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A Quick Guide To Bangkok

Ruo Ling Lu

 

hello, hello! it's almost four months since my second time in Bangkok (check out the post here!) so here's finally a Bangkok guide! it'll be a quick one packed with information that I hope will help you, especially for first timers! I'll constantly update this as my sister and I visit Bangkok in the future (yes, definitely) so here you go! 

last updated: 1 June 2017

 

 

BEFORE YOU GO

52 countries including Malaysia, Singapore, UK, US, Canada and Australia are allowed for visa exemption (full list). for others, you need to get a visa upon arrival or at the embassy of your home country for USD 30 to stay for a period 15 or 30 days.

Documents Required

- passport or travel document with a validity not less than 6 months
- visa application form (filled out)
- one(1) recent 4x6cm. photograph of the applicant
- round-trip air ticket or e-ticket (paid in full)
- proof of financial means (20,000 baht per person/40,000 baht per family)

>>> complete information for Tourist Visa in Thailand)

 

GETTING IN

 

there're two airports in Bangkok - the newer Suvarnabhumi International Airport and the old Don Mueang International Airport. people traveling from Malaysia also do it by car. 

Suvarnabhumi International Airport

to get from Suvarnabhumi to your destination, you can take either of these:

Airport Rail Link
- Express Line to Makkasan
- Express Line to Phaya Thai
- City Line
- operates between 6AM - 12AM
(see "Getting Around" for more info)

Public Bus
- bus Bor Khor Sor runs from 5.40AM - 9PM
- tickets are available at BorKhorSor's service counter
- bus Bor Khor Sor's number and route
- bus BMTA operating hours are dependant on the route
- fare is from THB 24 - 45
- bus BMTA's numbers and routes

Taxi
- fare is based on meter with a surcharge of THB 50

Rental Cars
- rental cars are available if you want to travel comfortably
- search, compare and book one here

 

Don Muang International Airport

to get from Don Muang to your destinaition, you can take either of these:

Bus
- Bus No. 29 to Central Bangkok (Siam Area)
- THB 18

Taxi
- fare is based on meter with a surcharge of THB 50
- approximately THB 150, 30-45 minuntes to BTS Mo Chit
- approtximately THB 220, 40-90 minutes to Phra Khanong, Sukhumvit

 

Suvarnabhumi - Don Muang

- buses between the two airports run from 5AM to 12AM daily
- one every hour from 5AM - 10AM and 9PM - 12AM
- one every 40 minutes from 10AM - 9PM.

 

- ADDITIONAL INFORMATION -

>>> more info about To & From Bangkok Airport
>>> distance, travel time and approximate fare for Don Muang Airport Transportation
>>> schedule for Transfer Buses Between Suvarnabhumi - Don Muaeng
>>> location of Public Transport Services at Suvarnabhumi Airport

 

WHERE TO STAY

 

there are many types of accommodations to choose from in Bangkok. 5-stars hotels, smaller budget hotels, the more economical hostels, and the homey AirBnB. choosing a place to stay depends on your priority, your budget and the area you want to stay.

I'll suggest looking for newly-opened budget hotels/hostels because they will usually offer discounts for their opening. 

some of the places that we considered when planning for our trip:

Pratunam

- Movylodge Hostel (Agoda // Hotels.com // Expedia //  Booking.com)
- KC Place Hostel (Homepage // Agoda // Hotels.com // Expedia // Booking.com)
- Vimarn Hostel (Homepage // Agoda // Hotels.com // Expedia // Booking.com)
- Metro Pratunam Boutique Hotel (Homepage // Agoda // Hotels.com // Expedia // Booking.com)
- Patra Boutique Hotel (Homepage // Agoda // Hotels.com // Expedia // Booking.com)
- Gaam Hotel (Agoda // Hotels.com // Expedia // Booking.com)

Sukhumvit

Analog Hostel (Homepage // Agoda // Hotels.com // Expedia // Booking.com)

 
 

our budget was RM400 - 500, but we end up paying RM640 (didn't realize the price at Agoda fluctuates together with the currency and rate, so ended up paying a lot more zzz) for a Double Room for 4 Nights at MovyLodge hostel (yes you can trust the photos on Facebook, it's that nice!), across from BTS Ratchathewi. the place is new so it's clean and the the atmosphere is good. it's also near the Airport Rail Link (if you get down from Phaya Thai, walk ~7-10 minutes or you can choose to take BTS Phaya Thai to BTS Ratchathewi). there're 7-Elevens (one ~3-5 minutes walk, the other ~5-7 minutes walk), a massage parlour (next to the first 7-Eleven), McDonald's. what I like most about this place is that it's off the main street so it's quiet at night.

