Bangkok Travel Guide 2017 (Budget + Itinerary)

Bangkok is special to me, because this is where I first backpacked solo abroad. I remember booking a cheap airfare months before my trip. I booked a tour and a hotel from a travel agency but after paying it, they called me and said I had to pay for two because the hotel room is good for two. So I asked for a refund. And that’s how I started researching about DIY trips to Bangkok, Thailand that eventually led me to setting up this blog. I read a Bangkok Travel Guide that introduced the concept of backpacking and DIY travels to me.

BANGKOK TRAVEL GUIDE

Bangkok is a good introduction to Southeast Asia backpacking because everything here is cheap (hotels, food, tours, shopping, transportation, etc.), it is easy to explore, it is rich in culture, it has arguably the best food in Southeast Asia, it is tourist-friendly (save for a few pushy touts), it is generally safe (except for tuktuk scams) and it is easy to cross the border (from Thailand) to neighboring countries like Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia. I’ll blog about border-crossing from Thailand in the future, but for the meantime, here’s my Bangkok Travel Guide with budget and itinerary to help you plan your next trip..

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WHEN TO VISIT BANGKOK

Bangkok is situated in Southeast Asia, near the equator, dear readers. So expect it to be hot and humid during summer and prepare for torrential downpour during the rainy season.
November to February is the best season to visit Bangkok since it is cool and dry. I have traveled to Bangkok a few times during this season. However if you want to avoid the crowd, take note that December to January is the peak season.

March to June is pretty hot, I traveled a few times to Bangkok during this season and I could not stand staying in a fan room. I recommend booking an air-conditioned room if you plan to travel around the aforementioned months. If you want to get a tan, this is a good season for Thailand beaches. And if you are in Bangkok around second week of April, don’t miss the popular Songkran Festival.

July to October is the wet season, expect drizzles to heavy downpour that might ruin your travel plans. However, there is a good side to the low season, hotels and airfares can go as low as 50% off, so it can be pretty tempting to travel.

BANGKOK CURRENCY AND MONEY EXCHANGE

Bangkok uses Thai Bhat (THB or B) as currency. But I suggest you bring US dollars to get a better rate. I had a hard time finding a money changer in Bangkok that accepts Philippine peso the last time I was there. Money exchange shops are widespread in Bangkok, but I prefer withdrawing from ATMs sprinkled around the city since bank rates are usually better. Take note though that there is a THB 150/PHP 229 (USD 5/EURO 4/SGD 6/MYR 19) fee on foreign accounts. So if you plan to withdraw, make it one time big time since the fee per transaction is quite hefty.

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BANGKOK WI-FI

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Stay connected online in Thailand by renting a pocket Wi-Fi.

  • Access unlimited high speed 4G internet on a portable WiFi device that fits right into your pocket
  • Pick up and drop off your rental device at a 24 hour counter located in Suvarnabhumi Airport or Don Muang International Airport
  • Enjoy high speed 4G internet provided by AIS, one of the most reliable network providers in Thailand
  • Share your network by connecting up to 10 devices simultaneously
  • Stay charged with an inclusive power bank that can be used for 6-8 hours on top of the 8-10 hours your WiFi device is capable of

 

RESERVE POCKET WIFI

THAILAND 3G/4G SIM Card

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  • Stay connected on your holiday in Thailand with a local SIM card
  • Share vacation photos and enjoy fast web speeds thanks to 4G and 3G connectivity (area-dependent)
  • You can pick up the SIM card right upon your arrival at BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport

BUY SIM

BANGKOK ELECTRICITY

Bangkok and the rest of Thailand uses 220 V. Power outlets commonly have two-prong round or flat sockets. Bring universal adapter plug. You can also buy at convenience stores in Bangkok like 7Eleven.

BANGKOK TIME

Take note that the Philippines is 1 hour ahead of Bangkok, Thailand. Adjust your watch while in Bangkok so you won’t miss your tour or flight.

THAILAND VISA

Philippine Passport holders are entitled to a 30 day visa-free entry (by air) to Thailand. If arriving by land like crossing borders from Cambodia, Laos or Malaysia, you will only get a 15 day visa-free stay.

 

HOW TO GET TO BANGKOK FROM MANILA

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Several airlines fly to Bangkok from Manila like Cebu Pacific, Thai Airways and Philippine Airlines. Cheapest is via Cebu Pacific regular airfare is about PHP 5,000 + one way.

 

HOW TO GET FROM BANGKOK AIRPORT (SUVARNABHUMI) TO BANGKOK CITY CENTER

 

CAR RENTAL

  • Experience easy and efficient transfers from Suvarnabhumi airport to your chosen Thailand destination in a modern air conditioned vehicle
  • Receive a convenient pick up service from your hotel or airport by a professional chauffeur who will help carry your luggage
  • Choose between the Toyota Corolla or Commuter to suit the size of your traveling party
  • Add on a Thailand SIM card to your transfer and have it handed to you during pick up

BOOK AIRPORT TRANSFER

BY UBER/GRAB/TAXI

If you will be taking Uber/Grab/Taxi from Bangkok Airport (Suvarnabhumi) to Bangkok City, expect to pay around TBH 375/PHP 573 (USD 11/EURO 10/SGD 375/MYR 48).

