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Visiting Bangkok: My Suggested 3-5 Day Itinerary
When people tell me they hate Bangkok and don’t find a lot of things to do there, I totally understand. It’s a love/hate city that most people aren’t a fan of on arrival.
In fact, when I first visited Bangkok in 2006, I despised the city and couldn’t wait to leave.
It wasn’t until I lived in Bangkok that I really fell in love with it .
A decade and a half later, Bangkok is still one of my favorite cities in the world.
It just takes a little time to get to know and love.
Bangkok is not a city that opens itself up easily, and most people spend just a day or two here before leaving to go to the islands or the jungle .
While the city may not have a lot of “tourist attractions” like Paris or London , that’s because Bangkok is a place to wander, eat, and imbibe. It is a city that reveals itself to people who get away from the temples, touts, and tourists and get into the local way of life. That’s where you find the beauty Bangkok has to offer.
That said, there are a lot of things to do and see in Bangkok . Cheap things, expensive things, unique things, and outdoor things. Bangkok has a bit of everything.
To help you plan your trip and make the most of your visit, below is my suggested itinerary for Bangkok. It will help you tackle this sprawling, hectic city in a way that gets you on and off the beaten track so you can peel back the onion that is Bangkok and discover why I love it so much.
Day 1 : Grand Palace, Khao San Road, & more!
Day 2 : Floating Market, Muay Thai Fight, & more!
Day 3 : Chatuchak Weekend Market, Lumpini Park, & more!
Day 4 : Bangkok Art and Culture Center, National Museum, & more!
Other Things to See and Do : Museum of Siam, Lake Taco, & more!
Bangkok Itinerary: Day One
Afterward, wander down the street to Wat Pho and the famous reclining Buddha (as well as the famous Golden Buddha). It’s the largest reclining Buddha statue in the country at 46 meters (150 feet) long. The Wat Pho complex fills a city block so while seeing the statues doesn’t take long, you could spend a solid hour wandering the maze-like temple grounds.
Next, head across the river to Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn). This is a gorgeous Buddhist temple on the Chao Phraya River opposite the Grand Palace. It has one main spire and four small ones and is so iconic that it’s on Thai money. From the top of the main spire, you get to see sweeping views of the city. It’s my favorite temple in Bangkok.
If you want a deep-dive into the temple and palace, take a guided tour with Get Your Guide . You’ll learn about the history of each temple and the palace from an expert local guide who can answer all your questions and provide a much more nuanced experience.
Note: When visiting these places, be sure to wear clothes that cover your legs and shoulders; it’s considered disrespectful to wear revealing clothes. That means no short skirts, no tank tops, nothing that shows your stomach, and no ripped pants.
The Grand Palace is located on Na Phra Lan Road; royalgrandpalace.th/en/home. Open daily from 8:30am-3:30pm. Admission is 500 THB.
Wat Pho is located on 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, +66 083-057-7100, watpho.com/en. Open daily from 8am–6:30pm. Admission is 200 THB.
Wat Arun is across the river at 158 Wang Doem Road, +66 2 891 2185. Open daily from 8am–6pm. Admission is 100 THB.
Wat Saket – The Golden Mount has an enormous, 100-meter-high, 500-meter wide chedi (mound-like structure containing Buddhist relics). This is one of my favorite temples in the city because of its beautiful golden temple and wonderful views of the city from its top. At the base of the mountain is an overgrown cemetery for 18th-century plague victims. Open daily from 9am-7pm. Admission to the temple is free while the chedi costs 50 THB.
Wat Benchamabophit – This temple is pictured on the back of the 5-baht coin. The white marble used to contrast the building was imported directly from Italy, and there is a unique blend of both Thai and European architecture and design. In the courtyard, there are 53 Buddha images representing every mudra (gesture) and style from Thai history. This makes it a good place to visually see how Buddha has been represented in Thailand over time. Open daily from 8:30am-5:30pm. Admission is 50 THB.
Just make sure your tuk-tuk driver doesn’t take you shopping along the way — drivers get kickbacks if they bring customers into certain shops. Ask your hotel/hostel staff for a reputable driver; they will likely know someone.
Bangkok Itinerary: Day Two
I love the chaos, the smells, and the little ladies cooking and selling you various treats as they paddle by you. (You never leave hungry.)
Here’s a list of the best malls in the city:
- Terminal 21 (88 Sukhumvit Road 19, +66 2 108 0888, terminal21.co.th)
- MBK Center (444 Phayathai Road, mbk-center.co.th)
- Siam Paragon (991/1 Rama I Road, siamparagon.co.th)
- Emporium (622 Sukhumvit Road, emporium.co.th)
- CentralWorld (999/9 Rama I Road, centralworld.co.th)
You can also catch fights at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, which seats up to 5,000 people, on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Between the two stadiums, there are fights going on every night of the week.
1 Ratchadamnoen Nok Rd, +66 2 281 4205, rajadamnern-boxing-stadium.business.site. Tickets start at 1,500 THB.
Bangkok Itinerary: Day Three
Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, +66 2 272 4813, chatuchakmarket.org. Open Saturday and Sunday, 9am-6pm.
When he returned to private industry after the war, he almost single-handedly revitalized Thailand’s sinking silk industry. He made his home in the traditional Thai style, decorating it with beautiful teak wood and a surrounding garden. The tours feature a lot of history about Jim, the silk industry, and how and why Thais design their homes the way they do.
1 Khwaeng Wang Mai, +66 2 216 7368, jimthompsonhouse.com. Open daily from 10am-6pm. Admission is 200 THB.
192 Wireless Rd, +66 2 252 7006. Open daily from 4:30am-10pm.
Hang with the Hipsters on Soi Nana There are two areas in Bangkok called Soi Nana (one is a sex tourism hub), but the Soi Nana I’m referring to is a hip area for nightlife near the train station in Chinatown. This street is filled with tiny bars, cocktail lounges, and art exhibits in old-style Chinese homes left in their original style.
Some of the best bars are Pijiu (Chinese beer bar), Teens of Thailand (first gin bar in Thailand), Ba Hao (four-floor Chinese-inspired bar), El Chiringuito (Spanish tapas), and 23 Bar & gallery (bar in an art space). It’s incredibly popular with young Thais and one of the coolest new areas of Bangkok. Don’t miss it.
Bangkok Itinerary: Day Four
Na Phra That Alley, +66 2 224 1333, virtualmuseum.finearts.go.th/bangkoknationalmuseums/index.php/th. Open Wednesday-Sunday from 9am-4pm. Admission is 200 THB.
And for cooking classes, a half-day cooking class (including a market visit) costs around 1,300 THB.
Enjoy an event at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center This contemporary arts center highlights and hosts art, music, theater, film, design, and cultural events in its exhibition and performance spaces. Opened in 2007, the BACC hosts cultural events in its exhibition and performance spaces. There is also an art library, cafe, gallery, craft shop, and book store here too. In a city that lacks a real art scene, this is an enriching place to see some local art. Check the website to see what’s going on during your visit.
939 Rama I Road, +66 2 214 6630-8, en.bacc.or.th. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-9pm. Admission is free though events cost money. See the website for pricing and tickets.
Other Things to See and Do in Bangkok
Museum of Siam This museum uses a variety of media to explore the origins of the Thais and their culture. Opened in 2007, there are displays, movies, and multimedia that cover culture, history, Buddhism, war, and the making of modern Thailand. It’s an interactive and educational little museum housed in an old 19th-century European-style building that not a lot of tourists visit.
4 Maha Rat Rd, +66 2 225 2777. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-6pm. Admission is 300 THB.
Wakeboard at Lake Taco If you want to get out of the city and have some adventure, head to the outskirts of Bangkok for some wakeboarding (riding on a short board while being pulled by a motorboat). This is a popular thing to do with expats and though I never did it, my friends always said it was a fun time. The lake is just 40 minutes away so it’s an easy activity to do whenever you need a break from the city.
thaiwakepark.com. A two-hour ticket starts at 850 THB.
Calypso Ladyboy Show This ladyboy show is actually a good cabaret show that attracts a variety of visitors. It’s Bangkok’s version of Moulin Rouge. There’s glitz, glamour, and spectacle — everything you’d expect from a cabaret show in Bangkok. Calypso Cabaret, founded in 1988, is the best place to see a show in the city. Playhouse Cabaret and Golden Dome Cabaret are two other reputable venues that host fun performances as well.
2194 Charoenkrung 72-76 Road, Warehouse #3, +66 2 688 1415-7, calypsocabaret.com. Performances are at 7:30pm and 9:15pm and tickets start at 900 THB.
Day Trip to Ayutthaya Ayutthaya (pronounced ah-you-tah-ya) was founded around 1350 and was the second capital of Thailand (it was the capital before it relocated to Bangkok). Unfortunately, the city was destroyed in 1767 by a Burmese attack and there are only ruins and a few temples and palaces still left standing.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s home to the summer palace and tons of breathtaking and unique temples. Since it’s so close to Bangkok, it’s a very popular day-trip destination for tours.
While lots of companies offer trips, it’s so easy to get to that I would simply go on your own by train. Train tickets cost 90-130 THB round-trip, with the journey taking 1.5 hours each way.
If you prefer a guided tour, Get Your Guide runs tours for just 1,300 THB.
Contrary to popular belief, there’s more to see and do in Bangkok than just temples, shopping, and traffic. It’s a city whose charm emerges slowly once you get off the beaten path.
While you can see the highlights in a couple of days, with four or five days you can start to peel back the layers of this chaotic city and start to see why Bangkok really is one of the best destinations in the world.
But don’t just take my word for it. Use this post as a guide and learn to love the city the way I did. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
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Book Your Flight Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. They are my two favorite search engines because they search websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is left unturned!
Book Your Accommodation You can book your hostel with Hostelworld as they have the biggest inventory and best deals. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and cheap hotels. Two of my favorite places to stay are:
- @Hua Lamphong Hostel
- Lub d Bangkok Siam
If you’re looking for more places to stay, here are my favorite hostels in Bangkok .
Or, if you’re wondering what part of town to stay in, here’s my neighborhood breakdown of Bangkok .
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:
- Safety Wing (best for everyone)
- Insure My Trip (for those over 70)
- Medjet (for additional evacuation coverage)
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13 Best Things To Do in Bangkok
Bangkok: the charming, buzzing, somewhat overwhelming capital of Thailand . Bangkok is the city where most travelers start their journey through Thailand or Asia . With all the things to do in Bangkok, you can easily spend three days exploring the city. People either love or hate Bangkok. This travel guide shows the best corners and attractions in Bangkok to make you absolutely love this city!
Day 1 – The Unusual Bangkok
Your first day in Bangkok is different from what all the guidebooks tell you. We will explore the unseen and lesser-known corners of this city. Follow this 3-day guide step by step and have a great time in Bangkok.
Here are all your hotel options in Bangkok.
1. Co van Kessel, Biking around Bangkok
One of the best things to do in Bangkok is to explore the city by bicycle. Discover the small back alleys, outskirts, markets, Chinatown, temples, and canals on a 5-hour tour. You won’t be on the bike all the time; halfway, you will take your bike on a boat tour through the famous canals of Bangkok and have a mouth-watering lunch at a local restaurant.
Book this online or read more about the Co van Kessel Bike Tour
2. Explore the Canals by Long-Tail Boat
The “ Venice of the East” is a big network of canals. Along with those rivers, you see many Thai people live in their wooden houses. The canals connected Bangkok throughout the whole city.
Hotels in Bangkok 😴
Thonburi is super picturesque, less touristy, and highly recommended to get a long-tail boat tour through its canals.
See tickets and availability for canal tour in Bangkok
3. Visit the Hipster Markets
Bangkok is the king of markets. While walking or driving around the city, keep an eye on all the small streets where you suddenly find a full market. The markets in Bangkok are there in all flavors and sizes.
Small local vegetable markets to huge, 2000+ stalls, trendy clothing, souvenir, and food stalls markets. Locals absolutely love to hang around here so when you visit a good market, the majority are Bangkok locals. If you ask us, this is the best market in Bangkok .
Tip: Bargaining is common in Thailand. Aim to pay 40% of the original price.
4. Get Yourself a Smoothie!
Everywhere you go in Thailand , fresh fruit smoothies are a big deal. They are delicious, come in all kinds of fruit flavors, and oh so affordable. Every market offers fresh fruit smoothies, but be warned, most of the stalls add sugar water to make them taste even better. Healthy tip: Ask for ‘no sugar’. :)
Get from Bangkok to your next destination: Find transport tickets
5. Eat like a Local
Find the best Thai food in the markets and at small food shops on the side of the road. Delicious curries, Pad Thais, spicy green mango salad, chicken cashew, and so many more choices. Be prepared for a fantastic food experience.
Book this popular midnight food tour of Bangkok (in a tuk tuk!)
Good to know: Buying fruits that are already cut is not recommended.
Depending on the popularity of the area, the prices of meals change very quick. Expect to pay anywhere between 40 – 120 THB ($2) for a meal and 250 THB for a whole barbeque grilled fish. Get that meal and smoothie at this best market of Bangkok .
Day 2 – Temples of Bangkok
The usual things to do in Bangkok are visiting the Grand Palace, Floating Market, and Chatuchak Market. These are great, but we are focused on avoiding mass tourism and experience the city its beauty.
Also read: Best things to do in Phuket
6. Wat Benchamabophit
Wake up early for an absolute magical sunrise at Wat Benchamabophit. Italian Marble gives a unique look to the temple and is our favorite temple of Bangkok. It is just outside of Bangkok old town, and because it isn’t well known (yet), it is likely that you will be one of the few there.
Also read: Best Places to Visit in Thailand
The temple opens at 6 AM and there is a 50 THB (1.5 USD) donation. After 8:30 AM, you can expect the first small groups of tourists.
Tip : ‘Wat’ means temple in the Thai language
7. Tuk-Tuk through the City
Another thing to do in Bangkok is experiencing at least one Tuk Tuk ride. They take you from A to B within minutes, zigzagging through traffic.
Get from Bangkok to your next destination: Find transport tickets
Jump in the Tuk Tuk from Wat Benchamabophit and ask him to drop you at the ferry point to Wat Arun. It takes about 20 minutes and you should aim for a price between 100 and 200 THB. Agree on a price on forehand!
Tuk Tuk drivers are hard and stubborn when it comes to bargaining. If you can’t agree on a reasonable price, take a Grab Taxi instead.
8. Wat Arun
With a height of over 75 meters, Wat Arun is easy to spot from the opposite side of the river. One of the most impressive temples in Bangkok opened after renovation in late 2017. The climb to the top gives a panoramic view of the river and city.
From the ferry point , take the ferry, which costs 4 THB, to the other side of the river. It is a 3-minute walk from the 50 THB entrance.
Good to know: At all temples is it required to cover up over shoulders and knees.
9. Khao San Road and Soi Rambuttri
Khao San Road, is the street that is a haven for every budget backpacker. One street with many small bars, food stalls, souvenirs, cheap buckets with alcohol, and fried scorpions sellers. Walk through this street and be amazed by what is going on here. It’s an absolute must-see and a top thing to do in Bangkok.
Soi Rambuttri is Khao San’s neighboring street. The street has more food stalls and relaxing restaurants. Order a Grab from these popular streets, a Taxi or Tuk-Tuk will likely charge you triple the price.
Day 3 – The top of Bangkok
Bangkok is all about ‘the bigger, the better’. Development in this city is going fast. Every new month a skyscraper opens, including a pool, gym, supermarket, parking garage, and sometimes a rooftop too. Your last day is a taste of the high-end life of Bangkok.
10. Wat Pho
Start the day at 08:00 AM at Bangkok’s most popular temple: Wat Pho. It thanks its popularity to its beauty and 46-meter-long reclining Buddha. When visiting early, it is relaxing to wander around the complex. There is a 100 THB (3 USD) fee to enter Wat Pho.
Also read: Khao Sok National Park , Thailand’s hidden gem
11. Best Shopping Malls in Bangkok
Escape the heat of the city and go shopping in some of the supermalls in Bangkok. There are at least ten malls, all located next to the BTS, which makes it super easy to get there.
Our two favorite malls are Terminal 21 for shopping clothing and CentralWorld also for clothing and electronics.
Loads of well-known stores are located here, such as H&M, Zara, Brandy Melville, creative Japanese, and big electronic shops. The top floors of the malls have a large cinema and food area.
12. Coffee and Food!
Besides local Thai dishes, Bangkok offers a lot of Western-style restaurants. Obviously, prices are higher, but some places are worth the experience. Prefer local food? Read number 5 of our Things to do in Bangkok list.
In the creative district of Thong Lo is a wood and glass zen hideaway in the middle of the big city. They sell organic products, cakes, and fantastic coffee and want to raise ecological awareness.
iO Italian Osteria
Inside the CentralWorld mall is an Italian restaurant, which is, without a doubt, the best one in the entire city. Most products are imported from Italy, and even some of the staff are Italian.
(Not Just) Another Cup or Brekkie
For a good Western breakfast or lunch, head over two either Brekkie Organic Cafe or (Not Just) Another Cup. Two eye-pleasing cafes with delicious food and coffee.
13. Sunset at Skybar Rooftop Bar – Must do in Bangkok!
A great way to close off your time in Bangkok is by watching the sunset from a rooftop. Have a 360 degrees view over the whole city at 48 stories up in the sky. Some have a dress code, be sure to check this in advance.
Octave is a bar outside of the tourist area with a great view and near the Thong Lo BTS stop. Happy Hour runs from 5-7 PM; expect to pay around 300 THB on average. The dress code is smart casual, which usually means: wear actual shoes, trainers are ok!
Good to know: Take your ID or a photo of it with you.
How to Get Around Bangkok
Bangkok offers loads of options to get around the city. Grab, Gojek motorbikes, Metro, BTS (Skytrain), Taxis, Tuk-Tuks, and local buses.
Arriving in Bangkok
The city has two airports, the main airport Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang. Both are international airports.
Suvarnabhumi is connected to a BTS, getting to Bangkok city from here is an easy 30-minute ride and only costs between 15 – 45 THB (1 USD). Once you get off the BTS, you can order a Grab that takes you to your hotel.
Getting a Taxi is also very convenient from this airport since it is a regulated number system which means fair prices. Expect to pay ~400 THB.
Alternatively, you can rent a car and drive through Thailand.
We recommend to rent a car in Thailand through Sunny Cars with free cancellation and insurance included. Book your rental car here .
Good to know: In Bangkok, you always want to ride the highway. These are toll roads but save you a lot of time. Taxi drivers will ask you to pay this fee.
Don Mueang does not have the BTS connection yet. It is planned to open in 2020. For now, it is the best option to get a Grab or Taxi from the arrival terminal. Expect to pay 300 – 400 THB to the city.
Getting Around in the City
The best and most affordable ways to see Bangkok are by BTS / Metro, Gojek motorbike, and Grab Taxi. Use Google Maps to decide which is best for your situation.
