The Cheapest Way to Travel in Bangkok

If you can barely think, sleep and eat because of the overflowing piles on your desk and if you think your job is important.Then, you have to throw them in one basket and get back on them after a relaxing holiday, but wait.You are scared of travelling alone. Isn’t it? No worries. The road is full of friends waiting to get to know you and even teach you how to become a legit outside observer of the world. As famed traveler writer Rebecca Solnit said,”When you give yourself to places, they give you yourself back.” Same goes with the “Law of Attraction”, the amount of energy that you throw to the universe is the same magnitude that you’re getting in life.

In short, if you focus on positive, you will eventually attract positive even if you stuck in the middle of the street, running out of money and stumbled on cancelled bookings.It’s just a matter of preparation and planning ahead of time by following these life hacks when you’re opt for BIG adventure.

1. BOOK THE CHEAPEST FLIGHT

One of the best things when you travel alone is it increases your problem solving ability because you can’t handed over the responsibility when things go wrong like booking a hotel, bus, coach or even flights. Now, this is where you learn to diversify yourself when you encountered delayed flights.By the very fact that the cheapest airline is synonym to delayed flights or cancelled flights. It’s either way.So, you better off bring some books or  coloring books, puzzle pieces, laptop to finish your works or simply switch the mundane moments into fun!

On top to that, when you want to find the cheapest flights you have to use Skyscanner or Traveloka to COMPARE the price of the different airlines.From there, pick the cheapest airlines and go straight to the main source of the website or app to book of your desired date. Since, Skyscanner and Traveloka cost a dollar or more on low-cost items.

TIP: The prices go up for the peak season, so chase a later flight in the year or purchase as far in advance as possible.

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Via Google

2. FIND THE FASTEST AND AFFORDABLE WAY TO GET TO THE CITY FROM THE AIRPORT

Travelling solo is something absolutely everyone should do in life because you learn how to outsmart the scammers especially drivers who don’t bother to use meter.You just need to take the Airport Rail Link from the airport to Phaya Station and switch to BTS train and dropped off to your desired station.You can choose between the Express Line (15 min – 90 Baht) or the City Line (45 Baht) which makes stops along the way and takes about twice as long. The rail line runs from 6am to midnight.
TIP: Don’t change your whole bunch of money at the airport because you will get a terrible rate. You better change your money before you leave home or else just change enough money to pay for the Airport Rail Link and BTS train. Once you, arrived at the BTS station, you can never miss the SuperRich money exchange which I highly recommended because they offered the great deal of exchange.BTW, don’t forget to download the Currency App because it will really helps you a lot.

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Just follow the direction of the Airport Rail Link, which is highlighted in red (Basement floor)

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You can buy the ticket on the left side where you can see a woman in a white shirt, waiting for her turn for only  45 baht if you choose to ride in City Line Train and just go pass through to the train ticket gates, right in front of solo-guy-in-a-whole-black-outfit on the right side.

3.BOOK A HOSTEL CLOSE TO TOURIST SPOTS

If you don’t want a big space and you find travelling strangers is even more fun than traveling solo. Then, you have to book a hostel to save money and enjoy your room companion.Absolutely, you can learn some values when you pay attention to each of the traveler, especially RESPECT.

TIP: Be reminded to check the nearest BTS station of your hostel for you to know which station you’re gonna drop off from the Phaya Station and choose a particular hostel that is quite close to tourist attractions  because it can save your time and money.You can use Booking.com or Agoda for cheaper ones to book your hostel.

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 (Photo not mine)

One of the cheapest hostels coupled with free breakfast that I stumbled on the sites that I mentioned above, which is pretty close the destinations that I wanted to visit.

4.THE CHEAPEST AND EASIER WAY TO ROAM AROUND

As mentioned above, from the BTS itself you can easily go around the city.For instance,if Grand Palace, What Po and Khao-san Road are on your list, then all you need to do is take the nearest BTS from where you are to Siam Station and change to the Silom Line (direction Wongwian Yai) and get off from the 5th station which is the Saphan Taksin and you can follow the crowd to the Chao Phraya Express Boat Pier.Make sure to buy the ticket for only 15 baht and wait for the boat to come and hopped in until you reach at pier # 9 (Tha Chang). The Grand Palace is straight down the street and just around the right corner while the What Pho is in the opposite side of the massive palace.You can’t miss it!

Also, after wandering inside the palace and temples you can take the Chao Phraya Boat Service again to pier #13 (Phra Arthit), if you want to go to Khao-san Road it’s only a short walk east from the exit of the Pier.

TIP: Just in case you get lost, you can never go wrong with UBER OR GRAB TAXI because it’s a way cheaper and just always remember to ask the driver to take you to the nearest BTS station because it connects the Sukhumvit and Silom line.

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From the Airport Rail Link to Phaya Thai (N2), change to BTS train based on your hostel’s location.In my case, the nearest BTS station from where my hostel is BTS On Nut (E9) in Sukhumvit (Green line).You can just simply take the BTS skytrain from the station that is pretty near to where you are.

5.CHEAPEST WAY TO EAT LOCAL FOODS

A non-touristy spot is a good choice to chow down and enjoy the local foods, do not choose places where Indian, American, or other Western food is served because it will surely ripped you off since prices reflect the struggle they had to learn these recipes.So, you can absolutely find prices start from $1 if you go far in distance from Khao-san Road not to mention that local foods are just everywhere.
TIP: HAGGLE! HAGGLE! HAGGLE!

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I got this tiny roadside crepes for under one dollar outside the vicinity of Khao-san road.Yummers! 

“ME TIME” is necessary for all of us to work on ourselves and know what we are capable of, without having the help of your friends or family around you.

 

Have you traveled in Bangkok?  How much does it cost you to travel in Thailand on budget? Please share your travel tips on how to save money and time when travelling around Bangkok.

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