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
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