At every new continent, country, city, village or any place, there is always so many things people don’t know about. If you are already a traveller, you will relate to it. The principle of travelling is to find out that places and explore it. Make it you own hub for the chores you listed for the travel. For party, prayers, shopping, meandering, there is always a spot away from a new tourist’s vision.
One of the dream country in Asia for travellers is THAILAND and the main target is BANGKOK, its capital.
If you’ve ever heard anything about Bangkok like it’s a pass-through city, its dirty, its overrated etc. then please forget all of it as these are all just the common misconceptions by those who couldn’t travel. How could it be a pass-through city? Bangkok is the most fun and peaceful city in Asia if you really want to chill. Just there are some hidden things you should know first. Which city isn’t Dirty? If a city is a tourist place, it would be a little dirty as people from all over the world visit there and sometimes it’s a mess, so make sure you don’t litter anywhere while on your trip. Overrated? Come on…
Flights & Airports
The first thing to know is about the flights to Bangkok. A flight to Bangkok costs around 7,000-10,000₹ depending upon different states and date of booking. It is a good deal as VISA costs around 6,000-7,000₹ and the total would be under 25,000₹.
There are two airports in Bangkok, Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi. There is always confusion between these two. Basically, Thailand wanted to change their International Airport for Bangkok from Don Mueang to Suvarnabhumi but due to some technical problems in Suvarnabhumi, some international flights will land in Don Mueang Airport. The distance between two airports is around 1 hour in a cab and even more in case of traffic. So, just confirm for it from your Airlines.
Bangkok has a tropical monsoon climate and remains generally hot and humid throughout the year. Best time to Visit Bangkok is November to March and March to May is the hottest.
There are few things you should be pack for Bangkok specially. Some of them are:
1. A water bottle: Save some money on water as you can fill the bottles with filtered water for few rupees as compared to a new bottle.
2. Sunscreen: It’s hot and sunny there in Bangkok most of the time, except if it’s not raining.
3. Rain jacket & Dry sacs: It can rain anytime in Bangkok so if you are protective of your belonging and all, carry it.
4. Quick dry clothes: To save your space in bag, to save weight limit, to save space for shopping.
5. Shoes with a good grip: It will help you to walk while it’s raining.
An important thing to note is that Bangkok is conservative about clothing. So, if you’re thinking of entering a temple at random and your dress code is not right like if you’re exposing much then you won’t be allowed inside. So, make sure of that.
The currency of Bangkok is Thai Baht.
1 Thai Baht = 2.2 Rupees on an average. You can exchange the currency on any Airport.
The language in Bangkok is Thai and you should learn a little language of any place you are planning to visit in order to make your trip easier. ‘S̄wạs̄dī’ means ‘Hello’, ‘Kob Kun Krub’ means ‘Thank You’ for men and for women it’s ‘Kob Kun Ka’. There is a little difference between a male language and female language, so make sure you don’t get confused and confuse them about your gender. There are few apps which can help you to translate easily.
1. Grab: As Uber is not present in Southeast Asia, grab is an app to book cab, bike or many vehicles to go hassle free in Bangkok. The traffic of Bangkok is notorious by the way.
2. Thai by Nemo: An app to know the language and translate.
3. XE currency: This app makes it easy to figure out how much you’re spending, and tourists do not need an internet connection to use it.
4. Google map: Obviously.
5. BTS sky train: This app comes equipped with a fare calculator, so travelers know exactly how much currency they will need to get from point A to point B. As sky train are an important transportation way in Bangkok.
Transportation in Bangkok
Bangkok has numerous transport options available, including BTS Skytrain, MRT Subway, buses, taxis, motorbike taxis, tuk-tuks, songthaews, express boats and khlong boats. Carry right change for these transportations to be hassle-free. Choose the best transport according to your destination.
Hotels in Bangkok
Some of the famous and best Hotels of Bangkok are:
1. Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok
Set on the Chao Phraya River, this upscale high-rise hotel is 7 km from the Grand Palace, and 6 km from Wat Pho temple complex.
Location: 70 Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
2. Shangri la Bangkok
There are 9 dining options, including a dinner cruise and an graceful eatery with a riverside terrace. Other facilities include an outdoor pool, tennis courts, a gym, as well as a chic spa.
Location: 44 Khwaeng Bang Rak, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
3. Riva Surya Bangkok
This great hotel along the Chao Phraya River with a beautiful view of the city edge is 4-minute walk from Phra Arthit Ferry Terminal, a 12-minute walk from the buzzy Khaosan Road and a 16-minute walk from Phra Kaew Temple in the grounds of the Grand Palace.
Location: 23 Phra Athit Rd, Khwaeng Chana Songkhram, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
4. The Peninsula Bangkok
There are 3 chic restaurants, 2 bars, a luxury spa, gym, plus a 3-tiered outdoor pool with river view. Free perks include a river ferry service. Limousines, helicopters and tuk-tuks are available on demand (paid service).
