We’ve all heard the song ‘One night in Bangkok’, but in this article, we’ll be stretching that out to a full seven days in the amazing city of angels (Kreung Thep), as it is called in Thai. You might be in transit to another place, or you are going to tour Thailand and wish to spend a week touring Bangkok, either way, here are a few useful tips to make your stay more enjoyable.
Getting Around in Bangkok
Well, you’re certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to Bangkok transportation, with the BTS Skytrain that services the inner city, not to mention the thousands of taxis that prowl the streets and if you need to beat the rush hour traffic, there are the motorcycle taxis, although you need to be a little fearless to take this option. Of course, there are buses in Bangkok, both a/c and non-a/c, which don’t run to a timetable, rather they show up when they show up. There are also riverboat taxis that cruise the canals, which are normally favourites with the locals, as this is perhaps the quickest way to get from A to B in this huge city.
You are advised to take advantage of the cheap short-term rentals in Ekkamai, Bangkok, of which there are many, and booking online is even cheaper than a walk-in booking. Ekkamai is the ideal place to stay, as you are central to the many local attractions and right on the BTS Skytrain line. Serviced apartments can be rented short and long-term, plus the complexes all have the kind of amenities you would expect in a top-class condo complex.
Places of Interest
The great thing about Bangkok is its diversity; skyscrapers and old Buddhist temples can be found side by side, and within this concrete jungle are some really nice parks, such as Lumphini Park and Rama IX Park, which is located at the far end of Sukhumvit Road. Of course, you can’t visit Bangkok without seeing the amazing Grand Palace, which has a splendour all of its own, just make sure that you are suitably dressed for entering such a sacred place. The weekend market at Jatuchak is the ideal place to buy all your souvenirs, and you can barter with the vendors as this is the custom at Thai markets, plus there are some great bargains to be found in this huge open-air market.
If you would like to plan your time in this unique metropolis, you can do some online research to find the places that interest you the most.