|A BIT MORE ABOUT BANGKOK
Tip #1: Bangkok International Airport is HUGE, so keep that in mind when catching a flight, particularly any onward flights to the north or south. It’s all one terminal and has free WiFi for an hour (although unreliable) and heaps of duty free stores, so plenty to keep you entertained if you’ve got a long wait.
To explore the bustling city of Bangkok, the easiest way of getting around is the Skytrain. There are a number of ticket options depending on how much you want to use it, but the best idea is to hold onto 5 and 10 baht coins to buy tickets for each trip. Another option for making your way around top tourist spots is the Tourist Boat, which costs 150 baht for a day trip or 40 baht for a single ride.
Getting to and from BKK airport
If you’re heading into Bangkok there are two trains: the Express Line takes you to Makkasan or Phaya Thai station in less than 20 minutes for 90 baht and runs twice an hour, or the City Line will get you to Phaya Thai station for 35 baht in about 25 minutes and runs every 15 minutes. Taxis are also reasonably cheap if you’re wanting to get to your hotel door – 250-400 baht to the city – but stick with the legitimate taxi companies through the airport taxi desk if you don’t want to get scammed.
We have a huge range of accommodation options in Thailand to choose from, including several Bangkok free night deals at our favourite properties.
Information correct as at 31/3/14
|Our must-do Bangkok recommendations:
- You have to see the city’s most famous landmark, the spectacular Grand Palace. Remember to dress respectfully; cover your shoulders and your knees or you’ll have to hire appropriate clothing
- Shop ‘til you drop at Chatuchak Weekend Market. You’ll need to use your bargaining skills to get the biggest bang for your buck
- MBK is an eight-story shopping mall with over 2000 shops, with cheap options for tourists with different body shapes than the average Thai person! If you’re looking for well-known shops like Zara and H&M check out Central World, another huge mall which even has discounts for tourists
- Treat yourself to an out-of-this-world experience with a dinner or drinks at one of Bangkok’s open air restaurants and bars.