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 write more.
I encourage everyone to visit Bangkok, particularly those who’re new to the idea of long-term solo travelling. And it shouldn’t take that much persuasion, after all, Bangkok has been named as one of the world’s best cities to travel to, for many years in a row, and there is a reason for it. In fact, there are many reasons.
From world-class food to nature parks to party places, 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 has something 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 at a place that wasn’t meant for her, and it had her discouraged to travel solo for life. But that’s not going to happen if you will visit Bangkok. Because no what taste you have, there is no dearth of things to do in Bangkok.
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 the different experience, seeing new places, every day. Explore temples, night markets, one of the craziest nightlife scenes, and of course, the amazing Thai food.
Travelling in Bangkok is convenient
When it comes to travelling inside Bangkok, it is super easy. In fact so easy that you actually feel that everything in Bangkok 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 USD 2 a night, and then right next door you can find a luxurious property charging you a whopping USD 10,000 each night. Such a range of options makes Bangkok accessible for every kind of traveller.
The city’s public transport-system makes it even better. From public buses to ferries, tuk-tuks to metered taxis, everything is in abundance, easy to find, and fairly priced. And if you manage 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.
Bangkok is Safe
If compared to other Asian cities that come under the category of budget-cities-to-travel, Bangkok is much safer. From being mugged to being ripped off, such atrocities are comparatively less likely to happen in Bangkok. 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 in Bangkok
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 a 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 find happy backpackers from all over the world eating Pad Thai on the street and looking for someone to talk to. Khao San Street is unlike any other street in the world. In fact, the entire Bangkok 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 of their way to talk to anyone who walks past them because they respect other people’s privacy. But if you will interact with them, they will be very happy to speak and help you out in any way they can. What shocked me, even more, was the fact that every time I asked a tuk-tuk driver about a bus route, they happily distributed me with all the information they had, despite knowing it will only take their customer away.