Get a good map
Bangkok can be confusing.
The shifting street names, the winding river, the expressways to who-knows-where, the lack of clearly distinguishable neighbourhoods. Sometimes it all seems like urban planning is severely lacking here.
The solution? Arm yourself with a decent map with street names in English and Thai. If Bangkok is a mean-spirited labyrinth, consider this your faithful compass. Google Maps can be a big help, but you’d often need to further manually translate addresses that still appear in Thai script.