Travel Tips : Everything About The Big Mango (Bangkok)

The Chao Phraya River in Bangkok

Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand. In Thai called Krungthep, although that is just the short name. Long time before it was know as the "Venice of Asia", although nowadays most canals (klongs) are closed and turned into roads. It is a huge city with about 10 to 12 million people, with some super modern area's but also China Town and still a kind of Thai village neighbourhoods. If you like cities you could stay here for weeks to explore the city.

The official long name of Bangkok

"Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit"

What is the currency in Thailand?

The currency used is the Thai baht. There are ATM's almost everywhere and at most tourist destinations are also exchange offices. Be aware that ATM's in Thailand do charge you 150 - 220 Thai baht per withdrawal.

How to get to/from Bangkok?

Air : There are 2 airports, Survanabhumi and Don Muang. Most domestic flights use Don Muang, although Thai Airways is still also using Survanabhumi. Most international flights use Survanabhumi although Air Asia is also using Don Muang. Thailand has airports almost everywhere and also all bordering countries are within easy reach.

Train : Take the train to/from Chiang Mai, Nong Khai, Ubon Ratchathani, Kanchanaburi or Hat Yai (and even Singapore). Trains travel both in day-time as in night. See SRT

Bus : There are  3 main bus-stations, Ekmai (East), Mochit (North) and Sai Mai Tai (South). There are  busses going to all major cities in Thailand and even to Siem Reap in Cambodia or Vientiane in Laos.

Car : There are good international car-rental companies at the airport and all the main roads in Thailand are good to very good. But do not drive at night or in the rain!

Although you could also travel by mini-van, due to the very bad safety records I would not recommend to use mini-van's.

How to get around in Bangkok?

  • By taxi by the meter or fixed-price, but agree on a price before leaving.
  • Take the Express-boat on the Chao Phraya.
  • Or use a Longtail-boat on klongs (fixed route).
  • Of course you can use Motorbike-taxi for short distances.
  • Skytrain (BTS) or MRT (subway).
  • Try the Busses (if you understand the route system).
  • Songtheauw for fixed routes.
  • Train (very slow).
  • You can rent car and drive yourself.
  • Riding a motorbike or bicycle as transport-mode is not a good idea.

Where to stay in Bangkok?

There are many totally different area's in Bangkok to stay, there is no real center in Bangkok. For the first time in Bangkok I would recommend to stay along the Chao Phraya River or the area of Sam Sen  or China Town. For party I would recommend to stay at upper Sukhumvit road. For business I would recommend to stay at Silom or Suriwong. Of course you can book any hotel in Bangkok via Agoda Bangkok Hotels. I did stay in a few hotels in Bangkok and made a review of all the hotels, have a look at Hotels in Bangkok.

Where to eat in Bangkok?

There are so many restaurants that you should ask yourself "What do I want to eat?". OK probably Thai, but there are restaurants from all over the world in Bangkok. I did eat in a few restaurants in Bangkok, have a look at Restaurants in Bangkok.

What to do?

*Get lost in China Town
*Take the express-boat on the Chao Phraya River
*Go bicycling along the klongs or on the green "island" of Bang Nam Phueng
*Have dinner on or along the Chao Phraya River
*Join a cocktail party at one the rooftop-bars of Bangkok
*Go to Asiatique River-front
*Have a Thai massage
*Just sit somewhere for 1 hours and watch street life
*Have a drink in a Thai pub
*Go to Klong-toey market
*Make a short ride with a Tuk-Tuk
*Visit A-Go-Go at least once
*Take the Skytrain
*Get scammed at least once
*Make a food-tour
*Wake-up very early and go walk in the small soi's

Where is the nightlife?

Of course the so infamous nightlife is at Patpong (Silom road), Nana Plaza (Sukhumvit road Soi 4) and Soi Cowboy (Sukhumvit road Soi 23). Around this area's there is of course a development of other nightlife with pub's, restaurants and disco's. As of Sukhumvit road that is mostly the upper-part, lets say from Soi 2 to Soi 45. But Thai nightlife scene is actually everywhere like at RCA, Ari, Thong Lor, Ekmai and even Klong Toey.

More information

Looking for shops, markets or other things in Bangkok? Read my postings at All about Bangkok
Read Richard Barrow In Thailand.

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