The Ultimate Bangkok Budget Travel Guide
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Ask a traveler traversing through Southeast Asia and chances are, they have already been to Bangkok. Thailand’s financial and cultural center is an eclectic mix of the traditional and the modern with Buddhist temples contrasting well with towering buildings in the city. Traveling to Bangkok soon? Read on for Bangkok Budget Travel Guide, and other travel tips to enjoy this wonderful metropolis without spending a fortune.
Best Time to Visit
While Bangkok is a great destination for backpackers and premium travelers alike all year round, tourist arrivals usually peak between November and March. Bangkok is a bit more crowded than usual during these months.
The hottest months, on the other hand, are from March to May. For two days during this period, Thailand celebrates the New Year, where water fights erupt all over Bangkok.
How to Travel to Bangkok from Manila
There are both direct and indirect flights to Bangkok in Manila. You will most likely be landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport if you are coming from either Ninoy Aquino or Mactan International airports.
Tourist Visa in Thailand
Thankfully, Thailand has a visa-free agreement with other ASEAN nations like the Philippines. Filipinos can enter Bangkok and stay in the country for up to 30 days, just as long as they have 2-way tickets, a valid passport, proof of employment and accommodations.
Going Around the City
There are taxi cabs all over the city that you can ride to almost every part of Bangkok. Just make sure that you politely ask that the meter be turned on. You can also ride the subway (MRT) or BTS to get around.
If you want to get a quick experience of how people got around Bangkok before these modern innovations, you can also ride the tuk-tuks. Make sure to have Thai baht, their currency, ready when going around.
Car Rental in Bangkok
- Enjoy a comfortable private charter from Bangkok in a modern air-conditioned car (up to 3 people) or a van (up to 10 people)
- Choose between full or half day packages to suit the requirements of your trip
- Plan your own itinerary and let your driver find the shortest route to get there
- Feel safe in the hands of your experienced driver and guide on request (full day charter only)
Before you go to Thailand, you must have your Philippine pesos exchanged for American dollars or Thai Baht. There are reputable currency exchange services at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Major entertainment complexes near the airports like SM Mall of Asia and Resorts World Manila also have currency exchange booths.
Once you arrive in Bangkok, you can then exchange the dollars to Thai Baht for higher conversion. Both of the airports serving the Bangkok area have currency exchange booths that you can visit.
10 Basic Thai Phrases to Learn Before the Trip
Not everyone in Thailand can speak English so you are going to have to learn some Thai words to be able to maximize your time there. These ten words and phrases will be extremely useful:
- Sawatdii – Hello
- Kun chuu aria? – What is your name?
- Sabai dee ru (krub/kah) – How are you?
- Khop kun – Thank you
- Khothort – Sorry
- Kun poodpaasaaanggritdaimai – Can you speak English?
- Taorai – How much?
- Long tahng – I’m lost
- Bai – Goodbye
Where to Stay in Bangkok
Not sure yet where you will be staying in Bangkok? These suggestions are among the best in the city:
The Peninsula Hotel ($223 per night)
Address: 333 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, 10600, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 020 2888
The Peninsula Hotel along the Chao Phraya is as luxurious as possible, with a palatial charm that is seen in almost every corner.
The Sukhothai Bangkok Hotel ($204 per night)
(check hotel rates)
Address: 13/3 S Sathorn Rd, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 344 8888
The Sukhothai Bangkok Hotel has been designed to be a relaxing accommodation option that takes you out of the hustle and bustle of Bangkok’s streets. The hotel is gorgeous and otherworldly especially with the floating Buddha statue in one of the establishment’s courtyards.
Movenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok
(check hotel rates)
Address: Khwaeng Khlong Toei, Khet Khlong Toei, 10110, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 119 3100
The design of the Movenpick Hotel is a clear fusion of Swiss and Asian influences. All over the hotel, you can see Western motifs that are interspersed with water features, a direct showcase of the Thais’ belief in FengShui.
