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

  • 80%


    I wanna come back soon!

    It was too short of a trip to be in bangkok. I had a great time meeting people and seeing the city! They really need to control the scams in the area since this discourages tourist to come to the city.

  • 80%


    Fun for a short time

    Bangkok is what you'd expect - bustling big city. Cool to see but you don't need to spend a lot of time here.

    Insider Tip:Take a cooking class, go to the Chatuchak Market, and eat lots of street food!

  • 80%



    Bangkok is a must when traveling to Thailand but gets old fast. The temples are worth checking out and the street food is AMAZING but prepare to get harassed A LOT around Khao San road by street vendors, tuk tuk drivers, fortune tellers, etc.

    Insider Tip:Ignore the tuk tuk drivers if they tell you an attraction is closed and offer to take you on a 2 hour tour until the attraction re-opens. They'll take you to some small unimpressive sights and bring you to tailoring stores where you'll be hounded by sales associates.

  • 70%



    A city of contrast. The backpacking Mecca of the Kho San Road, where westerners will find cheap beer and familiar beats and eats the unashamedly unsubtle sex district of Patpong, the sprawling MBK Shopping Centre all highlight one side of Bangkok. Diving off the main streets though you see the local shops, the local massage parlours, the local food stalls, this is the true Bangkok. Transport links are good in the city so go for it.

    Insider Tip:Learn to say 'no' to the opportunists/conmen/hawkers

  • 60%


    Developed and Yet Squalid - Interesting, but Sweltering

    Bangkok is kind of a hot mess of a city. It has modern development mixed with poor slums in equal token, and is generally loud, chaotic, and in your face. There are some sights to see in the city, but most people tend to suggest getting out into the rest of Thailand as soon as possible, and we tend to agree. Street food is cheap, generally good, and everywhere, and taxis, tuk-tuks and rail lines are always available - though, that said, many taxi drivers didn't seem to know their stuff.

    Insider Tip:It's probably not the best to treat Bangkok as a walking city - it's just too hot, you end up walking in gutters a lot of the time, or sharing the sidewalk with motorcycles the rest of the time. By all means, explore a bit around where you stay, but for getting from one part of the city to another, take a taxi or rail line.

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