All of our Thailand trips start in Bangkok. Naturally, we stay near the traveler hub of Khao San road so you can expect to encounter weird and wonderful people from all over the world. Because Bangkok is the main Backpacking / travel hub of the area, anyone on an extended trip through South East Asia will more than likely pass through at least a couple of times depending on the duration of their trip and the route taken. The more times you pass through, the easier backpacking Bangkok will become. If you do one of our Thailand tours we will meet you from the airport and make sure your first few days are fun and worry free so you will be off to the best start possible. Just don’t do what that dude is doing in the video below!!
Backpacking Bangkok – What we do…
Chao Phraya River Cruise – Translating to ‘The River of Kings’, the Chao Phraya river has been the life line of Bangkok for decades. Cruising down the river in a traditional ‘long tail’ boat, you can take in all sorts of sights from the shimmering temples to the local neighborhoods and stilt houses. This way you really get to see Bangkok behind the scenes and get a real taste of the capital from a different perspective. This is exactly why we take you on a river cruise on all of our Southern Thailand tours. Here’s a short video of some of the sights you will see on the river.
Bangkok Temples, Wat Pho and Wat Arun – Buddhism is a major part of Thailand’s culture and this is clear from both the sheer number of temples and the size and extravagance of some of them. After the river cruise we visit Wat Pho and Wat Arun (in the big pic at the top of the page), two of the most famous temples in Bangkok. From the dizzy heights of Wat Arun where we climb the steps to get a great view of the city below, to the famous 46 meter long golden reclining Buddha statue at Wat Pho you will certainly see some dazzling sights. Wat Arun is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok whilst Wat Pho was Thailand’s first university and a center of education for traditional Thai medicine. It later became the leading massage academy in Thailand and a qualification from here is still held in very high regard to this day.
Bangkok Markets – Markets are big part of life in Bangkok, and you can find them everywhere selling all sorts of different stuff, be it delicious street food, cheap fabrics or a brand new pair of ‘Ray Vans’, there is a whole universe of market stalls to get your head around. Our personal favorite is the world famous floating market which we visit on our Northern Thailand tour. Another is the massive Chutuchack (JJ) Weekend Market – check out our Tru Review of it here.
Khao San Road – Located in the Banglamphu district, Khao San Road is the backpacker hub in Bangkok, Thailand and possibly the world. You will see nationalities from all over the world eating Pad Thai from street food vendors, and bargaining with store owners for all sorts of goods from ‘designer’ clothing to souvenirs. Khao San is known globally and is always a good place to start and finish your trip, and no doubt you’ll run into countless people you’ve met along the way.
Khao San Road is even more buzzing by night than it is by day and you will get to experience the incredible nightlife first hand on any of our tours. We take you to the coolest backpacker bars for some cheap beer, buckets and good times. Theres no better place to get to know your new travel pals.
Tuk Tuk Ride – The original Bangkok taxi. After we finish at the temples we will be whisked back to our hotel by the iconic three wheel method of transport unique to Bangkok.
Thai Massage – On day 3 of our South Thailand tours we take you to a local spa for a traditional Thai massage. The perfect way to loosen up after a long flight and before our overnight train ride down south. Massages are a big part of life in Thailand and you will see spas of all types and sizes almost everywhere you go. Many westerners automatically think of ‘happy ending’ places or seedy red light places however this is mainly due to the way Thailand is portrayed in the western media and is nowhere near accurate. The vast majority of spas (including the one we go to) only offer massages and other spa treatments for locals and tourists alike. To many Thai’s it is even seen as medicinal as well as relaxing with many of Thai people preferring to visit their masseuse instead of a doctor for aches and pains.
Where we stay…
Whilst in Bangkok we stay at a comfortable hotel on Soi Rambruttri which is just 5 mins walk to Khao San Road. We are near enough to all the action (both night and day) but you can also escape from the crowds and get some peace and quiet when you want. More importantly for some, is the ability to cool down when you need to in the private air conditioned rooms and the hotel swimming pool (left). The rooms also has en suite bathrooms and the hotel has a bar and restaurant near the pool. All the rooms we use are doubles, twins or triples (right).