Travelling Thailand and ready to hit the capital city, Bangkok? We thought we would share our top 10 travel tips to help you with all your wanderlust preparations.
1. Haggle, Haggle & Haggle
We’ve put this tip first because your haggling game is going to be put to the test in this city! Unless you want to pay triple the price for taxis, gifts, boats and excursions, you better sharpen your head shaking and those bartering techniques.
We got most of our excursions and taxis for a third of the price. Have your wits about you, obviously don’t be rude and watch your baht go further as a tourist.
2. Stroll the Night Markets
Packed light for your holiday? Good, as there’ll be plenty of goodies you’ll want to take back with you. The night markets are a great place to shop, stroll or indulge in some delicious street food. You’ll also get a real sense of the city as you explore.
3. Get the 5-star experience
Bangkok is known for its excellent hotel rates for 5-star hotels compared to other destinations. This might not work if you’re on a backpacker budget, but if not, why not experience the 5-star luxury on the cheap?
You’ll get fabulous hotel service and you’ll sleep soundly in your luxurious accommodation. We stayed at The Lebua State Tower. Wow! Our hotel room views were incredible, we had to pinch ourselves every time we caught sight of the outside world. Dining and drinking in the hotel can come at a hefty price though, so if you’re travelling on a budget, look out for that.
4. Gawp at the Skybar
Staying at the Lebua State Tower definitely had its major perks, one of them being the stunning Sky Bar. If you want to feel on top of the world while having a drink, you’ve found your bar.
There’s also an insanely beautiful restaurant called Breeze in the hotel. This is ‘dinner with a view’ goals! We’ll let the images speak for themselves.
5. Party at Khao San Road
This road at night is definitely an unforgettable experience. We’ve partied in all sorts of places in Europe; Ibiza, London and Paris but these places are not close to crazy compared to Khao San Road. Be expected to see things that you most likely haven’t ever seen before (we won’t ruin the surprise!).
6. See the dazzling Calypso Show
We had a brilliant evening watching this cabaret show. This is a ‘ladyboy’ show that shows off the beauty and talents of the Thai transgender artists. They were amazing performers, showcasing old and new favourite show-stopping dances.
7. Awe at the Wat Arun Temple
This Buddhist Temple, also known as the Temple of Dawn, is stunning. Situated next to the riverbank, the building is mostly made up of colourfully decorated spires. We went during a muggy day, even with the overcast skies the architecture still looked magical.
8. Discover the Grand Palace
See the Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha & Reclining Buddha to grab a fantastic dosage of culture. Since 1782 the Grand Palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam. These majestic group of buildings are a not to be missed tourist stop!
9. Unicorn Cafe!
Oh, how adorable is this place?! Unicorn fans (and who isn’t one?) will agree this is a place of dreams. However, we get that this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there are so many quirky cool bars & cafes in Bangkok, explore as many as you get a chance to.
10. Take a ride: Tuk-tuks
You’re in Bangkok, an obligatory tuk-tuk ride is a must. This a great way to see the city and experience the hustle and bustle. However, refer back to point one about haggling and watching out for the tourist scams. Tuk-tuk drivers might offer you a super cheap ride only to lead you somewhere where you didn’t want. Our example was that we wanted to head to the river to get a public water taxi, instead, we were taken to a private boat tour operator, to try and lure us into an expensive excursion. No thanks, take our heads up.