Taxis and Tuk-Tuks are honestly better to avoid if you don’t want to get stuck in a bargaining game.
Where to Stay in Bangkok
Bangkok is filled with hotels and guesthouses for every kind of budget. If you are in for a good party, it is recommended to find a stay around the Khao San area.
Otherwise, it is best to find a hotel in the area of Sukhumvit. The BTS is connected throughout the whole area, which makes it super easy to get around.
How Much Does Bangkok Cost?
Bangkok is a relatively affordable city in comparison to most capital cities worldwide. Particularly if you stay further out of the center, you can find budget accommodation for next to nothing. Add to that the delicious and cheap street food, and you’re onto a winner!
Costs of Traveling in Bangkok
Travel on a budget in Bangkok, from $270 − $200 USD weekly per person, mid-range $490 − $760 USD, and high-end from $720 − $1040 USD. However, costs depend on factors like accommodation, transportation, and activities. We did not include flights. Check flight prices here
- Hotels: $30 − $100 USD Check available hotels
- Hostels: $10 − $15 USD Check available hostels
- Transport: $5 − $10 USD Book public transport
- Food: $15 − $30 USD
- Activities: $5 − $10 USD See tickets & tours
- Sim: $1 − $3 USD Get an eSIM or SIM here
- Travel Insurance: $2 − $6 USD Get Travel Insurance
Simcard in Bangkok
At the airport are loads of sim card shops. Getting a sim at the airport is recommended so you can easily use Grab and/or find your way in the city. We recommend AIS, which offers a 5-day unlimited data bundle for 140 THB (4 USD).
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- Find Hotels via Booking.com
- Find a Rental Car via Sunny Cars
- Find Flights to Thailand via Skyscanner
- Get a Travel Insurance via Heymondo
- Book Tours & Attractions via Viator
- Book a Bus/Train/Transfer via 12Go
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What canal tour did you book for the first day in Bangkok? Was it also through the bike tour company?
Hi Cassidy, yes the canal trip was part of the bike tour :)
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2023 BANGKOK TRAVEL GUIDE with Sample Itinerary & Budget
If backpacking were a college degree, Bangkok would have to be the 101 course.
Not only is Bangkok the the most visited city in the world, it also considered the global epicenter of backpacking culture. The famed Banana Pancake Trail, perhaps Asia’s most used travel route, often starts and ends in the Thai capital. No shock there, given that it sits at the heart of mainland Southeast Asia, boasts affordable prices, serves delicious local cuisine, and is home to some of the most hospitable people you’ll ever meet. Best of all, even during the pandemic, it remains tourist-friendly.
We have just arrived from our ninth — yes, 9th — Bangkok visit, and in this article, we’ll share with you all the tips and latest updates we’ve collected.
ESSENTIAL BANGKOK LINKS
Before we dive into the details, here’s a list of links to some of our recommended hotels, tours, attractions, and other must-haves, for easy reference in the future.
Top Bangkok Hotels Find Deals on Agoda! Top Day Tours on Klook Ayutthaya Day Tour Floating Market & Railway Market Tour Pattaya Day Tour Transportation Passes BTS Rabbit Card BTS One-Day Pass Internet Connection Data SIM Card Pocket Wifi
WHAT'S COVERED IN THIS GUIDE?
Bangkok is the capital and the commercial, economic, and political center of Thailand. The name Bangkok is an exonym, something that foreigners use. Thais call it Krung Thep (meaning City of Angels), short for its official name Krung Thep Maha Nakhon , which is also a shortened version of its full, ceremonial name: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.
At first glance, Bangkok appears as your typical highly-urbanized metropolis, but a closer look reveals it remains very much in touch with its past. The city’s roots as the capital can be traced back to 1782, when King Rama I, after the fall of Ayutthaya in 1767, ordered the people to move south and establish a new center at a more militarily strategic location along the Chao Phraya River. Many of Bangkok’s most visited attractions today were built under King Rama I, including the Grand Palace complex and the other temples that will be discussed in the guide.
Here are a few more facts you need to know:
- Language : Thai. For newly exposed non-native speakers, it can be quite intimidating, especially its lengthy words. It’s also a tonal language, i.e. the meaning changes with the tone. But many road and establishment signs are also written in Latin alphabet. English isn’t normally spoken. You’ll encounter taxi drivers and vendors who cannot speak English. But most younger locals can. And what the Thais lack in English fluency, they make up for with their friendly attitude toward tourists.
- Timezone: UTC+07:00 (ICT – Indochina Time), year round. No daylight saving time observed. Same time zone as Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Thailand, in general, is one hour behind the Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia.
- Currency : Thai Baht (THB, ฿). TTHB100 is roughly USD 2.89, EUR 2.72, SGD 3.9, PHP 161 (as of December 2022).
- Modes of payment : Cash. Although some restaurants and hotels accept credit cards, smaller establishments prefer cash.
- Religion: Buddhism is the predominant religion, practiced by almost 93% of the population. Most others identify with Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Confucianism.
WHERE TO STAY IN BANGKOK
Best area to stay.
Bangkok is a vast city, and many of the key attractions are spread apart. Thankfully, there are also plenty of neighborhoods that are ideal places to stay. What’s best depends on why you’re in Bangkok in the first place.
- If you’re on a budget , SIAM and SILOM have a good selection of hostels and budget hotels, especially the areas around BTS National Stadium Station or MRT Ratchathewi in Siam and BTS Sala Daeng and MRT Si Lom in Silom. From any of these, most of the attractions easily accessible, ensuring savings on transportation. Cheap food spots are also scattered around these districts.
- If you’re backpacking or after Bangkok’s wild nightlife, the KHAO SAN area should be your top choice. Khao San Road is loud, but it is where backpackers from around the world congregate. The area also harbors countless hostels and other lodging options for budget travelers. It’s also easily accessible from the Grand Palace and the city’s popular temples.
- If you’re here to shop ’til you drop , the PRATUNAM and SIAM areas are ideal because of the many bargain centers and shopping malls around.
- If you wish to experience modern Bangkok, the SUKHUMVIT area has a lot of dining, shopping, and clubbing options, including many of its famed rooftop bars. It’s also where most expats are based, creating a more cosmopolitan vibe.
- If you’re a foodie , SILOM and CHINATOWN are home to some of the best but affordable food spots in the city. Silom is the business district with the Lumphini Park, Bangkok’s largest green space, at its center, ensuring a balance between quiet and chaos. The BANGLAMPHU area (near the Democracy Monument and Khao San Road) also has a great selection of Michelin-listed pocket-friendly restaurants.
All these areas are conveniently located because there are BTS/MRT stations nearby. Well, almost. The only exception is KHAO SAN / BANGLAMPHU, which is a 30-minute walk away from the nearest BTS Station (Sam Yot) . But Khao San is close to a pier, where you can board a boat to get to key attractions along Chao Phraya River. Other than that, tuktuk and taxi are the main transportation options to and from Khao San. That said, I can still recommend staying there, especially if you wish to have a taste of Bangkok’s backpacking culture.
If you prefer to stay somewhere easily accessible, the SILOM and SIAM areas are my top recommendations. Both have a number of BTS/MRT stations and offer a little bit of every thing that the other districts have to offer — good food, shopping, and nightlife.
Top Budget Hotels & Hostels in Bangkok
Here are some of the top-reviewed hostels and budget hotels on Agoda that won’t break the bank:
- Tamni , near Hua Lamphong Station & Chinatown. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
- Daraya Hostel , Siam. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
- Siam Eco Hostel , Siam. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
- Kinnon Deluxe Hostel , Silom. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
- HOSTEL URBY , Chinatown. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
- Baan Kun Mhor Hostel , Chatuchak. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
- LOBSUEK Hostel หลบศึก โฮสเทล, Khao San Area. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
- VIX Bangkok @ Victory Monument. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
- Lub d Bangkok Siam Hostel , Siam. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
Top Mid-Range/Upscale Hotels in Bangkok
If you have a bigger budget, here are the top properties on Agoda:
- Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok, Siam/Silom. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
- Carlton Hotel Bangkok , Sukhumvit. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
- Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Bangkok , Sukhumvit. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
- Old Capital Bike Inn , Khao San area. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
- Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
- ASAI Bangkok Chinatown . Check Rates & Availability! ✅
- Ago Hotel Chinatown. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
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HOW TO GET TO BANGKOK
Bangkok is one of the busiest and most connected cities in the world. If you’re living in a major city, chances are, there’s a direct flight from where you are to Bangkok.
The city is served by two airports:
- Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) , the newer and bigger airport, serving most airlines, except a few low-cost carriers. It’s situated east of the city proper, roughly 1 hour away.
- Don Mueang Airport (DMK) , serving mostly AirAsia, Nok Air, Thai Lion Air, and TigerAir Taiwan. It lies north of the city center, 45 minutes to 1 hour away, depending on traffic conditions.
Manila to Bangkok
If you’re flying from Manila, it’s easy to find direct, non-stop flights to Bangkok as multiple airlines operate this route. As of this writing, here are your options:
TO SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT (BKK)
- Philippine Airlines
- Cebu Pacific Air
- Thai Airways
TO DON MUEANG AIRPORT (DMK)
- Philippines AirAsia
Travel time: 3.5 to 4 hours.
For our most recent visit, we flew with Philippine Airlines for many reasons:
- 30 kg check-in baggage allowance. Most other airlines only provide 20kg. Although we had been to Bangkok many times before, this would be the first time we intended to go shopping here. Bangkok is a retail paradise, so bargain hunters can easily have a field day at any of their shopping centers. It turned out to be a great decision because we really did use almost the entire 30 kg.
- FREE rebooking. There were a lot of uncertainties about this recent trip. When we booked our tickets, we still weren’t decided yet on how long we wanted to stay in Thailand. It was a multi-city trip and we weren’t sure if we also wanted to visit Chiang Mai and Koh Samui. We wanted more flexibility, just in case. As of this writing, PAL doesn’t charge additional rebooking fees if the new flight is within 60 days after the original flight. (But double check first because airline policies change often these days.) Fare difference still needs to be settled, though.
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HOW TO GET TO DOWNTOWN BANGKOK
Just in case you missed it, Bangkok has two airports: Don Mueang Airport (DMK) , located 25 km north of the city center, and the new Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) , 30 km west of the city center.
We’ll be creating a more detailed guide about this. But here’s a condensed rundown of the ways to get to downtown Bangkok from either airport.
Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok City Center
The AIRPORT RAIL LINK is the fastest way to get to the city proper because you’ll be dodging Bangkok’s infamous traffic jams. You can find the station at the basement of the airport’s passenger terminal. There’s a train every 15 minutes from 6am to 12 midnight (every 10 minutes within the peak hours).
It’s connected to the city’s BTS Skytrain at two stations: Makkasan (฿35) and Phayathai (฿45), the last station. Travel time: around 25 minutes.
Depending on where your hotel is located, you can switch lines.
- To SUKHUMVIT or SILOM Area: You can connect at either Makkasan or Phayathai Station. Find out the station closest to your hotel and transfer to either the MRT Blue Line at Makkasan Station (then to Petchaburi Station) or to BTS Sukhumvit Line (Light Green Line) at Phayatai Station.
- To SIAM Area: Alight at Phayathai Station and transfer to BTS Sukhumvit Line (Light Green Line). Catch a train bound for Kheha. Get off at Siam Station (or whatever station is closest to your final destination).
- To VICTORY MONUMENT Area: Connect at Phayathai Station and transfer to BTS Sukhumvit Line (Light Green Line). Catch a train bound for Kho Khot. Alight at Victory Monument Station.
- To KHAO SAN Area: Alight at Makkasan Station, transfer to MRT Blue Line at Petchaburi Station, and get off at Sam Yot Station. From here, take a cab, tuktuk or Grab to Khao San.
By Taxi or Grab
If you’re a group or if you have heavy luggage in tow, consider taking a cab or book a Grab car straight from the airport (especially if you’ll be staying Khao San area). If you opt for a taxi, always insist on using the meter.
Travel time: 45 minutes to 1 hour
TAXI RATES: Fare: around ฿400 Airport surcharge: ฿50 Highway toll fees: ฿75
GRAB RATES: ฿530 and ฿600, inclusive of toll fee or highway fee. This is based on the experience of our team.
Don Mueang Airport to Bangkok City Center
According to reports, the Don Mueang Airport was finally connected to Bangkok’s train network in August 2022. I say “according to reports” because we haven’t tried this ourselves yet.
From the airport, you can walk to the Don Mueang Station, along the SRT Dark Red Line . Board the train bound for Bang Sue and alight there, at the last stop. Transfer to the MRT Blue Line.
- To SILOM Area: Most stations in Silom are along the Blue Line, so just get off at the station closest to your hotel.
- To SIAM Area: Alight at Chatuchak Park Station and transfer to BTS Sukhumvit Line (Light Green Line) at Mochit Station. Catch a train bound for Kheha. Get off at Siam Station (or whatever station is closest to your final destination).
- To VICTORY MONUMENT Area: Connect at Phayathai Station and transfer to BTS Sukhumvit Line (Light Green Line). Catch a train bound for Kheha. Alight at Victory Monument Station.
- To SUKHUMVIT Area: The Sukhumvit area has a lot of stations that are either along the MRT Blue Line or the BTS Sukhumvit Line (Light Green Line). If the closest station to your hotel is along the Blue Line, it’s going to be easy because you’re already on the same line. If your hotel is closer to a Light Green line, alight at Chatuchak Park and transfer at Mochit Station. Then, board a train bound for Kheha.
- To KHAO SAN Area: Alight at Sam Yot Station (along the same Blue Line) and take a cab, tuktuk or Grab to Khao San.
If, for whatever reason, you do not like taking the train straight from Don Mueang Airport, you can also take the bus and the switch to BTS/MRT. And follow the steps above.
There are direct buses from Don Mueang Airport to select destinations around Bangkok.
- To MOCHIT BUS TERMINAL: Bus A1
- To BTS MO CHIT STATION: Bus A1
- To VICTORY MONUMENT: Bus A2
- To BTS RATCHADAMRI STATION: Bus A3
- To LUMPHINI PARK: Bus A3
- To KHAO SAN ROAD: Bus A4
Fare: ฿30-50 , depending on route
To see the complete list of stops, visit this page .
If you want a more straightforward journey, consider taking a cab or book a Grab car straight from the airport (especially if you’ll be staying Khao San area).
Travel time: 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on traffic Fare: around ฿540 (including ฿50 airport surcharge)
If you opt for a taxi, always insist on using the meter.
POCKET WIFI AND DATA SIM CARD IN BANGKOK
Data Sim Card
This is the cheapest and most convenient option. Klook has two main options: TrueMove and dTac. Both offer:
- 15GB data for up to 16 days
- Internet connection anywhere in Thailand
- Inclusive of FREE call credits
- Pickup at Suvarnabhumi Airport or Don Muang Airport
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If your phone is locked to your home network or you have more devices to connect, you can rent a pocket wifi. You’ll find many wifi rental booths around Bangkok, but if you want to stay connected from the get-go, you can reserve one in advance via Klook and just pick it up at the airport, either at Don Muang Airport or Suvarnabhumi Airport.
If you’re coming from Manila, you can also get one at NAIA Terminal 3. Either way, they can accommodate up to five devices at one.
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HOW TO GET AROUND BANGKOK
The Thais have their own address system and first timers in Bangkok can be easily disoriented. Wikitravel explains it really well: “Large roads such as Silom or Sukhumvit are thanon while the side streets branching off from them are called soi. Sois are numbered, with even numbers on one side and odd numbers on the other side. Thus, an address like 25 Sukhumvit Soi 3 means house number 25 on the 3rd soi of Sukhumvit Road.”
Although it is not as sweat-free as in Hong Kong or Singapore, commuting in Bangkok is quite easy. Vehicular traffic can get crazy during rush hour though. But if you’re used to the giant parking lot that runs across Manila called EDSA, you’ll be fine in Bangkok (or any other Southeast Asian city for that matter).
Getting around via public transportation means using one or more of these four modes:
- Train (BTS Skytrain/MRT) . Bangkok’s train system is fast and reliable, and will take you to many attractions throughout the city. I always find myself taking the train most of the time because many attractions are located close to a station. Also, it allows me to bypass traffic jams especially during rush hours. Although connected at a few stations, the BTS and the MRT are completely separate systems, run by different managements and use different tickets. The fares for both are similar, ranging from 16 to 52 baht. Most stations have a counter than can break your large bills and a ticket machine that accepts bills. For a more convenient journey on BTS, use a Rabbit Card (stored-value ticket) or a One-Day Pass (unlimited rides for 1 day).
- Boat . The two boat services operating in Bangkok are the Chao Phraya Express Boat, which plies up and down the Chao Phraya River and is popular among tourists for it stops at many of the city’s most popular landmarks; and the Saen Saep Express Boat, used mostly by locals who commute to work. The Chao Phraya boat is the best option for you if you intend to visit the Grand Palace complex (at Tha Chang) and Wat Pho (at Tha Tien), and Khao San Road (at Phra Athit) within one day! Both the Chao Phraya TOURIST BOAT and the cheaper ORANGE-FLAG BOAT will make a stop at these key tourist attractions. Fare: tourist boat, ฿50 single ride or ฿180 for day pass; orange-flag boat, ฿15 flat rate.
- Taxi/Grab . If my destination is too far from a train or boat station, I would just hail a cab. A ride costs more than in Manila but nowhere near the rates in Hong Kong or Singapore. The flagdown is 35 baht and the average ride within the city is probably around 100. You might encounter cab drivers who take advantage of tourists by not using the meter and then overcharging. If the driver refuses to use the meter, just get off the vehicle. Know that all cabs in Bangkok must use the meter. Many of these drivers wait for tourist passengers at the popular attractions like temples and Khao San Road.
- Tuktuk. I didn’t even bother. They are very expensive, even more expensive than cabs, and many (not all, but it’s hard to know) are involved in scams. If you really want to try for the heck of it, just agree on the price first.
THINGS TO DO IN & AROUND BANGKOK
Before we enumerate the many attractions waiting for you in Bangkok, allow us to introduce KLOOK PASS BANGKOK & PATTAYA . This ticket will give you up to 45% discount. The pass is valid for 30 days upon confirmation.
How it works is simple. With this pass, you’ll have access to a number of attractions. You get to choose how many and what these attractions will be. The first step is to choose how many attractions you want your pass to cover and purchase the pass. Once paid, you can go to the BOOKING section or your app or account, and redeem it. Say, if you purchase a 3-attraction pass, you can book up to 3 attractions from the list. Some attractions might also require you to reserve afterwards.
Here are the attractions in Bangkok and Phuket that you may choose from:
Siam amazing park.
