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BANGKOK TRAVEL GUIDE 2018 with a ₱10,000 DIY Itinerary and Budget

BANGKOK BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE DIY ITINERARY FOR FIRST TIMERS IN THAILAND

Planning a trip to Bangkok, Thailand? Let this Bangkok Budget Travel Guide Blog 2018 with sample DIY itinerary help you.


Bangkok, Thailand is certainly one of the best holiday destinations and budget-friendly cities in Southeast Asia. There are so many things to do and activities to enjoy in Bangkok that are worth trying - especially for first-timers. In this Bangkok Budget Travel Guide Blog 2018, let me share to you some useful information on how to get there, visa requirements, exciting things to do, must-see tourist spots and attractions, day tours from Bangkok, where to stay, where to shop, DIY itinerary, travel budget and expenses, and a lot more. Traveling to Bangkok for the first time? I hope this will help you in planning your Bangkok Thailand adventure, soon!

Budget Travel Guide to Bangkok



WHAT'S COVERED IN THIS BANGKOK TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG?


PRE-TRAVEL ESSENTIALS


Before traveling to Bangkok, make sure to check the visa requirements. Also make sure to book in advance your airfare, tours, activities, and other travel essentials such as airport transfers and SIM card or Pocket WiFi internet connection.

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Book your flights to Bangkok


From the Philippines, local airlines such as Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines, Air Asia Philippines, and other international airlines have daily flights from Manila or Cebu to Bangkok, Thailand. There are two major airports in Bangkok. One is Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), and the other one is Don Mueang International Airport (DMK). Be sure to take note of this.

Where you'll be landing in Bangkok depends on which airline you'll be taking. If you're taking Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific, you'll arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. If you're taking Air Asia Philippines, you'll arrive at Don Mueang International Airport.

To search for cheap flights to Bangkok, I highly recommend booking via Traveloka.com - one of Southeast Asia's leading travel booking websites. I've been using this app in my travels for more than 2 years now and I can assure you that you'll always get the best deals, promos and discounts on flights and hotel accommodation when you book via Traveloka!

To give you an idea on how much is the flight from Manila to Bangkok, here is a sample search on the Traveloka App. Let's say you want to travel to Bangkok next month, the airfare could go as low as 3,000 pesos per person for a Manila to Bangkok flight via Traveloka. Airfare could be lower if you book several months in advance. So, it’s better if you plan your trip ahead.

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You could get more discounts by using Traveloka's weekly promo codes. Always check the "On-Going Promos" tab on their website or in the app to avail more discounts. The Traveloka App is available to download for free on Android and iOS devices. Download the Traveloka App now!

CLICK HERE TO SEARCH FOR CHEAP FLIGHTS TO BANGKOK THAILAND


THAILAND VISA REQUIREMENTS


Check your visa requirements if needed. If you're a Philippine passport holder, visa is not required. Filipinos can stay up to 30 days visa-free if you're arriving by air and 15 days visa-free if you're arriving in Thailand by land. Please note that you can only visit Thailand twice and be granted visa-free stay if you're arriving via land border checkpoint from neighboring countries such as Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.

Always check your flight details. Visa exemption is allowed for tourists visiting Thailand strictly for tourism purposes only. Upon arrival, you may be asked to show your return flight ticket to prove you will be exiting Thailand within 30 days of entry. It's better if you have a return flight ticket when traveling to Thailand.

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BOOK YOUR TRAVEL ESSENTIALS AND ACTIVITIES


For tours, activities, and travel essentials such as SIM card and transportation card, we booked them using the Klook App. It is my most trusted provider of discounted tickets, affordable tours, transport services, and internet service whenever I travel abroad. I've been using this amazing app on my travels since last year and I am so happy with the convenience, superb services, great deals and discounts I get from booking in their app. Best of all, the Klook App is secured, provides instant confirmation, and always gives the best value for your money!

Bangkok being known for scams, it is good to know that there's a travel booking app like Klook where I could book our tours and activities in advance with no worries. So, before traveling abroad, I always search the Klook App and book our tours and activities available in our destination. And whenever friends ask me for recommendations, I always say to them to "just Klook it" and they'll find the best activities and tours they need. You can download the Klook App for free on Google Play for Android and at Apple App Store for iOs devices.

