Here are my 19 year old son’s top tips for where to stay and what to do as a young person in Bangkok. Very short and to the point with clearly not much emphasis on sight seeing:-
BANGKOK – THE TRAVELLER’S GUIDE
Depending on which part of Bangkok you want to stay in, Hostelworld or Hostelbookers always seem to know what they’re talking about when it comes to hostels in Bangkok. I stayed at 3 different hostels in Bangkok.
WE Bangkok (near Patpong Rd)- around 8 pounds a night, 15 min tuk tuk from Koh San Rd, lovely dorms with A/C, rooftop bar and great atmosphere.
Koh San Rainbow (just off Koh San Rd and above a curry house!) – cheapest hostel I stayed in in Bangkok, only 4.50 a night. Rooms with A/C but not much else..great curry though!
Nap Park Hostel (close to Koh San Rd) – most expensive hostel I stayed in but easily the best value for money. Great location, great atmosphere, pretty much everything you want in a hostel minus the price which was about 10 pounds a night.
You’ll soon learn that in Thailand, restaurants are not the way to go. It’s all about the street food which is cheaper and nicer. Food on Koh San Rd is excellent and the roads leading off Koh San Rd like Rambuttri Rd for example have great little Pad Thai stalls or places selling cheap Thai curries etc.
Things to do
One of the must sees in Bangkok is the Grand Palace which has been the home for the Thai Kings for 150 years.
￼Of course everyone visits the Koh San Rd, but a night time visit has to be done. It is crawling with backpackers and full of lively bars and roadside bucket stalls where you can keep on top of your budget! Everyone seems to move into ‘The Club’ around 12pm ish and is a guaranteed good night out..(well it didn’t ever let me down!)
The Chatuchak Weekend market is beyond a joke. With over 8000 stalls, if there was ever ANYTHING you wanted to buy in SE Asia, it will be here. It was almost too big for me..there was never enough time to see all the stalls!