- Safari World
- SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World
- Madame Tussauds Bangkok
- Pororo Aquapark
- Sanctuary of Truth
- Dream World
- Frost Magical Ice of Siam
- Underwater World
- Ancient City Museum
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
- Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha
- Wat Pho & Wat Arun Walking Tour
- One More Thai Massage
- Chao Phara Princess Dinner Cruise
- Alcazar Cabaret Show
- Tiffany’s Show
- Bangkok Hop on Hop Off Bus
✅ CHECK RATES & GET PASS HERE!
How much you save depends on what you book. Regardless of the attractions you use it on, the price of the pass remains the same. So what we recommend is to use this pass on pricey attractions.
Here are examples on how you could save using this pass:
Grand Palace and Temples Tour
If you’re fit and you enjoy walking, you’ll be glad to know that many of the city’s key attractions are located within walking distance of each other. For example, Bangkok’s most popular temples and shrines, Chinatown, and even Siriraj Forensic Museum are easily accessible from the Chao Phraya River and can be easily visited in one day.
How to get there : If you’re from Silom, Siam or Sukhumvit areas, take the train to Saphan Taksin Station. Take Exit 2, and walk to the boat terminal. Buy a ticket and board a boat to either Tha Thien or Tha Chang. Boat fare is ฿50 if you board the tourist boat or ฿15 if orange-flag boat.
Here are the usual stops:
- Grand Palace. A complex of structures, pavilions, and courtyards including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The entrance fee also includes admission to “Khon: Thai Classical Masked Dance”. Boat stop: Tha Chang Pier (No. 9). Opening hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Ticket counters close at 3:30 PM). Entrance fee: ฿500.
- Wat Arun. Probably the most recognizable landmark in Bangkok with a 70m tall spire (called prang). Boat stop: Tha Thien pier (N8) and then cross the river on a smaller boat. Opening hours: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM Entrance fee: ฿100, inclusive of bottled water.
- Wat Pho. Famed for the enormous reclining Buddha that it houses. Boat stop: Tha Thien pier (N8) and then walk up the perpendicular road to Wat Pho. Opening hours: 8:00 AM-6:30 PM Entrance fee: ฿200, inclusive of bottled water.
Dress Code : The rule is to have your shoulders, knees, and heels covered. The following are not allowed:
- Shorts, short skirts, mini-skirts, tight fitting trousers
- Torn trousers/pants
- Sando, vests, sleeveless shirts
- See-through shirts
The management used to rent out pants to inadequately dressed tourists, but perhaps because of the pandemic, they only sell those now for ฿200 apiece.
Although it’s completely possible to pull this off DIY-style, it’s still much more recommended to join a guided tour so you have better appreciation of each site. These are historic and cultural landmarks that hold so much significance for the Thai people. You can book a guided tour on Klook, which includes all entrance fees, boat transfer fee, insurance, and the service of an English-speaking guide.
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Floating Markets & Railway Market
Aside from its ornate spires and temples, Bangkok is also best known for its floating markets. But the truth is, these boat-navigated markets are actually located outside the capital. Two of the most accessible are:
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi Province
- Amphawa Floating Market in Samut Songkhram
A visit entails boarding a small boat as you negotiate the market canals. Plenty of souvenir and food options around!
Another market that has been attracting throngs of tourists is the Marklong Railway Market. Yes, railway, because it’s set up along the train tracks. And when a train chugs along, watch and be amazed by how the vendors make way for it. You can also spend an hour chilling at a railway cafe.
Klook has tours that combine Maeklong Railway Market with either Damnoen or Amphawa Market — your choice. There are several departure times available so choose the most convenient for you.
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At 314 meters tall, King Power Mahanakhon is one of Thailand’s tallest buildings, housing a hotel, residential units and tourist attractions. From the outside, it looks like a pixelated skyscraper, a design that easily captivates. Inside, a multimedia elevator will take you to the highest outdoor observation deck in the country, allowing a magnificent view of Bangkok and surrounding areas.
But most visitors are here for the Skywalk. Atop the building is an area with a glass floor that you may walk on, creating a nerve-wracking but pretty mind-blowing experience.
You need to wear the shoe covers provided onsite before you’re allowed to step on it. And mobile phones (and other loose items) are NOT allowed within the glass tray area. This means that you won’t be able to take a selfie while on the glass. If you’re after photos, best to visit with someone else. Or if you’re traveling alone, make friends with other solo visitors and just take photos of each other.
Location: 114 1 Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Road, Bang Rak, Bangkok Nearest Station: Chong Nonsi BTS Station Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Mahanakhon SkyWalk); Entrance Fee: Mahanakhon SkyWalk (Indoor & Rooftop) – Adult, ฿836; Child (3-15 y/o), ฿250; Senior (Above 60 y/o), ฿250.
Only a limited number of tickets are sold per day, so it’s best to book in advance. You can reserve online via Klook! You can also check out other Mahanakhon experience package options and choose the one that suits your preference.
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No Bangkok trip is complete without getting a taste of its (in)famous nightlife. We already mentioned Khao San Road , the backpacker mecca. It is crowded, loud, and wild. Thunderous music from nightclubs and the delicious smell of street food fill the air, while tourists fill every vacant seat, table and corner.
Aside from Khao San, Bangkok has several other nightlife districts! Most clubs and bars are safe, but as in any other major city, not all. Scams targeting tourists do exist at some establishments. You’ve probably heard about tourists entering a bar and then not being allowed to leave without paying a hefty price for a ridiculously overpriced drink.
If you want to try Bangkok nightlife and make sure you’re in good hands, you may join a guided tour. Klook has two main options: a bar hopping tour , more like a pub crawl, and a Hangover tour , where you get to visit the bars featured in The Hangover 2 movie (including a ping pong show)!
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Dream World Bangkok
Bangkok has its fair share of theme parks, too! And on top of that list is Dream World , a 25-hectare adventure park featuring over 40 rides, shows, and other attractions, spread around four key zones!
Some of the most popular rides are the cable car, Sky Coaster (rollercoaster), Tornado, Vikings (pendulum ride), and Grand Canyon (water rapids)!
- Dream World Visa (26 rides with unlimited time per ride EXCEPT Alien, Bump Car, and Haunted House, which can be enjoyed once only): ฿600
- Dream World Super Visa (includes all the rides for unlimited time): ฿1,000
- Children below 90cm : FREE
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Saturday – Sunday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. The schedule might change, so it’s best to check updated opening hours before going. Location: 62 Moo 1, Rangsit-Ongkharak Road (Km.7), Thanyaburi, Pathum Thani How to Get to Dream World: From Victory Monument BTS Station, take Bus No. 523 or 538 to Dream World.
Dream World is very popular even among locals, so you might want to book your ticket in advance to skip the line. You may also add transfers.
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The Siam Amazing Park is the largest theme park in Thailand and is home to the largest wave pool in the world (according to the Guinness World Records). You can also enjoy exhilarating rides including Southeast Asia’s first suspended looping coaster with five inversions and the 7-story water slides.
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. The schedule might change, so it’s best to check updated opening hours before going. Entrance Fee: Adult, ฿1000; Child, ฿850; Children below 101cm, FREE. Location: 203 Suan Sayam Road, Khan Na Yao, Bangkok How to Get There: From Victory Monument BTS Station, head towards Ko Din Daeng Bus Stop via the circular skywalk, then take Bus No. 168 or 36ก to Siam Amazing Park.
Visitors must purchase their tickets at least one day in advance. You can book online via Klook! You can also choose the package — combine your ticket with an international lunch buffet or combine it with both lunch and shared transfer.
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Ayutthaya Day Tour
Founded in the 1350s, Ayutthaya was Siam’s old capital before it was destroyed by the Burmese. Today, however, parts of its glorious past still shine through, especially at the Ayutthaya Historical Park, where four major temples stand up to this day: Wat Mahathat, Wat Phra Ram, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, and Wat Ratchaburana – the Royal Palace and Wiharn Phra Mongkol Bophit. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.
Lying about 80 km from Bangkok, it is easily accessible and can be visited on a day trip. You can do this independently by taking public transportation and then hiring a tuktuk to tour you around. (We’ll write a separate post about it.) But if you need a guide and you want someone else to take care of everything for you, you can book with Klook.
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Pattaya Day Tour
Pattaya is another popular day trip destination from Bangkok, thanks mainly to its proximity, just around 150 km and roughly 2.5 hours away. The closest major beach destination to the capital, it is best known for water sports, island tours, and beach activities. But it also harbors some cultural structures like Wat Phra Yai Temple and the Sanctuary of Truth.
Jump-Off Point: Bangkok Eastern Bus Terminal/Ekkamai Bus Terminal or Mo Chit Bus Terminal (Bus); Hua Lamphong Railway Station (Train) How to Get to Pattaya: By bus, go to Bangkok Eastern Bus Terminal, then take the bus bound for Pattaya. The travel time is about two and a half hours. The one-way fare is ฿130-200 per person. By train, go to Hua Lamphong Station and get on a train to Pattaya. The travel time is 2-3 hours, depending on the type of train. The fare is ฿30-฿300, depending on the ticket class. The train for Pattaya normally leaves early in the morning — around 6:00 AM.
If you want a convenient roundtrip transfer between Bangkok and Pattaya, you can just join a guided tour. Klook offers Pattaya Beach and Koh Larn Coral Island Full Day Tour from Bangkok. This covers roundtrip transfers, an English-speaking guide, a Sanctuary of Truth ticket, insurance, and bottled water.
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Muay Thai Match
If you’ve ever wanted to witness a live muay thai match, there’s no better place to make that happen than Bangkok! The two common venues are:
- Lumpinee Boxing Stadium 6 Ramintra Road, Anusawaree, Bangkok
- Rajadamnern Thai Boxing Stadium 1 Ratcha Damnoen Nok Road, Bangkok
You can secure your slot in advance and get discounted ticket by booking online through Klook!
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✅ GET RAJADAMNERN STADIUM MATCH TICKET HERE!
- Siriraj Medical Museum . Not for the faint of heart! Also known as the Museum of Death, it houses a huge collection of artifacts gathered in the 120 years of the Siriraj Hospital’s service as a pioneer in the medical field in the country. These pieces are divided into seven smaller museums dedicated to parasitology, anatomy, and forensic science among others. It’s a must-visit for dark tourism enthusiasts and those who simply wish to learn more about these fields. How to get there : Board the SkyTrain to S6 Saphan Taksin Station, take Exit 2, and hop onto a Chao Phraya Express Boat to Siriraj Pier N10 or Tha Rot Fai Pier, both on the west side of the river. Walk a couple of blocks into the hospital complex. Follow the signs to Adulyadej Vikrom Building. The museum is on the second floor. More info : Siriraj Museum
- iconSIAM . Opened in 2018, this massive shopping mall is one of the largest in Asia. It is bursting with retail shops including luxury labels and budget-friendlier options, and the first Takashiyama Department Store in the country. But it’s best known for its indoor floating market, mimicking those in nearby provinces and showcasing local products and cuisine. Nearest Station: Charoennakorn Station (Sky Train Gold Line via Krung Thon Buri BTS Station) or Saphan Taksin BTS Station (then ferry from Sathorn Pier to IconSIAM) Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM.
- Bangkok Chinatown . Popular for its shops, especially near Charoenkrung Road. But there are also temples around the district. To be honest, it’s not as grand or as visually arresting as Chinatowns in other countries, unless you visit during the Chinese New Year, when the district really comes to life. How to get there: Take the Skytrain to S6 Saphan Taksin Station (BTS Silom Line), take Exit 2, and walk to the boat terminal. Buy a ticket and board a Chao Phraya Express Boat. Alight at the Ratchawong Pier (N5) and make your way on foot from Ratchawong Road to Sampeng Lane and Yaowarat Road.
WHERE TO SHOP IN BANGKOK
Here are some of the best areas to satiate your inner shopaholic! We’ll be creating a separate, more detailed article about these spots in another post.
- Pratunam . Bangkok’s most popular shopping district. Between its busy alleys are even busier blocks filled with indoor and outdoor stalls selling mostly apparel and accessories. Smack at the heart of the area stand two massive malls — Platinum Shopping Mall and the Paladium World Shopping — both filled to the brim with bargain finds. Most of these specialize in wholesale, they also sell in retail quantities. How to get here : Take the MRT to Ratchaprarop Station and walk south from there. It should take around 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can also take the BTS Skytrain System and get off at Chit Lom Station.
- Chatuchak Weekend Market . If your visit in Bangkok falls on a weekend, squeeze this into your itinerary. This retail paradise is a labyrinth made of shops, once popular only to wholesale traders but eventually became a favorite attraction among tourists. Here you’ll find almost anything you can think of: from souvenirs to flowers to clothes to furniture to street food! Prioritize this over Pratunam. We found that most of the items in Pratunam are also sold here at a cheaper price. (That said, I think Pratunam has a much more diverse selection when it comes to apparel.) Nearest BTS Station: Mo Chit Station, take exit 1.
- Siam Square . Made more popular to foreigners as the shooting location for the hit movie The Love of Siam, Siam Square does not disguise itself with pretenses of being culturally significant. It is a shopping and entertainment district. Yet, if you think about it, it somehow represents a generation — a younger, more industrialized, more fashionable Bangkok. Catering mostly to college students and young adults, Siam Square comprises several blocks harboring a wide array of stores — over a hundred of ’em — apparel stalls, boutiques, bookshops, record stores, restaurants, cafes, even cinemas. How to get here : Take the BTS Skytrain System and get off at Siam Station.
- Ratchada (Train Night Market) . The colorful rows of tent stalls of Ratchada (New Rot Fai Market) will absolutely fill your stomachs with its wide selection of affordable Thai cuisine and international dishes— snacks, street food, sweets, exotic delicacies, and milk teas! The market also offers affordable clothing, accessories, shoes, and many more! Nearest Train Station: Bangkok MRT Thailand Cultural Centre Station. Take Exit 3, then walk towards Esplanade Mall. Ratchada is located just beside the mall. ⛔️ Opening Hours: As of this writing, Ratchada Night Market remains temporarily CLOSED!
WHERE TO EAT IN BANGKOK
We’ll be creating a more detailed version of this article soon. But in the meantime, here’s a quick rundown of our favorite places to eat in Bangkok.
- Thipsamai , where we had the best pad thai of our lives. It’s said to be the first store to serve the now ubiquitous noodle dish. It uses thinner rice noodles coated in shrimp oil. Michelin bib gourmand awardee Address: 313 315 Maha Chai Rd, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand Bestsellers: Pad Thai, ฿105; Pad Thai with prawns: ฿150 Open: 10AM – 12MN for takeaway only; 5PM – 12MN, dine in & takeout
- Jeh O Chula (Jay Oh) , for the best affordable tom yum noodle soup! It’s crazy popular that queuing can take up to 2 hours, unless you arrive early. We arrived past 4pm, just in time for the opening. But barely 5 minutes after we arrived, the line grew quickly. If you could, reserve a table via Klook. Those who book with Klook have a separate line, which is much shorter. Reserve here! ✅ Michelin bib gourmand awardee Address: 113 ซอย จรัสเมือง Rong Muang, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand Bestsellers: Tom yum mama (spicy tom yum noodle soup), plain ฿150, with meatballs, squid, shrimps and crispy pork belly, ฿300; salmon salad, ฿300. Open: Daily 4:30PM-12MN
- Polo Fried Chicken , another Michelin-recognized establishment just across Lumphini Park in Silom area. It started out as a humble street stall but grew to become a proper eatery serving only a few Thai favorites. Address: 137/1-3,9 10 Sanam Khli Alley, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand Bestsellers: Fried chicken half, ฿130; som tam (papaya salad) with salted egg and dried shrimp, ฿80; pork larb/laap (spicy sour minced meat salad), ฿80. Operating Hours: Daily 7am-8:30pm
- Moo Yang Mae Sumontha , a hidden stall inside Chatuchak Market serving moo yang (grilled pork). But its version is roasted honey glazed, which is incredibly tender, succulent, and properly cooked. Address: 587 โครงการ 22 ซอย 4 /2ตลาดนัด จตุจักร 10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok Bestseller: Roasted honey glazed pork, ฿60 per 100g. Open: Weekends 8AM-6PM
- Kuang Heng Chicken Rice , established 1932. If you get hungry while shopping around Pratunam, this is the place to refill that empty tummy! It’s located just next to Platinum Mall and across the street from Palladium. Address: 930 Phetchaburi Rd, Makkasan, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400, Thailand Bestsellers: Hainanese chicken and deep-fried chicken, ฿50 (single); chicken/pork satay, ฿80 per 10 sticks. Open: Daily 7am-10pm
- Jay Fai , with one Michelin star and featured on the Netflix series Street Food . It’s so incredibly popular that we still haven’t been able to try it. It doesn’t accept reservations beforehand, so you need to show up and fall in line early to be considered for the waitlist. We attempted three times but the waitlist was always full by the time we arrived. Nevertheless, I’m adding it to this list so you could try it for yourself. Address: 327 Maha Chai Rd, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand Bestsellers: Hainanese chicken and deep-fried chicken, ฿50 (single); chicken/pork satay, ฿80 per 10 sticks. Open: Wednesday-Saturday, 9am-9pm Closed: Sunday-Tuesday
USUAL PRICES IN BANGKOK
Below is the list of the prices of common items that you will need for a comfortable budget stay in Bangkok! Bear in mind that the figures are in Thai Baht.
FAST FOOD & CONVENIENCE STORE
- Bottled water (500ml): ฿6-12
- Bottle of softdrink (550ml): ฿20
- 7-Eleven rice meal: ฿40-55
- Big Mac (McDonald’s): ฿128
- Grilled meat: ฿10-30 per stick
- Pad thai: ฿50-60
- Noodle soup: ฿50-70
- Rice meals: ฿50-100
- Grand Palace: ฿500
- Wat Pho: ฿200
- Wat Arun: ฿100
- Siriraj Medical Museum: ฿200
- Mahanakhon Skywalk: ฿836
- Dream World Bangkok: ฿575
- Siam Amazing Park: ฿650
- BTS/MRT fare: ฿16-52
- Taxi flagdown rate: ฿35
- Grabcar within the city: ฿100-280, depending on distance/traffic conditions
TOURS (with Transfers)
- Maeklong Railway Market + Damnoen/Amphawa Floating Market: ฿1356
- Ayutthaya: ฿1690
- Pattaya + Koh Larn: ฿2239
SAMPLE BANGKOK ITINERARY
Here’s a sample itinerary that you may use. We stayed much longer, but if you have only an extended weekend to spend in Bangkok, here’s something to consider.
Note that this itinerary assumes that you’re a party of 2 , splitting some of the costs, and that you’re staying at a hotel in Siam, close to BTS National Stadium Station. Feel free to adjust here and there to match your hotel location, flight schedule, and your travel preferences.
