Ain’t no party like a 3 day Bangkok itinerary party, am I right?
You probably don’t know just how awesome Bangkok really is yet.
Because, if I had to guess:
I’d say that you’re probably here because you’re looking for a WICKED awesome, Bangkok itinerary and just don’t know where to start.
And I totally get that.
Because planning a 3 day Bangkok Itinerary is HARRDDD, especially if you’re new to the city.
Bangkok is BIG, with a capital “B”; a fact that can make planning your Bangkok itinerary that much harder.
Not to worry because that’s where I come in! Plus, Bangkok is one of the best places to live in Thailand. So yeah, it’s got that going for it too.
In this post, I’m gonna help you plan your time in Bangkok carefully. This way, you can experience as many museums and temples as humanly possible.
I’ll even throw in some epic beer and street food recs so that you can get your foodie swerve on (and drinky drank on if you so choose) while visiting Thailand’s largest city!
All of my advice is super legit since I’ve been to Bangkok several times and have easily spent well over a month there.
The only question that remains is, “Are you ready to get this Bangkok itinerary party started?”.
Because I know I am.
And I’ll do it all while wearing a super fab snuggie since I am the very definition of ANTI-cool.
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Starting Your Bangkok Itinerary: How to Get To and From the Airport!
Getting to and from the airport isn’t exactly the most EXCITING topic of conversation.
It’s essential none the less since well, you’ll probably arrive in Thailand via Bangkok and will, DUH, need to somehow, figure out how to get from the airport to your hotel.
Let me help you do that!
Believe it or not, there are actually two different airports that you could fly into, Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang.
Neither of them is particularly close to the city. WOMP, WOMP, WOMP.
A taxi ride to and from the airport definitely won’t be cheap,
This taxi ride may even burn a Grand Canyon size hole through your pocket.
If you fly into Suvarnabhumi, I’d recommend taking the airport rail link from the airport to your hotel (FYI: the fare to Phayathai Station, which connects to the BTS Skytrain, is 45 Baht (a little over $1) while the fare to Makkasan Station, which connects to the MRT, is 35 Baht (also a little over $1)).
You’ll avoid a whole lot of traffic and simultaneously, save a whole lotta dollar bills.
Talk about a WIN WIN. Sadly though:
A rail link from Don Muang to the center of Bangkok does NOT exist.
You can take an Express, Airport Limo bus to either Lumpini Park or Khao San Road instead (PSST: A single ticket for the airport limo bus costs 150 Baht, or $5, while a ticket for the regular airport bus costs 50 Baht or just over $1.)
Simply get off the bus and transfer to either the BTS Skytrain or to the MRT (underground) to get to your hotel.
This may not be the fastest way to get to and from the airport, but it will definitely help keep your money right where you want it.
And that’s in your pocket, just in case you were wondering!
***For more information about how to get to and from the airport in Bangkok, please check out my post on how to prepare for your first time in Bangkok!***
Bangkok Itinerary 3 Days: Day 1
1. Breakfast at Kopi Hya Tai Kee
When in Thailand:
It’s kind of sort of imperative that you eat as the Thais do.
Feel free to jump right in and don’t waste time mucking around with hostel-made banana pancakes or plain old boiled eggs.
And while basically EVERYTHING here is delicious:
I ordered the veggie, Pad Kra Praow, which was steamed white rice, topped with fuffy, deep-fried egg, and doused in a deliciously wonderful mix of spicy, stir-fried vegetables, and absolutely LOVED it.
Yup, so flippin’ good. Unfortunately though:
There is no rail stop near this restaurant.
It is within walking distance of the central tourist area in Bangkok, making it a perfect place to fuel up before you start your day of sightseeing in Bangkok.
That being said:
If your hotel is situated near a local canal, you can always take a water taxi to Phra Arthit and walk about 15-20 minutes from there.
The closest metro station is Phra Arthit, which is also about a 15-20 minute walk from the restaurant.
Address: Siri Phong Rd, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Hours: Open daily from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
2. The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew
Since you can’t really use public transport to get here from breakfast:
You’re gonna have to suck it up and walk about thirty minutes to the Grand Palace (If you have mobility issues, you can always take a Grab here since it will probably be cheaper than either a tuk-tuk or taxi).
Be wary of anyone who tells you that the Grand Palace is closed (since it’s probably a scam), and marvel at the opulence of the grounds here.
Including more than 100 historic buildings:
Many of the structures here are bedazzled with epic amounts of gold and jewels and are done in the unique style of most ancient, Thai buildings.
The epic amount of bling that you’ll see here is definitely fit for royals since once upon a time, the king actually lived here and still stops by, on occasion, for official events.
And while you can’t actually live like a royal and spend the night:
You can definitely still Instagram it up since The Grand Palace complex is also home to the mesmerizing beauty of Wat Phra Kaew temple (AKA: Temple of the Emerald Buddha), as well as an adjoining museum.
Believe it or not:
The Temple of Emerald Buddha is actually THE most important Buddhist temple in all of Thailand.
You’ll find devote, Buddhist pilgrims flocking here, from all across Asia, just to pay their respects and lay eyes upon the majestic, emerald Buddha that sits inside the ordination hall.
To get a more in-depth understanding of the Grand Palace and its unique history, you can always hire a guide near the entrance or rent an audio guide for 200 Baht (about $6) instead.
But wait, there’s more!
