Bangkok is difficult to call a paradise for tourists, despite the fact that it is called the city of angels. At first sight, he can shock a person who first came to Asia. But if you are open to research and adventure, stay here for at least 3-4 days and you will understand what real Asia is and love this city, like the 23 million tourists who visited Bangkok in 2017.
Striking the contrasts of Bangkok. There are wooden huts without light and water and super-modern skyscrapers. Street markets and bazaars compete with giant shopping centers.
Here you will find it hard to get bored. You can travel either on foot, or by ferry along the river, or by high-speed train or by auto-rickshaw. You will find where to go and what to see at any time of the day or night.
Bangkok is great for smart tourism. Due to a wide range of Internet services, it can be reliably classified as Smart City. Below you will find just about everything that you might need for an independent trip to Bangkok.
What to Do and Where to Go in Bangkok
There are about 400 temples in the city. And each of them is beautiful in its own way. Thailand is a kingdom. And in Bangkok there is a real Royal Palace, which is open to tourists.
The markets of Bangkok are a whole separate world. There are a lot of them and they are different. There are universal markets where you can buy anything and inexpensive. There is a spice market, a toy market, a flea market, a souvenir and amulets market, a flower market and even floating markets. By the way, prices in Bangkok are lower than in other places in Thailand, despite the fact that this is the capital.
You can eat here at every corner. The variety of dishes is amazing. Basically these are seafood dishes. In many places, still living marine inhabitants will be cooked right in front of you. Hardly you will find sweet rolls here, and the abundance of fruits and food will help you to lose a couple of extra pounds.
In the evening, visit the China Town - this is one of the most memorable places in Bangkok. It is also very pleasant to sit in one of the bars located on the roofs of multi-storey hotels. Do not forget about the famous Thai massage. And be sure to look at the night city from the observation deck of the hotel - the skyscraper Baiyoke Sky. Get an impression for life.
We can recommend 2 districts in Bangkok, where it is better to settle at the first visit. It is very convenient to get from the airport by a special train to the area of the hotel Baiyok Sky. There are many shopping centers and markets, for example, a large electronics store Pantip Plaza here. Nearby is the metro station, as well as the jetty moorage, so you can easy get to the area of major attractions. The hotel itself Baiyok Sky is a landmark of the city. Thousands of tourists every day enjoy views of the city from the two viewing platforms of this skyscraper on the 77th and 84th floors or dine at one of its 7 restaurants. The climb to the observation deck costs about $ 10. For hotel guests and restaurant guests - this service is free of charge. The cost of double room numbers in this hotel is about $ 80. Nearby there are a dozen other hotels with more affordable prices.
Cheap accommodation in Bangkok is concentrated in the area of Khaosan Road. Here you can find a room with amenities even for $ 10. This street attracts mainly young tourists from all over the world. It's always noisy and fun here. There is no metro station in this area, but all major attractions are nearby.
Flights to Bangkok
Bangkok Airport Suvarnabhumi is one of the five largest airports in the world. It accepts flights of about 90 airlines. The airport has a wide range of services, including conference rooms, children's playrooms, Thai massage and spa treatments. The airport is 30 km from Bangkok, but a well-functioning transportation system allows you to easily and quickly overcome this distance. In the city you can go by bus, minibus, aeroexpress or taxi.
The customs rules of Thailand do not differ much from the rules of other countries, but there are differences. For example, the maximum amount of undeclared cash should not exceed $ 20,000 in equivalent. Also, things for personal use, the price of which exceeds 20,000 baht (about $ 640), are subject to customs duties. It can be expensive equipment or jewelry. A categorical ban is imposed on the importation into the country of drugs, weapons, as well as objects and images associated with pornography and erotica.
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You will not have problems with the Internet in Bangkok. The most optimal option is to buy at the airport or supermarket a SIM card from one of the local cellular operators. The most popular in Thailand are AIS, TrueMove and DTAC. The cost of communication they have about the same. For example, 2 GB for one month will cost you about $ 10. In addition, in all hotels and even small guesthouses you will be provided with Wi-Fi. With rare exceptions, this service is free of charge. Also, access points to the Internet are in large shopping centers, restaurants and cafes.
In Bangkok, it is easy to rent a bicycle, a motorcycle or a car, however, evaluate your driving experience before that. As the locals say, there are rules of traffic in Bangkok, but there are a lot of them (about 400 thousand, that is, as much as in the city of cars).
Using the railway, you can travel not only in Thailand, but also visit neighboring countries: Malaysia, Laos and Cambodia. Trains in Thailand are not the most comfortable in the world and are often late, but tickets are not expensive. Link to the website of the railways and the map below.
You will quickly notice that you will be smiling at every corner. Knowingly Bangkok is called the city of smiles. The local population is unusually friendly and cheerful. Attention! Optimism of local residents is contagious, so if you are a fan of depression, this place is not for you.
Despite the hospitality and loyalty to tourists, there are several things prohibited in Bangkok. This collection and removal of coral from the country, any expression of disrespect for the king, Buddha or religion, the launch of drones without official permission. Also, you can not touch or hug with the locals, openly show love feelings, enter the temple in inappropriate clothing. Also, we do not recommend trusting people who will offer you their help on the street. Their main goal is to lure you to a store where they have commissions.
Citizens of more than 40 countries have the right to visa-free entry to the Kingdom of Thailand for up to 30 days. If you are planning a longer stay, or your country is not on the list of countries with visa-free entry, you will have to issue a visa at the Thai Embassy. Visa, up to 15 days, can be issued at the airport in Thailand upon arrival. More detailed information on the visa regime of this country you can find on the links below.
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