Bangkok the capital city of Thailand is one of the most visited cities in the world. From grandeur architecture to museums, parks, and grand shopping malls Bangkok has everything to offer.
There are so many things to do in Bangkok but in 3 days you can at least get a glimpse of the city. It can be quite intense, though as Bangkok is hot, humid, congested and polluted. Some people don’t like it all. But Bangkok has so much to offer you are going end up enjoying your visit to this amazing city.
A guest post by Anna from Hammock Stories
Bangkok Itinerary – Day 1
The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings comprising of royal apartments, temples and government offices. The Grand Place with over 200 years of history has served as the official residence of the Kings of Siam and is still a venue for royal ceremonies and state functions. The prominent feature of the palace complex is the eclectic architectural styles of the numerous buildings and pavilions set around the gardens and courtyards.
The temple popularly known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is part of the Grand Palace complex. Wat Pho is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok and known for the largest collection of Buddha images in any temple complex.
The temple enshrines a huge statue of Buddha in reclining position and holds the remains of King Rama-I who built the temple.
The Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew
Another popular temple in the palace premises is the Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Wat Phra Kaew enshrines an emerald statue of Buddha clothed in gold.
MBK Shopping Center
The Siam area in Bangkok is best known for its great shopping opportunities. It’s bustling with shopping centers, ranging from cheaper ones to the very exclusive ones. MBK shopping center is an institution already! It has got rows and rows of small shops, product range from clothes to electronics, make up to jewelry, souvenirs to cosmetics and so on. You get the idea. Most of the products are quite cheap as they are not big-name brands.
As a matter of fact, MBK is one of my favorite shopping places for finding inexpensive clothing and souvenirs. When you start feeling tired, you can grab a coffee at one of the numerous cafes they have here or sit down for a proper lunch. They have a food court upstairs and many chain restaurants scattered around the building.
Jim Thompson’s Museum
When you feel that you’ve had enough of trinkets and gizmos you can walk to Jim Thompson’s museum which is just around the corner pretty much. Actually, this is a must thing to do, in my opinion. It is amazing how this beautiful house is nestled in the city center but it’s still like another world. A piece of heaven after coming from the city center with everybody rushing in.
The museum house had guided tours in different languages. To put it short, Jim Thompson was a man who fell in love with Thailand and managed to create a successful Thai silk business before mystically disappearing in Malaysian jungle on his holidays. This place is stunningly beautiful and the guided tours offer a good insight into the life of Jim Thompson. More visitor info here.
Siam Discovery Centre
After some tranquil time at the museum, you might be up for another shopping experience. From the museum, walk first to Siam Centre which is a cool and funky shopping mall just 10 minutes away from Jim Thompson’s museum. They really know how to make amazing malls here in Thailand. The interior design of Siam Centre that is very funky plus they have all kinds of art installations around.
Just 5 minutes walk from Siam Discovery Centre is Siam Paragon worthy of seeing just on it own. It is a new and luxurious mall for people who have more money to spend. They have the typical high street brands available, such as H&M and Gap, but also exclusive design brands, such as Chanel, Prada. My favorite thing here is the food court on the Ground floor, though.
They have all the possible cuisines represented (well, almost at least) and a great choice of cafes, ice-cream bars, and bakeries. I’ve never been able to leave this place empty-handed!
Bangkok Itinerary – Day 2
The National Museum
In Rattanakosin or the Old City as it is also called they have a lot of interesting sights: museums, temples, and the Riverfront are close by as well. You would probably need 3 days to see everything! But let’s concentrate on just a few things.
When I travel, I always try to acquire some information about the places that I’m visiting, whether it be culture, history, language or something else. Hence, my next suggestion would be to visit the National Museum. Beautiful artifacts but you also learn so much about the history of Thailand.
I’d then head towards to the Riverfront area. Chao Phraya river flows through the City of Angels and the boat rides on the waterway are an experience itself. Many tourists are a bit shy to use the water buses but they are often a pleasant and pollution-free way to see the city. There is a new and cozy mall called Tha Maharaj which makes a good spot for coffee or lunch.