>>> stay updated to hotel deals with this I Love Bangkok Facebook Page

 

GETTING AROUND

 

there are plenty of transportations that you can choose in Bangkok to get around depending on your priorities, here's the list:

AIRPORT RAIL LINK

ARL is the most convenient way to get to the city from the airport. you can also get around the city with this depending on where you stay. there are 2 express lines and 1 city lines but it is said that the express lines have closed down. anyway, here are the infos for all 3 lines. 

Express Line Makkasan
- departs every 40 minutes
- non-stop train service
- 300 meters away from MRT Phetchaburi
- THB 150
- runs from 6AM - 12AM

Express Line Phaya Thai
- departs every 30 minutes
- non-stop train service
- connects to BTS Phaya Thai
- THB 150
- runs from 6AM - 12AM

City Line
- departs every 12 - 20  minutes
- stops at Phaya Thai - Ratchaprarop - Makkasan - Ramkhamhaeng - Hua Mak - Ban Thap Chang - Lat Krabang - Suvarnabhumi Airport
- connects to MRT Makkasan and BTS Phaya Thai
- THB 15 - THB 45
- runs from 6AM - 12AM

>>> additional info for Bangkok Airport Link

BTS SKYTRAIN

- the more convenient and cheaper way to get around the city
- the two BTS lines are Silom Line and Sukhumvit Line
- runs from 6.30AM - 12AM
- last train runs between 11.30PM - 11.50PM
- THB 15 - THB 55
- day pass costs THB 140
- Rabbit Card (like Touch n' Go, EZ-Link, Octopus Card, Oyster card) is available

>>> Bangkok BTS Homepage

MRT

- the more convenient and cheaper way to get around the city
- the two MRT lines are Blue Line and Purple Line
- runs from 6AM - 12AM
- departs every 10 minutes
- THB 16 - 42
- runs from 6AM - 12AM
- one day pass (THB 120), 3-day pass (THB 230) and 30-day pass (THB 1400) are available
- stored value card is available for THB 180 (THB 100 Travel Value + THB 50 Deposit + THB 30 Issuing Fee)

>>> Bangkok MRT Homepage
>>> detailed and simple map for Airport Rail Link, BTS Skytrain and MRT

TAXI

- the pink and green-yellow taxi works the same.
- fares depends both on distance and traffic.
- meter starts at 30 Baht. 
- always make sure the driver uses the meter. if the driver refuses, just wait for the next taxi.
- check online the rough amount you need to pay before taking a taxi.

we were told that taxi from BTS Wongwian Yai to Taling Chan Floating Market cost about THB 100-150, so I think it's fair that we were charged THB 127 (~30 minutes, 8KM) because the traffic was pretty bad that morning due to MRT construction. using the meters will always be cheaper; we got into one who refused to use and charged us 150 Baht for a ~70-100 Baht trip according to Google Maps (maybe because we asked "how much")

TUK TUK

Tuk Tuks ain't cheap too. a short trip from Grand Palace to Wat Poh cost us 80 Baht. we gave in because the sun was scorching hot that day and we didn't have our umbrellas. I don't think it's necessary to take Tuk Tuk. walk! it's always the best way to explore a place by walking.

>>> 5 Tips to Ride a Tuk Tuk in Bangkok

BOAT TAXI

- cheap
- do your research well before you take the boat taxi
- Orange Line is the safest choice, next will be Blue Line
- Orange Line runs from 5:50AM to 7PM and costs THB 15
- Blue Line 6AM to 6:30PM and costs THB 10 - 20
- map at pier is easy to understand, but pier doesn't have name sign (so you have to count by yourself which pier you're at or ask the locals)
- convenient access to Wat Arun, Wat Pho, The Grand Palace, Chinatown and Khaosan Road

>>> Boat Taxi Route
>>> more information about River Boats & Ferries in Bangkok
>>> Chao Phraya Pier Guide highlighting the attractions near each piers

BUS

we never try taking the bus because I'm always paranoid but I guess it will be a lot cheaper than cabs and trains. you can get the bus number by looking for directions on Google Maps. nonetheless I don't think it's worth it to be stuck in the Bangkok traffic.

