Bangkok will not be ranked as the No. 1 most popular city for international travelers without a reason. Having been to Bangkok as part of my Indochina journey, I returned home with a list of 7 reasons why you should visit Bangkok now.
1. BTS Skytrain
The best part of my trip to Bangkok is the BTS Skytrain. Why? It makes getting around in the city easier and more convenient. There is even an Airport Rail Link connecting the Suvarnabhumi Airport with BTS Skytrain. I ditched Uber, Grab and the local taxis because of that and it is best to use if you are traveling DIY. It runs through the major districts and areas which makes the popular destinations and attractions accessible by commuting. Just make sure to stay along the Sukhumvit line or the Silom area to maximize the use of the transit system.
2. Stunning Temples
The city is known for its stunning temples with colorful decorations and unique structures. There are thousands of temples in Bangkok, but you can marvel at the 3 most popular temples in just one day. Start your day at the glittering Grand Palace, which is the former home of the Royal family and visit the Emerald Buddha. Walk about 10 minutes away and visit a surreal compound of temples and pagodas at Wat Pho which is also known as the largest Reclining Buddha. Across the river is Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn wherein you’ll see the 82 meters high tower glazed with porcelain which you can climb up for the stellar view of the city.
3. Cheap and Delicious Foods
You don’t have to eat at restaurants for good tasting food because you can find them everywhere. There are various food stalls on every corner of the street selling fresh fruits and local dishes which are definitely worth the buy. Not to mention that they are incredibly cheap!
4. Thai People
Although English is not widely spoken in the city, the locals remain friendly and helpful to foreigners. I remember the first time I board the BTS Skytrain, I didn’t know how to surrender the card at the exit. I’ve been tapping it on the turnstile but the old lady behind me, who is a local, taught me how to use it properly by demonstrating it. It is just one of those times when a local willingly helped me despite the language barrier. I couldn’t be more thankful enough! Just be respectful and patient with them and prepare for some charades.
5. Affordable Shopping Markets
Bangkok is undoubtedly a shopper’s paradise. Stores are scattered around the city offering a wide range of clothes and merchandise. Whether you buy at the market or mall, you may score great finds for an affordable price. A cool shirt for 99 THB or a fancy dress for 150 THB, anyone?
6. Vibrant Nightlife
Whether you stay at Khao San Road or Sukhumvit Road, there are endless bars and hangout places to choose from. And if you’re not the party-type like me, you can still enjoy the night by strolling around the busy streets.
7. Cheap Accommodations
Bangkok is indeed popular among backpackers for its affordable accommodations. Rates for dorm rooms start at 100 THB or $3. You may also opt for budget hotels which cost 500 THB or $15 and up. Most of them have private rooms and hot showers. And if you want those located in popular areas, expect that they would cost a little higher.
Thailand is the very first country I’ve been to outside the Philippines. I’m happy to say that I made the right decision to choose this country as my first stop for my solo backpacking journey. I stayed and traveled in Bangkok for days. It never really felt that I was in a foreign land since everything in Bangkok reminded me of my home country, minus the language. Being a safe destination with a lot to offer, Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, should be included in everyone’s bucket list.
How about you? Are you excited to visit Bangkok now? And if you already visited, share your reasons why by commenting down below!
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