THE ULTIMATE TIPS & TRICKS TO VISIT FREAKING BANGKOK ON A BUDGET

How To Get From Suvarnabhumi Airport to Khao San Road

The cheapest way to go from the airport to Khao San Road is the bus. The Bus stop is really easy to find (Airport Exit 7 Level G) and the ride is also too easy! Find the map of the airport here.

When you arrive at Exit 7, take the bus S1, it costs 60 THB (1,5€) per person and takes around 1hour.

A drive with a taxi gonna cost you between 350 and 500 THB (9 – 13€), depending on the time you arrive and the traffic. It takes around 30 to 40 minutes.

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How To Get Around Bangkok

↠  Bus

The buses in Bangkok are really easy to use. From 5:00 am to 11:00 pm, you can jump on a bus and explore Bangkok for a few cents! Find here all the buses lines in Bangkok.

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It takes less than 3 minutes by foot to go from Khao San Road to the main bus stop. This bus stop is located at Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, in front of the Government Lottery Office. See direction here.

A one-way bus ticket costs around 7 THB (0,18€) to 19 THB (0,50€) depending on the distance you travel! So Cheap!

No worries, the buses aren’t crowded, the windows are all open, you can easily breath and the bus staff is really kind and helpful!

↠ ↠  Tuk Tuk

Always remember to negotiate the price before you get in, and do not pay until you’ve reached your destination safely.

Use the Tuk Tuk for small distances (less than 2km). The prices gonna start around 50 THB, depends on how far you want to travel.

At Khao San Road, you gonna see plenty of Tuk Tuks offering a day trip around Bangkok for 20 THB. 20 BAHT??? WHAT? THAT’S 50 Cents or so right?

It seems like a good deal but in reality, it is not!

The Tuk Tuk driver gonna bring you to a few shops (jewelry, suits, travel agencies…), it’s gonna be awkward and you probably won’t understand what’s going on!

The truth is that the Tuk Tuk Driver is getting paid by the shops (one guy told us it’s a 200THB gas coupon, we don’t know if the amount or what they get is true though).

So usually you need to buy something in the shops or at least stay 5 to 10 minutes inside of the shops. In this way, the Tuk Tuk drivers are getting their “reward” for bringing tourists/customers in the shop.

This is really annoying, especially when the seller know you are not interested in buying anything, some get even pretty aggressive…

How to avoid that you might ask?

I would suggest taking a Tuk Tuk only to visit two temples at a time, then jump in another Tuk Tuk to visit the next template and so on. Makes sense?

OR

Take the buses! 

Rent a Scooter!

Take a taxi!

↠ ↠  Taxi

In general, taxis in Bangkok are less expensive than the Tuk Tuks.

Always use the metered taxis and insist to use the meter. If the driver refuses, just move into another taxi, there are thousands of them in Bangkok!

Where to Stay in Bangkok

We stayed at Bella Bella House (See Tripadvisor page here). The Guesthouse is located 74 Soi Rambuttri. The location is central, close to Khao San Road, the bus, and the ferry. Perfect! See map here.

Rambuttri is a quiet street without big clubs and loud music.

Be aware that on the other side Khao San Road becomes crazy at night. There is a big competition going on between all the bars and clubs, who can play the music the loudest! So it’s funny to hang out at Khao San Road but probably not to sleep there!!

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Khao San Road

Concerning Bella Bella House, the prices start at 300 THB per night (7,90€). We paid 530 THB (13,90€) per night because we chose a room equipped with a private bathroom, AC and Fan.

PS: Bella Bella House is not on booking.com, but don’t worry, you do not need to book a room before heading to Bangkok. You always gonna find an available room.

Good to know:

– The breakfast is not included in the price but it’s really easy to find a cheap place for brekkie in Rambuttri street.

– When you’re traveling to Bangkok on a budget, I do not recommend booking a hotel with breakfast included because the prices are too high. You always gonna find a cheap and good breakfast right next to your hotel!

– In Thailand, the hotels generally ask you a deposit for the key (in Bella Bella House, it was 200 THB).

– The Guesthouse is also equipped with a safety lock (10THB per day + 200 THB deposit).

Where To Eat in Bangkok?

If you stay in Khao San Road, avoid eating in this street.  It’s really touristy, so the food is more pricey and not so tasty.

Head over to Soi Rambuttri or walk outside of these main streets and you gonna find plenty of small authentic Thai restaurants.

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Fried Insects 😅

What To See In Bangkok?

Stay at least 2 days in Bangkok to visit the TOP places in the city.

