Bangkok for backpackers- 5 things to know

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26th Jun 2015

Khao San Road...and only 10 pm

Photo of Bangkok for backpackers- 5 things to know by Divay mittal

I definitely did 4 of these :D

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pad thai noodles - 30 bht

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Soi Cowboy- hippest go-go trail in Bangkok :P

Photo of Bangkok for backpackers- 5 things to know by Divay mittal

Viva 8 bar- Chatuchak mkt

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newly bought selfie stick for 80 bht @Chatuchak mkt

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Buddha temple at Ayutthaya

Photo of Bangkok for backpackers- 5 things to know by Divay mittal

temple ruins at Ayutthaya, Thailand

Photo of Bangkok for backpackers- 5 things to know by Divay mittal

Ayuthaya-old Thai captl-now known for temple ruins

Photo of Bangkok for backpackers- 5 things to know by Divay mittal

street food at Chinatown Mkt, Bkk

Photo of Bangkok for backpackers- 5 things to know by Divay mittal

Reclining Buddha at Ayutthaya

Photo of Bangkok for backpackers- 5 things to know by Divay mittal

Suvarnabhumi Airport, BKK- tug of war

Photo of Bangkok for backpackers- 5 things to know by Divay mittal
Bangkok is like any other Asian city - always bustling with energy. I immediately fell in love with the city. The city has energy of a place like Delhi, and has infrastructure of a modern city like Singapore.
 
Below are 5 things you should definitely know before you plan a visit to Bangkok.
  1. Public transport is amazing - the city is filled with Toyota Corolla cabs which are metered and charge very modestly (they charge approx 100 bht for 10 kms and 70 bht for 5 kms). If you are up for some fun, you can either take a tuk tuk, or can go around with a scooter rider. I used to take a cab to a place in the morning, and be back on a tuk-tuk/scooter for the fun ride. There is also an exhaustive bus and metro network, but I was not able to explore much of it.
  2. Generally, Thai people are bad English speakers. So if you are on your own, either know your places well, or get ready to use google translate at each and every corner (like I did) :)
  3. I am a vegetarian and did not delve much outside of it. But you would find a lot of options for veggies. If you are up for street food, you can have Pad thai, soup noodles, spring roles etc, and you will just love it for the amount of money you would pay. There are also lots of fresh fruits and shakes sold road side all across Thailand at minimum price. Street food is very hygienic and you do not have to think twice before buying.
  4. Thailand is also a place where you can get an amazingly fitted custom made suit made in a day. So if your wedding is round the corner, and you do not have a suit ready, worry no more. Head to Bangkok, get a suit done in a day or 2, party meanwhile and head back home :D
  5. If you planning a trip somewhere just to party I would suggest Bangkok- especially Khao San Area. If you have deeper pockets, you can go to the one of many roof top bars. You need not bother at all about the infamous areas or the go-go trails, there is plenty Bangkok has to offer without it.
 
For more of my Bangkok experiences, write to me at divaymittal89@gmail.com
If you are a young traveller, and party person at heart, I suggest you to stay nowhere else than Khao San. This is where all the backpackers stay and has loads of accommodation from $10-$30 price range. There are 2 very popular streets in the area- Khao San Rd and Soi Rumbuttri.  The whole area, and especially these streets,  is full of amazing street food, incredible road side shops, numerous massage parlors, and hip bars and cafes. If you are up for some fun, get a tattoo made here, and also get a funky hair cut. The place come to life after 9 in the night when the both Khao San Rd and Soi Rumbuttri get loaded with foreigner . The bars and cafes become party places, and puts Berlin, Amsterdam and Austin easily to shame. 
Photo of Khao San Road Bangkok Thailand by Divay mittal
Photo of Khao San Road Bangkok Thailand by Divay mittal
Photo of Khao San Road Bangkok Thailand by Divay mittal
This was one of my favorite Bangkok moments. Chatuchak Mkt is a weekend only market, and what makes the experience so interesting is that you can get everything that you ever wished in your life at incredible prices. All that while having a Chang beer and some great Thai food:)
Photo of Chatuchak Weekend Market Chatuchak Thailand by Divay mittal
Photo of Chatuchak Weekend Market Chatuchak Thailand by Divay mittal
Ayutthaya was once the capital of Thailand. Located around 2 hours from Bangkok, Ayutthaya is a modern Thai city studded with archaeological wonders. Headless Buddhas and crumbling but still-beautiful towers and wats make a compelling reason to spend a day.
Photo of Ayutthaya Thailand by Divay mittal
Photo of Ayutthaya Thailand by Divay mittal
Photo of Ayutthaya Thailand by Divay mittal
Big street that almost goes through the center of Bangkok. Houses big malls, 5 star hotels, popular roof top bars and the infamous red light areas of Bangkok.
Photo of Sukhumvit Road Bangkok Thailand by Divay mittal
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how do u ask for veg Street side food? most of the places I explored only served non veg street side fare
Tue 05 31 16, 19:11 · Reply (1) · Report
veg food is generally not available with street vendors noodes,fruits and shakes are the food items you can eat and drink. Otherwise there are many restaurants near sukhumvit soi 1.
Thu 04 12 18, 23:29 · Report