What To Do In Bangkok – A 3 Day Bangkok Itinerary

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Bangkok or Krung Thep, “City of Angels“, is like our home away from home. We simply love this vibrant and urban big city with all its life, delicious street food, green and lush parks, a network of rivers, amazing shopping, some of the biggest markets in the world, and of course, its friendly people.

We have visited Bangkok many times, often staying for months before reluctantly leaving, and each time we come back we fall deeper and deeper in love with this amazing city!

Beneath the dust and chaos, Bangkok is packed with exciting things to do and wondrous places to see. From street-side restaurants with plastic chairs and roadside amulet stalls to amazing restaurants and the world’s hippest rooftop bars.

From exploring ancient temples to taking a tuk-tuk tour through the Bangkok night to experiencing Muay Thai boxing at the gigantic new Lumpini Stadium, or visiting a colorful flower market. Bangkok has it all and there is never a dull moment when you hit the streets of this city.

The Ultimate 3 Day Bangkok Itinerary

Here is our ultimate 3-day itinerary with our highlights of what to do in Bangkok. It is a combination of the typical can’t miss tourist sites of Bangkok, but also some corky and off-the-beaten-track places that you will not find in the tourist guides. If you have less than three days to spend in this big city, feel free to choose parts of this itinerary and mix it up as it suits you best.

If you haven’t yet decided on where to stay in Bangkok, have a look at our article on our favorite Bangkok areas and hotels.

Map above: Blue = Sights on Day 1, Pink = Day 2, Green = Day 3

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DAY 1 – Exploring the Ancient Bangkok

Chao Phraya River, Temples & Historic Sites

Day 1: Grand Palace & The Emerald Buddha Temple, Wat Pho, Wat Arun Temple, Chinatown, and Kao San Road

1. Chao Phraya River

Chao Phraya river stations
Ferry piers along Chao Phraya river   

After breakfast (at your hotel or a street stall) take the sky train to Saphan Taksin BTS Station. Jump on a northbound ferry from the Central Pier, also called Sathorn Pier (just a short walk from Saphan Taksin BTS Station) on the Chao Phraya river.

You can choose between the public ferry with an orange flag (15 Baht = US$ 0,50) or the more expensive tourist ferry with a blue flag (150 Baht = US$ 4,6). To fully experience the “real” Bangkok, we recommend that you take the public ferry (orange flag). The rivers and canals are the heart of Bangkok, and it`s cross-river ferries are still the main transportation for the locals.
The area along the main river of Bangkok (Ko Ratanakosin) used to be the ancient royal district and this is where many of Bangkok`s most famous attractions are located.

Here is also many of Bangkok´s finest hotels with wonderful views of the river. For our recommended hotels in the Riverside area, read our Bangkok hotel and area guide.

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Stunning sunset over Chao Phraya River in Bangkok

Jump off at ferry pier no. 9 Tha Chang and you are ready to start your walking tour to see some of the most famous landmarks of Bangkok. You can easily walk in between the temples and sites in this area, but it is best to get an early start as most of these sites close around 3:30 pm and there is plenty to see!

2. Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

The former home of the monarch, the Grand Palace is located on the ground of the architectural wonder Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The grounds contain more than 100 buildings, all beautifully decorated with gold and diamonds in different colors in old-Bangkok style. The Grand Palace was constructed in 1782 during the rein of King Rama I, when he decided to move the capital from Thonburi on the other side of the river to the present day Bangkok.

Grand Palace Bangkok
The beautiful Grand Palace, Bangkok´s biggest attraction

The king of Thailand does not live at the palace anymore, and only uses the palace for important ceremonial occasions. The palace itself is quite beautiful with ornate carvings, statues and its majestic scale, but it is the temple of the Emerald Buddha that is the highlight for most people.

Emerald Buddha Bangkok
The Emerald Buddha

The Temple of Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. Buddhists come here from all over Asia to pay their respects. It is a tradition dating back eight centuries that a temple be constructed close to the royal palace.

Located in a beautiful ordination hall, sits the main attraction – The Emerald Buddha, a 66 cm tall figurine beautifully carved in green Jade, clothed in gold fabric. It depicts the meditation Buddha seated in a yogic posture. It was discovered in the northern part of Thailand in 1434.
If you prefer to have an in-depth guided tour where you learn everything about the palace, you can hire a guide at the ticket kiosk. Or you can rent an audio guide for 200 Baht = US$ 6 for two hours.

Tip: Whatever you do, be wary of anyone who approaches you in this area, speaks perfect English, and tells you that the palace is closed today. They are often people who want to steer you to a gem or tailor shop where they will get a commission. Even guards and other official-looking people may sometimes try to convince you to go to one of these shops.

  • Opening hours: Everyday 08:30 – 15:30
  • Ticket price: 500 Baht = US$ 16
  • Estimated time: 2-3 hours
  • What to wear: You must be properly dressed before being allowed entry into the temple. Wear shirts with sleeves, long pants or skirts and shoes. No tank tops or short skirts. If you’re wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks, so no bare feet. If you show up at the front gate improperly dressed, there is a booth near the entry that provides clothes to cover you up properly. You must leave your passport or credit card as security to borrow extra clothes. Shoes should be removed before entering the main chapel. Also, when sitting in front of a Buddha image, remember to tuck your feet behind you to avoid the very offensive pose of pointing your feet towards the Buddha.

3. Wat Pho – Reclining Buddha

From Grand Palace, walk (about 10 minutes) or take the ferry one stop to No. 8 Tha Tien Pier. Grab something quick and delicious to eat and drink at one of the many food stalls along the street on your way to Wat Pho.

Wat Pho – the impressively reclining Buddha is amazingly beautiful, covered in gold leaf and mother-of-pearl ornaments inlaid in his feet. It is remarkable 46 m long and 15 m high (!!) and illustrates Buddha entering nirvana (Buddha`s death).

Wat Pho Reclining Buddha Bangkok
Wat Pho, the golden reclining Buddha

Wat Pho also contains four chapels with no less than 394 (!!) gilded Buddha images, a long line of golden Buddhas from all over Thailand sitting in the lotus position.

Even though your main mission at Wat Pho is of course to see the reclining Buddha, don`t forget to wander around in the courtyard and admire the Chinese statutes that were once used as ballast on ships, as well as the 91 stupas that are beautifully decorated in ceramic pottery flowers and colorful and sparkling tiles.

Wat Pho is also Thailand`s headquarters for the teaching of traditional Thai medicine and Thai massage. After this walk around the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, nothing beats a relaxing head or foot massage. If this is your first time in Thailand, this is a safe and very authentic place to try out a Thai massage. If this is something you want to try out here, you should pop over and book a spot when entering Wat Pho as there can be a waiting list.

  • Opening hours: Every day 08:30 – 18:30 (Thai massage is available till 18:00)
  • Ticket price: 100 Baht = US$ 3
  • Estimated time:  1-2 hour (extra time if you want a Thai massage)

4. Lunch at The Sixth

By now you should feel hungry, and it is time to sit down for some Thai food lunch. One of our absolute favorite restaurants in this area is The Sixth, only a short walk from Wat Pho. It is a small place with only five tables, run by a young Thai couple, and serves mouth-watering authentic Thai food.

5. Wat Arun – Temple Of The Dawn

Now it is time to cross the river, so jump on a cross-river ferry from No. 8 Tha Tien to Wat Arun pier (only 3 Baht = US$ 0,09).

On your way to the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, you passed this temple with the ferry, so you already know that it is spectacular and atmospheric with its steep piers reaching up in the sky. It is at its most impressive after dark when it is lit up and looks a bit magical and like a fairytale. Unfortunately, it closes before nightfall.

This is my favorite temple in Bangkok. In the middle of this temple lays its most prominent feature, an 82 m high beautifully decorated Khmer-style tower where you can walk up the steep stairs and admire the view of Bangkok and its rivers. Ah, I love this temple!

  • Opening hours: Every day 08:00 – 18:00
  • Ticket price: 100 Baht= US$ 3 per person
  • Estimated time: 1-2 hour

6. Chinatown

Time to head onto the famous and vibrant Chinatown that is located on the opposite side of the river from Wat Arun Temple. So jump back on the ferry that takes you across the river, and jump off at the no. 5 Ratchawong Pier.

Bangkok´s Chinatown, called Yaowarat after the main road Th Yaowarat Road that runs through this area, is one of the oldest parts of Bangkok. It represents the first resettlement of Chinese and dates back to 1782.

Here you will find action at all hours and surprises at every turn. When the sun sets this is the street food central of Bangkok and where you will find the most delicious and authentic Thai street food, including some Chinese-inspired dishes that are not available anywhere else in Thailand.

Chinatown Bangkok
Lots of delicious street food in Chinatown

Chinatown is a maze of tiny alleyways, centuries-old temples, and hectic markets. Go for a walk through these narrow streets and beautiful buildings, shop for Chinese green tea and other Chinese souvenirs, and just watch the life on the streets.

This is the place to experience the real and authentic Bangkok, so the best thing you can do is to explore and get a little lost. 🙂 Don´t forget to try some delicious street food at one of the many food stalls.

