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1. Posted by SHELL1811 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

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Hello,
I was wondering if anyone advise of the best things to do in Bangkok?
We are going travelling and will be flying into Bangkok - we are not sure how long we should spend there or what to see?

Also could anybody tell me where abouts in Bangkok is the best place to stay? Ideally somewhere central and close to amenities and sightseeing spots?

Any advice would be great.

Thanks,
Shelley

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1818 posts) 7y

A number of good tourist sites to see in Bangkok and more within reach of a day out (lots of travel agents). From next to Saphan Taksin Skytrain station, upto a 70 minute ride along the river (you can get on and off at any time) costs just 18 baht. Bangkok is a fantastic shopping centre with lots of air conditioned malls, so many different markets, Chinatown, etc. Some people (like me) spend weeks shopping there. So many different eating experiences.

As to where to stay, it depends on how much you want to spend as there is stacks of accommodation for all budgets. Khao San Road is cheap and cheerful but out of the way. Many aim for somewhere along Sukhumvit for the Skytrain which makes getting around parts of Bangkok easy. Taxis are cheap and metered but traffic is a nightmare there.

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I don't know what you like. If it is your only visit 3-7 days. If you're coming back to Bangkok, do your shopping at the other end of your holiday, save dragging it around with you as there is lots and lots to buy. AirAsia has cheap flights around and out of Thailand.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

3. Posted by miguel_es (Full Member 114 posts) 7y

Things to do:
- Muay Thai fight
- Thai massage
- Clubbing & Bars: Gullivers,...
- Markets: Chatuchat, float market, night market,...
- Wondering around: take a trip on a boat in the river, Rambuti Road, Khao San Road, Bayan tree hotel terrace
- Ruins a monuments in the city and surroundings: Royal Palace...

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

Also visit Jim Thompson's house - a former teak merchant's house, now a museum.
I would stay around Soe Rambuttri - nicer and quiter than the Khao San Road. There are numerous gueshouses on Soi Rambuttri, as well as cafes, bars and restaurants close by.

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1595 posts) 7y

Quoting SHELL1811

Hello,
I was wondering if anyone advise of the best things to do in Bangkok?
We are going travelling and will be flying into Bangkok - we are not sure how long we should spend there or what to see?

Also could anybody tell me where abouts in Bangkok is the best place to stay? Ideally somewhere central and close to amenities and sightseeing spots?

Any advice would be great.

Thanks,
Shelley

The other suggestions in the previous posts are pretty good.

My advice is to get a hotel that is close to the Skytrain (overhead rail service) so you can get around the city pretty easy. If you are really young then you might want to consider the Khao San Road area but if you are more mature you might consider other areas like the Siam or Sukhumvit Road area. No Skytrain access in the Khao San Road area. The Skytrain can take you to the MBK shopping mall, Patpong bars and street market, Chatuchak Weekend Market, the Ekamai bus station and the subway at Asok if you want to go to the national train station.

http://bangkok.sawadee.com/skytrain.htm

Stay in Bangkok for 2 or 3 days in the beginning of your trip and at least one final night before go home. This way you will see the city and take some tours if you want. In Thailand travel agencies are the places to find tours. There are lots of travel agencies all over the place. Stop in and check out their list of available tours. Tour company picks you up at your hotel and returns you there at the end of the trip. Take an evening dinner cruise on your last night in Thailand.

Use the forum search function to access information on how to take a taxi from the airport, how to get a meter taxi in town and lots of other information that you may think of. Lots of good posts on lots of things. Also, check on scams in Bangkok or Thailand in general.

How much do you want to spend for a hotel? When you can find a place to sleep in Bangkok with air conditioning, private bathroom, TV and maid service starting around 600 baht all the way up to over 6000 baht per night - what price range fits your budget?

Don't make the mistake of only seeing beaches! If you haven't got anything special in mind then go up to Chiang Mai. You can fly there in around an hour or so, you can take an overnight sleeper train and save paying for another night in a hotel or use a bus. Bus ride is cheapest.

You can get tours in travel agencies in Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai just the same way as Bangkok. Here are a few more links you can look over for a variety of hotels.

http://www.thaiwebsites.com/hotels-sukhumvit-bangkok.asp

http://www.asiahotel.co.th/asia_bangkok.htm

http://www.sawasdee-hotels.com/

http://www.maximinn.com/contact.html

http://www.khaosanroad.com/directory/listing_list.php?cat_id=17&city_id=all&country_id=1

Some things you can see and do in Thailand.

http://www.asiatraveltips.com/ThingstodoinBangkok.shtml

http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-6916776-thailand_things_to_do-i

Good luck.

6. Posted by SHELL1811 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Thats brilliant - thank you!
Well we are on a budget, but do want somewhere with a good location so staying near the skytrain would be good - this will be the first part of our trip - we want to visit Chiang Mai, Phuket and Krabi.

We were planning on getting the sleeper train to Chiang Mai, do you think we are ok to book that when we are there or in advance?

If anybody has any advice about Chiang Mai, Krabi or Phuket, please do let us know!!

