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Bangkok Pocket Guide

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Bangkok is a melting pot of nationalities. It's hard to think of a city anywhere else in the world where so many travellers lay their hat at the one time. The Thai capital is the base point for travellers about to embark on a trip around not just Thailand, but the whole of South East Asia. The city is also one of the most popular stop off points for those either travelling to or from Australia. Many who travel there start their journeys on the infamous Khao San Road.


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In The Guide

  • After Dark Discover where are the best backpacker haunts along the famous Khao San Road.
  • Retail Therapy What is the best shopping mall and where are the best markets.
  • Budget Tips Read our guide to find out how not to get conned in Bangkok.
  • A Day in Bangkok... The perfect day in the Thai capital, that includes a visit to the city's best-known temple.

Bangkok City Reviews

  • 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.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    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%

    Anonymous

    Marmite.

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

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