Bangkok

Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand's capital city - an enormous bustling metropolis filled with both history and modern western influences. This city is generally the starting point for trips to Thailand due to its huge international airport. Many travelers come here and spend their time on the infamous Koh San Road. There are also many temples and markets to visit. 

Wat Pho

A tourist can visit Wat Pho for 100 baht (Less than 3 USD) This is very cheap especially compared to the 500 baht admission fee for the Grand Palace. Wat Pho is the only temple I paid to visit and I thought it was very worth it. Go even just to see the Reclining Buddha. It's crazy to see that large of a statue lying inside a building. 

Home of the Reclining Buddha

River Crossing

After visiting Wat Pho, I crossed the river on the local ferry. I can't remember who much this cost exactly but I know it was cents. Definitely do this if you are in the area even just to be on the boat. There are also a couple temples to explore on the other side of the water. 

The Chatuchak Weekend Market

The Chatuchak Weekend Market is the biggest market in Thailand. It can be reached off of the Mo Chit stop of the BTS Skytrain or the Chatuchak Park stop on the MRT. Set aside hours and hours or days to explore and I bet you still won't see all of the stands. Open Saturdays and Sundays. 

Food

I couldn't get enough of the food in Bangkok - or really, the food in Thailand in general. I ate a lot of green curry and rice as well as soups with various mystery meats. The soup with red meat and fish balls pictured below was one of my favorite meals. It was also something I randomly happened upon on the street and ordered by pointing. 

Transportation

Tuk tuks, motor taxis, and taxis: In Bangkok, I found taxis to generally be the cheapest as long as you make sure the cab says "metered" and you ensure that the driver actually uses the meter. Motor taxis were the second least expensive, and tuk tuks come in last since many of the drivers try to rip off the tourists by quoting too high of prices. If you take a motor taxi or a tuk tuk, make sure to bargain before accepting a ride. 

The MRT Subway and the BTS Skytrain: Both of these options close at midnight so they are not good for coming home from a late night. Fares are based on distance traveled so you choose your destination from a screen while buying your ticket. The machine shoots out a little plastic circle, your ticket. Touch it on the turnstile to enter the system on your way in, hold onto it, and then push it through the slot at the exit to give it back when you leave. 

Bus: By far the cheapest mode of transportation but not always the most efficient. Enter the bus, sit down and the attendant will come around to collect your fare and hand you a ticket stub once the vehicle starts moving. I relied on GoogleMaps to tell me which bus numbers to take. The most difficult part is making sure you get on in the right direction - try to ask the locals around you if you are not sure.