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Transport options

There's no end to transport options in Bangkok, whether you play it safe and take the efficient sky train (BTS) or the metro (MRT), opt for a taxi or go local and take a motorbike, tuk tuk, bus, ferry or canal boat. Travel in Bangkok is cheap and - for the most part - easy. However, steer clear of tuk tuks during peak hour as the pollution and heavy traffic can make for an unpleasant ride.

Car rental

Bangkok's roads are difficult and scary to navigate if you're not used to them and notorious for their traffic jams. Signposts are rarely user-friendly for non-residents and parking is hard to come by, making car rental an unwise decision. That said, there are so many other transport alternatives, you won't miss being behind the wheel for a few days.

Coverage

Bangkok's public transport systems have excellent coverage for tourists. While the sky train and metro have fairly limited reach by many large cities' standards, for tourist purposes, almost every major attraction is within walking distance of a station. Only the old quarter, near Khao San Road can prove trickier to reach, but taxis and ferries make an easy alternative.

Price

Transport in Bangkok is cheap. The most extravagant way to travel is by taxi, with most long-ish journeys costing around THB100 (just over US$3). Always shun taxis that refuse to go by the meter, as they will invariably try charge you more. Tuk tuks and motorbikes often bump the price for tourists, so don't be shy to haggle a little.

Cycle

Cycling in Bangkok seems like a terrifying prospect, unless you've discovered Bang Krachao, a lush, green and untouched corner of the city. Little known to tourists and treasured by locals, the mangrove-filled wilds of this area make a perfect escape from the city. Hop over on the ferry from Wat Khlong Toey Nut pier and hire a bike when you get there.

Grand Palace

As unmissable as Angkor Wat in Siam Reap, you haven't seen Bangkok until you've seen the Grand Palace. Opulence at its best, this complex of buildings and temples is perhaps South East Asia's most impressive example of royal grandeur. The Grand Palace, Maharaj Pier, Chao Phraya, Bangkok

Boat cruise

Head to any pier along the tourist trail and you can't fail to notice the touts trying to sell river cruises or on-board sunset dinners. Hop on at Tha Pra Athit, the pier closest to Khao San, and enjoy the sights of Wat Arun, the Grand Palace and the Rama VIII bridge as you bob along the Chao Praya River eating authentic Thai cuisine.

Khao San Road

While demonstrating very little Thai culture, Khao San Road is certainly an experience. On any given night, it comes alive with neon lights, crowded bars full of leery travellers and locals alike, street vendors selling market clothes, foods and - in fact - almost anything you might want to get your hands on. Loud and proud, there is nowhere quite like Khao San.
Thanon Khao San, Banglamphu.

DAY 1

Head to the old city to explore both the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, where the giant reclining Buddha is housed. As the sun sets on Bangkok, enjoy some peace from the riverside opposite Wat Arun. End the day with a well-deserved Chang at nearby Khao San Road, and watch the city transform into a party town.

DAY 3

Take the ferry to China Town, for a wander around some of the area's narrow pathways. Take your pick from a weird and wonderful array of restaurants and food vendors for lunch before heading out to Siam Square for a more modern approach to consumerism. The city's coolest kids meet to shop in local designer boutiques and relax at nearby shopping malls, including MBK, Central World and Siam Paragon.

DAY 2

Head to Chatuchak Weekend Market for a spot of retail therapy and culinary adventure in the world's largest outdoor market. You'll find everything from clothes to furniture to turtles and squirrels for sale in this enormous, sweaty maze of stalls. If you've still got some energy left after that, hit the town for some high-end fun along Sukhumvit Soi 11, where some of the city's best bars and restaurants are.

DAY 4

Enroll in a cooking class. There is a plethora of cooking schools to choose from in Bangkok, among them Cooking with Poo. Run by a local entrepreneur, Poo, within a city slum. You'll learn how to cook authentic Thai with all money benefiting those living in the slum. After filling up on the day's cooking efforts, finish the night of Muay Thai. Nightly fights are held at Bangkok's two traditional boxing rings: Lumphini stadium and Ratchadamneon.

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