Basic tips when it comes to travelling in Bangkok Today, the well-known Bangkok has a lot more options to travel and scamper with, in and around the city. This could be via the Chao Phraya with the help of the brisk express boats or the city’s roads and elevated highways; both of which would be time consuming compared to the BTS sky train and the metro rail system. Whether you are in Bangkok for the sightseeing experience, the vibrant and exotic nightlife or are just here to shop till you drop; as a tourist, you will need to know how to get around the place. From an endless array of bars, clubs and discos to the sizzling marketplaces, restaurants and coffee shops—Bangkok has it all to keep you as a tourist busy and involved with its blissfully insatiable, quick paced city-life. Until the middle of the 19th century, the Chao Phraya River was the lifeline of the city; whose business also revolved around the long-tail boats and the floating markets; which have gradually changed Krung- Thep-Mahanakorn to Krung Thep to what is known internationally as Bangkok. Today, the well-known Bangkok has a lot more options to travel and scamper with, in and around the city. This could be via the Chao Phraya with the help of the brisk express boats or the city’s roads and elevated highways; both of which would be time consuming compared to the BTS sky train and the metro rail system. Here are a few simple tips to get you travel safely and be on time when travelling from point A to point B. 1) Always have a map handy: you may think you know where you want to go and yes, you have checked and learnt all the alternative routes back to your hotel. But remember, in a city where you are a tourist and almost every friendly cab and tuk-tuk guy wants to rip you off, it’s wise to have a map in hand. 2) Find a friend: It is not only smart but also sensible to have a friend with you who lives or has been to Bangkok already. Personal and book knowledge would only help you that much and is nothing compared to meeting up with a friend or a known guide who knows the place if you are here for the sightseeing experience. 3) Take a tour: Everybody wants to get to know Bangkok up close and personal; and everybody wants to get in on the action first-hand. If you are new to this city of smiles and sà·nùk, keep it simple on your first trip (yes you will visit here at least one more time) and take a well-organised tour. 4) Always know the closest landmark next to your hotel: It’s the best way to keep track of where you are. Simply buy the latest and the most elaborate city map (the ones with all the oversized pictures of famous landmarks) and it gets a lot easier to triangulate your location in case you happen to get lost. It would be even better if you could find the exact same map in Thai—making communicating with your cab driver uncomplicated. 5) Book online and plan ahead: Most of the hotel bookings, sightseeing tours taxi bookings and flight bookings can be done online with a single click. It pays to be organised and keeps your journey and experience aloof from all the unnecessary and unwanted trouble. Online hotel bookings will also get you the best prices and the cheapest hotel deals depending on when and how much in advance you book them. So have a safe trip and don’t forget to check the weather before planning your journey here to Thailand.
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