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Day 265: What to Do in Bangkok in 32 Hours?

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T-minus one month until take-off to my awesome trip to the land of Kyrgyzstan.

bangkokOn the way there, I have a 4 day stopover in Istanbul, and on the way back I somehow managed to get a 32 hour layover in the bustling city of Bangkok, Thailand (this would normally be against the rules of an award flight to have a layover longer than 24 hours). I’ve already inquired about things to do and see, and places to stay, in Istanbul (thanks all!), but now I’d like to pick your brain on the perfect way to spend 32 hours in Bangkok.

Read more about my awesome flight deal to Bishkek in this post.

I’ve never been to Bangkok, and to be honest, the thought overwhelms me just a tad. The city seems so crowded, bustling and exotic – and yet a place as far-fetched as Bishkek doesn’t really affect me. Must be all those blogs about strip clubs and movies like the Hangover getting into my head.

So, Bangkok… where to start? Can you help me plan the perfect quick stay?

What should I see? Where should I eat? Better yet, where should I sleep? Are YOU going to be in Bangkok come the last week of November?

Street food! Where is the best place to get some cheap grub? And, what’s your favorite dish? Unfortunately, I’m not into seafood, so how about we talk about your favorite chicken-based Thai dish in the process.

I’m not into the seedy side of Bangkok in the least, so ping pong shows are out of the question.

Since the trip will be so short, I definitely want a place to sleep in the central area… maybe just a cheap and clean hostel… heck or even couchsurfing. This is definitely not a time where I can look into Thailand home rentals since I’ll be alone and around for such a short time.

So much to think about, right?! I even sat down on day 265 to work out a work schedule for the upcoming month in order to get ahead. Whew.

Looking forward to your Bangkok tips!

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8 Responses to Day 265: What to Do in Bangkok in 32 Hours?

  1. Matt September 24, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    I’d stay at Niras Hostel – a quick walk away from Koh San but set in a traditional feeling neighborhood with far more locals than drunk backpackers. Plus, BKK’s best voted Pad Thai is just across the street….

  2. The Expat wife September 24, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    I am not much help because I have never been to Bangkok either, but I am moving there in a couple of months so looking forward to reading an update from you 🙂

  3. Kaitlin September 25, 2011 at 2:34 am #

    We are currently in Bangkok and I can totally relate to feeling overwhelmed. While it is hectic, crowded, and polluted, it’s definitely grown on us in our short few days here. We have stayed at two guest houses, both of which are great and relatively inexpensive near Koh San Road. The first was called Pen Park Place and the one we’re currently in is called Sam Sen Sam Place. The latter is nicer, but it’s a little more expensive, and both have free wifi (a blogger’s best friend). There is a lot of really cheap street food on Koh San and a great vegetarian restaurant called May Kaidee’s nearby. In 32 hours I would suggest wandering around and perhaps visiting one main site (Grand Palace, Wat Arun, etc.) rather than trying to see things all over the city. Negotiate with the tuk-tuk drivers to get around and if you take taxis, make sure they use the meter instead of a flat rate. The meters are always cheaper. Enjoy your time in Bangkok!

  4. Erik September 25, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    I would see if i could do a tweet-up with the many expats that are living there right now. They would also probably be able to show you some pretty off the beaten path stuff.

  5. Audrey September 25, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    I’m with Erik on this one, there are plenty of bloggers in Bangkok. You should look up ‘No Place To Be’ 🙂

  6. Adventurous Kate September 25, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    On the way back is PERFECT — go shopping!! Go to MBK, a huge mall in Siam Square, and you can find a lot of great clothing there for SO cheap! I got my entire post-shipwreck wardrobe there — D&G knockoff jeans for around $25 USD, cute dresses that always get compliments for $6-10, shoes, accessories, everything. And it’s NICE stuff.

    If you want to stay near Khao San Road, I always stay at Wild Orchid Villa (www.wildorchidvilla.com) — the location is perfect and the single rooms are essentially closets but so cheap at around $8. Khao San Road is awesome, and don’t let the psychic guy trick you into letting him kiss you (don’t ask). Hang out with Poi and Kirsty — they’re great.

  7. Xavier August 27, 2012 at 4:46 am #

    Thank you all for the tips! I will also have a short stay in BKK soon 🙂

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