Visiting Bangkok is almost inevitable for backpackers travelling through Thailand and South East Asia. Find out about backpacking in Bangkok with guides about places to see, eating out, accommodation, visas and much more. Our unique backpacking guide to Bangkok includes tips and advice from fellow backpackers who have been there and done it so you can be certain this guide will be invaluable to you.
Known for its bustling street life, high-rise buildings and temples Bangkok is certainly one of Thailand’s “go to” destinations. The Thai capital is home to over 8 million people while its surrounding metropolitan region has a population of over 14 million people. First time backpackers to Bangkok may find it a pleasant assault on the senses but you will quickly feel at home here. Bangkok’s economy expanded in the early-to-mid 19th century through international trade with China and the Western world which certainly proves why Bangkok sits as the global capital of the East.
Although there is no official state religion in Thailand, over 90% of the population practice Buddhism. It is thus extremely difficult to miss the gleaming temples plotted around the city. Other religions in Thailand include Confucianism, Taoism, Hinduism and Christianity.
Besides the temples, tuk tuks and bustling street vendors serving Thai delicacies grace the city of Bangkok. It is this beauty of immediate contrast that seems to attract visitors from all over the world. MasterCard ranked Bangkok as the top destination city by international visitors. As well as being Thailand’s centre of wealth and modernisation, Bangkok is still home to some of the countries historic and cultural attractions. A visit to Bangkok is never really complete without an afternoon marvelling at the wonder of The Grand Palace, or Wat Pho; classed as one of the highest grade of the first-class royal temples.
We cannot forget the food in Bangkok which serves as one of the capitals highlights. Iconic Thai dishes such as Pad Thai, Tom Yam and Sate are a must try’s when backpacking in Bangkok.
Due to the expansion of the middle class and conspicuous consumption lifestyle, shopping centres have become popular hangout destinations for both locals and tourists. Other Shopping venues such as walking streets, department stores and floating markets are also popular destinations. After all, Khao San Road was not named “backpackers haven” for nothing.