Bangkok

Khao San Road My Adventure
Thailand is one of the best country in the world for travelling. It is one of the cheapest destination to travel. Hence, always crowded by young crowd. This place has grown many fold since last few years, because of ease of getting visa, budget hostels, plenty of options to explore. I went to Pattaya & Bangkok & this page will give you insight about how to do Bangkok on a budget.
Bangkok has tonnes of attraction for everyone ranging from world class malls to museums, from clubs to ancient attractions. This place is equipped with everything you need. A 3 or 4 day tour is more than enough to cover this place.But, as this place is full of fun activities some people often stays for months.
Bangkok was never a planned trip. I wanted to travel to Bali for 13 days but I was not able to find any good deals on flights. So, decided to travel to Bangkok & then take a flight to Bali from Thailand. Thus, Bangkok came into my itenary. I booked a flight from Chennai to Bangkok for Rs 6k. (I stay in Mumbai, I travelled to Chennai in train to keep check on my budget). I reached chennai in afternoon & had flight at night I was standing in queue little nervous, I tried to crack a conversation with a stranger who was an Indian but was working in Bangkok. I enquired about process for visa on arrival; he told me "You need to show 10,000 THB on arrival (I had only 5,000 THB in cash & 250 USD) I got nervous but tried to hide it. I boarded the flight still nervous, a few hours later.

I landed in Bangkok at morning 4. I joined the queue for visa on arrival (every step towards counter made me nervous) I submitted my documents (proof of stay, return flight ticket & 1000 THB cash (visa fees) ) ; luckily I had taken printout of my documents. It took half an hour for whole process to complete. Once the whole process was over, I stepped out as a relieved man.

It was still 4:30 in the morning,I thought of travelling to the hostel via taxi but that was getting costly. So, I Decided to stay at the airport till morning & take a metro. I hadn't had local sim, my phone doesn't catch wifi signals & I am travelling all by assumption hoping things will turn out well I had to go to Khao San road, I asked people in sign language or any other possible way to reach my hostel. Like always people helped me. I took a public bus to reach Khao san road. I stayed in a The Aris hostel for 3 days. I paid 250 THB per day which was cheap considering the location of it. Check other options here
Khao San Road My Adventure
Bangkok's vibe is amazing, get dressed, wear sunglasses & roam like a king. I felt this was perfect way to see the city. Use buses, ferries , tuk tuk or just walk. There are lots of attraction in & around Bangkok which are easily available. Buddha temple, downtown, Khaosan road, nana plaza, MBK, floating market are few of those attraction.

Best way is to roam around is leave your hostel & roam like a local, ask people about near by places; you will be amazed to see all the hidden places that no guide book tells you. I ate street food which was very cheap a plate of noodle was of 30 THB. This helped me to keep my expense on check. I visited most of the places other than temples.

I mostly took bus. I Stoped at random places & asked local about the best thing to do near that place. I was amazed with Nana plaza. This place opens at 7 pm & works late till the night. One more place night life is thrilling which is of Khao San road.
I went to Khao san road at 9:30 pm and it was all empty. I came to my hostel rested a bit & then went again with hostel mate at 12 & it was filled with people who were dancing on streets like anything. That particular scene made me realized how crazy the world is.It was an amazing experience I would recommend the same for every person who choose Bangkok.This place helped me to know what Backpackers life actually is 😉

Things to do

Bangkok offers tonns of things for travellers.

  • Khao San Road : No matter from where you come, this road is touched by each & every traveller while travelling to Bangkok.

  • Nana Plaza : The Most famous reason to visit Bangkok is to visit this red light area. Nothing to be explained here. Visit on your own risk.

  • MBK : Shopping center of Bangkok. Three big malls provide a good outing for shopping anything you want. A place where you can have all the brands, high luxury cars parked on mall. The scene hard to find.

  • Temples: Thailand is Buddhist country. So Buddha Temples are one of the major attraction here. There are plenty of places where one can have a religous trip.

  • Chinatown: A cheap shopping place in Bangkok. one can find anything here. Great places to eat. Ultimate architecture. Cycle rides is famous here.

  • Ferry rides : All movies which are shot here will definetly have a ferry scene. A small canal running across the Bangkok, is a way to commute. Maximum ticket is THB 14, a nice way to commute here & one of many things to experience.
  • Cost

    I spent Rs 12,000 for 4 days trip to Bangkok & Pattaya. Following are the places where I spent my money.

    Flights: I checked flights from skyscanner. Best part of skyscanner is that one can check on lowest prices from any place. Flights are cheaper from Kolkata, chennai & Kochi. I booked from Chennai at a cost of Rs 6000.

    Stay: I booked a hostel for 4 days through booking.com. I only have to pay 250 THB for one booked. The hostel was next to Khao San Road. It was cheap compared to the location & also one of the best. I would recommend to book The Aris hostel prior to reaching.

    Transport: I used public transport, I took buses to all the major attraction even metros. I saved alot in this way as charges of public transport were very minimum. Bus rides hardly cost anything, one way ferry cost was 14 THB.

    Food: Food is never an issue in Bangkok. I ate street food as it helped me to customize it as per my liking; else it was very difficult to eat veg food without having any non veg content on it. The cost of noodle starts from THB 30. . For people who want beer, the best place is to buy from 7 Eleven , this store is nearly at every corner. Offers booze at as low as THB 18. The same drink will cost THB 100 in restraunts. This helps in keeping the price low

    This was my first trip to Bangkok & I truly enjoyed it. I have not covered each & every corner but enough to keep me interested in this amazing place. I will to try to visit it again & share some of the interesting stuff.
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