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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 love this vibrant and urban big city with all its life, delicious street food, green and lush parks, a network of rivers, fantastic 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. Every time we come back, we fall deeper and deeper in love with this fantastic city!

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

Explore the city’s many ancient temples, take a tuk-tuk tour through the Bangkok night, experience Muay Thai boxing at the gigantic Lumpini Stadium, go shopping, or visit one of Bangkok’s many fantastic markets, just for starters.

Airplane on the rooftop at Rods antiques at Srinakarin Train Night Market Bangkok
One of Bangkok’s coolest night markets, Srinakarin Market

Bangkok has it all, and there is never a dull moment when you hit the streets of this city.

Latest Updates: Our latest visit to Bangkok was a five-week stay in mid-2022. This Bangkok itinerary has been completely updated and reorganized with the most current travel information. The last few years have been tough on Bangkok tourism, and some well-loved sights have sadly had to close down. In this latest edition, we have included new night markets, restaurants, and museums. We have also designed a brand new walking tour of Chinatown and updated practical travel information like opening hours etc. 

The Ultimate 3-Day Bangkok Itinerary

Here is our ultimate 3-day itinerary with our highlights of what to do in Bangkok. It combines the typical must-sees tourist sights of Bangkok with some corky and off-the-beaten-track places and sights you will not find in the tourist guides.

We intentionally made this Bangkok itinerary packed with activities and sights so that you’ll have a lot of options to choose from.

Day one is a bit hectic since it’s the “best of Bangkok itinerary.” So if you have less than three days to spend in Bangkok, our day one itinerary is a great place to start.

In addition, some sights/activities have a star next to them. These are Bangkok’s most famous landmarks, and if you prefer exploring fewer attractions at a slower pace, these are the essentials.

We hope this Bangkok itinerary will give you some ideas and inspiration for your trip. Have a great time in Bangkok!

By the way, if you’re undecided on where to stay in Bangkok, see our guide to the best areas to stay in Bangkok.

Bangkok 3-day Itinerary: Day 1 – Ancient Bangkok (purple), Day 2 – Markets and Chinatown (pink), Day 3 – Jim Thompson House, Shopping, Parks (green)


Day 1 – Essential Bangkok

Chao Phraya River, Temples, Historical Sites & Khao San

This first day is filled with the highlights of Bangkok. If you only have one day in Bangkok, then Day 1 will take you to Bangkok’s famous temples and the most historical and popular sights.


Day 1 – Bangkok Itinerary: 1. Chao Phraya River Ferry, 2. Grand Palace & The Emerald Buddha Temple, 3. National Museum OR Museum of Siam, 4. Wat Pho/ Reclining Buddha, 5. Wat Arun Temple/ Temple of Dawn, 6. Canal Boat Trip, 7. Golden Mount Temple, 8. Khao San Road

1. Chao Phraya River

After breakfast (at your hotel or a street stall), take the sky train to Saphan Taksin BTS Station. Then, jump on a northbound ferry from the Central Pier (also known as Sathorn Pier). The pier is just a two-minute walk from the Saphan Taksin BTS Station, with signs pointing the way.

Bangkok Itinerary
Stunning sunset over Chao Phraya River in Bangkok

You can choose between the public ferry with an orange flag or the more expensive tourist ferry with a blue flag. To fully experience the “real” Bangkok, we recommend taking the public ferry (orange flag). The rivers and canals are the heart of Bangkok, and its 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 here you’ll find Bangkok’s most famous attractions.

Here is also many of Bangkok’s finest hotels with beautiful views overlooking the river. Read our Bangkok hotel and area guide for our recommended hotels in the Riverside area.

  • 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 between the temples and sites in this area (no. 2, 3, 4, and 5 below). It is best to get an early start (around 8-9 am) as most of these sites close around 3:30 pm, and there is plenty to see!

2. The Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha

The former home of the monarch, the Grand Palace, is located on the grounds of one of Bangkok’s architectural wonders – The Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The grounds contain more than 100 buildings, all beautifully decorated with gold and diamonds in different colors in the traditional-Bangkok style.

King Rama I, built the Grand Palace in 1782 when he decided to move the capital from Thonburi on the other side of the river to present-day Bangkok.

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

The king of Thailand no longer lives in the grand palace, but it is used for important ceremonial occasions. The palace itself is quite beautiful with ornately carved rooftops, statues, and impressive size, but you can’t enter most of the buildings, so the real star is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Temple of The Emerald Buddha

The Temple of Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) is Thailand’s most important Buddhist temple. Buddhists come here from all over Asia to pay their respects.

The temple grounds are Bangkok’s most prominent attraction, and the moment you step past the large imposing Yaksha giants guarding the entrance, you’ll see why.

Grand Palace Bangkok
Maria exploring the Grand Palace in Bangkok

With enormous gilded spires, several shrines, statues of Buddhist and Hindu mythic creatures like Hanuman (monkey deities) and Kinaree (half swan-half women), a model of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, and 178 panels of murals depicting the story of the Ramayana, there is plenty to take in.

Murals depicting the story of the Ramayana inside Wat Phra Kaew temple, Bangkok
Maria studying the 178 panels with murals depicting the story of the Ramayana

The main attraction sits in a beautiful ordination hall – 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 and was discovered in the northern part of Thailand in 1434.

The Emerald Buddha in his winter costume. Wat Phra Kaew temple, Bangkok.
The Emerald Buddha in his winter costume

When you see the Emerald Buddha, pay attention to what it is wearing. It can be one of three different costumes depending on what season it is, summer, winter, or rainy season. Three times a year, a ceremony is held at the temple where his majesty, the king personally changes the costume.

You can explore the Grand Palace on your own, but if you’d like to learn more about the palace’s sights, you have a couple of options. You can rent an audio guide with headphones for 200 Baht = US$ 6 or hire a personal guide at the ticket kiosk.

Royal palace Bangkok, Thailand
The Royal Palace itself looks like something out of a Disney movie.
  • How To Dress For The Grand Palace
    There is a strict dress code for entry into the Grand Palace. Your shoulders and knees have to be covered. So wear a shirt/ t-shirt with sleeves, long pants, a dress, or a skirt. Tank tops or short skirts/ shorts are not allowed.

Before entering the main chapel, remember to remove your shoes. Also, when sitting in front of a Buddha image, tuck your feet behind you. Pointing your feet towards the Buddha is considered offensive.

There is a booth near the entrance where you can borrow clothes. However, you must leave your passport or credit card as security, so it’s better to come properly dressed.

