It’s one of the most common things people look up whenever they’ve booked to a new destination: dos and don’ts, local culture, and hotspots, that sort of thing. It makes sense; if you’re booked for a 2 week stay at a leisure hotel in Sukhumvit, you want to be able to get the most of your trip, which means you’ll want to get the most info about your destination.
So, if you actually have booked a stay at a leisure hotel in Sukhumvit, here are some travel tips for Thailand’s capital.
- Check the map.
- Any big metropolitan city has a tendency to be confusing for new visitors. Bangkok is no different. There’s a river winding through the city, the names are long and constantly shifting, and the neighborhoods sometimes look alike. Want to avoid getting lost? Get a good map, one with names in both Thai and English.
- Prepare to barter.
- Bangkok bartering is a big part of the shopping experience. If there’s no fixed price or barcode, it’s time to get haggling. But the Thai people are a friendly lot, so the best way to approach a barter is to be friendly as well, with an amiable, best price approach. Aim to decrease the price by 10-40%, and don’t be afraid to walk away if the price doesn’t suit your tastes – odds are good you’ll get called for last chance negotiations.
- Have a photocopy of your passport at all times.
- Having an ID is important when you’re travelling across Bangkok, and Thailand. Providing proper documentation of who you are is a daily thing, something the Thais take very Taking a photocopy of your passport works well.
- Stay hydrated.
- This applies anywhere, really. But Thailand is a Southeast Asian country, with a tropical climate. If it’s not wet, it’s hot. Have bottled water on yourself at all times, but, don’t worry, there’s a lot of vendors selling water. Sure, it’s in a plastic bag with a straw, but you’ll get used to it.
- Avoid scammers.
- The general rule of thumb is that a Thai that approaches you on the street is after more than just pleasantries. Shopkeepers will approach you, that sort of thing. So if a random stranger suddenly approaches you, take heed, and don’t follow them.