Last updated: Mar 18, 2020

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Is Bangkok worth visiting?

“The City of Life” as Bangkok is often referred to, is the Capital City of Thailand. Year after year, Bangkok is one of the most visited cities in the world, it’s full of excitement, fun, and countless things to do. It’s a city that never sleeps, as you can always find food, shopping, drinks, and even entertainment at almost any hour of the day!

Full of rich Thai culture and history, Bangkok is home to over 400 other temples, wats, and religious sites. It is also one of the world’s most famous places for delicious street-food and unbeatable shopping. Regardless of what you are interested in, Bangkok is sure to have it!

Things to do:

Food

Ready to try out the street food you’ve heard so much about? If food is your on your list of things to explore when in Bangkok, then don’t worry, you will not go hungry in the Capital City.

You can find amazing street food on almost every corner on the street or you can get food from all over the world from one of the countless restaurants. Be sure to explore a few night markets while in the city to combine the local art, crafts, and Thai cuisine.

Shopping

Ready to do some shopping? Then Bangkok is definitely the place for you. With everything from high-end shopping centers such as IconSiam to discount bargain shopping at MBK, and many night markets selling cheap replicas, in Bangkok, you’ll find it all.

We would suggest checking out MBK and Platinum Fashion Mall for all the best deals.

Partying on Khao San Road

Party time!! Khao San Road will offer you an experience unlike any other, this is the original party street! The road is lined with bars, nightclubs, and live music. There are customers spilling out from the clubs into the streets dancing and drinking until the early morning.

Running parallel to Khao San Road is Soi Rambuttri, this street could be considered the “adult version” of Khao San Raod as it offers more restaurants and live music venues. This street is filled with countless restaurants, bars and some of the cities’ best live music.

If you want to get adventurous, we suggest exploring the small alleys between the two streets, you will find hidden shops, restaurants and 1 of Bangkok’s best live music reggae bars called “Happy Bar”, all tucked away off the main streets. Between the two streets, you are sure to find somewhere that you fit in and can enjoy a night out!

Exploring Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit is another area that is very popular with tourists. Sukhumvit provides you all the excitement of the wild Bangkok nightlife, roof-top bars, live music, and restaurants along with upscale shopping and hotels. You will definitely want to take a walk around Nana Plaza to take in some of the local sights and sounds.

Culture and history

Have you had enough partying and want to take in some culture? The Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and the Golden Mountain Temple should be on the top of your list for historic sights.

All 4 temples can easily be visited on the same day so have your camera ready and don’t forget to dress conservatively. The outfit you wore on Khao San Road last night will not be accepted at the temple, no matter how good you looked 😉

Long pants or shorts that go over your knees and shirts covering your shoulders will be required. Workout clothing is not accepted, so no yoga pants (sorry ladies). When in doubt, pack a sarong to take with you as a cover-up.

Getting around in Bangkok

Traveling around Bangkok is extremely easy, the BTS (Skytrain) and the MRT (Subway) run through all major areas of the city and are extremely affordable.

You will also find taxis, tuk-tuks and motorbike taxis on every street. There are also a few ride-sharing apps that can be used for your time in the Capital City, we suggest using Grab. We also suggest taking a ride on a Khlong boat for an inner-city experience you won’t see anywhere else.

Did you know?

Bangkok isn’t actually the real name of this Capital City. The official name of this city counts 21 words and is the longest name of a city in the entire world.

Take a deep breath and try to read the full name out loud:

“Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.”

Or here the translation, for a better understanding of the meaning of this name:

The city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable city (unlike Ayutthaya) of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn.”

In conclusion…

Whatever you are looking for on your trip to Bangkok, you will be sure to find it plus so much more!

This city is full of life, entertainment, food, and sights. As a famous song says “One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster”, this city can truly provide you with any type of experience you can think of.

How To Get To Bangkok?