  • Opening hours: Every day 08:30 – 15:30
  • Entrance fee: 500 Baht = US$ 14
  • Web: The Grand Palace
  • Estimated time: 2-3 hours

Beware of scams!
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. Although there are many variations to this scam, they may say to you that there is another temple you can visit instead, like “The Lucky Buddha Temple.”

There is no such temple (all Buddhist temples are considered lucky), and they are trying to steer you to a gem or tailor shop where they will get a commission. They may tell you about a special government promotion or similar, only available today.

3. Visit Bangkok’s Famous Museums

If you’d like to escape the sun and heat for a little while during the hottest part of the day, then this area is also home to some of the city’s best museums. Our favorites are the National Museum and the Museum of Siam.

Visiting both in a single day is probably a bit too much. I’d recommend picking one of them depending on your interests. I’ve marked this stop optional since not everyone loves museums, but if you’re a bit of a museum buff, then these museums are well worth a visit.

National Museum

Southeast Asia’s largest national history museum – National Museum Bangkok or Phranakorn, is housed in a building complex from 1782. It is home to a vast collection of historical antiquities and art from Thailand’s past, as well as other Asian countries.

The beautiful National Museum Bangkok
Bangkok’s stunning National Museum is well worth a visit.

The collection also includes some awe-inspiring items from past kings, including large intricately carved gilded chariots. The museum has undergone extensive renovations in recent years. The work is almost complete, and most of the exhibition halls have reopened.

There are several buildings to explore (all of which are thankfully air-conditioned). There is an excellent free guided tour twice a week (Wednesdays & Thursdays at 09:30 am).

  • Opening Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 09:00 am – 16:00/ 4 pm. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Entrance Fee: 200 Thai Baht = US$ 6
  • Web: National Museum Bangkok
  • Estimated Time: 2 hours
  • How To Get There: The National Museum is located within walking distance of the Royal Palace (a 10-min easy walk).
Museum of Siam

The Museum of Siam is surprisingly entertaining, and well suited for families with kids. Interactive media is used extensively to tell the story of the kingdom of Siam and the Thai people. The exhibits show Thai culture and history, how it has changed over time, and give some fun insights into the elusive concept of “Thainess.”

Exterior Museum of Siam Bangkok
The Museum of Siam tries to answer “what is Thainess”.

Exhibitions have descriptions in both Thai and English. This is also a fun museum for kids, with activities to keep them interested, like a room full of Thai Toys and many hands-on displays. You can borrow a free English audio guide from reception.

  • Address: 4 Sanamchai Road, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
  • Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 18:00/ 6 pm. Closed on Mondays.
  • Entrance Fee: 100 Thai Baht = US$ 3
  • How To Get There: Museum of Siam is just next to Wat Pho Temple (the next stop on our Bangkok itinerary). You can walk from National Museum to Museum of Siam in about 20 min.

4. Wat Pho Temple – Reclining Buddha

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

Wat Pho temple can trace its roots back to the 16th century. It is sometimes referred to as Thailand’s first public “University” due to the 1360 marble inscriptions found around the temple grounds. By reading these inscriptions, people could learn about history, medicine, and liberal sciences.

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

Wat Pho’s famous reclining Buddha statue is magnificent, covered in gold leaf and with mother-of-pearl ornaments inlaid on his feet. It is remarkably 46 m long and 15 m high (!) and illustrates Buddha entering nirvana (Buddha’s death).

Inside the statue’s hall, you’ll see 108 bronze bowls that symbolize the auspicious characters of Buddha. You can buy packs of 108 coins at the entrance and drop one coin in each bowl for good luck.

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

Golden Buddhas at Wat Pho Temple
Wat Pho has a total number of 394 golden Buddhas.

Even though your primary mission at Wat Pho is to see the reclining Budhha, don’t forget to go for a walk in the courtyard as well. The giant Chinese statues there were once used as ballast on ships.

Wat Pho's main hall during the monk's afternoon prayers
Wat Pho’s main hall during the monk’s afternoon prayers

The temple has no less than 91 stupas, many of which are beautifully decorated with ceramic pottery flowers and colorful tiles. The stupas containes the aches of previous Thai kings.

Beautiful sunset at Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok
Wat Pho has 91 stupas that are beautifully decorated and glow in the sunset (can you spot the cat?).

Wat Pho is also well known as Thailand’s center for the teaching of traditional Thai medicine and Thai massage. People from all over the world come to Wat Pho to study and learn to become Thai massage practitioners. 

After a walk around the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, nothing beats a relaxing head or foot massage. This is a safe and authentic place to get a Thai massage. However, if you want to do this, you should book a spot when entering Wat Pho, as there can be a waiting list.

  • Wat Pho opening hours: Every day 08:000 am – 18:30/ 6:30 pm (Last entry at 17:00/ 5 pm). Reclining Buddha is open 08:30 – 18:30 (Thai massage is available till 18:00).
  • Entrance Fee: 100 Thai Baht = US$ 3
  • Estimated time:  1-2 hours (extra time if you want a Thai massage)
  • How To Get To Wat Pho: From the Grand Palace area, walk (about 10 minutes) or take the ferry one stop to No. 8 Tha Tien Pier.

5. Lunch at The Sixth

By now you might be feeling a little hungry, and it is time to sit down for some Thai food lunch to get your energy back. There are several restaurants in this area to choose from, but our favorite restaurant is The Sixth, only a short walk from Wat Pho (a 2-min walk).

The Sixth is a small place with only five tables, run by a young welcoming Thai couple who speaks excellent English. They serve mouth-watering authentic Thai food. The food and drinks are also reasonably priced. Do try the Thai Ice Tea, it is the best!

  • Address: 6 Soi Tha Tien, Maharaj Road
  • Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 10:30 am – 16:00/ 4 pm, Saturdays & Sundays: 10:30 am – 16:30/ 4:30 pm. Closed on Fridays.
  • Web: The Sixth’s Webpage
  • Reviews on TripAdvisor

6. Wat Arun Temple – Temple Of The Dawn

It is time to cross the river to the spectacular Wat Arun (also known as Wat Chaeng), so jump on a cross-river ferry from No. 8 Tha Tien to Wat Arun pier (crossing is 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 a spectacular sight from afar. Wat Arun is our favorite temple in Bangkok.

Wat Arun Temple in Bangkok, Thailand with the Chao Praya river in front
Wat Arun Temple is beautifully located right by the Chao Praya river.

It is an equally impressive sight close-up and even more impressive after dark when it is lit up and looks like something out of a fairytale. But, unfortunately, it closes before nightfall.

In the middle of the temple, you find its most prominent feature, an 82 m high, beautifully decorated Khmer-style tower. You can walk up the steep stairs and admire the view of Bangkok and its rivers and canals.

