So I will be traveling and in Thailand from 4th October. I get to Bangkok at 8pm, my first stop.... Have me first hostel booked. BUT when I arrive, what do i do ? Go out drinking, walk around or sleep. I'd like to start the partying, but I will be allllll on my own...
Any personal experiences that can guide me ?
It depends on what place you chose for your first night. I know that in the Sukhumvit Road area, low number end, near the Nana Skytrain stop, you find tourists and locals wandering around, bar hopping, eating meals way up to past 2 a.m. In this Sukhumvit Road area you also have cheap hotels, a few hostels, malls, street vendors, supermarkets, restaurants and best of all you can use the Skytrain. The main tourist areas are well lit. Many street vendors selling food all night long. In this area Bangkok is a 24 hour city!
From the airport there is a cheap 45 baht rail service (Airport Rail Link) that brings you into the Pratunam area. This rail service also connects with the Skytrain for hotels not far from that rail route. The rail service does stop running at midnight.
Many tourists wish they could arrive around 8 p.m. where they have practically the whole night ahead and they can use the cheap rail service. If you don't find something to do near your hostel you can hop in a cheap meter taxi to get to other areas of the city. In case you do not know - a meter taxi fare starts at 35 baht - tell the driver to use the meter before you get in. Most will say okay, if not there is no shortage of taxis in Bangkok that will. Check the meter. Have small bills and coins for paying taxi drivers. Keep the card for your hotel so you can find your way back. Meter taxis are cheaper than tuk-tuks!
From the airport, besides the rail service, there is a meter taxi (Public Taxi desk) on the first floor in two locations. Have a good address for your hotel not just a name. You pay the meter fare to your hotel plus 50 baht surcharge - AT THE HOTEL- not before! Also, you pay for any toll charges during the route. Keep the receipt that the desk clerk gives you. That identifies the driver and tells you how to make a complaint. Most of the taxi fares to hotels in Bangkok come to around 350 baht for everything, give or take 50 baht, including tolls. When you change money at the airport also get some small bills for paying taxi drivers. (Bank money changer available 24 hours at the airport.)
I find that I adjust to Thai time easier when I do not sleep right away, go out and unwind a bit, and get up the following morning at a normal time.
Thank you ! That's a big help especially with the taxi meter ! Advice taken and appreciated