Bangkok, Thailand

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Where to Stay

What to See

Floating Market

Damnoen Floating Market: Do-It-Yourself or Get a Tour?
by Froilan of travel.froilangrate.com about 5 years ago

Are you planning for a trip to Damnoen Saduak, Thailand's famous floating market, but is unsure whether to book a tour in Khao San or to do it yourself? Here's a guide for you. Tour booked in Khao San. PROS
- It would end up cheaper if you'll include the cost of the long tail boat, especially if you're traveling alone
- It's more convenient, *sometimes* they have a tour guide.
- They'll pick you up at your hotel. CONS
- You'll arrive at the market quite late (around 10am), and market is only until 11.
- You'll only be given 20 minutes free time to go around, not enough time to eat (check out what's available here)
- Quality of tour agency is a hit or miss. Sometimes, the vans they use have defective aircons.
- There will be mandatory stops, and some are just shops where you're expected to buy.

Tips in choosing the right Travel Agency in Khao San
by Froilan of travel.froilangrate.com about 5 years ago

If you're looking to book a tour to the floating market, here are some tips for you: 1. Ask for the name of the tour agency who will do the actual tour. Some are just agents / resellers for another company. 2. Look for the cheapest price, but compare the inclusions. Some agents may sell the same tour for a higher price, but you'll get the same service/ quality. 3. Ask what is included. A cheaper price may not include a boat tour. 4. Ask how many stops are there to shop, and what kind of shops are included. It depends on what you're after for, be it painting, carving, silk, etc. 5. Ask what boat tour is included. There are two types: paddle boat and motorized long tail boat.

Where to Party

Drinking / Bars / Happy Hours

VW Bars on Soi 11
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 5 years ago
VW Bars on Soi 11

You know how you can buy a beer from a street vendor at festivals like Mardi Gras? This is better because you can buy a bucket (over-sized mixed cocktail that consists of a bottle of alcohol, Red Bull, and various colored liquids) out of an old, converted Volkswagen van with disco lights and picnic tables attached. There are several VW bars on Soi 11. Just head toward that part of town.

Getting Around

Air

Airport Taxi to Khao San Rd 300 THB (10 USD)
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 5 years ago

The easiest way to get to Khao San Rd from the airport is by bus or taxi. The sky train and metro won't take you all the way. Taking the taxi will cost you just a few dollars more if you're 2+ people and will save you half an hour or so. Seems worth it to me especially if you're arriving later in the day or during traffic hour.

Boat

Avoid Traffic By Taking The River Taxi
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 5 years ago
Avoid Traffic By Taking The River Taxi

Regular boats ferry up and down the Chao Phraya River stopping at a number of piers along the way. A typical ride costs 30 baht. To see a route map and sample fares, go to: http://www.bangkok-city.com/go/info_transportation.html#ExpressBoat_maps. River taxis are a fun way to travel across town and can save you a lot of time if you're traveling during traffic hour.

Bus

The real Thai VIP buses
by Kmurphy318 about 4 years ago

The tourist buses that depart from Khao San may leave from a convenient location, but they are also more expensive and you're missing out on a lot of perks! The VIP buses that leave from the bus stations will provide blankets, water, food, juice, chips, you get the idea... they are far more generous than the Khao San tourist buses and usually way fancier, seats almost fold out completely flat and some have about 2 feet of leg room. Of course, the cab fare to the bus station may obviate the perks of taking one of these nicer buses, but if you're traveling in a group the divided cost of getting to the station is usually well worth it!

Other

Rabbit Card Not a Good Deal for Short Stays
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 5 years ago
Rabbit Card Not a Good Deal for Short Stays

The Rabbit Card is a smart card that can be used on BTS (sky train) and BRT buses in Bangkok. Rabbit Cards start off at 300 baht, which includes a 50 baht deposit, 150 baht issuing fee, and 100 baht initial required stored value. Promo prices show an average discounted rate of 20-25 baht per trip for pre-purchases of 15 or more trips. It is unclear what amount, if any, will be refunded if you don't use all your baht. More info at www.rabbitcard.com.

Taxi

Taxis from Train Station to Khao San Rd Cost Roughly 80 Baht
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 5 years ago

It's hard to find a metered taxi that will take you to Khao San/Samsen Rd but if you find one, don't expect to pay more than 80 baht. The ride takes about 25 mins with traffic.

Train

Morale Boosting Showers at Bangkok's Main Train Station
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 5 years ago

After having spent the previous two nights on trains, we were elated to find that the Bangkok main train station (Hua Lamphong) has a shower facility. It's 20 baht to use the showers or 50 baht if you need a towel. Best shower I've had in weeks and a much needed break from our 3-day KL to Chiang Mai train journey.

General Advice

Visas For Neighboring Countries

Getting a Vietnam Visa in Bangkok
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 5 years ago
Getting a Vietnam Visa in Bangkok

You'll be able to get an application at the embassy. Pretty simple form, so there is no need to print it ahead of time. Bring: (1) 1 passport-size photo with "light" background; (2) a copy of your passport; and (3) correct change for the fee. As of 1/1/2013, a simple tourist visa, good for 30 days, costs 2000 baht. For 90 days, single entry, the price is 3300 baht. Processing takes 3 working days (i.e., drop off Mon, pick up Thurs) though expedited service is available. The Vietnam Embassy is located at 83/1 Thanon Witthaya Rd in walking distance of Phloen Chit BTS Station. At Phloen Chit, take Exit 2 and walk around the Park Ventures building on your left. Hours are 8:30-11:30 & 13:30-16:30 except on Thai and Vietnamese holidays.

Getting a Burma (Myanmar) Visa in Bangkok
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 5 years ago
Getting a Burma (Myanmar) Visa in Bangkok

You'll be able to get an application at the embassy. Pretty simple form, so there is no need to print it ahead of time. Bring: (1) 2 passport-size photos with "light" background; (2) a copy of your passport; and (3) correct change for the fee. You can have your passport photos made across the street at the copy shop if you like. Look for a yellow sign in front of the S&P Tower. A simple tourist visa costs 810 baht. If you need it the same day, bring 1260 baht, or for next-day pick-up, bring 1035 baht. Otherwise, processing takes 2 working days (i.e., drop off Mon, pick up Wed). The Myanmar Embassy is located at 132 Sathorn Nua just up the street from the Surasak BTS Station. At Surasak, take Exit 3, do a u-turn, and walk toward the Skytrain escalator. When you see Saint Louis Hospital, turn left. You'll be able to see the embassy office from there. Hours are 9am-noon for visa drop-off and 3:30-4:30pm for collection. The more prepared you are, the quicker the process will go. Good luck!