  • Opening hours: Every day 08:00 am – 17:30/ 5:30 pm
  • Ticket price: 100 Thai Baht = US$ 3
  • Estimated time: 1-2 hour
  • How To Get To Wat Arun: Jump on a cross-river ferry from No. 8 Tha Tien to Wat Arun pier (crossing is only 3 Baht).

7. Explore Bangkok’s Canals on A Longtail Boat

The Klongs are the narrow canals that criss-cross the Thonburi area, the old part of Bangkok. Once upon a time, Bangkok was almost like Venice, Italy, with many canals and no roads.

Maria on a canal tour of Bangkok's Klong's in a Long tail boat, Thonburi Bangkok
Maria on a tour of Bangkok’s Klongs

A boat tour along the remaining canals is a great way to gain an insight into Bangkok’s past and the more traditional way of life that still exists here. Many of the houses along these canals still do not have road access, and the canals remain an essential way of transportation in parts of the city.

You will also glide by several temples, including the impressive tall seated buddha statue at Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen. The golden Buddha statue is Bangkok’s tallest with its 64 m, completed in 2021.

  • How To Hire A Longtail Boat: You can hire a longboat at most ferry stations, including Wat Arun. Typically a one-hour tour on a longboat should cost you about THB 12-1300 for two people, the boat and driver. The tour usually ends around Central Pier, where your day began, but you can ask the boatman to drop you off at a different stop.

8. See The Sunset From Golden Mount Temple

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

Buddha statue at Golden Mount Temple in Bangkok
Golden Mount/ Wat Saket Temple is one of the most beautiful temples in Bangkok.
Bangkok skyline view from Golden Mount Bangkok
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 takes about 25 min, but the reward when you reach the top is well worth it as you get an awesome view of Bangkok.

344 steps up to Golden Mount Temple Bangkok
To walk up the 344 steps to Golden Mount takes about 25 min.

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

  • Ticket price: 50 Baht = US$1,50
  • Estimated time: 1-2 hours
  • How To Get To Wat Saket: Take a taxi or use the Grab App (a 10 min drive) to Golden Mount, also called Wat Saket.

Read More: Our Complete Guide To Wat Saket – The Temple In The Sky

9. Dinner at Jay Fai – Michelin Star Street Food

After Wat Saket, you’re only about a ten-minute walk away from Bangkok’s most famous street food restaurant – Jay Fai.

Supinya “Jay Fai” Junsuta has always been well known in Bangkok for her crab omelet but she became world famous when she received a star in the Michelin guide in 2018. Since then she has been featured on Netflix’s documentary series Street Food Asia, and in lots of other media.

Supinya “Jay Fai” Junsuta cooking at her restaurant Jay Fai in Bangkok
Jai Fay still cooks every dish in her restaurant herself

Jai Fay is now in her late seventies and still cooks every dish herself in her restaurant wearing her trademark eye protection goggles. While the standout is the Crab omelet the menu also includes many other tasty treats like tom yum soup or the stir-fried crab yellow curry which all pair well with the crab omelet.

Jay Fai’s fame has made it kind of tricky to get a table, and the queue can be quite long. Sometimes she accepts reservations and sometimes not. See her Instagram page for the latest information.

  • Address: 327 Maha Chai Rd, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon
  • Opening Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 9 am- 20:00/ 8 pm. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Web: Jay Fay’s Instagram
  • How To Get To Jay Fai: From the Golden Mount, you can easily walk (about 10 minutes). Otherwise taking a Taxi/ Grab is the easiest.

Right next door to Jay Fai you’ll find Thip Samai Restaurant, whose claim to fame is serving one of Bangkok’s best Pad Thais (stir-fried rice noodles with shrimp, chicken, bean sprouts, and eggs). The restaurant has been modernized and has, in our opinion, lost a bit of its charm. But the Pad Thai is still good and the fresh orange juice is amazing.

So if the queue outside Jay Fai looks too long, the neighboring Thip Samai is a good alternative.

READ MORE: For more options on where to eat Thai food in Bangkok, see our Bangkok food guide.

10. 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. That is 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 (Thanon Khao San). If you skipped our previous non-starred itinerary stops, and are coming straight from Wat Arun then another option is to take the river ferry to no. 13 Phra Arthit Pier. It is right before the Rama VIII bridge. From there 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 food, drinks, clothes and souvenirs.

Bangkokś famous Khao San Road
Bangkokś famous Khao 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……. 🙂

  • Opening hours: All day, every day but most fun from sunset till late
  • How To Get To Khao San: Take the river ferry to no. 13 Phra Arthit Pier, or a Taxi. There are no BTS stations.

Day 2: Exploring Bangkok’s MarkeT’s AND HISTORiC Chinatown

Chatuchak Market, Chinatown, Street Food & Nightlife

It may seem like Bangkok’s most important attractions are all temples, and there is some truth to that. But now that day one is complete we’ll discover what else Bangkok has to offer.

We’ll start with the classic Chatuchak Weekend Market. If you’re in Bangkok on a weekend you will definitely not want to miss the world’s largest outdoor market. Then we’ll explore Bangkok’s roots in the city’s liveliest neighborhood – Chinatown.

Chinatown is famous for its street food, but there is plenty more to see and do. For those who still have the energy, we’ll end the day exploring the nightlife along Bangkok’s famous Sukhumvit Road.

Day 2 – Bangkok Itinerary: 1. Chatuchak Weekend Market, 2. Chinatown, 3. Talad Noi Neighborhood, 4. Central Chinatown (Wat Traimit Temple, Sampeng Market, Yaowarat Street Food), 5. Nightlife in Sukhumvit, 6. Cinema

1. 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. You can easily do all your souvenir- and gift shopping here.

It’s also a great place to sample some authentic Thai-style street food with lots of small stalls selling just about every dish under the sun.

  • Opening hours: Saturdays and Sundays 06:00 am – 18:00/ 6 pm. Some parts of the market are also open on Friday (6 -18), although they mostly have wholesale.
  • What to buy 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, then follow the stream of people.

2. Chinatown

The rest of the day is all about exploring Bangkok’s most exciting area, Chinatown!

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

Chinatown has managed to hold onto a lot of its unique architecture and culture but that does not mean it’s not changing. Old shophouses are being restored and transformed into cozy coffee shops, boutique hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs. And with two brand new MRT stations, Chinatown is quickly becoming a much more popular base for exploring the city.

3. Discover Talad Noi – Bangkok’s Best Kept Secret

Chinatown’s Talad Noi neighborhood isn’t typically found on a lot of Bangkok itineraries, but it really should be at is a great area! We’ve included it as an option for those who appreciate getting a little off the beaten path. Feel free to skip ahead to central Chinatown’s highlights if you spent the morning at Chatuchak market and are running short on time.