For ease and convenience, we booked the following travel essentials, tours, and activities using the Klook App:
  • BTS Skytrain Rabbit Card - this is a reloadable card that you can use when riding Bangkok's Skytrain. BTS is the swiftest way to go around the city and avoid heavy traffic in Bangkok.
  • 4G SIM Card for Thailand - internet connection is very important when traveling abroad and to stay connected with your family and friends without overspending on roaming services. Be sure to get a local 4G SIM card when traveling to Thailand.
  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Half Day Tour - this is a day tour from Bangkok. This tour will let you experience Thailand's biggest and most popular floating market.
  • Ayutthaya Day Tour with Sunset Boat Ride - this day tour from Bangkok will let you discover Thailand's ancient capital with a visit to three of the most important temples in Ayutthaya - Wat Mahathat, Wat Phra Si Sanphet and Wat Lokayasutharam. It also includes a visit to Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, Ayutthaya Floating Market, and a Sunset Cruise around the rivers of Ayutthaya.

Now that we have pre-booked our flights, tours, and activities, we can now plot our Bangkok DIY itinerary for 4 days and 3 nights. For sample DIY Itineraries, please refer to the tour itinerary and expenses part at the end of this post.

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HOW TO GET TO BANGKOK FROM THE AIRPORT?


It depends on which airline you're taking and which airport in Bangkok you're arriving at.

FROM SUVARNABHUMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT


From the airport to the city center, you can take a taxi or book a Grab Taxi/Car for about 500 THB. For convenience, I recommend that you book a Private Car Transfer which is ideal if you're arriving in Bangkok late night or early morning. This is also your best choice if you're traveling with luggage or with kids and senior citizens. Best of all, it's safe and secured.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A PRIVATE AIRPORT TRANSFER


The easiest and fastest way to get to the city is by taking the Airport Rail Link. This train connects Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok City Center. This line is composed of: Lad Krabang Station, Thab Chang Station, Hua Mark Station, Ramkhamhaeng Station, Makkasan Station, and finally Phyathai Station. Please note that the Airport Rail Link is open from 06:00 AM to 12:00 MN only.

From the airport, take the Airport Rail Link up to the last station which is Phyathai Station. Transfer to the the train going to Samrong and alight at Siam Station. From there, if your hotel is in Silom, transfer to Silom Line of the BTS Skytrain (be sure you have a BTS Skytrain Rabbit Card). If your hotel is in Khao San Road, you can taxi a metered taxi from here.

FROM DON MUEANG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT


If you're taking Air Asia Philippines from Manila, you will be arriving at Don Mueang International Airport (DMK). Unfortunately, this airport is not connected to the Bangkok train system. Your option to get to the city is to take a metered taxi or Grab Car/Taxi or avail a Private Airport Transfer going to Bangkok.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A PRIVATE AIRPORT TRANSFER FROM DMK


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WHERE TO EXCHANGE CURRENCY IN BANGKOK?


The currency in Thailand is called Thai Baht (THB) which is around 1.61 PHP or 0.030 USD based on current exchange rates. You can bring in US Dollars or Philippine Peso and change your money at the money changers at the airport. You can find many money changers near the station of the Airport Rail Link. If you're in the city, you can also find many money changers at the city center. For the best exchange rates, go to Super Rich Thailand.

Another option which I usually do is to withdraw money from the ATMs. Just be sure to advise your bank that you'll be withdrawing money from abroad before traveling to Thailand. Just take note that there is a withdrawal fee for every transaction which varies for every bank. Make sure to withdraw the maximum amount per transaction to save on the withdrawal fees.

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HOW TO STAY CONNECTED IN THAILAND?


To stay connected to the internet in Thailand, you can either buy a local SIM card or rent a travel pocket WiFi.

4G SIM CARD


A Thailand 4G SIM Card is quite cheap and costs only 240 pesos for 3GB that you can use for a maximum of 8 days. The speed drops to 3G after you've used up the 3GB data allocation. Since the SIM card is pre-loaded with 100 THB load credits, you can use it for calls (equivalent to approx. 30 minutes of talk time) or register it and get 700 MB data usage for only 15 THB.

CLICK HERE TO BUY A 4G SIM CARD


4G POCKET WIFI


If you're a heavy user or traveling with a group, your best option is to rent a 4G Pocket WiFi for 289 pesos per day which you could share the connection for up to 10 devices. This is good because you can share the internet connection to your travel buddies, as well as the cost. Best of all, you get unlimited high speed 4G internet connection in Thailand.

CLICK HERE TO RENT A 4G POCKET WIFI


Whether you're arriving at Suvarnabhumi or Don Mueang Airport, both the SIM Card and the 4G Pocket WiFi can be picked-up at the airport upon your arrival.

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HOW TO GET AROUND BANGKOK?


There are several modes of transportation that you can use to get to the many tourist spots and attractions in Bangkok.

