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Thursday, April 24, 2014

✈ Travel Guide to Bangkok

My blog stats has been increasing tremendously recently and I found out it's because of my recent travel blog posts. It's really rare that I received such high stats and I really wanna thank you guys for reading and supporting me all this while. Today, I'm gonna take a break from the usual travel posts but I'll be doing a guide to Bangkok instead as I find that travel blog are really useful when I was planning my itinerary; where to shop, eat, transportation and etc. So I think it would be great to share my itinerary and some travel tips especially for those who are travelling to Bangkok for the first time.

1. Currency
For me, currency rate is one of the most important point when I'm travelling to overseas because it can make such a huge difference of how much Thai Baht I can own for RM1. I've found two currency exchange offices which offer the lowest rate in town; one at Kepong Village Mall and the other one located in front of Fahrenheit 88/Lot 10 (the corner shop where you will see if you're walking from Lot 10 to Fahrenheit 88). Fyi, I exchanged at 10.28 on 22nd December 2013.

2. Accommodation
I stay in Lub D Hostel in Siam Square during my visit to Bangkok and it's actually one of the top hostel in Bangkok. Perfect location where it's just right in front of the BTS National Stadium station, walking distance to shopping malls in Siam and Pratunum. Since we're on budget and we didn't plan to spend much time in hotel, so we seek for hostel instead of hotel. It costs us about RM60 per night per person. I will be doing a review on Lub D Hostel on a separate post so for the moment, please visit siamsquare.lubd.com for more information.


3. Transportation
If you have done research on Bangkok's traffic or been there before, you should know they have really bad traffic just like Kuala Lumpur. So I would suggest you guys to take BTS Skytrain to tour around the city instead of taking taxi or bus especially during rush hour unless you're going to floating market or somewhere far away from town. However, keep in mind that you should ride on metered taxi only or else they will charge you double the taxi fares.

Tuk-tuk (three-wheeled motorized vehicle) is also one of the famous transportation in Bangkok. However, there are some tips you should take note before ride on a tuk-tuk and beware of scams:
1. Always agree on the price and bargain before you ride on a tuk-tuk as they always charge more on foreigners.
2. Do not ride on a tuk-tuk during rush hour or long journeys.
3. Avoid the "friendly" tuk-tuk drivers who may present themselves as guides and offer you rides to floating market or tour around the city.

If you do really want to experience a tuk-tuk ride, go for a short distance journey and ask the receptionist of your hotel about the price of a tuk-tuk ride to avoid scam.


4. Airport transfer to hotel
I would suggest you guys to take public taxi instead of bus or train from airport to your hotel for time saving. Look for the public taxi signboard as soon as you pass the immigration counter and claimed your luggage, then you will see a big counter outside the airport and lots of public taxi queuing out there. Write down your destination to the counter girl and they will assign a taxi driver for you. You're recommended to print out the hotel address in Thai or map for the taxi driver in case if they can't read in English. From airport to Siam area cost around 350-400 THB and it took approximately 30 minutes. On a side note, if you're flying AirAsia, you will be landed in Don Mueang International Airport (DMK), but not Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

5. SIM Card
Having mobile phone data access in foreign country is great as you can keep in touch with your family, search for attractions or restaurant reviews and etc. However, I did not purchase SIM card when I was in Bangkok as we were so busy shopping for the whole day that we didn't have time to use our phone. Besides, hotel, restaurants and even massage center do provide free WiFi for customers. Hence I wouldn't suggest you guys to purchase SIM card if your main objective is shopping only unless you can't live without Internet like my friend who was using her phone 24 hours even when we were shopping, eating or taking train.

If you insist to get a SIM card, you may purchase DTAC Happy Tourist SIM from any of their mobile service center, airport, 7-11 and Family Mart. They have two types of package, namely SIM 49 and SIM 299. SIM 49 costs 49 Baht and you will get 15 Baht free call. However, you will need to top up for Internet usage. For the first time top up at 150 Baht or more you will get free 30MB Internet (valid for 7 days). While SIM 299 costs 299 Baht and you will get 100 Baht free call and free 7 day unlimited Internet. For more information, please visit www.dtac.co.th/en/prepaid/products/touristsim.html.