BY AIRPORT RAIL LINK

This is the fastest way to get to Bangkok City from Bangkok Airport (Suvarnabhumi Airport) if you want to avoid the infamous Bangkok traffic. The line starts at Phyathai Station to Suvarnabhumi Airport. The Airport line stops at 6 stations along the way: Rajprarop Station, Makkasan Station, Ramkhamhaeng Station, Hua Mark Station, Thab Chang Station and Lad Krabang Station. The Airport Line is open from 6:00 AM to 12:00 midnight only.

If you want to get to Bangkok City, you can connect to the BTS Skytrain at (A6) Makkasan Station (5th station from the airport) for TBH 35/PHP 54 (USD 1/EURO 0.89/SGD 1.43/MYR 4.43) or to (A8) Phyathai Station (7th/last station from the airport) for TBH 45/PHP 69 (USD 1.35/EURO 1.14/SGD 2/MYR 6). Transit time is roughly 30 minutes.

BANGKOK AIRPORT (SUVARNABHUMI) TO SUKHUMVIT
BY UBER/GRAB/TAXI

Coming from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) Airport Sukhumvit, Uber/Grabe/Taxi will cost you around TBH 325/PHP 496 (USD 10/EURO 8/ SGD 13/MYR 41).

BY AIRPORT LINE + MRT/BTS SKYTRAIN

STEP 1: Take the Airport Line and alight at Makkasan Station.
STEP 2: Transfer to MRT Blue Line bound for Hua Lamphong. Get off at Sukhumvit Station.

BANGKOK AIRPORT (SUVARNABHUMI) TO KHAO SAN ROAD:
BY UBER/Grab/Taxi

If you decide to take UBER/Grab/taxi to Khao San Road, prepare to pay around TBH 375/PHP 573 (USD 11/EURO 10/SGD 375/MYR 48).

BY AIRPORT LINE + BTS Skytrain

From Bangkok Airport to get to your hotel in Khao San Road, you can take the Airport Line + BTS Skytrain. The closest BTS Skytrain stations are National Stadium Station (closest station but needs 2 transfers), Ratchatewi Station (1 transfer) and Siam Station (1 transfer) but it is still quite far, about 5 KM. So from any of these stations, you can take Uber/Grab or taxi to Khao San Road.

Option 1

STEP 1: Take the Airport Line to Phyathai (Phaya Thai) Station.
STEP 2: Transfer to dark green line and alight at Ratchatewi Station or Siam Station. Take a cab/Uber/Grab to Khao San Road. Fare is around TBH 107/PHP 163 (USD 3/EURO 3/SGD 4.36/MYR 14).

Option 2

STEP 1: Take the Airport Line to Phyathai (Phaya Thai) Station.
STEP 2: Transfer to dark green line and alight at Siam Station.
STEP 3: From Siam Station, transfer to light green line to National Stadium.
STEP 4: Take UBER/Grab/taxi to Khao San Road. Fare is about TBH 95/PHP 145 (USD 3/EURO 3/SGD 4/MYR 12).
IMPORTANT: Good news is, the MRT Extension has been approved, so once that line opens, you can just get off at Democracy Monument Station (OR 5) and walk to Khao San Road.

BANGKOK AIRPORT (SUVARNABHUMI) TO SILOM

BY UBER/GRAB/TAXI

Uber/Grab/Taxi to Silom from Bangkok Airport (Suvarnabumi) will cost roughly TBH 375/PHP 573 (USD 11/EURO 10/SGD 375/MYR 48).

BY AIRPORT LINE + MRT/BTS SKYTRAIN
OPTION 1

STEP 1: Take the Airport Line and alight at Makkasan Station.
STEP 2: Transfer to MRT Blue Line en route to Hua Lamphong. Get off at Silom (Si Lom) Station.

Option 2

STEP 1: Take the Airport Line and get off at Phyathai (Phaya Thai) Station.
STEP 2: Transfer to BTS Sukhumvit Line en route to Bearing and alight at Siam Station.
STEP 3: Transfer to BTS Silom Line en route to Bang Wa) and get off at Saladaeng Station.

 

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GETTING AROUND BANGKOK

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Getting around Bangkok can be confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to explore the city. There are 6 modes of transportation that you can use:

TRAIN (BTS Skytrain/MRT)

A cheap way to get around Bangkok is via the train (BTS Skytrain/MRT). You can use single-trip tokens or pre-paid Smart Passes. Single Journey tokens will cost you THB 15/PHP 23 (USD 0.45/EURO 4/SGD 0.61/MYR 2) – THB 52/PHP 80 (USD 2/EURO 4/SGD 2/MYR 7) depending on the number of zones you crossed, while the day pass is THB 130/PHP 199 (USD 4/EURO 4/SGD 5/MYR 16). You can purchase tickets from the ticket booth or ticket machines in every station. Always print the receipt or ask for one, you might need it later.

 

BY CAR RENTAL

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    • Enjoy a comfortable private charter from Bangkok in a modern air conditioned car (up to 3 people) or a van (up to 10 people)
    • Choose between full or half day packages to suit the requirements of your trip
    • Plan your own itinerary and let your driver find the shortest route to get there
    • Feel safe in the hands of your experienced driver and guide on request (full day charter only)

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UBER/GRAB

Thankfully, Uber and Grab are now available in Bangkok that will make commuting hassle-free!