DAY 1: MAHANAKHON SKYWALK & JEH-O-CHULA 01:00 PM – Arrival in Bangkok – Pickup Data SIM Card & Rabbit Card 02:30 PM – Train to Phaya Thai Station ฿45 – Transfer to BTS to Siam, ฿25 03:00 PM – Walk to your hotel, check in, freshen up 04:00 PM – Train to BTS Chong Nonsi Station, ฿28 04:15 PM – Mahanakhon Skywalk, ฿836, Book here! – Chill and wait until sunset 07:00 PM – Train to BTS National Stadium, ฿28 07:15 PM – Walk to Jeh-O Chula 07:30 PM – Eat tom yum set at Jeh-O Chula, ฿350/pax, Reserve here! ! 09:00 PM – Walk or train to Siam, ฿22 09:30 PM – Back to hotel, lights out
DAY 2: DIY TEMPLES TOUR & KHAO SAN ROAD 07:00am – Wake up call 08:00am – Train to BTS Saphan Taksin Station, ฿37 08:30am – Walk to Sathorn Pier 08:45am – Board orange-flag boat, ฿15 09:15am – Get off at N9 Tha Chang Pier 09:30am – Grand Palace Complex, ฿500 10:00am – FREE Tour at Temple of Emerald Buddha 11:00am – Lunch, ฿100 12:00pm – FREE shuttle to Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre 01:00pm – Khon Performance (included in Palace ticket) 01:45pm – Walk to Wat Pho 02:00pm – Wat Pho, ฿200 03:30pm – Boat to the other side of the river, ฿5 03:45pm – Explore Wat Arun, ฿100 05:00pm – Boat to the other side (Tha Thien*), ฿5 05:15pm – Boat to N13 Phra Arthit, ฿15 05:40pm – Walk to Khao San Road 06:00pm – Dinner & drinks at Khao San, ฿400 09:00pm – Taxi/grab to Silom, ฿100/pax *Note: Tha Thien/Tha Tian Pier is temporarily closed for renovation, as of Dec 2022. For now, you may walk all the way back to Tha Chang and catch the boat to Phra Arthit Pier.
Day 4: SHOPPING, DEPARTURE A: If this falls on a weekend 08:00am – Wake up call, check out, leave bags 08:40am – BTS to Chatuchak Park Station, ฿42 09:00am – Shop at Chatuchak Market 11:00am – Lunch at Moo Yang Mae Sumontha, ฿120 11:30am – Continue shopping 02:00 PM – BTS back to hotel, ฿42 02:20pm – Back to hotel, pick up bags 02:50pm – BTS to Phaya Thai Station ฿25 – Transfer to ARL to Suvarnabhumi Airport, ฿45 03:30 PM – Flight check in 06:45 PM – Flight out B: If this falls on a weekday 08:00am – Wake up call, check out, leave bags 08:40am – BTS+ARL to Ratchaprapop Station 09:00am – Platinum + Palladium Malls 11:30 AM – Lunch at Kuang Heng Chicken Rice, ฿120 12:30pm – Continue shopping in Pratunam 02:00 PM – ARL+BTS back to hotel 02:20pm – Back to hotel, pick up bags 02:50pm – BTS to Phaya Thai Station ฿25 – Transfer to ARL to Suvarnabhumi Airport, ฿45 03:30 PM – Flight check in 06:45 PM – Flight out
If you follow this Bangkok itinerary, prepare to shell out ฿5000 (USD 144, EUR 136, SGD 195, PHP 7950) , excluding airfare and hotel but including a bit of allowance for wiggle room and to make up for any possible price adjustments and incidental expenses.
If you spend TH฿600 per night per person on accommodations, the same itinerary will cost you TH฿6800 (USD 197, EUR 185, SGD 264, PHP 10,800) , excluding airfare but with some allowance to cover adjustments and incidental expenses.
(If you’re coming from the Philippines, it doesn’t include the PHP1650 travel tax yet.)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BANGKOK
What are the covid-19-related travel requirements in thailand.
The Thai government has lifted COVID-19 restrictions for tourists. Travelers are only required to present the usual border requirements like passport (and visa if applicable). No proof of vaccination required.
But if your next destination is a country that requires an RT-PCR COVID test (like India and China), travel insurance is mandatory . It must cover the full length of intended stay in Thailand + 7 extra days.
That said, the airline may ask for a vaccination ID. On our most recent trip in November, we flew with different airlines. While Thai Airways did not ask to see any proof of vaccination, Philippine Airlines (PAL) asked my teammates for their vaccination card/certificate, and they complied. I’m not sure if that’s official airline policy or what would have happened if they didn’t have it, but they did ask.
But because health policies change fast especially these extraordinary times, please double check the latest rules with the Thai authorities and the airline before your trip.
* This section is as of January 2023
Is Bangkok safe?
Yes, Bangkok is generally safe and tourist-friendly. Of course, you should still use common sense at all times, and don’t flash your gadgets in the open or leave your valuables unattended.
My only frustration with Bangkok is that it has more than its share of scams targeting tourists, so always be careful.
What are the common Bangkok scams?
Bangkok’s scams are more organized than they appear. One widespread modus operandi involves people loitering by the gate of temples (or other tourist spots) and approaching tourists. I almost fell for this on my first trip. They are very friendly, and they usually introduce themselves as teachers. They claim that the site you’re about to visit is closed because it is a holiday and that they know a more beautiful place that is not on tourist maps. They then hail a random tuktuk (which isn’t random at all for the driver is part of the scam) and tour you around. You will be taken to a jewelry store selling overpriced gems and accessories. The tuktuk may also overcharge you for the ride.
Khao San Road is also rife with scams. You’ll find tourist agents selling all sorts of transportation tickets that turn out to be less than what they promise. For example, you’ll find plenty of “direct buses” to Siem Reap, but most of them are not really direct as they involve switching vehicles at one point during the trip. Worse, some of these buses stop at “travel agencies” that will sell you fake visa.
Patpong is also notorious for scams. You’ll be invited by barkers to a sexy club to see a “pingpong show” or other mind-blowing presentations, to say the least. They’ll say the show is free but you must order a drink. The catch is, the drink is ridiculously overpriced.
As in any other city, be careful and vigilant. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
When is the best time to visit Bangkok?
November to February , when the temperature and precipitation levels are kind and low. But because of the pleasant weather, it is also the peak season. High season begins in November and ends in April, around Songkran Festival (Thai New Year, April 13-15). If you’re visiting within this period, prepare to share the city with millions of other tourists.
Bangkok could’ve been a year-round destination if it weren’t for the bouts of rain and flooding problems, which is why it is best to avoid the wettest months.
Rainy season is from May to October, but the wettest months are September-October. We have tried traveling to Bangkok in January, July, August, September, October, and November, and we can tell you that the precipitation level can definitely affect your overall travel experience. We’ve been stranded in some sites because of torrential rains and flooding and ended up wasting much of our time.
What is tipping policy in Bangkok?
Tipping is NOT mandatory in Bangkok, but it is surely appreciated.
When eating at sit-down restaurants, a tip of 10% of the bill should be fine. You can also just round off your bill. For example, if your bill is ฿135, you can leave ฿150. Same with cabs. If the meter is ฿105, round it off to ฿110 or ฿120. At hotels, you can give ฿20-50 to the porter who carries your luggage to your room, depending on the number of pieces. For a massage, tip ฿50. For full-day tour guides, at least ฿200 is alright.
Where to exchange money in Bangkok?
Bangkok has countless money changers, but most of them have poor rates, especially those at the airport. Trust me. I made that mistake and lost a lot in the conversion. If you really need to do so at the airport, exchange only a little or enough to get you to the city center.
At the city center, find a SuperRich Thailand branch. SuperRich has the best rates, make sure it’s a legit SuperRich branch.
What is the power socket used in Bangkok?
Most common sockets are sort of a combination of Types A and C. They have two holes that can accept both flat and round pins, the shape of two door knobs or rubber stamps facing each other. This type of socket can take plugs that are Types A, C, and F. If your plug has three pins, you will be needing an adaptor.
Do I need a visa to visit Thailand?
Foreigners holding passports issued by the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, United States, United Kingdom, Germany and 40+ other countries can enter Thailand visa-free , provided that they stay shorter than 30 days.
To see the complete list of countries, visit this: List of Visa-Free and Visa-on-Arrival Countries
However, visitors must have the following upon entry:
- a valid passport (with at least 6 months validity)
- return or onward ticket
- at least 10,000 baht per person or 20,000 baht per family or equivalent in other currencies, cash.
It will also help to have a hotel reservation .
Note that if you’re not arriving by air, you’re only allowed to enter Thailand twice per year.
Do I really need 10,000-baht show money at the immigration?
In theory, yes. It is the law. But it’s not implemented all the time. Lately, they have been a bit stricter.
Our team has been in and out of Thailand recently but none of us were asked how much we carry. But it would help to just comply, just in case.
The amount should be 10,000 baht per person or 20,000 baht per family.
It doesn’t need to be in baht. It can be any currency as long as it has the equivalent value.
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Last updated on November 9th, 2023
Are you planning your Bangkok trip and excited to find out about the must-visit places to visit in this amazing city? Here is the Bangkok travel guide blog that covers the things to do for your 3 to 5 days of Bangkok itinerary!
Bangkok is a traveler’s paradise and it has so much to offer! This capital city of Thailand is the richest destination in the country, and one of the most visited places in the world . The city is surrounded by many great attractions – from beautiful temples, mouth-watering Thai food, shopping destination, nightlife, and more. There are so many reasons that will prove that indeed Bangkok is a must-visit city!
Visiting Bangkok, you will be astounded by the amazing natural landscape, unique culture, friendly locals, and a countless number of great attractions around the city. You will get to feel the city’s vibe and atmosphere. No matter how many times you’ve been, you’ll never get bored and there is always something new and exciting to see, do, and eat in Bangkok. You may want to spend a few days exploring everything the city offers.
If you are also visiting Bangkok during your trip to Thailand , check out my suggested Bangkok itinerary here.
Over the years, we’ve visited Bangkok so many times for leisure holidays, short gateways, shopping trips, or business trips. Still, I always enjoy coming here for the delicious Thai food, unbeatable value, and fascinating things to see in the city. Bangkok can be overwhelming if you’re visiting Thailand for the first time. But, rest assured. We compiled this comprehensive Bangkok travel guide with in-depth travel information and tips. Make the most out of your trip with this detailed Bangkok itinerary with things to see and do as well as suggested tours.
This Bangkok travel guide blog is compressive and long. Free feel to check out the quick links to transportation, hotels, tours, and other services.
Table of Contents
Bangkok Travel Tips
In Bangkok, you’ll easily find yourself being lost in a myriad of things to do and see. There is a wide range of hotels, restaurants, eateries, local markets, and tons of cultural experiences awaiting you to discover. So it is always helpful to have a clear idea of what the city is offering before your trip. You’ll learn about all the useful travel information and money-saving tips to ensure you don’t miss out on any great attractions.
Do you like cultural attractions ? The stunning temples and the interesting and varied sights can easily spend your time in Bangkok. The Grand Royal Palace and Wat Pho is the must-visit attraction in Bangkok for first-time travelers.
Are you a shopaholic ? Bangkok is a shopping paradise with plenty of shopping malls and markets to keep you busy. The Chatuchak Market is the world’s biggest shopping market with 15,000 stalls!
For food lovers , Bangkok is a haven for foodies. Plenty of street food stalls and nice restaurants selling good inexpensive Thai food. You’ll never have an empty tummy during your trip to Bangkok.
In short, Bangkok has something for everyone. It’s an exciting, affordable city that’s much more than your gateway into Thailand. For many travelers, it’s the destination.
Here is a brief idea of how many days you can plan on your Bangkok itinerary:
For sure, to give you the chance to really get to know about Bangkok, you will need more days! I would recommend planning to spend no fewer than 3 days to get the most out of your trip to Bangkok with a glimpse of this cultural city.
If you only have one day in Bangkok, you can see many of Bangkok’s iconic attractions in the space of a day, plus sample some great Thai food with a good itinerary.
With 2 to 3 days in Bangkok, you’ll have a more impressive visit to Bangkok attractions and a fine selection of shopping and dining.
A 5-day Bangkok itinerary is enough to give you a good feel for the city to most of the attractions in the city. You may also be coupled an island trip and a short trip to an attraction nearby into your Bangkok itinerary.
Best Time To Visit Bangkok
Bangkok, Thailand is a tropical climate country and the weather is hot and humid all year long. The best time to travel to Bangkok is from November to February as this is the coolest month of the year and the weather is more comfortable. These few months are also the peak season to visit Bangkok and accommodation prices will also increase.
Between March and May is the hottest season and the city’s temperature may reach 26 – 30 Celsius degrees. The serious heat may also cause stormy evening rain in the city. While July to November is the rainy season in Bangkok. So expect rain on most of the days.
Traveling to Bangkok
For international travelers, Bangkok is serviced by two main airports which are Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and Don Mueang Airport (DMK) if you’re taking a flight into Bangkok.
Suvarnabhumi International Airport is the main primary airport that services most international flights. Public transport is more convenient compared with Don Mueang Airport. You can get into the city with the below options:
- By train : The Airport Rail Link from Suvarnabhumi to Phaya Thai Station with around THB 45. You can transfer to the nearest BTS line and get into your hotel.
- By Bus : Frequent buses depart from 6:00 to 18:00 to Khaosan Road every 30 minutes. The departure point is at Gate 7 on the first floor of the passenger terminal with a bus fare of about THB 60.
- By Taxi or Grab : The fare is about 400 THB to the city center, depending on the distance. Make sure to ask for a meter taxi. Alternatively, the e-hailing Grab is also pretty convenient with the app.
- By Private Airport Transport : From Suvarnabhumi International Airport to/from any popular destinations in the city for single or group of people. Pre-book from Klook with the best price .
While Don Mueang International Airport mostly serves the budget airlines within South East Asia. It is closer to the city but there is no link to the BTS or MRT train station. You’ll need to get to the nearest Mo Chit Station if you want to transfer by train or bus. Alternatively, you’ll need to look for a taxi, Grab, or Don Mueang Private Airport Transfer to the city.
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Bangkok Travel Guide : Have the Grab app ready on your smartphone prior to your Bangkok trip. You’ll need the get the wifi connection to pinpoint your pick-up and drop-off locations when using it. Remember to grab your wifi sim card ready at the airport.
Getting Around in Bangkok
Bangkok is a bustling city and it’s very crucial to understand the best ways to get around the city. The traffic in Bangkok is hectic with horrible jams. So it is always advised to figure out the best transport options to avoid the rush hour in Bangkok. Take note that the subway system does not fully cover the travel attraction in Bangkok. So you’ll still need to figure out how to get around in the city when traveling around.
By BTS Skytrain or MRT – Getting around by trains is still considered convenient to the main attractions in the city. Most of the time, we used this option together with the taxi, or Grab when getting around in the city.
By Taxi and e-hailing service: Again, we highly recommended to use Grab when traveling around to avoid tourist scams with estimated prices listed in App. But on some occasions, you will still need to look for a taxi to get there. Please ask for a meter taxi or check with the estimated price to get to the location.
Bangkok Travel Guide : We advise you to write the address down and show it to the driver when communicating with the driver when getting around in the city.
Where To Stay
As a world popular travel destination, there are lots of accommodation options for you to choose from while in Bangkok. You can choose to stay at the budget-friendly guest houses or hostels that provide clean enough accommodation for less than $15 per night. If you visit the city with friends, then there are many mid-range hotels at cheaper prices compared to other cities.
For quick and easy, here are the popular areas with hotel recommendations to stay in Bangkok:
- Sukhumvit and Silom – A modern and cosmopolitan area to stay in Bangkok.
- Siam and Pratunam – Easy access for shipping and getting around in the city.
- Riverside – Stay along the riverside for a great view of the river and nearby Bangkok’s attractions.
- Khaosan – Lively neighborhood with a great introduction to the Bangkok vibe. You’ll find endless bars, shops, restaurants, and street food vendors for whole days.
- Chinatown Bangkok – Stay for food in one of the oldest areas of Bangkok. Many budget hostels and boutique hotels in this area.
We highly recommended the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and Towers . It is a great luxury hotel situated along the Chao Praya River. The rooms are super comfortable with fantastic views overlooking the river for your Bangkok gateway.
The Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square is close to many shopping malls with great facilities. Getting around in Bangkok is easy with BTS Siam Paragon is located next to the property. A great pick for shoppers in Bangkok.
For budget travelers, In a Box Hostel is a popular pick for a short stopover in the city. The location is superb and just a step away from the Phaya Thai BTS Station and Phaya Thai airport railway link.
Lastly, be sure to check out our Bangkok accommodation as we wrote an in-depth guide about where to stay in Bangkok .
3 to 5 Days Bangkok Itinerary
There are so many things to do in Bangkok that it is hard to decide where to begin. Below is our recommended itinerary for 3 to 5 days in Bangkok which includes what we think are the top things to do in Bangkok for first-time travelers.
How To Plan for Bangkok Itinerary for 3 to 5 Days:
- Day 1: Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Chinatown (Yaowarat)
- Day 2: Amphawa Floating Market, Maeklong Railway Market, Drink at Rooftop Bar
- Day 3: Shopping Day! Chatuchak Weekend Market, Siam Paragon, and more.
- Day 4 – 5: Ayutthaya Day Tour, or short trip to Khao Yai, Hua Hin, or Pattaya.
Bangkok Travel Guide Tip : This Bangkok itinerary is flexible and can easily be adjusted, extended, or shortened depending on your interest and travel date. The Chatuchak Market is only available on weekends. Make sure to include it if you’re visiting Bangkok at weekend.
Bangkok Itinerary Day 1
On your first day, start your Bangkok itinerary at the city’s most iconic historical attraction at Chao Praya River . This area is a great place to start your activities as almost all the iconic historical sites and tourist attractions are located here. You may also consider making your way to the Chao Phraya river on either a tourist boat or the local boat to experience this unique culture.
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We recommended planning your morning and afternoon time for temples and historical sites visit. Have some rest and then only proceed to Bangkok Chinatown for food and shopping.
Day 1 Bangkok itinerary:
- Morning: Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew
- Noon: Wat Pho and Reclining Buddha. Wat Arun
- Evening: Bangkok Chinatown (Yaowarat)
Tour recommended : The Grand Palace and temples like the Wat Pho, and Wat Arun are the most visited places in Bangkok. You would probably prefer to join the “ Full-Day Classic Bangkok Tour ” tour that will take you to those most visited places in Bangkok hassle-free!
Friendly reminder, please dress appropriately for the day as you are visiting the Palace and temples. Make sure to have your shoulders and knees covered when you go there. Avoid spaghetti straps, leggings, and tight jeans, especially at Grand Palace. If you are not prepared, the Grand Palace does offer sarung to cover up.
The Grand Palace is definitely one of the first places to see in Bangkok! The Grand Palace opens at 8:30. We recommended getting there early to beat the crowd and also escape from the afternoon heat!
Located right in the heart of Bangkok, the Grand Palace is the home of King Siam since 1782 . You can visit the building complex to understand how the Thai Royal Family lived their lives here. You’ll find many gold shining buildings inside the premise. All the golden statues and jeweled mosaics are simply breathtaking!
