Pointers for Bangkok
Pointers for Bangkok Reviews
Top 6 pointers for Bangkok Jan 04, 2011
1. Public holidays
When visiting sites, locals will always try to tell you that the place is closed due to a public holiday or a Buddha festival. Don’t believe any of them. Their aim is to lure you away in order to visit other sites and go shopping too (they get a commission for the sales they bring). Always make your excuses and check things for yourself.
2. Wear flip flops for Buddha!
It’s so annoying to unlace trainers and shoes before entering a Buddha temple, so if you have a block of time planned for such visits, just make sure you have flip flops on.
3. Internet cafes
Never go to the ones that are full of tourists. They will be crammed with facebookers or skypers that will inevitably slow the internet down. Instead, check out the cafes which are frequented by Thai kids. They always use the cafes for computer games only, and surfing the net in such places is much faster.
4. Your hostel receptionist/guru
If you have checked into a decent hostel with nice staff, trust them for advice. Always ask them about approximate taxi fares from A to B, about the best train or bus routes to take, writing down certain essential phrases in Thai etc. This sounds a little obvious but you'd be surprised how ignored it becomes. It will improve everything, from when you buy clothes or souvenirs, to when you want to ensure that your non-English speaking chef cooks your food at a spice level that suits you!
See where the locals eat and go there. The food will be of a far more superior quality and it will be cheaper too. The only down side is that the sellers may not speak a word of English. I experienced this on 2-3 occasions. In this case, point 4 above should already help you out!! In case you didn't read it, or have forgotten it already, seek a local who speaks some English to help place your order. Or just see what someone else is eating, and ask to be served the same dish. It might seem a tad rude to point, but it’ll definitely lead to a good meal!
Say hello to your new church for while you are in Bangkok, the beloved 7-Eleven. Dotted around everywhere, these air-conditioned stores are mini heavens/havens away from the heat. From a quick snack to keep you going, to a much-needed sugary drink, you will feel instantly happy every time you pass one of these stores!
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