↠ ↠ Wat Somanas Rajavara Vihara

Entrance: Free

Opening Hours: didn’t find them

Location: 646 Krung Kasem Road, Bangkok (see map here)

How to get there: Bus Number 503 and 509 (find them in front of the Government Lottery Office, next to Khao San Road)

This temple is beautiful but the next ones are more impressive. On a scale from 1 to 10, it is a 6 😉

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Wat Somanas Rajavara Vihara

↠ ↠ Wat Benchamabophit, The Marble Temple

Entrance: 20 THB (0,50€)

Opening Hours: Open every day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: 69 Nakorn Pathom Road, Dusit, Bangkok (see map here)

How to get there: Bus Number 503 (Government Lottery Office)

Really beautiful temple, DO NOT MISS IT! Visitors are requested to be dressed properly (mainly for girls covering shoulders and legs)

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Wat Benchamabophit, The Marble Temple

↠ ↠ Wat Intharawihan, Big Buddha

Entrance: 40 THB (1€)

Opening Hours:  Open every day from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm

Location: 144 Wisut Kasat Road, Bang Khun Prom, Bangkok (see map here)

How to get there: Bus Number 53 (Government Lottery Office)

At the moment, this 32 meter Standing Buddha is under reconstruction, as you can see on the picture.

Nobody told us that the temple was under renovation, we also didn’t check online, but still, the entrance fee didn’t change. So we literally left after 60 seconds looking at it. Check before online about the current situation or ask before you enter. We have been there in October 2018.

↠ ↠ Wat Saket, Temple of the Golden Mount

Entrance: 40 THB (1€)

Opening Hours: Open Daily from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm

Location: 344 Chakkraphat Diphong Road, Bangkok (see map here)

How to get there: Bus Number 47 and 49 (Government Lottery Office)

The temple offers you an amazing view over the city of Bangkok. You can also finish your day trip by visiting the Golden Mount to enjoy the sunset… or a storm! See here our video “storm over Bangkok”.

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Wat Saket, Temple of the Golden Mount

↠ ↠ Wat Pho, our favorite temple in Bangkok

Entrance: 100 THB (2,60€)

Opening Hours: Open every day from 8:00 am to 5:00pm

(be careful, online it’s written down everywhere that Wat Pho is closing at 6:30 pm but it’s wrong)

Location: 2 Sanam Chai Road, Bangkok (see map here)

How to get there: Bus Number 32 (Government Lottery Office)

This temple is home to the famous laying Big Buddha.

You get a free bottle of drinking water! Even free drinking water to refill your bottle is available. It’s so good! We refilled our bottles a few times. This cool water keeps you hydrated on a hot day!

Visitors are requested to be dressed properly (mainly for girls covering shoulders and legs)

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Wat Pho
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Wat Pho
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Wat Pho

↠ ↠ Wat Arun

Entrance: 50 THB (1,30€)

Opening Hours: Open every day from 8:00 am to 5:00pm

Location: 34 Wang Doem Road, Bangkok (see map here)

How to get there: Was Arun is located near Wat Pho (See direction here).  Take the ferry from Wat Pho to cross the Chao Phraya river. You can see Wat Arun from the other side of the river. 

The boat costs 4 THB per person.

Then from Wat Arun, you can reach Khao San Road by boat. It’s a really nice way to see Bangkok, and it costs 30 THB per person. Read how to explore Bangkok by boat here.

After visiting 5 temples on this same day, we decided to skip Wat Arun even though this temple looks beautiful.

One day is enough to visit all of these temples.

I would recommend to visit them in this order to keep all the Magic at the end of the day 😉

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Wat Arun

↠ ↠ MBK Center, Shopping Mall

I’m really not a fan of shopping malls but MBK Center is so huge that it’s worth a visit!

It is a real labyrinth! The prices are cheaper than in other shopping malls in Bangkok, but don’t forget to always bargain!

Opening Hours: Open Daily from 10:00 am to 10:00pm

Location: 444 Phaya Thai Road, Bangkok (see map here)

How to get there: Bus number 15 and 47 (Government Lottery Office)

The bus ride takes around 30 minutes and costs 13 THB for 2 people (one way)! SO CHEAP!

Take the same buses 15 or 47 to come back to Khao San Road.

I heard a Tuk Tuk Driver asking 200 THB (5€) to drive tourists from the MBK to Khao San Road!! No way!

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↠ ↠ Grand Palace

Entrance: 500 THB (13€)

Opening Hours: Open every day from 8:30 am to 3:30pm

Location: 1 Na Phra Lan Road, Bangkok (see map here)

How to get there: Bus Number 47 (Government Lottery Office)

Dress code is very strict so be prepared to be turned away if you don’t follow the code. 

We chose to not visit this palace because of the fee but apparently, the visit is really worth it.

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Grand Palace

↠ ↠ Floating Market

Be aware that the best floating Markets of Bangkok are located about 90 to 100 KM from the city center.

The Tuk Tuk driver gonna try to sell you a ride to the floating markets. Just be aware that the floating Markets located near Bangkok where there are really small.

Read here this full article to learn more about the floating Markets around Bangkok:

http://www.bangkok.com/magazine/5-floating-markets.htm

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Floating Market

Why Bangkok is a must-see?

Kind and hospitable people 😁

Stunning Architecture/Temples 🏛

Cheap and delicious food 🍚

Unforgettable Thai Massage 💆‍♀️

Crazy night Life 👯‍♀️

Cheap and easy transportation 🚌

Vibrant and bustling city 🏙

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