Travelling by yourself is the best rewarding experience of your life.  It not only helps you to make pleasant memories of travel but also boosts your self-esteem.  And there’s no better place than to go for solo travel to Bangkok.

Yes, you heard right! From ancient temples to bustling markets, from street food to luxury shopping, Bangkok is an ideal travel destination for solo travellers, especially who want to acquire new experiences.

But sometimes, navigating the boisterous streets of Bangkok could be challenging. With some planning and research, you can make your solo travel to Bangkok trip an unforgettable voyage.

To make all solo travellers’ life easy, we have curated this solo travel guide to Bangkok so that travellers like you don’t face any hassle on their trip.

Solo Travel Tips for Bangkok

A) Affordable Public Transport

If you want to get around the city, Bangkok’s public transportation system is the best, and the fares are also cheap. The city’s wide-ranging public transport system includes the MRT subway, BTS Skytrain, and public buses. The city’s bus and metro services will take you anywhere you want to go.

 solo travel to Bangkok

The regular bus fare starts from $.23, and for AC buses, it could be around $0.31.

If you don’t have time or want to go to a remote area, taxis could be a great option. The starting taxi fare is $1 up to 1 km.

Is Bangkok safe for solo female travellers?

Bangkok is comparatively safe for every traveller, irrespective of age and race. A female solo traveller can roam the city, wear anything or even go clubbing. But as a female solo traveller, you should take some precautions and keep a level head.

B) Where to stay in Bangkok

Bangkok embraces visitors with a wide range of accommodation options. From luxury hotels to budget guesthouses, there is something for the needs of every traveller. To save money, you can go for budget-friendly hotels, including hostels and capsule hotels. Our recommendations,

  • Oyo 644 Pong Pai House ($11.43/night**)
  • Oyo 117 King One Suvarnabhumi Hotel ($11.54/night**)
  • Oyo 471 Sunshine Apartment ($11.63/night**)

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C) Must-see attractions in Bangkok

Bangkok is an exhilarating destination with an exciting mix of traditional sights, attractions, and Western influences. As a solo traveller, you can unravel the layers of the city at your own pace.

Let’s look at some of the highlights and travel attractions you can’t miss on your solo travel to Bangkok.

  1. The Grand Palace

With its glittery, extravagant architecture, the Grand Palace is simply grand. This famous palace was built in 1782, and it continues to capture visitors’ imagination with its magnificent buildings and intricate details. It gives you an insight into Thai royalty.

Bangkok The Grand Palace

  1. Wat Pho

Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) is one of Bangkok’s oldest and largest temples and is located next to the Grand Palace. It is most famous for its grand and splendid reclining Buddha, covered in gold leaf and measuring more than 150 feet long.

Bangkok Wat Pho Temple of the Reclining Buddha

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  1. Chao Phraya River

The Chao Phraya River flows through the capital, where Bangkok’s historical roots lie. One of Bangkok’s most fascinating and scenic areas, the riverside reflects a constantly changing scene day and night.

The river is also one of the major transportation systems of the city, with massive traffic jams along the roads all day. The river is set against glittering temples, palaces and historical landmarks.

Bangkok Chao Phraya River

  1. Floating Market

The floating market has been reduced to a touristy state nowadays. However, even though transactions are more involved with tourists than locals, the floating market boats are still piled high with tropical fruits, vegetables, coconut juice, etc.

Bangkok Floating Market

With each boat jostling for space within the narrow canals, it’s absolutely frantic and disorderly. The paddling skills of each boatwoman are to be admired, and they will stop and bargain with you at any time. It’s vibrant, noisy but great fun.

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  1. Vimanmek Mansion

Built by King Rama V upon his return from Europe in 1897, this palace is the world’s largest golden teakwood mansion featuring an elaborate and unique blend of Victorian and Thai architecture.

Vimanmek Mansion in Bangkok

Altogether there are 31 exhibition rooms, with the bedrooms, the throne room and the bathrooms maintaining the atmosphere of the Thai past.

  1. Chinatown

Chinatown is a busy area packed with market stalls and probably has the city’s greatest concentration of gold shops. Always crowded, especially during the Chinese New Year period, this area retains its old look and is relatively untouched by modern high-rise developments.

Chinatown in Bangkok

For more details, please check our blog “12 things to do in Bangkok”.

D) Try Thai Cuisine

Thailand has some of the best food in Asia, with many signature dishes that are enjoyed all over the world.

