What to expect in your visit ?
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Information about Bangkok.
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Thailand is home to many Elephants (and Monkeys) and on special
occasions you can
them in the streets of Bangkok. This photo was taken in the Khaosan
road. There are at least 2 words in Thai to express Elephant: "Chang"
the famous Thai beer) and "Erawan". Now you know two more words in Thai.
And elephants bring luck, especially if the trunk is pointing up.
There are Hindu and Buddhist shrines a little bit everywhere in
even near the big malls. A famous one is Erawan shrine, just near
the Central World mall. There are also traditional Thai dance
Erawan shrine. Video
of Erawan shrine Bangkok
Whatever your beliefs, you will find a sort of calm and tranquility in
a Buddhist environment.
Thailand is mostly Buddhist, you will see in Bangkok many monks dressed
in orange and probably you will feel the need to have them in your
if you want to learn about Buddhism and the other big religions you can
the best seller The
(by Huston Smith). Also the book Sapiens:
A Brief History of Humankind
has a great overview of the religions.
Get familiar with the Thai flag:
Get familiar with Thai characters.
In Thai (and other Asian languages) the intonation in speaking is very
important, that's why many times you will not be understood by Thai
people even while pronouncing simple words.
As you can see from the following picture, Thais don't like to put
space between the words. In all the languages.
Sky bars - Panoramic views
There is a trend in Bangkok to take a drink at a bar in a very high
The view is amazing, especially at sunset. The cost of the drinks is
also very high. One such bar is the Sky bar at the Lebua State tower
near Saphan Taksin metro station (see Map)
the other is Vertigo bar at Banyan
tree hotel, near Lumphini metro station (see Map)
From Skybar at sunset:
Thai Boxing - Muay Thai
In this particular type of boxing it is permitted to hit almost any
part of the opponent and also use the legs.
You can take a lesson in a small club near the Khaosan road
or you can watch (free) fights on certain days in front of the
MBK mall. More professional fights are at Lumphini stadium and
Rachadamnoen stadium. Video
fight front MBK
Arts & Crafts
There are many authentic and beautiful Thai made products to buy in
A lot of T-shirts at good price to buy from street vendors in
Bangkok but you'll have to make
the quality check yourself because you wont believe how much
of them can put in your laundry during years. (Wash them apart and buy
light colors). Also take note to this phenomena: At the beginning of
your trip, you may
find the T-shirts' design a little bit Kitschy, with slogans like: "no
money, no honey" but by the end of your trip after falling in love with
Thailand and before your
imminent return to your cold country, all the T-shirts will seem
If you have a twisted mind, you can buy T-Shirts with a cruel Micky
Mouse or Panda bear. If you don't want to see this kind
of T-shirts, go to Laos, the quiet and peaceful neighbouring country.
(There are also
restaurants in Vientiane, the capital of Laos).
You know what, if the evil T-shirts are not enough for you, buy
Parks in Bangkok
If you want to relax from Bangkok busy life, you can go
to one of the
parks. Lumpini park is right at the center of town (see
. It is hot
the day so you will probably want to visit the park in the morning or
afternoon. Another park is Chatuchak, just near the Chatuchak week-end
I wouldn't mention this issue without a reason. It is very difficult to
find trash bins in Bangkok, there is not a public service for
collecting garbage and each vendor is responsible for managing its own.
So as a tourist, you will find yourself wandering during long
times, searching for a place to put an empty plastic bottle and if you
put it at a vendor's private trash can, good luck with his reaction.
The problem of the Trash Cans can partly be solved if you remember
that in Bangkok the 7-eleven grocery stores are situated at a looking
distance from each other(Usually with a Mac-Donald's in the middle). In
fact, these stores are quite convenient, they are open 24 hours a
day and they have a lot of stuff inside, I even found a Super-Glue for
my faked Sandals.
Another utility you will be chasing in Bangkok is Wi-fi routers. It is
not that there is a lack of Internet connections in Bangkok, there are
a lot of Internet-Cafes everywhere but they are not free and the
hostels will usually charge you an extra fee for having Wi-fi in
Read the page : How to get Internet and
make calls in Thailand
Thai national beers
In case an important part of your stay will be spent on drinking beers,
get familiar with the two Thai national Lager beers: Singha
There is also a Thai Whisky called Sang Som. Thai alcohol can be strong.
