Replies: 8 - Last Post: Apr 28, 2013 12:31 AM Last Post By: PhiMeow
Apr 24, 2013 1:35 PM
Apr 24, 2013 2:03 PM
If you have travelled before, you will be fine. Just don't leave your brain at home. If it does not feel right, don't do it. Trust your instinct.
Apr 24, 2013 4:04 PM
2Hey Jessica dont be nervous. exploring a city is a great thing to do. Thai people are very lovely and they can help you as well, their BTS sky train system is also great , make sure you take a map with you .
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Apr 24, 2013 6:10 PM
3Cushion the landing by pre-booking a hostel or hotel in Bangkok for the first night or two. No need to book for any longer than that, because once you've arrived and got a feel for the place you won't want to be tied to any pre-booked itinerary.
The Banglamphu area, around Khao San Road, is a good area to stay initially. There are thousands of young (and not so young) backpackers around there at any given time.
When you arrive at the airport, go straight to one of the ATMs in the arrivals hall. Take out 9,900 baht, or 5,900 ..... anything less than a round 1,000. Then you have some small bills for the taxi and other sundry expenses.
Go to the official taxi stand outside, downstairs from the arrivals hall. It's clearly signposted. It's more than likely that other solo backpackers will be waiting for taxis, so pluck up your courage and ask them where they're going and if they wouldn't mind sharing a ride. You might meet someone to share drinks or dinner with later, it's happened to me before.
At the taxi desk,state your destination and the clerk will write it on a piece of paper and hand it to a waiting taxi driver. Make sure you keep hold of your part of the taxi paper, don't give it to the driver. Make sure the driver switches on the meter. He might try to pull a trick like quoting a flat fare or covering the meter with his hat. Flat fare rides are ALWAYS more expensive than metered rides (and they're technically illegal too). If he refuses to use the meter when asked, get out straightaway and get another cab. It helps if you travel light so you can keep your luggage with you in the car instead of putting it in the trunk.
On the expressway, there are a couple of tolls booths. Hand the driver the money to pay the tolls, it should run 70 baht in total. At the end of your journey, pay the metered fare plus 50 baht, this is the surcharge for hiring the taxi at the airport. I usually round the fare up by a few baht if the driver switched on the meter without question at the beginning of the ride, and if he drove safely. Total price to Khao San Road should be between 300-400 baht including the tolls and airport surcharge.
Check into your hotel/hostel and head out for drinks and dinner. To avoid eating alone, one method which often works well for me is to approach a solo diner or group of young travelers and politely ask if you can join them. Very easy to meet people this way.
Good luck and enjoy your first trip to Thailand!
Apr 25, 2013 1:32 AM
4Hi..Well there you have it from DOMINIC77..simples...yes pre book a room for a couple of days..and spoil yourself with your budget ...until you are upto speed. Tap in AGODA on the old laptop...and look thru the hotels around K/SAN area. RAMBUTTRIE VILLAGE INN is a safe choice and popular, swim/pools, 24 hrs guard, near by for places to eat..hundreds of backpackers, near the river...hence cheap way of seeing BANGKOK by ferry (15 bahts...orange flagged boat) Mini bus service to airport 140baht just by VILLAGE INN, good second hand book store next door(get your LP book there!) two 7/11 shops .... safe??? ...YES. Look forward to your trip...and stop chewing your fingernails!
Apr 25, 2013 1:25 PM
5Just came back few days ago...I'm 21 and it was my first trip. I reached around 6 pm in the evening... took a taxi and go direct to the hotel in bang kapi but if you backpacking you will be heading to city central or khao san road. no hassles. I'm an Indian so I don't look like a tourist to Thais :D but It was pretty easy and I enjoyed my travel more than 2 months. Bangkok was my hub to neighbouring countries and far to china.
Apr 25, 2013 2:34 PM
Apr 26, 2013 4:22 AM
7Hi. Be careful especially in Khaosan road and the tourist spots. i have been cheated by some men who seem to try to help. They always ask " Where you come from?'
Bangkok is nice with all the street foods and shopping though.I shop though at non-tourist are which is cheaper and not too crowded. I have been here for 6 months already and live at the very center, near Terminal 21 Mall. If you need companion i can help after my work at 7pm. i am 32 years old.
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Apr 28, 2013 12:31 AM
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