MOTORCYCLE

there are lots of motorcycle-taxi services at the roadside, and at almost every train station and night markets. I haven't seen tourist on it though I think solo tourist can try. saw a student haggling so I guess you can get a good price if you've done your research well enough. 

 

WHAT TO SEE

GRAND PALACE

 

if you're interested in history...

for THB 500 you can enter the palace. and you can also rent the audio guide that's available before the entrance. there's also a lot of Chinese tour guides offering to guide you, but if you don't want the service just politely say no.

but if you don't want to enter the palace like us, you can still see it from the outer compound. we went anyway even though knowing that the entrance fee isn't cheap because it's less than a KM away from Wat Pho. 

 
GETTING THERE

take boat taxi to N8 - Tha Thien Pier
or
taxi

WAT PHO

 

if you're interested in culture...

Wat Poh is definitely a must-go when you're in Bangkok. the entrance fee is THB 100. the main attraction here is the Reclining Buddha that measures 46 metres long and 15 metres tall. for me, I love the architecture and colours here. 

 
GETTING THERE

take boat taxi to N8 - Tha Thien Pier
or
taxi

WAT ARUN

 

if you're interested in culture...

the entrance fee to Wat Arun is only THB 50. alas, the temple is under construction when we went, nonetheless it still look majestic. the best time to come here is in the evening, when you can see the stunning sunset as the backdrop to this temple.

 
GETTING THERE

take the boat taxi from N8 - Tha Thien Pier (across from Wat Poh) to cross the river

CHINATOWN

 

if you're interested in local life...

then Chinatown is the place! it's my love since my first time there. I still think the best time to visit is before twilight. come here, get some seafood at one of the restaurants (T&K Seafood is highly recommended on the net) and watch the streets light up with signboards, taxis and tuks tuks as the sky dim. 

 
GETTING THERE

take the Orange Line Boat Taxi > N5 - Rachawongs Pier > walk for 5-10 minutes
OR
taxi
OR
MRT Hua Lamphong > walk for 5-10 minutes

FLOATING MARKETS

 

if you're interested in local life...

I've been to two floating markets now, one big and crowded with lots of things to see whereas the other one is very local and small. so I think it's better to choose carefully which floating market to go according to your preferences. I'll suggest to go for the crowded one.

Damneon Floating Market

GETTING THERE

taxi
OR
join a tour

GO:
- if it's your first time in Bangkok
- don't mind the crowd
- don't mind paying a little more

Taling Chan Floating Market
 

GETTING THERE

BTS Wongwian Yai > taxi (THB 100 - 150)

GO:
- if you want a more local experience

other floating markets:
Amphawa Floating Market (crowded, big)
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market (local, small)

 

BANGKOK ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTRE

 

if you're interested in arts and culture...

BACC is a new museum exhibiting arts from the local artists. when we were there, there were two exhbitions going on, one painting and the other is photographs of Bangkok. camera is allowed and only bags that are smaller than A4 size are allowed but don't worry, locker is provided. however, you'll need to give your identification document.

 
GETTING THERE

BTS National Stadium > cross the link to building
 

SKY BARS

 

if you're interested in getting a drink with a view...

one of the things that we wanted to is drink at a sky bar and enjoy the metropolitan city view, but right when we finally decided which one to go, it rained and by the time we reached, we would've missed the entrance time. anyway, here are some that's on our list:

 
 

The Roof Top Bar at Baiyoke Sky Hotel

- highest builing in Bangkok
- opens from 5PM - 2AM
- no dress code

>>> more information on The Roof Top Bar

 
GETTING THERE

Take the ARL to Ratchaprarop Station > walk for 10 minutes
 

Sky Bar Rooftop at Lebua State Tower

- opens from 6PM - 1AM
- dress code is smart casual
- no entrance fee is charged

>>> more information on Sky Bar at Lebua

 
GETTING THERE

Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin Station > walk for 10-15 minutes
 

Vertigo and Moon Bar

- opens from 5PM - 1AM
- dress code is smart casual

>>> more information on Vertigo and Moon Bar

 
GETTING THERE

take MRT to Si Lom station > walk for 10 minutes
or
take MRT to Lumphini station > walk for 10 minutes
or
take BTS to Sala Daeng station > walk for 10 minutes

KHAO SAN ROAD

 

if you're interested in nightlife and parties...