The 200-year-old So Heng Tai Mansion in Tald Noi Chinatown Bangkok
The 200-year-old So Heng Tai Mansion is one of the must-sees of Talad Noi.

Talad Noi is a fascinating area to explore and a walk along the Chao Praya river will take you through one of Bangkok’s most unique neighborhoods.

After the fall of the old capital Ayutthaya in 1767, Chinese and Portuguese settlements were relocated to this area along the river. The area’s diverse history and religious roots can still be seen here today in its mix of Buddhist temples and Christian churches.

Along the way, you’ll stumble across Buddhist temples, old shophouses, small shrines, ancient holy threes, churches, colorful street art, and a lively local community. And last but not least, some of Bangkok’s absolute coolest coffee shops!

This is a great place to experience historical Bangkok and see how it’s evolving with modern times. The best thing you can do here is to leave the guidebook, grab your camera or phone, go exploring, and get a little lost. 🙂

DIY Talad Noi Neighborhood Walking Tour (A – J)

  • A. Sieng Gong
    More than 70 years ago, Sieng Gong became Bangkok’s main center for auto parts. This area still has piles of auto parts as far as the eye can see.
  • B. NAM 1608 Restaurant
    A great place to stop for lunch with tasty Thai food, and a fantastic view overlooking the Chao Praya River. One of our favorite Bangkok restaurants.
  • C. Photohostel & PhotoCafe
    Dutch photographer Kars Tuinder recently opened a cool coffee shop and hostel in this 200-year-old Taiyuan house. There is a photo gallery displaying some stunning photography and cakes and drinks in the coffee shop. Kars also runs photo tours of the area.
  • D. Hong Sieng Kong Cafe & Museum
    Hong Sieng Kong is part museum, part coffee shop set among a collection of beautifully preserved Chinese mansions with antique furniture, wooden staircases, statues, and trees seemingly fused with the brick walls. There is a large garden where you can sit and enjoy the river view. They serve delicious cakes and light meals or try their signature drink, the Iced Chocolate Frappe. There is an entrance fee of 200 THB = US$ 5,5, but entry is free for coffee shop customers.
Hong Sieng Kong interior in Chinatown Bangkok
Hong Sieng Kong is a museum/ coffee shop in an old Chinese mansion.

Right around the corner from Hong Sieng Kong, you will find the following two “attractions”:

  • The Little Rusty Fiat 500 at Soi Wanit 2
    The exact story of how this little old car became abandoned isn’t known, but Instagram has made it world-famous.
  • Bodhi Tree & Shrine
    The large holy tree and the small shrine are almost as Instagram famous as the old Fiat.
  • E. So Heng Tai Mansion
    The 200-year-old Hokkien-Teochew-style Chinese mansion is open to the public and one of the must-sees of Talad Noi. The house is still in its original state, while the swimming pool is a more recent addition that a local scuba diving club uses. The entrance fee is a mandatory drink from the lady selling juice and tea.
  • F. Rong Kuak Shrine
    A small peaceful shrine that is over a hundred years old. It’s not the most exciting shrine but worth a quick stop.
  • G. Mother Roaster
    Set in an old shophouse once used to store car parts, with a hidden entrance, this is one of the coolest coffee shops ever! Examine the street art facade to find the door and make your way to the second floor. And the coffee is excellent as well.
  • H. Street Art along Trok San Chao Rong Kueak
    This little alley is street art heaven. Also, don’t miss the small photo gallery at the far end showing off some of the best Chinatown photography.
  • I. Patina
    A relaxed cafe set in a more than 100-year-old Chinese mansion. There are plans to turn a part of the building into a hostel.
Bann Liew Lae Mansion and the Patina Cafe in Chinatown Bangkok
The Patina’s cafe inside the old Bann Liew Lae mansion. The drinks were delicious!
  • J. Holy Rosary Church
    Also known as Kalawar Church, this Roman Catholic church was built between 1891–97. The interior is beautiful with some exquisite stained glass windows depicting stories from the new and Old Testaments.
  • How to get to Talad Noi: You can either start at River City Mall and walk north. Or start at Wat Tramit and follow the walking route first towards the river and then south from there.

4. Central Chinatown – Temples, Markets & Street Food

Time to head onto the famous and vibrant central Chinatown.

The center of Chinatown is often called Yaowarat after the main road Thanon Yaowarat which runs through this area. It is one of the oldest parts of Bangkok, with roots back to 1782 when the Chinese set up the first settlement here.

Yaowarat Road in Chin town on a Saturday night
Yaowarat Road in Chinatown on a Saturday night is great fun!

Here you will find action at all hours and surprises at every turn. Some of Chinatown highlights include:

Wat Traimit Temple

Wat Traimit, also known as the Temple of the Golden Buddha, is most famous for its 5.5-ton and nearly five-meter tall buddha statue made of solid gold. Yes, actual gold!

The statue was originally covered with plaster; nobody knew of its value for centuries. Then during a move in the 1950s, movers accidentally dropped it, the plaster cracked, and the fall revealed the statue’s gold core.

The temple is also quite beautiful, three stories high and with gold-colored roofs and ornate carvings. A small museum tells the story of Wat Traimit and the Buddha statue.

Wat Tramit Temple in Chinatown Bangkok
Wat Traimit is Chinatown’s largest and grandest temple.
Sampeng Lane Market

Sampeng Lane (Soi Wanit 1) market is a narrow street filled with everything imaginable trinkets, food, spice, toy, and appliance under the sun. The market has been here forever, since the late 1700s when it was moved here to make room for the Grand Palace. Wandering through here is great fun but can also feel a little overwhelming.

The busy and crowded Sampeng Market in Chinatown Bangkok
Sampeng Market, a 1 km long narrow alleyway through Chinatown filled with shops and stalls

Sampeng Lane is about 1 km long, and the smells from a thousand spices, dried food, and herbs greet you at every turn. Just go with the flow, and you will sooner or later come out at the other end.

Street Food at Yaowarat Road

When the sun sets, Chinatown’s Yaowarat road becomes the biggest street food center in Bangkok, serving up the most delicious and authentic Thai street food. Here you can find some Chinese-inspired dishes that are not available anywhere else in Thailand.

