Travel Tips Audio Podcast 154: Bangkok Tips

Bangkok Skyline. Photo by

Bangkok Skyline. Photo by

In this episode of the Tips for Travellers show Gary Bembridge shares observations, advice and tips for visitors to the capital of Thailand: Bangkok.

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The show covers the following and more:


  • Bangkok is capital of Thailand (Thai = free so Thailand means land of the free)
  • Never been colonised unlike so many other Asian countries – sided with Japanese in WWII and supported USA in Vietnam war.
  • Monarchy which is highly respected and revered  offence to say negative against the monarchy.
  • Bangkok used to be “Venice of the East” as so many rivers and canals – but now mostly filled in.
  • Lots of traffic and traffic jams.
  • Relatively safe despite political troubles and street demonstrations – more likely affect by tourist scams !

Getting there
Major gateway and also connections hub with most international Travelelers coming in via Suvanathmi international airport

Getting around

  • Sky train
  • Underground Metro
  • River rides – express boat up  and down Chao Phraya river
  • Buses harder to navigate as most routes in Thai
  • Taxis – metered but ensure is switched on
  • Motorbike taxis – ensure you given a helmet
  • Tuk-tuk – 3-wheeled open sided – most drivers focus on where they want to take you to..!

Must see things to do
Sights are fairly concentrated in one area close to each other

Wat Phra Kaew and Royal Grand Palace Complex

Grand Palace
Including some key buildings:
Borombhiman Hall
Amarin Vinitchai Throne Room
Chakri Maha Prasat
Dusit Maha Prasat

Emerald Buddha temple – Housed inside the Wat Pra Kaeo

Royal Thai Decorations and Coin Pavillion

Wat Pho
Close by is oldest and largest temple in Bangkok – contains country’s largest reclining Buddha

Golden Buddha
Housed in Wat Traimit – 5,5 ton Solid gold Buddha – 3 metres high

Wat Arun
Temple of Dawn named after Indian god of dawn

Dolls museum
National museum
Jim Thompson House
Royal Barge Museum

Bargaining expected in markets
Chinatown and Little India
Bangkok floating market
Central World Market

Red light district

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Gary Bembridge

I grew up in Zimbabwe, but I have been based in London since 1987. My travel life spans more than three decades and that includes more than 95 cruises. In 2005, I launched Tips for Travellers to make it easy and fun for people to discover, plan and enjoy incredible cruise vacations. And the rest, as they say, is history. I have the largest cruise vlogger channel currently on YouTube, with more than 3 million video views per month.

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1 Response

  1. Some great tips; I’m not sure about Thailand never being colonized though. Thailand was forced to become part of the Asian co-prosperity sphere during WWII under the Japanese. A polite name for colonialism. Also, the British technically conquered Thailand in 1944. Thailand was briefly an un-officiated country under the control of the RAF.

    I have put together 34 Bangkok travel tips through the YouTube video below. Hope that it adds to the discussion!

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