Location: 333 Charoen Nakhon Rd, Khlong San, Khet Khlong San, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand.
The people of Bangkok are very fond of sweet flavors. Many dishes include freshwater fish, pork, coconut milk and palm sugar etc. Easy access to the sea also means an abundance of seafood.
Some of the famous food that is must try are:
1. Tom Yum Goong: A Shrimp soup made up of lemongrass, chilli, galangal, lime leaves is a classic dish with a herbal kick.
2. Tom kha kai: It’s a blend of chicken with herbs served with coconut milk. Topped with fresh lime leaves, it’s both creamy and compelling.
3. Pat Tai: Rice noodles stir-fried with dried shrimp, bean sprouts, tofu, egg, seasonings and are traditionally served with lime halves and a few stalks of Chinese chives and a sliced banana flower.
4. Kai Med Ma Muang: It is spicy chicken roasted with herbs and cashew.
5. Mataba: Thin sheets of dough that are stuffed with a savory like minced chicken, beef or in some case its sweet.
Places to Visit
1. Grand Palace and Wat Prakeaw
Built in 1782, and for 150 years it was the home of Thai kings and the Royal Court. The Grand Palace is divided into two main zones, which are the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the royal residence. The ticket costs 500 baht and one ticket includes entry to the Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall. An important tip is that you shouldn’t wear questionable clothes. Go for black and white to offer your condolence to the kings.
2. Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)
It is the highest prang of Thailand scaling 80 meters. You would remember it by many postcards. Built in 19th century in Khmer architectural style on the chao phra river bank, apart from its beauty it resembles the birth of Rattanakosin period. Entry fees are 10 baht/ticket and boats are mostly used to reach there. It is opposite to Wat Pho hence easy to reach and a great attraction for tourists.
3. The Floating Market (Damnoen Saduak)
A new experience of shopping, just hop on a boat and choose from various vegetables, fruits, sweets, flowers etc. selling on boats of vendors on a waterbed throughout a street. You can also find local boat noodles and skewed seafood.
4. Wat Pho.
Also known as Temple of Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho is one of the six temples in Thailand that are of the highest grade of first class Royal temples. It has a 46-meter long reclining Buddha which is breathtaking to watch. The entrance fee is 100 Baht.
5. Jim Thompson’s House
It showcases traditional Thai home design and decor. Jim Thompson was an American Spy who stayed in Thailand after World War 2, he became intrigued by Thai architecture and wanted to build a house that was based on the traditional style of Thai houses. The beauty is mesmerizing and the entry fee is 150 baht for adults and 100 baht for those aged less than 22 years.
There are many other beautiful places to go and relax whole heartedly in Bangkok like Lumphini Park if you are interested in animal/creatures, nature, boating and other fun things.
There is a safari world which is a home to exotic wildlife
A madame tussauds for wax statues of your favorite personality,
Chatuchak weekend market for shopping the traditional stuffs of Thailand
An ocean world where you can see a lot of exotic sea creatures around you.
The Night Life
The night life of Bangkok is the main factor that attracts lots of young tourists and let them enjoy the night in Thai style. Even for the most hardcore party animals, Bangkok offers it all. From Dining Rooftop Bars to nightclubs, parties, live DJ’s, it’s all there. Even if you are not much into booze and parties, there are other options too.
1. Khao San Road
Khao San Road is where youngsters and tourists from different places come for cheap stays, cheap food and, of course, cheap booze. The street food is awesome, the people are happy, drink all the night because the booze is cheap and the best thing is that you can dance with everyone or any total stranger right in the middle of the street. The night is full of people dancing on the streets till dawn.
Location: Khwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand.
There are lots of clubs, booze centers on the street for further play.
2. Baiyoke Sky Restaurant
If you just want to chill and have a good dinner in peace without loud music and crowd, then this restaurant is the best option in night. It offers incredible dining experience with impeccable service and a spectacular view of Bangkok city. After dinner, you can go to 85th floor to experience the breath taking view of Bangkok and also its 360 degrees revolving.
Location: 76th & 78th Floor,Baiyoke Sky Hotel 222 Ratchaprarop Road Khwaeng Thanon Phaya Thai Khet Ratchathewi 10400, Thailand
3. Siam Niramit Show
If you admire the art and culture, then you can go to watch the Bangkok show named Siam Niramit. Hundreds of dancers, musicians, adorable goats and elephants give this incredible performance on the biggest stage of the world as per the record of Guinness World Records. Enjoy a Thai meal just before the performance and indulge in the best entertainment for some time.
Location: 19 Thiam Ruam Mit Rd, Khwaeng Huai Khwang, Khet Huai Khwang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10310, Thailand
That is enough for you to pack your bags and visit Bangkok before you lose your appetite for food, booze, art, culture, tradition, fun, dance and enjoyment.