Khao San Road is like a backpackers hub where you can find cheap hostels here and make friends with other backpackers. the night here is very lively with lots of bars and pubs. apart from that, here's where many backpackers buy or sell their stuffs away. so you can probably get a good bargain...

 
GETTING THERE

take the boat taxi to N13 > walk for 15 minutes

MAEKLONG TRAIN MARKET

 

if you're interested in an one-of-a-kind experience...

Maeklong Train Market is not any usual market. the main attraction is watching the hawkers draw their goods in when the train arrives after a loud ring. the market is about more than an hour away from Bangkok city. to go to Maeklong Train Market, take a minibus from Victory Monument to Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal and get on the minivan that travels to the market. there's no fixed departure time, the minivan leaves when it's full. when you've arrived at the market, you can check the train schedule.

 
GETTING THERE

take minibus from Victory Monument > Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal > minivan to Maeklong Train Market

WHERE TO SHOP

 

SHOPPING MALLS
> Platinum Mall (BTS Chit Lom or BTS Ratchathewi)
> Union Mall (take BTS to Mo Chit Station and switch to MRT to Phahon Yothin Station)
> Siam Discovery (BTS National Stadium)
> Siam Center (BTS Siam)
> Central World (BTS Siam/BTS Chit Lom)
> Terminal 21 (BTS Asok)
> Silom Complex (MRT Silom)
> Big C (BTS Chit Lom)

MARKETS
> Pratunam Morning Market (opposite Platinum Mall)

NIGHT MARKETS
> Rod Fai Night Market (MRT National Stadium)
> Chatuchak Weekend Night Market (BTS Mo Chit)
> Chatuchak JJ Green Market (BTS Mo Chit)
> Pat Pong Night Market (BTS Sala Daeng)
> Box Space Night Market (MRT Phahon Yothin then take taxi to SCB Plaza)
> Art Box Night Market (seasonal)

to put it simply, shopping malls in Bangkok can be broken down into expensive and cheaper ones. Siam Center, Siam Discovery, Central World, Terminal 21 and Silom Complex are the more expensive malls and the first three are located next to each other whereas Platinum Mall and Union Mall are where you can get clothes at wholesale price. Big C is my favourite place. it’s where you can get all the snacks!

our favourite shopping spot for clothes is Pratunam Morning Market, we even return there on our third day. we didn’t like Platinum Mall because it’s slightly more expensive and we didn’t go to Union Mall because it’s similar to Platinum. 

as for night markets, if you're looking to shop for fashion items, they are all almost the same. there are also night markets that sells certain stuffs like vintage goods or handmade arts. so it depends on what kinda shopping you want to do. 

 

WHAT TO EAT AND DRINK

 

FOOD! another attraction in Bangkok, especially the street foods. cheap and yums! here are some we ate~

 

MANGO STICKY RICE

Mango Sticky Rice is a must-eat when you're in Thailand. try the roadside one if you can for a cheaper price and authentic taste. 

STREET VENDORS ORANGE JUICE

orange juice for 20 Baht to quench your thirst when you're tired and sweaty from all the walking and shopping. I don't think it's reasonable to pay more for that (okay maybe I'm a cheapskate) and I also realize there's only 20 Baht juice in the morning and mostly at Pratunam Morning Market. 

KO KHUN PON YANG KAM

we didn't get to eat street vendor tomyam kung so we satisfied our cravings here! the tomyam kung tastes as good as it smells. it's slightly more expensive than the street food but it's worth it. 

THAI MILK TEA

surprisingly, I had my first Thai Milk Tea in Malaysia and since then, I fell in love with it so I swore to myself to try it when I'm there. didn't manage to but I bought some Nestea Thai Milk Tea back and it was gooood~ definitely restocking those at home on the next trip.

