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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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Bangkok Podcasts

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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Bangkok Videos

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 Pocket Guide

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Bangkok City Reviews

  • 90%

    AnhLiLi

    Wonderful place

    Bangkok, one of the best city I have ever come. Wonderful temple, wat-pra-keaw where I never see in my country , especially you should try cruising along joaw-pra-ya river at night. But for the people who love to party like me then you must come to visit Bangkok once of your life coz it has many great clubs.

  • 80%

    Narunaru

    Great food, nice people and lively city

    I love Thai food so Bangkok is like a food paradise for me. Variety of delicious food vary from cheap street foods to exotic luxury restaurants. Bangkok is so lively and busy all day all night. I was so exciting explore the city.

    Insider Tip:Try street food especially noodle soup, most of them are yummy

  • 70%

    fcantu3320

    Bangkok is also very HUGE and has many places to see. If you see yourself walking past the same thing over and over again, you are probably going about it wrong. All in all, this is a great place for a westerner to be a westerner, it is very modern.

    Insider Tip:If you get offered a tour of the floating market "just around the corner" it is a scam. Bangkok doesn't have a floating market, the legit one is about 150 km from the city. Transportation is cheap if a cab asks you for a flat rate without meter, most of the time he is giving you a more expensive rate than the meter. Always ask for the meter. Sometimes in the more touristic areas you will have to walk out a block or two to find a cab that will use a meter, it is worth it though.

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    Bangkok was awesome! Friends/family were worried about me going with the current instability of the Thai government but I felt very safe. Thai people are extremely nice and accomodating! There are so many cool things to see in Bangkok and nothing is expensive. I will definitely be going back at some point in my life.

    Insider Tip:Never, ever, ever get in a taxi that is not metered! You will get ripped off!

  • 90%

    Zdecent

    So hot, but such an amazing place

    The city has so many sides that you just have far too much to see in any one visit. From excellent rooftop bars, stunning temples, fascinating culture and the best value for money you'll probably ever get. Being able to comfortably get by on 20 quid a day was amazing, the food and the bars are great. Getting around is so easy! The train system is so simple, the buses even more so - and mega cheap, but even if you get lost Bangkok taxis are a bargain too!

    Insider Tip:When using a taxi, always use the metre - but never take recommendations or free rides from a driver. Never tip anywhere except Massages, hairdressers or Tour Guides because they don't really tip here. And NEVER step on a coin, note or anything else with a picture of the king on it.

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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