Because included with your Grand Palace admission ticket is entry to a 25-minute long, traditional khon (Thai masked dance) performance at the Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theater, which is about a 20-minute walk from the Grand Palace.
If walking really isn’t your thing, you can always board the free shuttle bus that leaves from the Grand Palace and that takes you to the theater.
Buses will depart about thirty minutes before each performance, which start at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 5:30 pm daily.
***To visit the Grand Palace, men and women MUST wear proper attire. This includes shirts with sleeves, pants/skirts/dresses that cover your knees, and nice shoes (No flip flops! And if you do wear sandals, you must wear socks since bare feet are NOT allowed). However, if you do arrive improperly dressed, you can always rent/buy clothes from a nearby vendor. FYI, you also cannot wear shoes inside the temple and MUST tuck your feet behind you when sitting in front of a Buddha icon since pointing your feet at Buddha is offensive to worshippers.***
Address: Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200
Admission Fee: 500 Baht (a little more than $16)
Hours: Open daily from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
How to Get There: The easiest way to get to The Grand Palace is by boat. Just use the BTS SkyTrain and get off at Saphan Taksin station. From here, walk to Taksin Pier and take a Chao Phraya express boat to Tha Tien Pier (No. 9).
How long to spend: To keep yourself on track for the morning, aim to keep your visit under two hours.
3. Wat Pho
Because the only thing better than visiting one temple is seeing another!
And while there’s really no public transportation available between the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, the walk between the two temples is, thankfully, only about 15 minutes, a distance that i think you can totally handle (But if not, just grab a tuk tuk here instead).
Wat Pho is definitely one of those must-see Bangkok attractions that should already be at the top of your Bangkok itinerary since it is home to the world-famous, Reclining Buddha.
Which is an apt for this structure since that is exactly what this impressive, 46 meters long and 15-meter high statue is doing.
But in case you aren’t already duly impressed:
This exquisite, religious icon is also covered in gold leaf, has mother-of-pearl inlaid into the feet, and is a visual representation of Buddha as he ascends into a state of nirvana, after his death,
The Reclining Buddha isn’t the only thing that’s impressive about Wat Pho.
Because within this massive temple complex, you’ll also find four different chapels that contain something like 394 Buddha images, most of which are made of gold and sitting in the lotus position.
Throughout your visit, do take some time to stroll through the complex and admire the exquisite statuary here, as well as the wealth of amazing stupas that are all adorned with vibrant, almost three-dimensional, ceramic flowers, and tiles.
And like with most Buddhist temples in Thailand:
You MUST dress appropriately before you can enter and have both your shoulders and knees covered.
Despite the sweltering heat, make sure that you’re properly dressed, even if it’s just with a shawl that you can drape over your tank top (If you’re not wearing the right attire, it’s okay because you can always rent a shawl from the temple, for a small fee of course).
Be sure to wear a pair of shoes that you can easily put on and take off since, yeah, you’ll be doing that A LOT in Bangkok.
Because what can I say?
There are just so many temples and so little time!
***PS: Wat Pho is actually home to a highly accredited, international school where students can learn the fine art of traditional, Thai massage. Therefore, Wat Pho is the perfect place for you to stop and get an authentic, Thai massage. However, I’d suggest visiting the school right when you arrive so that you can put your name on the waitlist since wait times here can be quite long.***
Address: 2 Sanam Chai Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Admission Fee: 100 Baht (a little more than $3 USD)
Hours: Open daily from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm.
How to Get There: The easiest way to get to Wat Pho is by boat. Just use the BTS SkyTrain and get off at Saphan Taksin station. From here, walk to Taksin Pier and take a Chao Phraya express boat to Tha Tien Pier (No. 9).
How long to spend: About one hour
4. The National Museum (if time allows)
Depending on how quickly you’re moving through this 3 day Bangkok itinerary:
You can either visit Bangkok’s fantastic, National Museum…or not.
It all just depends on how much you like museums (I personally love them and HIGHLY recommend this one).
Now, to get here from Wat Pho:
Just take the no. 32 bus (if you’re feeling brave enough to navigate the bus system), or walk, which will actually take you slightly less time, since Bangkok has notoriously awful traffic.
But of course:
When walking, there’s always the heat to contend with. Something that is never easy, I can assure you.
Once you finally arrive at the Bangkok National Museum, you’ll enjoy exploring the wealth of historic buildings here, many of which were built in the 1700s, as part of the former Royal Palace, which was later converted into a museum in the 1800s.
Continue inside and you’ll find a variety of different paintings and artifacts on display here, including what is said to be the oldest example of Thai writing in the world.
Pretty cool right?
Other noteworthy exhibits here include the Gallery of Thai History, the history wing, the decorative arts, and ethnology exhibit, the northern chariot hall, and more!
There’s even a Bhuddhaisawan (Phutthaisawan) Chapel here that showcases some incredibly well-preserved murals, like one of Thailand’s most revered Buddha images, the Phra Phuttha Sihing.
Go forth, learn about the incredible history of this city, and be the happy little history nerd that I know you are, deep down inside.
Address: Na Phra That Alley, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Admission Fee: 200 Baht ($6.50)
Hours: Open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
How to Get There: Depending on where you’re coming from, you can take bus number 59, 2, 201, and 183 to get here, among others.
How Long to Spend: While it may be difficult to fit this museum into your day, you could easily spend up to three hours here.