It’s all about following your nose and going with the most delicious smells. But there are, of course, some classic eateries that you may want to check out. So here are a few of our recommendations to get you started:

  • T&K Seafood – The legendary T&K Seafood has long been Chinatown’s most famous seafood restaurant. Look for the green-colored balcony at the corner of Phadung Doa Road and Yaowarat Road and you have come to the right place.
  • Guay Jub Ouan Pochana – has been selling rolled rice noodle soup for over 50 years, and it is delicious. They are currently selling from the old Rama Cinema, which still has the old movie posters hanging from the walls. So cool!
  • Khao Gaeng Jake Puey – expect to eat while balancing your plate of curry on your lap at this popular Thai curry stall. With plastic chairs and no tables, it’s as basic as it gets, but the curries are incredible.

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

READ MORE: Click here to read more about Chinatown and its history

5. Explore Sukhumvit’s Nightlife

Sukhumvit is party central in Bangkok, home to more clubs, nightclubs, and restaurants than you can count. This area is extremely popular with ex-pats and visitors.

If you still have more energy after Chinatown and want to experience a Bangkok night out, then, Sukhumvit road has plenty of options.

Sunset at the Octave Bangkok Marriott Sky Bar
Sunset at the Octave bar & lounge

The party often continues out on the streets with camper van VWs converted into mobile bars blasting out the music.

Some popular places for nightlife along Sukhumvit road are:

  • Thong Lor – Bangkok’s hippest neighborhood has no shortage of restaurants, bars, and clubs. Some personal favorites include the Octave Rooftop Bar & Lounge, WTF Gallery and Café, 72 Courtyard with the Beam nightclub, chill terrace, and an excellent selection of wines.
  • Soi 11 – is a fun side street to Sukhumvit Road perfect for bar hopping. There are bars and clubs everywhere, so pop into whatever place piques your interest.
  • Soi Cowboy / Nana Plaza – These are adult entertainment districts with go-go bars and lively entertainment.
  • How to Get There: The Skytrain runs along Sukhumvit Road. Get off at Nana BTS Station for Nanas Place and Soi 11 (walk east along Sukhumvit Road for a couple of minutes), or stay on until Thong Lor BTS Station.

6. Cinema

If you are a bit worn out after all this sightseeing and want to wind down and enjoy some modern entertainment instead of partying, head to the cinema. Bangkok has some of the best cinemas in the world, showing both Asian and Hollywood movies in English with Thai subtitles.

IconSiam has a rooftop park with awesome views of the Bangkok skyline
Icon Siam is Bangkok’s newest shopping mall.

The 5th floor of the Paragon shopping mall (Siam square) is the best cinema complex in Bangkok, with both 4D, 3D, and IMAX (they have 15 large-sized theaters). You can check the monitors at the entrances to Paragon mall for an overview of what’s playing.

Alternatively, if you find yourself near the river, then Icon Siam, Bangkok’s newest mega-mall, is located just across the river from Asiatique. Icon Siam also has a fantastic cinema complex, including IMAX and 4D Cinema theatres.

Sink into the comfortable cinema chair, relax with some popcorn (and/or beer), and enjoy the latest Hollywood movies in 4D or IMAX. Don’t forget to stand during the tribute video to his majesty the king, shown before every movie!

  • How To Get There: For Siam Paragon – Take the Skytrain to Siam Square Station. For Icon Siam – Take the Skytrain to Saphan Taksin station, then take the free ferry to Siam Icon.

DAY 3 – The Best Of The Rest

Jim Thompson House, Modern Bangkok, Parks, Night Market & Skybar

Day 3 – Bangkok Itinerary: 1. Jim Thompson House Museum, 2. Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, 3. Shopping in Siam area, 4. Lunch at a food court, 5. Lumphini Park OR Benjakitti Park, 6. Jodd Fairs Night Market, 7. Rooftop Bar/ Moon Bar

1. Jim Thompson House

The Jim Thompson House Museum is the former home of Jim Thompson, the man credited with making Thai silk popular around the world.

His former home, a beautifully preserved traditional Thai house, is close to Siam Square, just a short walk away from the shopping malls.

Beautiful garden at Jim Thompson House Bangkok
Jim Thompson House is a lovely museum set in a lush garden.

The story of Jim Thompson is fascinating and quite a mystery too! Jim Thompson, born in America, is the man who made Thai silk famous worldwide. Then one day, he just disappeared under mysterious circumstances. His lovely house and garden are now a museum and well worth visiting!

The entrance fee includes a guided tour of the garden and house and a demonstration of how Thai silk is made.

There is also a large Jim Thompson shop selling beautiful silk clothes and souvenirs. And if you get hungry, the restaurant/ cafe serves up some excellent Thai food with a view of the green and lush garden.

Today you can find Jim Thompson silk 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 Station and follow the signs)
  • Web: jimthompsonhouse.com
  • Entrance Fee: 200 Baht = US$ 6 (100 Baht for those under 22 years old)
  • Opening hours: Every day 10:00 am – 18:00/ 6 pm (last guided tour at 17:00/ 5 pm)

2. Bangkok Art & Culture Centre

You will pass The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre on the way from Jim Thompson House to Siam Square. The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is only a 5-min walk from Jim Thompson House Museum.

The large circular building houses an extensive contemporary art collection showcasing local and international artists.

The Bangkok Art & Cultural Center's interior with its spiraling staircase
The Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, with its spiraling staircase

The building is half the fun, with its spiraling staircase gradually bringing you to the dizzying top. Exhibitions are changed relatively frequently, so check their webpage to see what is on.

  • Address: 939 Rama 1 Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan
  • Webpage: https://en.bacc.or.th
  • Entrance Fee: Much of it is free, but some exhibitions may charge an entry fee
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10 am – 19:00/ 7 pm. Closed on Mondays.

3. Siam – The Heart of Modern Bangkok

The Siam area is Bangkok’s main shopping and entertainment district. 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.

Central World shopping mall in Siam Bangkok
Central World shopping mall in Siam

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

  • Central World
    A posh and modern mall with all the western brands, from the most expensive (Gucci, Prada) to more affordable brands (Zara, H&M), has an ice skating rink on the ground floor and a great supermarket. In 2020 Apple opened its flagship Apple store here.
  • Siam Paragon
    A great mall with lots of western brands, an excellent sports shop, and South East Asia’s largest Aquarium, Sea Life Ocean World. My favorite shop is the Exotic Thai store (specializing in Thai design and crafts) on the 4th floor – perfect for gifts and souvenirs. Excellent supermarket and the best cinema complex in Bangkok.
  • Siam Center
    A hip and cool mall especially popular among teenagers. Has a big Sephora store with all kinds of make-up brands.
  • Siam Discovery
    A cool modern mall with top brands, designer stuff, and lots of cool Japanese brands and designs like manga figures and movie-related stuff like Marve. Has Bangkok’s only Madame Tussauds on the 6th floor.
  • MBK shopping mall
    The oldest mall in Bangkok is especially popular with Bangkok’s teenagers. Head here for cheap clothes, handbags, and electronics, as well as reasonably priced food at its food court.
  • Opening hours: Every day 10 am – 22:00/ 10 pm
  • How to get there: You can easily walk from our last stop, The Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre. From elsewhere, take the Skytrain to Siam station or Chit Lom station.