BTS Sky Train


This is what we always use to avoid Bangkok's notorious traffic, especially during rush hours. Fare is around 15 to 50 THB depending on the distance. You can buy train tickets at the ticket counter or at the ticketing machines. Best if you have a BTS Skytrain Rabbit Card so you can save time instead of lining up to buy a ticket. With the card, you also get 1 THB discount for every single trip taken at the BTS Skytrain. When you purchase BTS Skytrain Rabbit Card, it is pre-loaded with 200 THB credits that you can readily use to ride the BTS Skytrains upon arrival in Bangkok. You can also use the Rabbit Card in purchasing from its roster of retail and other partners.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A RABBIT CARD


GRAB Car/Taxi


This is what we usually take for short distances. For example, from our hotel in Silom to Khao San Road, to Asiatique, or to Wat Pho. Flag down rate for Grab Taxi is 35 THB. Per ride is around 50 to 100 THB depending on where you are going. This is also more convenient than hailing a taxi on the streets because the driver already knows your destination. With the language barrier, it is sometimes (or most of the time) hard to explain to the driver where you want to go, so booking with Grab is more convenient but a bit more expensive that the regular metered taxis.

Metered Taxi


You can also hail a taxi almost anywhere in Bangkok. Flag down rate 35 THB and each ride is around 50-80 THB going around the city. We tried this and it's not expensive, especially if you're traveling with a group because you can share the fare cost.

Bus


We didn't try this. But you can try this if you know the bus routes. You could ask the locals for directions, they are very helpful.

Boat


There are two boat companies in Bangkok, such as Chao Phraya Express and Saen Saep Express. You may take the Chao Phraya Express to get to Wat Arun from Wat Pho/Grand Palace and vice versa. We only took the boat once from Wat Arun to Wat Pho via Tha Tien Pier. Fare is around 10 to 15 THB.

Motorcycles


You can usually find them waiting at the BTS Skytrain Stations. You can easily spot them because they are wearing uniforms and helmet. You can try this for short distances or during rush hours when traffic is Bangkok is really bad.

Tuktuk


Known for scams, so we didn't tried it. But for the sake of the experience, you may try riding a tuktuk for short distances. Make sure to agree with the price first before getting in.

Private Car Charter


For ease and convenience especially when traveling with kids, your best option is to rent a private car in getting to the tourist spots and attractions in Bangkok. Hop on a modern air-conditioned car or van, plan your own itinerary and let your driver find the shortest route to get there. You can rent a car for half or full day of tour around Bangkok.

CLICK HERE TO RENT A PRIVATE CAR


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WHERE TO STAY IN BANGKOK?


When booking for a place to stay in Bangkok, you may consider areas such as Silom, Khao San or Sukhumvit. With the help of the Traveloka App, we searched for hotels in Bangkok and decided to stay in Silom Area. After searching and reading guest reviews online, we chose to stay at one hotel and a hostel, both in Silom.

For You Residence


Address: 839, Silom Rd. (in front of soi 17), Silom, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand, 10500 (10 minutes walk from Surasak BTS STation)

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For You Residence Standard Double Room

ROOM RATES for 2 persons:
  • Standard Double Or Twin Room Only - starts at 1,169 Pesos per night
  • Standard Double Or Twin Room With Breakfast - starts at 1,481 Pesos per night
  • Deluxe Double Room Only - starts at 1,591 Pesos per night
  • Deluxe Double Room With Breakfast- starts at 1,856 Pesos per night

WHERE TO STAY IN BANGKOK BUDGET HOTELS
For You Residence Standard Double Room

MY REVIEW: This is a good hotel with very spacious rooms like a condominium unit. What I love most is its location because it's near Surasak BTS Station and since it's along Silom Road, convenience stores and restaurants are just a short walk away. Our booked accommodation is a Standard Double Room with en suite toilet and bath. What I don't like is the very poor WiFi internet connection. But, everything is good, they even allowed us early check-in.

CHECK ROOM RATES AND AVAILABILITY


Lub D Bangkok


Address: 4 Decho Road, Suriyawong, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand, 10330 (0.58 km away from Surasak BTS Station)

HOSTELS IN BANGKOK THAILAND

ROOM RATES:
  • Lub D Ladies’ Dormitory - starts at 453.00 Pesos per night/bed
  • Lub D Dormitory Room Only - starts at 482.00 Pesos per night/bed
  • Railway Twin Room Only - starts at 1,113.00 Pesos per night for 2 persons
  • Lub D Double Room Only - starts at 1,782.00 Pesos per night for 2 persons

HOSTELS IN BANGKOK THAILAND

MY REVIEW: What I love about this hostel are the wide array of facilities and amenities they offer, such as a restaurant, common area, free popcorn, Beer Pong, and Foosball. Staff are nice, friendly, and could speak English. What needs to be improved are the toilet and bath. Basic toiletries such as shampoo and body wash were provided.

