Bangkok is a very fun-filled city. When there is so much to do and see, it is easy to lose track of how much you are actually spending. Considering that dollar is superior there, you will soon forget to convert money in your head and think you will add it up later.
In the end, the actual amount could surprise you. For a budget traveler, it is essential to know what you spend money on and how to reduce expenses. So here is an expert article on Bangkok travel tips coming straight from the locals of Bangkok.
So first things first, if you want to go with budget travel tips, stay away from taxis. You will have to negotiate as most of them are not ready to charge only the meter prices. Instead, try the BTS Skytrain. It is clean, air-conditioned and the most efficient form of transportation in Bangkok.
If you are too keen on the quirky parts, take one or two tuk-tuk rides.
Visit markets are always among the best things to do in Bangkok. Pratunam is an indoor market with the usual stalls and kiosks with the clothes, souvenirs, and above all, the best way to get your night meals without having to splurge in a fancy restaurant.
Bangkok is a city with more than 40,000 temples, and most of them are free to enter. Now that you have mastered to travel in Skytrain dedicate a whole day to do some temple hopping across the city. The most impressive stop would be the Wat Arun. You can take a boat taxi up the Chao Phraya river to reach this stunning temple.
Wat Pho is down the river and is the oldest in the city, famous for its 46 meters long and 15 meters high Buddha statue. When you get to Wat Pho, do not forget to visit the nearby Grand Palace. Though it has a really high entry fee, you might not want to miss it if you are already near it. There are many more Wats in the city, so take your time visiting all until you have had enough of culture.
When you visit Bangkok, the first thing you would notice would be the energy, noise, and crowd. It would be difficult to find a peaceful spot in the city as even the temples are filled with tourists. Bangkok has thus created a few great parks inside the city itself. Lumphini Park spread over 500,000 square meters and is a favorite spot of locals. Benjakitti Park sees fewer people but has a boating lake, and cycling inside.
The Bangkok National Museum is the right place to learn about the country’s journey through many dynasties. It was opened by King Rama V as an appreciation of all the gifts he received from his father. This collection includes Chinese weapons, puppets, precious stones, and other artifacts.
Out of the several streets in Bangkok for amusement Khao San road is the most appealing. It has the right blend of east meets west vibe, a popular destination among travelers for cheap food and booze. The area is acclaimed for offering anyone all the elements for a good night out, whatever personal interest they might have.
Dusit Zoo offers another getaway from the chaos of the city. It is also a lovely place to visit with family, or even alone if you like nature and animals. The zoo has more than 1600 animals including Bengal tigers, black bears, giraffes, hippos and has acres of land to get some fresh air. The property also has a large lake for pedal boating and a food court with cheap meals.
How much you spend in Bangkok would depend on how much you spend on shopping in the existing markets and then of course Chinatown. It is incredibly cheap; however, it might be difficult not to tempt yourself into buying a Chinese mug or a souvenir you have no need for. The street food is another compelling part of this area. However, money spends on delicious fresh street food shouldn’t count right. Here you can also find Thai massage parlors at very affordable rates.
Another one in the list of never-ending market experiences is the Chatuchak market. It is open only on weekends and takes up an entire 27-acre plot. With 8000 stalls selling almost everything from living to dead, food to clothes, it is one of the largest markets in the world. It would take up a few hours to cover the market, especially if you are stopping to taste the food at every other stall. Good thing there is a park just nearby, so you can take the food there and have a little picnic too.
Witnessing Muay Thai is one of the necessary cultural experience one should have in Bangkok. MBK hosts the legendary fight night and is one of the cheap things to do in the city. It happens every Wednesday from 6 pm during the season. You can check the event’s Facebook page to know further details.
This one is a day trip from Bangkok, or to what is called Bangkok’s green lung. Bang Krachao is a man-made island in the south of the city. You will need to take a ferry to reach here. But while the skyscrapers make way for the trees, the expanse of nature takes over. The island also hosts a weekend floating market and has the Sri Nakhon Kuen khan park with Botanical garden.
That is about all the cheap things you can do in the fun city of Bangkok. These include all the aspects from culture to cuisine that you can experience well under a budget.