Travelling to Thailand has always been in my bucket list, so when we finally took off on the 3rd March I couldn’t be happier. Even though it is almost the same size as Spain, Thailand offers everything from rainforests, coral reefs and paradise islands to ultramodern cities like Bangkok. Plus the lower costs of living and travelling around Thailand explains its popularity as a holiday destination. Did you know Thailand was the most visited country in Southeast Asia in 2013? Our 2-week stay in this South Asia’s country with 66 million people residing there started in the capital - Bangkok.
Most Western passport-holders will automatically receive a 30-day stamp upon arrival at the airport, so no need to apply for any visa beforehand. From the airport we took a taxi (around 400-500baht - €10) to our hotel - the famous Lebua State Tower from the Hangover 2 movie. Make sure to tell your taxi driver that you prefer the meter not a fixed rate. Arriving to our hotel (after our 2-hour to Paris plus an additional 11-hour flight to Bangkok) and finding out that we have been upgraded to a suite for the best news of the day! We checked in, relaxed and hit the crazy city with crushing humidity that leaves you constantly sticky.. but once you get used to that, you start noticing the cool things that Bangkok has to offer.
Bangkok transport options:
For us taxis were always the best option - they have air-conditioning, they're fairly clean and cheap. ONLY if they drive you by the meter (which they often refuse).
Funny small open-air taxis that try to rip you off and make you stop in different places so they can get gasoline coupons. There is no meter, so all you can do is try to find one with a friendly driver and negotiate a fair price. Then enjoy the ride - it’s worth trying out at least once!
The cheapest option, but doesn’t take you everywhere because of it’s fixed route. The system consists of 34 stations along two lines: the Sukhumvit Line running northwards and eastwards, terminating at Mo Chit and Bearing respectively, and the Silom Line which serves Silom and Sathon Roads, the central business district of Bangkok, terminating at the National Stadium and Bang Wa. One-day Pass includes unlimited travel within the duration of a single day for 120 baht (3€).
Here are my suggestions for ‘What to do in Bangkok’:
1. Chatuchak Market aka the market of everything!
Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the world's largest weekend markets covering area of 27 Acres that is divided into 27 Sections, containing more than 15,000 booths selling various goods. This market is a must-visit place when travelling to Bangkok! This is a great place to find anything from Clothing, Accessories, Handicrafts and Furniture to Pets, Books and Food! But you do need one skill - bargaining! Never settle with the first price they give you, but when negotiating try not to be too aggressive. One trick that always works is to start walking away and soon you will hear them yelling at a cheaper price for your requested goods!