TAXI

I’ve used taxi in Bangkok a few times, I just hail one and they automatically turn on the meter. If they don’t, insist on using it or get out and hail another cab. Do not approach the ones parked near Khao San Road, they don’t use the meter! Flag down is THB 35/PHP 53 (USD 1/EURO 0.89/SGD 1.43/MYR 35), and usually cost me around THB 70/PHP 107 (USD 2/EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 9) to THB 100/PHP 153 (USD 3/EURO 3/SGD 4/MYR 13).

BANGKOK SCAM ALERT (FLAT FARE TAXI): When you ride a taxi and the driver refuses to turn on the meter saying it’s a flat fare taxi. The driver will most likely charge you about 3 times the usual meter rate. Get off and hail another cab.

BOAT

The Chao Phraya express boat is usually a cheap way to get to the Grand Palace complex and Wat Pho, not to mention you will avoid traffic. Meanwhile, the Saen Saep express boat is popular among locals for daily commute.

IMPORTANT: If you are a female, do not sit next to a monk on a boat (or any public transportation) or stand in the same area of the boat. Do not touch them or their things. It is frowned upon.

BANGKOK SCAM ALERT (TBH 10 or TBH 20 Tuktuk Ride): Don’t believe when a local approaches you and tells you that ferry is not frequent and will leave at certain times of the day only. He will then hail a tuktuk to take you around for about TBH 20/PHP 30 (USD 0.90/EURO 0.76/ SGD 1.22/MYR 4) but instead of taking you directly to your destination, the driver will take you to different travel agencies and shops. TBH 30 is a small amount but if you are pressed for time, this can ruin your itinerary.

You can charter a long-tail boat to explore Khlong Bangkok Noi and other canals in Thonburi. Negotiate the price first before leaving.

BUS

I’ve used the bus a few times before, it can be confusing. It’s a cheap way to get around Bangkok, however I won’t really recommend this because you might get lost if you don’t know where to get off.

 

MOTOR TAXI

There are motorbikes that can take you to your destination (short-distances). I’ve used this a few times to get to my hotel and evade traffic. They are mostly wearing helmet and uniforms and parked at the BTS/MRT Stations or bus stop. The fares are clearly posted, so make sure you read them or ask the driver before hopping on the motorbike. Helmet is provided.

TUKTUK

Honestly, I’ve never used a tuktuk before for my Bangkok tour because of the gem scam issue. But a good friend advised me, it is not as bad as he thought. The drivers will add the gem market to the destination (it’s like when you take the tours in Vietnam or Indonesia and they take you to souvenir shops where the driver and the tourist guide get commissions). So it’s still up to you if you will purchase from those gem stores. If you do, they will get a commission. But if you are really hesitant since this will waste your time and ruin your itinerary but you want to experience riding in a tuktuk, you can use it for short distance ride but be wary of another scam the TBH 10 or 20 tuktuk ride. See details below this post (list of Bangkok Scams).

BANGKOK SCAM ALERT (CLOSED FOR TODAY): Don’t believe when a friendly local approaches you and introduces himself as a teacher and then will tell you that the Grand Palace or a certain temple or a certain attraction is closed for a Buddhist holiday or cleaning. He will then hail an accomplice tuktuk to tour you or take you to another temple or attraction. The driver will drive you around to gem stores or shops and get a commission for taking you there. I was told they usually get gas coupons.

 

BANGKOK TOP ATTRACTIONS

KO RATTANAKOSIN AREA

This is where Bangkok’s most important temples are concentrated, including the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Dubbed as the historic center of Bangkok, Rattanakosin established sometime in 1782 when the capital of Thai Kingdom was moved here – Rattanakosin Kingdom, which was the 4th Kingdom of Thailand.

THE GRAND PALACE and WAT PHRA KAEW

When in Bangkok, don’t miss the Grand Palace the official residence of the Kings of Thailand since 1782. This sprawling complex is sprinkled with jaw-dropping buildings, gardens and pavilions.

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Address: Na Phra Lan Rd, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Thailand
Open Hours: 08:30 AM– 03:30 PM
Entrance Fee: THB 500/PHP 764 (USD 15/EURO 13/SGD 20/MYR 63), ticket includes a visit to Wat Phraew and Dusit Palace (you can use within 7 days).

BANGKOK SCAM ALERT: If a local approaches you and tells you the Grand Palace is close for the day and offers to take you to other temples instead. Do not believe him/her. It’s a scam. Go directly to the main entrance.

DRESS CODE: Do not wear shorts or tank tops, it is considered disrespectful. Make sure your legs and shoulders are covered. You can rent sarong near the palace gate in case you failed to comply like me.

HOW TO GET TO THE GRAND PALACE:

OPTION 1:

STEP 1: Take the Silom Line (BTS Skytrain) and alight at (S6) Saphan Taksin Station.

STEP 2: Hop on the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Ta Chang Pier (No.9). From here, the Grand Palace is about a 5-10 minute walk.

OPTION 2:

If coming from Khao San Road, the Grand Palace is about 20-30 minute walk. Consult Google Maps for directions. Or just take a taxi or UBER/Grab for about THB 47/PHP 72 (USD 1.42/EURO 1.19/SGD 2/MYR 6).

I’ve tried this route twice but I usually visit other temples along the way. Will write a more detailed Bangkok Walking Tour blog soon.

OPTION 3:

If coming from the National Stadium, Silom or Lumphini BTS/MRT Station, you can take Bus #47. Fare is about THB 7/PHP 11 (USD 0.21/EURO 0.18/SGD 0.29/MYR 0.89) on weekdays and FREE during weekends.

