Learn this from a hardcore traveller…
I just love travelling and recently during a few a days in Bangkok, I never felt so rich with extremely low cost living. I literary felt like wiping my face with my money even in a city like Bangkok. I flew down with flights to Bangkok. During my days in this city, I felt like an empress and the city taught me that being a budget traveller does not mean that you have to shrug your shoulders off the luxuries of a city.
Being in the ‘Lovely Land of Smiles’ I was sure to get some refreshing spa and massage but I was keen on saving my money. So what was it to ‘get the ball rolling’ in Bangkok? The best way I can construe my time in this Thai capital is by penning down the things a budget traveller can do, and believe me, Thailand is the #1 European-British friendly country that one can ever explore. It is also one of the most cost-effective city from where every traveller starts his/her journey. There are several reasons why Thailand needs to be higher on your bucket list with tickets to Bangkok.
Hence, here’s a gist of what, where, when and why in the life of a budget traveller. Shall we begin with food?
So, it’s FOOD for sure…
Ignoring all the allegations of the inescapable health disorder due to the street food, I decided to ‘go for it’. If one decides to leave out on Thai street food, they are surely going to miss out the important part of Thai culture.
Bangkok street food is just like your home food, cooked either by your mother or your grandmother. It’s best of the best as heart, soul and love goes into the preparations other than the ingredients. Hunt them down at Chinatown, Bang Rak and Old City (Rattanakosin). A few best street-food delicacies:
- Som Tam – Papaya salad
- Khao Pad – Fried Rice
- Pad Thai Kung – Noodles with shrimp
- Khao Mun Gai – Steamed chicken on rice
- Gai/Moo Bing – Grilled chicken/pork skewers
- Sai Krok Issan – Sour Issan sausage
- Pad krapao moo – Stir-fried pork with basil
- Pla Pao – Fish barbecued in salt
It’s an easy TRANSPORTATION out there…
Speaking of transportation as well as safety, there are do’s and don’t do’s in Bangkok and that’s the way of life. The crux is, if you’re way too worried about safety, helmets and belt protection, you’ll really have a tough time. It’s just ‘no rules is a way of life’ and motor-bikers and drivers without seatbelts rule the roads. So, just stay alive like everyone else. Tuk-Tuks are the most convenient and coolest transportation to move around. Book cheap flights to Bangkok and enjoy your time in the Thai capital.
- Dress Modestly
- Buy a good map
- Carry around your hostel address written in Thai
- Bear the soles of your feet
- Don’t let tuk-tuk drivers take you for a ride
- Go to an ‘Upstairs Bar’
- Negotiate a fare with taxi drivers; use the meter
- Be aggressive when bartering
I was blown away by the SKYLINE VIEWS…
Vivid imaginations of Bangkok conjures up images of bewildering skyscrapers, skyline expansive from every corner of the city. Bangkok crams up with outlandish proximity of slums right next to money-churning shopping complexes and opulent restaurants. Despite the contrasting areas, you will never stop admiring the city views from the top with Bangkok flights.
No breaking the bank with ACCOMMODATION
In Bangkok, if you can get away with the most cheapest hostels, it’s also feasible to spend just a few pounds more and grab your own private space in a 3-star or a 4-star hotel. You get to sleep, eat, bathe, shop all in one place. I was on the top of the world. Enjoy the most succulent buffet breakfasts and exotic dining options. Phew! that’s a lot of blessing hurling down.
Budget Hotels in Bangkok
- Khaosan Baan Thai
- Atlanta Hotel
- K Maison Boutique Hotel
- Asia Hotel Bangkok
- Tints of Blue Hotel
- Pas Cher Hotel de Bangkok
- Lilac Relax-Residence
- Bangkok Loft Inn
- Villa Phra Sumen Bangkok
- CityPoint Hotel
I loved SHOPPING…so will you
Since I went with a group, we were treated to a shopping orgy at the largest mall that I’ve ever stepped it. A few trendy and colourful tops along with an olive colour elephant pant was all I bought and I was surprised at how cheap shopping for apparels can be.
After all this, if I’m unable to persuade you that Bangkok should be your next escape, you need to pinch yourself and ‘wake up’.