10 Things You Need To Know Before You Travel To Bangkok

Thailand is a wonderful place in South East Asia. And Bangkok, the capital city is full of life and vibrancy. From city life glamour to cuisine you will be surely overwhelmed in Bangkok.

Here Are 10 Things You Need To Know Before You Travel To Bangkok :

1. Bargaining Policy :

If you like anything to buy and the moment you show interest the seller will increase the rate. So be ready to bargain. Do a few tricks like walk away for some time and then tell the seller you are getting the same thing in cheaper rate. Except food items you can easily bargain for any other goods in the local street market in Bangkok. Needless to say the local market is really good for fashionable and trendy things.

2. Go For Public Transport :

There are many options for public transport. So before you hire expensive taxi service, think about the bus, trains and boats. Trains and boats are faster than other transportation. Always make sure you have a map of skytrain and subway if you wish to roam around the city and explore. Boats are very good option considering there is no traffic problems. They are also well connected with many places.

3. Fair Fare :

Don’t go straight away to a price given by the taxi driver. They are always trying to gain extra from tourists. Always walk towards the nearby main road from your hotel and take a taxi on your own, rather booking from hotel directly. Converse properly with the driver about the places you want to go, if it includes Highway and whether he will go on metre. Get your GPS on and check if the driver is taking you to your chosen destiny without a sightseeing tour.

4. Experience Tuk Tuk :

Visiting Bangkok and no experience of tuk tuk? Well, this is a really nice ride especially if you want to explore the city. They are affordable and very comfortable to journey. They cover mostly short local areas which are good if you want to feel the city.

5. Authentic Thai :

Thai dishes are mouth watering. Once you taste a dish such as Thai green curry or Red Chicken Curry, you will stick to Thai cuisine only. And for some delectable authentic dishes go for the local food stalls. They provide fresh and delicious food at an affordable price. If you notice that a local food centre is drawing crowd, know this that the shop has some really great food. Some of the famous Thai dishes are chicken with cashew nuts, Thai fried rice, chicken basil and many others to relish.

6. Rooftop Restaurant :

If you are dying to experience the feel of eating on top of a skyscraper only then you must visit. Otherwise it’s better to avoid such a highly priced area. People who are looking for gossiping and eating in the sunset with no issues with overrate will visit such a place. If you are not on tight budget then you can easily enjoy one evening.

7. Fake And Original :

You will easily get your hands on all the international brands in Bangkok and are being sold at a cheap rate. Sounds superb, right? Well then you must think again. From Calvin Klein to Michael Kors, everything is fake. And that’s the reason to get it in such cheap prices. But if you still want to grab them, it’s your choice.

8. Sugar Lovers :

If you have no strict policy to avoid sugar, you will want to love Thai cuisine even more. But for people who are on diet and avoid sugar at any cost will find it really difficult to enjoy the dishes. Everything from bread, Thai curries and soup they use more sugar. So say goodbye to your sugar free diet as long as you stay in Bangkok.

9. Chatuchak Market :

Before you pack your bags to depart, pay a visit to the Chatuchak market in Bangkok. It is the one and only nice market to buy souvenirs and other items for your near and dear ones. The prices are comparatively low and it has a wide collection of things. There is nothing that you can’t get in this market. From decorative items to fashion, everything is there.

10. Mai Pen Rai :

This phrase means ‘no worries’ or ‘it will be okay.’ This is the Thai culture mainly about. They don’t lose mind or hope even in the tough times. And you will see that people are much laid-back and easy. They don’t rush or lose temper. So expect friendly staff and happy attitudes from the local people.

Bangkok is a living city with full of interesting things to learn and see. It is one of those place that can swoon you from day one and every time you visit it will be new to you.

So here were 10 things you need to know before you travel to Bangkok.

Hey, I'm Lalit Makker, a Senior Software Engineer and Founder of BOXL Technologies. I enjoy working with Django, Node and NextJS. I also like writing about Travel related content.

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