6. Weather
It's a must to check their forecast weather before you're flying off to that country. The weather was rather chilly when I was in Bangkok. Silly me that I thought Bangkok will be in hot season for the whole year just like Malaysia, so ended up I was wearing a tube dress and caught cold on the first day. Fall sick during trip is such a big turn off so make sure you do your research beforehand and bring appropriate clothing. For your information, during June to November it's rainy season, December to February is cool season (great time for sightseeing), and March to May is hot season (remember drink plenty of water!).

Photo credit: Google


Feel free to ask my any question about Bangkok as I've done research and planned the trip on my own, so I'm kinda familiar with the places. Even after I came back from Bangkok, I still keep myself updated of news of Bangkok and various attractions. I will be doing a top 5 shopping places in Bangkok based on my own experience, how do you think? :)

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Previous posts of Bangkok:
Wat Pho, Temple of the Reclining Buddha: www.yuhjiun09.com/2014/01/day-1-in-bangkok-wat-pho-temple-of.html
Asiatique, The Riverfront: www.yuhjiun09.com/2014/02/day-1-in-bangkok-asiatique-riverfront.html
Som Tam Nua, Siam Square: www.yuhjiun09.com/2014/02/day-3-in-bangkok-som-tam-nua-siam-square.html
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Siam Discovery: www.yuhjiun09.com/2014/04/day-3-in-bangkok-madame-tussauds-wax.html

28 comments:

  1. May I know do you buy International plug adapter as I know that the socket in Thailand is different from Malaysia?

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  2. OMG OMG! bookmark this so next time i go time can refer :P

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  3. Great tips! A lot of these points are very important to think about before setting off! :)

    Frankie x

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  4. Bangkok is a place i definitely would want to visit someday soon!!! I heard it's a great place for shopping!

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  5. Wahhh! perfectly adequate information for those who wants to go for trip at Bangkok including myself! Thanksss =D

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  6. I've always wanted to go Bangkok, I'll make it there one day! Some really good tips here.
    GIG LOVE | The Life of Leeshastarr

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  7. Fantastic post!! I love Bangkok and all your tips & recommendations are spot on - SO helpful! You have a career in travel writing ahead of you! <3 GIGLove

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  8. This is so timely! I'm headed to Bangkok in June and I actually bookmarked this post so I can use it for my trip!

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  9. i am hoping to visit bangkok soon! great tips! :)

    - from gig
    www.swirlsandscribbles.com

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  10. This is an awesome guide. Thank you.
    Are you planning to tackle other places?

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  11. Aww congrats on the increase in blog stats! Nothing feels better eh =D And thanks for tip on the best places to change currencies, always good to know where the best places are to change money! =)

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  12. have you go to floating market? I want to go there but i need a friends :)
    gig love

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  13. I love Bangkok! Did you shop it Jatujak? Your hotel looks nice, by the way! Glad you had a good time. :)

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  14. the taxi is really unique unlike taxi in another country
    i hope i can go there someday
    gig

    angiebeautydiaries.blogspot.com

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  15. thank you for this! im jotting these down as bangkok is somewhere i want to go and wouldnt know where to look first

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  16. Bankok is definitely somewhere I'd like to go. I think I'll go in cool season though as I'm no good with heat. thanks for sharing!

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  17. this is amazing. It's so cute when people starts reading you more and more and more. It's one of the best part in blogging.
    xxx
    mari

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  18. Great tips! I would love to visit Bangkok one day. :)

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  19. This is amazing. My sister has been to Bangkok and I heard so much about it from her. I am quite excited to ride tuk-tuk someday when I visit Bangkok too. This is such a handy guide for all those who's travelling. <3

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  20. Informative. I also went to Thailand (Bangkok and Pattaya) and did almost everything. Since budget is not an issue, I stayed in three hotels, took cabs, BTS, and MRT, and experienced the Happy Tourist Sim from DTAC. :)

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  21. Thank you. This post is very helpful and informative. Sure I need this kind of post if I am going somewhere. Hope I can visit Bangkok soon.


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  22. I haven't been to Bangkok since I was a kid. I wonder how much has changed then! I'd love to go back one day, like on a trip with friends.

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  23. great guide...never been unfortunately but my friends say it is wonderful

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  24. Great guide ! I din know that they have such good exchange rate at Lot 10 ! Cool :)
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  25. Good guide. Thanks for sharing such a nice information. I want to go there.

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