All-In-One Bangkok Travel Guide: What To Prepare, Where To Eat, And More!
A top tourist destination throughout the year, Bangkok is a city well-loved by many tourists. From the fiery tom yum to the endless sweet treats and cheap shopping, there is an endless list of things to do while you’re in Bangkok. If you’re looking to visit Bangkok soon, you will find this all-in-one Bangkok travel guide extremely useful.
Before Your Trip
Filipinos travelling to Bangkok by air can stay for a maximum of 30-days visa-free. If you’re travelling by land via neighbouring countries, it is a maximum of 15-days stay without a visa.
The Bangkok Standard Time is GMT+7. Which means Bangkok is an hour behind Philippines Standard Time (GMT+8)
Thai Baht is the common local currency used in Bangkok and you can check the estimated current exchange rate here. However, it is more difficult to find a money changer that accepts Philippine Peso (PHP) so we recommend carrying some US Dollars (USD) bills with you for convenience sake.
*Currency exchange rates are only an estimate and may differ from the actual exchange rate at the money changer you choose to visit.
Thailand uses 220V AC electricity and power outlets generally feature two-prong round or flat sockets. But generally speaking, it is best to bring along a universal power adapter so you know you’re covered for your trip.
Internet and WiFi
Renting a pocket WiFi or getting a local SIM card is the easiest way to stay connected. Get yours prior to the trip via Klook and simply pick it up at the airport or other designated pickup locations and you’ll be connected throughout your stay.
Things to avoid when in Bangkok
As all local cultures go, Thais have their own way of respecting the Royal family and one another. Here are a few things you should avoid doing when in Bangkok:
- Do not disrespect the Royal Family.
- Do not use your feet to point at the Buddha statue, monks or to step on a coin or note that display portraits of the Royal Family and past relatives.
- Do not litter or throw chewing gum on the streets.
- Do not hug monks.
- Do not drink in places of worship.
Best Time to Visit Bangkok
Just like the Philippines, Thailand is a tropical country. The summer months (March to May) bring in tourists seeking a good tan while the colder months (November to February) are considered peak seasons. Tourists who wish to partake in Songkran can visit in April as the annual festival begins on 13 April 2020 and ends on 15 April 2020.
We recommend a short 4D3N stay if you’re only looking to visit the tourist hot spots. But if you prefer to take it slow or to explore beyond the tourist spots, you might want to take an extra day or two so you can truly relax.
Flights to Bangkok
There are two major airports in Bangkok so make sure you check which airport your flight lands at.
- Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK)
- Don Mueang International Airport (DMK)
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Getting Around Bangkok
Bangkok Skytrain (BTS)
The most convenient way to avoid the traffic jam and get around Bangkok is via the BTS. I suggest getting the reloadable BTS Skytrain Rabbit Card that will grant you seamless transport around Bangkok. For those arriving at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport, you may also take the Airport Rail Link using your Rabbit Card to get to the city centre.
Do note that the BTS Skytrain is operational from 6am – 12mn only.
Other Transport Options
For travellers in a big group, especially those with children and the elderly, renting a car may be the better option instead. Alternatively, you can opt for private chartered tours or use reliable ride-hailing apps to get around town.
Finding a Hotel or Accommodation in Bangkok
Although there are no specific areas to stay in, we recommend the ones below as they are more convenient to the spots you are going to visit.
- Silom – for a good line up of restaurants and easy access to train stations
- Sukhumvit and Siam– to experience Bangkok nightlife
- Riverside – for scenic views
- Pratunam – for cheap restaurants and accommodations are
- The Old City – for backpackers
For a more detailed guide, you can check out our post 8 Important Points to Know When Booking a Hotel in Bangkok.
Top Bangkok Attractions and Things to Do
There are many things that you can explore and do in Bangkok and we round down the top 5 that you must try at least once!
1. Visit Temples
Buddhism is an important part of Thai culture. So it comes as no wonder that magnificent temples are aplenty in Bangkok. You don’t need to be a believer of a worshipper of Buddhism to be visiting the temples, but you should still respect the religion and the practice of the temples.
Reminders when visiting a temple:
- Dress properly. Skirts with above-the-knee length, shorts, see-through clothing, sleeveless tops are not allowed. If you’re not wearing the proper attire, there is a booth at the entrance gate where you will be required to borrow clothing (safety deposit required).
- Take your shoes off before entering a temple.
- Do not take photos inside, especially with a Buddha statue.
- Tuck your feet in when sitting so they don’t point at anyone or statue.
We recommend visiting Wat Pho, better known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha features the giant reclining Buddha that stretches 46 metres long and is covered in gold leaf. Entrance fee to Wat Pho costs 100THB. Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is right around the corner so it will be convenient for you to drop by as well.
2. Tour the Official Residence of Thailand’s Royal Family
A huge complex with intricately designed pavilions, buildings and gardens, the Official Residence will be quite the sight to take in. If you’re visiting this Bangkok landmark, there are two important things to keep in mind:
- Avoid getting scammed by the “tour packages” that swindlers try to sell you outside the palace. We highly recommend that you book your tour beforehand through reliable sites like Klook and KKday.
- Men and women should be properly dressed: no skirts above the knee, shorts, see-through clothing, sleeveless tops allowed. If you’re not wearing the proper attire, there is a booth at the entrance gate where you will be required to borrow clothing (safety deposit required).
3. Visit the Local Floating Markets
If you haven’t experienced shopping on a boat, it’s time to visit Bangkok’s iconic floating markets. There, you can find fresh produce, local goods and hand-made souvenirs that you can bring back home. Get the best experience at the following floating markets:
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
- Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
- Amphawa Floating Market
4. Taste the most authentic Thai Street Food
Night markets are one of the best places for tourists who want to try Bangkok’s street food. While some markets like the Chatuchak Weekend Market are often packed to the brim with tourists, others such as the Patpong Night Market is equally as amazing and value for money too.
Stay tuned as we’ll show you where to get the best street food in Bangkok that only the locals know!
Bangkok is a shopaholic’s paradise. Wherever you look, there’s always a tempting purchase starring right back at you.
If you like to shop at luxury brands, you will find yourself right at home at Siam Paragon where brunch spots are aplenty too! Alternatively, if you like to haggle and shop, MBK Center is where you should go. Standing eight-storey tall with over 2,000 shops that sell clothing, footwear, accessories and gadgets, you will be spending over half a day there. The other option? Platinum Fashion Mall that needs no further introduction.
One of the newer malls in Bangkok, Terminal 21 is a themed shopping mall that features countries around the world on each floor. You can also find the Instagram-worthy spots around the mall so go crazy and snap all the photos you want!
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