What are the best cities tours for exploring Bangkok?

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1. Posted by EastwoodAlive11 (Budding Member 5 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Hello to you all,

I'm close to visiting BKK (everything already booked and prepared). I was thinking about visiting and exploring the city on my own, but as I have never visited it before, I think it'd be a better idea to start off with a city tour to visit the most important attractions and get a sense on how to move myself here. I will stay in BKK for 2 weeks, so any recommendation will be welcome, thanks in advance!

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 346 posts) 13w 1 Star this if you like it!

Pretty much every hotel/guest house in BK has arrangements with local tour companies.
All the main areas in BK have travel/tour shops.
IMO the best option is to ask in a few shops and at the hotel (with prices) and then pick one.
I believe the tours are all pretty much the same but don't book one until you've spoken to 3 or 4 places as the prices can vary dramatically, but I'd be surprised if any of them are more expensive than arranging anything in advance.
Hopefully you're doing a bit of research about the things you want to see there, like the Royal Palace etc.

3. Posted by EastwoodAlive11 (Budding Member 5 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

Pretty much every hotel/guest house in BK has arrangements with local tour companies.
All the main areas in BK have travel/tour shops.
IMO the best option is to ask in a few shops and at the hotel (with prices) and then pick one.
I believe the tours are all pretty much the same but don't book one until you've spoken to 3 or 4 places as the prices can vary dramatically, but I'd be surprised if any of them are more expensive than arranging anything in advance.
Hopefully you're doing a bit of research about the things you want to see there, like the Royal Palace etc.

Thanks for your tips, I think I will do that.
Yes, I want to see many temples, for example these ones:

  • Wat Arun
  • Wat Saket
  • Wat Suthat
  • Wat Yannawa
  • Wat Pathum Wanaram
  • Wat Ratchaphobit

I will take care of the nightlife scene on my own hahaha.

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4. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 346 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

At some of the attractions they have guides available at a decent price and between the trains/coaches and buses they're usually quite easy to get to independently, even if they're out of town and you need a taxi for the last few miles.
Personally I really like travelling on public transport as I feel I see much more of the real country/people and it usually saves money as well...
When you go on organised tours they usually stop off at 'craft' or 'jewellery' stores on route, so they can get their commission on anything you buy.
It's a novelty the first time but a real pain on the 10th time...

As for the nightlife, there are plenty of sites/YT vloggers that give advice.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Jun-2018, at 06:49 by Andrew Mack ]

5. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1047 posts) 13w 1 Star this if you like it!

As a first-time visitor to Bangkok, please be aware of the various scams you might encounter. They are described in detail on the Internet, including the "Grand Palace is closed for a ceremony and will reopen at 3 p.m." I didn't fall for it.

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2051 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Lots of Wats on your list!

https://www.travellerspoint.com/guide/Thailand/

Yes, do some research on scams to avoid. (Tuk-tuks do show up in some scams and they are not cheaper for most tourists than a meter taxi when you use the meter!)

"..everything already booked and prepared.."

Does this mean hotel rooms? If so, what part of Bangkok?

My preferred location for a hotel in Bangkok is one where I have easy access to city rail service. Some nightlife not far from Skytrain service. For some tourists nightlife means cheap beer bars and go-go bars (Nana/Asoke) and other tourists it is expensive/fancy nightclubs like Ratchada/Ratchadapisek.

Skytrain also can take you to some areas with popular shopping such as Siam area, Chatuchak Weekend Market, MBK and get you close to Pratunam shopping.

In Bangkok and primary tourist cities, some hotels have tour desks for shared tours. If not there are many travel agencies with a whole menu listing of tours you can sign up for. Most are tours out of the city area. For these tours you will be in a van with around 8 other tourists. The company will collect you from your hotel and bring you back in the evening. (Shared tours are cheaper than private tour guides.) Rat, Tong and Oriental Escape are three of many companies offering tailored private (expensive) tours. (I have never used these 3 companies!)

Bangkok is easy to do on your own. You should know how to get from airport to hotel before showing up blind. For most Western currency you get a better rate changing in Thailand. No problem finding a place to change a little money at the airport 24 hours a day. Meter taxis available 24 hours a day from both airports. (Bangkok has 2 airports, both handle international and local flights.) From Suvarnabhumi during day and early evening time frame there is cheap rail service to the city area.
http://www.bangkok.com/airport-rail-link.htm#promo

"I will stay in BKK for 2 weeks.."

Bangkok is always worth a visit. However if your total time in Thailand is only 2 weeks you might want to spend a few days in another city too. Perhaps Chiang Mai since you really like your temples! (For some tourists seeing 2 or 3 temples is enough! )

If you do include a second city schedule a final night back in Bangkok so can do final souvenir shopping and be a simple ride to the airport.

You can always return to Thailand again!

Good luck.

7. Posted by nyk_flashpacker (Budding Member 21 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Yes, most hotels have tour options, at the travel desk/concierge some of the side trips/ day trips for instance tours to floating market, night cruise on chaophraya river, etc based on your interests/ time/ budget. I Think you've mentioned most popular temples in the city.. but if you want to visit other cities, you can get some good flight deals with budget airlines to places like Phuket, krabi ,etc.
always cross check prices and as mentioned there are numerous scams out there... also check the currency you pay and you receive that's one major scam at some locations...
though taxis and tuk-tuks (try this its fun and be careful as they can sometimes be reckless in driving- some people have got injured) are easily available In the city there is also good metro-train connection at major stops, is good option to commute as the traffic during peak hours can be bad ..

Airport currency exchange is just outside the exit gate and you can also buy local phone sim card upon arrival... and lower level you have train station (Express train to city) , taxi (always check price before as they quote differently) & bus departures as well
Currency rates are better outside in the city than at the airport...

As you've mentioned a lot of temples, kindly see the dress code and know what's acceptable and what's not in general when in Thailand... (no harm to know these)

enjoy your trip
cheers

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8. Posted by nyk_flashpacker (Budding Member 21 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Quoting nyk_flashpacker

Yes, most hotels have tour options, at the travel desk/concierge some of the side trips/ day trips for instance tours to floating market, night cruise on chaophraya river, etc based on your interests/ time/ budget. I Think you've mentioned most popular temples in the city.. but if you want to visit other cities, you can get some good flight deals with budget airlines to places like Phuket, krabi ,etc.
always cross check prices and as mentioned there are numerous scams out there... also check the currency you pay and you receive that's one major scam at some locations...
though taxis and tuk-tuks (try this its fun and be careful as they can sometimes be reckless in driving- some people have got injured) are easily available In the city there is also good metro-train connection at major stops, is good option to commute as the traffic during peak hours can be bad ..

Airport currency exchange is just outside the exit gate and you can also buy local phone sim card upon arrival... and lower level you have train station (Express train to city) , taxi (always check price before as they quote differently) & bus departures as well
Currency rates are better outside in the city than at the airport...

As you've mentioned a lot of temples, kindly see the dress code and know what's acceptable and what's not in general when in Thailand... (no harm to know these)

Wow, the links are gone- there was no promotional stuff on that general guide to do's and don't in Thailand... someone put the rail link up, would that be called promotion??? .. .strange ! anyways, google that information..

enjoy your trip
cheers

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9. Posted by Edralsel (Inactive 1 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Bangkok has a lot of beautiful places, you have 2 weeks so I think if you arrange the time to go, you can visit all of them.
Grand Palace and Wat Prakaew
Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)
Floating Market
Chinatown
Wat Pho
Chao Phraya River & Waterways
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Khao San Road
Soi Cowboy
Jim Thompson's House
And more:)

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