The famous and lovely Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat) is located in this area of Bangkok and is the biggest wholesale flower market in town. You will also find delicious and fresh fruits and vegetables here.

Click here to read more about Chinatown and its history

7. Kao San Road

Now it`s finally time to wind down with something cold in your glass or go partying with backpackers, hippies, and hipsters if you still have some energy left.

Take a taxi, tuk-tuk, or use the Grab App and head over to the famous Kao San Road. Another option is to take the river ferry from no. 5 Ratchawong Pier to no. 13 Phra Arthit Pier. It is right before the Rama VIII bridge. It takes about five minutes to walk from the pier to Kao San Road.

Kao San Road is a crazy street packed with partying people, and street stalls selling clothes and souvenirs.


Kao San Road Bangkok
The famous Kao San Road

In Kao San Road you can stroll around among the many shopping stalls selling everything from strange Thai snacks like barbecued insects, hand-painted t-shirts, beautiful lanterns, crazy party hats, and fake lonely planet books to leather handbags.

Grab an ice-cold Chang beer and relax in a chair at one of the many street-side restaurants and bars while you watch the street life go by, or party hard late into the night if you still have some energy left……. 🙂

DAY 2 – Discover Modern Bangkok

Markets & Shopping

After all the sightseeing and temples on day 1, it`s time to dig out your credit cards and go shopping bonanza for gifts, souvenirs and everything you did not know you needed!

Day 2: Chatuchak Weekend Market (if the weekend), Siam shopping area, Jim Thompson House, Rot Fai or Asiatique Night Market, or Paragon Cinema

1. Go Shopping Bonanza At Siam or Chatuchak Weekend Market

If you are staying in Bangkok during a weekend, Chatuchak Weekend Market is a real MUST! Chatuchak Weekend Market is the mother of all markets! Take the Skytrain to Mo Chit BTS Station, or the underground to Chatuchak MRT station.

Chatuchak Market Bangkok
Chatuchak Market, the biggest outdoor market in the world

Chatuchak Weekend Market is the biggest open-air market in the world. It consists of about 15 000 stalls covering more than one km, and it has been in Bangkok for decades. Here you will find just about anything you can imagine, both useful and not so useful stuff.

  • When: Saturdays and Sundays 06:00 – 18:00
  • What to get there: Well, basically just about everything you can imagine! 🙂
  • How to get there: Sky train to Mo Chit station, or the underground to Chatuchak station, and follow the stream of people.

If you, however, are in Bangkok on weekdays and not on a weekend, you should instead experience the modern side of Bangkok and visit the excellent Siam area to go shopping. Take the Skytrain to Siam Station or Chit Lom Station.

Shopping Bangkok
Me doing some shopping at Siam Center mall

Siam is a shopping bonanza and we love it! But the malls are more than just great places to shop, they are social hubs where the locals hang out in air-conditioned comfort away from the heat. Families come here to window shop, socialize and enjoy a meal and a snack at one of the many food courts and restaurants.

You can spend hours and hours exploring the four big shopping centers that are located next to each other in the Siam area:

  • Central World – A posh and modern mall, has all the western brand from expensive to less expensive (Zara, H&M), has an ice skating rink on the ground floor, and a great huge supermarket
  • Siam Paragon – A great mall that has western brands, a nice sports shop, South East Asia´s biggest aquarium, Sea Life Ocean World at ground level, and the Exotic Thai store on the 4th floor – perfect for gifts and souvenirs. Excellent huge supermarket and the best cinema complex in Bangkok.
  • Siam Center – A hip and cool mall popular among teenagers, has Sephora
  • Siam Discovery – A cool modern mall with top brands and designer stuff, lots of cool Japanese brands and designs like manga figures and movie related stuff like Marvel, has Bangkok’s Madame Tussauds on the 6th floor
  • MBK shopping mall – The oldest mall in Bangkok, head here for cheaper stuff and electronics, has two brilliant food courts
  • Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00 every day
  • How to get there: Take the Skytrain to Siam station or Chit Lom station

⇒ Read more about the best shopping in Bangkok in our shopping in Bangkok guide!

2. Lunch At A Food Court

Oh boy, do you get tired and hungry from all this shopping! Now it`s time to sit down and have a lunch break.

Almost all of the big and posh shopping centers in Bangkok have food courts, where dozens of food stalls serve delicious Thai food as well as international dishes. The food courts are very popular and serve authentic Thai food in a clean, air-conditioned environment. The food is cheap and tasty and the only challenge is choosing what to try.

Central Embassy Bangkok
The brilliant food court at the Central Embassy mall serving delicious Thai food

The vendors do not accept direct payment so before heading in among the stalls, pick up a voucher at the cash desk. You can redeem any unused value at the cash desk when you leave. Menus are available in both Thai and English.

Take your time and walk around the different stalls and try to sample a few different things rather than fill up on one dish.

Some of our favorite Bangkok food courts are:

  • Food Republic at Siam Center 2nd floor – This modern food court combines style and comfort with excellent food. Slightly more expensive than some food courts but the restaurant-like ambiance and large portions make it a great choice.
  • Siam Paragon – The ground floor of the gigantic Siam Paragon shopping mall is one huge food exploration center. The food court has a bewildering amount of dishes from every corner of the world. It’s loud and noisy but great fun.
  • MBK shopping mall (5th & 6th floor) – The mother of all Bangkok malls has no less than two food courts. Fifth Food Avenue on the fifth floor is a little more upscale and quieter than the cheaper and much busier MBK Food Center on the sixth floor. Have a look at both and marvel at the selection of food, pastries, and desserts available.
  • Central Embassy – The EatThai food court occupying the ground floor of the luxurious Central Embassy mall has a unique concept, serving food from every corner of Thailand. Sample delicious Thai food and desserts from the north to the south and everything in between just by walking among the many stalls. This is a high-end food court with slightly higher prices but a pleasant dining atmosphere.

3. Jim Thompson House

After some more shopping in these fancy and super big shopping malls, take a detour from modern Bangkok to explore a bit of its history. The Jim Thompson House, which is kind of like a museum, is located close to Siam Square and is just a short walk away from the shopping malls.

The story of Jim Thompson is a fascinating one, and quite a mystery too! Jim Thompson, born in America, is the man who made Thai silk famous around the world and one day disappeared. His lovely house and garden is now a museum, and is well worth a visit!

A guided tour of the garden and house, as well as a demonstration of how Thai silk is made and Thai dance, is included in the cheap ticket.

The house also has a silk shop where you can find beautiful gifts and souvenirs, and a very nice restaurant/cafe tucked away in the green and lush garden serving delicious Thai food. You can find Jim Thompson shops, selling beautiful silk products and clothes, all over Thailand.

  • Address: 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road (take the Sky Train to the ´National Stadium´ stop, and follow the signs)
  • Webpage:
  • Ticket price: 200 Baht = US$ 6 (100 Baht for those under 22 years old)
  • Opening hours: Every day 09:00 to 18:00

4. Night Market Or The Cinema

Night Market

Asiatique Bangkok
Asiatique Night Market

If you are keen on some more shopping, Bangkok has several nice night markets. Our favorite is the Talat Rot Fai Market. There are actually two different markets called Talat Rot Fai at different locations. The original one is far outside the city, so the newer and slightly smaller one is much easier to reach.

This cool market is all about retro. Here you will find stuff like vintage retro clothes, vinyl, and kitschy antiques.

Another highlight of this market is the food as there are several cool food trucks and mobile VW-van-based bars and pubs. It is much more than just a market, but also a hip and cool place to hang out and meet people.

To get there, take the MRT to Thailand Cultural Centre Station, walk through the Esplanade mall, and you will be right at the Talat Rot Fai Market.

  • Opening hours Talat Rot Fai Market: 18:00 – 01:00
  • Address of Talat Rot Fai Market: Th Ratchadaphisek
  • How to get to Talat Rot Fai Market: Take the MRT to Thailand Cultural Centre, and walk through the Esplanade mall

An alternative, if you want a more upscale market with plenty of restaurants, cafes, shops, a Ferris wheel, and different entertainment shows, head for the popular Asiatique Market by the river. To get there, take the Skytrain to Saphan Taksin BTS Station, and jump on the free Asiatique shuttle ferry from the Central Pier/ Sathorn Pier. The ferry runs every 15 minutes or so.

  • Opening hours Asiatique: 16:00 – 23:00
  • How to get to Asiatique: There are frequently free shuttle boats from the Sathorn/ Central Pier which run from 16:00 until 23:30.


If you´d rather wind down and enjoy some modern entertainment, head to the cinema. Bangkok has some of the best cinemas in the world, showing Hollywood movies in English with Thai subtitles.

Go to Paragon shopping mall (Siam square) and take the escalator or lift up to the 5th floor where they have 4D cinema and IMAX cinema. Paragon is the best cinema complex in Bangkok, with both 4D, 3D, and IMAX (all together they have 15 large-sized theaters). There are monitors at the entrances of Paragon mall, displaying an overview of which movies are showing and at what time.