Wherever there are foreigners having parties in
Thailand, you can find these alcohol buckets. They are
specially popular in Ko-Pangan, the island with the full moon
parties, but you can find buckets also in Bangkok, in the khaosan road
for instance. A bucket is usually composed of 3 elements: An alcohol
like vodka or whisky, a soft drink like coca-cola and an energy
drink. you get many straws in your bucket for all your friends.
Don't expect Thai coffee to taste like at home. It took me some
time to realize that the closest thing to a Cappuccino in the Khaosan
road is called: Laté.
On the other hand there are lots of
modern Starbucks and other coffee chains in Bangkok.
Very, very Spicy
These lines are dedicated to the last Papaya salad I couldn’t eat
because it was too spicy. If you think you like spicy food and that it
is not an issue, think again: Thai spicy is not like western spicy and
if you won’t mention anything to the waiter, every now and then you
will receive a plate so spicy that you will begin to cry in front of
Baht - the Thai Currency
Thailand is one of the best cost-effective destinations on earth.
In simple words, it means that you are going to have a lot of fun.
Thailand is relatively a developed country and some services are even
better than in Europe (some commercial centers, for example) so when
you get this at a good price, it is a great bargain.
Look at the Bangkok Cost page
to see common
prices in Bangkok.
Fake Id cards
If you always wanted to be a doctor, a lawyer, a private detective, a
student or if you just want a driving license without passing the test,
at the Khaosan road you just need to bring a photo and they will
provide you with the right id card, of course it is illegal for use.
Bars in Bangkok
In Bangkok, Bars can come in many shapes. It is enough that
a Van finds a parking space and that it has alcohol and hostesses and
there you have a Bar.
Dancing clubs in Bangkok are exactly like
everywhere else in the world except that if you are a male tourist you
will be approached by a lot of local girls. One big club is called
"Insomnia" (Sukhumvit soi 12, near Asok station) another is "Climax"
(Sukhumvit soi 11, near Nana station).
At the Khaosan road there are many small dancing clubs.
See the page about Bangkok Nightlife
Salsa in Bangkok
Salsa in Bangkok ? Yes, there are salsa clubs everywhere
in the world
and also in Thailand. If you want to take a break from the tourists,
come to dance Salsa, it is an excellent way to meet local people and
expatriates. The party usually begins with a class, so even if you are
beginner, you can join. The main club is called "La Rueda" on
Sukhumvit soi 18, metro Asok.
Bachata demo at La Rueda Salsa Club Bangkok
Salsa at one of the Sky Bars
See more details about the Salsa in
Bangkok in the Nightlife page
This is not Switzerland nor the Netherlands and I
really don't know why there are bike paths because I (almost) didn't
riding bikes in Bangkok. This is not a city suitable for bikes:
first it is very hot and humid and second the traffic is intense.
Anyway, as you can see in the picture the bike path is occupied.
Strangely, there is a bike rental service, I even saw one
it, he was probably from Switzerland.
Update: The situation has improved, there are now a lot of Bike tours
The Songkran Festival-The water
It is celebrated in April and it lasts 3 days. 3 long days and
nights in which people are splashing water at each other by all means.
Khaosan area it is a war zone (but fun). Avoid bringing your camera if
it is not waterproof, the water will finally reach you and your camera.
You know the festival is approaching when you see sellers of enormous
And you you know the festival is getting really close when you see that
guns are sold also in the fruit stands:
And you know you are in the festival itself, when you see this:
(It means also you are wet, there's no escape)
Christmas in Bangkok
The fact that it is above 30 degrees outside, doesn't change the
to celebrate the New year and Christmas. The snow man
and the christmas tree are in every corner.
And the Thai Teddy bears are also dressed for Christmas:
The floating markets
If you have already seen everything in Bangkok, You can escape out of
the city for one day trips or even half day
trips. The easiest way to do these trips is with an organized tour
which is sold in all travel agencies, they also pick you from your
The floating markets are a popular destination, the most touristic one
is called Damnoen Saduak and is just at 80 Km from Bangkok (see Map)
you can go
a tour for as cheap as 250 Bath from the Khaosan area. Another floating
market is Amphawa which is more popular with Thais
tourists. Very nice T-shirts and souvenirs are sold in Amphawa.
of a visit at Damnoen Saduak floating market
Another popular day trip is to Ayutthaya, one of the previous
capitals of Thailand (Siam, then). It is about one hour from Bangkok
and you can get there by bus, train or even by boat on the river but
the easiest way is with an organized one day trip that will take you
from one site to the other in Ayutthaya (see Map)
The bridge on the River Kwai
Have you seen the famous
with the famous whistle song ?