READ MORE about the best shopping in Bangkok in our shopping in Bangkok guide!

4. Lunch At A Food Court

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

Most of Bangkok’s big and posh shopping centers have a food court, where dozens of food stalls serve delicious Thai food and international dishes. These food courts are very popular and serve authentic Thai food in a clean, air-conditioned environment. The food is affordable and tasty; the only challenge is choosing what to try.

Emquartier mall has a great food court called Quartier Food Court
Emquartier mall has a great food court called Quartier Food Court
Central Embassy Bangkok's food court
The brilliant food court at the Central Embassy mall serves 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 at the first stall.

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 staggering amount of dishes from every corner of the world. It’s loud and busy but great fun.
  • MBK shopping mall (5th & 6th floor)
    The grandmother 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. Walk among the many stalls and try delicious Thai food and desserts from the north to the south. EatThai is a high-end food court with slightly higher prices but a pleasant, quiet dining atmosphere.

5. Take A Walk In Bangkok’s Green Parks

Bangkok has some beautiful green parks perfect for a relaxing afternoon stroll. However, two parks stand out, the classic Lumphini Park and the newly expanded Benjakitti Park. Both are centrally located and are easily accessible by Skytrain and MRT.

Lumphini Park

 Lumphini Park is Bangkok’s most famous park and also the city’s first public park. It was once King Rama VI’s private garden until he donated the land as a gift to the people in 1925. Both Bangkok citizens and visitors love it.

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

The park is beautifully maintained and perfect for a stroll, relaxing on the grass, or one of its benches. There is a large lake in the center of the park where you can watch the locals paddle around on swan-shaped boats or rent a boat and have a go yourself.

If you feel like some exercise, there are exercise machines scattered around the park for free use, and the park is a popular place to go for an afternoon run.

And if you visit it in the afternoon, around 17-18 o’clock, you can participate in the aerobics taking place in the park. Great fun!

By the way, if you are in a public park at 6 pm (18), you will hear a song being played over the speaker that freezes everyone in their tracks. Don’t freak out. It is a song played every day at 6 pm in tribute to his majesty, the king. Just do as the locals, stand still until the song finishes.

READ MORE: Lumphini Park – Bangkok’s Green Oasis

  • How To Get To Lumphini Park: Take the Skytrain to Sala Daeng BTS Station, or take the MRT to Silom MRT Station or Lumphini MRT Station.
Benjakitti Park

Lumphini has always been considered Bangkok’s largest park. Still, with the new expansions of Benjakitti Park, it is now the city’s largest park by some margin.

The new Benjakitti Forrest Park expansion opened in 2022 and is a spectacular addition to the existing park with elevated walkways, an area for rare and unusual plants, several bicycle paths, and an outdoor amphitheater.

The new Benjakitti Forest Park in Bangkok Thailand
Sunset at the new Benjakitti Forrest Park expansion

The Benjakitti Forrest Park expansion has transformed what was once a slightly dull park into a beautifully landscaped green forest. The elevated walkways have fantastic views of the park and Bangkok’s skyline, and it is a great place to watch the sunset.

Other highlights include the large pond at the center of the old park, and if you’re lucky, you might spot one of the monitor lizards that live there.

  • How To Get To Benjakitti Park: Take the MRT Blue Line to Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre MRT Station, or take the Skytrain to Askok BTS Station and walk from there (a 6-minute walk).
  • A 1.3km walkway interconnects Lumphini and Benjakitti Park, so if you are a true park enthusiast, you can explore them both.

6. Jodd Fairs Night Market

No visit to Bangkok is complete without an evening at a night market. Bangkok has several excellent night markets, which make for a fun evening out with a mix of shopping, food, and entertainment.

In the last couple of years, quite a few of Bangkok’s night markets have had to close down, but thankfully some have reopened in different locations and under different names. The new Jodd Fairs market is the successor to the famous Ratchada Talat Rot Fai Train Market, which is now sadly closed.

Cool atmosphere at Jodd Fairs Night Market Bangkok
Vintage American cars on display at Jodd Fair Night Market

Thankfully Jodd Fairs Market is a fantastic replacement and is also fairly centrally located and easily accessible by public transportation. In addition, this market has a retro vibe that is apparent from the moment you step inside and see the vintage American cars on display.

The many stalls sell all kinds of stuff, from typical market nick nacks like t-shirts, amulets, and mobile phone covers to vintage retro clothes and kitschy antiques.

Cozy pub at Jodd Fairs Night Market Bangkok
Jodd Fairs Night Market is a popular place to socialize and relax with friends.

However, for us, the highlight of the Jodd Fairs market is the food! There is a huge range of food stalls selling mount watering dishes and treats and several cool food trucks and mobile VW-van-based bars and pubs. It is more than just a market; it is a hip and relaxed place to hang out and meet people. Great fun and a must-visit even if you are not a big shopper.

  • Opening hours: Every day 16:00/ 4 pm – Midnight
  • Address: Rama IX Rd, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310
  • How to get to Jodd Fairs Market: Take MRT to Metro Mall Rama 9 MRT Station. The market is behind the G Tower office building.

Quick Tip: If you have the time, another excellent night market is the original train market, Srinakarin Train Market. It’s a vast market with a lot more shops than Jodd Fair. Here you can find all kinds of fabulous antiques and retro shops specializing in vinyl, old cameras, and collectibles. Unfortunately, it is quite far from the city center so you’ll need a taxi/grab. See our market guide for more on Srinakarin Train Market.

READ MORE: For more about the city’s many markets, see our guide to the 13 best markets in Bangkok.

7. Drinks At A Rooftop Bar

Top off your three days in Bangkok with some fancy drinks at a rooftop bar. Our favorite rooftop bar is the open-air Moon Bar on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel.

Let the wind blow through your hair while you admire the magnificent view of Bangkok’s skyline. It’s the perfect ending to a visit to Bangkok, and it will surely make you love this city and long to return.

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

There is also a restaurant on the rooftop of Banyan Tree – Vertigo. We celebrated Maria’s mom’s birthday there, and the steak was excellent.