Sink down into the comfortable cinema chair and end your busy shopping day relaxing with some popcorn (and/or beer) watching the latest Hollywood movies in 4D or IMAX. Oh, and by the way, don’t forget to stand during the tribute video to his majesty the king that is shown before every movie!

DAY 3 – The Best Of The Rest

Lumphini Park, Golden Mount & Skybar

Day 3: Lumphini Park, Golden Mountain Temple, Pad Thai at Thipsamai, and the Moon Bar

1. Slow Morning By The Pool Or Floating Market

After two intense days packed with sightseeing and shopping, it is time to wind down and spend the morning soaking up some sun by the pool. You deserve it!

Avani Riverside Hotel Bangkok
The amazing rooftop infinity pool at Avani Riverside Hotel

Alternatively, if you want some morning action, you can visit one of the popular floating markets of Bangkok. The most famous of them all is the over 100-year old Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Nowadays, however, it is a bit touristy with boats selling souvenirs between exotic fruits, vegetables, and snacks. But it is still a fun experience.

The residential canals in this area are peaceful and great to explore by boat. The market opens around 07:00 in the morning and closes around noon, and it takes about 1,5 hours to drive there one way, so get up early.

It is a good idea to do the Damnoen Float Market as an organized tour since it is a bit out of the city. We recommend the Damnoen Saduak Floating Markets & Bridge on River Kwai Tour – Click here for more information and prices

  • Opening hours Damnoen Saduak Floating Market: 07:00 – 12:00
  • Address: Damnoen Saduak, Ratchaburi

2. Lumphini Park

After this laid-back start of the day, head out and hop on the Skytrain to Sala Daeng BTS Station, or take the MRT to Silom MRT Station.

When you get out of the station, walk across the street and you will find yourself in Lumphini Park, Bangkok’s green lung, and biggest park. It is loved by both Bangkok citizens and visitors. We love it too!

Lumphini Park Bangkok
Lumphini Park – the lovely green lung of Bangkok

The park is beautifully maintained and is perfect for a stroll or some relaxation on the grass or on one of its benches. If you visit it in the afternoon, however, around 17-18 o`clock, you can also watch or participate in the aerobics taking place in the park. Great fun!

Oh and by the way, if you are there at 18 o’clock, you will suddenly hear a song being played over the speakers. Don´t freak out when everyone around you stops running and stands still for a few minutes. Just do as they do. It is a song played in tribute to his majesty the king.

3. Golden Mountain Temple (Wat Saket)

After all this walking on the ground among the green, it is time to get up in the air and see the Bangkok skyline. Take a taxi or use the Grab App (a 10 min drive) to Golden Mount, also called Wat Saket.

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Amazing view of Bangkok skyline from the top of Golden Mount

The Golden Mount is a beautiful temple located on top of a small hill. The walk up the 344 steps is easy and takes about 25 min, but the reward when you reach the top is well worth it as you get an awesome view of Bangkok.

Sit down on a bench at the top and admire the sunset over the awesome skyline of Bangkok.

Golden Mount Bangkok
The beautiful Golden Mount temple on top of a hill with an amazing view of Bangkok – perfect for sunsets
  • Opening hours: Every day 08:00 – 19:00
  • Ticket price: 50 Baht = US$1,50 per person
  • Estimated time: 1-2 hours

4. Eat Bangkok’s Best Pad Thai

The nearby restaurant Thip Samai has some of the best Pad Thai in Bangkok! Not bad considering that they sell Pad Thai EVERYWHERE in this city. You can easily walk there from the Golden Mount (5 min).

Thip Samai also has the most delicious freshly squeezed orange juice I have ever tasted! It is really fresh and full of flavor!

The first time we ate Pad Thai at Thip Samai was on a Night Tour with Tuk-Tuk, which you can read about here. We have been back several times after that! 🙂

5. Drinks At A Rooftop Bar

Top off your three days Bangkok visit with some fancy drinks at a rooftop bar. We recommend Moon Bar on the 61st floor at Banyan Tree Hotel.

Let the wind blow through your hair while you admire the magnificent view of Bangkok`s skyline! Nothing beats this ending, and it will for sure make you love this city and long to return.

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The awesome rooftop bar “Moon Bar” at Banyan Tree Hotel

There are several rooftop bars in Bangkok. We also like the rooftop bar at the Muse Hotel, Skybar at Sirocco on the 63rd floor of the Dome at State Tower made famous by the movie Hangover 2, and the Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit.

  • Opening hours Moon Bar at Banyan Tree Hotel: 17:00 – 01:00 every day
  • Address Moon Bar: 21/100 South Sathon Road
  • How to get to Moon Bar: Take the sky train to Chong Nonsi, or metro to Lumphini station, and walk from there

Day Trips From Bangkok

There are plenty of interesting places around Bangkok that can be visited on a day trip. The ancient city of Ayutthaya is beautiful and well worth a visit. Many also want to see the famous floating market of Damnoen Saduak. But if you go there be aware that it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Thailand.

You can do these on your own or join an organized tour with an English speaking guide like the ones below:

There you go, our three days itinerary packed with what we consider it the “heart” of Bangkok. Three days is in our opinion not enough time to spend in this magnificent city. A week is more what we would recommend, then you have time to really enjoy yourself and your time in Bangkok and also have some time to relax.

There are so much to do and see in this amazing city. If you like markets, check out some other of the great markets this city has to offer.

Or enjoy a romantic evening dinner cruise on the beautiful Chao Praya river while the sun casts its last golden rays on the ancient temples.

How about joining a “Bangkok by night with tuk-tuk tour” or is a “Chinatown walking tour” more of your thing? If you seek some more action, you should head over to Lumphini Stadium for some Thai Boxing.

The options and variety of things to do in Bangkok are almost endless! Hope you enjoy this city as much as we do!

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Where To Stay In Bangkok

Bangkok offers a wide selection of accommodation for all budgets, and you will have plenty of choices when it comes to finding the right place to stay.

Bangkok is pretty affordable when it comes to accommodation, so you can get some really good deals and even find five stars hotels very cheap compared to other places in the world. However, accommodation prices do vary greatly with the season.

Below are some of our favorite hotels in Bangkok.  We have stayed at all of the hotels below.

Avani Riverside

The awesome rooftop infinity pool at Avani Riverside Hotel

If you’d like to stay along the river without breaking the bank, the Avani Riverside hotel is a great alternative to the usual riverside luxury hotels. Rooms are super comfortable with fantastic views overlooking the Chao Phraya River and the fantastic rooftop infinity pool is probably our favorite in Bangkok.
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Hotel Muse Bangkok

Hotel Muse has a beautiful and classic decor

Hotel Muse is a cool and unique boutique hotel, perfectly located in the center of Bangkok within easy walking distance of Chit Lom Skytrain station. The rooms are elegant with a classic Thai inspired decor, comfortable beds and gorgeous bathrooms with a deep bathtub.. There is a rooftop bar, a pool and a fitness center. We spent Christmas here a few years ago, and was very happy with our choice of hotel.
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Casa Nithra
If you’re looking for a mid-range option close to Bangkok’s famous Khao San area, then the Casa Nithra comes highly recommended. The rooftop swimming pool is lovely, the rooms comfortable and the breakfast has plenty of options. It’s located in a quiet area, yet Khao San is just an easy walk away.
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Hotel Icon
Hotel Icon is a small hotel centrally located on Sukhumvit road. The rooms are fresh and modern, big and comfortable with all the usual comforts such as flat-screen tv, aircon, and free Wi-Fi. The rooftop swimming pool is great!
Click here for latest prices

⇒ For more accommodation options and tips on which areas of Bangkok that suit you best, read our complete guide to where to stay in Bangkok.

What To Bring To Bangkok

Bangkok is hot all year round and gets very humid during the rainy season from June to October.  Below are some of the essentials you need before heading to Bangkok, along with some links to for more information.

  • Travel Insurance - Bangkok has some excellent international hospitals, but they aren't cheap. In fact, Thailand is among the worlds most expensive places to be hospitalized. With travel insurance costing just a few dollars a day and potentially saving you thousands of dollars if something happens, you really can't afford to go without.  We've used World Nomads in the past, and they offer an excellent service for backpackers, vacationers and short-term travelers alike. Read why we never travel without insurance.

