Bangkok travel guide for food lovers

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Bangkok travel guide and useful information

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Hey, I’m Mark Wiens!

You have a lot to explore in Bangkok!

Are you ready?

Bangkok is one of the most enchanting and always exciting cities in the world!

I can still remember when I first arrived in Bangkok – I didn’t even want to blink my eyes for fear I might miss something interesting.

It was the never ending sprawl of Bangkok street food that really got me hooked.

Food literally goes on forever in Bangkok.

While walking down the sidewalk you’ll be blasted with irresistible aromas that will force you to eat delicious food (and that’s a wonderful thing).

So anyway…

I’m Mark Wiens.

I’ve been based in Bangkok since early 2009, exploring and discovering all sorts of amazing things Bangkok has to offer.

Over the years I’ve published quite a few travel, food, and tips articles about Bangkok, so I thought I’d neatly organize them on this page so they are all in one easy-to-find place. This is sort of a Bangkok travel guide hub page.

Scroll down and click on the articles that attract you.

I know you’ll find something useful.

(If you can’t see the video, watch it on YouTube here)

If you haven’t already watched the video above, you might want to take a few minutes to watch it now.

In the video, you’ll see 25 different things to do in Bangkok, which should give you a great feel of the city, what you can expect, and help you plan what you want to do on your visit.

“Hey Mark my name is Jack, I’m 22 years old and I’m from the UK, I just recently went on a weeks trip to Bangkok by myself, and I ended up having an amazing time and have fallen in love with the city. The reason I had an amazing time was because of you and your Bangkok videos, because of you I was able to find amazing places to eat food and go to amazing tourist attractions like the Temples. So thank you Mark for helping me make my Bangkok trip an incredible experience.” – Jack from the UK

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Here are a few articles that might help you plan your trip and the things you want to do and see while you’re in Bangkok:

  • One Day in Bangkok – Overview of what I would do in just one day in the city.
  • 6 Popular Shopping Markets in Bangkok – Bangkok is famous for its shopping, and here are six places you should visit if you want to shop until you drop.
  • Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market – Damnoen Saduak floating market, about 1 hour from Bangkok, is very famous (so famous is fact that it’s almost a zoo), but did you known there are some leisure floating markets within Bangkok?
  • Khlong Lat Mayomg Floating Market – Here’s another good floating market located on the outskirts of Bangkok.
  • Golden Mountain Temple – While Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho receive most of the temple attention in Bangkok, the Golden Mountain is also pretty cool to see – I like it because you can climb to the top of the hill to enjoy a nice view of the city.
  • Erawan Elephant Museum – This museum is not actually in Bangkok, it’s just outside, but it’s really worth a visit as a  unique attraction if you have the time.
  • Or Tok Kor Market – Located across the street from the Chatuchak Weekend Market, Or Tor Kor is a fancy food fresh market. The food court is pretty good too.
  • Bangkok Chinatown (Yaowarat) – All I can say is that visiting Bangkok Chinatown (click to watch video), for the energy, action, and for the food, is an absolute must when you come to Bangkok.

Day trips from Bangkok

  • Maeklong Train Market – This is a day trip from Bangkok where a train track and train runs directly through a market. It’s interesting to see, but now it’s so publicized, it kind of over-hyped – due to too many tourists.
  • Ayutthaya – As the old capital of the Siamese kingdom, Ayutthaya is one of the most historically important cities in Thailand. You can get there in about 1.5 hour from Bangkok, and it’s worth a day trip if you have the time.

If you haven’t already watched the video (above), go ahead and do so. I think it will give you some more good ideas about a few of the best and off the beaten path things to do.

Also, be sure to check out my guide, eBook: 101 Things To Do In Bangkok, where I share a lot more information about what to do, where to stay, what to eat, and how to make the most of your trip to Bangkok.

“Mark’s guide to Bangkok might well be the handiest travel e-book ever. Impressed!” – Melanie Fleur
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Where should I stay in Bangkok?

Where to stay in Bangkok?

If you’re looking for a hotel in Bangkok, there’s an overwhelming amount of choices from budget hostels to luxury 5-star resorts. Overall, your money goes pretty far for accommodation in Bangkok. On a mid-range budget you can a very nice place for your visit.

