Exploring Thailand For A Week

SPENDING A WEEK IN BANGKOK, KRABI & PHUKET
TRAVEL GUIDE TO THAILAND

Thailand, the 50th largest country in the world and the 12th largest country in Asia, offers several amazing sights and stunning locations to visit. Just like the Philippines, Thailand has beautiful white beaches and islands including incredible woodlands, waterfalls, dams and national parks. Yes, Thailand is one of my favorite countries here in Southeast Asia.

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand's capital, is being regarded as the epicenter of the backpacking culture in Southeast Asia because everything here is cheap -- from hotel, transportation, tours, shopping to food! Undeniably, Bangkok is one of the busiest cities in the world, offering a never ending supply of places to explore. 



Here's a travel guide you can refer to just in case you're visiting Thailand for the first time or is planning to explore this beautiful country for a couple of days. This blog is also dedicated to a good friend who will be visiting Thailand in the coming weeks before heading back home.

Bangkok, Thailand

FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE HITTING THE ROAD
  • Unfortunately, English isn't widely spoken here.
  • As of today, January 13, 2018, THB 100 is around Php 157 or USD 3.13.
  • Thailand has three seasons: wet, cool and hot.
  • March to June is pretty hot; July to October is their wet season.
  • November to February is the best time to visit Thailand.
  • Bangkok celebrates the Songkran Festival every second week of April.
  • Bangkok and the rest of Thailand uses 220 V Power outlets.
  • The Philippines is an hour ahead to Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Philippine passport holders are entitled to a 30-Day visa-free entry to Thailand.
  • Cash is the most common mode of payment in Thailand. 
  • There are some restaurants and hotels accepting credit card payments.
  • Beware of scams. Bangkok is notorious for scams targeting tourists.
  • Using, carrying, transporting, producing illegal drugs is punishable by a death sentence.
  • If caught, you can be jailed when spitting chewing gum on the ground.
  • You will be fined THB 2,000 when caught littering anywhere in Thailand.
  • Disrespecting Thailand's King, Queen, Heir or Regent by insulting them or defacing their images is a serious offense that can result in 2 to 15 years in prison.
  • Hollywood movie 'Anna and the King' starring Jodie Foster was banned in Thailand. So, do not mention that at all.
  • Please, do not step on the bank note.
  • Take off your shoes when entering a temple.
  • Taking photos of people praying and having a photo with a Buddha isn't recommended.
  • For female travelers, please do not touch or hand anything directly to a monk.
  • Ignore the vendors selling pants outside a temple.You can borrow pants inside.
  • There are numerous fraudulent 'tour operators' in Bangkok. Ask your hotel for a recommendation.
  • If you're commuting through a cab, always insist your driver to use the meter. If they refuse, get out and find another driver.
  • The Skytrain and MRT is the the most convenient, fastest way to get around the city.
  • Always agree on set price before getting in to a Tuk-tuk.
  • Beware of drivers telling you that popular destinations like the Grand Palace are closed; it’s invariably a scam to get you to go elsewhere where they’ll receive a commission.
  • Haggling for unpriced items is the norm when shopping in Bangkok.
Bangkok, Thailand




HOW TO GET TO BANGKOK

If you're traveling from Manila, you're most likely arrive at the Suvarnabhumi Airport. Please note that Bangkok has two airports: the Don Muang Airport and the Suvarnabhumi Airport. Suvarnabhumi is situated 30km from the city center. Travel time is around 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the traffic.

To get to the city center, you may ride a taxi or take the airport rail link. 

RIDING A TAXI
  • Follow the signs that reads Public Taxi at the airport, leading you at the first floor where ordinary metered taxis are located. 
  • Fall in line and when you reach the desk, inform the staff your destination.
  • You'll receive a ticket having two copies: one for you and the other for the taxi driver. 
  • Please note that the flag down rate is THB 50.

TAKING THE AIRPORT RAIL LINK
  • The station is located at the airport's basement specifically at the passenger terminal.
  • Train travels every 15 minutes from 6 AM to midnight.
  • The station is connected to Bangkok's BTS Skytrain at two stations: Makkasan (THB 35) and Phayathai (THB 45).
  • Travel time is around 25 minutes.
  • Switch to the MRT Blue Line (bound to Hua Lumpong) at Petchaburi Station when you're at the Makkasan Station heading to Silom.
  • Then, alight at Silom Station.
  • On the other hand, Phayathai requires two transfers to get to Silom.
  • Transfer to BTS Sukhumvit Line (bound to Bearing) then get off at Siam Station.
  • Switch to BTS Silom Line (bound to Bang Wa) and alight at Saladaeng Station.
  • If you're staying in Khao San, get off to any station and ride a taxi.

Bangkok, Thailand

WHERE TO STAY IN BANGKOK

If you're up for the cheapest accommodation, staying in Khao San is the best place for you as it is the backpacking center in Thailand. Aside from that, food stalls are all over the place especially street food!


GETTING AROUND BANGKOK

There are several mode of transportation in Bangkok. However, riding a taxi is highly recommended.  Just make sure your driver turns on the meter. If not, get out and look for another taxi driver who can charge you fairly. Remember, Tuk tuk drivers are mostly involved with scams. Try it for the heck of it. Agree on a price before getting in.


PLACES TO VISIT IN BANGKOK

1. GRAND PALACE
  • Hours of Operation: 08:30 AM to 03:30 PM
  • Entrance Fee: THB 500
The Grand Palace offers several impressive buildings including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The place is still being used to mark ceremonial occasions and the complex remains the spiritual heart of Thailand. Impressive, right?

2. WAT ARUN

  • Hours of Operation: 08:00 AM to 06:30 PM
  • Entrance Fee: THB 50
Wat Arun is one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok. It sits on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Wat Arun should be on your list when visiting Bangkok. Swear!

3. WAT PHO
  • Hours of Operation: 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM
  • Entrance Fee: THB 100
Wat Pho is almost directly opposite Wat Arun. Combine both destinations to maximize your time and money. Wat Pho shelters the reclining Buddha.

4. SIRIRAJ FORENSIC MUSEUM
  • Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday; 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
  • Entrance Fee: THB 200
The Siriraj Forensic Museum is also known as the Museum of Death as it houses a huge collection of artifacts gathered 120 years ago.

Other Places To Visit:
  • GODDESS TUPTIM SHRINE
  • KHAO SAN ROAD
  • PLATINUM FASHION MALL
  • SIAM SQUARE
  • BANGKOK CHINATOWN
  • CHAO PHRAYA PRINCESS DINNER CRUISE
  • SOI COWBOY
  • CHATUCHAK WEEKEND MARKET
Bangkok, Thailand

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