Click here to get a quote on travel insurance from World Nomads

  • Map - A good map of Bangkok is a must. Our favorite map is The Groovy Map to Bangkok. The map is accurate, durable, and also contains Skytrain & MRT maps, plus it has a lot of great tips about what to see and do in Bangkok by people that have lived there and know the city. It's really like a mini travel guide in map form.
  • Filtered Water Bottle - The tap water in Bangkok is not safe to drink. To help save the environment and reduce the serious problem of plastic bottle waste, consider bringing a filtered water bottle such as the Lifestraw Filtered Water Bottle.
  • Noice canceling headphones - While not strictly necessary, I'm not getting on a 10+ hour flight again without my noise canceling headphones!
  • Sunscreen - Sunscreen lotion often contain whitening in Thailand, so bring some from home.
  • Walking sandals - A good pair of walking shoes are an absolute must. We have been using our Teva sandals for years.
  • Clothes for temples - For entry into religious temples and the Kings Palace you need to wear long trousers and a top/ t-shirt that covers your shoulders. We recommend getting something light and breathable that packs down small.
  • Power adapter - Make sure you can use your electronic devices in Thailand by bringing a travel power adapter. Our favorite is the FosPower Fuse. It is small, light and sturdy and can also charge USB devices.
  • Sunglasses - Bring a good pair of sunglasses.
  • Walk around day pack - A small walk around day pack is highly recommended. We travel with Osprey travel backpacks; that comes with a useful detachable daypack. For stand-alone daypacks, we like the Pacsafe Venturesafe with its anti-theft design.
  • Camera - Don't forget a camera to document your adventures in Bangkok! Check out our article on what camera gear to bring traveling for our recommendations 🙂

Travel Guides

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About The Writer Maria Wulff Hauglann

Maria is a Norwegian travel nerd who has explored more than thirty countries on four continents. She holds a master's degree in Computer Science, as well as an MBA. In 2014 while on a year-long trip across South East- Asia, Maria co-founded the travel blog Nerd Nomads to help others get out and explore the world. In 2018 she left her day job permanently for a life of full-time travel. See our about page for more about Maria.


    • Hei Maria (fantastisk fint navn du har forresten, hehe 😀 ),

      Tusen takk for kommentaren! Enig, har alltid lyst til å dra tilbake til Bangkok. Har blitt som vårt “home away from home”. Veldig fin blogg du har, har lest litt rundt på den, veldig inspirerende!


  1. I’ve been to Bangkok a couple of years ago and spent most of my time in bed, sick (totally under the weather). So, out of 2 weeks vacation I got about 1 week to explore and saw most of this stuff (like the temples and the Jim Thompson house and of course the Lumphini Park), but just realized I missed on a lot of stuff! We’ve been meaning to return to Bangkok soon, so this guide is totally what we need. (we have a private joke that I should start rating hospitals abroad because I always get sick lol)

    • Oh no, so sorry to hear that you spent most of your time being sick in Bangkok. 🙁 So bad! Then you definitely have to come back to Bangkok, so much to see and do in this wonderful city. Fingers crossed that you won`t get sick this time Sandra.

  2. Great itinerary! I think it’s awesome to spend 3 days in the city. I used to live in Bangkok and often hosted Couchsurfers. It always made me a bit sad when they just spent 1 night in Bangkok, went drinking in Khao San or one of the red light districts and then left with a ‘I don’t know how you can live here, the city is terrible!’. Bangkok is so diverse and 1 day really isn’t enough!

    • Thanks for commenting Laura! Totally agree with you, 1 day in Bangkok is definitely not enough time to explore this beautiful city. In my opinion even 3 days is not enough to get to know Bangkok properly. We lived there for three months, could have stayed there forever. 🙂

  3. For noen herlige bilder! Jeg har aldri vært i Bangkok, men nå tror jeg nesten at jeg må sette det på listen min… For et fantastisk sted!

    • Hei Christina,

      Tusen takk! Ja vi elsker virkelig Bangkok, og mener byen bør være et obligatorisk stoppested for nordmenn på Thailand-tur, ikke bare strendene langs kysten. Elsker kombinasjonen Bangkok har mellom det fancye og poshe og den tradisjonelle Thai-kulturen, for ikke å nevne den gode og sunne maten. Bangkok er absolutt verdt et besøk! 🙂

  4. Wow, Bangkok in a week is tough, so 3 days is insane, but you sure won’t run out of things to do – this is an excellent list to explore one of my favorite cities on the world – one I have still only seen tiny bits of!

    • I agree Jeff, 3 days is way too little time to spend in this beautiful city. That`s what I love about Bangkok too, it is full of surprises and is never boring. Can`t wait to come back.

  5. Really loved reading this and going back to our time in Bangkok. The reclining Buddha and Wat Arun were certainly the highlights of our trip, but the food. Oh man! I miss Thai Food and am so happy to be going back, though to Chiang Mai this time.

    This is a really great itinerary, Maria! Thanks for sharing it:) I’ll definitely be passing this on to friends and followers alike!

    • Thanks for your nice comment Duke! I totally agree, Thai food is some of the best food in the world, it`s actually our favourite cuisine. We even prefer it over Norwegian food, hehe.

      Lucky you who are going back to Thailand. Have unfortunately never been to Chiang Mai, but I`ve heard it`s a great city and a travel bloggers/digital nomads hub with a lot of expats.

      Have a great trip to Chiang Mai Duke!

  6. I agree with you! I also tell people to go to the market, shopping, cinema etc. I also tell them to do a bike ride!

    Marlies aka Magnificent Escape

    • We actually wanted to go on a bike ride in Bangkok, and checked out several tour operators. But in the end it was just too hot and humid while we were there to go bike riding. 🙂 Next time we will definitely go bike riding, as I think it is an excellent way to see a city and it`s surroundings.

  7. You are an angel! Thank you so much for the added details like how to cross the river. Silly lil me came all the way to Bangkok with no expectations, thus no plans. Lovely!


    • Hi Lauren,

      So glad that we could be of help when planning your stay in Bangkok and finding out what to do. Have a great time in the City of Angels! 🙂


  8. Hi Maria…I’ll be soon leaving for Bangkok. This sounds like a great itinerary. I am too excited about it . Even more after reading your post. Did you also visit Phuket during your visit ? Is it a good idea to go to Phuket if i am on a 7 day trip to Bangkok. ?

    • Hi Ayushi,

      Lucky you that are heading for Bangkok soon! If you have 7 days in Thailand in total, I would recommend that you head out to the coast and the beaches. Phuket sounds like a good idea. Phuket is pretty big, and there you will find everything from very touristy party life to more relaxed and remote areas.

      Have a great trip to Thailand and Bangkok! I`m sure you will love it! 🙂


  9. Hello,

    I love this itinerary and will take your advice for days 1 and 3 but we are not very interested in the shopping, movies and modern parts of the city. Is there an alternative you might recommend? Maybe a day trip?


    • Hi Kasia,

      If you want to get out of town for a bit then a trip to explore the former Siam capital of Ayutthaya, with its temple ruins, is very nice. There are plenty of tour operators arranging these, and they can be combined with a river cruise.

      Another popular trip is to the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Personally I think it has become too touristy these days, but if you can get there before the busloads of tourists it can still be a nice experience.

      If you would rather stay in the city and learn a bit more about its history and workings, then the trips offered by Bangkok Vanguards and Expique are both excellent choices.

      We have done a few of their tours, you can read more about our Chinatown experience with Bangkok Vanguards here, and our Tuk-tuk tour by night with Expique here.

      They have a lot of different trips on offer and are both socially conscious companies that do a lot of good for the communities.

      Have a great time in Bangkok! 🙂

  10. Hi Maria. Read your writing and its awesome! Im outta idea planning my own iti for 3-day-stay in BKK. Glad that I found this. Anyway I have few questions that I think you could give me some thought of it (hope you dont mind).

    1. Well, could say youve visited so many places in a day and mostly those attractions are closed quite early (I might say), so what time you left your hotel in the morning? in order to be able to explore those places?

    2. Im thinkin of stayin at any hotel along the Khao San Road, do you think its is accessible for me to catch up all those interesting spots you mentioned in your writing? or you have any better suggestion? (well, Im a solo traveller so budget hotels just fine for me LOL)

    Thanks Maria, hope o hear from you soon! (I didnt manage to Google translate greetings in Norwegian language, so couldnt impress you. Haha.)

    Good day! (=

    • Hi Edmund.ani,

      1. You are right, this is a busy schedule if you want to squeeze in this much in each day. We got up pretty early and left our hotel around 8/9 in the morning. You can choose to only see one of the three temples/palaces, and choose either Grand Palace, Wat Pho or Wat Arun, and not all of them.

      2. Khao San Road is a good place to stay. It is not the most accessible place to stay if you want to use the metro or Skytrain to get around the city, as Khao San Road is not close to a metro or skytrain station. But it is possible to walk to the river and take river ferry to the temples and palace along the river. It is also easy to grab a taxi and tuk-tuk from Kao San Road. Be aware of scams in the Kao San Road though, as this is very common in this area.

      Our favourite areas to stay in are around Sukhumvit Road and Lumphini Park.

      Hehe, thanks for trying to find a greeting word in Norwegian! That is so sweet of you! Good day = God dag, Bye = Hadet, Thanks = Takk, and Hi = Hei. 🙂

      Have a great trip to Bangkok! I am sure you will love it just as much as we do! 🙂


  11. Thanks for this! Great tips! We stayed in Bangkok briefly on our way to the islands but really didn’t explore it much. We are planning to meet my parents in Bangkok, but they also would like to get to a beach. Do you have any recommendations for the closest (shortest amount of time to drive to, if that’s possible) beach to Bangkok?

    • Hi Brittany,

      The closest beaches I would recommend from Bangkok are in Hua Hin and on Ko Samet. Both are quite nice and can be reached in 3-4 hours from Bangkok.

