Last updated on September 2nd, 2019 at 06:08 am
We spend a few days in Chinatown Bangkok and we had amazing time. We believe Chinatown is an amazing place to stay in Bangkok. We will write how to get to Chinatown Bangkok from Bangkok Airport from the cheapest way to the most comfortable way. There many things to do in Chinatown Bangkok and we will write about them. As always in Bangkok we contact our friend Geng from Explorenique. Geng is always bringing us around to off the beaten path places. He brought to discover new markets, introducing to Thai food. And his secret place a rooftop to watch the sunset in front of Wat Arun.
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How to get to Chinatown Bangkok from Bangkok Airport
Suvarnabhumi Airport is located around 30 km from Bangkok city. There are a few options to get to Chinatown Bangkok from Bangkok Airport:
How to get to Chinatown Bangkok from Suvarnabhumi Airport
You have to take the BTS Train to Phaya Thai Station to reach Chinatown Bangkok. The trip costs 45 Baht ($1.5 USD). From there you need to get to Bus 40. The bus ride costs 12 Baht (.40 cents USD). In total, you will spend around 60 Baht which is only $2 USD. The whole journey will take about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Another option to get to Chinatown Bangkok from the airport is going to Makkasan Station Airport Rail Link and transfer 5 minutes walking to Phetchaburi. From Phetchaburi ride 7 stops until Hua Lamphong. Once you are in Hua Lamphong you have to walk 10 minutes depending how far is your accommodation from the train station in Chinatown.
How to get to Chinatown Bangkok from Bangkok Airport easiest and cheapest way
To get to Chinatown from the airport the easiest way. It’s taking the Airport Link until Phaya Thai Station only 45 Baht and 25 minutes. Once you get there just get a taxi to Chinatown and it will cost you around 70 Bahth. Especially if you are traveling with someone else will be the easiest way and cheapest. This is the way that we did.
How to get to Chinatown Bangkok from Bangkok Airport by Grab
If you decide to go to Chinatown from Bangkok Airport by Grab it will cost you around 400 Baht ($13 USD). You just download the app
How to get to Chinatown Bangkok from Bangkok Airport by Taxi
The journey will take around 40 minutes, depending on the traffic. It costs around 500 Baht ($16 USD). This option is best for those traveling in group so you can split the cost.
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We decided to spend a few days in Bangkok before going back home in the Philippines. If you are heading to Bangkok soon, we will give you a few quick facts:
Exchange Rate in Thailand
The exchange rate is around 1 USD = 31 Baht. It means that, if you exchange 100 USD, you will have 3100 Baht. You can click here to know the exchange rate before your trip. We recommend you look for a good money changer in the city and avoid changing cash in the airport. If you will be using ATM, there is a withdrawal fee of 150 Baht per transaction.
Sim Card in Thailand
SIM Card+ Internet promos come in different prices. If you want to have a SIM card for 30 days, prices go from 400-600 Baht for 1.5 GB to 15 GB of mobile data. If you want a SIM card for 7-15 days, prices go from 300-600 Baht.
Best Time to visit Bangkok
Thailand is a beautiful tropical country with lush surroundings and a weather perfect for growing the most delicious fruits and the most captivating flora. Bangkok, being the country’s capital, is a thriving metropolis set in a humid and warm landscape that can be visited all year round.
For those who want to explore during its cooler months, the best time to visit Bangkok is from December to February. However, the rich culture and heritage of Bangkok is celebrated during the Thai New Year (or Songkran) during April, one of the countries hottest months along with March and May. Finally, Bangkok’s low season lands on May to October but the city can still be enjoyed, especially by budget travelers who prioritize good hotel deals over sunny weather.
Daily Budget to visit Bangkok
Bangkok is an Asian melting pot and visiting a city as colorful as this comes with a cost. Luckily, there are ways to navigate Bangkok for a much cheaper price than the average tourist. You can look for local restaurants that serve meals that go as low as 30 to 50 THB, while beers go for 40 THB a bottle.
For your accommodations a budget room can cost around 500 THB (less than $15 USD) while a mid-range one can go for 700-2000 THB ($20-50 USD). There are also Airbnb for $20 USD, click here to get $30 USD free credits with your first booking!
There are many things to do in Bangkok and some of them come with ticket fees. For example, a visit to the Grand Palace costs 350 THB while the Reclining Buddha ticket only costs 200 THB. Just put aside $15 USD or less for your entertainment budget in Bangkok.
For around $2 USD you can rent a bicycle to go around Bangkok. You can learn more about the other transportation options below.
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Transportation Around Bangkok
As an iconic tapestry that represents Asian culture really well, Bangkok is a beautiful city that you can easily navigate with different modes of transportation. If you have plenty of time to stay in the city, I suggest you try each of the following vehicles.
Bangkok by Train
If you’d like to explore Bangkok away from the traffic or pollution of the busy streets, you can ride BTS Skytrain. It covers the downtown area and is perfect for traveling to the Siam Square. Skytrain offers a tourist pass for unlimited rides at 140 THB per day or a multiple-ride pass for 345-550 THB.
