Two Days in Bangkok Solo Female Travel Guide:
Bangkok is unlike any other city you’ve been to. It’s a wonderful mix of ancient and modern with centuries worth of history living onside the newest technologies. If you only have two days in Bangkok then use this Bangkok Solo Female Travel Guide for tips on what to do, how to get around and how to stay safe as a solo female traveler.
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When To Go
Daytime Temps: 89F-93F (31C-34C)
Nighttime Temps: 69F-77F (21C-25C)
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What To Wear
Bangkok gets pretty hot and humid so comfort is a priority, but modesty should be kept in mind as well. Light, airy and cotton matched with long pants, maxi dresses and sleeves should do the trick. The best thing to bring with you, or buy when you arrive, is a scarf. Just wrap yourself up when you’re visiting temples so you don’t have to worry about the dress code.
You’ll be doing a lot of walking in the hot sun so sturdy, comfy shoes are a must. I thought I could sacrifice comfort for cute while I was in Bangkok and Bangkok showed me I was wrong. Wear shoes that can withstand pounding the pavement and are easy to slip in and out of for temple visits. Oh, and sunscreen, always sunscreen.
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Hostels: Prices range from 143 Baht to 169 Baht per night.
**Note: These are the prices for hostels with a rating of 8.0 or higher on Hostelworld.com.**
Hotels: Prices for budget hotels range from 337 Baht to 450 Baht per night.
What To Spend
30 USD/ 40 AUD/ 40 CAD/ 25 EUR/ 20 GBP
*Assuming you’re on a backpacker’s budget. Making use of public transportation, staying in hostels or other budget accommodations and eating out about once a day. For the daily budgets of other destinations check out Round The World Trip Budget next.*
How To Get Around
Taxis were my go-to way to get around Bangkok. They were everywhere and fares were fixed so I didn’t have to worry about haggling. The fare starts at 35 Baht. After 2 kilometers, the fare will begin to rise 2 Baht a kilometer. There’s also an extra surcharge if you get caught in traffic so remember that if you’re traveling during peak times.
Note: Tell the driver you want them to turn on the meter before you get in the taxi. If they refuse, walk away.
The Bangkok MRT runs from 6 am to midnight and pick up every five to seven minutes. There are 18 stops on the blue MRT line. There is also another train line called the BTS or Skytrain. The Skytrain operates along two more lines and service begins at 6:30 am and ends at midnight.
BTS fares begin at 15 Baht for one stop but travelers can opt to get a One-Day pass that allows for unlimited travel for only 120 Baht. This is a great option for those who know they will be spending a lot of time on the BTS trains.
By Motorbike Taxi
Traveling by motorbike taxi is a great way to get to your destination quickly. You’ll weave in and out of Bangkok traffic with ease. To hire a motorbike taxi, look for drivers in orange vests. They can’t be missed as groups of motorbike drivers tend to hang out near shopping centers and busy streets.
Some drivers will write down and display their prices and others will give you a number and you’ll haggle from there. Fare can be as low as 10 Baht for shorter trips.
The Bangkok bus system is extensive and very affordable. It can be helpful to have a map so check out bus terminals for a BMTA map of the bus system. Pay attention to the bus number and the bus color to be sure you’re on the correct bus going to the right destination.
Most buses run from 5 am to 11 pm every day. The cream/red buses cost 7 Baht to ride. The white/blue buses cost 8 Baht. Express buses cost 8.50 Baht to ride. The cost of an air-conditioned cream/blue bus varies from 9 to 19 Baht depending on how far you travel. The night buses are cream/red and cost 8 Baht. The fare for yellow/orange EURO II buses depends on distance so it can be anywhere from 12 to 22 Baht.
Tuks-Tuks are just a fun way to get around the city. Tuks-Tuks are three-wheeled motorized rickshaw that visitors can’t wait to try when they visit Thailand for the first time. It’s pretty easy to flag down a Tuk-Tuk as many Tuk-Tuk drivers will plant themselves outside of tourist attractions and popular areas.
The price depends on distance and time of day but whatever price the driver gives you should still be countered. Get used to haggling because the price you’re given will almost always be way more than the ride is worth. It’s a good idea to only use a Tuk-Tuk for a short trip. For a long one, you’re better off in a taxi.
What To Do In Bangkok
Wat Pho Temple
Wat Pho Temple or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok. Wat Pho is home to the largest Buddha in Thailand coming in at over 150 feet (45 meters). The complex can get pretty crowded but the statues, structures, paintings, and temples are gorgeous and will more than satisfy your inner history buff.
Wat Pho is open from 8 am to 6:30 pm and admission is 100 Baht. You must take your shoes off when visiting temples and modest dress is preferred, as in no shorts.
Grand is definitely the word to use for this palace. The Grand Palace was built in 1782 and was the former residence of the King Ramas from the first to the fourth. Now, the Palace is used to welcome guests of the King and host royals ceremonies.
One of the main attractions in the palace complex is Wat Phra Kaeo or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. No shoes or pictures are allowed in the Emerald Buddha Temple, but following the rules is worth it to see this 14th century Emerald Buddha in person.
The Grand Palace has a dress code that is enforced and the complex can get pretty packed but despite all that you will love seeing the riot of color and life. The intricate murals, the fascinating Thai architecture, the gleaming gold structures and the lessons in culture and history will make your day at the Grand Palace an enjoyable one.
Jim Thompson House
Jim Thompson was an American man who found the famous Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company. He was awarded the Order of the White Elephant for his part in the development of the Thai Silk industry. This award is given to foreigners who have done great things for Thailand.
The Jim Thompson House & Museum showcases traditional Thai-style architecture and beautiful Asian antiques, paintings, and sculptures. The Jim Thompson House is open from 9 am to 6 pm every day and can only be visited by guided tour. The cost of admission is 150 Baht. For students under 22 years old, the cost is 100 Baht.
Lumpini Park is the oldest public park in Bangkok. If you’re looking for a bit of green in a sea of gray then Lumpini Park is where you want to go. It’s a peaceful spot and perfect for solo female travelers looking to take a leisurely stroll or relax in the shade.
Travel and Safety Tips for Solo Travel in Bangkok
Turn On The Meter
Some taxi drivers will try to convince you to accept a flat rate instead of turning on the meter. This is not allowed and an attempt to scam tourists out of their money. Before you get in the taxi, tell the driver you want them to turn on the meter. If they refuse, simply walk away and find another taxi.
When you are in the taxi, be sure to keep an eye on your map so you’ll know if the driver is taking a longer than needed route. And do not let the drivers make any extra stops because at times this is an attempt to get a commision from a business that is paying them to bring tourists to their door. They should take you where you asked to go and nowhere else.
Protect yourself by keeping valuables and back up cash and cards locked up in your accommodations. While you’re out and about only carry what you need for the day and keep your things in an anti-theft bag that will lock your zippers and prevent anyone from sneaking a hand. Nothing will sour a solo trip faster than theft.
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Good luck and Happy Travels!