Is Bangkok an overpriced city

Bangkok

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Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, will develop into a mega-metropolis in the coming years. There is currently a construction boom in the city and new skyscrapers are skyrocketing. The The highlight for me are the sky barsthat arise on many of these skyscrapers. In this post you will find out what to expect in Bangkok and what you should prepare for.

One of the real highlights of Bangkok are the many sky bars where you can enjoy the evening with delicious cocktails.

My advice: Do you want to be on the safe side? Then take a look here and book what you need in advance.

How long will you stay in Bangkok?

Most of the people who have been to Bangkok will tell you 3 days are enough for Bangkok completely off. If you limit yourself to only the most important sights, this is also true. But if you want to see more of the city and “feel the pulse of the city”, then you should definitely stay longer.

I was in Bangkok for a week on my first tour. And I would have after the week another week without any problems can spend here. I learned to love the Sky Bars and really wanted to see more of them. But also the many beautiful temples made me want to extend my stay.

In addition, there were always new paths that I discovered and also wanted to explore. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough time for it. So plan a little more time for Bangkok if you can. The real one You can't experience Bangkok in 3 days.

You will only discover hidden paths like the Green Mile if you are in Bangkok a little longer.

Explore Bangkok on your own

Maybe you know Bangkok from the movie “Hangover 2”. This Bangkok, which was depicted in this film, no longer exists. The dirt and the broken-down neighborhoods have disappeared in many places. For that there is now an ever better developed local transportthat allows you to get from one end to the other quickly.

Local transport allows you to explore Bangkok quickly. However, it always gets very hot in the city around lunchtime. That's why I recommend you share your tours. First explore a part in the morning to noon. Then rest and go on an exploration tour again in the evening.

So exploring Bangkok on your own is no problem. One You don't need a guide for this. However, I recommend 2 prerequisites for your own explorations: On the one hand, you should speak a little English. Second, you absolutely need mobile internet.

The fastest way to get through the city is by local transport. As you can see in the photo, this is being actively expanded.

From the airport to Bangkok

When you arrive in Bangkok, it most likely will at Suvarnabhumi Airport be. In this post you will find all the information you should consider when entering Thailand.

There are 4 ways to get to Bangkok from the airport:

  • Airport Express Line
  • taxi
  • Limousine service
  • Bus shuttle

The Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link airport shuttle is the fastest and cheapest option from the airport to Bangkok

The Airport Express Line is the cheapest option. For a maximum of 45 Bath you can get to downtown Bangkok.

The system works similarly to the subway in Bangkok. You can get yourself on the lowest level of the airport a chip at the machine or at one of the ticket counters. You then hold it in the check-in area at the barrier. It will then open and you can enter the inner area of ​​the express line.

In the airport, this is underground and then travels above ground from the outskirts of the airport to the city center. When the weather is nice, you get a first look at the metropolis. Once you have arrived at your destination, you push the Chip in a slot near the barrier. The chip is retained and the barrier opens.

The Airport Rail Link looks like an underground train, even if the Airport Link is an elevated train.

Overnight in Bangkok

The range of overnight accommodations for Bangkok is huge, corresponding to a metropolitan city. You can get here from here inexpensive to luxurious everything. But I recommend that you pay attention to a few standards when making your selection that you are used to in Germany. In addition, your accommodation should have air conditioning and of course free WiFi.

I mostly book my accommodations through booking.com. I do this as follows. First I choose an area in which the Local transport well developed is. Then I filter for results that have the Internet and have a 24-hour reception. Next, I'm only looking for accommodations that have a rating of more than 8 points and at least 50 users have rated the property. You can already find some of these basic settings for booking.com here.

There are enough overnight stays in Bangkok. Of course, the skyscrapers are great, from which you usually have a fantastic view over the city.

As Districts in Bangkok, from which you can get on quickly by public transport, I can recommend the following:

  • Bang rak
  • Pathum Wan
  • Ratchathewi
  • Khlong Tan Nuea
  • Khlong Toei (north and west)

My advice: The most perfect place to stay in Bangkok right now, in my opinion, is the Intersection of Asok and Sukhumvit. Here, 2 lines of the underground and elevated railway meet, with which you can quickly reach almost all important points in the city.

In Asak there is a lot going on in the evening too. In addition to the Terminal 21 department store, the street of the red light district Soy Cowboy is also located here.

Change money in Bangkok

In Bangkok there is Exchange offices everywhere in the center where you can change your money. I recommend going to an exchange office that is either near or in one of the public transport stations. Or choose an exchange office in one of the many shopping malls.

By the way, you should definitely get your Change money in Thailand and not in Germany. The exchange rate in Thailand is a lot better than what you get for your money in this country. Here is a small practical example: On my trip to Thailand in 2018, I switched to a course of 1:30 in Germany. In Thailand I could have switched for a course of 1:37. With 600 euros changed, that makes a difference of 4,500 Bath. That equates to about 8 great dinners in a restaurant in Bangkok or 8 visits to a skybar in Bangkok with delicious cocktails.

