The information below is from our visit in January 2016. To make things easier for ourselves we were working off the exchange rate of AUD$1 = THB฿30
The Places We Travel
We flew from Delhi to Bangkok with Thai Airways which was a super short flight but you can pretty much get to Bangkok from most major airports.
The Places We Stay
We stayed just off Khao San Road which is the main backpackers district and for ease we would recommend staying around this area.
You can get to Khao San Road a number of different ways from Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Being on a budget means taking a tuk-tuk or taxi is normally out of the question for us, even more so when there are other options that are just as quick and so much cheaper. A taxi will cost you several hundred Thai Bhat ฿ from the airport to Khao San Road. You shouldn’t need to negotiate a price as all taxis have meters, however often the drivers won’t use them. We found that if you keep moving on to different taxis you will eventually find one that is happy to use the meter. Taxis for us are always a great option but we knew there was a much cheaper one from the airport – the train.
This is extremely easy and by far a much cheaper option. Once at Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok International Airport) you can make your way to the airport rail link on the first floor.
Before buying a ticket make sure you are at a rail link vending machine, not a normal metro vending machine. To make sure you are at the right one check how many stops are available at the machine, if it looks like a full metro map you’re at the wrong one, you want the machines that have only several stops. Once there you will need to buy a single trip ticket (The English button is in the top right hand corner). Buy a ticket to Phaya Thai Station for ฿45 and then get on the train – Super easy.
We were there early in the morning during their peak hour rush so the first couple of trains that came by were so full we didn’t get on as there was no way we would have fit with our bags. The trains run so often in peak hour that another one was there within a couple of minutes so don’t stress if you miss one.
Once at Phaya Thai station we got a taxi to Khao San Road. We only ever use taxis if they use the meter so it cost ฿70 to take us up to Khao San Road. If there was a group of you this was be a really cheap option.
Before going to Bangkok we had read up on the notorious tuk-tuk drivers there so avoided them where we could. They will often suggest a much cheaper price for the drive as they will take you on your own private tour to visit all of their mates shops and restaurants and will want you to get out to have a look and most likely buy something. We didn’t want to deal with this so didn’t even look for a tuk-tuk and just found a taxi driver that was happy to use the meter. Some drivers quoted us ฿200 to go the short distance so even though this may seem like a small amount the metered fare is a fraction of that.
The Places We Sleep
Sawasdee Bangkok Inn
126/2 Khaosan Rd., Banglumpu, Pranakorn, 10200 Bangkok, Thailand
We stayed in a standard double room with private bathroom. It was really small which didn’t really bother us but it would be difficult for 2 friends to share unless you didn’t mind not having your own space. The downfall was the huge hole in the wall…
The hostel offered a laundry service for ฿30 per kilo and we dropped everything off as soon as we arrived and it was ready later that day.
There is free wi-fi in the lobby and tables and chairs where you can sit and drink.
Beers are ฿20
Cost per night – ฿620
The Places We Eat
If you can’t find somewhere to eat in Bangkok you should probably go back home. There is a multitude of places to eat all ranging from street food to nice restaurants.
In the street over from Khao San Road, Rambuttri Alley there is a small section of cheap street restaurants where you can eat a decent meal for less than ฿700 for 2 people including beers. We went to GUN restaurant as it had spare seats (there was no other reason why we picked it) and ate and drank there.
All around the area you can find street food, especially at night.
Chicken Kebabs will cost you ฿60 and they were amazing. Try one if you’ve got a spare ฿60 and are after a snack. I don’t think it would be enough to fill you up as a full meal though.
The Places We Write About
You can read our blog post from our time in Bangkok by clicking on the link below.