Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand is also known as the backpacker hub. There are various Bangkok travel guide in all aspects like Budget, Traditional, Luxury, Backpacking, etc. It is a very diverse city and can be a very good destination for all types of travelers.
For a first-time international traveler, Bangkok can be very amazing or simply disappointing. Yes, every city has two sides, one which is very beautiful and filled with amazing things and the other one where people are there to scam you. These little experiences can play a very big role in determining whether your trip was a success or a waste.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Bangkok is not a good city, it is great. The only reason I keep mentioning about scams in almost every Bangkok Blogs is that I want you all to research properly and not get scammed through these people.
I have heard people saying that they had a very bad experience and they think twice about traveling alone after that trip. Yes, this happens this is why the first experience plays a major role in your traveling journey.
Do your research properly and Bangkok won’t be such a pain for you.
Let move on,
Starting with our Bangkok Travel Guide,
Transportation in Bangkok
The cheapest and most confusing mode of transport in Bangkok. This is also the most timing consuming way. Because of the traffic, the bus takes a lot of time to cover almost very little distance.
You have to check the bus number and make sure you are standing on the right stop. Sometimes there are two buses of the same number and both go in the opposite direction, so make sure you are standing on the right Bus stop. This has happened to me while in Bangkok and I have boarded the wrong bus many times.
Another thing you need to keep in mind is that the bus conductor won’t tell you when your stop arrives, so you have to constantly keep checking the route using your phone’s GPS.
The price is definitely very low but it comes with various terms and conditions to it.
Approximate Price – THB 5 to THB 10
The most convenient and trusted taxi app around Bangkok. This is the Uber of Thailand and not just it is also popular in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and more.
All you would need is a local sim to register on this app. You can use your Indian sim too, but then if the driver has to call you then your Indian sim operator would charge you a lot for an incoming international call. It is always better to get a local sim.
Approximate Price – THB 30 to THB 50
MRT/ BTS Skytrain
Another cheap alternative to travel around Bangkok. If you are familiar with metros, then this is almost the same.
This is very well connected to major attractions and landmarks in Bangkok.
Approximate Price – THB 12 to THB 40 for a single trip.
You can also buy a Full day pass for unlimited rides starting at THB 140.
Traffic can be really bad sometime in Bangkok and to save all your time form being stuck in traffic, these boats can be a very good option for you.
You can get these boats from various piers around the city. There is various express for these boats.
Do check with the express for the route you want to travel.
These are the exceptions and only should be used when you are in a hurry and no time to wait for grab or maybe your phone dies and you don’t know the bus number in which you are supposed to travel.
The base rate is around THB 35 to THB 40 and a single trip would be around THB 100.
If you are in a group then this could a very good option for you. I wouldn’t recommend this to any solo travelers.
Yes, this is a fun and very tricky type of transportation around Bangkok. There is no way you can ride these in Bangkok for each day while you are here.
What I would recommend is to try it once just for fun. If you are good at bargaining then maybe you could bargain and get a good deal.
Reaching the city from the Airport.
There are many ways to reach the city from the Airport, but as a budget traveler, you will always want to spend as much less amount as you can.
The cheapest way to reach the city from Don Mueang Airport is to take the airport shuttle bus.
There are five buses from Don Mueang Airport for various areas in the city.
The buses are as follows
1) A1 Bus – Don Mueang to Mo chit
The main stops on this route are Central Lad Phrao Mall, Northern Bus Terminal, BTS Mo Chit.
The fare is THB 30.
Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The frequency of the bus is for every 5 minutes.
2) A2 Bus – Don Mueang to Victory Monument.
The main stops on this route are Central Lad Phrao Mall, Kasetsart University, BTS Mo chit, Victory Monument.
The fare is THB 30.
Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The frequency of the bus is for every 30 minutes.
3) A3 Bus – Don Mueang to Lumphini Park.
The fare is THB 50.
Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
4) A4 Bus – Don Mueang to Sanam Luang
This bus stops at the Khao San Road.
The fare is THB 50.
Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
5) A5 Bus – Don Mueang to Future Park Rangsit
The price is THB 30
Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Things to do on a Budget in 3 days.
As said earlier, Bangkok is for all the types of travelers, be it budget travelers, luxury travelers, adventurous travelers. There is something for everyone willing to go to Bangkok.