OPTION 4:

From Phaya Thai, Hua Lamphong BTS/MRT Station or National Stadium, you may take a cab or UBER/GRAB for about THB 100/PHP 153 (USD 3/EURO 3/SGD 4/MYR 13).

 

Bangkok Grand Palace and River Cruise Sightseeing Half Day Tour

 

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  • See the best of Bangkok on an immersive tour of the city with a professional guide
  • Take a relaxing cruise down Chao Phraya River and view iconic Bangkok landmarks
  • Have lunch at Wang Lang Market, a truly local place and a street food haven
  • Transportation between sights and English speaking guide services are included

Inclusive Of:

Join in tour
Air conditioned vehicle with free WiFi on board
Professional licensed English/Chinese/Japanese/Korean speaking guide
All admission fees as mentioned in the program (THB500)
Boat ride at the floating market
Insurance provided by the operator

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WHAT PHO

Nearby the Grand Palace is another famous temple – Wat Pho, known for its gigantic reclining Buddha. But more than that, Wat Pho is actually the earliest public education center in Thailand. Interestingly, the Epigraphic Archives of Wat Pho (Temple of the Bodhi Tree) in Bangkok has been recognised by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme.

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Address: 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Sub district, Pranakorn District, Bangkok
Open Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Entrance Fee: THB 100/PHP 153 (USD 3/EURO 3/SGD 4/MYR 13)

HOW TO GET TO WAT PHO:

See directions above for getting to The Grand Palace. Wat Pho is near Tha Tien Pier adjacent to the Grand Palace but it is located on the other side of the entrance gate.

WAT ARUN
Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
Open Hours: 8:00 AM -6:30 PM
Entrance Fee: THB 100/PHP 153 (USD 3/EURO 3/SGD 4/MYR 13)

 

HOW TO GET TO WAT ARUN:

See directions above to get to the Grand Place. Then ride the boat to Wat Arun at Than Tien Pier near the Grand Palace. Fare is THB 4/PHP 6 (USD 0.12/EURO 0.10/SGD 0.16/MYR 0.51). Boat leaves every 10-15 minutes from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

 

CHAO PHRAYA PRINCESS CRUISE

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  • View historic Bangkok landmarks, such as the Emerald Buddha Temple and Grand Palace, by night on a grand cruise ride
  • Hark back to the 80s and 90s with a live band, performing hits by ABBA, Donna Dummer and the Supremes
  • Enjoy the Bangkok nightscape and take in the cool breeze from the perch of the boat deck, overlooking the famous Chao Phraya River
  • Indulge in a gourmet buffet of Thai delicacies as well as international favorites

BOOK RESERVE

DUSIT AREA

Dusit is the the administrative center of Thailand, this is where the royal palace is located, as well as the magnificent Dusit Palace, Vimanmek Teakwood Mansion and Marble Palace.

DUSIT PALACE (Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall)

 

Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall is my favorite building in Bangkok because of the intricate paintings on its ceiling and the surreal Arts of the Kingdom exhibit.

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Address: U-Thong Nai Road, Bangkok, Thailand

  • As of October 1, 2017, the Dusit Palace is  indefinitely closed and the Arts of the Kingdom exhibit will be moved to Ayutthaya.

Entrance Fee: THB 150/PHP 229 (USD 5/EURO 4/SGD 6/MYR 19). But if you have the Grand Palace Ticket, it is included in the ticket so long as you pay a visit within 7 days.

DRESS CODE: Do not wear shorts or tank tops and make sure your legs and shoulders are covered. You can rent sarong near the palace gate in case you failed to comply like me.

IMPORTANT: Photography is not allowed inside, you need to deposit your bags including your camera and phone.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: Vinmamek Mansion, Marble Temple

 

HOW TO GET TO DUSIT PALACE

The most convenient is to get there by Uber/Grab or Taxi. If coming from the Grand Palace to Dusit Palace (type Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Uber) fare is around TBH 145/PHP 221 (USD 4.35/EURO 3.68/SGD 6/MYR 18).. If coming from Khao San Road to Dusit Palace (type Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Uber), fare is about TBH 112/PHP 171 (USD 3.36/EURO 3/SGD 5/MYR 14).

But if you want to save a few bucks, you can ride the BTS Skytrain to Victory Moment Station and ride air-conditioned bus 12 or 515 to Dusit Palace at Ratchawithi Road. Alternatively, you can take the BTS Skytrain to Rajchathevi Station and ride bus 16.

If you are coming the Old City, take air-conditioned bus 70 to the Dusit Palace. You can hail bus 70 at Sanam Luang near the Grand Palace. If you are at Khao San Road area, you can hail bus 70 at Ratchadamnoen Klang Road. Then, alight outside the Royal Elephant National Museum at Uthong Nai Road. To be sure, ask the locals where to get off.

You can also take bus #3/9/32/43/64/65/524 and alight at Thewet Market or The National Library. Then, you can reach Dusit Palace on foot.

VINMAMEK TEAK MANSION (Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall)

What makes Vimanmek Mansion special, which is a former royal villa in Bangkok, is entire museum was built out of golden teak. Today, the mansion has been turned into a museum that is open to the public.

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Address: 16 Rajvithi Rd, Khwaeng Dusit, Khet Dusit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon

Update: Building is closed for renovation.

