I stayed in Thailand for more than two weeks, travelled from north to south, and it had been a whirlwind experience. While I enjoyed most of its cities and towns and islands, nothing can compare my love for Bangkok. And I only imagine there will be more tributes to Bangkok, especially when I will be back in India and have the chance to reminisce and share stories with others.
I encourage everyone to visit Bangkok, particularly those who’re new to the idea of long-term solo travelling. And it shouldn’t take all that much persuasion, after all Bangkok has been named as one of the world’s best cities to travel, for many years in a row, and there is a reason for it. In fact, there are many.
[Read: How To See Bangkok In 3 Days]
From food, to people, to a killer nightlife Bangkok leads in everything. Though some people do complain that it is too noisy, I think my Indian dispositions helped me blend in fairly easily. In only a few hours after I landed in Bangkok, someone offered me to drop me at my hostel, in his car, because I happened to ask him the directions. And that is how easy it is to work things out in Bangkok. Bangkok might possibly be the most tourist friendly capital city in the world. From frugal travellers to high-end shoppers, it has something for everyone!
Bangkok is for everyone
I remember a friend once told me that she doesn’t like solo backpacking “anymore” because on her very first trip she ended up in a place that wasn’t meant for her. And it had her discouraged for life. But that’s not going to happen if you go to Bangkok. Because whether you’re into crazy night parties, culture, food or pretty much anything else – the city will keep you entertained. Cheap, fascinating and colourful, Bangkok is designed to suit backpackers and solo budget travellers. You can spend a month here living different experience, seeing new places, every day. Explore temples, night markets, one of the craziest nightlife scenes, and of course, the amazing Thai food.
Bangkok is conveniently accessible
When it comes to travelling inside Bangkok, it is super easy. In fact so easy that you actually feel that everything here has been planned, or moreover designed to function, keeping a traveller’s ease in mind. Here you can find super cheap hostels, for less than $2 a night, and then seemingly right next door you can find a luxurious property charging you a whopping $10,000 each night. Such range of options make Bangkok much accessible for every kind of traveller.
The city’s public transport system makes it even better. From public buses to ferries; tuktuks to metered taxis, everything is in abundance, easy to find, and fairly priced here. And if you mange to learn a few different bus routes – which take you from one corner of the city to another in only 7 Bahts – you can save yourself a fortune, every day.
Bangkok is Safe
If compared to its other Asian counterparts, which fall in the category of cheap-places-to-travel-around-the-world, Bangkok is much safer. From being mugged to being ripped off, such atrocities are comparatively less likely to happen. Walk down a street in Bangkok, even at 2 in the night, and you will find the city just as much alive and safe, as it were during the day time.
You don’t need to be a good mixer to make friends here
There is no denying of the fact that Bangkok is full of travellers. And if you end up at one the popular backpacking streets namely, Khao San road or Sukhumvit Soi 11, among few others – you will have no problem in making new friends. Khao San Road, however, is the backpacker hub of Bangkok. Or perhaps, the backpacking hub of the universe. Beginning at the landmark The Brick Bar, as you walk down, with a beer in your hand, you’ll find happy backpackers from all over the world eating Pad Thai on the street and looking for someone to break into a conversation. It is unlike any other road in the world. In fact, the entire city is unlike any other city.
Despite being a bustling city, where life never stops, people in Bangkok always seem much affable and welcoming. They aren’t friendly to a level that they will go out their way to talk to anyone who walks by, because they respect your privacy. But if you interact with them, they will be most happy to speak and help you out in any way they can – without expecting for any money in return. What shocked me though, is every time when I asked a tuktuk driver about a bus route, they seemingly gave me all the information they had, despite knowing it will only harm their business. No wonder, the local people here make travelling easier to a next level.
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