Where We Be
Key Phrases: sawadee = hello; kop kun = thank you
Transport: The ultra-convenient SkyTrain (BTS) takes you right from the
main Bangkok airport (BKK) into the city. When choosing your Bangkok
lodgings, you may want to make sure your hotel is within walking distance
of a SkyTrain stop for easy commuting around most of the city. The
SkyTrain in combination with the Chao Phraya ferries will get you to most
of the places you want to go as a tourist.
Best Time to Go: Well, not in May when we were there -- it's very hot!
Usually November to April is considered the best and driest time to go.
Lodging: On the first and last nights of our 2014 trip to Bangkok we stayed
at Plai Garden Guesthouse within viewing distance of the main Bangkok
airport (BKK) and found it a convenient stopover point. It offers AC, wifi,
and a free airport shuttle (24/7, only a 5-10 minute commute). Very
affordable, and there's even a small restaurant on site.
The Skyy Hotel ($50/night) was very convenient to Bumrungrad Hospital --
just a one-minute walk away. It was also only 5 minutes from the SkyTrain.
However, if we were only seeing tourist sights along the Chao Phraya River,
we would probably have chosen different lodgings, perhaps along the
primary backpacker area of Khaosan Road.
|For an ultra-simple exploration of Bangkok's key historic and cultural sights, take the SkyTrain to Saphan Taksin (S6) and catch the
Chao Phraya Tourist Boat. For 150 baht ($5) you can hop on and off these boats all day long, visiting multiple sights along the river.
|Note: The following itinerary is from our first trip to Bangkok in 2014