MARBLE TEMPLE

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Address: 69 Nakornpathom Rd Dusit, Bangkok
Open Hours: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Entrance Fee: THB 20/PHP 31 (USD 0.60/EURO 0.10/SGD 0.20/MYR 3)

 

KHAO SAN ROAD AREA

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WAT SAKET (GOLDEN MOUNT TEMPLE)

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Open Hours: 8:00 AM -5:00 PM
Entrance Fee: THB 20/PHP 31 (USD 0.60/EURO 0.10/SGD 0.20/MYR 3)

 

HOW TO GET TO THE GOLDEN MOUNT (WAT SAKET)

This is near The Grand Palace and Khao San Road.
STEP 1: Ride the BTS Sky Train to Ratchathewi Station (N1) (Sukhumvit Line). Take Exit 1 and upon exiting turn around and walk straight ahead to Khlong Saen Seab.
STEP 2: Ride the long tail boat from the pier to Phan Fha Pier at Wat Saket.

 

WAT SUTHAT AND THE GIANT SWING

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Open Hours: 9:00 AM -4:00 PM
Entrance Fee: THB 20/PHP 31 (USD 0.60/EURO 0.10/SGD 0.20/MYR 3)

 

OTHER ATTRACTIONS:

ASIATIQUE

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ASIATIQUE SKY FERRIS WHEEL

  • Marvel at the spectacular bird’s eye views of Bangkok city from clean and comfy, air-conditioned cabins
  • Enjoy 3 full rotations on the Ferris Wheel
  • Located at Asiatique the Riverfront, an open air mall with a range of entertainment, shopping and dining options

BUY TICKETS

How to get to Asiatique:

Take the BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin [S6]. From Saphan Taksin Station, take exit 2 to the pier, about 80 steps. Take the ferry to Aisiatique. Ferry runs from 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM. The free ferry runs until 8:00 PM only, so from 8:01 PM to 11:00 PM, you need to pay for the ferry.

 

MUAY THAI LIVE

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  • Witness fight scenes straight out of the big screen – in this live show on stage!
  • See jaw-dropping martial arts moves in this tale about Thai boxing
  • Experience the action up close with a Premium ticket
  • Enjoy refreshments outside the venue before the show begins

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BANGKOK DAY TOURS AND SIDE TRIPS

 

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

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  • Discover Thailand’s most popular floating market without any forced shopping stops along the way
  • Steer your boat down the narrow winding canals and explore one of Thailand’s oldest traditions
  • Get a few souvenirs for friends back home and take beautiful pictures of the bustling floating market
  • Learn all about the floating market’s long history from your professional guide

Inclusive Of:

Join in tour
Air-conditioned vehicle with free WiFi on board
Professional licensed guide
All admission fees as mentioned in the program
Boat ride in floating market
Insurance provided by operator

BOOK TOUR 5

PATTAYA

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  • Visit the neighboring seaside city of Pattaya and explore its scenic beaches on a day trip from Bangkok!
  • Take a boat trip to Coral Island and explore its sparkling white beaches and crystal clear waters
  • Enjoy fun-filled water activities such as jet ski, parasailing, sea walking, snorkeling and more!
  • Experience Pattaya’s vibrant and bustling night life as you stroll along Pattaya Beach Road
  • An English, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean speaking guide is available to guide you!

 

BOOK TOUR 5

 

 

AYYUTHAYA

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  • Learn about the rich, enchanting history of Buddhism with visits to three of the most important temples in Ayutthaya – Wat Mahathat, Wat Phra Si Sanphet and Wat Lokayasutharam
  • Discover the former glory and grandeur of Ayutthaya with a visit to Bang Pa-In Summer Palace
  • Take a ride around the mystical city of Ayutthaya on a motor boat and marvel at the ancient ruins and structures
  • Savor a delicious local lunch at Ayutthaya Floating Market while watching a Thai cultural show

Inclusive Of:

Join in tour
Air conditioned vehicle with free WiFi onboard
Professional English/Chinese/Korean/Japanese-speaking guide
All admission fees
Boat ride
Insurance provided by the operator

BOOK TOUR 5

HUA HIN

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AMPHAWA

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  • Visit Thailand’s famous markets on an immersive day trip from Bangkok
  • Watch a train pass through the middle of a bustling market – Maeklong Railway Market
  • Relax at the authentic weekend market of Amphawa, frequented by the locals
  • See the iconic Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, the most popular market in Thailand (Three Markets Tour only)
  • Learn about the history and culture of these iconic markets from your informative guide

Inclusive Of:

Join in tour
Air conditioned vehicle with free Wi-Fi on board
Professional licensed English/Chinese/Korean/Japanese speaking guide
All admission fees as mentioned in the program
Boat ride at the floating market
Insurance provided by operator

BOOK TOUR HERE 1

KANCHANABURI

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Kanchanaburi Custom Tour from Bangkok

  • Hike in one of Thailand’s best nature preserves and jump into the emerald pools of the 7 tier Erawan Falls in Erawan National Park
  • Cross the Bridge over River Kwai, setting for the namesake World War 2 movie
  • Visit WW2 memorials of Kanchanaburi, where the infamous Burma Death Railway was built with POW labor
  • Hike through Hellfire Pass and walk in the footsteps of the thousands of Aussie POWs who cut through the mountain rock by hand
  • Choose from a 1-2 day customizable trip in Kanchanaburi to see everything the province has to offer or just your favorites

Inclusive Of:

Private customizable tour
12 hour charter service (per day)
Experienced driver
Air conditioned vehicle
Fuel costs
Toll charges
Car seat available upon request
Guide (optional)
Insurance provided by operator

BOOK TOUR HERE 1

 

 

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA

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WHERE TO SHOP IN BANGKOK

MBK CENTER

This famed 8 storied mall is packed with over 2,000 shops selling clothes, bags, accessories, electronic gadgets, mobile phones and cameras. Prices are negotiable here.

