Travelling is fun. At least, if you know what to do and what not to do. If you’re looking to travel to Bangkok, don’t forget that the Thai capital is a bustling metropolis with a lot of things to do, places to see and people to meet. That means that, if you don’t know what to do, you’ll get overwhelmed and lost.
Whether you’re looking to eat at Sukhumvit restaurants, or are hoping to enjoy some cultural landmarks, here’s some tips for your first trip to Bangkok.
Use that taxi queue
One of the first things you’ll see when you get to Bangkok are the official taxi queues at the airports. Those touts with all their attempts at getting you to choose them? Avoid them; they’ll charge for several times than meter pricing. Instead, find the official taxi queue in the airport, where there’s a translator to help you get to where you want to go.
Public transport is king
It might come across as somewhat counterintuitive, but Bangkok’s public transport is the best way to get around, especially from 07:00-09:00 and 17:00-19:00, which is when rush hour is. The roads get congested, filled with cars, buses and other vehicles, which means that the skytrain, subway, and boat networks become the most mobile means of going from one travel destination to another.
Enjoy the street food with caution, and stay safe at restaurants
Street food in Bangkok is popular for a very good reason. Great taste and wide range, plus cheap prices. There’s a lot of delicacies to find 24 hours every day, but there’s one thing to worry about; the dreaded Bangkok belly. See, Bangkok street food don’t always agree with people, which is why you want to take precautions. There’s also busy Sukhumvit restaurants for food, full of locals, where you’re less likely to get struck with the belly problems. Don’t worry about translation issues; everyone can understand what you mean when you point to food.
Carry small denominations
Having a pocket full of coins and smaller notes can be a bit inconvenient; those coins can get heavy, and those bills make the wallet bloat. However, they’ll help you out while in the capital, as most drivers and local restaurants can only handle the smaller bills. If you’ve got big bills, you’re going to have to find a 7-11 or a major shop in order to break your money, which is even more inconvenient during your trip.