CHECK ROOM RATES AND AVAILABILITY


Other Hotels and Hostels in Bangkok


This list is based on the most popular and highly-rated hotels, hostels, and guesthouses on the Traveloka App.

Hotel Clover Asoke - Check room rates and availability
9/1 Sukhumvit 16, (Sammit),, Asoke, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand, 10110

Kinnon Hostel - Check room rates and availability
39/22-24 Silom Soi 6, Silom Rd., Bangrak,, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand, 10500

Emporium Suites by Chatrium - Check room rates and availability
622 Sukhumvit Road, Phrom Phong, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand, 10110

CLOUD on Saladaeng Silom Hostel Bangkok - Check room rates and availability
71/2 Saladaeng 1/1 Silom Bangrak Bangko, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand, 10500

Baan Dinso @Trok Sin - Check room rates and availability
113, Trok Sin, Dinso Rd., Borvornnivate, Pranakorn, , Wat Bowon Niwet, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand, 10200

Boss Suites Nana Hotel - Check room rates and availability
40, 42 Sukhumvit Soi 4 (Nana Tai), Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey, Nana, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand, 10110

Yes Kaosan - Check room rates and availability
181 Khaosan Rd, Khwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Khaosan, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand, 10200

THEMOONNIGHT - Check room rates and availability
161-163 Soi Kraisri, Phra Sumen Road, Taradyod, Bangkok THAILAND , Khaosan, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand, 10200

Everest Boutique Hotel - Check room rates and availability
5 Sukhumvit Road, Soi Sukhumvit 18, Khlong Toei, Asoke, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand, 10110

Bangkok Bed and Bike - Check room rates and availability
19/6 Si kak Phrayasi, Charoenkrung Road, Wangburaphaphirom, Khaosan, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand, 10200

MonkeyNap Hostel - Check room rates and availability
1/45-1/48, Sukhumvit 30, Klongtoey, Sukhumvit, Phrom Phong, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand, 10110

The Richy Place Guest House - Check room rates and availability
14/7-8 Soi Juladis(Soi Phetchaburi 19), Thanon Phayathai, Pratunam, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand, 10400

My Hotel Pratunam - Check room rates and availability
70,70/1-4 soi Petchburi 15 Petchburi RD. Phayathai, Pratunam, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand, 10400

63 Bangkok Boutique Hostel - Check room rates and availability
1323/2 Sukumvit Road (Near Ekamai Skytrain Station), Prakanong Nua, Wattana,, Ekkamai, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand, 10110

Khao San Green House Bangkok - Check room rates and availability
84 Rambutri St. Talat Yod, Khaosan, Phra nakorn, Bangkok , Khaosan, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand, 10200

CLICK HERE TO SEARCH FOR OTHER HOTELS IN BANGKOK

Note: Room rates are subject to change and depends on the booking dates.


BANGKOK TOURIST SPOTS, ATTRACTIONS, AND THINGS TO DO


Here are the top tourist spots and attractions in Bangkok you should not miss.

Wat Pho


This is where you'll find the temple of the reclining Buddha. This temple complex houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, including this 46 m long reclining Buddha which is considered as one of the largest Buddha statues in Thailand.

Address: 2 Sanam Chai Rd, แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Entrance Fee: 100 THB
Opening hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


The Grand Palace


One of the most visited tourist spots in Bangkok, this is where you could find the official residence of the Thai Royal family. It's a huge property with many intricately-designed building, as well as gardens and pavilions. Proper dress code is required to enter the complex.

Address: 1 Na Phra Lan Rd, แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Entrance Fee: 500 THB (Ticket can also be used at Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Bang Pa-In Summer Palace within 7 days)
Opening hours: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Dress Code: Men should wear pants and shirt with sleeps. Sleeveless and shorts are not allowed. For women, shirt with sleeves, pants or skirt below the knee is required. No sleeveless, see through clothes, and shorts are allowed. If you forgot to wear proper attire, there is a booth near the entrance where you could borrow clothes to cover you up properly (deposit is required).

Travel Tip: The Grand Palace is so huge and visiting it could be difficult and overwhelming. In fact, most of the scams I read online, happens outside Bangkok Grand Palace. For ease and convenience, and to avoid the scammers, you may opt to join a tour, such as:

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Wat Phra Kaew


Located within the Grand Palace complex, this is the temple of the Emerald Buddha, Thailand's most sacred site. Photography is not allowed inside the temple and proper dress code should also be observed.

Address: 1 Na Phra Lan Rd, แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Entrance Fee: included in the admission fee for The Grand Palace
Opening hours: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Dress Code: Same with Bangkok Grand Palace.

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Wat Arun


Popularly called as "The temple of dawn," it's official name is Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan or simply Wat Arun. Located at Yai district of Bangkok, Thailand, on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River, it is one of the best known landmarks of Thailand.

Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand
Entrance Fee: 50 THB
Opening hours: 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Dress Code: Same with Bangkok Grand Palace.

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Wat Suthat


Constructed during the reign of King Rama I, Wat Suthat is considered as one of the most important temples in Bangkok, Thailand. It is located at about 1 kilometer East of the Grand Palace, and it is known for its magnificent mural paintings, giant swing, and the huge bronze Buddha image of Phra Sri Sagaya Munee.

Address: 146 Bamrung Muang Rd, Khwaeng Wat Ratchabophit, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Entrance Fee: 20 THB
Opening hours: 08:30 AM - 06:00 PM

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The Giant Swing


This religious structure is located in front of Wat Suthat. It is made of teak wood, and was formerly used in an old Brahmin ceremony "Tri-yampawai" or swing ceremony held in the first lunar month of the Thai lunar calendar.

Address: Bamrung Muang Rd, Khwaeng Sao Chingcha, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening hours: Open 24 hours

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BANGKOK THAILAND TOURIST SPOTSBANGKOK THAILAND TOURIST SPOTS

Wat Saket


One of Bangkok's oldest temples, it is also known as the "Golden Mount Temple" as it is located on top of an 80-meter hill. Getting to the top of the temple requires visitors to climb a series of stairs until you reach the huge gilded stupa on top of it.

Address: 344 ถนน บริพัตร Khwaeng Ban Bat, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand
Entrance Fee: 100 THB
Opening hours: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

WAT SAKET BANGKOK TOURIST SPOTS

Pom Mahakan


Also known as Mahakan Fort and Wall, it is one of 14 forts and city walls built during the reign of King Rama I to protect the Capital city of Thailand. Pom Mahakan is one of the only two remaining forts that stands until today.

Address: Maha Chai Rd, Khwaeng Wat Bowon Niwet, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening hours: 24 hours

Mahakan Fort and WallBANGKOK TOURIST SPOTS

Loha Prasat


Loha Prasat which means iron castle or iron monastery is located inside the Wat Ratchanadda complex. It is one of Bangkok's unique structures
featuring 37 metal spires, signifying the 37 virtues toward enlightenment in Buddhist belief.


Address: 2 Maha Chai Rd, แขวงบวรนิเวศ Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Entrance Fee: 20 THB
Opening hours: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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Asiatique The Riverfront


Nice and trendy large open-air mall in Bangkok filled with shops, restaurants, amusement rides. One of its most distinguishable features is the Ferris wheel which is considered as the highest in Thailand. Not to be missed when visiting Asiatique are the nightly entertainment, the shops selling bargain items, as well as the many dining options you can find here. You can also catch Muay Thai Live at 8:00 PM or Calypso Cabaret Show at 8:15 PM or 9:45 PM at Asiatique Riverfront!

Address: 2194 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Wat Phraya Krai, Khet Bang Kho Laem, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
Admission Fee: Free
Opening hours: 5:00 PM-12:00 MN

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If you want to ride the Asiatique Sky Ferris Wheel, you can get your tickets in advance online. Click here to get your tickets.

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Khao San Road


Dubbed as the "the center of the backpacking universe," Khao San Road is filled with budget hotels and hostels, shops, massage and spa, and a good place to try local street food. The best time to visit is at night where the street is closed and shops turned into bars and night clubs and food hawkers line up the street.

Address: Thanon Khao SanKhwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Opening Hours: starts at 5:00 PM

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Patpong Night Market, Bazaar, and Clubs


This is one of the best places to party in Bangkok and to meet other tourists and backpackers from all over the world. Patpong has a night market, bars and night clubs, street food, and massage parlors. It's a good place to unwind after a day of exploring Bangkok's tourist spots and attractions.

Address: ซอย พัฒน์พงศ์ 2 Khwaeng Suriya Wong, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
Opening Hours: 6:00 PM - 01:00 AM

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THINGS TO DO IN BANGKOK TRAVEL GUIDE FOR FIRST TIMERS

THINGS TO DO IN BANGKOK TRAVEL GUIDE FOR FIRST TIMERS

For more amazing guided tours and exciting day trips in and from Bangkok, Thailand - PLEASE CLICK HERE.


MUST-EXPERIENCE DAY TOURS FROM BANGKOK


If you're looking for other things to do on a day tour from Bangkok, here are my recommendations.

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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market


When visiting Thailand, every traveler should not miss visiting a floating market. One of the biggest and oldest floating markets in Thailand, and a popular destination among tourists is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Here, you can get to experience riding a boat and shop at different stores selling a wide array of Thai products and souvenirs. READ MORE HERE.