Address: Phayathai Rd, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
Open Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00PM

HOW TO GET TO MBK MALL:

Ride the BTS Skytrain and get off at National Stadium Station. MBK can be reached on foot from there.

CHATUCHAK WEEKEND MARKET

If you like bargain hunting then Chatuchak Market is for you. You can find almost everything you need here at bargain prices. You can even purchase in wholesale price.

Address: 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
Open Hours: Saturday and Sunday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

HOW TO GET TO CHATUCHAK WEEKEND MARKET

Take the BTS Skytrain and alight at Mo Chit station. Take Exit 1 and follow the crowd until you see stalls selling apparels. Turn right and continue to follow the crowd. You should see a small entrance to the Chatuchak Mark.

TERMINAL 21

Terminal 21 houses over 600 shops in its 9 floors selling everything you can possibly need. What’s unique about this mall is each floor features different cities like Tokyo, London, Paris, Hollywood, Caribbean, Istanbul and San Francisco.

Address: 88 Soi Sukhumvit 19, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
Open Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

HOW TO GET TO TERMINAL 21:
Take the BTS Skytrain and alight at Asok.

 

PLATINUM FASHION MALL

If you’re in Bangkok on weekdays but you missed the Chatuchak Market, you can find dirt cheap clothes and other apparels at Platinum Fashion Mall instead.

Address: 10400, 644/3 Phetchaburi Rd, Thanon Phetchaburi, Ratchathewi, Bangkok
Open Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

HOW TO GET TO PLATINUM MALL:

Take the BTS skytrain and alight at Chidlom Station. Take exit 9 and walk through Ratchaprasong Skywalk. Turn right to enter Gaysorn Plaza Building.

PANTIP PLAZA

Pantip Plaza is the place to be if you like to shop for mobile phones, cameras, software, computer accessories, software and hardware and other electronic gadgets that won’t empty your wallet.

Address: New Phetchaburi Road in Ratchathewi district, Bangkok
Open Hours: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
HOW TO GET TO PANTIP PLAZA:

Take the BTS Skytrain and alight at BTS Chidlom Station. Hire a tuk-tuk or cab/ UBER/Grab to take you to Pantip Plaza. Alternatively, you may also walk 10 minutes down Ratchadamri Road past Central World on your left, over the Saen Saeb canal and then turn left on Phetburi Road. Walk for about two blocks to Pantip Plaza, which you should see on your left. Use Google Maps.

CENTRAL WORLD

Central World is the largest shopping mall in Thailand, and one of the largest in the world. You can find almost everything you need here. The mall has easy access to Erawan Shrine and Trimurti Shrine.

Address: 4, 4/1-4/2, 4/4 Ratchadamri Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
Open Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

HOW TO GET TO CENTRAL WORLD
Take the BTS SkyTrain and get off at E1 Chit Lom Station (Sukhumvit Line). Take Exit 9 for Skybridge to Gaysorn Plaza and cross road to Central World via flyover.

SIAM PARAGON, SIAM DISCOVERY AND SIAM CENTRE
Address: 991 1 Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
Open Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

This is the first mall I visited in Bangkok since it’s pretty accessible, just in front of Siam BTS Skytrain. Siam Paragon has over 250 shops that caters to high-end shoppers. Madame Tussauds is located on the 6th Floor of Siam Paragon.

 

MADAME TUSSAUDS BANGKOK (WAX MUSEUM)

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HOW TO GET TO SIAM PARAGON:

Take the BTS Skytrain and alight at Siam BTS Skytrain station. You won’t miss the mall because it is just in front of the station.

 

BUDGET HOTELS IN BANGKOK

Silom is the financial district of Bangkok. It is also a good base due to the wealth of budget hotels here plus access to MRT link to Hualamphong Station. Also check out the old backpacker neighborhood near Lumphini Park packed with affordable rooms.

SILOM AREA

Lub d Bangkok Silom Hostel
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4 Decho Road Suriyawong Bangrak, Silom, Bangkok, Thailand

 

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HQ Hostel Silom
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5/3-4, Silom Soi 3, Silom Road, Bangrak, Silom, Bangkok

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Hostel Na Nara
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72,74 Narathiwasratchanakarin Road, Silom, Silom, Bangkok, Thailand

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(KHAO SAN ROAD AREA)

 

Khao San Road is Bangkok’s backpacker’s mecca. It is dappled with hostels, guesthouses and budget hotels Everything you could possibly need is available here.

TARA PLACE 

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113,117 Samsen rd., Pranakorn, Khaosan, Bangkok, Thailan

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THE WAREHOUSE BANGKOK 

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120 Bunsiri Road, San Chao Por Sua, Phra Nakhon, Khaosan, Bangkok, Thailand

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BAAN DINSO 2

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78/3 Ratchadamnoen Klang Road Pranakorn Borvornnivate, Khaosan

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SUKHUMVIT AREA

Sumkhumvit has a a wealth of budget and mid-range accomodations too. Also, it is pretty accessible as it is on the MRT links to the BTS and MRT Lines. It is also near the Eastern (Ekamai) bus station and the MRT links to Hualamphong Station.