5. Lunch at the Sixth
After all that sightseeing, it’s time to fuel up.
And there’s no better place to do so than at the Sixth, which is just a hop, skip, and jump away from the Tha Tien ferry pier.
Once you arrive, walk inside and you’ll be enchanted by the eclectic decor and the divine smell of Thai curry emanating from the kitchen.
This place is small and uber-popular, so don’t be surprised if you have to wait for a table (FYI: If you can, try and swing by either before or after midday so that you can avoid the noon rush).
But, once you do snag a coveted table:
Be prepared to eat your weight in delicious, traditional Thai dishes like red Penang curry, pad thai, cashew nut chicken, and more.
I personally got the veggie curry and thought it was absolutely delicious.
That being said:
It definitely wasn’t served with rice. So, do order some if you’re like me and simply can’t fathom eating curry without rice.
They also have an extensive vegetarian menu that will appeal to all my fellow veggies and vegans out there!
Address: Maha Rat Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
6. Wat Arun
It may not have escaped your attention that while you were walking around, getting your sightseeing grove on, there was yet another temple, just sitting pretty, right across the river.
Well, that temple would be none other than Wat Arun.
I told you there were a lot of temples in Bangkok.
To get here from lunch, just hop on a water taxi at Tha Tien pier and cross the river to Wat Arun.
Marvel at the temple that was built by King Taksin, after the not-so-delightful fall of Ayuthaya.
Named for the Indian god of dawn, Arun, this temple is an impressive, 79 meters tall, guarded by two magnificent, ever-watchful, mythical giants, and was designed to represent both the literal and symbolic founding of a new Ayuthaya.
Fast forward a couple of hundred years:
And this temple has become one of the most iconic structures in Bangkok since it is covered in a dazzling array of ceramic tiles and colored porcelains that seem to sparkle to life each day, during both sunrise and sunset.
Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600.
Admission Fee: 50 Baht (a little more than $1)
How to Get There: The easiest way to get to Wat Arun is by ferry. Just take a ferry across the river from Tha Tien Pier, for 4 Baht (one way).
Hours: Open daily from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
How Long to Spend: Aim to give yourself about an hour here so that you can have a relaxed stroll around the temple.
7. Enjoy a Coffee Break at Vivi the Coffee Place
Even if you’re not ready to sit down just yet (you will be though):
Vivi the Coffee Place is beckoning and a place that you will NOT want to miss during your Bangkok itinerary (pinkie promise).
Hop back on the ferry, get off at Tha Tien Pier, and walk about ten-minutes to Vivi the Coffee Place.
And while ordering an Iced coffee is definitely a must here:
You MUST also (Because yes, this is your duty and not up for debate) get a piece of their delectable (and super insta-worthy) rainbow crepe cake.
This cake is soo good and definitely the best dessert I’ve had in a really LONG time (And that’s high praise indeed coming from a New Yorker).
And in case that cake wasn’t photogenic enough for you, be sure to sneak a peek at the view of Wat Arun from the back of the coffee shop, and thank me later.
if you’ve timed things just right, you’ll be able to catch the sun setting beneath the horizon and beautifully illuminating Wat Arun in the process,
Address: 394/29 ซอย ปานสุข ถนน มหาราช Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Hours: Open daily from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.
So, you may be reading this and wondering why on Earth you’re visiting CHINATOWN when you’re in Thailand.
Well, firstly, why not?
But also, Chinatown’s the world over are rad and interesting and full of life and just generally amazing places to eat your face off.
And the one in Bangkok is no different.
So, start your foray into this fantastic neighborhood at the Chinatown gate, which you can easily reach from Vivi the coffee place by boarding the MRT blue line at Sanam Chai and getting off at Hua Lamphong.
Amongst all the buzziness here:
You’ll find loads of street food (more on that later) as well as several very worthwhile attractions that are sprinkled in throughout this tiny, one-kilometer area.
Some of which include the local flower market (it’s actually the largest wholesale flower market in the city) and Wat Traimat.
Yeah, I know, yet another temple.
But, this place is pretty cool and home to a pretty rad, 5.5 ton, Golden Buddha that is more officially known as Phra Phuttha Maha Suwana Patimakon.
if you’re totally “templed out” at this point and just not in the mood to visit yet another temple I totally get it.
I’ve been there.
And it’s okay since your primary mission while in Chinatown is to eat ALL the street food!
Because amazingly enough:
There are actually, Michelin star rated, street food vendors that can be found here, like Raan Jay Fai (This eatery is known for its legendary, crab omelet and crab curry,/both of which are a must-try for any of my foodie friends out there).
The line to dine here may be long, but if you’re willing to wait, it’s totally worth it.
I would wear a super stretchy pair of elastic waist pants and attempt to do a little foodie crawl through the area, stopping at any vendors that seem to take your fancy.
And don’t worry about the amount of time that you spend here because trust me, this street REALLY comes to life in the evening (wink, wink).
How Long to Spend there: If you’re heavily invested in eating, you could easily spend about three hours in Chinatown. And honestly, that’s not a bad amount of time to spend here, regardless of your food intake
9. Khao San Road for the Evening
Oh, Khao San Road.
The infamous – loved – hated – adored – loathed – Khao San Road.
You’ll feel all the feels along Kao San Road and always come back for more, even if it’s just to wave from afar and reminiscence about all those vivid memories that you had here – or didn’t have, depending on how debaucherous your night was.