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Ayutthaya Thailand Day Tours from Bangkok

Ayutthaya Day Tour with Sunset Boat Ride


When visiting Thailand, it is highly recommended that you visit the ancient City of Ayutthaya. One can easily spend a day or two exploring the different historical, religious, and archaeological sites spread out through this island city surrounded by three rivers. Ayutthaya is a UNESCO-inscribed city just an hour and half away from Bangkok, Thailand. It is Thailand's ancient capital, and once an important center of global diplomacy and commerce. As mentioned in UNESCO's website, "Ayutthaya is now an archaeological ruin, characterized by the remains of tall prang (reliquary towers) and Buddhist monasteries of monumental proportions, which give an idea of the city’s past size and the splendor of its architecture. The Historic City of Ayutthaya bears excellent witness to the period of development of a true national Thai art." READ MORE: Things To Do, Tourist Spots and Attractions in Ayutthaya + Itinerary and Travel Tips

CLICK HERE TO JOIN AYUTTHAYA GROUP TOUR!


Other Tours in Ayutthaya:


Other Day Tours from Bangkok, Thailand



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Kanchanaburi Full Day Tour

  • Travel back in time and recapture Kanchanaburi's triumphs and tragedies on the River Kwai Bridge
  • Discover WW2 landmarks including the Death Railway, essential to Thailand's history and culture
  • Enjoy an educational stroll on the historical streets by the riverside and experience local food
  • Be escorted by your professional yet friendly guide fluent in Chinese and English on this full day tour

CLICK HERE TO BOOK THIS TOUR!


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Splendid Pattaya Day Tour

  • Ride an Amphibious Boat to Pattaya Floating Market, the largest and most popular marketplace in Pattaya
  • Upgrade your Instagram feed with Art In Paradise Pattaya's creative 3D murals
  • Chill by Pattaya beach with a fresh coconut in hand as you watch a golden sunset
  • Get VIP seats at the Colosseum Show Pattaya, a must-see cabaret show when in Thailand

CLICK HERE TO BOOK THIS TOUR!


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Amphawa Day Tour

  • Experience Thailand like a true local - take the railway train and shop at leisure at Amphawa Floating Market
  • Ampha is famous for its delicious shellfish (solen strictus) and various seafood cuisine
  • Have an authentic seafood lunch at a well-known restaurant in Amphawa
  • Visit one of Thailand’s most interesting temples, Wat Bang Kung, surrounded by the roots of a Banyan tree

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Day Tours from Bangkok Tourist Spots
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Hua Hin Day Tour

  • Discover the beauty of Hua Hin, a resort town formerly frequented by the Thai royal family
  • This immersive tour takes you on an unforgettable adventure to some of the city’s most amazing sights
  • Take in the incredible natural views, unique atmosphere and learn about its rich past
  • If your itinerary takes you to Hua Hin next, your guide can arrange a downtown Hua Hin drop off for you!

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Day Tours from Bangkok Tourist Spots
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Kanchanaburi River Kwai Bridge and Elephant Bathing Day Tour

  • Travel back in time as you explore Malika R.E 124, a recreation of a Thai town from circa 1905
  • Visit Kanchanaburi River Kwai Bridge, a historic structure that was built during World War II
  • Enjoy a unique train ride on the Thai-Burma Railway (Death Railway,) with an awesome view of Thamkra Sae
  • Meet the cute and cuddly elephants at Kanchanaburi Elephant Camp and spend some time bathing them
  • Spend a few minutes basking in the peaceful beauty of nature as you sit on a bamboo raft

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Day Tours from Bangkok Tourist Spots
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Pattaya City & Coral Island Day Tour

  • Visit the neighboring seaside city of Pattaya and explore its scenic beaches on a day trip from Bangkok!
  • Take a boat trip to Coral Island and explore its sparkling white beaches and crystal clear waters
  • Enjoy fun-filled water activities such as jet ski, parasailing, sea walking, snorkeling and more!
  • Experience Pattaya's vibrant and bustling night life as you stroll along Pattaya Beach Road
  • An English, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean speaking guide is available to guide you!

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Must-try Food in Bangkok, Thailand


For first-timers in Bangkok, I highly recommended that you try the Pad Thai, Fresh Coconut with Ice Cream, Mango Sticky Rice, Pad Krapow, and Tom Yum.

WHAT TO EAT IN BANGKOK FOR FIRST TIMERSWHAT TO EAT IN BANGKOK FOR FIRST TIMERS
Pad Thai and Fresh Coconut with Ice Cream

WHAT TO EAT IN BANGKOK FOR FIRST TIMERS
Mango Sticky Rice

WHAT TO EAT IN BANGKOK FOR FIRST TIMERSWHAT TO EAT IN BANGKOK FOR FIRST TIMERS
Pad Krapow and Tom Yum

Where to Shop in Bangkok?