One of the highlights is the Wat Phra Kaew, which is also called “The Temple of the Emerald Buddha” . The 66cm Jade Buddha in gold clothing is highly sacred, only the King and no one else is allowed to touch it. Photos are strictly not allowed.
You can explore the Grand Palace on your own, but if you’d like to learn more about its history, then you may be interested in booking a guided tour with Klook or Viator (Tripadvisor).
Grand Palace, Bangkok
- Operating Hours: Daily from 8:30 to 15:30
- Admission Fee: 500 Baht
- Estimated time of visit: 2-3 hours
How To Get to Grand Palace Bangkok : Take the BTS (Skytrain) to Saphan Taksin (S6) station. From there, go to Sathorn Pier and take the Chao Phraya River Express or the local water taxi to Tha Chang pier. The orange flag boat costs 15 Baht and the Blue flag boat (faster) cost 40 Baht. Alternatively, a taxi, tuk-tuk, or Grab will get you to the Grand Palace.
Bangkok Travel Tips : Beware of scams when you are looking for the entrance of Grand Palace as those Tuk-tuk drivers will bring you to those small temples for a small fee. Just ignore them and walk to the entrance.
Wat Pho and Reclining Buddha
The “Wat” in Thai is the temple. Just 10 minutes’ walking distance to the south of the Grand Palace, is Wat Pho. It is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok and is known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha . It is home to the impressive 46m long and 15m tall gold-plated reclining Buddha and gets closer to this world-famous Buddha statue.
In Wat Pho, make sure to check out Phra Ubosot, considered to be the most sacred prayer room with its amazing architecture. You can also walk around and get lost between hundreds of Buddha statues. Definitely one of the places that you must see in Bangkok!
Wat Pho, Bangkok
- Operating Hours: Daily from 8:00 to 18:30
- Admission Fee: 100 Baht
- Estimated time of visit: 1-2 hours
How To Get to Wat Pho : 10 minutes on foot from Grand Palace to Wat Pho. Alternatively, take the water taxi to Tha Tien Pier (No#8).
Lunch at Chao Praya River
After visiting the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, it’s time to sit down for some Thai food lunch. There are many Thai restaurants along the Chao Praya river bank which offer a nice view. You can grab your lunch at one of the restaurants, or just simply walk-in into the small cafe in the area.
Next on the Bangkok itinerary is visiting the Wat Arun Temple.
Known as Temple of the Dawn, Wat Arun is featured with an 82-meter-high cortical-shaped tower decorated with ceramic tiles and colorful porcelains. It is one of the most beautiful structures in Bangkok and extremely photogenic, especially during sunset.
We recommend climbing to the top of the pagoda for a gorgeous view over the river!
Wat Arun, Bangkok
How To Get to Wat Arun : Take the ferry to cross the river from Wat Pho to Wat Arun at 3 Baht.
Bangkok Chinatown (Yaowarat)
Keep the Chinatown for the last things to do of the day.
Bangkok Chinatown or Yaowarat Road is the best place to visit after the temple visit. Thanks to the mix of Chinese and Thai cultures, there are plenty of street food vendors if you want to indulge in delicious Thai Chinese food at cheap prices. Enjoy a stroll down the Chinatown to get a glimpse at how the city’s Chinese community lives in Thailand. The areas are open all day but lively at night. We came here for the mouthwatering food!
Have your dinner at Yaowarat! At night, there are many locals and travelers who can be seen along the streets enjoying the food. We loved the fresh seafood and have a food feast during our visit to Yaowarat. You can also buy the souvenir at Yaowarat Road as the price is cheaper compared to other places in Bangkok.
If you need some food recommendations, check out the Food Trip to Chinatown Bangkok: A Yaowarat Food Guide . Take note that most of the food stalls will be closed on Monday.
- Admission Fee: Free!
How to Get to Yaowarat : From Wat Arun, you can get to Yaowarat by tuk-tuk or Chao Phraya River Express boat. Just get off at Ratchawong Pier (No#5) and from there you can quickly get to the famous Yaowarat Road. If you are visiting Yaowarat from other places, we recommend just taking the grab or taxi to get to Yaowarat. Besides, with the recent opening of Wat Mangkon MRT station, getting to Chinatown is so much easier. The Wat Mangkon Station shortens the walking distance by roughly only 4 mins walk.
Bangkok Itinerary Day 2
On your second day, we recommend visiting a floating market and railway market to soak into the local life. The markets are located slightly outside of the city. So please include the traveling time from your hotel to the destinations. Next, back to the city center by visiting some malls or have a good relaxing spa massage, and end your day with a cocktail in one of the rooftop sky bars in Bangkok.
There are three unique Thai markets that can be put onto your Bangkok itinerary. For hassle-free, you can consider going for Bangkok Floating Markets Tour which includes the famous Damnoen Saduak, Maeklong Railway, and Amphawa Markets. However, if you are planning for self-DIY for Bangkok Floating Markets Tour, we recommend just choosing two markets due to time-limited and transport arrangements.
Bangkok Floating Markets Tour: Damnoen Saduak, Maeklong Railway, and Amphawa Markets
Bangkok Travel Guide Tips : If you prefer a day tour with transport arrangements to the floating markets and the Railway Market, here is a good one.
Amphawa Floating Market
The floating market is an authentic market for locals with people selling goods on boats. It is very popular in Thailand and worth visiting although most floating markets are located outskirts of the city.
There are two popular floating markets close to Bangkok and can be planned on your Bangkok itinerary. Compared to the famous Damnoen Saduak, we recommended Amphawa Floating Market as it’s the local’s favorite and more authentic.
The Amphawa Floating Market is a popular weekend and day-trip destination. The market is a fun place to shop and enjoy local Thai food while experiencing the unique local culture. It is interesting to see people bargain on the boat. Alternatively, you can also experience it by taking a longtail boat ride to explore the surrounding canals and rivers.
- Travel Tips: Have your breakfast or lunch at Amphawa!
How to Get to Amphawa Floating Market : The easiest way is by minibus from the Victory Monument all the way straight to the doorstep of Amphawa Floating Market. Fare is around 100-150 baht one way. Remember to pre-book your returning time from the driver.
Maeklong Railway Market
One of the most unusual markets I’ve seen so far. The Maeklong Market was built on a railroad, and you’ll see the vendors selling the local produces during normal hours. However, all the vendors will be picking up their stalls to make way while the train passes through the market. These activities are repeated that still work today!
To witness this, be sure to check the train schedule so that you don’t miss it. You can consider visiting the Maeklong Market with an Organized Market Tour together with all the unique markets in Bangkok .
- Travel Tips: Be sure to check the train schedule so that you don’t miss the train show.
How to get to Maeklong Railway Market : Take a shared passenger truck (Songthaew) from Amphora Floating Market to Maeklong train market. The fare was around 8-10 baht.
Drink at Rooftop Bar
In the late evening, proceed to one of the city’s rooftop bars for excellent views of the skyline.
Thanks to Bangkok’sdense skyline, Rooftop bar drinking is one of the popular things to do in Bangkok. Travelers can admire the best bird-eye view of the city while sipping on a delicious drink. Share a romantic dinner with a gorgeous view of Bangkok and dine at the rooftop bar.
Here are several known best sky bars in Bangkok for you to hang out in your Bangkok itinerary:
- Sirocco at Lebua State Tower is a very famous Skybar in Bangkok that serves wine, cocktails, and Mediterranean dishes
- Vertigo is located on the 61st floor, atop the Banyan Tree Hotel.
- Sky on 20 which is located right above the Novotel hotel in Sukhumvit, serves delicious cocktails and bubble drinks.
- Moon Bar for a great view of the city in a chill environment.
- Rooftop Bar at Baiyoke Sky Hotel for buffet dinner. You make the reservation for dinner Buffet at 81st Baiyoke Sky Hotel .
Time to treat yourself to a drink and city best view!
Bangkok Itinerary Day 3
Shop till you drop at Bangkok! On your day 3 is a shopping itinerary that helps you go through some of the best shopping places in Bangkok. Shoppers will find 24 hours are not enough for shopping.
Brace yourself in the biggest market in the world . The Chatuchak Weekend Market is so huge covering more than 1km with 15,000 stalls. divided into different sessions for the indoor and outdoor. The market has been in Bangkok for decades and still growing.
Here you’ll find almost everything in the market such as clothes, household products, souvenirs, artworks, and even furniture to bring home.
If you get hungry while shopping, there are many food stalls and markets where you can grab some popular Thai food. Coconut ice cream is the must-eat snack food in Chatuchak market to beat the infamous heat in Bangkok. Thai massage with air conditioning is also get be getting there if you want to have some rest while shopping.
Most of the time, we spend more than 6 to 7 hours walking in the market for non-stop eating and shopping . Plan your estimated allocation time here, or else you would be able to get out from the Chatuchak market. Everything is so freaking cheap. A day is not enough to cover the whole market!
As its name suggests, Chatuchak is only open on weekends . The Chatuchak weekend market is open from 9:00 to 18:00 on Saturdays and Sundays, and from 18:00 to 24:00 on Fridays. We recommended visiting early in the morning as it can be very hot during the afternoon. Besides, the market is extremely crowded. It’s best to keep your belonging under close watch.
- Estimated time of visit: At least 6 hours!
How to get to Chatuchak Market : Take the SkyTrain to Mo shit BTS station.
Shopping Mall and Market
If you’re not visiting Bangkok during the weekend, there are still many shopping malls and markets in Bangkok . Bangkok has some of the largest malls in the world for your shopping trip. Some malls even with nice interesting interiors that are worth going on a shopping adventure even if you’re not a shopper.
The big 4 shopping centers are located in the area and can easily spend hours and hours exploring. Here is a brief introduction to how to do your shopping in Bangkok:
- Siam Paragon – One of the high-end shopping malls in Bangkok, with all the luxury brands that you can think of.
- Central World Plaza – One of the largest malls in the world. Their festival decoration always catches visitors’ attention and comes here for visit.
- MBK Shopping Center – Probably the most popular mall for tourists. with good bargains for goods.
- Siam Discovery – A cool modern mall with top brands and designer stuff. Bangkok’s Madame Tussauds is located on the 6th floor,
- Platinum Mall and Pratunam market – Slightly away from the popular areas. But you can still use Tuk-tuk or grab to get there. Ladies’ paradise for clothes, shoes, bags, and more. A wholesale market. Here you’ll find the cheapest goods in Bangkok.
Bangkok Travel Guide Tips: Tired from all the walking? You can try a foot massage – there are cheap parlors everywhere in the city and the prices are around 250 Baht (8 US$) for one hour of a foot massage!
How to get there : Just take the Skytrain to Siam Station or Chit Lom Station and start your shopping sphere.
Located in the middle of Bangkok, Erawan Shrine is a very popular sport in the city among locals and tourists, and sometimes even more popular than some temples. Locals will stop by Erawan Shrine for prayer during their work or even during lunch break.
The Erawan Shrine is a shrine to the Hindu god Brahma, known to Thais as Phra Phrom. Throughout the day you’ll find worshippers offering flowers, incense sticks, and fruit to the Hindu god of creation. You may have the chance to see the Traditional Thai dance performances by the dancers hired by worshippers.
- Estimated time of visit: 15 minutes
How to get to Erawan Shrine : If you’re shopping in the city, the Erawan Shrine is easy to reach via the Skywalk from Central World. A quick stop for a visit while making your way for shopping. Alternatively, the closest metro station is Chit Lom if you are purposely coming for the shrine.
Relaxing with Thai Massage
One of the things not to miss in Bangkok is to enjoy an authentic Thai massage. After a whole day of shopping and perspiring under the sun in the tourist spots in Bangkok, the best way to end the day is with a Thai or foot massage.
There are Thai massage parlors everywhere. For the best spa and massage experience in Bangkok, here are a few recommendations that you can consider:
- Let’s Relax Onsen is the best place for relaxing and indulging at a multi-awarded spa. Klook offers easy redemption for their Onsen experience in Bangkok. You can also include Thai massage in your visit.
- One More Thai Massage and Spa is another great option to Pamper yourself after a day of traveling around Bangkok. Conveniently located 1 minute away from Chit Lom BTS Station on foot.
- Alternatively, you can find many shops for spas or massages in the city, including back-alleys, and shopping malls for relaxation and recharge.
Short Trip from Bangkok
Obviously, if you have more time to spend, then you can’t go wrong with taking advantage of it. If you’re looking for short day trips from Bangkok, there are a few popular short trips that you can plan in your Bangkok Itinerary.
Ayutthaya Day Tour from Bangkok – The historical city was once the capital of the Kingdom of Siam. This tour will bring you to many attractions that are hard to reach outside of Bangkok. It includes a visit to the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, Wat Chaiwatthanarm, Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, and Market Visit. Each attraction has its own unique characteristics that you can enjoy. One of the popular day trip from Bangkok.
Explore Khao Yai National Park and beyond – During our trip, you can appreciate this UNESCO-recognized site’s flora and fauna when you visit Farm Chokchai, Jim Thompson Farm, and more. Khao Yai is hard to access by public transport unless self- driving. Alternatively, you can customize your Khao Yat with Private Car Charter for 1, 2, or even 5 days.
Hua Hin is a perfect place to spend with family and friends. The place is the perfect mix of city and sand as you discover the district’s lively markets, natural landscapes, and a wide range of activities and experiences for you to try. You can customize your trip to visit the Vana Nava Waterpark, Kao San Roi Yot National Park, Swiss Sheep Farm, and mora ith customized tour from Klook. Check the Hua Hin Private Car Charter Custom Tour here .
Pattaya – For beach and sea, you can also include the popular Pattaya in your Bangkok itinerary. This is a popular destination for beach and nightlife from Bangkok. You have been visiting Pattaya and feel free to check out our Pattaya itinerary.
More Things To Do in Bangkok
In case you are wondering what to see in Bangkok if you have more time on hand, no worries – I got you covered! Here are some bonus best places to visit in Bangkok and things to do in this amazing city, sorted by the type of activity:
Safari World Bangkok – Kids always love visiting Zoo! For travelers with family and kids, the Safari World Bangkok is highly recommended. The Safari World consists of two parks and you can choose to visit either Safari Park, an open zoo, and Marine Park, or both parks in one day. Inside, visitors can have a close encounter with the animals and it is a truly amazing experience. You can also join a lot of activities and spectacular performances throughout the day such as the Dolphin Show, and the Spy and Elephant show at Marine Park. A great place for the family to spend a whole day activity.
Get discounted prices for Safari World Bangkok from Klook with easy redemption at the counter.
Bangkok Ocean World Aquarium – Have an encounter with over 400 marine species and 30,000 sea creatures during your visit to the Bangkok Ocean World Aquarium (formerly known as Siam Ocean World). Make sure to have enough time for the visit as there is so much marine life to watch and pay attention to the animal feeding time.
Klook offers a lower price with Skip-the-Line Ticket to access Bangkok Ocean World Aquarium .
Sompong Thai Cooking Class – Thai food is some of the best food in the world. If you are keen on how to make your own Thai food, you can join the cooking classes to learn about the Thai cooking style. You’ll get a great experience with the Sompong Thai cooking class with ingredients that are well prepared and ready for you. There are morning and afternoon classes for your option. Click here to check for the Sompong Thai Cooking Class .
Bangkok Arts and Thailand Cultural Centre – A great location for those interested in seeing contemporary art exhibits or cultural events. If you are wanting to add some cultural experiences to your Bangkok trip planner, this is a good place to start.
More Bangkok Travel Tips
Plenty of things to do in Bangkok and most of them required a lot of walking . Just be sure to wear your comfiest shoes and be prepared to walk under the heat! It can be daunting to enter this bustling city without a plan. It is best to have a brief idea of what to do for your days and attractions nearby the area so you can make the most of your day.
Stay connected by unlimited data with pocket devices or a wifi Sim card once touch down at Bangkok airport. The personnel will help you exchange it for your phone if you purchase it at the airport. It is very simple and very cheap. Get dtac HAPPY TOURIST 4G/5G SIM Card in Bangkok airport .
Always make sure to have an agreement for prices when riding tuk-tuk. Some drives drivers will often inflate the price for visitors when riding tuk-tuks. If you’re taking a taxi, be sure to ask for a meter taxi. Alternatively, e-hailing is getting common in Bangkok, especially Grab. Just download the app and call a ride on-demand, with a price displayed with Grab car in Bangkok. It is cheaper and safe.
Plenty of things to do can be planned for your Bangkok itinerary. If you are lazy and looking for hassle-free arrangements, you’ll still able to see and experience the best of Bangkok with a Full-Day Classic Bangkok Tour ! This tour will give you the classic Thailand vibe that every tourist deserves.
As a popular travel destination, there are many tourist scams in the city that offers various types of tours and services in town . Most of the time, this kind of tour will include some hidden charges and fees that you might not be aware of. In Bangkok, I suggest going through Klook (Reputation Travel Agency in Asia) or Viator (Tripadvisor company) as they are reputable companies with reliable customer service for many years.
Sometimes, there will be a friendly local approach to tourists and bring you to some attractions in Bangkok for free. Most of the time, they’ll try to get you to a gem shop or tailor as they will get a small amount of commission by bringing the visitor and purchasing the product from there. Just be aware!
Overview: A Trip To Bangkok
All in all, Bangkok is a truly vivid and unique city in the world . The city has so much to offer that any traveler will find something to do for the short gateway or long holiday. With the mouthwatering Thai food, cultural attractions, lively markets and shopping malls, beauty natural, and smiling locals, Bangkok has it all. I am sure you will have a great time on your Bangkok trip and 3 days in Bangkok is a great introduction to this amazing city.
One thing to keep in mind no matter how long you have to dedicate to your Bangkok travel itinerary is that it is always new places and things to do to discover, and impossible to see absolutely everything in a single trip. So make sure to prioritize what you want to visit and I’m sure you’ll still come back for your next visit!
Thank you for reading this Bangkok travel guide blog. Did you enjoy this Bangkok itinerary? We have more useful information as well as some bonus travel tips in below Bangkok travel blog for your holiday.
- Where To Stay in Bangkok: Best Areas and Hotels
Traveling to Bangkok for food? Here is the best food listed to help you decide where and what to eat in Bangkok.
- Bangkok Food Guide: Where and What To Eat in Bangkok
- Food Trip to Chinatown Bangkok: A Yaowarat Food Guide
Rung Rueang: Bangkok Michelin Bib Gourmand Pork Noodles
Bangkok best food: go-ang pratunam chicken rice.
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Your Guide To Visiting Bangkok in 2023
January 4, 2023 January 4, 2023 by Tin V
Where else can you visit a temple, try out exotic street food, cruise along a majestic river, and party in a nightclub all in just one day, other than Bangkok ? This capital city of Thailand is the world’s most visited city, with so many international tourists coming over to explore its countless cultural and natural wonders. Looking to visit soon? Let us help you plan your trip with this Bangkok travel guide.