The most scenic way to get to Kao San from Chinatown is to go by boat.
Head down to the river and hop aboard a water taxi at Rachawongse. Ride the boat for eight stops, or about fifteen minutes, and get off at Phra Arthit.
It’s only about a ten-minute walk to Kao San Road, AKA backpacker’s street.
A pretty apt name since you’ll find swarms of Aussies here, donning frontal, over-the-shoulder fanny packs and singlets with armholes that are way bigger than any human arm could ever hope to be.
And if you didn’t come to Thailand to see Aussies:
Well, then there is still plenty to see and do here, especially if you’re interested in tasting some not-so-ordinary food items like tarantula, scorpion, snake, and Durian, the world’s stinkiest fruit.
Because if ingesting atypical food items is your thing, then Khao San Rod has more than got you covered with a wealth of choices.
If eating at McDonald’s is about as wild as you get when it comes to your food choices, then you can always live la Vida Loca, a la Ricky Martin in the late ’90s, at one of the many bars in the neighborhood.
Because in this part of Bangkok:
Debauchery reigns supreme since there are bars, bars, and, oh yeah, more bars, as far as the eyes can see.!
Go crazy, buy yourself a bucket, and check out some of the hottest bars in the area (These would include Madame Musur, Brick Bar, Hippie De Bar, The Club, etc.) because what happens in Bangkok…hopefully doesn’t end up on Instagram.
How Long to Spend there: As long as your liver can hold out, really.
While you’ve got lots of places to visit in Bangkok in 3 days if you land on a weekend add one more and head to Chatuchak Weekend Market. The market is alive and incredibly colorful, plus it has just about everything you could want! From food to massages to souvenirs and clothing. Prices are good and haggling is expected.
The place is crowded, so it’s not for the faint of heart. But the best way to beat the masses is to come early – say, 9:00 AM? Plus, that’s the best way to beat the heat as well.
It’s easiest to just head here straight from the airport as it’s on the outskirts of the city, but that will also depend on the ease of you getting around with luggage – though luggage lockers are also an option. The market is off the green line at Mo Chit station.
Address: Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
Bangkok Itinerary 3 Days: Day 2
***PSST: If you arrive in Bangkok on either a Saturday or Sunday, I would suggest stopping at Chatuchak Weekend Market on your way into the city. Just take the airport rail link to Mo Chit station and store your luggage in one of the many luggage lockers here.****
1. Stop by Behind the Bar Coffee for a Latte
A late night out on Kao San is no excuse not to be up and at ‘em, bright and early in the morning.
You’ve only got 3 days in Bangkok, right?
We’re gonna adopt the age-old motto, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” as we continue on with this Bangkok itinerary!
Hop on the MRT blue line and get off at Chatuchak Park, where you can simultaneously get that pulse racing and erase those luggage size bags under your eyes with a delicious, morning latte at Behind the Bar Coffee.
While you’re at it, you might as well grab one of their delicious plain (or chocolate if it suits you) croissants too. You know, just to soak up all that excess alcohol before we shop until we can shop no more.
Address: 1058/104 Phahonyothin Rd, Chom Phon, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
Hours: Open daily from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm (Except on Saturdays and Sundays when they open at 7:30 am).
2. Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chatuchak Weekend Market is alive and incredibly colorful, with over 8,000 shopping stalls that cover an insane, 27 acres of land.
It has just about everything you could possibly want, from street food to massages to souvenirs to clothing and more!
And the prices?
Yeah. they’re pretty epic. And can always get better (i.e. lower) since haggling is expected.
The one not-so-small catch is that this place is crowded, like 200,000 visitors a day crowded.
It’s not for the claustrophobic.
The best way to beat the masses, and the oppressive heat, is to arrive early. Say, at like 9:00 am?
I’m sure that won’t be a problem for you since you probably never went to bed in the first place, you party loving vixen you!
Behind the Bar Coffee is just a short, 15-minute walk from the market, so there’s really no reason why you can’t get here ASAP!
Address: Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
How to Get There: Take either the Skytrain or MRT to Mo Chit station and walk from there.
Hours: Open Wednesday and Thursday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Friday from 6:00 pm to 12:00 am, and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
How Long to Spend There: If you’re just going to have a look around, then give yourself about an hour. However, if you want to do some serious shopping, then I would spend between two and three hours here, depending on how long your shopping list is. Trust me, you don’t want to be rushed since the more time you have here, the more likely you are to walk away with better prices.
3. Lumphini Park
An entire 58 hectares of green space amidst a busy, buzzing, sometimes dirty, metropolis like Bangkok is something that is not to be scoffed at.
You’ll probably be welcoming a quiet(ish) respite from urban life at this point.
From the market – or coffee shop if it’s not the weekend – hop on the MRT blue line at Chatuchak Park and get off at Si Lom station, a ride that will take about 30 minutes and drop you off just outside the park.
The best thing to do, other than to bask in the silence, is to people watch as you take a stroll along the park’s enormous, artificial lake, which is surrounded by expansive lawns, wooded areas, and walking paths.
And while it’s pretty, it’s definitely not Versailles level pretty, so set your expectations accordingly.
