Our first stop out of the states was Bangkok. We were only suppose to stay for 3-4 nights and move on to the islands. Little did we know, this city was going to swallow us whole! The city is HUGE, and when I say huge this means you can not walk anywhere, unless it’s a 7-11 which there’s most likely going to be one right next to you lol. This city has so much character, I can’t compare it to any place I’ve ever been to before. The food, shopping, temples, to the nightlife, it has it ALL.
We love to explore, therefore we like to walk everywhere. Bangkok is NOT a walking city, we learned that the first day we decided to walk from Sukhumvit Soi 11 to Khaosan Road. If you tell that to locals they’ll think you’re insane. On the map it didn’t look far at all, at most a 45 minute walk. Now I’m starting to realize why it didn’t give us a walking option lol! It took us almost 4 hours to get to Khaosan Road. It was about 100 degrees with 100% humidity, we literally stopped at about 50 7-11’s along the way to get some cold air conditioning. 7-11’s are everywhere in Thailand, by the way. What I’m trying to tell you, don’t bother walking lol! There are many different forms of transportation in Bangkok, taxi’s, tuk tuk’s, boats, and subways. Taxi’s and tuk tuk’s tend to get expensive from what we learned. A tip is tell the taxi to use their meter (which they rarely agree to) the meter will charge you less then 100 baht wherever you go in Bangkok, but they will normally just say a fixed price. A normal taxi ride should range between 100-200 baht. Do not ever take it if they charge you more then 400 baht, they are just trying to scam you. Sometimes taxi cabs are cheaper then tuk tuk’s but tuk tuk’s will get you to your destination faster because they can cut through lanes. Also, there’s uber that it’s extremely cheap! But it’s kind of hard if you don’t have wifi all the time.
Bangkok is a connection hub, a lot of people just stay there for 2-3 days and take off to the islands or travel up north. We were planning on doing the same, but met some awesome people and saw there was so much to do! We stayed at Green House (click here) which was super cheap and a street over Khaosan Road. Khaosan Road is the backpacking village. You can find soo many hostels on that street. We really like Green House though it was super cheap, and had amazing food! Also if you book three nights, your fourth night is free! We ended up extending twice lol.
Khaosan Road is full of restaurants and bars, it never has a dull moment and you’ll meet people from all parts of the world. Also it’s one of the main stops in Bangkok, so when you land at the airport walk around and you can find shuttles that will take you for 150 baht, rather then spending 400-800 baht on a private taxi.
There is so much to do in Bangkok, 2-3 days is not enough. The nightlife is everywhere, Sukhumvit for pingpong shows, China town, Khaosan Road it’s never ending. Going out is a must, you’ll see some pretty crazy stuff out there lol!
All in all, Bangkok was such an awesome, and trippy city. I saw things out there I’ve never seen in the world before, but in a good way. That’s what makes it so unique and special! Stay tuned for the places I visited in this crazy city! Oh Bangkok