiyoke Sky Hotel”. Chinese, Japanese, Thai and other western foods are served at this restaurant. It exists on the 77th floor of the hotel so you can also see the nightlife of Bangkok from there while you are having dinner. After you finished your dinner, you can go up to the 84th floor of the building which is the top and you can take photos of the whole Bangkok city. For this buffet, you need to reserve or buy a ticket with a total price of 520 baht ($ 17).
In the markets section I have mentioned about the night markets where you can spend your night times. In this section, I would like to take you to another level of night lifes in Bangkok. If you do not go out at night while you are in Bangkok, it is totally a waste of your time and money. So let me suggest you, do anything that you can while you are in Bangkok, go wild and crazy at night. Then what you can do at night? It’s a lot to do and have fun. Let’s explore now.
China Town: in most of the country, China Town exists just like in Bangkok. China Town in Bangkok is the world’s largest and one of the tourist attractions when you can have authentic Chinese cuisine. After sunset, this place becomes more alive with the attraction of red-colored boards and lights. You can find vibrant street-side restaurants: vendors and you can visit one of many Buddhist temples.
Khao San Road: if you are a backpacker, this definitely is your place to have fun for nightlife. The road is full of bars and nightclubs with different style of music and tunes. Street foods, cheap clothing and souvenirs are good to buy there and you can relax at the massage shops when you visit there. You can have a tattoo there too. Here is a strong suggestion for you to make your night alive.
RCA: When you come to Bangkok for wild and super hot nightlife, you must (must) go to RCA. RCA means “Royal City Avenue” because it’s like a Royal area for night clubbing party people. Thai high society, expats and tourists join together on the dancing floors to follow the hottest tunes. You can enjoy your whole night until 2 AM at the club but notice you need to wear according to their dress code. Like RCA there are two places for adults to entertain and have a wild nightlife which are “Patpong” and “Soi Cowboy”.
Sky bars: if you want to spend your night feel the breeze, chill and have conversations, you have multiple choices for sky bars. One of the most famous rooftop bars exists at “Lebua” and it has a reason to become very famous because one of the most successful Hollywood movies “The Hangover II” was filmed at this bar. It also is the highest open-air bar in the world offering nothing short of pure opulence with price tags to match. However, you will get bored if you spend all night there so just have a few drinks to experience the atmosphere and views. The other sky bars or rooftop bars can give you this kind of experience such as Moon Bar from Banyan Tree hotel, Red Sky from Centara Grand hotel, Park Society from Sofitel So Hotel, and Cloud 9.
Shows and Concerts: If you are a very classic or a calm person who wants to sit and enjoy watching shows, you are in the right city. Thailand has so many cultural shows and modern shows. Muay Thai Live show is a very tradition of Thailand and you would probably love it if you are a sport person. You can enjoy the show at night at Asiatique that I mentioned before.
Ladyboys shows are one of the hottest shows in Thailand and you should watch the show so you will know they are much prettier than a real woman. Asiatique also held this show and it is the best show area. The last one is a very historical and a spectacular show in Bangkok that captures Thailand’s 7 centuries in a 90-minute production. It is called “Siam Niramit”. You can feed elephants and take pictures with characters from the show.
So these are the things that you can do, eat and see when you visit Bangkok. Isn’t it so many things? So you need to choose wisely before you visit. You need to make a fit plan when you visit, where you go and what you do.
Best times to Visit Bangkok
Bangkok is full of festivals and busy year-round so you need to know when the best time to go Bangkok is. One of the biggest festivals of the year is Songkran (Thai New Year) in mid of April, the time which is very crowded while you can see the same crowds at Christmas and the New Year.
The weather in Bangkok is normally hot but if you visit late November and December, it will be the best time for you. If you focus on a sightseeing trip, you should visit during December and March as September and October are the rainiest months and the other months are super hot.
As a summary: late November to March is the highest season, April through June is the shoulder, September and October and July & August are the low season of the year. However, Bangkok is full of travelers and tourists all over the year.
How to Get Around in Bangkok
When you book and buy a flight ticket, you need to check where the flight is going to land because there are two airports in Bangkok: Suvarnabhumi International Airport which is the biggest one and Don Muang Airport which is the second one. From Suvarnabhumi International Airport, you can take a train that called “Airport Link” and it will take you to the heart of the city. You can transit with other public transportation such as the BTS sky train or get a taxi to your hotel. You can ask for a map at the airport, so you will know how to take these public transportations. Here is a good suggestion, never take a direct taxi to your hotel because you will get stuck in the traffic.