- Language: Thai is the official language in Bangkok, but English is widely spoken too in touristy areas.
- Currency: ฿ Baht (THB)
- Airports: There are two international airports servicing the Bangkok metropolitan area, namely Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) and Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK).
- COVID-19 Travel Guidelines: Vaccinated Travelers – Vaccinated travelers need to have a copy of their vaccination certificate before boarding a flight and on arrival. Children under 18 who are traveling with vaccinated parents do not need to complete any RT-PCR or Pro-ATK test before departing. Unvaccinated Travelers – Before coming to Thailand, unvaccinated travelers need to complete an RT-PCR or Professional Antigen (Pro-ATK) test through a clinic or medical professional. The test result must be issued within 72 hours before departing for Thailand. For weekly updates regarding the travel restrictions in Thailand, visit the official website of the Thai Embassy .
Getting Around Bangkok
You can take the taxi at the metered taxi stands in DMK or BKK. There’s a ticketing system where you get a number and wait until your number appears on the screen. Share your destination with the concierge so they can write it down for you to give to the taxi driver.
There’s also the A1 Bus that’ll take you to Mo Chit. Then from Mo Chit, you can take the Skytrain (BTS) or MRT which have stops near major Bangkok accommodations in the city. But if you want to skip the lines, you can enjoy a comfortable private transfer from DMK or BKK to Bangkok. You can choose from a sedan taxi, sedan, family MPV, or VIP van for your convenience.
WiFi is available in most areas in Thailand, but better to have your own eSIM which comes with unlimited data. It’s very easy to install as long as your phone is compatible with Thailand eSIM.
Where to Stay in Bangkok
From hostels to 5-star hotels, Bangkok is home to a variety of accommodations that suit every kind of traveler. Here are our picks:
For budget travelers: Chern Bangkok
This boutique hostel in Bangkok takes pride in Thai culture, evident in its walls decorated with nuggets of wisdom all around the place. The hostel recognizes the power of socialization, as they have a few common spaces for guests to hang out and play like the breakfast and coffee shop and a game zone. Chern is also just a few minutes away from tourist spots like The Grand Palace.
Address: 17 Soi Ratchasak, Bamrung Muang Road,. Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok. 10200 Thailand Website: http://www.chernbangkok.com/
Mid-range: Baiyoke Sky Hotel
This hotel is known as Thailand’s tallest hotel, giving impressive skyline views of the vibrant city. Situated right in the middle of the bustling city, Baiyoke is ideal for both leisure and business travelers who’d like to be just a stone’s throw away from city hotspots. Apart from enjoying the comfort of their well-appointed guest rooms, make a trip up to the 84th floor of the hotel for the observation deck, to soak in the best views of the sprawling city.
Address: 222 Soi Ratchaprarop 3, Ratchaprarop Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400 Thailand Website: https://baiyokesky.baiyokehotel.com/
Conrad Bangkok Hotel
Conrad offers an urban hideaway from the city, a place to recharge away from the busy metropolis. The hotel has a number of luxurious suites and executive rooms for a lavish stay, sophisticated amenities, and various dining options. Tranquil and fancy, this accommodation meets all your expectations for the perfect Bangkok living.
Address: Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand Website: https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/bkkcici-conrad-bangkok/
Where to Eat in Bangkok
In Bangkok, you’ll find cheap eats, Michelin-star dining, and specialty restaurants. Foodies will surely rejoice in these must-try food spots!
Foodies should totally put Bangkok Chinatown on their list of must-eats, particularly since it’s also the world’s largest. A trip here is a feast of all senses as you explore colorful dishes, aromatic seafood platters, tasty desserts, and bizarre street food. If it’s your first time in Bangkok, we recommend that you try the exotic ones like the Larb Mote Daeng (red ants eggs), Malang Tod (Fried insects), and Hon Mhai (silkworms) for a memorable food trip!
Address: Samphanthawong District, Bangkok, Thailand
Elevate your Bangkok vacation with an exclusive luxury cruise made special with a Michelin-starred dining experience! Pruek Cruise is a three-story yacht-style cruise traversing the majestic Chao Phraya River and passing through iconic Bangkok landmarks. This intimate dinner cruise includes a 4-course Thai set menu prepared by Michelin-starred chefs, perfect for momentous occasions. Soak in the sights, indulge in free-flowing cocktails, and have a lovely romantic dinner on this cruise.
Legendary Chocolate Buffet
Sweet-toothed guests will surely love the Legendary Chocolate Buffet at Sukhothai Hotel Bangkok! The buffet lets you taste around 30 chocolates from all over the world and a chocolate menu created by Chef Laurent Ganguillet. It’s a sweet and unique gastronomic trip that you shouldn’t miss in Bangkok!
Address: Lobby Salon, The Sukhothai Hotel, 13/3 S Sathorn Rd, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
What to Do in Bangkok
From adrenaline activities to chill tours, give all these unique experiences and more a go in this dynamic city!
Siam Amazing Park
If you’re up for some active fun, head on to the family-friendly Siam Amazing Park. As the largest amusement and waterpark in Southeast Asia, kids and kids-at-heart will enjoy all the thrilling rides and water slides in the park. To make the most out of your stay, get a package that includes unlimited access to attractions for a fun-filled day!
Address: 203 Suan Siam Rd., Kannayao, Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok Safari World
Are you an animal lover? Then Bangkok Safari World is definitely a place that shouldn’t be missing from your itinerary! The open park is home to various animals, such as giraffes, zebras, and elephants that you can meet up close! It also has a Marine Park where friendly sea lions stage a show of circus tricks that will keep everyone entertained!
Ayutthaya Day Tour
Explore the outskirts of Bangkok by creating your own tour with your must-visits! Not sure where to go first? Here are our suggestions: Ayutthaya Floating Market for scenery and shopping, Wat Yai Chaimongkhon, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, or Wat Mahathat for a temple run, or the Chocolate Village for a delightfully sweet trip to end your own tour!
Bang Kachao Tour
Escape the shopping districts of Bangkok and discover Bang Kachao, where you can go on a smooth bike ride on their traffic-free path. Drop by parks, spot birds, and see a fishing fish gallery as you soak in the natural wonders of Bangkok on this fun bike tour!
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by thepinay solobackpacker | Sep 12, 2023 | Featured , Itinerary , Thailand , Tourist Spots , Travel Guide | 44 comments
Bangkok is special to me, because this is where I first backpacked solo abroad. I remember booking a cheap airfare months before my trip. I booked a tour and a hotel from a travel agency but after paying it, they called me and said I had to pay for two because the hotel room is good for two. So I asked for a refund. And that’s how I started researching about DIY trips to Bangkok, Thailand that eventually led me to setting up this blog. I read a Bangkok Travel Guide that introduced the concept of backpacking and DIY travels to me.
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BANGKOK TRAVEL GUIDE
Bangkok is a good introduction to Southeast Asia backpacking because everything here is cheap (hotels, food, tours, shopping, transportation, etc.), it is easy to explore, it is rich in culture, it has arguably the best food in Southeast Asia, it is tourist-friendly (save for a few pushy touts), it is generally safe (except for tuktuk scams) and it is easy to cross the border (from Thailand) to neighboring countries like Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia. I’ll blog about border-crossing from Thailand in the future, but for the meantime, here’s my Bangkok Travel Guide with budget and itinerary to help you plan your next trip. .
WHEN TO VISIT BANGKOK : Bangkok is situated in Southeast Asia, near the equator, dear readers. So expect it to be hot and humid during summer and prepare for torrential downpour during the rainy season.
November to February is the best season to visit Bangkok since it is cool and dry. I have traveled to Bangkok a few times during this season. However if you want to avoid the crowd, take note that December to January is the peak season.
March to June is pretty hot, I traveled a few times to Bangkok during this season and I could not stand staying in a fan room. I recommend booking an air-conditioned room if you plan to travel around the aforementioned months. If you want to get a tan, this is a good season for Thailand beaches. And if you are in Bangkok around second week of April, don’t miss the popular Songkran Festival.
July to October is the wet season, expect drizzles to heavy downpour that might ruin your travel plans. However, there is a good side to the low season, hotels and airfares can go as low as 50% off, so it can be pretty tempting to travel.
BANGKOK CURRENCY AND MONEY EXCHANGE: Bangkok uses Thai Bhat (THB or ฿) as currency. But I suggest you bring US dollars to get a better rate. I had a hard time finding a money changer in Bangkok that accepts Philippine peso the last time I was there. Money exchange shops are widespread in Bangkok, but bank rates are usually better, so, I prefer withdrawing cash from ATM. Take note that there is a ฿200 (₱315 – $6) fee when you withdraw using foreign accounts. Some banks like Aeon Bank charge less, about ฿150 (₱236 – $5) per withdrawal. So if you plan to withdraw from an ATM, make it one time big time since the fee per transaction is quite hefty.
BANGKOK WI-FI: While most accommodations in Bangkok have free Wi-Fi, it’s important to stay connected online while you are outside and touring around. You can use your data or rent a pocket Wi-Fi.
- Thailand Pocket Wi-Fi: RENT HERE
- Thailand Simcard: BUY HERE
BANGKOK ELECTRICITY : Bangkok and the rest of Thailand uses 220 V. Power outlets commonly have two-prong round or flat sockets. Bring universal adapter plug. You can also buy at convenience stores in Bangkok like 7Eleven.
BANGKOK TIME : Take note that the Philippines is 1 hour ahead of Bangkok, Thailand. Adjust your watch while in Bangkok so you won’t miss your tour or flight.
THAILAND VISA : Philippine Passport holders are entitled to a 30 day visa-free entry (by air) to Thailand. If arriving by land like crossing borders from Cambodia, Laos or Malaysia, you will only get a 15 day visa-free stay.
HOW TO GET TO BANGKOK FROM MANILA
Several airlines fly to Bangkok from Manila like Cebu Pacific, Thai Airways and Philippine Airlines.
BANGKOK AIRPORT (SUVARNABHUMI) TO BANGKOK CITY CENTER
- AIRPORT TRANSFER
If you want an easy and efficient transfer in a modern air conditioned vehicle from Suvarnabhumi airport to your hotel, you can book an airport transfer.
Bangkok Airport Transfer: RESERVE HERE
- AIRPORT TAXI
The Bangkok Airport taxis are located outside the First floor (Ground Floor), near entrances 3,4,7, and 8. Taxis have different colors depending on the taxi company.
There are 2 kinds of Bangkok Airport taxis:
- Ordinary taxi: good for 2-3 passengers with small luggage
- Maxi taxis: good for 3-4 passengers with large baggages
Taxi fare is charge by the meter, plus additional THB 50 (₱78 -$1.50) airport surcharge and Express Way fees.
To get an airport taxi, after collecting your baggage, proceed to the kiosk with “Taxi Meter Only” sign. You need to tell the staff where you need to go and you’ll be given a paper printed with your destination. You will be pointed to where you need to go for the taxi pick up.
If you will be taking Grab from Bangkok Airport (Suvarnabhumi) to Bangkok City, expect to pay around ฿375 (₱590 /$11) to ฿1,000 (₱1,571 /$30) depending on your destination. Travel time from Bangkok Airport (Suvarnabhumi) to Bangkok City is roughly 30-45 minutes. Remember that many drivers in Bangkok aren’t fluent in English, so you might have a hard time communicating.
- BY AIRPORT RAIL LINK
This is the fastest way to get to Bangkok City from Bangkok Airport (Suvarnabhumi Airport) if you want to avoid the infamous Bangkok traffic. However, it won’t bring you directly to your hotel, unless your hotel is near one of the BTS or MRT stations.
The Airport Rail Link is located at the Basement Level and is open from 5:30 AM to 12:00 midnight only. Fare is roughly THB 45 (₱71 -$1.35) from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok City and vice versa.
The line starts at Phyathai Station to Suvarnabhumi Airport. The Airport line stops at 7 stations along the way.
- (A1) Suvarnabhumi Airport
- (A2) Lad Krabang Station
- (A3) Ban Thap Chang
- (A4) Hua Mak
- (A5) Ramkhamhaeng
- (A6) Makkasan (City Air Terminal, interchange with MRT Blue Line (Petchaburi)
- (A7) Ratchaprarop
- (A8) Phayatai Station (interchange with BTS Sukhumvit Line).
If you’re heading to Bangkok City, you can connect to BTS Skytrain or MRT Metro Trains at (A6) Makkasan Station for THB 35 (₱55 -$1) or at (A8) Phayatai Station for THB 45 (₱71 -$1.35). Fare for the city line is THB 15 (₱24 -$0.45) to THB 45 (₱71 -$1.35) depending on the distance.
Just to give you a brief explanation, the Airport Line is the line that connects to the airport from both the BTS and MRT Line (pretty much like Manila’s LRT and MRT). BTS is a skytrain that runs across Bangkok from North to South East are. Meanwhile, the MRT is a subway that runs along the main road in Bangkok.
BANGKOK AIRPORT (SUVARNABHUMI) TO SUKHUMVIT BY AIRPORT LINE + MRT/BTS SKYTRAIN
Here’s how to get from Bangkok Airport to Bangkok City via the Bangkok BTS and MRT Line:
1.At Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok Airport), make your way to the Basement Level. 2. Buy tokens or pass for the Bangkok Airport Train.
3.Ride the Bangkok Airport Train.
4.Alight at (A6) Makkasan Station. Fare is THB 35 (₱55 -$1).
5.If your hotel is located in Silom and Chinatown. Walk to the (BL21) Phetchaburi Station (MRT Blue Line).
6.Ride the blue line at (BL21) Phetchaburi Station to (BL22) Sukhumvit Station. Fare is THB 17 (₱27 -$0.51).
7. Alight at (BL22) Sukhumvit Station. Take Exit No.3 – Sukhumvit Road. From there you can get to Asoke intersection on Sukhumvit Road, to Silom and Chinatown.
BANGKOK AIRPORT (SUVARNABHUMI) TO SUKHUMVIT BY UBER/GRAB/TAXI
Coming from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) Airport Sukhumvit, Uber/Grabe/Taxi will cost you around TBH 325/PHP 496 (USD 10/EURO 8/ SGD 13/MYR 41).
BANGKOK AIRPORT (SUVARNABHUMI) TO KHAO SAN ROAD: BY UBER/Grab/Taxi
If you decide to take UBER/Grab/taxi to Khao San Road, prepare to pay around TBH 375/PHP 573 (USD 11/EURO 10/SGD 375/MYR 48).
BY AIRPORT LINE + BTS Skytrain
From Bangkok Airport to get to your hotel in Khao San Road, you can take the Airport Line + BTS Skytrain. The closest BTS Skytrain stations are National Stadium Station (closest station but needs 2 transfers), Ratchatewi Station (1 transfer) and Siam Station (1 transfer) but it is still quite far, about 5 KM. So from any of these stations, you can take Uber/Grab or taxi to Khao San Road.
STEP 1: Take the Airport Line to Phyathai (Phaya Thai) Station. STEP 2: Transfer to dark green line and alight at Ratchatewi Station or Siam Station. Take a cab/Uber/Grab to Khao San Road. Fare is around TBH 107/PHP 163 (USD 3/EURO 3/SGD 4.36/MYR 14).
STEP 1: Take the Airport Line to Phyathai (Phaya Thai) Station. STEP 2 : Transfer to dark green line and alight at Siam Station. STEP 3: From Siam Station, transfer to light green line to National Stadium. STEP 4: Take UBER/Grab/taxi to Khao San Road. Fare is about TBH 95/PHP 145 (USD 3/EURO 3/SGD 4/MYR 12). IMPORTANT: Good news is, the MRT Extension has been approved, so once that line opens, you can just get off at Democracy Monument Station (OR 5) and walk to Khao San Road.
BANGKOK AIRPORT (SUVARNABHUMI) TO SILOM
Uber/Grab/Taxi to Silom from Bangkok Airport (Suvarnabumi) will cost roughly TBH 375/PHP 573 (USD 11/EURO 10/SGD 375/MYR 48).
BY AIRPORT LINE + MRT/BTS SKYTRAIN OPTION 1
STEP 1: Take the Airport Line and alight at Makkasan Station. STEP 2: Transfer to MRT Blue Line en route to Hua Lamphong. Get off at Silom (Si Lom) Station.
STEP 1: Take the Airport Line and get off at Phyathai (Phaya Thai) Station. STEP 2: Transfer to BTS Sukhumvit Line en route to Bearing and alight at Siam Station. STEP 3 : Transfer to BTS Silom Line en route to Bang Wa) and get off at Saladaeng Station.
BORDER-CROSSING IN THAILAND
Poipet (Thailand) – Aranyaprathet (Cambodia)
BANGKOK – CAMBODIA BORDER CROSSING
Huay Xai (Thailand)/ Chiang Khong (Laos) Koh Lipe (Thailand)/ Langkawi (Malaysia)
ALSO READ: BANGKOK TO CAMBODIA BORDER CROSSING
GETTING AROUND BANGKOK
Getting around Bangkok can be confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to explore the city. There are 6 modes of transportation that you can use:
TRAIN (BTS Skytrain/MRT)
A cheap way to get around Bangkok is via the train (BTS Skytrain/MRT). You can use single-trip tokens or pre-paid Smart Passes. Single Journey tokens will cost you THB 15/PHP 23 (USD 0.45/EURO 4/SGD 0.61/MYR 2) – THB 52/PHP 80 (USD 2/EURO 4/SGD 2/MYR 7) depending on the number of zones you crossed, while the day pass is THB 130/PHP 199 (USD 4/EURO 4/SGD 5/MYR 16). You can purchase tickets from the ticket booth or ticket machines in every station. Always print the receipt or ask for one, you might need it later.
BY CAR RENTAL
- Enjoy a comfortable private charter from Bangkok in a modern air conditioned car (up to 3 people) or a van (up to 10 people)
- Choose between full or half day packages to suit the requirements of your trip
- Plan your own itinerary and let your driver find the shortest route to get there
- Feel safe in the hands of your experienced driver and guide on request (full day charter only)
Thankfully, Uber and Grab are now available in Bangkok that will make commuting hassle-free!
I’ve used taxi in Bangkok a few times, I just hail one and they automatically turn on the meter. If they don’t, insist on using it or get out and hail another cab. Do not approach the ones parked near Khao San Road, they don’t use the meter! Flag down is THB 35/PHP 53 (USD 1/EURO 0.89/SGD 1.43/MYR 35), and usually cost me around THB 70/PHP 107 (USD 2/EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 9) to THB 100/PHP 153 (USD 3/EURO 3/SGD 4/MYR 13).
BANGKOK SCAM ALERT (FLAT FARE TAXI): When you ride a taxi and the driver refuses to turn on the meter saying it’s a flat fare taxi. The driver will most likely charge you about 3 times the usual meter rate. Get off and hail another cab.
The Chao Phraya express boat is usually a cheap way to get to the Grand Palace complex and Wat Pho, not to mention you will avoid traffic. Meanwhile, the Saen Saep express boat is popular among locals for daily commute.
