Ready to explore lesser-known trails? Bangkok, the buzzing metropolitan capital of Thailand, has so much in store for those wanting to skip the tourist attractions. It’s a backpacker’s first stop in their journeys, but there are lots of things to explore right here before venturing on forth.
Once you’ve arrived and corrected to the odor and heat of Bangkok, familiarize yourself with all the fabulous Skytrain to get around. Bangkok has famously terrible visitors, and though the cute tuk-tuks are a novelty to ride, motorists charge exorbitant prices for thieves. The Skytrain, on the other hand, is much cheaper, easier and connects to other rail systems. It zips through tourist hotspots like a spaceship and has heavenly ac. To be able to best experience Chao Phraya River and sightseeing places along its waters, plan to go by express ship. They’ve different “lines” of stops; one with less stops for commuters in a hurry, or more stops for travellers. Taxis are OK for brief stints.
Make your way towards the area popularly known as “the center of the backpacking universe,” Khao San Road. Neon lights, street stores, and funding to mid-priced lodging abound in this brief 1km strip. Here you are certain to discover many other backpackers with whom to swap stories and advice on big pub glasses. But be informed lately many big dance clubs have developed in this area, attracting partygoers en masse. Have a look at the Banglamphu area for a quiet backpackers’ alternative.
A couple places should be avoided to evade tourist mentality of the city. Go really green and opt for Bang Krachao over Lumpini Park. You may have a bicycle tour organized here, however you may also rent a bicycle and explore by yourself.
Once you’re prepared to explore outwards, think about the following amazing getaways. After a glittering exchange hub, the ancient city of Ayutthaya was the biggest city in the world until it had been burnt to the ground in 1767. Nowadays travelers go there to explore the ruins of temples and Buddhist temples. Rent a bicycle to best investigate the city, and make sure you visit Wat Phra Mahathat, a famous spot where a shrub engulfs the Buddha’s head. Ayutthaya is located just north of Bangkok, making it an easy day trip. For the cheapest and most scenic excursion, take the train.
Next, have a quick flight or leisurely boat trip to beautiful Koh Chang, 310 kilometers from Bangkok. Even with recent tourist development, the island is a comparatively distant backpacker destination. White sand beaches, waterfalls, and scuba diving are all worthwhile attractions here.