The Anatomy Museum
If you are into things peculiar, I’d suggest trying the Anatomy Museum which consists of 5 different museums in a hospital area at the riverbank. I visited it some time ago and really liked it. It is creepy at times and quirky yet very informative and exciting.
If freakish things are not your cup of tea, you have to see the beautiful temple of Wat Arun. The boats for the Siriraj Medical Anatomy Museum and Wat Arun leave next to the Tha Maharaj mall. As at the staff if you are unsure which line to take. They have good maps explaining the waterway stops, though.
Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn in English is a stunning temple and should not be missed. It doesn’t take too long to go round it, though, and one hour is definitely enough. When visiting the temples, remember to have your knees and shoulders covered. You can also bring a sarong and wrap it around you to cover the necessary body parts.
Khao San Road Area
On your way back, go see the infamous backpacker ghetto, Khao San Road area. It’s a bit of a circus but can be fun as well. Once again, you can find cheap clothes, souvenirs and all kinds of trinkets here. Depending on your clothing style, they have ample amounts of bohemian and hippie wear. Remember to bargain! Perhaps you are feeling peckish by now. Have a small snack and sample the Thai dishes they sell around the Khao San Rd or Rambuttri Rd area. Rambuttri road is kind of like the little sister of Khao San Road. A bit quieter but still the same vibe.
I know you must be exhausted by now so perhaps it would be time to have a Thai or a foot massage. The foot massage feels heavenly after walking all day and it’s also fun to watch the tourists who have come from all around the world to see this backpacker mecca. When you are feeling relaxed enough now, I think you have deserved a beer or a glass of wine. It’s also good to eat dinner after the massage and not before. So now you can finally choose one of the restaurants they have around the area.
They have numerous modest looking street food joints here but don’t let the looks deceive you. From my experience, Thai street food is quite safe to eat so don’t deter it even though you are not used to eating on the street.
Bangkok Itinerary – Day 3
Hopefully, you will be In Bangkok on Saturday or Sunday because the Chatuchak (or JJ just for short) weekend market is definitely the place to be! They have everything here! And I really mean everything! Clothes, art, souvenirs, electronics, kitchen supplies, animals and pet supplies. Plus the food section is awesome!
The best way to arrive here is either to take the BTS Skytrain or subway. The earlier you come, the better because it gets really crowded and hot during the day. Most likely you will end up buying many things that you didn’t even think you needed.
When you get back to your hotel, I’m pretty sure that you are a beat by now. Have a rest but hopefully, you will still have a little bit of energy in you. Bangkok has a plethora of rooftop bars and restaurants to suit every budget. In general, obviously, you need to pay a little bit more to be able to enjoy the awesome view.
Bangkok is huge and almost all central areas have at least 1 or 2 rooftop bars. If you don’t want to travel all the way to the other side of the town, you can check the Internet to find out the closest one to you. On my last visit, I went to the Marriot at Ekkamai. Stunning! You get a 360-degree view over the city. Try to make it for sunset to see the scenery change and city lights light up.
Lumphini Park is a large park with trees, playground and jogging tracks which serves as a respite from the city hustle and bustle. There is an artificial lake in the park where one can rent boats. The park also houses a public library and a dance hall.
The park being rich in flora and fauna it is a great location for bird watching, several colorful exotic birds have been spotted and beware you may also find some large lizards roaming freely around the park.
Sukhothai Chocolate Buffet
If you love chocolate like I do, you might want to book a table at the Sukhothai where they have an awesome chocolate buffet on the weekends. It is not only chocolate, though, as it is a high tea type of brunch here. So even if you wouldn’t be a mega choco freak you wouldn’t leave empty-handed (or bellied to be more precise). Check out this post for more information and mouthwatering pictures. So far, it has been one of my favorite experiences in Bangkok and that says a lot.
Ok, folks, this was my take on things to do in Bangkok in 3 days. I hope you find this post useful and enjoy Bangkok. It definitely is one of my favorite cities in the world.
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