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

  • 80%


    Bangkok rocks!

    Bangkok! What's not to love about it? (Other than the heat and the traffic) Over the course of many visits over the years, I have become very familiar with the city, but there's so much I haven't seen or done there that I am drawn again and again. It's a city with surprises around every corner, even for the jaded expat. I left not long ago, but I must go back soon! If only it weren't sweltering hot almost all the time...

    Insider Tip:1. Take the city buses! They go everywhere, they're cheap, and the bus lines are easy to look up online. 2. If some stranger approaches you talking about "Lucky Buddha", "Thai Export" or other such rot, walk away. They're setting you up for a scam. 3. Never go to any restaurant recommended by a cab driver; it's sure to be a ripoff with kickbacks for the driver. 4. 2nd Class Sleeper trains rule. Pay the extra 10% for a lower bunk; they're wider and you get a window. Comfy!

  • 70%


    Solo female travel in Bangkok

    Bangkok has a lot of different vibes depending on the area. I stayed on Khao San Road is chaotic, bugood at night for people-watching, live entertainment at open-air bars and in the streets, and cheap but good food and drinks. Silom area is more upscale, clean and expensive, but Patpong night market and Soi 4 are interesting to see. Easy access to BTS skytrain to get almost anywhere in Bangkok. Overall, cool to see for a couple days but not the best place to meet other travelers or to chill out.

    Insider Tip:Ride the express boats for 15 baht to most major tourist attractions (Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Chinatown, or connection to BTS).

  • 60%


    Bangkok, scam central

    A beautiful busy city but around every corner is a scam artist, it's hard to even take a map out without being harassed. This is my second visit there and I could not wait to leave. The temples and culture are stunning but even there you will find someone trying to take you somewhere or to buy something.

    Insider Tip:Be smart and don't trust everyone.

  • 60%


    Bangkok, the gateway to SE Asia

    Eh, it's ok. You can spend a few days here, but don't rush it. You will probably end up back in Bangkok again at some point if you are planning on traveling in SE Asia for a while. I have been here 3 times already.

    Insider Tip:Apparently there is an abandoned skyscraper with tours run by squatters? Sounds cool!

  • 100%


    Brilliant Bangkok

    You have everything here. Many sightseeings, big party, easy to get around, a lot of shopping and many restaurants and stuff.

    Insider Tip:Songkran

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