OMU RICE

we had some extra time in Silom Complex so we decided to try it out. it's recommended by a friend. we ordered the mushroom omurice. it's not bad but at some point it started to taste... ugh. I'm never gonna eat that sauce again for 6 months I guess. 

WONTON NOODLES

although the SabX2 Wanton Mee is not worth it (THB 100 for a small portion of Wanton Mee that couldn't even beat the one in my hometown...), my sister recommends trying more hidden ones where it's not crowded with tourists. so I'll suggest you to walk into any local stalls and hope you get the delicious one by chance. 

PORK SATAY

never had a satay that's this good (yes, even Kajang satay can't beat this). not really sure if eating pork in foreign country is a thing only for Malaysians ('cause most food here is Halal - pork-free) but pork satay in Bangkok is really delicious. 

AFTER YOU

after it's popularity hike this year, After You opened up in basically all the big malls, from the original Siam Paragon to Central World, Siam Discovery, etc... so don't need to worry much about the long queue. we also realized that one of the reason the queue is long is that people keep missing their turns and taking a new number (we took three...). I think it's not worth the hype but if you like toast, why not try it?

BETAGEN

my friend asked me to buy some for her so we tried it. it tastes sorta like Vitagen. it's so hard to resist the urge to buy it everytime we went into 7-eleven. it also comes in different sizes and packs. (did some maths, the cheapest you can get is the 4-bottles-a-row pack from Big C, whoah I'm really such a cheapskate).  

 

 

 

 

WHAT TO BUY

 

specifically "what to buy in Big C". I'm not someone who like to load my luggage full of souvenirs back home but here are some things that I will always get from Bangkok.

MAMA INSTANT NOODLES

for when you crave for tomyam but you're not in Thailand anymore... the green curry flavour is good as well~

BIG SHEET

my sister and I are big fans of seaweed snack so Big Sheet is naturally a must-buy for us especially the tomyam and spicy one!

PRETZ

try the tomyam one also! there're also larb and pizza flavour. some find larb weird but some friends like it a lot. 

NESTEA

I just discovered this from my recent trip and I'm definitely packing this into my bag the next time I'm there. 

 

NEARBY BANGKOK

 

if you've already seen enough of Bangkok and want to go elsewhere, here are some places that are nearby:

HUA HIN

Hua Hin is a beach getaway about 2 hours away that’ll be perfect for an escape. to get into this beachside town, get on a minibus from Victory Monument to Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal. then take a minivan from there. other ways to reach there are bus, train and taxi/car. the main attraction there would be Santorini Park that’ll be worthy for you Instagram feed.

KHAO YAI

Khao Yai is an attraction that is currently still under the radar. The best season to visit here is in between November and February when the sunflowers bloom. However, these things still depend on the climate. Currently, you can only book a minivan to get from Bangkok to Khao Yai and it’s a 3 hour journey.

 

OUR ITINERARY

 

our flight arrived at 8PM and left at 11AM. that meant 3 full days and 1 half day - the last day was merely enough for us to rush to 7-E for 1 quick, last haul. here's our itinerary:

DAY 1
Suvarnabhumi Airport - check in hostel - Rot Fai Train Night Market

DAY 2
Pratunam Morning Market - Wanton Noodles - Platinum Mall - hostel - Terminal 21 - Silom Complex - JJ Green Market - Chatuchak Night Market

DAY 3
Taling Chan Floating Market - Grand Palace - Wat Poh - Wat Arun - Chinatown - Massage

DAY 4
Pratunam Morning Market - hostel - Bangkok Arts and Cultural Centre - Central World (Ko Khun Pon Yang Kam and After You) - hostel - massage

DAY 5
7-Eleven - Suvarnabhumi Airport

PROFESSIONAL SHOPAHOLIC TIP:
if you wanna shop as well as sight-see, then it's wise to put your shopping on the first two days so in case you missed something out you can buy it another day before you leave.

 

MORE TIPS

 

of course, without the help of these sites, my Bangkok ctrip wouldn't be as fun. so here I'm sharing them with you:

- Lady Iron Chef's Bangkok Travel Guide
- Meowiie's Guide To Bangkok
- Bangkok.com by Hotels.com

also, this wouldn't be done without the help of Jye Yu and my sister so kudos to them! if there's any mistakes here, do not hesitate to correct me!

 

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