      Hua Hin is a small city with lots of restaurants and hotels. It is a fairly popular among both Thais and tourists, although it is usually not too busy. The beach is beautiful with many km of sand, but it almost disappears at the full moon high tide. It is also a popular destination for kitesurfing because it can be quite windy there.

      Ko Samet is an island, so you need to take a short ferry ride when you get off the taxi/bus. It is very popular with both visitors from Bangkok and Pattaya and can get very crowded at times since it is a fairly small island. If you are going on the weekend or during a holiday, it might be smart to book a hotel in advance. It is probably the closest you can get to the south Thailand island beach life this close to Bangkok.

      Have a great trip!

  12. One of the best itinerary I’ve read! I find it very helpful in mapping out what I want to do for my upcoming Bangkok trip in April! Thanks a bunch!

    • Thanks a million Ty!! So glad this itinerary could be of help to you. It is a bit packed. There are plenty to do and see in this city and we don`t want our readers to miss out on anything. We recommend spending more than three days in this great city, then you can have some slack and relax time too. 🙂

      Have an awesome trip to Bangkok in April, I`m sure you will love it!

  13. Thanks Maria for this itinerary. Though I am Asian (Filipino), I chose to follow a European’s eye as it gives me a different and new perspective on what to expect. Your blog helped me and my family a lot specially on the train and boat rides and exploring the temples. Though we haven’t followed all of it, your guide has given us tons of ideas during our travel in Bangkok. When are you coming over to the Philippines? I’m excited to see how you would describe our delightfully chaotic country. Cheers!

    • Hi Francis,

      Thanks for your comment! I am so happy to hear that our itinerary was of help to you when visiting Bangkok!

      We hope to visit the Philippines soon!It is on our bucket list. It looks absolutely beautiful! We hope to visit Boracay island, Bohol with its Chocolate Hills and the rice terraces of Banaue. Your beaches look amazing, hope to be able to do some kite surfing in the Philippines too.

      Thanks for commenting!


  14. This is amazing. Thanks for the detailed guide. Will definitely be back for more guides. 🙂 (We did BKK/Ayutthaya/Kanchanaburi too and I’m so bummed we missed out on China Town!)

    • Thanks a million, Cam! So glad our Bangkok guide could be of help.

      China Town in BKK is awesome! We have been to China Town several times before, but only when we went on a guided walking tour did we learn the real story of this old and fascinating area of Bangkok. Such an interesting and important part of Bangkok’s history and soul.

      The great thing about missing out on China Town is that you have a great excuse to visit Bangkok again! 🙂

      We have not been to Ayutthaya or Kanchanaburi yet, so have to go back to Bangkok soon…..

      Thanks for commenting, Cam!


  15. This is the best blog so far. I have a bkk trip this month and i’ll follow your blog! 🙂 Do you recommend Marvin Suites in Yannawa as a good location for all the tourist spots?

    • Awww, thank you so much, yen!! Your comment made my day! 🙂

      We have not stayed at the Marvin Suites yet, but it looks like a great hotel. It seems like it is within walking distance to a Skytrain station (Surasak or Chong Nonsi), and they have a free shuttle that takes you to the Skytrain station if you don`t want to walk. Then you will easily be able to get around to all the tourist spots. Good choice of hotel.

      If you are looking for some more hotel recommendations, check out our article on where to stay in bangkok here.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok!


  16. This is a perfect planned trip, good job guys. Please add an Itinerary for phuket also.
    And thank you so much for your help.

    • Hi Kunal,

      Thank you so much! Glad this itinerary could be of help to you.

      We have unfortunately not been to Phuket yet.


  17. Thank you much for this Maria. This article is very helpful. My friend and I plan to visit Bangkok next July 19-23. Technically, we have free 4 days. Would you recommend to go to one of the floating markets? Thank you very much.


    • Hi Alex,

      We have not been to any of the many floating markets in and around Bangkok, but I know they are very popular among tourists. I have heard, however, that some of them can be a bit too touristy and over-prized, so read up on which one to visit.


    • So happy that this could be of help to you, Kristen, when planning your Bangkok trip!

      Have an amazing time in Bangkok!


  18. Hi Maria, thank you so much for this wonderful guide. My sisters and I went to Bangkok last week and it was invaluable. I carried it everywhere we went. As inexperienced travellers it really helped us get around and have lots of fun.

    • Hi Rachel,

      Wow, thanks a million for this comment! You made my day! 🙂

      So happy to get feedback from someone who has actually used our Bangkok guide! You are awesome!

  19. great blog!!this would sure help me on my 3 days stay on bangkok on decemeber. I just want to ask, what would you advice to get a hotel near the airport? or near sky train? thanks! xo

    • Hi Rane,

      Thanks for commenting, and I am happy to hear that you like the blog!

      I would recommend staying in the center and within walking distance of a Skytrain station. There is really no point in staying close to the airport as it’s too far away from the major attractions. Have a look at our article Where to stay in Bangkok, for our favourite places to stay.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok!


  20. Hi Maria
    I’m really glad I found this great information as we are travelling through Bangkok before heading to Vietnam…we will arrive in Bangkok on the morning of New Years Eve (31 December 2016) and therefore be in Bangkok over New Years Day as well – will this affect what sights (temples etc) will be open or will it be business as usual?
    Many thanks!

    • Hi Rachel,

      The temples, shops, and restaurants are normally all open as usual around New Year. But it might be a little different this year, due to the fact that the king of Thailand just died and this might affect the opening hours of the Royal Grand Palace and the surrounding temples.

      We do not yet know how the king`s death and that the country will be in grief a whole year will affect the opening hours of temples. There will probably be a lot of religious ceremonies at the temples, especially during holiday seasons, and they will probably close for tourists during these ceremonies.

      Have a great New Years Eve in Bangkok! We have celebrated seven New Years Eves in this great city, and loved every one of them! They have fireworks at Siam Square and Lumphini Park, so these are good places to be close to around midnight. I`m sure you will have a great time!


  21. This is a great read Maria! I am still making an itinerary for four countries and your blog post would surely help for my trip to Bangkok. Hope to see you around the Philippines! If you’ll be here, please don’t forget to visit Siargao, it’s the surfing capital here and has the best island vibe. 😀

    • Hi Charmaigne,

      Thank you so much, glad to be of help. We would love to visit the Philippines, and especially Siargao, it is now on our bucket list! It sounds like the perfect place for us since we love surfing and island life. Thanks for the tip!

      Happy travels, and have a great time in Bangkok!


  22. Wow, this is just amazing! My husband and I are travelling to Thailand this month for about 9 days or so and your blog has been a source of very good information. I’m wondering if you have recommendations for the elephant experience near Bangkok?

    • Hi Julie,

      Thank you so much! Glad to be of help!

      As for elephants, I do not recommend that you visit one of the many elephant riding camps that are all over Thailand. They are awful and cruel to the animals! We went on an elephant riding trip close to Railey once, and it was the worst! They hit the elephants so bad that one of them started bleeding! I just wanted to cry, I felt really bad and will never ever do that again.

      I do however recommend that you go to one of the elephant sanctuaries, like Boon Lotts Elephant Sanctuary outside of Bangkok where they treat elephants like they should be treated, with respect and love. Read more of this fantastic place over at my friend Katie`s blog:

      Have a great trip to Bangkok!! Hope you find a nice place to see elephants, that also takes good care of the elephants.

      Happy travels!


  23. Although ive spend many days in Bangkok, i have not seen all the sights yet, so thanks for sharing these sights.
    I have to see Jim Thompson house sometime!

    • Hi Stephanie,

      Jim Thompson House is great! You really feel that you are in an old authentic Thai home walking around the old buildings. Definitely a must-see when visiting Bangkok.

      Happy travels! 🙂


  24. Thank you so much for this valuable information! My son (14 years old) and I are excited to follow your advice on our trip. We are currently sitting in the airport in Taiwan headed to Bangkok now. We will be making a trip to Chiang Mai after and were curious if you know of any humane elephant sanctuaries in that area? I do not want to see any animals being harmed it would ruin my experience.

    • Hi Destiny,

      Ah, lucky you who are on your way to Bangkok, our favourite city!!! Well, you probably are in Bangkok by now. 🙂

      We have not been to any elephant sanctuaries ourselves, but a friend of mine, Katie, went to the Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary and loved it. You can read about her visit on her blog.

      Here is the web page for the Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary:

      Have a fantastic time in Bangkok and a great trip up to Chiang Mai!


  25. Hi maria! loved your article about Bangkok!! I will be having a convention in centrata grand convention center, I would like to ask if you have any suggestion for the nearest and best hotel to stay around it. thank you !!!

    • Hi Thonnie,

      Thank you so much! The Centara Grand Hotel at Central World is in connection to the Centara Grand Convention Center and would the perfect place to stay during your convention. It is a bit expensive, though, being a five-star hotel, but the hotel is lovely!

      The Centara Grand Convention Center is in the Siam area of Bangkok. There is a lot of hotels in this area. We have written a guide where we list hotels that we recommend in each area of Bangkok. Check out which hotels we recommend in Siam area here:

      Have a great trip to Bangkok!


