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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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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

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Good for a couple of days

    I feel like you can see the main attractions in 2, or 3 days max. It's best to elsewhere after that. The beaches in the south are amazing and the nature up north I hear is great.

    Insider Tip:When taking a taxi, make sure they turn on their meter, otherwise they will over-charge you. Also, consider the public transportation boats along the river; you can avoid the traffic and it's very cheap (15 BHT).

  • 90%

    klea33aschere

    Beautiful Bangkok

    I love bangkok. Been here about 50 times. Always something new to experience! This time I found the best vegetarian street food down obscure alleys! Definitely worth exploring if you are veg!

    Insider Tip:Use the BTS skytrain or walk. So much more to see this way. Try MBK or platinum if you want bargains and haggle politely by appealing to the Thai's good nature. Don't yell at them ever. Speak with respect and it will take you far. Many tourists abuse the inexpensive lifestyle which leaves a bad impression. Give respect and you will receive it.

  • 90%

    arrandal8766

    Bangin' Bangkok

    Bangkok is awesome. I was impressed with the cleanliness of the city, but if you're looking for a seedy bar scene you can find that as well. Don't buy cloths on Koh San Road, most of those shirts (as in the ones all the islands sell) are made directly in Bangkok and can be found for much cheaper in a different district.

    Insider Tip:Go to the Museum of Contemporary Arts. If you don't you are seriously missing out.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    My Bangkok Trip 2014

    You should give yourself five days to a week if you really want to see Bangkok. I like to go to a city and take it all in as though I will never return. Who wants to reflect on their travels and think I should have seen... or I should have done... The value is amazing in this city. You can do it all and go home with money in your pocketbook! I utilized all public transportation, Bus, train, Skytrain, BTS, and the river. I think this is the way to really get the feel of the 'locals'.

    Insider Tip:I used Tours By Tong for a private All Day Tour to see the historical sights. It was worth every penny! There is no way I could have covered the ground I did with this company. Go to the top of the tallest building in Bangkok - The Baiyoke Sky Tower. There is a revolving deck at the top and you will get the best city view possible with a nice cool breeze. I stayed at Saphaipae Hostel; it was clean and convenient to public transportation.

  • 100%

    torimc6244649

    Second Time to Bangkok

    The first time was more to explore and be a tourist. This time was to obtain a Myanmar visa, but Bangkok never disappoints. The food is amazing and cheap. Thai massages are the best. The people are very helpful. If you have a map open and appear to be lost someone will pop out of now where to help.

    Insider Tip:Eat on the street with the locals. It cheap and delicious. Do not be afraid of the language barrier. Just point at what you think looks good... it probably is. But a lot of even the street stands have menus with pictures and English.

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