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10 Useful Travel Tips When Visiting Bangkok – The More You Know the Better

Bangkok is one of the world's most visited places and for good reason! Here are 10 travel tips to keep in mind on your visit to the Big Mango.

1

Stay Hydrated

Bangkok is plagued by stifling heat so always keep some cool, refreshing water with you for the sake of survival. Luckily, the city has plenty of drink vendors in every corner, so you never have to travel too far without a drink. But it's good and more economical, not to mention environmentally friendly, to keep a refillable bottle on your person.

2

Get a Map

It's not unlikely that you might feel a little like Theseus navigating Daedalus' labyrinth when travelling around Bangkok – there's a lot of busy streets that look very much like each other, confusing, shifting street names and of course the language gap! A good map with both English and Thai names is your Ariadne's string and Theseus would have never made it through the maze without that string!

3

A Hotel Card with Thai Directions

Get a hotel card that has the directions to your hotel printed in Thai. You can show this to your taxi driver or when asking for help at the BTS or MRT. It will be much easier than trying to explain where you want to get to and will ensure your safe return to the hotel with no issues or headaches.

4

Travel by BTS and MRT

The most economical, accessible and comfortable way to travel around Bangkok is definitely the Skytrain (BTS), which literally soars above traffic, and the underground (MRT). There are BTS and MRT stops close to nearly every point of interest in the city and you can get budget-friendly day passes and week passes!

5

Plan Ahead

Don't bite off more than you can chew, there's a lot to see and it will likely involve a bit of legwork and some taxi and tuk tuk rides through daunting, crowded streets – so pace yourself and don't tire yourself out. Mark out the point of interest on the map, work out a logical route, plan out how you'll get there and the figure out the day's itinerary before you get started on sightseeing.

6

Figure out what Wat

While all the temples are architecturally inspired and fascinating visits, you don't need to visit every temple in Bangkok! Trying to visit everyone is a surefire way to tire yourself out. Select a few of the more important and culturally significant temples, like Wat Pho, Wat Arun and Wat Phra Kaeo.

7

Organized Tours

Organized tours of the city's attractions are often the easiest and most problem-free way to enjoy the Big Mango! Tours are inexpensive and are offered by travel agencies and hotels alike. You can select them based on what you want to see and experience; there are guided tours that take you into the several historically and culturally significant places as well as those, offered by places like AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel, that simply cruise by them either on boats along the Chao Phraya River or in tuk tuks.

8

Carry a copy of your passport

You might need to prove your identity and age more often than not when exploring Bangkok, especially when buying alcohol or entering one of the city's nightspots. So it's best to carry a copy of your passport with you at all times.

9

Scammers

A general rule of thumb: be wary of locals who approach you randomly in the street. Do not believe strangers who claim a certain attraction is closed, always check with your hostel or hotel. Bangkok Riverside bound or just heading to the next street, always agree on a price before getting into a tuk and always get a metered taxi!

10

Make friendly bargains

If there's no set price or barcode, no matter where you are, you can haggle. A smile and a friendly attitude will get you further than a confrontational one. Try to barter off 10-40% of the originally stated price, and remember you can always walk away if the price is too high!