If you land at Don Muang Airport, you can get a taxi or take the A4 bus from the terminal to the nearest BTS station Mo Chit. When you take a taxi, ask the driver to take the tollway and it will cost 50 baht, but it will save your time. If your hotel is in Sukhumvit or Sathorn, you should choose the BTS sky train and if you stay at Khao San Road, Chinatown or along the riverside, taxi is the most convenient one but you still can use MRT train. However, you should have a paper map or google map wherever you go.
Here are some tips about getting around Bangkok.
- The BTS (Skytrain) and the MRT (metro) are the fastest and most convenient ways to get around in Bangkok (New Town).
- When you take the taxi, the red light on the dashboard means free and you can take them.
- When they stop by you should ask meter? If the driver says yes, you can take it. Some of the driver asks at the flat rate especially when they know you are a foreigner.
- BTS Skytrain has two lines which are Silom Line and Sukhumvit Line.
- You can transit with BTS and MRT at some stations.
- There is an iconic transportation, which is called Tuk Tuk is 3 Wheels motorbike and you should negotiate the price before you take it.
- There is also a Motorbike taxi which they called “Motorsai’ and you can take them for short transportations. Motorbike taxis can’t go on tollways but it is way too faster than any other transportation.
- When you are on public transportations please offer your seats to the priorities such as monk, adults, children, pregnant women and disabilities.
- If you are a woman, please do not sit beside monks and if you are a man, please do not sit beside nuns.
- Download “Grab” app for taxi and local drivers at a fair rate when needed.
Finally, let me share some estimated budget for public transportation.
Bus: if you want to reduce your expense, choose Bangkok’s public buses which are the cheapest transportation to get around. For the fare and map of the bus, you can search on the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority website. Basic charges start at 10 -12 THB ($0.32 -0.38) and can increase according to the distance. For a day pass, it costs 140 THB ($4.45). These buses are with Air-condition and for the buses with fans the fare starts at 7-8 THB ($0.22-0.25).
BTS Sky Train: Fares for the shortest trip starts is 16 THB ($0.50) per trip and longest trip for 59 THB ($1.79). You can also buy for a one-day unlimited-ride pass for 140 THB ($4.45).
Boat: you can take the ferry service at Chao Phraya River which is operated by Chao Phraya Express Boat Company. The main pier exists at BTS Saphan Taksin and the fares are 10-24 THB ($0.32 – 1.10). For special service for tourists, the boats run between Phra Athit and Sathorn every 30 minutes between 9:30 AM and 6 PM. If you travel from Khao San Road to downtown Bangkok, this is the best and cheapest way. It will only take 15 minutes and costs only 11 THB ($0.35). Generally the prices start at 10 THB ($0.32).
MRT: the Metropolitan Rapid Transit or MRT is the city’s underground train system or subway. Most of the downtown areas are connected with the MRT system to travel. Not like BTS, MRT uses tokens instead of tickets, but metro cards are available for frequent travelers. The price per trip is 40 THB ($0.50- $1.25). The costs can be varied according to the distance of the stations.
Taxi: you will feel comfortable, clean and no need to bargain over the price but you need to check the cab that uses the meter. The flat rate for the first kilometer is 35 THB ($ 1.10) with additional baht for every 50 meters. For a three-mile (five-kilometer) journey, it costs about 60 THB ($ 1.90). If you want to save the time and go through tollways, you need to pay for it. The toll gate costs are different.
Motorcycle Taxi: one of the signatures of public transportation in Thailand is motorbikes as they can transfer you in a short time even in traffics. They usually cost between 20 to 100 THB ($ 0.65 – 3.15) per trip. You need to negotiate the price before you get on the motorbike. If you scare of speedy ride, ask them to speed off and ask for the helmet. (Some drivers give you to wear a helmet before you ask). But you will love to ride a motorbike.
Tuk-Tuk: another signature of public transportation and they are a bit noisy, polluting, hot and uncomfortable if you ride in the day time. But this thing is only worth one time experience because the price is really expensive when you compare the distance of the trip. If you met with a kind driver, they will agree with the price you negotiate (Hopefully). After you go back to your country, you will improve your negotiation skills.