To shop for souvenirs and pasalubong from Bangkok, you may check out Chatuchak Market, Patpong Night Market, Khao San Road, and Asiatique Riverfront.

Chatuchak Market


Address: Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand

THINGS TO DO IN BANGKOK TRAVEL GUIDE FOR FIRST TIMERS

Patpong Night Market


Address: ซอย พัฒน์พงศ์ 2 Khwaeng Suriya Wong, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
Opening Hours: 6:00 PM - 01:00 AM

WHERE TO SHOP IN BANGKOK TRAVEL GUIDE FOR FIRST TIMERS

Khao San Road


Address: Thanon Khao SanKhwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Opening Hours: starts at 5:00 PM

THINGS TO DO IN BANGKOK TRAVEL GUIDE FOR FIRST TIMERS

Asiatique The Riverfront


Address: 2194 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Wat Phraya Krai, Khet Bang Kho Laem, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
Opening hours: 5:00 PM - 12:00 MN

WHERE TO SHOP IN BANGKOK TRAVEL GUIDE FOR FIRST TIMERS

4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS DIY BANGKOK ITINERARY


Here's a sample 4D/3N Bangkok DIY Itinerary. You can adjust it depending on your flights, the things you want to do, and the tourist spots you want to visit.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL + CITY TOUR

06:15 AM - Depart from Manila via Cebu Pacific Air
08:15 AM - Arrive in Bangkok
09:00 AM - Take the train to Bangkok City Center
10:00 AM - Leave bags (or early check-in if allowed) in hotel/hostel in Silom
11:00 AM - Lunch
12:00 NN - Visit Wat Pho
02:00 PM - Visit Wat Arun
05:00 PM - Khao San Road / Dinner
09:00 PM - Back at the hotel/hostel

DAY 2: AYUTTHAYA DAY TOUR

08:30 AM - Meet up at Century Mall (BTS Victory Monument station)
09:30 AM - Arrival in Ayutthaya
10:00 AM - Visit Bang Pa-In Summer Palace
12:00 NN - Travel to Ayutthaya Floating Market for lunch (own expense)
01:00 PM - Explore Ayutthaya Floating Market
02:00 PM - Visit Wat Mahathat, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Lokayasutharam
05:00 PM - Enjoy a scenic sunset boat ride
06:00 PM - Stop by a night market for food and snacks (own expense)
06:30 PM - Depart from Ayutthaya
08:00 PM - Arrival in Bangkok (BTS Victory Monument station)
09:00 PM - Patpong Night Market / Dinner
12:00 MN - Back at the hotel/hostel

DAY 3: FLOATING MARKET DAY TOUR

08:00 AM - Meet up at Century Mall (next to BTS Victory Monument station)
10:00 AM - Arrive at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and enjoy a 60-minute electric boat ride
10:30 AM - Feed fish while on a boat
11:00 AM - 12:00 NN - Freely explore the floating market
12:00 NN - 01:00 PM - Visit a local seafood market
02:00/03:00 PM - Return/arrive at Century Mall Bangkok
05:00 PM - Asiatique The Riverfront / Dinner
09:00 PM - Back at the hotel/hostel

DAY 4: CITY TOUR + DEPARTURE

07:00 AM - Check-out and leave bags at the hotel
08:30 AM - The Royal Palace + Temple of the Emerald Buddha
10:30 AM - Lunch
11:00 AM - 02:00 PM - City Tour
  • City Pillar Shrine
  • Pom Mahakan
  • Loha Prasat
  • Wat Suthat
  • Giant Swing
  • Wat Saket (Golden Mount Temple)
03:00 PM - Back at the hotel, get bags and travel to the airport
04:00 PM - Arrive at the airport, check-in for the flight
07:00 PM - Depart for Manila

You may adjust this itinerary depending on the things you want to do, and on the tourist spots and attractions you want to visit in Bangkok.

THINGS TO DO IN BANGKOK TRAVEL GUIDE FOR FIRST TIMERS

Sample Bangkok Trip Budget for 4 days and 3 nights for 10,000 pesos budget



Below is a sample 4D/3N Bangkok DIY itinerary for PHP 10,000 budget trip and expenses. This assumes the following:
  • You will be staying for 3 nights in a private room that is good for 2 persons for PHP 1,100 per night.
  • You are a group of two.
  • Your maximum expense for food is 50 THB for breakfast and 100 THB for lunch and dinner per person.
  • You'll be using a Rabbit Card pre-loaded with 200 THB.

PRE-TRAVEL EXPENSES


Activities were booked via Klook.com and hotel accommodations were booked via Traveloka.com.