Hot and sour flavors mixed with aromatic lemongrass are classic ingredients that excite your taste buds. Here are some popular Thai dishes you should try on solo travel to Bangkok.

  1. Pad Thai: Your solo travel to Bangkok won’t be completed without tasting Pad Thai noodles. It is Thai-styled fried noodles that can be found in every corner of Thailand. A Pad Thai noodle with chicken/tofu could cost around $0.8.

  Pro tip: Best enjoyed cooked with prawns and an egg.

  1. Gaeng Massaman Gai: It is a mild peanut-based curry usually cooked with beef or chicken.
  2. Tom Yum Soup: This Classic Thai dish you will find whilst travelling all over Thailand. The dish is famous for its hot and sour flavors with a hint of lemongrass.
  3. Tod Man Plaa: These delicious fish patties can be perfectly accompanied by the hot and sour dipping sauce. It could be great to snack on during your solo travel to Bangkok.
  4. Kanom Chan: Are you a sweet-tooth solo traveller? Then this Thai dessert is for you. One of the great features of the Kanom Chan is the natural colorings used to create the sweet derived from herbs. The main ingredients for Kanom Cham include sugar, coconut milk and flour.

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E) Bangkok nightlife

Bangkok’s nightlife has a reputation for being wild and rowdy. But simultaneously, it is relaxed, confident, entertaining and fun! Enjoy excellent live music, jazz clubs, ultra-cool bars and tasty restaurants on your solo trip to Bangkok.

With the entertainment establishments in Bangkok, anyone can let the night fade away with music, fancy drinks, and dancing and singing.

Bangkok nightlife

If you are into bar-hopping, you can walk and visit nearby pubs or ride a taxi to bigger stand-alone clubs and listen to live music being played. Most bars and hangout places in Bangkok close at around 2 am.

Check these bars and pubs on your solo trip.

Khao San Road is known to have the most number of bars per square meter. Each club will play different music, from hip-hop to trance, house to drum and bass, and rock to Thai music.

Silom Soi 4 is famous for its sophisticated mix of gay and straight bars. Near this area is Langsuan, which is popular with locals for its live music. For the expatriates, Sukhumvit Road has many Irish, German, British, and American-style pubs.

RCA is the place to be if you want to visit big upscale clubs. This place has six enormous clubs close to each other. These bars play hip hop, drum and bass, and R&B. You will meet many hip ex-pats and rich Thais in this area.

Pro tip: you should carry a photocopy of your passport since everybody needs to present it at the door.

Some say you have not experienced Bangkok nightlife if you have not seen a Thai go-go bar. Loathed and loved for a long time, the go-go bar scene can get racy at times and has become a well-known highlight of Bangkok nightlife.

Nana Entertainment Plaza and Soi Cowboy, located at Sukhumwit Road and Patpong, are the main areas where you can find go-go bars.

F) Shopping

Bangkok is synonymous with shopping for most travellers, especially for females. The cheap prices of almost everything, supported by the magic of haggling, are just too awesome not to pay attention to.

The city teems with shopping malls, markets or just simple stalls, which operate day and night to suffice the incessant interest of tourists and locals on shopping sprees.

Don’t forget to visit these shopping markets on your next trip.

  1. Chatuchak Weekend Market

Known to many as the market of all markets, the Chatuchak Weekend Market is the largest in Bangkok. It features almost 8,000 stalls where people can shop until they drop.

Clothes, handicrafts, food, delicacies, flowers, and antiques are some items sold here.

  1. Shopping Malls

Bangkok is brimming with shopping centres. Here and there, it is very easy to find malls featuring designer stalls or more expensive stuff. The MBK, Siam Paragon, and Central World are famous shopping centres.

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  1. Night Markets

Bangkok could also be dubbed the city that never sleeps like any capital city. This is because even after dark, the public can still access different establishments, and as for shoppers, there are so many night markets around.

Cheap items are sold, like souvenirs and clothing, but there are also a lot of stalls selling delicious Thai delicacies which would surely fascinate anybody’s palate. Patpong Night Market and Khlong Lod Night Market are the most visited night markets.

Conclusion

Solo travel in Bangkok can be a fantastic experience. With its vibrant culture, endless attractions, and delicious food, the city has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a cultural experience, a night out, or an adventure, Bangkok is the perfect place to explore for solo travellers.

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FAQ

Is Bangkok visa-free for Indian citizens?

Yes, All Indian travellers need a Thai visa to enter Thailand. If you travel solely for tourism and stay for up to two weeks, you are eligible for an on-arrival visa.

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