Bangkok First Time Guide

Your Survival Guide to Bangkok Neighborhood

We've accumulated a lot of facts and useful information about Bangkok tourism - everything the first-time visitor needs to plan a wonderful and memorable trip. Your tickets are booked, the excitement is mounting... You're coming to Bangkok!

It's a fascinating, intoxicating and chaotic place, brimming with sights, smells, thrills, gracious people, contradictions, cultures, cars, noise and bedlam. As with any teeming metropolis, however, it's also got its fair share of potential disappointments and frustrations. Get ready for the good news though...

To steer clear of the negative experiences during your first time here, dust off that sage old adage: Knowledge is power! Use our years of hard earned knowledge so your first experience of tourism in Bangkok will be an unforgettably great one. 

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Your Survival Guide to Bangkok's Best Neighborhoods

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    First time visitors to Silom will be amazed by how much this downtown area of Bangkok changes throughout the day. During Read More»

  • 1st Time in Siam

    Siam is a great base for a first trip to Bangkok. This trendy area is the pedestrian-friendly part of the city, with a Read More»

  • 1st Time in Pratunam

    If it is your first visit to Pratunam you will be in for an intense experience because this whole area is a jumble of Read More»

  • 1st Time in Bangkok Riverside

    1st Time in Bangkok Riverside

    Bangkok Riverside has more resort-style hotels than anywhere else in the city. It means this area attracts honeymooners, Read More»

  • 1st Time in Bangkok Old City

    On your first trip to the Old City district in Bangkok, you will probably be struck by how exotic everything is. Whereas Read More»

Most Popular in Bangkok

  • Top 10 Hotels in Bangkok

    Top 10 Hotels in Bangkok

    Backed by popular votes, you can rest assured that these Top 10 Hotels’ facilities, interior décor, service and location Read More»

  • Top 10 Attractions in Bangkok

    Top 10 Attractions in Bangkok

    From the top 10 things to do, to the most unusual sites, and the most glamourous places to be, discover all the best Read More»

  • Top 10 Shopping in Bangkok

    Top 10 Shopping Malls

    These Top 10 Shopping Malls offer the best shopping experiences, in terms of diversity of products, accessible location Read More»

Other Useful Information

  • Getting around Bangkok

    It's easy to get around Bangkok, with extensive public transportation systems, from the Skytrain (BTS), underground Read More»

  • Weather in Bangkok

    Weather in Bangkok

    Bangkok has a tropical monsoon climate and holds claim to being the hottest city in the world. The two periods of Read More»

  • Bangkok Maps

    Bangkok Maps

    Our interactive map displays all available hotels with photos, facilities and guest comments as well as attractions, Read More»

Most Popular Areas of Bangkok

Have a trawl through our Area Guides, where we tell you all about the city's main areas. This will help you decide where to stay, where to visit and where to avoid. At 1,600 square kilometres and counting, Bangkok is big, and the many different areas can be bewildering – even for those who've spent years Read More...

Bangkok Hotels: Where to Stay

Your essential guide to choosing a hotel in Bangkok is our 'Where to Stay' Editor's Guide, an in-depth look at each of Bangkok's most popular areas, together with a selection of hotels in that area that would suit just about every taste and budget.

There are a thousand and one hotels here, so no one needs Read More...

Getting Around Bangkok Made Simple

From the moment you arrive until the moment you leave, you're going to need to get around town. And, of course, you'll want to do so quickly and with minimum hassle and cost. In our Getting Around section, learn about all the means of transport available, and about prices, tips, tickets and scam-avoidance tricks.

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Shopping in Bangkok

Here, the cliché 'a shopper's paradise' is an understatement. Whether seeking out pricey brands in monstrous malls like Siam Paragon or CentralWorld, or rummaging for street-side kitsch at massive markets like Chatuchak Weekend Market, this city offers unmatched shopping potential and unbridled consumer pleasure. Everywhere you look, a bargain is to be had - from traditional crafts Read More...

Bangkok Nightlife

Bangkok's notorious nightlife - go-go bars, clubbing, ladyboy shows and the like - used to mean it was a question of 'How low can you go?' While debauchery till dawn is still possible, Bangkok today has a chic cosmopolitan glow, a newly-found swagger and maturity proven by dizzying rooftop bars, slinky jazz lounges and bars at high-end hotels, Read More...

Dining Experiences

One of the greatest of down-to-earth pleasures is quite possibly Bangkok's favourite too. The ability to chow street food on streets corners, delight in supreme international cuisine at plush restaurants, or gorge on comforting junk grub that reminds you of home, points to one conclusion: This city is fanatical about food! Our encyclopedic Restaurants & Dining Read More...

Bangkok Sights & Attractions

Like Paris' Eiffel Tower or London's Big Ben, there are some Bangkok sights and attractions that have to be seen before you can buy the I've-been-there T-shirt. At the top of the glittering pile are temples like Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaew, among others. Then there's The Grand Palace, the most majestic of the city's Read More...

Tours in and around Bangkok

An organised tour ingeniously eradicates all the hassles of sightseeing. No need to bury your head in your guide book as a guide gives you the live, unedited version. No need to fret about how to get there, as you're picked up and delivered back to your hotel. Feeling thirsty? Here, take a chilled refreshment! The Read More...

Spa & Massage

Bangkok is a great place to get pampered, pressed and preened at plush spas, all of which offer rejuvenating and revitalising treatments. These are bliss-you-out spaces that are tranquil retreats far away from the city buzz. Thai traditional massage only hints at all the reenergizing treatments now available, among them aromatherapy, acupuncture, facial and foot massages Read More...

Sport & Leisure

Spectator sport, especially Muay Thai (Thai boxing), is very popular in Bangkok, but it's keeping fit that's really on the rise among urbanites and visitors. If you crave physical exertion during your trip, no problem - Bangkok has plenty of parks, hi-tech gyms and public pools for working up a sweat in. Golf is also in full Read More...

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