An Insider’s Guide to Bangkok on a Budget
A vibrant city if there ever was one. Bangkok is the beating heart of Thailand, offering magnificent temples, brilliant palaces and a couple of hidden jewels along the canal.
Bangkok will not cost you a fortune to explore in all its glory. Here are a few things we think you should make sure to check out if you’re on a budget.
The Temple of the Golden Mount glistens as you see it. It looks as though it must be made of solid gold – it’s certainly not within your budget. However, at the end of a 300-step climb, you’ll find yourself only having to spend 100 baht ($3 USD) to enter this golden temple.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
The Chatuchak weekend market offers a huge selection of trinkets and souvenirs to take home with you. Take a walk between stalls and try the local street food.
This 58 hectare park helps you to catch a breath and relax outside of the busy city streets. If the crowded traffic and labyrinthine roads become too much for you, Lumpini park is only a bus ride away.
The park feature a scenic lake, open green areas and a statue of Thailand’s king near to the south-west gate. Go for a stroll, lay down on the grass or sit and admire the scenery, the options are only limited by your imagination.
Did you know that Bangkok is home to the world’s largest Chinatown? There’s nowhere else quite like it outside of China. Adorned with traditional Chinese decoration and with structures which date back to the 1780s, this bustling neighbourhood – packed with shops, stalls and narrow lanes – should not be missed by anyone wanting to see the real Bangkok.
Khao San Road
Thailand and backpackers will always have a special connection. Thailand is known as one of the best and most exotic locations for backpackers to travel to and Khao San Road embodies this.
Visit this street to see what all the fuss is about. You’ll find bars, hotels, hostels, tour operators and shops aplenty. There is a saying that if you can’t find it in Khao San road, then it’s not something a backpacker wants or needs. Give it a look and see if you agree.
So, you want something more distinctly Thai? Well, Taling Chan is probably one of your best bets. The Market runs on boats which float beneath the Thonburi canals.
The market focuses on food, which means it’s the perfect place to pick up an assortment of Thai snacks, street (or is it canal?) food, and a couple of seafood dishes which are half the price they would cost you in Chinatown.
The market only takes place on weekend from 9am, so make sure to line up your trip with a free Saturday or Sunday.
Baan Silapin Artist’s House
This is a small jewel hidden in Bangkok. Well, actually, it’s an old wooden house next to the Klong Bang Luang canal, but it’s a really unique experience for budget and luxury travelers alike.
The area teaches young locals about performing arts and helps to keep delinquents out of trouble. However, every afternoon at 2pm, you can expect to see free puppet shows. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see even more!
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