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Bangkok Travel Blog› entry 8 of 17 › view all entries
Well if you've never been in Asia before, Bangkok will be a bit of a shock to the system.
It's really busy, noisy and filthy and the moment you step on the street you'll be harassed by tuk tuk drivers. Some of them will offer to drive you around or to your destination at an exceedingly cheap rate - such as 5 or 10 baht. Ignore these guys - they will make stops along the way and railroad you into shops where you'll be bullied into buying stuff. Always agree a price up front and make it clear to any tuk tuk or taxi driver that you want to go DIRECTLY to your destination and be firm that you will not suffer any stops along the way. Learn to politely refuse once, then completely ignore anyone who tries to approach you or offer you something.
The main travellers area is Khao San Road, which is busting with market stalls, restaurants, guesthouses and bars. There's lots of fun to be had here, and you'll encounter lots of other backpackers so if you're looking to meet up with fellow travellers this is the place to go. We stayed in a hotel called Bihmann Inn which is 5 minutes walk from KSR (you prob don't want to stay on KSR itself unless you plan to be up all night every night). It's basic, and not the cleanest but the breakfast is OK, the rooms have air con and hot shower and it's cheap.
The main tourist attractions are the temples, of which Wat Po is probably most impressive in my opinion, the Grand Palace and the floating market. These are a short tuk tuk ride from Khao San road. If you're going to the Palace you'll need to wear full lenth trousers and be covered on top to the elbows. They won't let you in otherwise and you'll have to queue for ages to rent some silly looking clothes before being allowed to proceed. Wat Po has the temple of the reclining buddha which is 43m long and quite impressive.
While at Wat Po, there was this amazing circular rainbow like artefact around the sun which I've never seen before. I managed to capture some pics.