  26. Dear Nerd Nomads,

    Please keep on with the good work. Your tips for Sri Lanka were precious for us, and now we plan to use these for Bangkok too.

    Thank you so much!



    • Dear Bojana,

      Thank you so much! So happy to hear that our travel tips for Sri Lanka were useful for you. Hope you find our articles about Bangkok just as useful.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok!


  27. Hi
    Have 4 days in bangkok in Jan, staying in the Shangri-la, will be doing some of your trips thanks for the help. Would love to try street food but scared sick of getting sick !!
    Any top tips apart from seeing them cook in front of you ?


  28. Hi.
    I will probably try your itinerary once we arrive in Bangkok this January. I’m wondering where could be the best budget accommodation you can suggestion given your list of places to visit?
    Hope you can advice us on this.

    Thanks a Lot


    • Hi Marc,

      So happy to hear that our itinerary helped you out when planning your trip to Bangkok! We will actually be in Bangkok ourselves at the end of January. Really looking forward to it!

      When it comes to budget accommodation, Khao San/ Banglamphu is considered the cheapest backpacker area. Khao San does however not have any Skytrain stations, or underground/metro. So bus, ferry, tuk-tuk and taxi are the transportation options if you stay in Khao San.

      Here are our views on the different areas of Bangkok, with suggestions on hotels and hostels in each area:

      I would recommend staying in Sukhumvit or Silom area, these areas have both underground, metro and Sky train.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok!


    • Thank you so much, Jayjay. So happy to hear that this was useful to you!

      Have a great trip to Bangkok in March! We are actually on our way from Oslo to Bangkok right now. Looking forward to visit this great city again!

  29. Hi Maria! We’re using day one as our elephant tour. Could you suggest some elephant sanctuaries that are not far away from Bangkok since that day is just for the elephant tour. Thanks!

    • Hi Jeremy,

      Sorry, we have not been to any elephant sanctuaries close to Bangkok and I don`t know of any. But my friend Katie loved Boon Lott`s Elephant Sanctuary.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok! We are actually on our way from Oslo to Bangkok right now.


  30. Hi Maria,
    Will be visiting Bangkok this coming March with my husband and 1.5 year old daughter. My husband and I are frequent visitor of Thailand, but its totally different now that we will visit again with our little one. We will get a nanny on our first day/night.
    Would like to ask, is it safe to bring our daughter when we try one of the floating markets? Or even the Ayutthaya? We are arriving on a Saturday. Thanks and hoping for your recommendation.

    • Hi Eden,

      Hmm, I have no experience with traveling with a small child in Thailand, sorry. But I saw many babies and small children traveling with their parents around Bangkok and Thailand in general, and they seemed to be very safe and happy. Just keep your daughter close by or in a trolley as there might be pretty crowded especially at the floating markets.

      Have a great trip to Thailand and Bangkok!


  31. Fantastic itinerary. I’m visiting next month for a couple of days os will definitely be doing a few of these things.

    • Thank you so much, Mike! Have a great trip to Bangkok! We`ll actually be heading back to Bangkok next week, can`t wait! 🙂


  32. Best itinerary to cover Bangkok in 3 days. this is what exactly I’m looking for…
    Thanks Maria. Very useful information.. Kudos…

    • Thank you so much, Eshwer! Glad to hear you like it!

      Happy travels to Bangkok! We are actually in Bangkok right now, great to be back!


    • Hi Jeric,

      There is no train from Bangkok to Phuket. The best and quickest way to go to Phuket is by taking the plane. You can take an overnight bus, but it takes about 12 hours.

      We use Momondo to search for cheap flights.

      Have a great trip to Phuket!


  33. Hi Maria,
    We are excited to go there this weekend! Do you have any recommendations for a night cruise – that is not too expensive? We want to experience Bangkok at night via cruise and have a nice dinner to one of your restaurant recommendations.



  34. Hi Maria,

    Greetings. We are a group of 5, planning to visit Thailand in the month of July.
    We have 9 days with us. Planning to spend 4 days to visit places in and around Pattaya and 4 days for places in and around Bangkok. It would be great if you could suggest us an itinerary for 9 days to cover most of the prominent places.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Raj,

      Sorry, I don`t know the Pattaya area that well, have only been there once. Some friends of us have a house in Pattaya, and they use to go to Koh Samet (an island south of Pattaya) and say it’s beautiful. We like Hua Hin better than Pattaya. The beach is nicer and the town itself has more charm.

      As for Bangkok, you can do this itinerary for three of the days, and then maybe one day to Ayutthaya, 80 km north of Bangkok. Ayutthaya was the old capital of Thailand, or the Kingdom of Siam, from 1350 to 1767. It is full of Buddhist temples, palaces, monasteries, and statues. It is a really nice place to go for a day-trip.

      Have a great trip to Thailand!


    • Don’t forget to try the rooftop bars suggested here. And the Horizon Cruise dinner of Shangri-la! That’s the highlight of our previous trip!

  35. Hello!
    I am planning a trip to Bangkok early July and I wanted to know if all the opening hours provided in this article were still up-to-date to help me organise my visits there. Also, can you please let me know if some area of the city are considered to be unsafe for travelers alone? Thanks in advance!

  36. Hi Camille,

    Lucky you who are going to Bangkok in July! Yes, as far as I know, the opening hours are up to date also in July.

    There are no areas of Bangkok that are unsafe for solo travelers. But of course, you should always be careful and look after yourself and your belongings. Be aware of scams, especially men and women who approach you and speak perfect English and say that they are English teachers and that the temple you are heading to is closed today. Then they will say that they know how to get you into the temple and can sell you a “special” ticket, way overpriced and not even valid. It is also common to be driven to tailors and governmental gem shops by taxi and tuk-tuk drivers against your will (they get money for driving tourists there by the shop). But there is nothing to worry about, Bangkok is a safe city.

    Have a great trip to Bangkok!


  37. Awesome, i am very excited with my trip to bangkok post reading your article. Your article gave me a real feel about the city, very well written. Thanks

    • Thank you so much, Rathy! Glad you liked it! Bangkok is such a great city, we love it! Hope you will too.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok!


      • hi maria , i am Muzamil from pakistan and i want to visit bangkok with my family . and what do you suggest us the family places with kids . we want to avoid adults places . and for muslim halal food ?
        waiting your reply.

        • Hi Muzamil,

          We have written a guide on where to stay in Bangkok. I would say that Silom is a great area to stay in with kids. Then you have walking access to the Sky Train and Underground stations which makes it easy to get around Bangkok. Silom also has the biggest park in Bangkok, Lumphini Park, which is great for kids.

          Sorry, I don`t know anything about halal food, but there are a lot of nice restaurants in the Silom area, both Thai restaurants and western restaurants.

          Have a great trip to Bangkok!


    • Hi Choy,

      Taxi is definitely best and easiest as there is no airport rail link from Don Muang Airport.

      There are, however, two airport bus lines from Don Muang:
      – A1 which stops at BTS Mo Chit, and the Northbound Bus Terminal
      – A2 which stops at BTS Mo Chit and BTS Victory Monument

      You can take bus A2 to Victory Monument, and taxi from there (about 15 min taxi ride but it might take longer if there is heavy traffic).

      There are also public buses from Don Muang (on the highway in front of the airport). Bus no 59 stops near Khao San Road. It runs all day and night and cost about 40 Baht.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok!


    • Your article is well written and very informative, it gives me confidence to travel to Bangkok solo because of your article.

      Thanks a lot

      • Hi Choy,

        Really happy to hear that you found our article helpful!

        Bangkok is a great place to go to as a solo traveler. There are so many things to see and do and the people are friendly and welcoming. You will for sure have a great time!


  38. Chatuchak Weekend Market was awesome! I highly recommend it too and glad it’s on your list! Get a map however, the stalls do have some order to the chaos. Love that you also have taking a river tour from Taskin. This was a highlight for us. We had been to Bangkok so many times and until we took that tour, we don’t feel we really saw Bangkok.

    Another tip for your readers. A great relatively inexpensive hotel near the Taskin Bridge and Saphan Taskin Skytrain is a place called House of Phraya Jasaen. The place has themed rooms that were designed by the owner who is a professor at the Interior Design School in Bangkok. The rooms are awesome! Some shaped in all round objects including the bed, one in a jail theme, one cars, one bottles, others too. A great place and people!

    • Hi Brady and Shelly,

      Thank you so much for the tip about House of Phraya Jasaen! The place sounds really cool and a bit crazy, hehe. Will definitely check it out on our next trip to Bangkok.

      I love markets, and Chatuchak is my favorite. I agree that a map is a must when visiting this huge market, or you will get lost pretty soon. Totally agree on the river boat trip. Until you have taken one of the river boats in Bangkok, you have not experienced the “real” Bangkok.

      Happy travels! 🙂


  39. Thanks for the guide, specially day 1 will be very useful for me (I am not into malls and shopping). Looking forward to visit Bangkok in 2 weeks!
    Hugs, Nana

  40. I googled this site and the itinerary looks fabulous! However, we will be going to Thailand, starting Bangkok in November 2017 and I want to know whether you can update this info. We will be in Thailand for 14 days and would like to visit exciting places, off the beaten track and not really beach destinations. Wildlife and events a priority. We are finishing our tip in Lipburi for the Monkey Festival Feast. I do not know where to start planning!! Please advise.

