Bangkok, capital of Thailand, is one of the most vibrant cities in South East Asia and has something to offer to everyone. Known for its culture, history, cuisine and night life, Bangkok is a place that you should not miss. Being the transport hub of South East Asian backpacking trail, it offers quick and cheap gateway to beaches in the south, the hills in the north and to the countries in the neighborhood.
- Did you know?
The full name of Bangkok is Krung Thep Mahanakhon amon Rattanakosin mahintara ayuthaya mahadilok phoP noppharat Ratchathani Burirom udomratchaniwet mahasathan amon piman awatan Sathit sakkathattiya witsanukam Prast.
- One place you should visit
During your stay in Bangkok, a visit to the Temple of Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) is a must. It is a Buddhist temple complex, located close to the Grand Palace and is famous for its mammoth statue of a golden reclining Buddha. Not just the Reclining Buddha, the temple complex is a great place to check the traditional Thai architecture.
To beat the crowd visit early in the day on a weekday. Tickets cost 100 Baht (October 2015).
- One dish you should try:
Sticky black rice with coconut milk is a Thai dessert that is just the perfect way to end a delicious meal. It is not too sweet (It’s just right!) and very creamy.
Try it at Siam Paragon Food Hall. Costs around 70 Baht for a bowl. (October 2015)
- Where are the cheap accommodations at?
You will find cheap hostels and guesthouses around the alleys and side-alleys in and around Khao San Road. Most of these are listed on Booking.com or Hostelworld, but some of them aren’t. Since there is such an abundance of cheap dorms and guesthouses in that area, you will probably land a better deal if, instead of booking online, you enquire in person while you are there.
Also, make sure that you take a look at the bed and the rooms before checking in because some of these places do not score very high on parameters like cleanliness and hygiene.
- How much does beer cost:
A big 640 ml of Chang Beer will set you back by around 65 Baht if purchased from 7-11 or Family Mart. Road side bars and restaurants around the touristy areas of Khao San Road, Siam and Sukhumvit will charge anywhere between 90 Baht and 120 Baht.
Being a popular destination among tourists, Bangkok has its share of scam artists. From tuk tuk drivers, who would ask for 20 Baht for a city tour and then take you to several gem shops and tailors where they earn a commission on your purchase, to friendly strangers, who would tell you that the temple that you are going to is closed for lunch and you should instead visit the (fake) Government Thai Silk Exhibition (Or something of that sort) which is a trap of course to sell you cheap cloth at really high prices, Bangkok is not kind to the first time visitor.
Keeping your wits about you and being a little careful when dealing with unsolicited help and advices will keep you out of trouble.
Remember, if something is too good to be true, it probably is.