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

  • Opening hours Moon Bar at Banyan Tree Hotel: Every day 17:00/ 5 pm – 01:00/ 1 am
  • Address Moon Bar: 21/100 South Sathon Road
  • How to get to Moon Bar: Take the sky train to Chong Nonsi BTS Station, or the Metro to Lumphini MRT Station, and walk from there.

If You Have More Days – Day Trips From Bangkok

If you have more than three days in Bangkok, there are plenty of exciting places around the city that you can visit on a day trip.

Ayuthaya Ancient City – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The ancient city of Ayutthaya is beautiful and well worth a visit, a 1-hour drive from central Bangkok. The old capital city Aythaya of Thailand (then called Siam), was once the world’s richest and most cosmopolitan city. It was a bustling kingdom city from 1351 until the Burmese brutally invaded Siam in 1767.

Maria exploring the Wat Phra Si Sanphet Temple, Ayutthaya’s biggest.

Today, you find about a dozen or so ruins of beautiful stone-carved temples, stupas, and buildings in Ayutthaya. It is the perfect place to get a glimpse into the glorious past and rich merchant history of Thailand. The two biggest temple complexes are Wat Ratchaburana and Wat Phra Si Sanphet. Wat Mahathat Temple is, however, Ayutthaya’s most photographed and Instagram-famous. Here you find the famous sandstone Buddha head tangled within the roots of a bodhi tree.

The Historic City of Ayutthaya was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

Ayuthaya is also famous for its many fantastic markets. We particularly love the Ayutthaya Night Market. It is a weekend walking street market with boat rides, musicians, and sword battle shows, in addition to all sorts of delicious street food of course. The market is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 16:30/ 4:30 pm until 22:00/ 10 pm.

There are several Ayutthaya tours to choose from, here are our favorites:

  • From Bangkok: Ayutthaya & Ayothaya Floating Market Day Trip
    This full-day Ayutthaya tour (8 hours), takes you from Bangkok to Ayuthaya. Here you will see the old Grand Palace – Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, Ayothaya Floating Market (where you will have lunch and go on a boat trip on the canal), as well as the two most popular temples Wat Phra Sri Sanphet and Wat Maha That (with the Buddha stone head inside the Bodhi tree).
    Click here for info and prices on the Ayutthaya & Ayothaya Floating Market Tour (Get Your Guide)
  • From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Temples Small-Group Tour with Lunch
    A full-day Ayutthaya tour (6 – 9,5 hours), where you get to visit four of Ayutthaya’s most famous temples and ruins. This tour includes a delicious Thai food lunch at a local restaurant.
    Click here for info and prices on the Ayutthaya Temples Tour (Get Your Guide)
  • From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Private Full-Day UNESCO Trip
    You can also go on a private full-day tour to Ayutthaya (no other tourists) to get the ultimate experience. A licensed English-speaking guide will pick you up at your Bangkok hotel, and he/ she will take you to all the main temples and ruines of Ayutthaya. To fully learn about the history of the Siam kingdom, you will also visit the National Museum of Ayutthaya.
    Click here for info and prices on the private Ayutthaya Unesco Tour (Get Your Guide)

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Bangkok’s most famous floating market is Damnoen Saduak. The market is located in Ratchaburi Province, about a 1,5-hour drive from central Bangkok. It is one of Thailand’s most popular tourist attractions, both among Thais and foreign tourists, so it can be quite packed, especially on weekends.

The Damnoen Saduak Canal was constructed between 1866 and 1868 by order of King Rama IV to connect the two big rivers Mae Klong and Tha Chin for trading. The 32 km (20 mi) long canal soon became a bustling floating market, called Lad Plee Market. The market, which was just next to a Buddhist temple, was active until 1967 when it closed down as transportation of goods and people on roads took over for canal transportation.

A few years later, however, in 1971, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) reopened the Lad Pee Market as a tourist attraction. Today’s Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is on the Ton Canal and was opened in 1981 by private entrepreneurs.

The floating market consists of wooden boats anchored up along a maze of narrow canals. Here you can buy everything from fruits, vegetables, souvenirs, food, drinks, and snacks.

Fun fact: This floating market has been featured in several movies. You can see it in a canal chase scene in the James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun” (from 1974) with Roger Moore. And the movie “Bangkok Dangerous” (from 2008) with Nicolas Cage.

The Damnoen Floating Market is a morning market, open every day 07:00 am – 12 am.

You can choose from a lot of tours to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, here are our favorites:

  • From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour
    This half-day tour (6 hours) takes you from central Bangkok to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. An authorized English-speaking guide will explain everything you need to know about the market and guide you through what to buy and what food to try. On your way to the market, you will make a quick stop at a traditional Thai house, where you can see locals making brown coconut sugar at a coconut plantation.
    Click here for info and prices on the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour
  • Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market
    This 6-hour tour combines a visit to two of Bangkok’s most iconic markets: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the famous Maeklong Railway Market where actual trains run between the stalls. You can choose this tour as either a shared group tour or a private guided experience. An authorized English-speaking guide will guide you through the two markets.
    Click here for info and prices on the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market + Maeklong Railway Market

Ancient Siam & Erawan Museum

A day trip to Ancient Siam (sometimes referred to as Ancient City, Mueang Boran) is another of our favorites. Ancient Siam is the world’s largest open-air museum and park, with hundreds of temples and buildings from every corner of Thailand. If you are into photography, it is a must-visit. We spent a whole day at Ancient Siam, where we rented bicycles and cycled around the big park and museum.

Bicycling around Ancient Siam Park Bangkok
Maria on the bicycle, a great way to explore the Ancient Siam Park

Close to Ancient Siam, is the Erawan Museum with its gigantic three-headed elephant. The elephant is made of bronze, weighing 250 tons, 29 meters high, and 39 meters long. It stands on a huge 15-meter high pedestal where you find the two lower floors of the museum. The museum’s top floor is inside the big elephant belly.

The museum is modeled after the Hindu representation of the universe. Here you get to see an impressive collection of antiquities and ancient religious objects. Erawan Museum and Ancient Siam are both constructed by Lek Viriyaphan (1914-2000), a Bangkok-born eccentric Thai businessman and millionaire with a huge interest in Thai culture and history.

Big monster at Ancient City Park Bangkok
Ancient Siam Park is fantastic!

