It was my very first trip to Asia and it was never on my bucket list on the first place. If it wouldn’t be for my friends, who’ve put me together and, literally, placed me on the plane, I’d probably not go. I had a bag full of clichés about Asia and particularly, Thailand, on my mind. To be honest, I was sure I would H.A.T.E. Bangkok.
So I stepped out the plane in the unpronounceable BKK airport (I’m sorry, Suvarnabhumi, I’ll get to it one day !) , got a major brain explosion by the 35 degrees heat and got spat out by the subway in the city center. Held my breath for a second. Damn, I LOVED Bangkok! From the very first glance. I am usually very mullish and don’t change my opinion easily. But the racing colorful traffic, the street food smell and the most insane temples architecture right in the city center… It has it’s very own spirit, never the same for two people. Everybody has their own unique Bangkok. So what I saw and felt while being there, might completely differ from you. I share several of my personal tips for Bangkok travelers underneath, which would work for the first-time visitors there. Because, once you’ve been there, you’ll definitely come back for more.
1. Eat street food.
It’s already mentioned enough when it comes to Asia, but I’ll just say it again. Grab your food from the streets. The more nasty it looks – the tastier it’ll be. I know it might be weird for a number of reasons, nobody canceled the hygiene rules yet. But seriously, there is no other risk than having a major food coma afterwards.
P.S. For the lovers of extra spicy food, Tom Yam soup is your best choice.
2. Get up early for the temples visit.
Make sure you set up your alarm early enough if you visiting the temples. Most of them open at 8.30 a.m., so I suggest you to be there by that time to avoid the crowds. Wat Phra Kaew & Grand Palace, enormous reclining Buddha at Wat Pho are most important sights when you got that 48 hours for your BKK trip. Beware of the scammers, who’ll tell you the temple is closed and suggest you some other activity, like a trip for bogus gem sale.
You already know that famous two litres per day. Well, when in Bangkok it takes on a new level. Hydrate yourself. Carry on a water bottle. Drink it. You don’t wanna fall out the tuk-tuk on its full speed.
4. Choose the right place to stay.
What do you think of when choosing a place to stay in Bangkok? For me it’s infinity pools, loads of Asian food for breakfast and being stuck at the spellbinding skyscrapers view at 2 a.m. I was lucky enough to stay at Intercontinental Bangkok, which totally rocked my world. Papaya juice for breakfast? Easy. Insane city view while sipping your Mai Tai at the pool? Check.
P.S. Thank you to the reception guys to give us your best guiding tips ! I would already be lost in the city without you haha. The hotel that works for YOU is essential when in Bangkok. Choose wisely.
5. Taxi tip.
Taxis are relatively cheap and convenient way to visit the city. There is somehow two things to know. The first one : avoid the rush hours. The Bangkok traffic is crazy, you don’t wanna spend half of your day in the middle of it. Then, ask your driver to switch his meter on. If he refuses, find another on.
After all, it’s what is the most important, right?
Bangkok is an amazing city where everybody will find something for themselves. Mine “go-happy” pack is crazy tuk-tuk street racing at night, hogging it with the most tasty spring rolls / taro bubble tea EVER and dressy-jumping into the swimming pool with my friends. What will be yours?