There are several train stations in Bangkok for traveling long distances, Hua Lamphong being the most important one and is found near Yaowarat. There’s also the Thon Buri Train Station which has trains to Kanchanaburi via Nakhon Pathom and the Wongwien Yai Train Station which is a commuter line. Finally, Bangkok’s MRT has 2 lines that connect to different stations and multiple areas all over the city.
Bangkok by Bus
There are all sorts of buses in Bangkok which vary in fare, condition and color. The cheapest ones recommended for tourists are the red and the white and blue buses. These buses are more spacious than the cramped small orange buses and only cost 6.50-8 THB. On the other hand, there’s an airconditioned version of the orange buses at 11 THB. The most luxurious buses that move around the city are colored pink and white, with a 20 THB flat rate.
Bangkok has 3 public bus terminals. The biggest is the Northern Bus Terminal, also known as Mo Chit 2. From here you can take a bus to Chanthaburi, Pattaya, Rayong and Trat. The Eastern Bus Terminal (or Ekkamai) also travels to the destinations mentioned above, along with Ban Phe and Ko Chang. If you want to visit Cambodia, look for the bus headed to Aranyaprathet and say that you are getting off at Poipet. The Southern Bus Terminal (or Sai Tai Mai) has long distance buses that go to areas in Southern and Western Thailand like Krabi, Ko Pha Ngan, Nakhon and Phuket.
Bangkok by Tuk Tuk
A trip to Bangkok would not be complete without at least trying the tuk tuk, the famous 3-wheeled motorbikes of Asia. It’s honestly hard to get a good price for a ride but they are quite efficient. You just have to be smart enough not to get swindled into paying more than you should. Here’s a tip: hail tuk tuks from the main road instead of the tourist spots as many of the drivers there expect more payment than they actually deserve.
Bangkok by Boat
Taking a boat through the Chao Phraya River is one of the many things to do in Bangkok for tourists. However, the river is not enjoyed by travelers alone. The Chao Phraya Express Boat is used by everyone in Bangkok and has different lines traveling to all sorts of destinations. For the complete tourist experience, you can go on the Tourist Boat for 150 THB a day and 50 THB for a single ride. There’s also the San Seap Express Boat that go through the canal and river taxis that can be hired to reach areas outside the routes.
There are also local boats for less than 30 THB to move around Bangkok and avoiding the traffic of the city. The cheapest boat that we found was 4 THB crossing from Wat Pho to Wat Arun and it’s only 3 minutes boat ride.
Bangkok By Taxi and Grab
We loved moving around Bangkok for short distances by taxi and Grab. Especially when we were bringing our luggage. We found out in Bangkok taxi is cheaper than Grab. Always they put the taximeter, better you always ask them. If they don’t put the taximeter just don’t ride that taxi.
Things to do in Chinatown Bangkok
There are a few things to do in Chinatown Bangkok. Our favorite was eating street food and local restaurants. Food was so delicious and so affordable. You can eat a dish for $2 USD.
Trying Street Food
We tried the typical Pad Thai, fried rice, exotic fruits and soups. We loved it all them! Since street food to local restaurants with prices affordable. Many people walking around.
A travel tip if you are going to Chinatown Bangkok: Mondays is closed and most of the places don’t open. Better you make sure you visit from Tuesday to Sunday.
For sightseeing around Bangkok we decided to mix open spaces and temples. Since cruising Chao Phraya River to visit the touristic temples in Bangkok like Wat Pho. You can see the Reclining Buddha and beautiful temples inside the Wat Pho. The entrance is 200 Baht and it’s only 25 minutes walking distance from Chinatown. If you go by bus, taxi or Grab can be less than 10 minutes to reach Wat Pho.
Wat Arun is our favorite temple in Bangkok. It’s located in Chao Phraya River and just 3 minutes boat ride from Wat Pho. We love the colors of the temple and the vibe. So quiet to walk around even there are always people. The entrance fee is 50 Baht.
Sunset in front of Wat Arun
We discovered a new rooftop in Bangkok thanks to our friend Geng from Explorenique. A perfect place to have a beer and try Thai food. You can see the lights at night of Riva Arun in a peaceful place just a few minutes walking distance from Wat Pho. It’s not easy to find the rooftop. But feel free to contact us or our friend Geng if you want to know more about his secret rooftop in Bangkok.
Indi Market in Bangkok
A perfect place to have dinner and a beer. From the rooftop you get cool views of the market with blue and white colors. It was quite peaceful and we loved it. Local prices, delicious food and cold beer! It’s located 10 minutes ride by taxi from Chinatown Bangkok and we think is a great alternative to go around in Bangkok.
Where to Stay in Chinatown Bangkok
We spent our time in Chinatown at Baan 2459 and we can recommend it 100% for sure! We love Boutique Hotels and in Baan 2459 you will find a Heritage – something that has been inherited or passed down thru generations with beautiful details, quiet and peaceful yes even is inside Chinatown only two minutes walking distance.
The breakfast was great with Thai options. We loved trying local food wherever we go. We enjoyed breakfast with a view to the temple and delicious coffee. Since inside the hotel there is a coffee shop.
Check out some of the shots that we took in this heritage hotel.
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