6 top tips when visiting Bangkok

Regardless of where your next holiday takes you, it would be naïve to go without researching the area and learning more about the dos and don’ts. While it’s not so essential for the popular European Summer hotspots, as soon as you start considering faraway adventures taking heed of advice and tips made by travellers who have been to the same place is essential if you want to enjoy a stress-free trip.

Bangkok

With holidays to Thailand from Trailfinders, you can be safe in the knowledge that, due to the commercialisation and development of the country as a tourist destination, there is very little to worry about. Like any other bustling city, however, you will need to have your wits about you when you visit Bangkok – not because it’s more dangerous than any other city, but because it’s so busy and hectic that without a little preparation and common sense, you could find yourself overwhelmed.

If anything, advice about Bangkok will help you to appreciate the city for all that it’s worth, providing you with helpful hints about where to go, what to do and how to get there. The Bangkok atmosphere is incredible and without the stress of a new city, you will be able to revel in it.

Buy a map

First thing’s first, buy a map. Without one you may find it difficult to navigate this hotchpotch city. The Bangkok streets aren’t the easiest to understand, especially as directions are in a completely different language, so a translated map is a must. Always keep a note of your hotel address in your bag as well so that if all else fails, a cab driver will get you there.

Use local knowledge

If you haven’t had as much time to research the city as you’d like, and are unsure of what to do and where to go in Bangkok, utilise the local knowledge of the staff in your chosen hotel or other accommodation. They’ll have their own personal local knowledge and they’ll also have the benefit of the feedback of hundreds of other guests, as well as being able to tell you the best way to get to where you want to go.

Bangkok welcome

Avoid tuk tuks

Whilst the novelty may seem appealing, avoid using a tuk tuk to get around. These revel in tourists willing to pay through the nose for short trips. If you do insist on travelling on one, make sure you establish the cost before you set off and hang on for a nail-biting ride!

Keep hydrated

Always take a bottle of water with you, wherever you go. The humidity in Bangkok can be stifling and hydration is essential.

Barter for goods

If you do decide to treat yourself to some indulgent retail therapy, make sure you barter on the price! Vendors expect it, so it would almost be rude not to!

Make it part of a multi-centre trip

Finally, a visit to Bangkok is essential as part of your trip to Thailand – incorporate it into a multi-centre trip to get the best of both worlds and brace yourself for a busy, bustling city experience.

Comments (8)

  1. Simon Lee says:

    Hi Paul, strongly agree to avoid tuk tuk as much as possible. Unless if you have done enough research on distance and estimated fare, travel with a metered taxi seems to be a better option.

    Simon Lee

  2. Simone says:

    Great tips! I love Bangkok and just reading this makes me want to go back there. I know from experience that having that address from the hotel with you is essential! I love roaming around and it wouldn’t be the first time that I lost my way..:)

  3. Alex Cardo says:

    One more tip: Study “Thai English”…it will help you very much, because it is very different from “Turkish English” and “European English” )))

  4. Dawn says:

    ladies, carry toilet tissue with you. most restrooms don’t have toilet paper. they have a bum gun to hose yourself off. which is nice & very sanitary, but you may get dripping wet if not used to using it & would have no way to dry off (from experience… my first time in Thailand). some places sell toilet tissue outside the restroom, so keep some loose change handy. :)

  5. Dawn says:

    also, if you can find accommodations near a Sky Train station. it’s a wonderful & easy way to get around. the trains are very clean & modern & AIR CONDITIONED. also a very economical option for getting around.

  6. Marcie says:

    Tuk tuks are better left for Chaing Mai and knowing a bit of local culture is key (ex: please cover your shoulders when you enter a temple and please do not point your feet in the direction of the front or at a Buddha).

    Nice tips. Thanks ALTB.

  7. Rachel says:

    I’ve lived in Bangkok for 12 years and one tip I give to everyone is, if you’re not afraid of getting on a motorbike use the motorbike taxis.

    They are all over the city, very cheap and, the most important thing, when Bangkok’s horrendous traffic jams hit (which is pretty much 12 out of the 15 hours most people are outdoors every day), a motorbike taxi can get you to your destination in 5-10 minutes, whereas a taxi stuck in a traffic jam could be an hour or more.

    All the locals use them, and nowadays I tend to travel on them 90 percent of the time :)

  8. baeey says:

    Carry soap – Thais rarely use it to wash hands after using the bathroom

    Do not drink with locals (in particular off duty police), especially if you are female. It is simply dangerous.

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