    • Hi Mareli,

      Thank you! Happy to hear that you like our Bangkok itinerary and find it useful! This is the perfect Bangkok itinerary for November 2017.

      There are so many nice places to see in Thailand. Since you don`t fancy beach destinations, then I would suggest heading up north to Ayutthaya (a 2 hour drive outside of Bangkok) to see the ancient capital of Thailand. Further north is the city Chiang Mai popular for trekking, wildlife and hiking (1 hour flight from Bangkok).

      Have a great trip to Thailand and enjoy the Monkey Festival!!


  41. Excellent guide! I’ve been to Bangkok before and I feel that it’s the right balance for a few days itinerary! keep it up!

  42. Thank you so much we are going to Phuket early in September and have decided to add three days in Bangkok before we return to South Africa. I will try some of your suggestions.

    • Hi Susan,

      Lucky you who are going to Phuket in September! Have a great trip to Thailand and enjoy your three days in Bangkok!

      Hope to visit South Africa one day, by the way, it looks really beautiful! Espen was in Cape Town a few months ago and loved it!


  43. These are 3 packed days but there’s definitely the most interesting stuff. I tried the best pad thai recently 😉

    • Yeah, this itinerary is pretty packed. So people should choose and maybe not do all of these things.

      Cool, love that Pad Thai place! 🙂


  44. Hi,

    Jim Thompson House is very close to Siam Square, the main shopping district in Bangkok. Plenty of tourists visit this area.

    Have a great trip to Bangkok!


  45. Nice itinerary. Very Helpful. I’ll be in Bangkok this coming August 5-8, 2017 and I will definitely follow your activities. It’s my first time to travel alone outside the Philippines.

    More power!

    • Hi Janlo,

      Thank you so much! Glad to hear that you like our itinerary! It is a bit packed, but these are the best highlights of Bangkok in our opinion.

      We have been to the Philippines once, visited Manila, Boracay, and Puerto Galera. The Philippines is a very beautiful country, we loved it! Hope to be back one day!

      Have a great trip to Bangkok in August!


  46. Thank you for the 3 day itinerary. It was helpful in reducing feeling overwhelmed as I’m traveling alone and don’t have a lot of time to plan. Also, I booked at Loy La Long Hotel and I’m very excited.

    Do you have recommendations for spas or thai massages? Hopefully, I didn’t miss this on your website.

    • Hi Ilene,

      Thank you so much! Glad to hear that our Bangkok itinerary could be of help to you! Wow, cool that you are going to stay at the Loy La Long Hotel! It is pretty unique and has a beautiful location right by the river.

      Hmmm, sorry I don`t have any recommendations for spas or Thai massages. There are plenty of places offering Thai massages in Bangkok, and many of the big hotels have really nice spas that also have Thai massages.

      Have an awesome trip to Bangkok! And enjoy your stay at Loy La Long Hotel!


  47. I am planning a trip to Thailand and this website is very useful. Strongly recommend to anyone going to Bangkok. Very nice tips and recommendations!

  48. Great article about from a couple who actually live there. Lot of people don;t spend much time in the city because Thailand is mostly famous for beaches. This is very informative article will give heads up for people who looking for urban vibrant.

    • Thank you so much! Even though Thailand has some of the best beaches in the world, it`s too bad that most people skip Bangkok as the city has so much to offer! We simply love Bangkok! 🙂

      Happy travels!


  49. Hi m I am coming to Bangkok in June next year but will be a lone female , I have been to Thailand many times but a bit nervous being on my own. Will it be safe ? Where do you recommend to stay ?

    • Hi Ally,

      Yes, Bangkok is safe for female solo travellers, you will be just fine. Thai people are very friendly. You should not stay in Khao San area. Sukhumvit area is great with plenty of western expats living there with families. It is a safe area which has decent restaurants and bars. We have stayed in Sukhumvit area a lot and really likes it.

      Have an amazing time in Bangkok!


      • Did you ever take the minibus from Victory Monument? I can tell you now, sept 2019, they leave from and to Mo Chit, reachable by MRT. I tried victory monument but ended up grabbing a cab from there instead

        • Hej Carl,

          Thank you so much for the updated information about the minibus from Victory Monument! We usually use the Grab Car app to get around the areas of Bangkok that doesn’t have Skytrain/ BTS or MRT.

          Thanks for commenting! Have a great time in Bangkok!


  50. Hi Maria,

    Thank you for this article. My friend and I will be in Bangkok this weekend. I will definitely follow what was written here to save time and experience Bangkok in 3 days.

    Looking forward for an exciting Bangkok trip.

    • Hi Shandy,

      Thank you! Great to hear that you take inspiration from this itinerary for your Bangkok weekend! Just remember that the Royal Palace is closed this month because the King will be buried there at the end of October. So no point in visiting the Royal Palace. Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the other temples are open, though.

      Have an amazing time in the great city of Bangkok! I`m sure you will love it!


  51. Maria: We are coming to Bangkok for on a cruise to Laem Chabang. Then we are planning on staying at the Marriott Marquis in Sukhumvit using points. What is the best way to get from that port to Grand Palace area? Do you know of any tours that pick u up there? If not we are pretty experienced travelers to get our own map and tours once in town. Let me know if you have any suggestions. We are a family of 5 with 3 young adult college kids. Thanks- Mary Jean

    • Hi Mary Jean,

      From Marriott Marquis Queens Hotel in Sukhumvit, you can walk to Phrom Phong BTS Skytrain station (a 10 min walk). Take the sky train from Phrom Phong station to to Siam station, change train and go from Siam to Saphan Taksin station by the river. From Spahan Takin/ Central Pier, take the river boat up the river to Grand Palace or Wat Arun or Wat Pho. The Grand Palace is, however, closed in October due to the kings funeral.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok with your family!


  52. Hi

    This is such a detailed and amazing blog post. We only have 2 days in Bangkok. A half day and a full day. I really just want to just see all the temples, but we will be flying into DMK. I am really struggling with finding accommodation. Any suggestions. I want to be close to all the temples and the historical stuff, as we have limited time.

    • Hi Meya,

      Thank you so much! Most of the temples are along the river, so you might want to stay at a hotel by the riverside.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok and enjoy your two days in this amazing city!


  53. This is literally my first time commenting on a blog post -ever-, but I really wanted to tell you that it was SUPER useful! I’m going to Thailand in about a month for my honeymoon and I’m at that point where I start reading about the places we’ll travel to and to have the indications of Opening Hours, Cost, Approximate Visiting Time, How to Get there, etc. is A-MA-ZING !!

    Great job!

    • Hi Ariane,

      Thank you soooooo much!! I`m honoured that your first comment on a blog post ever was on our blog!! Thank you so much! Your comment made my day!

      Congrats on your marriage!! You`ve made the perfect choice on spending your honeymoon in Thailand, it will be awesome! Have a great honeymoon trip! Wish you all the best!


  54. This is a great itenerary! Thanks for sharing the knowledge. Can you suggest tailors or shops in Bangkok who have the expertise to make custom wedding gowns? Will be in Bangkok beginning of next month for 10 days and would like to research and establish communication now.

    • Hi Raschelle,

      Thank you so much! Sorry, I don`t know anything about wedding gown tailors in Bangkok. There are tons of tailors in Bangkok so you will have no problem finding one that can do wedding gowns, the problem is finding a good one! There is a lot of scam and untalented tailors in Bangkok, so you should ask around and check carefully. Maybe the hotel you are staying at has a tailor they recommend.

      Have a great time in Bangkok and good luck with finding a good wedding gown tailor!


  55. Hi Maria

    This is a great blog post. I really was pleased with your impressive recommendations. Did you visit Bang Kracha?
    One of my personal favorite location in Bangkok so far

    • Hi Kim,

      Thank you so much! Thanks for the tip about Bang Krachao! No we have not visited Bang Krachao yet. It is a small island located in the Chao Praya river right? I have heard about this green lung in the middle of Bangkok and we actually plan to head out there for a cycling trip when we head back to Bangkok in the end of January.

      Happy travels! 🙂


  56. Hello ,

    I am coming to Bangkok from India on a business tour for 3 nights.Hence would like to know what should be the best non commercial /must visit things to do across 2 nights and one full days.

    Any suggestions would help me to plan my trip .

    Thanks in Advance !


    • Hi Aniruddha,

      It really depends on what you want to see and what your interests are. With only one full day in Bangkok, you could follow Day 1 in this itinerary. Take the sky train to Saphan Taksin station and jump on a ferry from Sathorn/ Central Pier station on the Chao Phraya river. Get off at the Grand Palace and go sightseeing at this beautiful palace, and continue to Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun. They are all located along the river.

      Spend the afternoon in Chinatown or Khao San Road (where all the backpackers are), or go to Siam area for some dining and shopping, or maybe see the Thompson House.

      Have a great couple of days in Bangkok!