If at all possible, do try and visit early morning, when hordes of Thai-Chinese residents are practicing the fine art of tai chi (or doing their best to mimic the poses) and doing that ever immortal, half-run, half-walk version of jogging that you’ll see throughout Bangkok (Because yes, this really is the only type of physical exertion that anyone can bare amidst the oppressive heat and humidity that is Bangkok’s climate).
You might also want to watch out for a giant lizard or two since there are a ton of them and they are flippin’ HUGE!
They’re friendly enough…I think.
***If for whatever reason, you decide to visit late at night, do be careful since the borders of the park have been known to be frequented by male and female sex workers who are looking for business.***
Address: Rama IV Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
How Long to Spend there: An hour will probably give you a pretty decent feel for the place. And then you’ll definitely be ready for some a/c.
4. Jim Thompson House
This is yet another must-see for all of my fellow history nerds out there.
If you’re jonesing for a bit of history in your life, then get on the BTS green line at Lumphini Park, transfer to the dark green line at Siam Station, and get off at National Stadium since the Jim Thompson House is only a few minutes away by foot (Also, be on the lookout for some awesome street art murals as you exit the Skytrain).
If you’re sitting here thinking, “But wait, who the hell is Jim Thompson anyway?”, then you’re not alone because I had ZERO idea who he was when I first visited.
There’s no reason why you would know who he is since he was an American businessman who, after WWII, almost single-handedly revitalized the entire silk industry in Thailand.
As a result:
He became mega-rich (even by today’s standards), hence the cool, oasis-y, teak house along a canal that you can still visit in Bangkok.
Despite his riches, Thompson met an untimely end in the Cameroon Highlands of Malaysia, where he basically disappeared into the jungle one day, never to be heard from again.
Unsolved Mysteries much? LOL.
However, you’ll learn about all this, and more, during your visit, which will be as part of an organized tour since that’s the only way that you’ll be able to visit this house; a building that is a giant, amalgamation of derelict, Thai homes that were reassembled into one, posh AF, mansion that still stands, exactly as Jim Thompson left it, in the 1960s.
There’s also a small, but fantastic, Asian art collection in the main house, as well as a wealth of Thompson’s personal belongings on display here, both of which will give you valuable insight into his life and character as a person.
When you arrive, be sure to buy your ticket ASAP since you’ll probably have to wait for a little bit, just until your tour has enough people to begin.
While you’re waiting though:
Feel free to explore the enchanting gardens, as well as two on-site buildings turned museums, since there are photographic opportunities aplenty here.
Address: 6 Rama I Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Admission Fee: 200 Baht (or a little more than $6.50)
Hours: Open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
How Long to Spend: The tour will take you about an hour.
5. B-story Cafe for a teddy bear Cappucino and Lunch
Need a change of pace from Investigation Discovery type murder mysteries?
If so, then Teddy bears outta do the trick.
And you’re in luck because just a ten minute walk around the corner from the Jim Thompson house is B-Story Cafe, a whimsical place where you can indeed, drink a teddy bear.
If you think all of this sounds just a little bit too kitsch for you then just wait until you see this French Gothic wonderland, which is basically every Instagrammer’s dreams since there are flowers, gothic statues, and stained galss windows everywhere.
There’s also food to be had, so fuel up with either the Salmon and Hallandaise Sauce or the Fettuccine Alfredo with Truffle Oil (served with crispy bits of bacon on top and a drizzle of truffle oil).
No matter what, be sure to order a teddy bear cappucino, if for nothing other than purely Instagram purposes (if you’re not into coffee, fear not because there are a ton of other, foamerific drinks for you to order here, that are all topped with a delightful little teddy bear).
Address: 6 Rama I Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Hours: Open daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.
6. Explore the street art at Chalermla Graffiti Park
Looking for ways to make your Instegram followers ever more devout?
If so then Chalermia Grafitti Park is the place to be since it’s home to an ever changing array of street art murals that really do make all the Hipster wannabes swoon.
Throw in some abandoned stairs and some pastel hued, abandoned tires and you have the makings of a perfect, Instgram photo sesh that seems worlds away from your teddy bear latte.
This graffiti park is really easy to get to and literally, just down the street from the B-Story cafe. It’s also a super fun place to visit before we head to our final stop of the day.
Address: Chalermla Park (Graffiti Park), Thailand, Thanon Phetchaburi, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand
How Long to Spend: This really depends on your commitment to that getting the perfect, Facebook profile photo, but 30 minutes should suffice.
7. Asiatique Night Market
You’ve made it to our final stop and the second market of the day.
There’s really no straightforward way to get from the graffiti park to the night market. So, a taxi, tuk tuk, or Grab may just be your best bet.
However, if you’re feeling extra daring (or extra strapped for cash):
You can always catch bus number 15, which will take about 35 minutes – traffic dependent – to get you to Asiatique Night Market.
But, once you do complete this slightly arduous journey:
You’ll be glad you did since endless entertainment options await you.
And while you may not be hungry just yet, once you are, there is more than enough street food for you to choose from (For the best and cheapest street food, walk towards the river and head straight for the giant tent that sits to your right, tucked along the river.).
Why not enjoy a tradtional, Thai puppet show? Or catch a high-octane, Muay Thai match? Or hop on the ferris wheel and enjoy some panoramic views of the river? Or, hop aboard a river cruise?
Because it’s all happening, right here.
And right beside the river too, which means that you get the added benefit of enjoying magnificient views, and photo ops, for days.