Grab App: it offers different car rental services including Taxi, Grab Car, Grab Share, Grab bike, 6 Seater, Van, etc., the prices are mentioned in the app. Grab is super convenience but you have to talk on the phone when they come to you. Some drivers can speak English but some cannot. For the grab taxi (only), you need to pay extra for service like 20 THB.
Places to Stay
Choosing a suitable, reasonable price and comfortable place is very important because if you chose an expensive hotel to stay, the total budget for your whole trip will increase. Actually, food and other things are not expensive but the hotels are. And there are two types of travelers who are backpackers and luxurious tourists. Here are some hotel examples
Budget Hotels and Hostels: the price range starts $13 to $80 per night and most of them are standard double or twin rooms. All of these hotels in this list are locating in the areas where you can enjoy nightlife, shopping and convenience for transportation.
Here are the names: Smile Society (Silom), Siam Palace Hotel, Lub d Bangkok Siam (Siam Square), Loftel 22 Hostel (China Town), Chan Cha La 99 Hostel (Sukhumvit), Buddy Lodge (Khaosan), City Lodge Soi 9 Hotel (Sukhumvit), Tints of Blue Hotel (Sukhumvit), Park 24 (Khlong Toei) and Khaosan Art Hotel.
Family Hotels: you might want to visit with your whole family or with your gang of friends, so you have these options for you to stay. Among the hotels, Anantara Riverside Spa & Resort – Riverside is the most recommended and it has facilities like a huge swimming pool and it is kid-friendly.
And other recommended family hotels: Holiday Inn Bangkok – Siam Square, Anantara Siam Bangkok – Siam Square, The Berkeley Hotel – Pratunam, Chatrium Residence – Sathorn, Ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai – Khao San Road, Dang Derm Hotel – Khao San, Shama Lakeview Asoke – Sukhumvit Road and Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi – Airport. The price of these hotels starts from $100-200 per night.
Luxurious Hotels: for the luxurious hotels, I don’t even need to explain every detail for you because you already know what kind of services and facilities are included. So here is the list of best luxury hotels in Bangkok and the prices start at the same level as family hotels but you should check the promotions. The Siam hotel, Park Hyatt Bangkok, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Stregis Bangkok, The Peninsula Bangkok, Banyan Tree Bangkok, So Sofitel Bangkok, Como Metropolitan Bangkok and W Bangkok.
How Many Days to Stay
Whenever or wherever you visit, you sure need to schedule your time table especially when you go on a budget trip. You need to decide very wisely when you visit Bangkok as you have read this article, there are way too many things to do, to see, to go or to eat in Bangkok.
You will also want to visit other provinces in Thailand than you will definitely need to manage your time properly and carefully. And the answer to “How many days should you stay?” depends on your personal preference as there are so many things to do, you should come up with the priority preference first. After you have decided, let’s plan for your trip.
So here are some questions for yourself to answer to help you decide.
What are the priority things you want to do in Bangkok?
Just only shopping or sightseeing or doing both?
Are you going to join the festivals?
Once you have the answers, you will know. But remember the first thing you need a whole day when you visit the landmarks (a whole day for each place) because you need to include the time of traveling to those places. Traffic of the city is also a big challenge for you and plus subway and sky trains have limit stations so you cannot use them to reach every place. So it is also important and depends on your choice of transportation.
So here, let me show you an example of an itinerary. If this is your first time in Bangkok, 3 or 4 days is a good amount of time to spend only in the city (Not travel to other convince). You can manage your time to go to major attractions and shopping around these days. I strongly recommend staying over weekends as some of the shows and markets are only open on weekends. This sample is cover for 4 Days and 4 Nights in Bangkok.
4 Days and 4 Nights in Bangkok Itinerary
Temples (2 before noon)
Grand Palace/ Wat Hra Kaew (Before noon)
Temples or Landmarks (2 afternoon)
Floating Market (Till noon)
Museums (2 or 3 afternoons)
Night market or Enjoy Clubbing
Museums (3 until noon)
Shopping Malls (around Pratunam)
Food Tour or Chao Phraya River Cruise
Here comes the most important part of a trip. If you didn’t manage your budget well, your trip can be unworthy and ruined. As I have mentioned above the prices of hotels and transportations, you can manage your budget base on that information. Bangkok is not a very expensive city actually.