  57. Hello Maria,
    Couldn’t have been more happier to read your post. This definitely gives me amazing leads for my planned trip to Thailand in July (….I know but this is the only time I can travel due to School holidays in the Gulf).
    I will be traveling with my wife & 10 year old son. I am planning to stay 3 nights each in Pattaya, Phuket & Bangkok. Will this be sufficient to see at least the top attractions in each of the places? Feel free to add/remove to make it a great holiday experience.
    Thanks a ton!

    • Hi Richard,

      Thank you so much! Glad our article was of help to you when planning your stay in Bangkok!

      Hmm, if I were you I would skip Pattaya. We have been to Pattaya twice, and it is not the best or prettiest place in Thailand, even the beaches are not that nice. You should instead spend more time in Phuket/ Krabi area, like visit the islands Ko Lanta and Ko Phi Phi. We stayed several weeks in Ko Lanta and loved it, also Railay is really nice.

      July – October is normally rainy season, but you might get lucky and there will only be minor rain in the afternoon. The rain is usually in short, heavy bursts.

      Have a great trip to Thailand!!


  58. Hi Maria,

    I’m so lucky to find your article on net, very informative. Do you recommend a guided tour when visiting Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi,

      Thank you so much! Nah, you don`t need a guide when visiting the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. But if you are really interested in knowing the details about the palace and temple and the culture and rituals, it could be a good idea to go with a guide. We have never been there with a guide.

      Have a great time in Bangkok!


  59. Sky bar is a must visit if you’re a fan of the Hangover movie. Prices are sky high but the views and cocktails are worth it.

  60. Hi Maria
    Is there a botanical garden & cooking school you can recommend me in BKK?
    Many thanks Daniela

  61. I skipped Bangkok when I was in Thailand, but I’ll definitely have to pay a visit the next time. I usually avoid major cities, but your guide swayed me! Those temples look absolutely stunning. Thank you so much for putting together such a beautiful and informative guide!

    • Hi Jo,

      Thank you so much! You should definitely stop by Bangkok on your next Thailand trip as it is a fantastic city! The shopping, restaurants, culture, temples, and the people are great.

      Happy travels! 🙂


  62. Maria you definitely have it covered. I dig your list of BKK activities here. We hit Khao San Road for massages and banana shakes and good old mixed veggie green curry with tofu in Bangkok. Amazing city.

    • Hi Ryan,

      Thank you so much! Bangkok is our favorite Asian city. There is never a dull moment in BKK and the food is awesome!! 🙂

      Happy travels!


  63. Thank you for the itinery
    We absolutely loved our way to the palace through the route you suggested and saved heaps of time!

    • Hi Tae,

      Thank you so much! Thrilled to hear that our itinerary could be of help to you when exploring Bangkok and the palace! Thanks for commenting! 🙂


  64. Hey! The itinerary is written very well. I have a question though, how much would be the cost for this three day trip? I am on a budget. Thanks ahead! 🙂

    • Hi Romali,

      Thank you so much!

      I will try to beak this itinerary down in cost:

      Day 1
      You can do this itinerary cheaper if you take the public ferry with an orange flag (15 Baht = US$ 0,50) each ticket.
      The Grand Palace: 500 Baht = US$ 16
      Wat Pho – the reclining Buddha: 100 Baht = US$ 3
      Lunch at The Sixth: most courses cost under 100 Baht = US$ 3
      Wat Arun Temple: 100 Baht= US$ 3
      Food and drinks in Chinatown and Kao San Road is very cheap, let’s say US$ 5
      Total Day 1: approximately 1200 Baht = US$ 36 (including entrance tickets, riverboat, and food)

      Day 2
      On the shopping and food court lunch, you can spend almost nothing or a lot of money! Up to you 🙂
      Jim Thompson House: 200 Baht = US$ 6

      Day 3
      Golden Mount Temple: 50 Baht = US$1,50 per person
      Lumphini Park is free

      So in total, this itinerary will cost approximately 1500 Baht = US$ 45 (extra for transport/ Skytrain depending on where you stay, food, drinks, and shopping)

      Bangkok can, in general, be done cheaply if you eat street food and take public transport. Have a great time in Bangkok!


    • Thank you, Nicolas! And thank you so much for letting us know that The Sixth restaurant is still open! Glad to hear as we love their Thai food.


  65. Great Itinerary. I am taking my 75 year old mother to Bangkok for 3.5 days.. would the SIAM Niramit show be a good option to include one day

    Also is the Chatuchak night market also open on Friday evening?

    We have to leave by noon on Saturday – so could squeeze in a visit on Saturday morning ..staying in Silom area..

    What is your recommendation

    • Hi Yukti,

      Thank you so much!

      We have not seen the Siam Niramit Show yet, but I know people that have and they liked it. It looks like a nice show. You can see the reviews on TripAdvisor here.

      NO, the Chatuchak weekend market is not open on Friday evening. Chatuchak is a day-time market, only open on Saturdays and Sundays at 06:00 – 18:00 o´clock. So you should try and visit the market on Saturday morning.

      Another option for you could be the Asiatique Market that is open every evening, also Fridays. It is located by the river and is a market with plenty of restaurants, cafes, shops, a Ferris wheel, and different entertainment shows. Opening hours Asiatique: 16:00 – 23:00 every evening. To get there, take the Skytrain to Saphan Taksin BST Station, and jump on the free Asiatique shuttle ferry from the Central Pier/ Sathorn Pier. The ferry runs every 15 minutes or so. Or you can take a taxi.

      Have a fantastic trip to Bangkok with your mother!


  66. Hi,

    Am planning a visit to Bangkok and Phuket end of this month. Read your itinerary, amongst lot of others…must say detailed very nicely.

    I have a query. I am claustrophobic and can’t take elevators (lifts). Do you think i will land myself in trouble somewhere ?

    Kindly suggest.

    • Hi Karan,

      Thank you so much!

      No, you should be fine doing this Bangkok itinerary without taking elevators. The only thing you should skip is sky bars as they are usually located very high up and you have to take an elevator or two. Like the Moon Bar that we recommend is on the 61st floor at the Banyantree Hotel. Other than that none of the things on this 3-day Bangkok Itinerary involves elevators.

      Have a fantastic time in Bangkok and Phuket!!


  67. Hi,
    Thank you very much for the ideas! I just spend 2.5 days in Bangkok and your recomendations helped me a lot for the planing. I thought I’d share some updates with you guys:
    The public ferry costs now 20 Baht
    Wat Pho – Reclining Buddah: Ticket price is now 200 Baht
    The Ticket price for wat arun got cheaper and is now 50 Baht. But you just can go to the first flore and no longer all the stairs up 🙁
    Lumphini Park is sadly no longer free. Sorry I forgot the price.
    I hope this helps someone and thanks again for the ideas and routs!

    • Hi Talia,

      Thank you so much! So happy to hear that you find our Bangkok Itinerary useful when planning your Bangkok trip!

      Thanks a million for the updates on ticket prices! Really appreciate it! Oh no, sorry to hear they now are charging an entrance fee to Lumphini Park. We love heading to the park for an afternoon/ evening stroll or run.

      Thanks for commenting!

      All the best,

  68. It is a super complete article. I would only add the latest new weekend market in Bangkok that, in my opinion, it’s the best: Khlong Ong Ang, a market in a canal that has been cleaned and renovated.

    This market has been opened during the Covid19 crisis at the beginning of 2020 so once Thailand opens its borders and tourists start coming, the market will probably also changes a bit. Nowadays all shops in the market are focusing their products to Thai customers. Food is great and cheap!

    Don’t miss it in your next trip to Bangkok!

    • Thank you so much, Pol! And thanks a million for the tip on the new Bangkok market Khlong Ong Ang. We will definitely check it out on our next Bangkok trip when the borders reopen.

      Take care and stay safe!


  69. Very detailed article and a great itinerary! I’ve lived and worked as a “travel expert” in Bangkok, giving advice and helping Scandinavian backpackers arriving in the city for the first time.

    There’s a ton of things to do in Bangkok and its impossible to cover it all lol! 😀 However, I would add Talat Noi as a recommendation in Chinatown. Getting “lost” in this old neighbourhood is just mesmerising and a great experience. I’ve included a walking map in my Bangkok Guide under “tips for exploring Chinatown and Talat Noi” – feel free to copy it if you’d like 😀

    Also I can highly recommend a bike tour. I’ve been on 4 different i think, both as part of a group and independently by renting bikes in Bang Kachao. Both are unique experiences and my favourite way of exploring the city. This Airbnb tour is the best choice in my opinion and a good friend of mine who operates it 🙂

    Hope this is useful for when it’s possible to once again come back to Bangkok! 😀


    • Hei Frederik,

      Tusen takk! 🙂 Thanks for the tips about Talat Noi in Chinatown, we’ll definitely check it out. We have actually scheduled a bike trip on Bang Kachao for our next Bangkok trip. It looks like such a cute little green lung in the middle of the metropolitan city of Bangkok. Can’t wait to head back to Bangkok when this pandemic is over.

      All the best and stay safe!

      Hilsen Maria


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