A Guide on How Not to Be a Dumb Tourist in Bangkok

Traveling to Bangkok can be an exciting time if you do it right. If you go there with no knowledge of what to expect, you can find yourself in a world of trouble. Don’t be one of those tourists that come home knowing that you were duped into being a dumb visitor. Know how to avoid these things from happening at all costs, and you are sure to have a much more enjoyable time while you are out.

Knowing How to Travel

There are plenty of ways to get around the city of Bangkok for visitors. When you are going places during the day, take advantage of the tuk-tuks. They are one of the most recognized parts of the area, and you don’t want to leave saying that you didn’t go on one. They offer you a great view of the city as well. They might be a little uncomfortable, but you’ll be glad that you did it.

Another option is taking public transportation. There is a subway called the BTS or the MRT which is a light rail. Both of them are relatively inexpensive, and they will take you just about anywhere you want to check out. They are usually clean and comfortable, and you can save even more money with a day pass instead of buying tokens. Make sure you get a map, so you know where to go. Don’t worry though; it’s very simple to understand.

When you are going down to Patpong road to enjoy some of the nightlife, get a Taxi. It isn’t quite as fun as a tuk-tuk, but you can ask your driver to come back and pick you up at a specific time. In most instances, they are going to show up for you, especially if you tip them well. Then, you aren’t going to risk being stuck with all the other tourists for hours looking for a way to get back to your hotel.

Booking a Room

Hotels in this area aren’t like the ones in the states. A five-star hotel in America is going to cost you a pretty penny if you are staying for any length of time. In Bangkok, you can get an excellent room with all kinds of extra amenities for around a hundred dollars a night.

When searching for the right one, make sure it is close to the public transportation system, so you don’t have to pay every single time you want to go somewhere.

Be Respectful

There are a lot of temples, monasteries, and other religious places to visit in the city. You should know that the local people follow certain traditions when respecting these locations. Check around before you go in and see if others have taken off their shoes. If they have, do the same. In almost all of these places they also expect you to cover your elbows and knees. You should carry a light jacket and wear bottoms that are long enough if you plan to head into any of these buildings.

In addition to that, you are in a foreign country. It goes without saying that when you encounter anyone on the street whether you make eye contact only or if you have to ask for directions, be friendly. They are going to be more likely to reciprocate.

On a side note, if someone seems to be acting a little too friendly towards you, they may be a scammer trying to get your money or fool you into thinking that they are someone that they are not. A good rule of thumb is if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Just move along.

Eating Out

Do not expect the food you get to taste anything the takeout that you get from your favorite restaurant in the area where you live. It’s going to be a lot different. If you are worried about not liking it, find someplace with a lot of people in and it, and you are sure to get a delicious meal.

Your food isn’t going to come out all at once either. They will bring you whatever you order as it is done. You can get a full five-course meal served to you for a fraction of what you are used to paying.

Getting Massages

You are going to see massage parlors in just about every direction that you look. Take advantage of their services! The service that you get from these locals is going to be unlike anything that you have ever experienced before, and it is extremely cheap. Nothing like what you would pay for the same type of treatment back home. Just stay away from any of the places that advertise women or girls doing the work boldly. Those are generally the ones that are operating with extra illegal services.


Author Bio – Paul Smith, the author of this guest article writes occasionally in support of Ferry Samui. For more information on how to make the most out of your Thailand trip, make sure to visit www.ferrysamui.com/blog.html.

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