Luxx XL Langsuan ($62 per night)
(check hotel rates)
Address: Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 684 1111
This boutique hotel challenges the notion that budget inns do not look good. Located in one of the upscale neighborhoods, this cosmopolitan gem is your key to going on an enjoyable night out in Bangkok.
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WiFi Access in Bangkok
Almost all reputable hotels and establishments in Bangkok have their own Wi-Fi that you can connect to.
You may also want to keep a pocket wifi and SIM card around. There are platforms that enable you to purchase SIM cards in advance.
Pocket wifi device rental is also available in Bangkok international airport. Heres how you can rent a pocket wifi in Thailand:
3G WiFi (MY Airport Pick Up) for Thailand
- Get WiFi access across Thailand – wherever your adventures take you!
- Enjoy super fast web speeds with a 3G device that conveniently fits in your pocket
- Share with friends and travel companions, connect up to 5 devices at once
- Conveniently pick up your device right before your departure from KLIA or KLIA2
Buy 4G SIM Card in Bangkok
- Stay connected on your holiday in Thailand with the local SIM card
- Keep in touch with family and friends without overspending on roaming services
- Share vacation photos and enjoy fast web speeds thanks to 4G connectivity (area dependent)
- You can pick up the SIM card right upon your arrival at the airport
Bangkok Tourist Spots to Visit
The temples in Bangkok are the biggest sell among tourists. Both the Wat Arun and the Wat Phra Kaew receive hundreds of travelers on a daily basis due to their beauty. Other popular traditional buildings include Thonburi, Bangkok National Museum, Wat Ratchanatdaram and Wat Suthat.
The Yaowarat Road at Chinatown is also a great stop in your itinerary. Just a few minutes from there is the MBK Center as well.
Tourists also drop by Vimanmek mansion, King Rama IX Park, Democracy Monument, Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall and Erawan Museum.
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Dining in Bangkok
Pagoda Chinese Restaurant
Address: 199 Sukhumvit Soi 22, Klong Ton, Klong Toey Bangkok, Thailand 10110
Telephone: +66 2 059 5999
Enjoy great Chinese food without spending too much. Their Beijing roast duck is especially popular among patrons.
Address: 492 Trok To, Soi Charoen Krung 49, Bang Rak Bangkok, Thailand 10500
Telephone: +66 2 630 7710
If you are craving for local cuisine, TealiciousBangkok has a menu that will appeal to both Thai and foreign diners.
Tsu Japanese Restaurant
Address: 4 Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Phra Khanong, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 656 7709
Want something luxurious for dinner? You can never go wrong with this restaurant at the JW Marriott Hotel (check hotel rates).
How to Save Money while in Bangkok
- Book your flight at least 17 weeks before your actual travel day.
- Eat street food once in a while.
- Take advantage of Bangkok’s public transportation.
- Skip the imported drinks as much as possible.
- Ride the boat in some areas in the city.
Bangkok Tour Packages You Should Try
Do you want to go on a tour package instead? These are five of the top choices on Klook:
Bangkok City & Temples Tour
For $35.20 (view itinerary here) you can visit the major traditionally popular landmarks in the city, with running commentary from an English speaking guide.
Bangkok Nightlife Tour
Your $22.20 will be worth it considering the eclectic bars and clubs that you will be going to in this tour (view the tour itinerary here).
KhaoYai Custom Tour
Pick your own itinerary stops for $136.40 (see more details here). This tour mainly goes through the natural forests and ponds of the KhaoYai National Park.
Bangkok Landmarks Half Day Tour
Do not have the entire day to go around Bangkok? For $51.20, you can visit the city’s top landmarks in just half a day! (check the itinerary here)
Bangkok Private Car Charter (book here)
If you want to travel within Bangkok in style, spend only $56.10 for a car or a van that you can use for wherever you will be going to.
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