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WHY BANGKOK IS WORTH A LONGER STOPOVER

So you want to travel to Australia or New Zealand but you don’t know how to fly? I’ll tell you: Try to stop in Bangkok on the way to the east.

Bangkok has it all, the exotic charm, the hectic city life, the small little back streets, weird and delicious food, friendly locals and two big airports to continue your journey!

STOPOVER IN BANGKOK

Most times I flew to Asia or Australia I took Emirates. Its one of the most comfortable airlines, you can find some really good deals and they often fly with the A380, which is my favorite airplane (I got upgraded to Business once, WOW!)

I like Bangkok for many different reasons, it’s central, it’s cheap and it was my home for a year. From Bangkok you can travel to many destinations around South East Asia for very small amounts. Malaysia and Singapore are a night train or sometimes just a $20 flight away. They just opened a new route from Bangkok to Angkor Wat, which takes less than an hour and is super cheap and also flights to Vietnam and Myanmar are affordable.

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Grand Palace in Bangkok

I know many people, myself included, that often just want to get to a place as quickly as possible. Last time I flew to Sydney I had the option to stop in either Singapore, Bangkok or Colombo for a few hours or even for a few days.

I decided for a layover of 3 hours and continued my journey. I had a lot of time, no rush and no real plans. I could have simply stayed at any of those places and get used to the time difference. Instead I decided to be super jet lagged for a week.

Plan a short trip in or around South East Asia

So instead of sitting in an airplane for 24 hours straight, why don’t you break down your itinerary and plan a stop over of a few days or a week in Bangkok on the way to Australia or New Zealand AND on the way back. This way you get to cover much more and are less stressed and exhausted from sitting in a metal tube at 40.000 feet.

The perfect itinerary

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Overlooking Bagan in Myanmar

Plan a stop over in Bangkok for a week and fly to a country near Bangkok. Myanmar is up and coming lately and you can find cheap flights to Yangoon. How about spending a few days in Myanmar and visiting the country of the thousand pagodas in Bagan and a trip to the Inle Lake to visit the famous fisherman. 5 days are enough to get a general feeling for the country and see those two cities.

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Fisherman at Inle Lake in Myanmar

Make your way back to Bangkok and continue your journey to Australia or New Zealand.

On your way back, stop in Bangkok again and explore the bustling street markets, eat delicious street food and relax in a nice hotel for an affordable price. The Centara Grand at Central World starts from 64 € and it’s a fantastic hotel right in the middle of Bangkok with an amazing view.

Dinner with a view at Red Sky Bar on top of Centara Grand Hotel in Bangkok

Dinner with a view at Red Sky Bar on top of Centara Grand Hotel in Bangkok

If you are looking for more information regarding what to do in Bangkok, make sure to download my FREE guide for Bangkok called “One Week in Bangkok”

 

Ever been to Bangkok? Did you visit during a stopover or did you dedicate a whole trip to Bangkok and Thailand?


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17 comments on “WHY BANGKOK IS WORTH A LONGER STOPOVER

  1. Deia @NomadWallet on

    I love the shopping in Bangkok, had a blast at the Chatuchak market and a few other markets! The public transport was great, too. I landed at the smaller airport and was pleasantly surprised to find they have a free shuttle bus to the main airport.

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  2. Casi @HeyNoobz on

    I spent 5 days in Bangkok and I wasn’t a huge fan. I loved the food, but the city was just a bit too much for me. Although I will say there are a ton of nice day trips you can take from Bangkok to get out of the city and see some beautiful sites.

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    • sebastian on

      You have to be prepared for Bangkok. Everyone going to Bangkok and expecting to go for a nice quiet stroll is wrong. It is big, it is dirty, it is polluted BUT it is also an awesome concrete jungle where dreams might not become true but are very affordable! 😉

      I wonder what you did in 5 days Bangkok. What places did you see?

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      • Casi @HeyNoobz on

        In the city we went to Khao San Road, the Revolving Roof Deck at the Sky Hotel (great view of the city!), Chatuchak Weekend Market, stayed at Suk 11 Hostel, and walked around eating delicious street food. But my favorite was heading out of Bangkok and visiting Wat Maha That.

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  3. Colleen Brynn on

    This is such a dream itinerary. I’m a big fan of breaking up trips like this. I did this on my way to Russia this summer and turned it into a 2 week trip in Western Europe, visiting family and friends along the way. When I flew home from Mongolia, I did the same thing and stopped to visit a friend in Hong Kong. I almost always take advantages of breaking up trips and seeing a few more places as I go. It’s not just about the final destination right?

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  4. Chris & Angela Tieland to Thailand on

    Nice read and great transit tips.

    We love Bangkok for an extended weekend. The hotels and restaurants are great, and if you get lost you are never far from a good market or some delicious street food.

    Now you have us wanted to hop a flight down from Chiang Mai ASAP.

    Still haven’t been to a sky bar yet…I know, I know. ..what they heck are we thinking, right? It is on our list for next time. Thanks! 😛

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  5. martijn on

    Bangkok rules
    no where in the wold such a save feeling
    love the food people an atmosphere
    always staing about a week in our month of thailand
    and will always keep it as a starting base for asia

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  6. Madi on

    I loved Bangkok but I’m a JW Marriott type. Just two weeks ago, we were stopped by the military along the expressway. They let us go but we told the driver to remove the “DV” placard from the dashboard. Duh! Chiang Mai was lovely also! The food was fabulous.

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