TOTAL - 5,574 per person


DAY 1 EXPENSES

Train: Airport to City Center - 45 THB
BTS Skytrain to Silom - use Rabbit card (39 THB)
Hotel (1st night) - pre-booked
Lunch - 100 THB
Grab Taxi: Silom to Wat Pho - 80 THB / 2 = 40 THB per person
Wat Pho Entrance Fee - 100 THB
Boat Ride to Wat Arun - 10 THB
Wat Arun Entrance Fee - 50 THB
Grab Taxi to Khao San - 50 THB / 2 = 25 THB per person
Dinner - 100 THB
TOTAL - 470 THB per person

DAY 2 EXPENSES

Hotel (2nd night) - pre-booked
Breakfast - 50 THB
Train: Silom (Surasak) to Victory Monument station - use Rabbit card (39 THB)
Ayutthaya Day Tour - pre-booked
Lunch - 100 THB
Train: Victory Monument station to Silom (Surasak)- use Rabbit card (39 THB)
Dinner - 100 THB
TOTAL - 250 THB per person

DAY 3 EXPENSES

Hotel (3rd night) - pre-booked
Breakfast - 50 THB
Train: Silom (Surasak) to Victory Monument station - use Rabbit card (39 THB)
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Day Tour - pre-booked
Lunch - 100 THB
Train: Victory Monument station to Silom (Surasak)- use Rabbit card (39 THB)
Grab Taxi: Silom to Asiatique - 50 THB / 2 = 25 THB per person
Dinner - 100 THB
Grab Taxi: Asiatique to Silom - 50 THB / 2 = 25 THB per person
TOTAL - 300 THB per person

DAY 4 EXPENSES

Breakfast - 50 THB
Grab Taxi: Silom to Royal Palace - 80 THB / 2 = 40 THB per person
The Royal Palace Entrance Fee - 500 THB
Lunch - 100 THB
Loha Prasat Entrance Fee - 20 THB
Wat Suthat Entrance Fee - 20 THB
Wat Saket Entrance Fee - 100 THB
Grab Taxi: Wat Saket to Silom - 50 THB / 2 = 25 THB per person
Train: Silom (Surasak) to PhayaThai - use Rabbit card (44 THB)
Airport Rail Link - 45 THB
Dinner - 100 THB
TOTAL - 1,000 THB per person

SUMMARY OF EXPENSES

  • DAY 1 - 470 THB
  • DAY 2 - 250 THB
  • DAY 3 - 300 THB
  • DAY 4 - 1,000 THB

TOTAL - 2,920 THB or 4,701 PHP per person


PRE-TRAVEL BOOKINGS - 5,574 PHP per person


GRAND TOTAL - 10,275 PHP per person


Not included in these computations are the following:
  • Round trip airfare Manila-Bangkok-Manila
  • NAIA terminal fee and travel tax
  • Food expense for snacks
  • Budget for pasalubong, souvenirs and shopping expenses

Please note that exchange rates, ticket prices, airfare, hotel rates, tour prices, bus and train fares, and other expenses are subject to change and depend on the date of your trip. You can adjust this budget depending on how many are you in the group, the tourist spots and activities you want to do in Bangkok, and how many days is your vacation. And always remember to have extra money for any emergencies.

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BANGKOK TRAVEL TIPS AND REMINDERS


  • Dress appropriately. When visiting a temple in Thailand, the basic rule is to cover your shoulders and knees for both men and women. To be sure, always wear pants. But there are some temples (such as Wat Pho) that allow entery for men wearing shorts with length below the knee.
  • Check the weather. Depending on the season, the weather in Bangkok, Thailand is hot and humid during summer months. It is suggested that you wear light and breathable clothes. If you're visiting during the rainy season, don't forget to bring an umbrella or raincoat for occasional rain showers and thunderstorms. I suggest, you use weather apps to check for the weather forecast before your trip.
  • Wear comfy pair of shoes. You will be walk a lot in exploring the temples and palaces in Thailand. It is best to wear comfortable footwear.
  • Be respectful. Always abide by the rules in the temples and places of worship you're visiting. Women should not talk or touch the monks. Also, do not point using your feet.
  • To save on travel expenses, join a group or join-in tour in Bangkok. Click here to see available tours in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • For cheap flights to Bangkok, book it several months in advance. Airfare tends to be pricey when your desired travel dates come nearer. It is best if you book it 3 to 5 months in advance. You could get more discounts by using Traveloka's weekly promo codes. Always check the "On-Going Promos" tab on their website or in the app to avail more discounts. Click here to check for cheap flights to Bangkok.

I hope this Bangkok Budget Travel Guide 2018 will help you in planning an unforgettable and amazing Thailand Adventure! Enjoy and have fun!


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