Before, travelling to any new place there are some basic questions that come to mind. Many people ask me tabout the things to know about Bangkok before travelling to Thailand. Here is a list of some of those very important Bangkok Travel Tips to keep in mind. I hope these things to know about Bangkok Thailand will help you whether you are travelling to Bangkok for a day or longer !
Top things to know about Bangkok before your trip
- What are the Visa requirements to visit Bangkok?
Indian passport holders need a Visa to enter Bangkok.
- Can I get Visa on Arrival?
Indian passport holders can get Visa on arrival for 15 days for 1,000 Baht. For longer periods, you need to apply in advance.
- What other documents do I require for Visa on arrival?
- The applicant must possess means of living expenses 10,000 Baht per person and 20,000 Baht per family.
- The applicant must produce full paid ticket which is usable within 15 days since the date of entry.
4. How do I carry money to Bangkok?
Take American Dollars (USD) in cash and get them exchanged from money exchangers.
You can alternatively get forex cards and withdraw money from the ATMs without any charge.
- Where can I get the best rate for Dollars?
Do not go to a bank to exchange money. The best rates are given by the forex counters at every train (metro) station. Usually, you will find two or three of them, compare the rates and go to the one who offers the best rate.
- What about food?
Bangkok is famous for its street food and it is quite good and easy on the pocket. Go ahead and try some noodle soups, coconut water, barbequed seafood, potatoes, scorpions and whatever you desire !
One must-try dish popular with the majority is Sticky rice with Mango !
- Is the street food safe?
Completely ! And if you’re used to eating street food in India, you already have guts of steel !
8. Any tips for shopping?
Bargain. Bargain. Bargain. This is ladies stuff, boys, stay out of it unless you want to attract the attention of lady-boys ! Yes, many locals have 2 work shifts – shopkeepers by day time and performers by night 😉
- Where do I stay?
There are a whole lot of accommodation options available in Bangkok and throughout Thailand. You can book on hotel booking sites, Yatra, AirBnb or explain your requirements to a travel agent who can design a tailor made itinerary for you and book your accommodation and tickets.
- Are the streets safe at night?
In terms of safety, getting mugged or bag snatching, I found Bangkok pretty safe but you must be alert and travel with the common sense that you would in your daily life.
Bangkok is known to turn into a notorious city at night with stalls selling dildos and porn DVDs on the street. If you are travelling with kids or with a not-so-adventurous wife, stay clear of the area between the NaNa Plaza and Soi Cowboy, it is known for such stuff. Also, Soi 7/1. But believe me, the real Bangkok fun is right here !
So good luck, have fun travelling to Bangkok ! If you have any other questions about travelling to Bangkok that I might have missed out, do use the comment section to point them out so that I can try and answer them for you.
- Visiting temples for an authentic Buddhist Experience
Leh Ladakh is better if you’re looking for an authentic Buddhist experience. All the famous temples in Bangkok are just exploiting the tourists. Still if you are craving for a Thai Buddhist experience, head to a local, non famous Buddhist temple in Bangkok or around Thailand.
- How are Thai people to talk to?
Thai people are generally friendly and polite, even the lady boys (you’ll find some at the local market stalls and Chatuchak). Selling stuff is their day job, you see. The only problem is that Thai people are quite wary of Indians, their judgemental looks and never say die haggling habit. How a Thai person will react to you will depend on where you meet them, through whom and their own personal experience of dealing with an Indian.
- How expensive is Bangkok?
Bangkok is not expensive at all if you’re looking for luxury. Haggling is common and will get the prices down but a seasoned haggler knows where to draw the line. Be nice, don’t be the infamous marwadi.
- Is Thai Massage worth it?
Yes, totally ! I slept during my tradition Thai massage. It was so relaxing and you dont even have to break your bank for it and great for those who do not like oil. However, you can request for an oil massage as well.
- Things to do in Thailand
- Get a thai massage and tip your masseuse well.
- Shop at Chatuchak market
- Experience the Bangkok Nightlife
- Shop at the street night markets of Bangkok
- Visit Thai Buddhist Temples
- Have a ‘culture tea’ with a local about Bangkok and Thailand.
- Wear sunscreen, it’s hot and you’ll be out for long.
- Walk wherever you can. The train system is pretty much connected to all stations, so walk !
- Things not to do in Thailand
- a. Don’t haggle like the cliched infamous marwari
- b. Every has a story. Don’t judge people by their appearance or the job they do. Be respectful.
- c. Don’t catch HIV
- How to greet in Thai?
Swadee kha and swadee karp is like ‘Namaste’. Use Swadee kha when you’re greet a male and swadee karp when you’re greeting a female.
If you have any other questions about any other things to know about Bangkok, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below. Have a great trip to Bangkok and let us know about any things to know about Bangkok you’d like included in this article (just in case you have a unique experience, a Bangkok vacation is full of unique experiences ;))