It takes about 30 min to drive from central Bangkok to Erawan Museum, and 45 min to drive from central Bangkok to Ancient Siam. You can either take a taxi or use Grab. Or you can pre-book a private transfer:

  • Bangkok: Private Transfer to Ancient City & Erawan Museum
    This private transfer takes you from your hotel in Bangkok to Erawan Museum and Ancient City (a full day, 8 hours), and back to your hotel in the afternoon. Included are also tickets to both museums. You select the departure time (between 08:30 and 11:00 am).
    Click here for info and prices on the Ancient City + Erawan Museum Private Transfer
  • Ancient City Muang Boran Ticket with Private Transfer Option
    This private transfer takes you directly to Ancient City and includes the entrance ticket and transport from and back to your hotel in Bangkok. You select the departure time (between 09:00 am and 17:00/ 5 pm).
    Click here for info and prices on the Ancient City Ticket + Private Transfer

Our three-day itinerary is packed with what we consider 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 recommend, then you have time to really enjoy yourself and your time in Bangkok and also have some time to relax.

There is so much to do and see in this fantastic city. If you like markets, read our guide to Bangkok’s great markets.

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 want more action, you could head to Lumphini Stadium for some Thai Boxing.

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

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.
Click here for latest prices

Hotel Muse Bangkok

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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.
Click here for latest prices
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.
Click here for latest prices

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 Amazon.com 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

We used the Lonely Planet`s Thailand travel guide on our trip. You can get that and other great books at Amazon.com (affiliate links).


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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.

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    • 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!

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      Maria

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  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)

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    • 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.

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  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!

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    • 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. 🙂

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  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!

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    • 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! 🙂

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  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!

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    • 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.

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  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!

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    • 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!

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  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

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    • 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.

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  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!

    L

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    • 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! 🙂

      Cheers,
      Maria

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  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. ?

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    • 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! 🙂

      Cheers,
      Maria

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  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?

    Thanks.

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    • 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! 🙂

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  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! (=

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    • 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! 🙂

      Cheers,
      Maria

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  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?

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    • 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!

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  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!

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    • 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!

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  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!

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    • 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!

      Cheers,
      Maria

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  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!)

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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  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?

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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  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.

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    • Hi Kunal,

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

      We have unfortunately not been to Phuket yet.

      -Maria-

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  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.

    Regards,
    Alex

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    • 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.

      -Maria-

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

      Have an amazing time in Bangkok!

      -Maria-

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  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.

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    • 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!

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  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

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    • 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!

      -Espen

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  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!

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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  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. 😀

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    • 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!

      Cheers,
      Maria

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  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?

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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  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!
    x

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    • 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! 🙂

      -Maria

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  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.

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    • 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: http://www.blesele.org

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

      -Maria-

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  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 !!!

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    • 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: https://nerdnomads.com/where-to-stay-in-bangkok

      Have a great trip to Bangkok!

      -Maria-

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  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!

    Regards,

    Bojana

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    • 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!

      Regards,
      Maria

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  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 ?

    Mike

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  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

    Marc

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    • 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: https://nerdnomads.com/where-to-stay-in-bangkok

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

      Have a great trip to Bangkok!

      -Maria-

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    • 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!

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  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!

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    • 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.

      -Maria-

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  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.

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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

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

      -Maria-

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

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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  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.

    Thanks

    Eden

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  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.

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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    • 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!

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  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!

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  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!

    -Maria-

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  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

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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      • 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.

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        • 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!

          -Maria-

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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

      Thanks a lot

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      • 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!

        -Espen

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  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!

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    • 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! 🙂

      -Maria-

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  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

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  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.

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    • 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!!

      -Maria-

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  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!

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  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.

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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

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

      Cool, love that Pad Thai place! 🙂

      -Maria-

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  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!

    -Espen

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  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!

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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  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.

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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  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!
    Thanks!

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  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.

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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  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 ?

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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      • 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

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        • 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!

          -Maria-

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  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.

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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  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

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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  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.

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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  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!

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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  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.

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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  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

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    • 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! 🙂

      -Maria-

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  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 !

    Regards,
    Aniruddha

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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  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!

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    • 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!!

      -Maria-

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  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.

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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  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.

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

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  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!

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    • 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! 🙂

      -Maria-

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  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.

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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

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    • 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! 🙂

      -Maria-

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  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! 🙂

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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    • 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.

      -Maria-

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  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

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    • 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!

      -Maria-

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  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.

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    • 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!!

      -Maria-

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  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!
    Regards,
    Talia

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    • 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,
      Maria

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  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!

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    • 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!

      Cheers,
      Maria

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  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 bikudotravel.com/inspiration/the-ultimate-travel-guide-of-bangkok/ 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 airbnb.com/experiences/315116 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! 😀

    Cheers,
    Frederik

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    • 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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  70. Hi Maria!
    Really great overview and easy to follow, as it is really step by step and love the Google maps links!
    Just a short one: I was checking out the Photohostel & PhotoCafe and talked to Kars. When I mentioned that I read about him in your blog he was super surprised but happy. Wanted to check it out himself 😉
    Thought a nice story to be shared!
    Thanks for making my stay here a lot cooler ☺️

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    • Hi Victoria,

      Thank you so much! We just made some big updates on this Bangkok Itinerary article, so receiving such a great comment was awesome!

      So happy to hear that you checked out Kars’s Photohostel and PhotoCafe and mentioned our blog to him. 🙂 We love that place! And Kars is such a nice guy to talk to and a fantastic photographer. The rooms at the hostel are beautiful, and the cakes are delicious too. We are heading to Bangkok next weekend, so we might pop into the PhotoCafe again.

      Thank you so much for commenting; it made my day!

      Cheers,
      Maria

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      • Super cool, thanks for your reply!

        Have a fantastic time in Bangkok. I was really surprised how much I like the city. Was definitely not my last stay there!

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  71. Thank you for such a detailed guide and tips. I can’t wait for my trip in mid-January 2023 to Bangkok. Before going to Koh Samui and Phuket.
    I hope to do many things from your list, as it is pretty much what I planned, but now I will add a few extras. I will stay in the Dusit area, close to most sightseeing objects. Hoping jet lag will not kill me, and I should be fine. ( Or hangover, as I need to one night experience Bangkok’s nightlife)

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    • Hi Vinny!

      Thank you so much for your comment! Lucky you, who is going to Thailand in January! Sounds like you will have an amazing Thailand experience with Bangkok, Koh Samui, and Phuket. Great destination choices!

      We actually just came from Koh Samui (and Koh Phangan) via Bangkok and back home to Norway. We have been to Phuket several times, it is a great island with some lovely beaches. This was our first time in Koh Samui, and in many ways, we liked it even better than Phuket. You can not go wrong, however, by visiting both. 🙂

      Have a fantastic trip to Thailand in January!

      All the best,
      Maria

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      • Thank you! Still, a long way to go till my trip, but I can’t wait; loads of planning to do when you want to relax and explore and travel solo.
        I am hoping to see a new blog entry soon about Koh Samui 🙂

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