IMPORTANT: If you are a female, do not sit next to a monk on a boat (or any public transportation) or stand in the same area of the boat. Do not touch them or their things. It is frowned upon.
BANGKOK SCAM ALERT (TBH 10 or TBH 20 Tuktuk Ride): Don’t believe when a local approaches you and tells you that ferry is not frequent and will leave at certain times of the day only. He will then hail a tuktuk to take you around for about TBH 20/PHP 30 (USD 0.90/EURO 0.76/ SGD 1.22/MYR 4) but instead of taking you directly to your destination, the driver will take you to different travel agencies and shops. TBH 30 is a small amount but if you are pressed for time, this can ruin your itinerary.
You can charter a long-tail boat to explore Khlong Bangkok Noi and other canals in Thonburi. Negotiate the price first before leaving.
I’ve used the bus a few times before, it can be confusing. It’s a cheap way to get around Bangkok, however I won’t really recommend this because you might get lost if you don’t know where to get off.
There are motorbikes that can take you to your destination (short-distances). I’ve used this a few times to get to my hotel and evade traffic. They are mostly wearing helmet and uniforms and parked at the BTS/MRT Stations or bus stop. The fares are clearly posted, so make sure you read them or ask the driver before hopping on the motorbike. Helmet is provided.
Honestly, I’ve never used a tuktuk before for my Bangkok tour because of the gem scam issue. But a good friend advised me, it is not as bad as he thought. The drivers will add the gem market to the destination (it’s like when you take the tours in Vietnam or Indonesia and they take you to souvenir shops where the driver and the tourist guide get commissions). So it’s still up to you if you will purchase from those gem stores. If you do, they will get a commission. But if you are really hesitant since this will waste your time and ruin your itinerary but you want to experience riding in a tuktuk, you can use it for short distance ride but be wary of another scam the TBH 10 or 20 tuktuk ride. See details below this post (list of Bangkok Scams).
BANGKOK SCAM ALERT (CLOSED FOR TODAY): Don’t believe when a friendly local approaches you and introduces himself as a teacher and then will tell you that the Grand Palace or a certain temple or a certain attraction is closed for a Buddhist holiday or cleaning. He will then hail an accomplice tuktuk to tour you or take you to another temple or attraction. The driver will drive you around to gem stores or shops and get a commission for taking you there. I was told they usually get gas coupons.
BANGKOK TOP ATTRACTIONS
Ko rattanakosin area.
This is where Bangkok’s most important temples are concentrated, including the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Dubbed as the historic center of Bangkok, Rattanakosin established sometime in 1782 when the capital of Thai Kingdom was moved here – Rattanakosin Kingdom, which was the 4th Kingdom of Thailand.
THE GRAND PALACE and WAT PHRA KAEW
When in Bangkok, don’t miss the Grand Palace the official residence of the Kings of Thailand since 1782. This sprawling complex is sprinkled with jaw-dropping buildings, gardens and pavilions.
Address: Na Phra Lan Rd, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Thailand Open Hours: 08:30 AM– 03:30 PM Entrance Fee: THB 500/PHP 764 (USD 15/EURO 13/SGD 20/MYR 63), ticket includes a visit to Wat Phraew and Dusit Palace (you can use within 7 days).
BANGKOK SCAM ALERT: If a local approaches you and tells you the Grand Palace is close for the day and offers to take you to other temples instead. Do not believe him/her. It’s a scam. Go directly to the main entrance.
DRESS CODE: Do not wear shorts or tank tops, it is considered disrespectful. Make sure your legs and shoulders are covered. You can rent sarong near the palace gate in case you failed to comply like me.
HOW TO GET TO THE GRAND PALACE:
STEP 1: Take the Silom Line (BTS Skytrain) and alight at (S6) Saphan Taksin Station.
STEP 2: Hop on the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Ta Chang Pier (No.9). From here, the Grand Palace is about a 5-10 minute walk.
If coming from Khao San Road, the Grand Palace is about 20-30 minute walk. Consult Google Maps for directions. Or just take a taxi or UBER/Grab for about THB 47/PHP 72 (USD 1.42/EURO 1.19/SGD 2/MYR 6).
I’ve tried this route twice but I usually visit other temples along the way. Will write a more detailed Bangkok Walking Tour blog soon.
If coming from the National Stadium, Silom or Lumphini BTS/MRT Station, you can take Bus #47. Fare is about THB 7/PHP 11 (USD 0.21/EURO 0.18/SGD 0.29/MYR 0.89) on weekdays and FREE during weekends.
From Phaya Thai, Hua Lamphong BTS/MRT Station or National Stadium, you may take a cab or UBER/GRAB for about THB 100/PHP 153 (USD 3/EURO 3/SGD 4/MYR 13).
Bangkok Grand Palace and River Cruise Sightseeing Half Day Tour
- See the best of Bangkok on an immersive tour of the city with a professional guide
- Take a relaxing cruise down Chao Phraya River and view iconic Bangkok landmarks
- Have lunch at Wang Lang Market, a truly local place and a street food haven
- Transportation between sights and English speaking guide services are included
Join in tour Air conditioned vehicle with free WiFi on board Professional licensed English/Chinese/Japanese/Korean speaking guide All admission fees as mentioned in the program (THB500) Boat ride at the floating market Insurance provided by the operator
Nearby the Grand Palace is another famous temple – Wat Pho, known for its gigantic reclining Buddha. But more than that, Wat Pho is actually the earliest public education center in Thailand. Interestingly, the Epigraphic Archives of Wat Pho (Temple of the Bodhi Tree) in Bangkok has been recognised by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme.
Address : 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Sub district, Pranakorn District, Bangkok Open Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Entrance Fee: THB 100/PHP 153 (USD 3/EURO 3/SGD 4/MYR 13)
HOW TO GET TO WAT PHO:
See directions above for getting to The Grand Palace. Wat Pho is near Tha Tien Pier adjacent to the Grand Palace but it is located on the other side of the entrance gate.
WAT ARUN Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon Open Hours: 8:00 AM -6:30 PM Entrance Fee: THB 100/PHP 153 (USD 3/EURO 3/SGD 4/MYR 13)
HOW TO GET TO WAT ARUN:
See directions above to get to the Grand Place. Then ride the boat to Wat Arun at Than Tien Pier near the Grand Palace. Fare is THB 4/PHP 6 (USD 0.12/EURO 0.10/SGD 0.16/MYR 0.51). Boat leaves every 10-15 minutes from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
CHAO PHRAYA PRINCESS CRUISE
- View historic Bangkok landmarks, such as the Emerald Buddha Temple and Grand Palace, by night on a grand cruise ride
- Hark back to the 80s and 90s with a live band, performing hits by ABBA, Donna Dummer and the Supremes
- Enjoy the Bangkok nightscape and take in the cool breeze from the perch of the boat deck, overlooking the famous Chao Phraya River
- Indulge in a gourmet buffet of Thai delicacies as well as international favorites
Dusit is the the administrative center of Thailand, this is where the royal palace is located, as well as the magnificent Dusit Palace, Vimanmek Teakwood Mansion and Marble Palace.
DUSIT PALACE (Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall)
Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall is my favorite building in Bangkok because of the intricate paintings on its ceiling and the surreal Arts of the Kingdom exhibit.
Address: U-Thong Nai Road, Bangkok, Thailand
- As of October 1, 2017, the Dusit Palace is indefinitely closed and the Arts of the Kingdom exhibit will be moved to Ayutthaya.
Entrance Fee: THB 150/PHP 229 (USD 5/EURO 4/SGD 6/MYR 19). But if you have the Grand Palace Ticket, it is included in the ticket so long as you pay a visit within 7 days.
DRESS CODE: Do not wear shorts or tank tops and make sure your legs and shoulders are covered. You can rent sarong near the palace gate in case you failed to comply like me.
IMPORTANT: Photography is not allowed inside, you need to deposit your bags including your camera and phone.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: Vinmamek Mansion, Marble Temple
HOW TO GET TO DUSIT PALACE
The most convenient is to get there by Uber/Grab or Taxi. If coming from the Grand Palace to Dusit Palace (type Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Uber) fare is around TBH 145/PHP 221 (USD 4.35/EURO 3.68/SGD 6/MYR 18).. If coming from Khao San Road to Dusit Palace (type Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Uber), fare is about TBH 112/PHP 171 (USD 3.36/EURO 3/SGD 5/MYR 14).
But if you want to save a few bucks, you can ride the BTS Skytrain to Victory Moment Station and ride air-conditioned bus 12 or 515 to Dusit Palace at Ratchawithi Road. Alternatively, you can take the BTS Skytrain to Rajchathevi Station and ride bus 16.
If you are coming the Old City, take air-conditioned bus 70 to the Dusit Palace. You can hail bus 70 at Sanam Luang near the Grand Palace. If you are at Khao San Road area, you can hail bus 70 at Ratchadamnoen Klang Road. Then, alight outside the Royal Elephant National Museum at Uthong Nai Road. To be sure, ask the locals where to get off.
You can also take bus #3/9/32/43/64/65/524 and alight at Thewet Market or The National Library. Then, you can reach Dusit Palace on foot.
VINMAMEK TEAK MANSION (Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall)
What makes Vimanmek Mansion special, which is a former royal villa in Bangkok, is entire museum was built out of golden teak. Today, the mansion has been turned into a museum that is open to the public.
Address: 16 Rajvithi Rd, Khwaeng Dusit, Khet Dusit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
Update: Building is closed for renovation.
Address: 69 Nakornpathom Rd Dusit, Bangkok Open Hours: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM Entrance Fee: THB 20/PHP 31 (USD 0.60/EURO 0.10/SGD 0.20/MYR 3)
KHAO SAN ROAD AREA
Khao san road.
WAT SAKET (GOLDEN MOUNT TEMPLE)
Open Hours: 8:00 AM -5:00 PM Entrance Fee: THB 20/PHP 31 (USD 0.60/EURO 0.10/SGD 0.20/MYR 3)
HOW TO GET TO THE GOLDEN MOUNT (WAT SAKET)
This is near The Grand Palace and Khao San Road. STEP 1: Ride the BTS Sky Train to Ratchathewi Station (N1) (Sukhumvit Line). Take Exit 1 and upon exiting turn around and walk straight ahead to Khlong Saen Seab. STEP 2: Ride the long tail boat from the pier to Phan Fha Pier at Wat Saket.
WAT SUTHAT AND THE GIANT SWING
Open Hours: 9:00 AM -4:00 PM Entrance Fee: THB 20/PHP 31 (USD 0.60/EURO 0.10/SGD 0.20/MYR 3)
OTHER BANGKOK ATTRACTIONS
ASIATIQUE SKY FERRIS WHEEL
- Marvel at the spectacular bird’s eye views of Bangkok city from clean and comfy, air-conditioned cabins
- Enjoy 3 full rotations on the Ferris Wheel
- Located at Asiatique the Riverfront, an open air mall with a range of entertainment, shopping and dining options
How to get to Asiatique:
Take the BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin [S6]. From Saphan Taksin Station, take exit 2 to the pier, about 80 steps. Take the ferry to Aisiatique. Ferry runs from 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM. The free ferry runs until 8:00 PM only, so from 8:01 PM to 11:00 PM, you need to pay for the ferry.
MUAY THAI LIVE
- Witness fight scenes straight out of the big screen – in this live show on stage!
- See jaw-dropping martial arts moves in this tale about Thai boxing
- Experience the action up close with a Premium ticket
- Enjoy refreshments outside the venue before the show begins
BANGKOK DAY TOURS AND SIDE TRIPS
Damnoen saduak floating market.
- Discover Thailand’s most popular floating market without any forced shopping stops along the way
- Steer your boat down the narrow winding canals and explore one of Thailand’s oldest traditions
- Get a few souvenirs for friends back home and take beautiful pictures of the bustling floating market
- Learn all about the floating market’s long history from your professional guide
Join in tour Air-conditioned vehicle with free WiFi on board Professional licensed guide All admission fees as mentioned in the program Boat ride in floating market Insurance provided by operator
- Visit the neighboring seaside city of Pattaya and explore its scenic beaches on a day trip from Bangkok!
- Take a boat trip to Coral Island and explore its sparkling white beaches and crystal clear waters
- Enjoy fun-filled water activities such as jet ski, parasailing, sea walking, snorkeling and more!
- Experience Pattaya’s vibrant and bustling night life as you stroll along Pattaya Beach Road
- An English, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean speaking guide is available to guide you!
- Learn about the rich, enchanting history of Buddhism with visits to three of the most important temples in Ayutthaya – Wat Mahathat, Wat Phra Si Sanphet and Wat Lokayasutharam
- Discover the former glory and grandeur of Ayutthaya with a visit to Bang Pa-In Summer Palace
- Take a ride around the mystical city of Ayutthaya on a motor boat and marvel at the ancient ruins and structures
- Savor a delicious local lunch at Ayutthaya Floating Market while watching a Thai cultural show
Join in tour Air conditioned vehicle with free WiFi onboard Professional English/Chinese/Korean/Japanese-speaking guide All admission fees Boat ride Insurance provided by the operator
THINGS TO DO IN HUA HIN
- Visit Thailand’s famous markets on an immersive day trip from Bangkok
- Watch a train pass through the middle of a bustling market – Maeklong Railway Market
- Relax at the authentic weekend market of Amphawa, frequented by the locals
- See the iconic Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, the most popular market in Thailand (Three Markets Tour only)
- Learn about the history and culture of these iconic markets from your informative guide
Join in tour Air conditioned vehicle with free Wi-Fi on board Professional licensed English/Chinese/Korean/Japanese speaking guide All admission fees as mentioned in the program Boat ride at the floating market Insurance provided by operator
Kanchanaburi Custom Tour from Bangkok
- Hike in one of Thailand’s best nature preserves and jump into the emerald pools of the 7 tier Erawan Falls in Erawan National Park
- Cross the Bridge over River Kwai, setting for the namesake World War 2 movie
- Visit WW2 memorials of Kanchanaburi, where the infamous Burma Death Railway was built with POW labor
- Hike through Hellfire Pass and walk in the footsteps of the thousands of Aussie POWs who cut through the mountain rock by hand
- Choose from a 1-2 day customizable trip in Kanchanaburi to see everything the province has to offer or just your favorites
Private customizable tour 12 hour charter service (per day) Experienced driver Air conditioned vehicle Fuel costs Toll charges Car seat available upon request Guide (optional) Insurance provided by operator
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Where to shop in bangkok.
This famed 8 storied mall is packed with over 2,000 shops selling clothes, bags, accessories, electronic gadgets, mobile phones and cameras. Prices are negotiable here.
Address: Phayathai Rd, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon Open Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00PM
HOW TO GET TO MBK MALL:
Ride the BTS Skytrain and get off at National Stadium Station. MBK can be reached on foot from there.
CHATUCHAK WEEKEND MARKET
If you like bargain hunting then Chatuchak Market is for you. You can find almost everything you need here at bargain prices. You can even purchase in wholesale price.
Address: 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon Open Hours: Saturday and Sunday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
HOW TO GET TO CHATUCHAK WEEKEND MARKET
Take the BTS Skytrain and alight at Mo Chit station. Take Exit 1 and follow the crowd until you see stalls selling apparels. Turn right and continue to follow the crowd. You should see a small entrance to the Chatuchak Mark.
Terminal 21 houses over 600 shops in its 9 floors selling everything you can possibly need. What’s unique about this mall is each floor features different cities like Tokyo, London, Paris, Hollywood, Caribbean, Istanbul and San Francisco.
Address: 88 Soi Sukhumvit 19, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon Open Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
HOW TO GET TO TERMINAL 21: Take the BTS Skytrain and alight at Asok.
PLATINUM FASHION MALL
If you’re in Bangkok on weekdays but you missed the Chatuchak Market, you can find dirt cheap clothes and other apparels at Platinum Fashion Mall instead.
Address: 10400, 644/3 Phetchaburi Rd, Thanon Phetchaburi, Ratchathewi, Bangkok Open Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
HOW TO GET TO PLATINUM MALL:
Take the BTS skytrain and alight at Chidlom Station. Take exit 9 and walk through Ratchaprasong Skywalk. Turn right to enter Gaysorn Plaza Building.
Pantip Plaza is the place to be if you like to shop for mobile phones, cameras, software, computer accessories, software and hardware and other electronic gadgets that won’t empty your wallet.
Address: New Phetchaburi Road in Ratchathewi district, Bangkok Open Hours: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM HOW TO GET TO PANTIP PLAZA:
Take the BTS Skytrain and alight at BTS Chidlom Station. Hire a tuk-tuk or cab/ UBER/Grab to take you to Pantip Plaza. Alternatively, you may also walk 10 minutes down Ratchadamri Road past Central World on your left, over the Saen Saeb canal and then turn left on Phetburi Road. Walk for about two blocks to Pantip Plaza, which you should see on your left. Use Google Maps.
Central World is the largest shopping mall in Thailand, and one of the largest in the world. You can find almost everything you need here. The mall has easy access to Erawan Shrine and Trimurti Shrine.
Address: 4, 4/1-4/2, 4/4 Ratchadamri Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon Open Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
HOW TO GET TO CENTRAL WORLD Take the BTS SkyTrain and get off at E1 Chit Lom Station (Sukhumvit Line). Take Exit 9 for Skybridge to Gaysorn Plaza and cross road to Central World via flyover.
SIAM PARAGON, SIAM DISCOVERY AND SIAM CENTRE Address: 991 1 Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon Open Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
This is the first mall I visited in Bangkok since it’s pretty accessible, just in front of Siam BTS Skytrain. Siam Paragon has over 250 shops that caters to high-end shoppers. Madame Tussauds is located on the 6th Floor of Siam Paragon.
MADAME TUSSAUDS BANGKOK (WAX MUSEUM)
HOW TO GET TO SIAM PARAGON:
Take the BTS Skytrain and alight at Siam BTS Skytrain station. You won’t miss the mall because it is just in front of the station.
BUDGET HOTELS IN BANGKOK
Silom is the financial district of Bangkok. It is also a good base due to the wealth of budget hotels here plus access to MRT link to Hualamphong Station. Also check out the old backpacker neighborhood near Lumphini Park packed with affordable rooms.
Lub d Bangkok Silom Hostel
4 Decho Road Suriyawong Bangrak, Silom, Bangkok, Thailand
HQ Hostel Silom
5/3-4, Silom Soi 3, Silom Road, Bangrak, Silom, Bangkok
Hostel Na Nara
72,74 Narathiwasratchanakarin Road, Silom, Silom, Bangkok, Thailand
(KHAO SAN ROAD AREA)
Khao San Road is Bangkok’s backpacker’s mecca. It is dappled with hostels, guesthouses and budget hotels Everything you could possibly need is available here.
The warehouse bangkok .