Chan Cha La 99 Hostel
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6/3 Sukhumvit Road Soi 99, BTS Bangchak, exit 3, Sukhumvit, Bangkok
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Rezt Bangkok
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75 Soi 22, Sukhumvit Rd., Klongton, Klongtoey, Sukhumvit, Bangkok

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Oneday Hostel Sukhumvit 26
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51 Sukhumvit Soi 26, Khlong Toei, Bangkok, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand
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BANGKOK ITINERARY

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*Take note that the Philippines is 1 hour ahead of Bangkok, Thailand.

BANGKOK ITINERARY 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS

(BANGKOK + AYUTTHAYA)

Here’s a sample 4 days 3 nights Bangkok itinerary with side trip to Ayutthaya.  Feel free to tweak this depending on your budget and schedule.

 

 

EXPENSESACTIVITIES
TBH 45/PHP 69 (USD 1.35/EURO 1.14/SGD 2/MYR 6).Airport Line to Phyathai Station
THB 15/PHP 23 (USD 0.45/EURO 4/SGD 0.61/MYR 2)BTS dark green line  from Phyathai Station  to Siam Station
TBH 107/PHP 163 (USD 3/EURO 3/SGD 4.36/MYR 14)Uber/Grab/Taxi to Khao San Road from Silom Station.  If your hotel is in Silom Station or Sukhumvit Station, ignore this.
THB 500/PHP 764 (USD 15/EURO 13/SGD 20/MYR 63)Grand Palace Entrance fee
THB 100/PHP 153 (USD 3/EURO 3/SGD 4/MYR 13)Wat Pho Entrance Fee
THB 100/PHP 153 (USD 3/EURO 3/SGD 4/MYR 13)Wat Arun Entrance Fee
THB 47/PHP 72 (USD 1.42/EURO 1.19/SGD 2/MYR 6)Uber/Grab/Taxi to Khao San Road
THB 1,325/PHP 2,044 (USD 40/EURO 34/SGD 54/MYR 170)Ayutthaya Day Trip with Sunset Boat Ride
THB 675/PHP 1,041 (USD 2/EURO 17/SGD 28/MYR 86)Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour
THB 20/PHP 31 (USD 0.60/EURO 0.10/SGD 0.20/MYR 3)Marble Temple Entrance Fee
TBH 1,962/PHP 1,000 (USD 59/EURO 50/SGD 80/MYR 249)Hotel (TBH 654/PHP 1,000 (USD 20/EURO 17/SGD 27/MYR 83 per night x 3)
TBH 900/PHP 1,377 (USD 27/EURO 23/SGD 37/MYR 114)Food (Budget is TBH 100/PHP 153 (USD 3/EURO 3/SGD 4/MYR 13) per meal x 3x a day x 3 days)
TBH 6,488/PHP 8,890/USD 179/EURO 166.43/SGD 263..17 /MYR 687TOTAL EXPENSES

 

BANGKOK ITINERARY 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS

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(BANGKOK + PATTAYA)

Here’s a sample 4 days 3 nights Bangkok itinerary with side trip to Pattaya.  Feel free to tweak this depending on your budget and schedule.

 

 

SCHEDULEACTIVITIES
DAY 1GRAND PALACE, WAT PHO, WAT ARUN + KHAO SAND ROAD
 Copy Day 1 activities above (Bangkok Itinerary – Bangkok + Ayutthaya)
DAY 2PATTAYA
10:00 AMMeet up at Century Mall, next to BTS Victory Station. Join Pattaya Tour.
11:00 AMETD for Pattaya. Travel time is about 2 hours 40 minutes.
01:30 PMETA Pattaya pier.  Take speedboat to Koh Larn (15-20 minutes)
02:00 PMETA Koh Larn Twaen Beach.

 

Free time. Explore Koh Larn, relax on the beach, swim or participate in beach activities (such as snorkeling, jet ski, sea walking, etc.)

03:45 PMMeet the tour group.
04:00 PMTake speedboat back to Pattaya pier.
04:45 PMETA Pattaya Pier. Drop off at Pattaya Walking Street
05:00 PMExplore Pattaya Walking Street (dinner, shopping, etc.)
07:30 PMETD for Bangkok.
09:30 PMETA Bangkok – Century Mall near Victory Monument Station.
09:45 PMTake BTS Skytrain to Silom or Sukhumvit.

If hotel is in Khao San Road. Alight at Silom at take Uber/Grab/Taxi to hotel.

10:15 PMETA Hotel. Shower. Sleep.
DAY 3Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
 Copy Day 3 itinerary above (Bangkok + Ayutthaya itinerary)
DAY 4ETD for Manila.

 

 

 

BANGKOK BUDGET/COST

 

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BANGKOK BUDGET FOR 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS

(BANGKOK + AYUTTHAYA)

Here’s a sample trip budget if you follow the Bangkok Itinerary 4 day 3 nights (Bangkok + Ayutthaya) above.

