Bangkok (Thailand) has a blend of modern and tradition. Besides the eventful atmosphere of the West Khao San Street, it also has the magnificent splendor of the Royal Palace or the cultural treasures and history at Wat Pho, Wat Arun …Below are some travel tips for first-timers.
Travel by airplane or train?
Travelling by plane is the most convenient way. The cost is not much more expensive than the bus. To buy the cheap tickets, you can book for 2-3 months before your trip. Some airlines offers return tickets with the price only 1.5 to 2 million dong. The best option is to go bus if you want to save maximum cost.
Many airlines offer flights from Vietnam to Bangkok such as Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar, Vietjet Air, AirAsia, Nok Air … AirAsia is considered to offer the cheapest price that is suitable for backpackers. You can bring about 20 kg of checked baggage and 10 kg of portable luggage for your shopping.
How to get to city centre from the airport
There are two airport stations in Bangkok: Suvarnabhumi (international airport station) and Don Muang (domestic airport station). If you travel from Suvarnabhumi, you only need to take the high speed train to reach the city center (Victory area), then take taxi to reach the Grand Palace or the West Khao San. If you travel from Don Muang, you can take the mini bus to Khao San. The bus station is on the first floor of the airport and you have to queue to get on the bus.
How to travel around the city?
The most convenient way to travel is by motorbike because traffic jam often occurs in Bangkok. Besides, you also use public transportations such as: overhead tram, subway, bus, boat, ferry. The prices are very cheap.
Known as the West Quarter, this area is popular for backpackers. The evening bar is poured into the street and opened until the morning like the Bui Vien of Saigon or Ta Hien of Hanoi. You will see the “whole world” in Khao San. The area is also near the Royal Palace and the famous central pagodas. There are the cheap hostels for only 180 baht / night here.
This area is popular for those who like shopping. Pratunam is near some shopping centers such as; Central World, Siam Paragon, Siam Center, BigC. The price of hostels in Pratunam is more expensive than ones in Khao San.
This area is the most popular destination of Chinese and Vietnamese tourists. In the evening, this street is full of delicious Chinese foods. In the moring, you can visit some pagodas such as: Traimit , Wat Suthep or The Grand Palace.
There are some must-try dishes when travelling to Thailand: Tom Yum Goong, Som Tum, Tom Kha Kai (Chicken in Coconut Soup), Gaeng Daeng (Red Curry), Pad Thai…
The Grand Palace: It’s the home of the Thai King, the royal court and the administrative seat of the government and the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.
Wat Pho: It’s the largest pagoda in Bangkok. It’s famous for beautiful stupas and huge Buddha statue. Opening hour is from 8 am to 5pm.
Wat Saket (Golden Mount): This pagoda is loacated on a high hill. This is one of the most sacred pagodas in Bangkok. It’s also the ideal place to see the sunset.
Wat Arun: This temple is located across the river and opposite to the Grand Palace. It’s one of the symbols of Bangkok which was built from the reign of King Rama I.
Bayoke: This is the highest building in Thailand. You can see the spectacular view of Bangkok in night from here.
Pratunam, Central World, Brahama Temple, Siam Paragon: These place is the paradise for shopping lovers. You can also enjoy delicious street foods in the evening here.
China Town: This is the must-see place in Bangkok. The Chinese food here is very delicious.
The weekend night markets: This market opens on Saturday and Sunday. This is the largest market in Bangkok.
Wat Suthep and Giant Wings: This pagoda is quite near the Grand Palace which has the biggest sitting Buddha statue in Bangkok.
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