This money is currently still in circulation. The newer bills now have the image of the new king.

Internet in Bangkok

What you absolutely What you need in Bangkok is mobile internet. This is the only way to find out where the really cool places in the city are and to move around them quickly. The easiest way to get internet access is to get a SIM card. You can do this at the airport, but also directly in Bangkok.

There are currently 3 relevant vendors with different stores in the city. In these, your card will simply be exchanged and you will receive a Thai SIM card. In this post you will find the current internet prices for Thailand for tourists.

With the Internet and Google Maps you will also find your way around Chinatown with its many narrow streets.

Here's another one Overview of the 3 providers with the most important businesses, in which you can have your SIM card changed.

True Move H: Tourist SIM
dtac: Happy Tourist SIM
AIS: Traveler SIM

Just click on the Google Maps map to open it

My insider tip: Do you have another old smartphone then use this as a mobile hotspot. To do this, set up a fake account with Google or Apple. Then you can have the SIM card installed in your old smartphone in Bangkok. After you have internet access, you activate the mobile hotspot on the device and connect to your other devices.

In centers like this one from dtac, you can have your SIM card changed and use the Thai Internet.

Clothes for Bangkok

Since there are summer temperatures all year round in Thailand, you should also accordingly Pack summer clothes. You can easily leave a jacket at home. You will not need this.

For Bangkok I also recommend you Loafers and thin socks to take with you. Sandals would be great in the warmth, but it's easier to walk around town in low shoes. One is also recommended thin long pants. On the one hand, because you can easily get to the temple with it. On the other hand, it is better in areas cooled by air conditioning, such as malls and local transport, so that you do not freeze.

You can take a hat with you, but you don't have to. In Bangkok there is enough shady spots, because the skyscrapers will always cast shadows on one side of the street.

In the evening it becomes more pleasant in the metropolis. You can also enjoy the evening life, like here on Khao San Road, without a jacket. The temperatures are almost always over 20 degrees even at night.

Crime in Bangkok

The Crime in Bangkok in most cases is limited to fraudulent intent. These include the so-called Tuk Tuk Mafiathat tries to transport you from A to B with overpriced prices. As a rough guide, you can remember that the price that is asked is simply halved and charged. If you then agree on a price slightly higher than half, that's fine.

It can also happen to you in Bangkok that someone tries to explain to you that either Sight A closed today, or a road is blocked. In this case (it happened to me at TukTuk, but also with the taxi), the only thing you can do is get out and continue walking. No matter what the offer should look like later, just ignore it. There is always another fraudulent intention hidden behind it.

The Tuk Tuk Mafia is currently the biggest threat to tourists. If you fall for this, you will only pay a little more money than you actually intended.

In the red light districts of Bangkok you will still have to visit one today Ping pong show addressed. The first thing you should know is this are illegal. If you allow yourself to be persuaded to do so, you have no chance to defend yourself against fraud. This usually works in such a way that you are invited to the show for a low price and you will then pay 5 to 10 times the price.

The Soy Cowboy red light district in Bangkok is considered to be pretty safe. You have not yet been addressed here on ping pong shows.

Shopping malls

Shopping in Bangkok is not a problem. There is for it plenty of shopping malls. And there are a few new ones every year. Some of the malls are really very large and are among the largest in the world. In the area around Siam you will find a whole armada of malls. Including a shopping mall, that MBK department store, in which one tries to imitate Akihabara in Tokyo with the selection of shops on the 7th floor.

This is also a highlight of a shopping mall Terminal 21 department store near Asak. This is based on a different city in the world on every floor. A lot of effort has been put into the design. So you can stroll through the shopping streets of London and Tokyo.

The Termin 21 department store is my personal favorite of the malls in Bangkok. On the photo you can see the San Francisco floor with the San Francisco Bridge.

Here is a list of the most interesting shopping malls in Bangkok and their location:

Department storelocation
MBK department storePathum Wan
Erawan BangkokPathum Wan
Terminal 21Khet Watthana
CentralWorldPathum Wan
River City BangkokKhet Samphanthawong
The EmporiumKhet Khlong Toei
Platinum Fashion MallKhet Ratchathewi
Central EmbassyKhet Pathum Wan
Siam DiscoveryKhet Pathum Wan
Silom ComplexKhwaeng Silom

Sky bars or rooftop bars in Bangkok

My personal highlight in Bangkok are those Sky bars, which on the skyscrapers of Bangkok are located. Most of the time these belong to a hotel, so you have to go through the hotel lobby. In some there is also a well-groomed appearance Added value. This means long pants, shirt and loafers for men. Women should also wear long trousers or a dress.

