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Here's Ciara Johnson's Wander Or Bust guide to Bangkok, Thailand.
My Name: Ciara Johnson
What I Do: I’m a travel blogger and writer
Where I Live: Houston, Texas
Where I Went: Bangkok, Thailand
How Long I Stayed: 7 days, 6 nights
My Spending Style: Occasionally indulgent. I don't throw money around, but I will definitely splurge on more than a few expensive things on a vacation.
Where I Got My Recommendations:
Instagram, TripAdvisor Forums, Lonely Planet, and blogs.
Exchange Rate At Time Of Travel: $1 USD = ฿30 baht
What That Looks Like IRL: $50 USD = ฿1500 baht
Preferred Payment Method: Credit card and cash
Phone Bill: I have T-Mobile, so international data and texting is free for me.
Mode of Transport: Airplane
Price: It was free because I had airline points. However, the cost of the one-way ticket was valued at $345.
Extra Costs: I spent money on taxis to and from the airport. It's about $3-10, depending on traffic.
Transport Total: $355
Location: In the oldest part of Bangkok, close to transportation and nightlife.
Extra Costs: $0
Would I Recommend It To Someone Else: Yes, I would. It was clean.
Accommodation Total: $84 (for 7 nights)
Breakfast-Lunch Cost: $5-$7/day
Dinner Cost: $2-$10/day
Average Total Cost: $12/day
Tip Situation: A service charge will typically be added to your bill in certain restaurants, but you don’t need to tip at street food stalls.
There are a variety of local food markets that sell fresh fruit along with street food. There are so many street stalls to purchase cheap, traditional food from. Bangkok is a huge international hub, so there are plenty of other cuisine options as well.
Favorite Restaurant: Mont Nom Sod. There are several locations.
MBK Center Phaya Thai Rd Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Location: One is in Old Bangkok, another is in MBK shopping center.
Price: Less than $1, it's a dessert spot.
Honorable Mentions: It's a simple, yet delicious dessert that consists of toasted bread and a flavored spread of your choosing. It’s very popular with the locals. The ingredients are simple, yet flavorful.
Food Total: $150
It’s a big city, so there are a mixture of clubs, lounges, and bars.
What People Wear Out:
Larger clubs might require a dress and heels. A casual dress along with sandals will work out just fine on party streets like Khao San Road or pubs.
Average Cost Of A Pint: About $2
Extra Cost To Know About: Always consider the cost of taxis/ubers for transportation.
Last Call: Usually between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.
Average Total Cost Of A Night Out: $5-$15
Cheapest Bar I'd Actually Go Back To: Octave
Going Out Total: $50
What I Spent A Lot On That Was Totally Worth It:
We didn’t do anything that was outrageously expensive, but I enjoyed a private river boat tour of the floating markets.
What I Spent A Lot On That Was Totally Not Worth It:
A very expensive drink for a rooftop view. We should have shown up during happy hour.
What I Spent Little Or No Money On That Was Awesome:
Wat Arun, which is a famous temple in the area.
Favorite Thing I Did, Regardless Of Cost:
I loved visiting Rot Fai Night market.
Hidden Gem I Found:
Yes, I found a vegan coffee shop, Broccoli Revolution, where they serve vegan food and on Tuesdays, they play live music.
The Photo I Took That Got The Most Attention:
Excursions/Extras Total: $70
General Shopping: $12
Souvenirs: Just a pair of vintage Levi shorts.
Souvenirs/Shopping Total: $12
Best Bangkok Hack:
Always ask the locals where to go/what to do. Don’t be overwhelmed with the crowds and fast-paced nature of the city. Give Bangkok a chance before writing it off.
Advice For Anyone Traveling Alone:
Always trust your gut, but give yourself space to go with the flow. Magical things can happen when you’re spontaneous.
Total Trip Cost: $721
Worth It? Yes, I was able to spend time with old friends, while making new friends so that was really special since I typically travel solo. We loved going out together and making new memories.