bridge is situated in the Kanchanaburi province. If you take an
organized tour they will also take you ride an elephant, ride a train,
ride a bamboo raft, caress tigers and see
waterfalls, all this in one day (see Map)
The Market on the Railway -
The railway is not just for decoration in this market, there is a
train passing in the middle of the market eight times a day. When the
train passes, the vendors take away their stands and only bring them
back when the train is gone. Organized tours run on the week-end and
they combine the Amphawa floating market because they are close to each
of the Train Market filmed from the train
Bangkok main train station- Hua
Taking the train in Thailand is a nice experience. Night trains with
sleeper coaches are comfortable, clean and relatively cheap. The best
part of the trip is to drink a beer in the restaurant wagon on the
sound of Thai Karaoke from a TV and with the windows wide opened. The
main train station
is located near China town (see
, there is a metro station called Hua
If you need info about trains in Thailand, see the excellent site Seat 61
of Bangkok main railway station
Suvaranabhumi is the main airport of Bangkok and is one of the
world's best. This airport has so many shops and food and it even
has a massage place (more expensive than downtown). The airport is
25 Km from the city (see
and there is an efficient train line that goes to
the center of town in 30 minutes. The last train station
in town is Phaya-Thai (see
which is two sky-train stations from Siam.
To go to the Khaosan
road, you need to take a taxi from Phaya-Thai. You can also
take a taxi directly from the airport,
just be aware that at rush hours
the roads are jammed.
of a flight from Laos to Bangkok
Airport official site
From Bangkok To the South of Thailand-
At the South lies the famous beautiful islands and you can get there
with an overnight train and a connection of a bus+boat.
At the right side of the land you can find the islands: Ko-Samui,
Ko-Phangan and Ko-Tao. Ko-Phangan is where are held the famous full
parties although there is a party there every night without any
connection to the state of the moon. At the left side of the land are
the big island of Phuket and the famous island of Ko-phi phi in which
the movie "The Beach (Leonardo DiCaprio)" was filmed. See the Islands page
for more details.
From Bangkok to the North of Thailand
At the north of Thailand you will find a more cool weather, mountains,
agriculture fields, hill tribes including the famous long
neck women, the city of Chiang-Mai, the golden triangle area and the
historical site of Sukhothai.
Visit the Chiang Mai page
about the city.
From Bangkok to Pattaya
Pattaya is the second largest city in
Thailand after Bangkok. It
is close to Bangkok, just two hours drive and it has beaches but
Pattaya is not the best option for beautiful beaches, it is rather
known for its very developed sex industry. The walking street at night
is very animated with hundreds of bars and clubs.
One last note. While you visit south east Asia, you should adopt a very
cool attitude and a flexible mindset, especially if you are travelling
tight budget. The bus travel in town can take you 15 minutes or
1 hour and usually you will not be able to predict it, same
thing with the meal you order at a restaurant. Local people can be at
times very kind and helpful and sometimes rude (Usually, locals who do
not work with tourists, are kind) and of course there is
the culture difference that at times can frustrate the tourist. Be
patient in your visit.
to page 1 of Bangkok
If you need a
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fill the dates and you will see the price.
More on Bangkok :
Where to stay in
Products for the Trip
(Potential Zones for Hotels)
How to book Trains, Buses, Flights
Hotels for Thailand
– (How is Bangkok, A
Tour of Bangkok)
Bangkok Must See
(What to visit in
(Weather, Distances etc…)
Boats, Airport Train…)
Bangkok Taxi Scams
(Common Scams of Taxi
Go-Go Bar Scams in Bangkok
(How they intend
make you spend)
(A guide about the big
Malls and the Markets)
Khaosan Road Survival Guide
(About the famous Backpacker’s zone)
– (Maps with places of
interest in Bangkok)
Bangkok Wi-Fi, Internet
and using Internet in Thailand, the cheapest way)
- Where to extend the Thai Visa
in Bangkok, what to bring
How to Survive in Bangkok as a Vegetarian
How much does it Cost to Visit Bangkok ?
Common Prices in Bangkok
Where to Go at Night in Bangkok ?
From Bangkok to the Islands
Island to visit and how to get there
From Bangkok to Pattaya
Where to Stay
in Pattaya + Info Pattaya
From Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Visit, where to Stay, Transport...
Hidden pocket to
carry cash, padlock, Universal plug adaptor...
to Visit in Siagon, Vietnam ?
The Top Attractions of the city, the
Transport, Where to Stay...
See What to
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not to forget things.
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