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

  • 100%


    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%


    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.

  • 80%


    A Challenging Location for the Light Tourist

    Bangkok isn't exactly a walk in the park for the occasional tourist. The streets can get highly congested and the locals can feel a little intimidating at first, but for the most part, everyone is friendly. Just make sure to keep your valuables close, as Thailand in general has a reputation for pick-pocketing. MAKE SURE TO PLAN IN ADVANCE!! I'm sure most travelers do this, but this is a definite must for those who cant speak or read the language, and trying to get around can also be frustrating.

    Insider Tip:Tuk-tuks are overpriced but a must for the first timer. I'd recommend riding one only once, and afterwards take a taxi. It'll be cheaper. Having a dedicated GPS device can take you far! Believe me, attempting to use my cell phone, EVEN with a "dedicated" GPS app that supposedly does not need a wireless signal, still did not operate properly. Bottom line, nab yourself a TomTom or something like that.

  • 80%



    Personally, I would say that you either love or hate Bangkok and you will only know if you try it for yourself.

  • 90%



    I enjoyed my time in Bangkok and was surprised how so many people I met did not. Sure it's busy, there's heaps of traffic and everywhere is bustling. But if you're expecting that, then you can flow with it. Enjoy the experience. I spent most of my time walking around through markets and malls. Just taking my time and taking everything in. I look forward to someday returning as I felt the few days I was here, were not enough.

    Insider Tip:The backwater tour is amazing. The skytrain is invaluable. Public transport is your friend. Take your time, relax and enjoy.

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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