Are you planning to spend some time in Bangkok or backpacking throughout the city? Yet, you are unsure as to what to expect, how much to spend and where to go for site seeing or shopping? This comprehensive guide proposes things that will excite you and make your experience in Thailand an unforgettable one.
For many travelers, Bangkok is either a destination for quick business trips, or a key transit point before heading over to alternative parts of Thailand or en route to other countries. If you fit in any of these categories of people, and like me, you do not have a lot of time to see everything that Bangkok has to offer then this guide is for you.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN BANGKOK
VISIT THE FLOATING MARKET
You cannot leave Bangkok without visiting one of Bangkok’s floating markets! You will find vendors selling several products and cooking food directly from their boats on the water. There are five main floating markets in Bangkok to visit, offering a perfect opportunity to capture photos to show off to your friends and family. The most popular of them all is Damneon Saduak, followed by the second popular Amphawa floating market, then Taling Chan, Khlong Lat Mayom and Bang Nam Pheung floating market.
Damnoen Saduak is Bangkok’s best known floating market offering a perspective into Thai locals’ lives by the canals. It opens at 07:00am until 11:00am every day. There are many tourists also visiting this market as expected, so if you wish to avoid a congested canal, get a bus or taxi early in the morning.
Thailand has been on my top 5 ‘Places To Visit’ bucket list for a very long time, and in November 2015 I finally crossed it off my list. I had often fantasised seeing the infamous Maya Bay while standing by the long tail boats, and acting like a Bond girl at James Bond Island. I longed to try authentic Thai cuisine, witness the beauty, and immerse myself in the culture of Thailand and its lovely people. I only booked my ticket for 10 days because I initially planned to travel to Thailand by myself. I wanted to see what it is like to travel solo. In the end a friend of mine decided to join me. Now I regret not choosing to stay there for a longer duration. After visiting Thailand, I see why this beautiful country is ranked one of the most visited destinations in the world. The cost of living, friendly people, mouth- watering food, interesting culture, gorgeous beaches and the vast amount of fun activities to do are all factors which put Thailand on the map. This is a quick guide to Phuket and Bangkok only.
CURRENCY: Thai Baht (THB)
£1 / $1.50 is equivalent to 52 THB
Bangkok has two airports; Suvarnabhumi airport and Don Muang airport.
If I were to describe Phuket in one word, I would say ‘Amazing’! Located in the Andaman Sea of Southern Thailand, Phuket is one of the most popular holiday places to visit and by far the most expensive location in Thailand. The reason for this is it is the most visited and most congested especially during its high season (end of November to March). I have compiled a comprehensive itinerary list of my Phuket highlights and activities I partook in, and what each activity entailed.