There are hundreds and hundreds of places to stay in Bangkok, so I’ll just leave you with a few suggestions of places I would personally recommend.

  • New Road Guest House (Budget) – Rooms here are basic but clean, and the hotel is located in a good place, near the main Charoen Krung road in Bangrak, but tucked into a quite alley.
  • Lub d Siam (Mid) – This is really nice hostel, but more of a modern designed hotel. Positioned right in Siam and just steps from MBK and National Stadium BTS station, the location couldn’t be more perfect.
  • Saphai Pae (Mid) – This is another modern and neatly designed mid-budget hostel in Bangkok. Friendly place and a really nice facility.
  • Bangkok Loft Inn (Mid) -
  • Hansar Bangkok (Luxury) – Great location, luxurious facility, and amazing service makes Hansar one of the premium hotels in Bangkok.

These are just a few of my personal suggestions, for more options, and great deals, I often use Agoda.com. You can use that search over to the right to find some great deals!

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You’re going to love Thai food!

Food and eating (Thai food)

Yes, by now you might know I’m a little more than obsessed with Thai food, and I also maintain EatingThaiFood.com, a blog all about eating in Bangkok. Also refer to these best restaurants in Bangkok if you’re looking for where to eat.

If you love to eat, here are a few must read Thai food articles:

  • 100 Best Thai Dishes – A list of amazing Thai food!
  • 51 Explicit Thai Food Pictures – This is just to sort of whet your appetite and get you excited about all the delicious Thai food you’re about to eat.
  • Top 16 Bangkok Street Food Streets – One of the best ways to get started eating street food in Bangkok is to go to a certain street, market, or area, and just begin exploring.
  • 21 Healthy Thai Foods – Want to eat delicious Thai food, but stay healthy?
  • Thai Breakfast Dishes – A few of the best Thai dishes to eat for breakfast.
  • How to Eat Scary Insects, Worms, and Bugs – Thailand is quite well known for the fact that insects are a favorite snack. They’re actually not extremely easy to find in Bangkok, but every now and then you’ll come across some vendors selling insects. Here’s how to eat them.
  • The Ultimate Durian Guide – Durian? It’s one of the world’s most amazing fruits, and here’s where to find and eat it in Bangkok.
  • Thai Desserts – Along with the marvelous realm of Thai cuisine is a giant selection of Thai desserts, and if you have a sweet tooth, make sure you read this guide.
  • Food Tour of Bangkok’s Sriyan Market – There are lots of cool markets and neighborhoods for eating street food in Bangkok, and Sriyan is one of my personal favorites.
  • Bangkok Vegetarian Festival – The annual vegetarian festival in Thailand normally takes places sometime in October – and whether you are vegetarian or not, you’re going to enjoy the food at the vegetarian festival.

If you love Thai food, you’re going to love the Eating Thai Food Guide! It includes some of my top restaurant recommendations, exactly what and how to order food in Thai, and a giant photo encyclopedia of Thai dishes.

CNNGo.com calls it, “An essential guide to expanding your eating repertoire beyond the usual Pad Thai and Green Curry!” Click here to check it out!

Are you vegetarian? Check out this awesome vegetarian Thai food, and you may want to grab a copy of the Vegetarian Thai Food Guide.

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Thai and foreign visa information:

For those of you who plan to travel in and out of Bangkok or Thailand a number of times, or even remain in Thailand a little longer than just a single tourist visa, here are some of the articles I’ve written about getting Thai visas in other countries.

And how to get certain foreign visas while in Thailand:

Is it safe to travel to Bangkok?

To be honest with you, after years, I’ve never really felt very threatened living in Bangkok.

Overall, it’s a pretty safe city to travel and live in.

But that being said, part of danger is being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s important to be cautious and on the look out at all times.

Read all my Bangkok safety tips here (avoid the scams too).

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Other useful articles

Other useful articles:

Have a great time in Bangkok!

Thank you for looking through this Bangkok travel guide resources page.

As an independent travel and food writer, I would be thrilled if you would be interested in supporting my effort by grabbing a copy of my Bangkok eBook or a copy of my Thai food guide, or even both.

Thank you very much for your support!

– Mark

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