Can anybody advise how much money we would need around for Thailand?
We will not be spending extravagant money but do want to try and see everything!

I have looekd at some tours in Bangkok online but they seem a bit procey - is it cheaper to book when you are there?

Thanks,
Shelley
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7. Posted by si403 (Full Member 130 posts) 7y

hi, when we got dropped off the coach from BKK airport, a tuk tuk driver took me and 2 reluctant freinds to TAT tourist centre,a short journey off khaosan road in a tuk tuk. from here, a guy called max at this government ran tourist office sorted us out with lots of flights, hotel pick ups, trips and hotel stays.

we paid the equivalent of £262 for 4 flights, lots of trips and hotel stays and taxi journeys. the flight were

bkk to chang .

chang to bkk - bkk - krabi,

bus t phuket then flight ftom puket to bkk

also many trips in this price , like phi phi islands, tribes, elephant wanterfall.

if you would like any more more in depth detail please email me i am happy to help.

sorry about the rushed nature of this email, i should be doing my university dissertation...but keep geting distracted by this forum.

8. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1595 posts) 7y

Quoting si403

hi, when we got dropped off the coach from BKK airport, a tuk tuk driver took me and 2 reluctant freinds to TAT tourist centre,a short journey off khaosan road in a tuk tuk. from here, a guy called max at this government ran tourist office sorted us out with lots of flights, hotel pick ups, trips and hotel stays.

we paid the equivalent of £262 for 4 flights, lots of trips and hotel stays and taxi journeys. the flight were

bkk to chang .

chang to bkk - bkk - krabi,

bus t phuket then flight ftom puket to bkk

also many trips in this price , like phi phi islands, tribes, elephant wanterfall.

if you would like any more more in depth detail please email me i am happy to help.

sorry about the rushed nature of this email, i should be doing my university dissertation...but keep geting distracted by this forum.

If a tuk-tuk driver is involved in anything you probably paid more than you should! Some of the more popular scams involve tuk-tuks! Anyway, a meter taxi cab - only paying the meter fare - is cheaper than tuk-tuks!

There are lots of travel agencies in Bangkok, you can get tours from them and you can book flights and hotel rooms too! You can get information and prices from one travel agency and check the price against others to see what is the best price. (Usually the prices are pretty close anyway.)

Once you are in Bangkok you can also use the telephone to to call up hotels and ask them to reserve a room for you. Many hotels will do this if you are in the country. If you want advice on any particular hotel mention a price range. Budget does not mean the same for everyone. A "budget" price for someone who comes from staying in Tokyo hotels may be $50 or $60 a night!

In off season it is not difficult to book a seat on the overnight sleeper train with a couple days notice. The national train station is located off a subway stop. The Skytrain connects with the subway (Asok on Sukhumvit.) A travel agency can also book a train for you too!

Info on how to book a train ride:

http://www.seat61.com/Thailand.htm#How%20to%20book

Tuk-tuk scams:

http://customsholidays.suite101.com/article.cfm/the_tuk_tuk_scam

http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9000

The "real" official TAT office does not sell tours, plane rides or anything - they only hand out free information. TAT officials do oversee tourism in Thailand but they leave the commercial sales to private travel agencies.

Good luck.

9. Posted by nicolson (Budding Member 42 posts) 7y

Don't forget a visit to the grand palace too!

10. Posted by ruckerthe (Budding Member 45 posts) 7y

Hey, great replies by everyone.
I've spent many many months in Bangkok. I love the place. Some people hate it. Like someone earlier said, i would suggest staying in the Khaosan Road area, but on Soi Rambuttri Road near Khaosarn, as its a bit more chilled out and within stones throw to Khaosarn. If your a backpacker, and ya want this kinda vibe, it's practically law to stay around this area lol. Million bars, guesthouses, eateries, shops, massive market! It's awesome. But if ya prefer ya 4 star hotels and vacation vibe then maybe Sukhumvit or Siam area might suit ya better.
You can pretty much just turn up and Khaosarn and go a walk and have a look at some hotels and guesthouses as there are so many. You won;t have to worry about availability. I personally always stay at 'Four Sons Village Guesthouse' towards the top end of Soi Rambuttri. 'Rambuttri Village Inn' is another decent one with 2 pools. It'll be about 800 baht a night for double room with hot shower, tv, air con etc.
You've prob read this already, but when ya about to exit the airport there will be a load of people asking you if you want a taxi. Just say 'no thankyou' to these people. (Or 'Mai ow krap', if ya wanna spice it up a bit) and head outside to the taxi stand where the queue is. This is official, and you wont get ripped off. When ya get to the front they'll ask where ya going. Tell them 'Khao Sarn Road' (if thats where u decide) and they'll direct u to a taxi. Make surehe uses the meter when u get in before u set off. You'll have to pay an extra 50 baht at the end of the journey to the taxi guy for using the taxi stand on top of the metered fair.
Wow, im writing an essay here lol. It brings back the memories of arriving in good ole Bangkok for the first time.
P.s. To the person recommending 'Gullivers nightclub'. I feel ya bro haha