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Bangkok Pocket Guide

Images Of Bangkok

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

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    Anonymous

    Bangkok

    Coming from New York I am used to crazy big cities but Bangkok sure made me question if I really was used to it. The traffic is insane and the drivers have to be skilled because I didn't see any accidents( thank god)

    Insider Tip:To see the temples the easiest way is to take a boat, it is 40 baht one way and 150 baht to take the boats all day. Kind of like a hop on hop off. There is a free boat that takes you to the riverfront where there is a lot of shops and restaurants called Asiatique. A really good restaurant that I loved is "Nalin Kitchen" and a great hookah bar with a big screen for watching soccer is Kazbar. We also checked out Cloud 47 which has great views of the city at night.

  • 90%

    mikecampbell393278

    Bangkok ~ The City That Gets a Bad Name for NO Reason

    "Bangkok is s*#@, don't stay more than two days," was the advice I got from many travellers before getting here. All of them recommended different Khao San places but the best part of Bangkok is everything but Khao San.

    Insider Tip:Stay in places away from Khao San and Soi Cowboy. Not only will they be cheaper but you will find a higher class of travellers, facilities and people looking to honestly help you. Lots of people also don't know about the river boats. Don't bother with a full day pass as you won't use it enough to get your moneys worth. Wait for the Orange Flag (15 baht) or Blue Flag (40 baht, comes more often but fewer stops). Don't get sucked into ANY special deal a tuk tuk driver offers you.

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Amazing City!

    I had an absolute blast here. I'm not the partying type and I avoided the touristy parts of town. I didn't travel over 8000 miles to see other westerners. From the parties that I did witness, I haven't seen many locals attending. Great city, huge city, plenty of culture, friendly people. Don't get suckered into paying for a tuk tuk, they rip you off and charge three times as much as a taxi would. Motorcycle taxis and car taxis are the way to go. Public transit is nice and cheap.

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    Anonymous

    Different World

    Bangkok is just a wonderful place to experience a different culture , especially south east asian culture. The thai way of life is very leaned back and open minded. So don't be afraif and jump right into. Almost every thai has a knowledge of basic english words so you will get along quite easy. On top of that they are all very friendly. Great food ,great people best preconditions for travelling. The only thing that doesnt work quite qell in Bangkok is chilling out only if you go for a massage.

    Insider Tip:Talk to Locals , some speak pretty good english and its always about the people, they hook you up with great places for food and other activities. Other than that try to get some infos on the Ghost Tower ;-).

  • 70%

    adventure_awaits

    Heart of Thailand

    Bangkok is pretty hectic with traffic and tourists everywhere. Most of the backpackers I know left the city before they had originally planned because it was too much for them. I stayed for five days and still didn't do everything I wanted to. The Grand Palace is constantly full of tourists, which really taints the experience, but Wat Pho next door is amazing and has far fewer people inside. The floating market is an excellent day trip.

    Insider Tip:Try not to shop on Khao San Road as they tend to have higher prices for tourists. Stay at NapPark Hostel (amazing)!

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