Bangkok is a huge city both in population and in physical size, to the surprise of many first-time visitors. There are over 1,000 hotels in the city, which are spread through over a dozen different districts. If you are planning a short visit to Bangkok as part of a trip to Phuket or elsewhere in Asia, the Sukhumvit area is ideal in many cases.
The main tourist attractions are close to the river, but there aren’t many international-quality hotels in that area so most Western guests prefer this neighborhood because it’s very modern and tourist friendly. This is also where most of the Western expats live, at least those who work for foreign companies in Bangkok, so it’s a nice mix of tourists and new locals who speak English. Continue Reading
If you are coming to Bangkok for a short visit on your way to or from Phuket Island, one of the most popular area for luxury travelers is known as the Bangkok Riverside. There are about 20 luxury high rise hotels that overlook the Chao Phraya River, mostly on the busier eastern bank of the river. The area is also home to many high-end office complexes so it’s a magnet for the executives who require excellent service.
To be honest, the area isn’t particularly close to the main tourist attractions or the best shopping malls, but you can find everything you really need in this posh area. Better still, you can either hail a taxi or hire your own driver with a car for a reasonable price, and when you have access to a car this area is close enough to everything. Continue Reading
If you are coming to Asia and going anywhere near Bangkok, it would be a huge shame to miss seeing it. A great number of people who come to Phuket for an annual sunshine holiday will stop in Bangkok for a few days on the way in or the way out, and many of them do it every year. Bangkok is modern and friendly so it’s the kind of city where there is always something new to do each time you come back.
One minor downside to Bangkok is that it’s huge and sprawling, so figuring out where to stay can be a challenge, even for those who’ve visited before. Seriously, the city just goes and goes almost like Los Angeles, and there are actually several different central areas that aren’t in any way within walking distance of each other. If you stay in an inconvenient part of the city you might spend half your day going back and forth to the things you want to see. Continue Reading
Phuket is easily Asia’s number one sunshine destination for holidays, but it’s so far from most visitors that it’s a shame to go all that way and only stop in one place. Thailand is a tourist’s paradise in many ways, though in Phuket you only get to taste a small slice of what the country has to offer.
For this reason, most savvy visitors have figured out that it’s very easy to spend a few days in Bangkok on their way to Phuket or on their way home. As we discussed in our section about getting to Phuket, most visitors will at least need to change planes in Bangkok (or Kuala Lumpur) anyway, so you might as well spend a few days in one of them to get more contrast on your long trip. Continue Reading