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A Guide to Solo Travel in Bangkok

Navigate the Bustling City with Ease

Although travelling with family and friends can create long-lasting memories and bonds, embarking on a solo adventure to Bangkok promises an unforgettable journey through the vibrant streets of Thailand’s bustling capital. From navigating the city’s bustling markets to savouring its world-renowned street food, here’s your introductory guide to Bangkok, a city considered by many as the ideal introduction to solo travelling.

The Best Solo Sites – From the Grand Palace to the Night Markets

No visit to Bangkok is complete without exploring its rich heritage and iconic landmarks. From the awe-inspiring Grand Palace to the serene Wat Arun temple, Bangkok is home to a wealth of cultural treasures waiting to be discovered. Be sure to dress respectfully when visiting religious sites, and consider hiring a local guide to gain deeper insights into Bangkok’s history and culture. For a taste of the iconic Bangkok nightlife and street exploration, head over to the markets that are a favourite among backpackers, such as the famous Khao San Road. 

The Flavours of Bangkok – Street-food in Style

Street food Delights in Bangkok |Image via Wikimedia Commons

A highlight of solo travel in Bangkok is indulging in the city’s world-renowned street food scene. From aromatic bowls of spicy Tom Yum soup to crispy Pad Thai noodles, Bangkok’s street food vendors serve up a tantalizing array of flavours and culinary delights, at a restaurant in Chinatown or a street-side hangout at a night market.

Getting Around 

Considering the interconnected nature of the city, most neighbourhoods and attractions are conveniently within walking distance of public transport options or tuk-tuks. Although local taxis are readily available on any street, the public transportation system of Bangkok is not only the most affordable option, but is also fairly easy to navigate as a tourist. Purchasing a single-use ticket or a rechargeable card for the BTS sky-train or subway is the best way to explore the city without the hassle of traffic.

Additionally, some of the best 5-star hotels in Bangkok are located within minutes from the nearest station or bus stop. Pathumwan Princess Hotel is situated in the heart of the city and is within walking distance from the National Stadium subway station, and several bus stops. Alternatively, navigated by foot allows visitors to soak in the concentrated vibrance of the city’s sites, although the heat and humidity might make this option a challenge.

The Best Times to Visit – Beating the Crowds or the Heat

Considering the tropical climate that blankets most of the country, those looking to escape the sweltering heat or humidity would benefit from planning a trip during the cooler months from November to February. However, as this season is packed with holidays and special occasions, the ‘summer’ months March to May would be ideal for those looking to avoid the large crowds.

Cash or Card?

Aside from the upscale metropolitan areas of the city, it is advised to always carry cash, as most places do not accept card payments.