120 Bunsiri Road, San Chao Por Sua, Phra Nakhon, Khaosan, Bangkok, Thailand
BAAN DINSO 2
78/3 Ratchadamnoen Klang Road Pranakorn Borvornnivate, Khaosan
Sumkhumvit has a a wealth of budget and mid-range accomodations too. Also, it is pretty accessible as it is on the MRT links to the BTS and MRT Lines. It is also near the Eastern (Ekamai) bus station and the MRT links to Hualamphong Station.
Chan Cha La 99 Hostel
75 Soi 22, Sukhumvit Rd., Klongton, Klongtoey, Sukhumvit, Bangkok
Oneday Hostel Sukhumvit 26
*Take note that the Philippines is 1 hour ahead of Bangkok, Thailand.
BANGKOK ITINERARY 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS (BANGKOK + AYUTTHAYA)
Here’s a sample 4 days 3 nights Bangkok itinerary with side trip to Ayutthaya. Feel free to tweak this depending on your budget and schedule.
BANGKOK ITINERARY 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS
(bangkok + pattaya).
Here’s a sample 4 days 3 nights Bangkok itinerary with side trip to Pattaya. Feel free to tweak this depending on your budget and schedule.
ALSO READ: BANGKOK ITINERARY
Bangkok budget/cost, bangkok budget for 4 days 3 nights, (bangkok + ayutthaya).
Here’s a sample trip budget if you follow the Bangkok Itinerary 4 day 3 nights (Bangkok + Ayutthaya) above.
If you opt for Pattaya day trip instead of Ayutthaya day tour, you can replace the Ayutthaya budget with Pattaya City & Coral Island Day Tour from Bangkok with Klook for about THB/PHP 2,083 (USD 41/EURO 35/SGD 55/MYR 173). Total expenses for a 4 days 3 nights Bangkok trip if you follow the 2nd itinerary above is roughly TBH 6,026.03 / PHP 9,219/ USD 1180.26/EURO 153.46/SGD 246/MYR 764.
If you plan to do a 5 Day 4 night Bangkok trip, then you can do both Pattaya and Ayutthaya as side trips.
It is very important to abide by the Thailand laws listed below to avoid getting into serious trouble. Better be safe than sorry.
- Never disrespect Thailand’s King, Queen, Heir or Regent by insulting them or defacing images of the monarchy (such as stepping on a bank note). It’s a serious offense that can result in 3 to 15 years in prison. This offense is known as Lèse majesté in Thailand, based on Thai Criminal Code section 112.
- Never step on the bank note. It is a serious offense.
- Illegal drugs (using, carrying, transporting or producing) is punishable by death sentence.
- The drinking age in Thailand is 20. Drinking alcohol is illegal in the following locations in Thailand: temples or places of worship, public offices, public parks, pharmacies, petrol stations and education institutions.
- Do not throw chewing gum on the ground (be careful when you spit it, make sure it goes to the trash can!). If caught, there’s a hefty fine and you can be jailed.
- Do not litter in Thailand, you can be fined THB 2,000 if you’re caught.
BANGKOK TRAVEL TIPS
- Take off your shoes when you enter a temple.
- Tuck your feet under you so that they are not pointing at anyone or anything when you are sitting on the floor.
- Never take photos of people while they are praying and do not have your picture taken with a Buddha image.
- Visitors are not allowed to enter a temple wearing revealing clothes like tank tops and shorts or skirts above the knees. Good thing, most temples will have sarong or pants for visitors to borrow.
- Female should never touch a monk or hand him anything directly. When offering alms, place it on a table for the monk to pick up. Also, do not sit next to a monk on a boat (or any public transportation) or stand in the same area of the boat. Do not touch them or their things.
- (CLOSED FOR TODAY/GEM SCAM): Don’t believe when a friendly local approaches you and introduces himself as a teacher and then will tell you that the Grand Palace or a certain temple or a certain attraction is closed for a Buddhist holiday or cleaning. He will then hail an accomplice tuktuk to tour you or take you to another temple or attraction. The driver will drive you around to gem stores or shops and get a commission for taking you there. I was told they usually get gas coupons.
- (TBH 10 or TBH 20 Tuktuk Ride): Don’t believe when a local approaches you and tells you that ferry is not frequent and will leave at certain times of the day only. He will then hail a tuktuk to take you around for about TBH 20/PHP 30 (USD 0.90/EURO 0.76/ SGD 1.22/MYR 4) but instead of taking you directly to your destination, the driver will take you to different travel agencies and shops. TBH 30 is a small amount but if you are pressed for time, this can ruin your itinerary.
- (FLAT FARE TAXI): When you ride a taxi and the driver refuses to turn on the meter saying it’s a flat fare taxi. The driver will most likely charge you about 3 times the usual meter rate. Get off and hail another cab.
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You are a blessing!! Thank you!! I’m about to go to Bangkok on the 2nd and my friend just frigging ditched me.. Thank you!!!!
welcome. enjoy Bangkok! 🙂
Hi! i just want to say thank you for posting this. It will make our trip so much easier and less hassle.
Keep it up!
welcome. enjoy your trip, Patricia! 🙂
Hello Ms. Gael, thank you very very much for this detailed and informative travel blog for Bangkok. I am planning to go there this end of October till 1st week of November, 2018 to meet my Indian friend and to celebrate also my birthday there. It will be our first time to travel in Bangkok, I hope it will be very memorable for us. I super appreciate this blog. Thank you! (^_^)
Awww! Really appreciate you dropping by! Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoy your Bangkok trip! Safe travels always! 🙂
Hi Gael, heaidng to Bangkok in two days from Canada. Last minute trip for 11 days. Very excited and I’m glad that I found your blog, some great ideas!
Welcome! Enjoy Bangkok! 🙂
I’ll be going to Bangkok this May and I am a bit nervous since this will be my first time to travel alone. But thank God, I found this detailed blog post. Thank you so much! <3
Planning my First Trip outside the Philippines. Thanks a Lot. 🙂🙂🙂
Welcome! Excited for you! Have fun! 🙂
Hi thanks for the Tip. Super great help.
Can I ask a question. For any car or van hire in thailand in Klook, is it per vehicle or per person for the price? Just confused.
rate for car or van hire via klook is usually per vehicle. 🙂
for the car rental usually it’s per vehicle. click the link on the blog for more details. 🙂
I use this as my reference for our trip in Bangkok next week! You’re great! 🙂
Thank you! Enjoy! 🙂
Hi! I was wondering if there was an error with the post? Your sample itinerary for Bangkok+Ayutthaya is missing, instead the budget breakdown for Bangkok+Ayutthaya was doubled. I hope to see the itinerary for Ayutthaya. Your post is very helpful, more power! ^^
Thank you for that pointing that out. Apologies. I fixed it already. 🙂
Hello! may i ask if what is advisable? using a 4g sim or renting a pocket wifi? thanks.
if you are alone, you can just use a sim card since it’s cheaper. Pocket wifi id advisable for those traveling in groups
Wow! This is amazing! I’ll use this itinerary on my Bangkok trip. This is very helpful. Thank you for taking time to share your wonderful experience. More power!
welcome! hope you enjoyed Bangkok! 🙂
This would really help for our future thailand trip, but which most you suggest place to stay??? Near the victory mall and airport.
Can you also post any travel tips if we’ll DIY our trip to Ayutthaya? 🙂
I’ll work on that 🙂
This is very, very helpful! I am currently working on the itinerary for our Bangkok trip this September 🙂
Hi, Is there a “show money/proof of fund” at Thai Immigration? Thank you!
Supposedly, but usually they ask those who’ve been crossing back and forth sa Thailand for visa run.
I got a lot of useful information here! We will be traveling to Bangkok next week. Hihi. Will share my itinerary as well. Thanks a lot 🙂
Welcome. Enjoy Bangkok! 🙂
Love how detailed this guide is. I actually send this to my mom since she’s going to BKK with her friends. She couldn’t thank me enough cause she’s able to fill up their itinerary.
Awww. Glad was able to help! Hope she enjoys her trip! Thanks for dropping by! 🙂
Saan po may bilihan ng murang mga damit? 🙂
Sa Chatuchak Market 🙂
Bangkok is a great place to hangout. Really you have shared a great piece of information for Bangkok travelers. Your post is too long, but it is worth reading it. Good luck and keep writing!
Thank you for reading! Safe travels! 🙂
I went to Bangkok last year, but was only in for about a day and a half total as I was going south towards Chumphon. I love this guide and am looking forward to implementing it on my next trip in Bangkok! You sound very knowledgeable about the city and getting around.
these kind of blog are so much informative and surely so much helpful for the bloggers that are really needed to be the at best part.
What’s your advice for first time female travellers planning to visit Bangkok? I’m really scared and I dont know if I should still push through my plans. 🙁
Bangkok is safe naman for solo female travelers. Traveled there many times alone. You can read this guide to help you plan your trip 🙂
This is really helpful.Thank you.
welcome. enjoy Bangkok!
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Bangkok, Thailand: The Ultimate Travel Guide To The Capital Of Thailand
Updated: Mar 16
Bangkok is located in the center of Thailand. As a convenient and major transport hub, it’s usually the first place you’ll visit on your trip around the country. And while Bangkok is noisy, crowded, and overwhelming at times, it’s also exciting and fascinating. You can find an abundance of vibrant food markets, historic temples and palaces, and excellent nightlife. In this article, we highlight the most important things to know before going, where to stay, where to eat, the 10 best things to do in Bangkok for your first or second visit, and the best day trips from Bangkok.
Check out our video on Bangkok to see the best things to do through our camera!
Table Of Contents
Important things to know, where to stay in bangkok.
Where To Eat And Drink in Bangkok
Best Things To Do In Bangkok + map
Day trips from Bangkok
Tips to save money and other resources
Best time to travel to Bangkok
The best time to visit Bangkok is between November and March . In this period the weather will not be as warm and humid as normal while also not being too cold. Because the weather is best in this period this is also the busiest period! The rainy season in Bangkok usually starts around late June and continues to early October. During its peak in July and August, flash flooding is not uncommon as the rainwater channels through the streets looking for a place to escape.
Cost and currency
Bangkok is a bit more expensive than other places in Thailand but it's still very affordable compared to countries in Europe and North America. Food can vary from cheap (street food stalls) to expensive (Michelin-star restaurants or rooftop bars). Also, hotels are affordable as long as you don't go for extremely luxurious 5-star hotels.
How to get around Bangkok
If you want to save some money on transportation, we recommend taking the MRT metro or BTS Skytrain for longer distances in the city. The traffic in Bangkok is horrible, so it’s not only the cheapest but also the quickest way to move around, especially during rush hour! You can also download the “Grab” or the "Bolt" App to book a ride (it's a ride hailing App like Uber).
Safety in Bangkok
Bangkok is a fairly safe city . Just as in every other big city you have to watch out for scams and petty theft but as tourists these are the only things you need to watch out for. Also, some people will try to rip you off, including taxi drivers who refuse to turn on their meters . You can avoid this by asking the price before getting into the taxi or simply using Grab or Bolt so you know how much you're paying for a ride. Avoiding travel scams requires some common sense and a healthy dose of suspicion.
The best place to stay for your first time in Bangkok is in the Old Town (Khao San & Banglamphu area are close to most attractions) or Sukhumvit area (modern area that is well-connected with public transportation). These are our top picks:
Nappiness Hotel - SHA ExtraPlus : this is the hotel that we stayed at and would definitely recommend! It's located right in the heart of Banglamphu in the Old Town and had comfy beds and shower for an affordable price.
Nouvo City Hotel : modern boutique accommodation in Bangkok's Khaosan Area, a 10-minute walk from lively Banglamphu Market. It also has a rooftop pool with sun loungers.
Baan Noppawong: beautiful colonial house in the Old Town. The rooms are clean and very comfy.
Sacha's Hotel Uno SHA: Ideally located in Sukhumvit, this hotel is minutes away from Bangkok's business and financial districts, commercial district and transportation links.
Where To Eat And Drink
Food markets in bangkok.
Tha Pra Chan & Banglamphu
Petchaburi Soi 5
Bang Khun Non (near Taling Chan floating market)
Khao San Road
Restaurants in Bangkok
There are a lot of great restaurants in Bangkok and you're guaranteed to find a great place around almost every corner. That said, here are some of our favorite picks in the Old Town area, close to the city's attractions!
Thip Samai : well-known for its delicious pad Thai
Raan Jay Fai : famous Michelin-star street food spot, but you need to come early to put your name down. This is Bangkok’s first street food stall to be awarded a Michelin star in 2018!
Pat café : affordable and good quality food
Eagle Nest : good rooftop bar with beautiful view over the river
The Deck : good rooftop bar and restaurant but more expensive
1608 cafe and bistro : waterfront restaurant that seems to attract locals but a bit pricey (lots of food options)
Saiwatana : near Wat Pho temple and good local lunch
Best Things To Do In Bangkok
If you're traveling to Bangkok and want to save time searching for directions to all of the places we mention in this article, then look no further than our custom map. Simply click on a point in the map below to get directions there for yourself!
Let's now jump into the 10 best things to do in Bangkok!
10. Try the street food
One of the first things you should do in Bangkok is try the diverse street food. You’ll find food stalls all around the city center, offering local cuisine that is both affordable and delicious. A dish generally costs between $1 to $3 and ranges from small snacks like barbecued chicken and steamed dumplings, to the famous Pad Thai and tasty sweet mango sticky rice. Some of the most diverse street food can be found in Chinatown (also called Yaowarat) , Banglamphu , and around Khao San Road .
9. Admire the Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is Bangkok’s most impressive and popular tourist attraction . Established in 1782, this complex was the royal residence for generations and is still used for important ceremonies today. The royal compound is enormous, covering over 200,000 square meters or 2 million square feet. The highlight is undoubtedly the colorful “ Temple of the Emerald Buddha ” (Wat Phra Kaew) . Keep in mind that when visiting Buddhist temples, you should dress appropriately to respect the culture, which means shoulders and anything above the knees should be covered up.
8. See the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
Located only a few blocks from the Grand Palace, Wat Pho is a beautiful Buddhist temple that can easily be combined with your palace visit. Known as one of Bangkok’s oldest temples, this place has a rich history and is home to an impressive Reclining Buddha , measuring 46 meters or 147 ft in length and 15 meters or 49 ft in height. We visited later in the day and were greeted with Chinese New Year celebrations and Buddhist ceremonies. Wat Pho is also home to one of the earliest massage schools. You can get one of the best massages here!
7. Visit a floating market
For a more entertaining market experience, you should head to one of the floating markets near Bangkok. Located on a series of canals, these vibrant markets sell fresh and delicious foods as well as handcrafted souvenirs. The most popular floating market is Damnoen Saduak , which is about a 1.5 hour drive from the city center of Bangkok. A visit here is usually combined with the Maeklong Railway Market , where trains pass by a few times per day. We enjoyed this tour as it was something we had never experienced before.
But if you want to stay closer to the city, you can also choose to visit floating markets closer to the downtown area, such as Taling Chan and Wat Sai floating market . They are easier to access by public transportation, but make sure to check opening hours before going.
6. Take a stroll in Lumpini park
For a true escape from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, take a stroll in Lumpini Park. This big green oasis offers several lawn areas, paved walking paths, trees, playgrounds, and an artificial lake where you can rent boats . Since the park is located in modern Bangkok, skyscrapers rise all around it. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon enjoying the fresh air and shade.
5. Get a view over Bangkok
Another great thing to do in modern-day Bangkok is to get an elevated view of the city. And when it comes to rooftop bars and restaurants, you have a lot of choices. We visited the Mahanakhon building , home to Bangkok’s highest observation deck , which provides spectacular views of the city and river. There is also a glass ceiling that you can stand on to look down on the buildings below as well as a bar and seating area . The best time to visit is in the early evening when the sun slowly sets over Bangkok. But be aware that this is also the busiest time! Alternatively, you can head to one of the many rooftop bars in the city, such as Sky Bar, View Rooftop Bar Bangkok, and Yào Rooftop Bar.
4. Explore lesser-known Buddhist Temples
With roots steeped in centuries-old history and Buddhist culture, you can find hundreds of temples in Bangkok. In addition to visiting the most popular ones, it’s also worth visiting less well-known temples. We visited the Golden Mount and Loha Prasat in the Banglamphu area in downtown Bangkok with a local guide. While embracing the local culture with its unique traditions and beliefs, we saw Bangkok from a different perspective and got a real insight into the history of Thailand. We highly recommend getting a local guide at least once during your visit.
3. Experience Khao San Road
You can’t leave Bangkok without visiting its infamous backpacker district. Khao San Road is a vibrant street, packed with hostels, food vendors, clothing stalls, bars, restaurants, and travelers from every corner of the globe. It’s colorful, loud, and exciting in its own way. If you’re feeling adventurous, try some of the fried insects, such as grubs or scorpions. After having a few Chang beers at the bars, the insects might become a little more enticing!
2. Shop at Chatuchak Weekend Market
Known as Thailand’s largest market, Chatuchak comes alive every weekend. On Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm , thousands of shops open their doors to sell food, clothing, souvenirs, and home goods . It’s a great place to mingle with locals and shop for souvenirs at a more affordable price than the tourist areas in Bangkok. You can easily get here by metro as the market is next to the MRT Station called Kamphaeng Phet station.
1. Watch the sunset over the Chao Phraya River & Wat Arun
Flowing through Bangkok, the Chao Phraya River is the city’s lifeblood. During the day, many locals use the ferries and boats to commute to work here, and during the early evening, the city lights up with beautiful colors. From one of the rooftop bars next to the river ( Eagle’s Nest or The Deck Restaurant at Arun Residence ), you can watch the sunset over Wat Arun . It’s a great way to end the day! And if you’re looking for some more excitement, it’s also possible to take a dinner cruise down the river.
Additional things to do in Bangkok
There are a few things to do in Bangkok we didn’t mention that are definitely worth doing if you have some extra time in Bangkok:
Visit Jim Thompson House
Get a Thai massage
Shop at Asiatique: the Riverfront
Watch a Muay Thai match
Visit the Bangkok National Museum
Street art of Talat Noi
While Bangkok will easily keep you busy for a few days, it’s also worth exploring some of the amazing places nearby.
Day trip to Ayutthaya
One of the best day trips goes to the country’s former capital Ayutthaya, located only 1.5 hours to the north of Bangkok . Here, you’ll find remarkable temple ruins that date from between the 14th and 18th centuries.
Day trip to Kanchanaburi & Erawan National Park
Another great day adventure is to the historic Kanchanaburi and breathtaking Erawan National Park, where you can find one of Thailand’s most beautiful waterfalls . The movie “Bridge Over the River Kwai” put this place on the map, but Kanchanaburi is in fact way more than that. We highly recommend staying a few days if you can! We have a full video about the best things to do in Kanchanaburi , so check it out if you’re considering going there!
Use These Websites To Save Money On Your Trip To Bangkok
Booking.com for places to stay
Skyscanner for cheap flights
GetYourGuide for local tours
Rentalcars.com for affordable car rentals
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