Leaving fromDurationPrices fromSee details
Chiang Mai1.5hrs-14.5 hrs580 THB-850 THB ($19-$28)Chiang Mai to Bangkok
Don Muang Airport30mins-1.5hrs5 THB-850 THB ($0.20-$28)Don Muang Airport to Bangkok
Hua Lamphong Railway Station5mins-1hr10 THB-150 THB ($0.30-$4.90)Hua Lamphong Railway Station to Bangkok
Koh Chang2hrs-7hrs330 THB-4,000 THB ($11-$131)Koh Chang to Bangkok
Koh Lanta4hrs-16hrs excl. transfer time1,000 THB-1,460 THB ($33-$48)Koh Lanta to Bangkok
Koh Lipe6hrs-20hrs excl. transfer time1,450 THB-1,600 THB ($48-$53)Koh Lipe to Bangkok
Koh Phangan3hrs-18.5hrs965 THB-2,900 THB ($32-$96)Koh Phangan to Bangkok
Koh Phi Phi5hrs-19hrs excl. transfer time1,430 THB-1,555 THB ($47-$51.50)Koh Phi Phi to Bangkok
Koh Samui1hr 15mins-18hrs750 THB-2,900 THB ($24.50-$95)Koh Samui to Bangkok
Koh Tao4.5hrs-16.5hrs1,150 THB-4,110 THB ($38-$135)Koh Tao to Bangkok
Krabi1hr 15mins-12.5hrs760 THB-1,090 THB ($25-$36)Krabi to Bangkok
Mae Sot1hr 15mins-8hrs470 THB-1,600 THB ($15.50-$53)Mae Sot to Bangkok
Pattaya2hrs-4hrs40 THB-2,000 THB ($1.30-$66)Pattaya to Bangkok
Phuket1.5hrs-14.5hrs700 THB-885 THB ($23-$29)Phuket to Bangkok
Siem Reap1hr 15mins-9.5hrs600 THB-1,550 THB ($20-$51)Siem Reap to Bangkok
Sukhothai1.5hrs-6.5hrs330 THB-1,500 THB ($11-$50)Sukhothai to Bangkok
Surat Thani1hr 10mins-10hrs545 THB-725 THB ($18-$24)Surat Thani to Bangkok
Suvarnabhumi Airport30mins-1.5hrs35 THB-420 THB ($1.20-$14)Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok
Vientiane1hr 15mins-12hrs1,250 THB-1,450 THB ($41-$48)Vientiane to Bangkok
  Hotel

My favourite places to stay in Bangkok


Here Hostel

If you’re looking for a fun social atmosphere then Here Hostel is the place for you! Enjoy relaxing by the pool in the garden area or enjoying a drink with travelers from around the world. Why take the stairs when you can use the indoor slide to travel between floors, this place is full of fun, energy, and laughter. Located less than 1km from Khao San Road, this is the perfect hostel if you’re looking to have a great time in Bangkok!

Dorm rooms start at $16 per night

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Hom Hostel & Cooking Club

Located in the heart of downtown Bangkok, between Nana and Ploen Chit BTS stations, this hostel is the perfect location in the Sukhumvit area.  The hostel offers a garden area, a rooftop terrace and an on-site kitchen for guests to cook their own food or take part in the daily cooking classes.  There is also a restaurant and bar on-site if you’d prefer someone else cook for you, as well as buffet breakfast included each day. Extremely clean and very friendly staff are top priorities for this hostel.

Single bed in dorm rooms start at $15 per night 

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Lamphuhouse Bangkok

If you’re looking to be near the excitement of Khao San Road but still enjoy some peace and quiet, this guesthouse is absolutely perfect.  A delicious breakfast is included in your stay and the restaurant is open 24/7 for your convenience. A lovely garden area to relax in the afternoons and very comfortable beds in rooms will make for a great stay.  Just 300m to Khao San road, this guest house is walking distance to many sights including the Grand Palace and the Golden Mountain Temple.

Rooms start at $19 per night

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Mam’s House 

Just 700m from Khao San road and sitting along the river is Mam’s House.  The staff here will welcome you with open arms and help you in any way that they possibly can.  The rooms are huge, the beds are comfortable and it’s extremely clean. There is a cafe on the ground floor of the hotel, street food along the riverbank and countless restaurants, bars and shops just steps away.  Locally owned and operated by Mam, this hotel is all about customer service and making sure you have the best stay possible. Perfect location, great views and all the comforts you need!

Rooms start at $26 per night 

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Blue Chang House 

Cozy, comfortable, and ideal location! This guest house is less than 1km from Khao San Road and offers all the comforts you need.  It is within walking distance to numerous Temples, Wats and attractions throughout Old Town. On-site bar to enjoy a drink while taking in the sights from the terrace or a lovely garden area to enjoy to relax in if you need some quiet time. The staff is known to be exceptionally welcoming and happy to assist with all guest requests. Located in a quiet area so you will be sure to get a good night's rest after exploring the Capital City!

Rooms start at $40 per night

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