***Looking for a slightly more authentic night market experience in Bangkok? If so, then head to Ratchada Rot Fai Train Might Market, one of the best things to do in Bangkok at night! It’s here that you’ll find a colorful, authentic, local, outdoor market that is brimming over with fantastic music, delicious food, and vendors who sell an eclectic variety of vintage wares. If you’re looking to do some serious shopping though, try walking along the market’s periphery since this area is filled with more traditional, retail items like shoes, handbags, and clothes.***
Address: ASIATIQUE The Riverfront, 2194 Charoen Krung Rd, Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Hours: Open daily from 4:00 pm to 12:00 am.
How Long to Spend: This depends on what shows you choose, but definitely plan on spending a few hours here since you really don’t want to cut your time short since this place only gets more exciting as the night goes on.
Bangkok Itinerary 3 Days: Day 3
1. D’ark Coffee for Breakfast
Since it’s your final morning in Bangkok:
Let’s get out of bed, live a little, and enjoy the culinary awesomness that is D’Ark Coffee.
Wipe the reisdual sleepiness from your eyes, hop on the BTS light green line, and disembark at Phrom Phong Station.
Because once here:
You’ll find exquisite, industrial-style decor, as well as delicious coffee, that is perfectly paired with divine, comfort food like Manama Eggs (This dish includes a warm roll as well as perfectly cooked, scrambled eggs that are served with avocado, tomato, pepper, onion, and chili sauce).
Because this place caters to a slightly more Millennial-minded clientele, there are also a ton of vegan and vegetarian options on the menu, like the Riceberry Quinoa Bowl (Yeah, it definitely doesn’t get any more Millennial than that).
The only slight downside?
Yeah, this place is kind of expensive. Like $15 an entree expensive.
It’s your last day in Bangkok so go crazy, order the breakfast entree of your dreams, and be the glutton that I know you are, deep, deep down inside.
***Not surprisingly, this place is pretty popular. Therefore, if you can, try and stop by right when they open, at 7:30 am, especially during the weekend.***
Address: 46-3 ถนน สุขุมวิท 49 Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Hours: Open daily from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm.
2. Visit the slightly less touristy Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
While you may feel like you’re getting a bit ‘marketed-out:
A floating market is an entirely different beast than its on land bretheren and something that you must absolutely experience before hitting the road again.
And while there are a ton of different floating markets to choose form in Bangkok:
Many of them are quite frankly, touristy AF and definitely not worth your time.
Khlong Lat Mayom is the exception to that general rule and is slightly less touristy that your average floating market.
Though, if I’m being honest:
You’ll probably still run into a few Aussies (amazing how there are so few of them and yet they seem to be everywhere!) while you’re here.
But, it’s so worth it.
Because once you do, FINALLY get here (Yeah, it’s definitely a bit of a schlep to get here), you’ll see long tail boats all along the canals that have been magically transformed into shops, restaurants, dining halls, food markets, and basically anything else that you can imagine.
Buy, eat, peruse, take photos, and just generally be happy.
Because it’s a bit of a challnge to try and get here via punlic transportation, I’d suggest either booking a taxi or going as part of a group tour instead.
Address: ตลาดน้ำคลองลัดมะยม 30/1 หมู่ที่ 15 Bang Ramat Rd, Bang Ramat, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170, Thailand
Price: Most tours cost about $60 per person and last roughly six hours.
Hours: Open Saturday and Sundays from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
How Long to Spend: Since you have made the trip all the way out here, I would plan on spending about three hours at the market, at least. If you go with a tour.
***If you’re looking for a nice group tour that will take you to Khlong Lat Mayom floating market, then check out this uber-fun, six hour, boat and bike tour through the Baan Bu Bronzework neighborhood and to the floating market.***
3. The Golden Mount (AKA Wat Saket)
Wat Saket, your last Wat of Bangkok – and it’s on a, wait for it…mount.
In case you couldn’t guess.
Excited yet? I know I am! And honestly, you should be too.
Because not only is this temple another beauty, but it also comes with some pretty epic views!
And in an incredibly flat city like Bangkok:
That’s something special that;s worth talking about.
While you do, of course, have to climb a seemingly endless set of stairs, just to find these awesome views, they’ll be patiently waiting for you, at the top, once you’ve finally wiped that sweat from your furrowed brow.
During your arduous ascent, you’ll encounter a variety of lovely fountains, exquisite statues, and delightful shrubbery that is all INFINITELY cooler than I just made it sound.
And, fun little factoid for any history lovers out there:
This hill was actually created because a large stupa collapsed when the structure was left usupoorted by the area’s super soft soil.
Because of this situation, Thailand’s reining monarch thought it would be prudent to build a strong, mud-and-brick hill that could actually support the weight of a small stupa.
King Rama V fell so in love with this temple, that he placed a Buddha relic, from India, within the stupa itself.
Now you kind of sort of have to visit and see what all the kingly fuss is about.
And if you get your timing right, and happen to be there in November:
You might even be able to catch an awesome, candle light procession up the mount!
if you visited the floating market as part of a tour, see if you get a convenient drop off near the temple.
You can always just take a taxi all the way to the temple or get dropped off at the Lak Song the MRT station, and ride the underground nine stops to Sam Yot station.
Address: Wat Saket (Phukhao Thong), 344 Thanon Chakkraphatdi Phong, Ban Bat, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10100, Thailand
Hours: Open daily from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.
