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.