If you planned to stay for 4 days in Bangkok and staying mid-level accommodations, your daily budget will be around THB 1,500 ($ 45.62). This rate will cover your accommodations, transportations, meals, and drinks.
Accommodations: The cost of the accommodations depends on your choice of hotel. If you are going to stay at the cheapest hotel or hostel, your daily cost only for accommodation can be around THB 500 ($ 15). Here is an advice for you: the reason of the trip is to visit and travel around the city so most of your time will be spent outside of the building where you sleep. You only come back to your room just to take a shower and sleep at night. So please be wise.
Meals: like I said for accommodations, the cost for meals will be different according to the place you choose to eat. If you want to have premium food at an expensive restaurant, it can cost more than THB 2,000 ($ 60.83) just only for one meal.
I also want to suggest to you, believe me, street foods are way too more delicious and cheaper than those big restaurants. Even if you are a big eater, it will only cost around THB 1000 ($ 30.41) for every meal in a day. And also don’t worry about the hygiene of the street foods, they use fresh ingredients and they make the food clean.
Entrance Fees: basically, most of the entrance fees are a little bit more expensive for Non-Thai. Most of the attractions entrance fees are THB 1,500 ($ 45.62) per person but if you go with a tour group, it can be cheaper.
Transportation: If you use public transportation excluding the long run with taxi and motorbike, it can cost around THB 200 ($ 6.08) per day per person.
As a total expensive per person per day is around THB 3,500 ($ 106.45) including entrance fees to attractions. For the shopping, it can cost as much as you buy so I cannot estimate for you this.
Be Safe when you Visit
Bangkok is safe to visit or stay for backpack and travelers, but no one is reliable except you. As Bangkok is an incredibly chaotic and busy city, you need to take care of everything around you when you visit. One of the most common types of crime in Bangkok is Petty theft and bag snatching.
Some taxi drivers also are impatient or racist when you speak too many foreign languages but this case is very rare. But these can happen only if you are very unlucky (Pray well before you visit Bangkok. Just kidding). Still, Bangkok is safe to visit. So here are something to do and don’t while you visit Bangkok.
Beware of sidewalks
Bangkok is one of the most traffic cities in the world so many motorbikes are allowed in the city for transportation. So those motorbikes never stop even it’s a red light or they ride on the sidewalks. It is like you are watching fast and furious live. When you walk on foot, please beware and stay alert of those motorbikes.
Always bring your passport
Make sure you never forget your passport to carry before you leave your room. Carrying a photocopy is also a good idea so you won’t lose it when you going around.
Do not buy or accept any drugs
This is illegal in almost every country and Thailand also has a strict policy for no-drugs. If you caught using or carrying, you will go behind bars. Actually not only drugs, things relating to animals like carrying ivory can also happen the same thing to you.
Do not talk about the royal family
This is a very strict and sensitive thing that you never should do in Thailand. There is a law called lèse majesté law which forbids no one to speak negatively about the king and the royal family. You don’t want to live in prison 3-15 years for sure especially not in your country then please remember not to insult the monarchy. Other countries may also have the same law but Thailand’s enforcement is the world’s harshest.
You cannot wear black on the king or queen’s birthday or you even should not comment on the post on social media when it comes to the royal family. So you can imagine how harsh they are. Please take care.
Show money 10,000 THB
When you travel to some country, you need to show money as a tourist. In Thailand you need 10,000 THB ($ 304) to show money for entry but it’s not implemented all the time. Lately, the rules and regulations of the country became stricter. The amount of the show money should be 10,000 THB per person or 20,000 THB per family. You can carry the same amount of money in other currencies.
For the currency exchange, there is a top used service group called “Super Rich Money Exchange”. They have different colors such as green and orange. The rate can be different base on the color. The counters exist in so many places like in Pratunam and near BTS stations.
When you finish this article, I hope you get some ideas to make a plan for visiting Bangkok. Now you know what to do and what to prepare before you come. So enjoy your trip to Bangkok and have a wonderful trip of your holiday.
By the way don’t bring thick clothes as the weather in Bangkok is hot and actually don’t bring so many clothes. You can buy there a lot because the clothes are super cheap in Bangkok. Good Luck to you all.