In some sky bars, entry is required, which usually includes a cocktail. But you can do most of them enter for free and, if you don't want to spend any money, just take a picture. Do you want a little longer linger on a sky bar, you should have a drink too. The prices are roughly the same as in Germany.

The Sky Bar “Sky on 20 at Novotel” is one of the more upscale sky bars in Bangkok. Here it can happen to you that you only come in with decent clothes.

My advice: The the best time for a sky bar is shortly after opening. Then you will always find a free space at a vantage point of your choice. First take photos of Bangkok and then stay seated until sunset. Then take a few more night shots. The best months for this are December to May.

Here's another one List of sky bars which I can recommend to you, with opening times and location:

Sky barlocationopening hours
Above ElevenKhet Watthana6:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Sky barKhwaeng Silom6:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
The Speakeasy Rooftop BarLumpini5:30 pm - midnight
Vertigo Bar at Banyan Tree BangkokKhet Sathon5:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Octave Rooftop Lounge & BarKhet Watthana5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Red Sky BarKhwaeng Pathum Wan4:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
ZOOM Sky Bar & RestaurantKhet Sathon5:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
SiroccoKhet Bang Rak6:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Fortunately, there are many other sky bars in Bangkok where the dress code doesn't matter.

Temple in Bangkok

If there is one thing in abundance in Bangkok, it is it Temple. Over 400 There should be some of them in Bangkok, although most of them are not worth visiting. A large part of the temples is located near the Chao Phraya Riverwhich flows through the city.

In all temples you are only allowed to come along long pants and covered shoulders purely. Most of them also require you to wear low shoes. In some, however, this regulation has been abandoned and in the meantime, too Flip-flops or sandals allowed. However, you should note that if you want to visit the Holy of Holies, the room with the Buddha, then you have to do yours take off shoes. In addition, you should never stroke a Buddha's head.

My advice: Since it happens again and again that Shoes disappearIf these are taken off in front of the temple, I recommend you take them with you. The easiest way to do this is to use a plastic bag or just put it in your backpack.

The most popular sight in Bangkok is the Grand Palace with its temple.

The main templethat you should have a look at, I've listed in the following table. This also includes the opening times and the entrance fees.

templeopening hoursentry
Great palace8.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.500 bath
Wat Pho (reclining Buddha)8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.100 bath
Golden Mountain Temple8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.100 bath
Wat Traimit (golden Buddha)9 a.m. - 5 p.m.140 bath
Wat Arun7.30 a.m. - 5 p.m.50 bath
Wat Pathum Wanaram9 a.m. - 5 p.m.free of charge

One of the most beautiful temples is Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan. This is located across from the Grand Palace on the other side of the river.

Eating out in Bangkok

If there is one thing in Bangkok that you don't have to worry about, it is food. Besides the whole Street food offers (which should disappear from the cityscape in the next few years) there are countless 24 hour shops from “7 Eleven” and “Family Mart”. In these you can get small snacks and drinks around the clock.

Then there are the numerous offers of gastronomy in the various shopping malls. Here you will find numerous offers, especially on the bottom and top floors. Don't be surprised that most of the offers are of Japanese origin. The Thais have a thing for Japanese foodwhat you can also see in the 24 hour shops. You can also find a lot of Japanese products here.

This running sushi restaurant is really remarkable. This seems to be a chain that has several restaurants in various shopping centers in Bangkok.

In addition to these already numerous offers, there are also the markets and restaurants. The markets are open during the day, but also partly at night. And in the restaurants that are on the side of the road, you become one more large selection of all possible dishes that exist on this globe.

My advice: A typical thai dish you'll find it hard to find. Don't be surprised if you do a Thai burger or a Thai lasagna is offered. The Thais like to mix everything together and create new delicacies from what is available.

You won't find insect food like here on Khao San Road on every street corner. You have to look for something for that.

Bangkok in the evening

In most cases, you will be from Bangkok in the evening, from one of the notorious red miles in Bangkok Experienced. But Bangkok has more to offer than just these fun districts, and of course you should definitely pay these candidates a visit. It is recommended the area around Pat Pong with its bars. As well as the Khao San Roadon which you too Try insects can.

Furthermore, you can also join one of the numerous Sky bars settle down in the evening. Just sip a cocktail there and enjoy the view over Bangkok. Alternatively, I also recommend the one Visit to a night markethow you will find this one in Pratunam.

My advice: Do you want a real one cozy evening just with your friends enjoy, then visit the R&B karaoke bar. Here you get your own room, Japanese style, in which you can sing songs from a huge selection to your heart's content. Nobody will watch you, except of course your friends.

Bangkok in the evening, like the skyline of Sukhumvit here, is simply beautiful. Personally, I can't get enough of that.