Bangkok Travel Guides

10 Best Budget Shopping Places in Bangkok Image credit: tapanuth

Things to buy in Bangkok are countless in variety and endless in quantity. It is possible for any of us to get an item that captures our hearts as Bangkok is a sophisticated businessman. The city offers many wallet-friendly shopping hubs with character for us to find our right place.

Cheap shopping in Bangkok could be experienced in both shopping malls and markets. Each of these places surprises shoppers with the amazingly large number of stores, ranging from 500 to 8000.

10 Best Souvenirs to Buy in Bangkok Image credit: shabnam mayet

Your Bangkok trip is finally coming to an end and it is time to think of things to bring back home for your family and friends.

There is no shortage of souvenir items to buy in Bangkok, from delicious Thai snacks, unique silver jewelry, and rare antiques. Your head will surely spin when trying to decide on what to buy.

To help you with your dilemma, here is a rundown of 10 best souvenirs to buy in Bangkok. These items are uniquely Thai and will surely remind you of your wonderful time at Southeast Asia’s “City of Angels”.

5 Best Floating Markets to Visit in Bangkok Image credit: madrabothair

A trip to Bangkok is not complete without a visit to one of the famous floating markets.

Immerse yourself in a whole new shopping experience, and taste some of the best local food around! Take a beautifully decorated long-tail boat down the winding waterways to the market. Once you hop off, you’ll find yourself surrounded by market stalls, selling everything from souvenirs to locally
harvested tropical fruit.

Not sure which one to visit? We’ve listed the top 5 picks for you, to guide you into the adventure of a lifetime.

The 5 Best Money Changers in Bangkok

Let talk a bit about Bangkok’s money exchange scene before pointing out places with the best rates.

In Bangkok, one can easily find a money exchange booth at any street corner across the city. This suggests that there are a large number of this kind of service in Bangkok. The suggestion is confirmed if you ask a local-savvy local.

Bangkok money exchange services are available in forms of large currency exchange centers and small money changer kiosks. The good news is that they are all licensed.

Foreign exchange service providers in Bangkok are categorized into 3 groups: money exchange booths operated by banks, currency exchange chains, and independent money changers.

Rates vary between different providers, and also between different branches of the same chain. Among those kinds of service providers, currency exchange chains and independent money changers have the better rates.

There is one thing we know for sure: Converting currency in Bangkok will always get you more baht than in your country. Even if you engage a forex service at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport.

But we can always have the best among the best. With our money changer guide on hand, you will easily get to a reliable service that is close to your hotel or BTS and MRT stations.

Make sure that your passport is there with you whenever you show up at a money changer. It is legally required.

Best Ways to Get from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to City Image credit: idealphotographer

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport is located approximately 30kms away from Bangkok’s CBD. The 4 transport options listed below are the most common modes to travel from the airport to city.

Best Ways to Get Around In Bangkok Image credit: lovegtrv6

Bangkok is one of the metropolises that have the largest number of transport systems in the world. There are trains that fly above the city as well as trains that go underground. There are vehicles that move their wheels on the roads and boats that run on the river.

First time visitors may find it a bit confused when choosing suitable modes to get around in Bangkok. Read on this guide to familiarize yourself with the city’s various transport means, and travel the capital of Thailand with ease.

The 15 Best Street Food to Enjoy in Bangkok Image credit: J Aaron Farr

Every traveler says that the key to enjoy any destination’s traditional cuisine is to eat like a local, to eat where locals eat, or even better, to get invited to a local’s home and be served a home-cooked meal.

That tip rings especially true in Bangkok. It may be difficult to knock on a Thai family’s door and join them for dinner. But do you know what the best thing you could do is? Go crazy on the endless choices of Bangkok street food.

What’s great about exploring street food is that you get to sample traditional Thai food the exact way locals have been preparing it for the past centuries. The authenticity is kept intact because the recipes are not tamed down to suit a tourist’s uninitiated taste buds.

Street food is an important part of Bangkok’s rich culinary heritage, and because it is cooked on the spot, witnessing its preparation is akin to taking a history lesson in the most delicious and affordable way possible. It also lets you interact with the locals so you are afforded a more enriching experience.

If you’re planning a trip to Bangkok, make sure that your itinerary includes a street food exploration. This would be easy to squeeze in while you’re out shopping, looking at majestic temples, or enjoying the crazy nightlife because street food stalls can be found at practically every corner in Bangkok.

Here’s your guide to the best street food in Bangkok and where you can get them at remarkably affordable prices.

The 10 Best Thai Restaurants to eat like a local in Bangkok Image credit: Christopher Rose/Flickr

Every seasoned traveler has this question when visiting a foreign place, “Where can I eat like a local?” This is the kind of question that makes a Bangkok local’s eyes twinkle with excitement simply because of the wealth of choices in the city. In this Southeast Asian city, it is easy to eat like a local, and to sample the best Thai dishes at affordable prices.

One indication that you’re in a good local restaurant in Bangkok is that the meals aren’t dumbed down to suit foreign tongues. Want authentic tom yum, khao phat nam prik narok, and green curry? Expect fire! These three dishes are some of Thailand’s spiciest dishes, and the only way to enjoy them authentic is when they’re “Thai spicy”.

If you’re not a big fan of heat, it’s still very possible to take delight in non-spicy, authentic Thai food such as their fresh seafood dishes and delectable desserts.

Here’s your guide to the best local restaurants in Bangkok to help you on your next trip.

The 10 Best Things to Do in Bangkok Image credit: psstockfoto

Bangkok’s reputation as a noisy, traffic-plagued, sleazy capital might be a turn off to most visitors. However, a closer look at this charming city can quickly change your mind and bring it closer to your heart, like it did to many who have come to love Bangkok.

Being a city that blends the old and new, Bangkok offers a wide range of activities from the historical to the naughty.

There is no lack of good things to do in Bangkok. There are literally hundreds of activities to choose from and it is not easy to settle with just ten.

You can take as many as you can, but don’t miss out on these 10 best things to do in Bangkok, which offer the best value for the best experience in the Thailand capital.

The 15 Best Thai Dishes to Enjoy in Bangkok Image credit: jaboo2foto

If your travel goals include food exploration of the ultimate kind, Bangkok is easily one of the best cities to visit.

This Southeast Asian gem is revered as a culinary mecca. It bustles with food stalls, markets, and restaurants round the clock so that the best Thai dishes are always within reach.

In fact, renowned traveling chef and writer Anthony Bourdain was able to squeeze two scrumptious dinners, a bag of crispy fried bugs, dessert and coffee (from four different places!) in an eight-hour layover in one of his shows.

The Thais belong to the cleverest class of cooks in the world. They make use of what resources Mother Nature has blessed their land, as evidenced by the breadth of flavors showcased in their cuisine. Thai cuisine celebrates the marriage of sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and spicy – dish after remarkable dish.

Travelers can experience the diversity of Thai cuisine through Bangkok’s wealthy offering of dining options, from street food stalls to legendary eateries to hole in the wall cafes to luxurious fine dining restaurants.

Enjoy this guide to the best local food in Bangkok and where to get them at reasonable prices.