Top Tips for Visiting Bangkok for the First Time
Bangkok is a sprawling city and there is so much you can do here as a tourist. When visiting Bangkok there are lots of unique itineraries and things you can do on a short break or longer stay. If you are planning a trip to Thailand the chances are you will fly into Bangkok and this will be an experience, especially if you have never been to Asia before.
Bangkok is a huge bustling metropolsis with lots of tourist sights and things to do, you can explore on foot, tuk tuk, taxi or river boat to see the best places. View our top recommendations today...
To get around Bangkok you can walk (this will allow you to see a little), take a taxi, pull over a tuk tuk (our top recommendation but always agree a price in advance), river the river taxi boat or jump on a bus (this can be confusing)
You will need to haggle for almost everything in Bangkok and this can be tough, a lot of the times the local people will just give you a price and if you don't accept they really won't be bothered about getting a sale. It can be easy to get ripped off in Bangkok, always try to shop around for the best deals for everything
Staying in Bangkok for more than a few days can get very tiring, especially during summer when it is very hot and humid. You can get some great deals on hotels in Bangkok and sometimes it can just be nice to relax by your pool if you have one to escape the noise and traffic outside. Visiting a weekend market is an experience too, be prepared for a lot of walking
If you are looking for a nightspot with a great view over Bangkok we recommend the Banyan Tree (Vertigo and Moon bar) on the 66th floor you can get drinks (cocktails are priced around 450 Bhat) and this is an experience everyone should try. The view of Bangkok is just amazing (if you get lucky and pollution isn't so bad)
- If you are looking for a day trip to escape Bangkok you could head to Ayutiya. This city is around 100 km away from Bangkok, you can catch a bus or train which are very modern but quite slow, it takes around 3 hours to get there. Ayutiya is small old town full of temples and we recommend hiring a bike and cycling around for a day to see more
Go to a shopping centre, expect some of the biggest in the world where you can shop, go to the cinema, wander around little stalls, eat food from around the world or if you are feeling in a good mood try the karaoke. We recommend the MBK Mall
Explore the Royal Palace where you can see the royal building and also the famous and really impressive Giant Sleeping Budha, remember to take your shoes off when entering
Wander down the Koh San Road at night, this is quite an experience and you will see lots of stalls, shops, bars and the whole street lit up. This is a backpacker mecca
Visit the floating market or search out a weekend market, there are lots throughout Bangkok and if you can navigate the transport system you can get yourself some bargains. Remember to try to always bargain the prices down, this is an experience in its self
- To escape the hectic city life we recommend catching the river boat taxi which can take you on a scenic and peaceful trip up or down the river, this is also very cheap. If you are looking for a space or area to chill out in, head to Lumpini Park where you can relax or hire a river boat