The Bangkok Guide

There is so much to see in Thailand, where do you even start? Bangkok, of course. You’ll probably fly in and out of the city, so you might as well spend some time there. How much time, you ask? 2-3 days is my recommendation and the following Bangkok guide is a good place to start.

If you’ve never traveled to a major city in a third world country, you’ll experience a bit of culture shock. You’ve perhaps never seen so many cars and scooters in the streets before. The aromas (some not so pleasant) and sights may overwhelm you. The disorganization is their normal. Embrace it.

Getting Around
Taxi’s are innumerable, but make sure you either agree on a price before getting in one or watch them turn on the meter. We were taken advantage of by a late night taxi who charged far more than was appropriate to take us to our hotel and we knew it. But at that hour, after traveling, we were exhausted and just wanted to go to bed quick.

Walking is very pleasant and feels quite safe if you’re in the right neighborhood. Bangkok can be excruciatingly hot and humid though.

The best way to get around if you want to go somewhere farther than a comfortable walking distance is the Metro system. It’s relatively easy to figure out and cheap. Plan your stay at a hotel close to connections.

What to See
Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew are a must, being the most iconic structures in Bangkok, and perhaps the most iconic in all of Thailand. Plan to spend at least a couple hours wandering around the entire compound.

Floating Market Damnoen Saduak – Unfortunately I didn’t make it here, but pictures look lovely and I think it should be considered a top spot to visit.

Soi Cowboy – Not for the prude, but definitely for the curious, this red light district should be at least observed by walking around at night. The food stands with bugs, the lights, the beautiful young Thai women…it might make you sad, but it’s part of the culture of Bangkok.

Chao Phraya River – cruise on a ferry where you’ll have a view of Wat Arun (and sadly see the poverty along the river). The price is right and you can hop on and off. We utilized the ferry as a way to visit Chinatown.

Where to Stay
The Sukhumvit neighborhood is one of the most popular, and is ideal for access to great food, shopping, and nightlife. There is a wide range in prices for hotels as well, ranging from modest to extravagant. It’s also great for a good contrast between traditional culture and modern. Other popular areas include Siam, Silom, Pratunam, Riverside, Chinatown, and Old City depending on your tastes. In Sukhumvit, for relatively budget prices but clean, modern amenities and good location, I recommend On8 Sukhumvit, especially since it’s so close to the skytrain station.

Bangkok is a fantastic city for walking, using the metro, nightlife, day time activities, and for food!

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