If you are planning to spend a few days in Bangkok enroute to the southern islands, this short article might help in a few ways, as we offer tips to enjoy your short stay in the City of Angels.
- Book hotel accommodation online – Booking your Pratunam hotel online will save you money, as the rate is lower than normal walk-in rates. Pratunam is a great place to stay, as you are near the best shopping malls and the nightlife.
- Use a taxi app – You simply type in the addressos where you want to go and a list of cabs along with prices pops up. Of course, if you are out and about, raising your hand will summon a cab.
- Explore the canals – Years ago the canals were the main transport network and today, you can ride on an e-boat for about 1 dollar. The canals run through all parts of the city and this is great adventure if you like the unknown. You will see how the Thai people live as you travel down the canals and they all wave at foreigners.
- Changing money – When you arrive at the airport, change $50 to get you into the city, then you get a much better rate at the exchange booths. One company, Super Rich, offers the best rates for all currencies.
- Passport & visa stamp – If you take images of your main passport photo page and your Thai visa, you can show them to authorities, should you be asked to show some ID. Many people prefer to leave their passport in the hotel safe and with the pix on your phone, you are good to go.
- Skytrain – The BTS is definitely the quickest and cheapest way to move around this sprawling city; you can buy one-day tickets that allow you to explore. Search online for maps.
- Left luggage – If you are spending a few days in Bangkok before flying to Phuket, you could leave the bulk of your luggage at Suwannaphum Airport. Failing that, you could ask the Bangkok hotel if you can leave a case for a while.
- Soi Cowboy & Nana Plaza – No trip to Bangkok could miss out these two top entertainment venues and happy hour is early evening.
Bangkok is an amazing city that looks like chaos on first glance, yet it flows and the smiling Thai people are a joy to meet.