City Guide Bangkok, Thailand

Visiting Bangkok

Bangkok is a fascinating destination offering a unique blend of east and west where, despite a modern appearance, ancient traditions are very much alive in every day life.

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Live from the Khao San Road

Join Colm as he walks down Bangkok's Khao San Road, the world's most famous road with backpackers. Armed with nothing but his dictaphone, he speaks to travellers from all over the world about where they've been, what they miss most about home, drinking 'buckets' and eating bugs!

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Live from the Khao San Road

Our editor Colm took to the streets of Bangkok's famous Khao San Road. Here's who he met...

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Bangkok City Reviews

  • 90%


    Temples, food and tuk-tuks

    An iteresting city... In the least. So much to see and do - temples, markets, river trips, the modern part, massages, food, street shops! It's mesmorising -a whole new world opened in front of my eyes. People are usually very helpful but wouldn't hesitate to take your money. Tuk tuk drivers are legendary - not only do they try to rip you off but then they drive like crazy through every street hole they can find. However they will know melt remind you to keep your belongings close to you -sweet!

    Insider Tip:Bargain! Bargain for everything! Even for train tickets (unless you are buying them from the station). And come down with what you think is stupidly cheap price - you'll strike a good deal.

  • 50%


    2 days in Bangkok

    Bangkok is a giant city with so much culture. The problem is that's it's too big and too hectic. After 2 days most people are ready to leave since there is so much happening in the city. Very overwhelming.

    Insider Tip:Everything a backpacker/tourist needs is on Khao San Road. Shopping, nightlife, scorpions. It's all there. The problem is that it gets old very fast. Check out the abandoned mall flooded with fish behind Khao San. Very interesting.

  • 80%


    One of my favorite cities.

    Bangkok is just a great mix of old and new; not quite the glossy, polished city that 'developed' countries are so proud of, but still with all the conveniences of a modern city - subways, buses, lots of places to eat, plenty of English sprinkled around for tourists. All with the fun of tlus tuktuks, ferries, gorgeous temples and fun street markets. I prefer the islands (I loved the diving there very much), but Bangkok is a great place to spend time and cheap as hell to boot.

  • 90%


    Great food, good people and beautiful temple

    I loved Thai food and Bangkok was like a heaven for me. I visited a few temple e.g. Wat Pho and Wat Arun both of them were amazing.

  • 90%


    Give yourself the time to fall in love with Bangkok

    Most of the people I met only spend 2 days in Bangkok and spend most of their time on Khao San road. I spend over a week there and I love this city with all my heart. You need to walk away from the touristy spots.take public busses, public boats, eat streetfood where you can and yes party on Khao San Road is a must. Drink buckets until you think its a good idea to eat dried scorpions or get your nose pierced, talk to strangers and have the time of your life.

    Insider Tip:Be careful with Tuk Tuks. I stay away from them in general. It's fun to take one once but they will scam you 100%, no matter where you go they will try to get as much money out of you as possible and sometimes even take you to some shops where they force you to buy stuff. It's much cheaper to take a taxi (insist on the taximeter) or the local subway / skytrain. The weekend market is awesome. It's massive and you can get EVERYTHING there. It's also a lot cheaper then other markets or Khao San.

Thailand: Itinerary

Thailand has been a backpacker’s haven for years and years. The hustle and bustle and unique energy of Bangkok is legendary with travellers the world over. And when the fast pace of the Thai capital becomes too much for you it has some of the most beautiful islands in the world.

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