How Long to Spend: I woudl give yourself at least an hour here so that you can enjoy the stunning views at the top.
Admission Fee: 50 Baht (About $1.60)
4. Devour Some of the Best Pad Thai in Bangkok at Thip Samai
Home to some of the best pad thai in all of Bangkok:
Thip Samai is a must for anyone who REALLY wants to eat like the locals do in Bangkok.
Walk inside this tiny eatery and you’ll find the definitive version of pad thai that all other versions are routinely measured against.
Because yes, this place really is THAT iconic. Now, once you’ve orderd:
Chefs will use an intense, charcoal fire to quickly fry shrimp in oil, before adding thick handfuls of dry rice noodles into the pan.
The noodles are then soaked in variety of different sauces and oils, before tofu, baby shrimp, leeks, and bean sprouts are all added into the mixture, with an egg unceremoniously cracked on top, just to really pull things together.
And while there are many different veriouns of pad thai that you can try here:
I personallly love the pad thai that is wrapped in egg and that goes by the name Pad Thai Haw Kai Goong Sot.
But, that being said:
Everything here is delicous, so you really can’t go wrong, no mater what you order, especially since everything here costs just $3 per plate.
Also, because this place definitely isn’t a secret:
Expect to find tons of voracious eaters in line with you, desperately watiing for a highly coveted seat at one of the restaurant’s not so fancy tables.
Don’t let the long line deter you because the queue does move pretty quickly.
Address: 313 Th Maha Chai, Banglamphu
Price: About $3.00 per plate.
Hours: Open daily from 5:00 pm to 12:00 am.
5. SkyBar (For Your Last Hurrah!)
If you’re looking for views that will make the ones that you saw at the Golden Mount seem lame, then Skybar is the place for you.
You’ll definitely want to shower before coming here since this place is swank AF and does have a dress code.
Which is one of the many reasons why I am not a HUGE fan of Skybar.
Sure, the view is exceptionally beautiful from atop the State Tower Building on Silom Road, but it definitely didn’t change my life.
Everything on the menu is rediculously expensive (just my humble opinion but one drink will cost you upwards of 700 Baht, or $20) and the experience tends to feel super-touristy since you probably won’t actually find any Thai people in there (besides the staff members of course).
There’s also a SUPER strict dress code that is not-so-appealing to a fashionally challenged human being such as myself.
if you do decide to visit SkyBar, which is a whopping, 63 stories in the air, be prepared and dress accordingly,
This means that:
Ladies should wear a “smart casual” outfit that includes a nice dress and a pair of shoes that are NOT flip flops (AKA sandals with a back).
While men, and I kind of feel sorry for them:
Must wear pants, closed toe shoes, and a nice shirt since they are not allowed wear shorts, sandlas, or sleeveless shirts of any kind.
Oh, and FYI:
You are also not allowed to bring any outside food or drink with you into SkyBar. Like not even a bottle of water since they’ll confiscate it, forcing you to order a very un-cheap water from their menu (Don’t worry, they will give it back to you when you leave).
But, if you do decide to visit (and I don’t blame you if you do):
Be sure to stand, rather than sit, at a table, since this is the best way to enjoy the lovely, panoramic views all around you.
To get here:
Just hop on the BTS light green line and take it to Saphan Taksin station. Although, taking a taxi will help ensure that you look extra snazzy upon arrival.
Address: Sky Bar Bangkok, 1055 Si Lom, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Hours: Open daily from 4:00 pm to 1:00 am, except on Sundays when the bar closes at 12:00 am.
How long to spend: As long as your pocket book will hold out.
***PSST: If you’re looking for a rooftop bar experience that is a bit more budget-friendly, then check out Wanderlust Rooftop Bar in Thong Lo, where cocktails are a resonable, 200 Baht a piece.***
Where to Stay in Bangkok
1. Sleep Owl Hostel (Budget)
This hostel is super convenient if you’re coming in late or have an early morning flight out of Bangkok since it’s located right near Don Mueng airport.
And whilte it’s pretty far away from the city center:
There are still plenty of things nearby, like great street food and access to various modes of public transportion that will quickly take you into the city.
The hostel itself may be a bit basic, but it’s also clean, has beds that start at $20 per night, and has a host of awesome staff memebers who will go out of their way to assist you.
There’s also a/c in all of the dorm rooms:
Something that is 100% essential to the happiness of anyone who is staying in Bangkok over night.
Address: 199/153 Choet Wutthakat Soi, Don Mueang, Bangkok, Donmuang, 10210 Bangkok, Thailand
2. Everyday Bangkok Hostel @Khaosan (Budget)
What, can’t get enough of the partying Aussies?
If so then never leave Khao San Road while staying at Everyday Bangkok Hostel.
Even if partying isn’t your thing, this hostel is still within close proximity of many of Bangkok’s top attractions, as well as some fo the city’s BEST street food.
And, as advertised:
@kaosan is actually a 13-minute walk away from Khao San Road and a bit quieter than most of the hostels that are located right on top of Bangkok’s most immortal street.
This hostel also has a snack bar, coin operated washing machines, a communial space with a flat screen TV, and features marble floors throughout the building, as well as vibrant decor, funky mixed-gender/female-only dorms (beds here start at $15 per night), free Wi-Fi, bunk beds with lockers, and personal reading lights.