This Bangkok Travel Guide is about the things you can do on a budget.
1) Go to Khao San Road.
The very first suggestion I got as a budget traveler was to go to Khoa San Road. I then did some research and then I decided to stay in a hostel near Khao San Road.
Many things are going on near Khao San Road. You can find street vendors selling local food and various items. This road is also very famous for the laughing gas. They sell this laughing gas at every corner in this street.
It is a very chaotic and amazing street to wander around in the night. The night clubs, drinks, music, you got everything here. This place is also called as the Backpackers heaven.
Also, if you are not the one who loves street food then there are many 7-elevens around the street. You can get some packed food from that as well.
2) Spend your evening at Lumphini Park.
This is a very quiet and relaxing park right in the middle of the city. After all the hassle you do during the day time, this would be a very good place for you to relax in the evening.
The timings for this park are as follow
4:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
There are no entry charges for this place.
3) Get on a sunset boat ride to Wat Arun.
This could be the cheapest and the most mesmerizing boat ride if you choose the right time to come here. This could also be a usual and ordinary ride if you visit this in the day time.
There is nothing special about this ride, nothing fancy. Just the environment and view in the evening could give you a very pleasant experience.
The Wat Arun lighting up, the sun going down and the surrounding area starts lighting and feels pleasant to be there during the sunset.
The charges – THB 3 (Very cheap right??)
4) Visit Wat Arun from Outside.
I was very surprised by this when I went here. The moment I got down from the boat, I thought the ticket counter for Wat Arun would be right in front. I was wrong, I walked till the inside, the point from where I could see the entire temple and there were no charges till that point.
This is a really good thing for budget travelers like me like it becomes really difficult to spend around THB 100 around every temple you visit. You can sit outside in the garden area, click pictures and see the Wat Arun Lighting up from there.
5) Walk from Khao San to Wat Arun Pier.
I would recommend this because this route is full of beautiful attractions and you won’t get bored while walking around this route. It is just a 2 km walk.
You can even get a glance at the Grand Palace while walking around this route.
The places which you would possibly see are as follows
Defense Ministry Hall
Bangkok City Pillar Shrine
6) Wat Chana Songkran
This is a local temple around Khao San Road. This is one of the temples where you can get free entry and could be worth your time.
There is a big statue of Lord Buddha in one of the temples in this surrounding. The thing I love about these places is how quiet these places are. There is absolutely no noise in the temple premises.
7) Take a day trip to Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya is one of the popular day trips from Bangkok. It is because it is a very budget getaway and the place you visit in such little price is very surprising.
The train ticket from Bangkok cost around THB 15 for one side. That is very cheap. There are various other ways to reach here but the train is the cheapest option.
Here is a full detailed article about A Day trip to Ayutthaya. Check it out.
8) Window Shopping at MBK Center.
This has to be on everyone’s list. This is very well developed and a huge mall right the center of the city. All the photogenic people will love coming here.
The place right outside the mall is a treat for photographers. After you go inside you will find several floors worth visiting, which have everything from clothes, electronics, Theatres, Souvenirs, etc.
There is also a very big food court in the premises, so if you get hungry during the visit you can always grab a bite.
Popular outlets like KFC, Pizza hut, Subway are also available at different levels if you are into those things.
These are all the things you can do on a budget in 3 days. You can arrange the trips as you like and you will have a great budget trip here. And yes, these are not the best or the only things to do while you are in Bangkok, but I feel these would give you a good taste of Bangkok in 3 days.
Accommodation in Bangkok.
Accommodation can be very cheap in Bangkok. They usually range from THB 150 – THB 400. If you go to a hostel then make sure you don’t pay anything more than this.
The price mentioned above is including breakfast, so make sure you pay the right price.
Talking about hostels, I won’t name any particular hostel, there are many very good hostels. You can choose to stay anywhere in Khao San Road for most less price.
Other areas also have decent hostel but they can be a little expensive from the ones in Khao San Road.
This Bangkok travel guide is for those who are on a tight budget and can’t afford to spend more.
I also have a guide on the 10 things you need to know before visiting Thailand.
Check that out for more insights on Thailand.
That’s it for today’s article.
See you in my next blog.
And if you are reading this just before your Bangkok trip then I wish you have a great trip.
Keep Traveling. Keep Budgeting.