Bangkok has recently become the most visited city in the world; so chances are if you’re visiting Thailand, your first stop will be the City of Angels. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of things to see and do, with the contrast between the serene temples and the crazy hustle and bustle making it feel like you’re in two different locations at once. Although there’s an endless amount of culture and tourism in Bangkok, I felt that 24 hours was more than enough time for the city to make a grand impression. Here’s my guide to a short stay in Thailand’s capital!
Getting There & Around:
Travelling by taxi at rush hour will result in you sitting in standstill traffic, and take a business card with your hotel’s address written in Thai to prevent any language barriers or confusion. Watch out for taxi scams by making sure the driver uses the meter, most drivers will use it if you ask as they don’t want to lose your custom, but choose another driver if he refuses to do so. Tuk Tuks are good fun to have a small ride in, but be aware that the driver often gets commission by taking you to a gem store with overpriced and often worthless gems en route to your destination.
Bangkok in the Morning – Enjoying the Ambience:
Shopping at an Outdoor Market:
I hadn’t planned to end up in a shopping centre, but I was dying for a break from the heat (and to find a clean bathroom to be honest!). In contrast to the markets you find dotted around the city, Siam Square is Bangkok’s equivalent to Bond Street in London or Fifth Avenue in New York. Amongst the countless designer stores, there’s also showrooms for Porsche, BMW and even the new Lamborghini Huracan Spyder was on display – although I wouldn’t be brave enough to drive a car worth that amount of money around the crazy streets of Bangkok!