 

EXPENSESACTIVITIES
TBH 45/PHP 69 (USD 1.35/EURO 1.14/SGD 2/MYR 6).Airport Line to Phyathai Station
THB 15/PHP 23 (USD 0.45/EURO 4/SGD 0.61/MYR 2)BTS dark green line  from Phyathai Station  to Siam Station
TBH 107/PHP 163 (USD 3/EURO 3/SGD 4.36/MYR 14)Uber/Grab/Taxi to Khao San Road from Silom Station.  If your hotel is in Silom Station or Sukhumvit Station, ignore this.
THB 500/PHP 764 (USD 15/EURO 13/SGD 20/MYR 63)Grand Palace Entrance fee
THB 100/PHP 153 (USD 3/EURO 3/SGD 4/MYR 13)Wat Pho Entrance Fee
THB 100/PHP 153 (USD 3/EURO 3/SGD 4/MYR 13)Wat Arun Entrance Fee
THB 47/PHP 72 (USD 1.42/EURO 1.19/SGD 2/MYR 6)Uber/Grab/Taxi to Khao San Road
THB 1,325/PHP 2,044 (USD 40/EURO 34/SGD 54/MYR 170)Ayutthaya Day Trip with Sunset Boat Ride
THB 675/PHP 1,041 (USD 2/EURO 17/SGD 28/MYR 86)Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour
THB 20/PHP 31 (USD 0.60/EURO 0.10/SGD 0.20/MYR 3)Marble Temple Entrance Fee
TBH 1,962/PHP 1,000 (USD 59/EURO 50/SGD 80/MYR 249)Hotel (TBH 654/PHP 1,000 (USD 20/EURO 17/SGD 27/MYR 83 per night x 3)
TBH 900/PHP 1,377 (USD 27/EURO 23/SGD 37/MYR 114)Food (Budget is TBH 100/PHP 153 (USD 3/EURO 3/SGD 4/MYR 13) per meal x 3x a day x 3 days)
TBH 6,488/PHP 8,890/USD 179/EURO 166.43/SGD 263..17 /MYR 687TOTAL EXPENSES

 

 

If you opt for Pattaya day trip instead of Ayutthaya day tour, you can replace the Ayutthaya budget with Pattaya City & Coral Island Day Tour from Bangkok with Klook for about THB/PHP 2,083 (USD 41/EURO 35/SGD 55/MYR 173). Total expenses for a 4 days 3 nights Bangkok trip if you follow the 2nd itinerary above is roughly TBH 6,026.03 / PHP 9,219/ USD 1180.26/EURO 153.46/SGD 246/MYR 764.

If you plan to do a 5 Day 4 night Bangkok trip, then you can do both Pattaya and Ayutthaya as side trips.

 

BANGKOK/THAILAND LAWS

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It is very important to abide by the Thailand laws listed below to avoid getting into serious trouble. Better be safe than sorry.

 

  • Never disrespect Thailand’s King, Queen, Heir or Regent by insulting them or defacing images of the monarchy (such as stepping on a bank note). It’s a serious offense that can result in 3 to 15 years in prison. This offense is known as Lèse majesté in Thailand, based on Thai Criminal Code section 112.
  • Also, do not mention the movie (the latest remake) Anna and the King to locals starring Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-fat. The movie was banned in Thailand.
  • Never step on the bank note. It is a serious offense.
  • Illegal drugs (using, carrying, transporting or producing) is punishable by death sentence.
  • The drinking age in Thailand is 20. Drinking alcohol is illegal in the following locations in Thailand: temples or places of worship, public offices, public parks, pharmacies, petrol stations and education institutions.
  • Do not throw chewing gum on the ground (be careful when you spit it, make sure it goes to the trash can!). If caught, there’s a hefty fine and you can be jailed.
  • Do not litter in Thailand, you can be fined THB 2,000 if you’re caught.
  • Do not get out of your hotel without wearing underwear.
  • It is illegal to drive a car without wearing a shirt.

 

 

BANGKOK TRAVEL TIPS

 

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  • Take off your shoes when you enter a temple.
  • Tuck your feet under you so that they are not pointing at anyone or anything when you are sitting on the floor.
  • Never take photos of people while they are praying and do not have your picture taken with a Buddha image.
  • Visitors are not allowed to enter a temple wearing revealing clothes like tank tops and shorts or skirts above the knees. Good thing, most temples will have sarong or pants for visitors to borrow.
  • Female should never touch a monk or hand him anything directly. When offering alms, place it on a table for the monk to pick up. Also, do not sit next to a monk on a boat (or any public transportation) or stand in the same area of the boat. Do not touch them or their things.

 

BANGKOK SCAMS

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  • (CLOSED FOR TODAY/GEM SCAM): Don’t believe when a friendly local approaches you and introduces himself as a teacher and then will tell you that the Grand Palace or a certain temple or a certain attraction is closed for a Buddhist holiday or cleaning. He will then hail an accomplice tuktuk to tour you or take you to another temple or attraction. The driver will drive you around to gem stores or shops and get a commission for taking you there. I was told they usually get gas coupons.
  • (TBH 10 or TBH 20 Tuktuk Ride): Don’t believe when a local approaches you and tells you that ferry is not frequent and will leave at certain times of the day only. He will then hail a tuktuk to take you around for about TBH 20/PHP 30 (USD 0.90/EURO 0.76/ SGD 1.22/MYR 4) but instead of taking you directly to your destination, the driver will take you to different travel agencies and shops. TBH 30 is a small amount but if you are pressed for time, this can ruin your itinerary.
  • (FLAT FARE TAXI): When you ride a taxi and the driver refuses to turn on the meter saying it’s a flat fare taxi. The driver will most likely charge you about 3 times the usual meter rate. Get off and hail another cab.
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