A Solo Backpacker’s Bangkok Guide

Jun 23, 2019 | ESCAPE, Thailand

Culture & Travel 

by MJ Toledo

Bangkok | Bernard Spragg

Traveling to Bangkok alone can be challenging, here’s the how-to guide to make it easy

For thousands of people, traveling solo means saying goodbye to their comfort zone. Despite encountering many hardships, heading to an unknown place alone can be an extremely rewarding experience. This is why you should do it at least once in your life.

The bustling capital of the Land of Smiles is a favorite destination of solo travelers. You will surely not run out of activities to do in this bustling city. Here’s the best way to spend your time in Bangkok.

Stay Close to Public Transportation

Transportation is Bangkok can put a huge dent in your budget if you do not know how to do it right. This is because since you are traveling alone, you may not have anyone to split it with. However, you can always stay close to the MRT Subway and BTS Train. These cheap options will allow you to save more money.

Download Travel Apps

If it’s your first time in Thailand, you need all the help that you can get. However, don’t worry if you haven’t met friends you can ask for tips yet. You can always rely on the travel apps on your phone to tell you the best cuisine, transportation options, and temples to visit.

Make sure to download BTS Skytrain, Grab, and Bangkok MRT for transportation, Amazing Thailand for general recommendations, and Eatigo and Wongnai for food.

You can also join Facebook groups such as Bangkok and Thailand Travelers, and Bangkok Backpacker/Traveler.

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Khao San Road – Many Hostels available | Kanaka Rastamon

Stay in a Hostel

It’s always fun to meet like-minded people when you are traveling. One of the best ways to meet friends is through staying in hostels. There are countless fellow backpackers traveling in Bangkok so you’ll definitely find people who share the same adventurous spirit as you. Some of the most famous hostels in the city are Diff Hostel, Good’ uck Hostel, and Baan Gaysorn. If you love partying, Playground Hostel is a good option.

Talk to Expats

There are many foreigners who call Bangkok their home – and you can get the best advice from them. Before exploring, you can seek advice from an expat. A great place to meet them is at a street-side bar named Cheap Charlie’s.

Shop in Bangkok’s Markets

Whether you love shopping or not, it is a must to visit the numerous shopping in Bangkok. If you are looking for stylish clothes, Chatuchak Weekend Market is the perfect spot. You can also find knickknacks and souvenirs here. Other markets you should not miss are the flower market, Liab Duan Night Market, Rod Fai Train Market, and the JJ Green Night Market.

Learn Thai Phrases

If you are a shy traveler, there’s one tip that would help you meet locals – be well-versed in basic Thai phrases. This is also a great way to understand the culture of the country.

Even if you’re bad at it, don’t be afraid to make an effort to speak to locals in their own language. Without a doubt, you will surely be appreciated. Even the simplest phrases such as how to say good morning, asking prices, and saying your name would be great. You can download Learn Thai- Phrasebook for this.

Rent a Scooter

If you are confident enough in your driving skills, you can rent a scooter in Thailand. Without question, this is the ultimate way to explore the city. Not only will you save some bucks, but you can also have the luxury to explore the destination at your own phase. By renting a scooter, you can drive through every alleyway or street that piques your interest. Just remember to be careful.

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Songkran Thailand – Aleksandr Zykov

Enjoy Bangkok

The last tip is probably the most important – don’t forget to enjoy the city! This cultural and business capital is loved by countless tourists because of its inimitable charm. Don’t worry because the city has tons of things to offer companionless tourists who are armed with nothing but an intense thirst for adventure.

Don’t feel so lonely when you’re in Bangkok. Exploring this capital on your own is a great opportunity to know more about yourself.

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