Drawn by the north jungle or the exotic south islands beaches, a lot of people might think that Bangkok isn’t that interesting as the other part of the country. For them the capital is summed as the gateway of Thailand, but yet, this sprawling megalopolis has proved to be one the most fascinating cities in the world.
Breathing in Bangkok is to feel the smells of food. Strolling the streets, observing people is trying to learn a little more about their lives. Boat rides, temples, amazing markets, vibrant and crazy nightlife, and exceptional gastronomy, day and night the city offers a mix of pleasures that will blow your mind.
The city holds its reputation of giant hub and favorite gateway to Asia,Therefore as many capitals, Bangkok has 2 airports
More familiar to the Western travelers, between the both airport this the most recent and practical one.
The easiest and fastest way to get to Bangkok is to take the Airport Rail Link costs ( 15 – 45 bahts) and allows you to reach the city center in 30 minutes.
Especially made for domestic flights and some low-cost airlines ( Air Asia ) , took it several time actually to fly around Thailand and some neighboring countries ( Cambodia , Myanmar, Vietnam , Laos , etc …)
A bus runs between the airport and Suan Chatuchak MRT stations and BTS Mo Chit. According to traffic it might take 25 min to 50 min. The shuttle is easy to find and has a high frequency.
A train connect the Huat Lamphong train station to Duan Mean station which is just in front of the airport . Be careful the train frequency get reduces sometimes added to some regular delays (not really the best option if you don’t want to miss your plane :p )
Another bus connect the airport to Khao San Road and Lumpini Park ( more for tourists ) costs around 150 bahts so if you are not traveling alone , sharing a cab will cost you the same price.
They are many ways to move around the city all super easy to take and pretty cheap:
– Boats : No better way to visit Bangkok temples than boarding in one of the shuttles along the Chao Phraya River , as they all located in both side of the river a day ticket could be very useful for a day trip.
– Subway : They are 2 sorts of subway in Bangkok the Sky train (BTS) and the MRT and the fare varies depending on your destination.
– Tuk-Tuk : As it winds through the uninterrupted lines of cars the tuk-tuk is probably the fastest way to goes around Bangkok. This styled moped engine with a bench seat in the back is the trademark of South Asia, pretty convenient in a city with such a heavy traffic.
Rules to Follow:
* Never trust a tuk-tuk driver when it comes to take a quick stop before getting you to your destination. Why??
Mostly, the drivers works for some local tailor shops, or get some nice deals as free gasoline coupons if they bring tourists to their shops. As for that , don’t get excited if you heard something like :
” You are very lucky, today there is a special promotions on factory you should definitely go there”
” I will take you to a really nice shop for free you will really like it ”
” What about taking you to two or three other monuments for free and in exchange we stop in a suits shop ?”
– Taxis : Still really cheap to move around the city by cab , avoid the big arteries and some avenues like Sukhumvit to not get blocked in some heavy bad traffic . Prefer taxis with the Taximeter plate so you don’t have to negotiate the fare before.
Shopping & Markets:
Take a look at Siam Square district , they are many commercial centers in this area . The MBK & The Emporium Mall are the most trendy you could spend an entire day without visiting half of their stores !!
– Terminal 21 :
I had to mention this one separately , as the concept looks quite original . It is represented as an airport where each floor takes you to a unique destination. Between Paris, Tokyo , London , Istanbul , Rome , San Francisco …. , more than 600 fashion stores, a spa, cinema and a dedicated floor for Asian food. This commercial central worth it a visit.
On Sundays, you need definitely to experience Chatuchak Market, the largest one in Thailand. The nearest subway station is named after him. Crafts from all parts of the country can be found in here. Be aware of pickpockets
If you read this article , be sure that you’re now able to prawl the city by yourself and ready to explore the Thai Capital 😀
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