Address: 314/3 Samsen 4 Alley Banphanthom Pranakorn, 10200 Bangkok, Thailand
3. Vera Nidhra (Mid-range)
This tastefully, but simply decorated bed and breakfast is nestled inside a more residential part of the city.
With the Krung Thon Buri BTS station just five minutes away, you’ll easily be able to travel anywhere in the city that you might want to go.
This neighborhood is also quieter than most and a stay here will give you some insight into what local life is really like, away from all of the tourist attractions.
The staff at Vera Nidhra are also super helpful and offer guests airy, down-to-earth rooms that feature flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, tea/coffee makers, sitting areas, and complimentary breakfast, for a small, additional fee.
There’s also a communal lounge area, as wel as a cafe, and balconies adjoining some of the rooms, which start at $50 per night.
Address: 333 Soi Charoennakorn 14 Yaek 9, Charoennakorn Road, Klongtonsai, Klongsan district, 10600 Bangkok
4. Aster 9 House (Mid-range)
Situated near Lumphini Park is Aster 9 House, a fantastic, mid-range hotel that will help take you away from the chaos of the city.
This awesome, Bangkok hotel is also just 10 minutes away from Phrom Phong BTS station, making it easy to get anywhere in the city that you need to go.
The family who run this guest house are also incredibly kind, keep immaculate guest rooms, and will answer all of your questions and provide you with any recommendations that you may need.
All roms here also start at just $50 per night and nclude free WiFi, air conditioning, free toiletries, and access to a shared lounge (with a flat screen TV) and quaint garden.
They even serve up a fabulous, wonderfully delicious, complimentary, full English/Irish breakfast that changes daily and that is sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
Address: 84/8 Sukhumvit 33, Klongtoeynua, Wattana Bangkok 10110 Thailand, Wattana, 10110 Bangkok, Thailand
5. Hotel Muse Bangkok Langsuan – MGallery (Luxury)
If you’re after opulence, then you’ll find it at this hip, Langsuan district hotel.
Located within walking distance of both Limphini Park and Chit Lom BTS Station:
Hotel Muse Bangkok Langsuan is a chic, 1920s, European style hotel with refined rooms, starting at $158 per night, that feature glass encased bathrooms, free-standing tubs, free WIFI, flat screen TVs, a/c, and super comfy beds that you can swan dive into at the end of the day.
There’s also an impressive, complimentary breakfast served in the morning, as well as an on premise restaurant, a gorgeous rooftop seating area, a gym, and an outdoor pool.
Address: 55/555 Langsuan Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Pathumwan, 10330 Bangkok, Thailand
6. Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok (Luxury)
The Grand Hyatt is a chic, upscale, Bangkok hotel that sits just three minutes away from the Chit Lom, BTS station.
In addition to its stellar location, this fantastic hotel also offers guests exquisite, modern, Thai-style rooms, starting at $200 per night, that include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs. iPod docks, minibars and coffeemaking facilities.
There are also no less than nine on-site restaurants and bars, including refined and casual dining options, as well as a wine bar and a bakery.
Other, super snazzy hotel amenities include a fitness center, an outdoor pool, and a spa, as well as tennis and squash courts.
Breakfast is also available here but does need to be booked separately and in advance.
Address: 494 Rajdamri Road, Lumpini , Pratumwan, Pathumwan, 10330 Bangkok, Thailand
***What, STILL not sure where to find the best accomodations in Bangkok? Then check out my post on 23 of the best places to stay in Bangkok!***
Bangkok Packing List
One of the biggest things to note about Bangkok is that it’s hot. Like, surface of the sun level hot.
And i’ll be honest:
If you’ve never been to South East Asia, then you probably don’t appreciate just how hot Bangkok really is.
But trust me:
It’s brutal! That’s why, light clothing, both in color and weight, are essential. So, think t-shirts, elephant/herem pants, and a cardigan/shawl to cover your shoulders, just in case you decide to wear a tank top before entering any temples.
While dresses and skirts are lovely, and help keep the breeze a flowing, they can also lead to thigh rub and chafing, a very real problem given the high levels of heat and humidity in Bangkok.
Do be aware of the fact that MOST of the temples in the city will NOT alow you to enter, unless both your shoulders and knees are covered.
So my advice?
Samesies goes for you since your shoulders and knees also need to be covered before entering any temples.
Do try and pack at least bring one shirt that isn’t a singlet.
You’ll also likely be wearing sandals most of the time, which is totally fine.
Make sure that they are comfortable for walking, are easy to slip on and off, and are stylish enough to be worn into a nice(ish) bar.
Because if you want to visit any rooftop venues in Bangkok, ladies will have to rock sandals with a strap around the back and guys will need to wear closed toe shoes that are NOT sneakers.
While you will be able restock most of your toiletries while in Thailand, please be aware of the that fact that sunscreen is extremely expensive and something that you should probably buy BEFORE you arrive in Bangkok.
Lots of lotions and soaps sold in Bangkok come with whitening agents inside them since whiter skin is generally considered more desirable.
While you definitely can find some products without them, you’ll need to do a bit of searching to find them.
Tampons are not as widely used here as they are in the west. Therfore, you may want to pack some if they tend to be your sanitary product of choice.
Be be sure to pack enough perscription medication to last for the duration of your trip, as well as any basic medications or first aid essentials, like Bandaids and Tylenol, that you may need.
***Like with most things in this 3 day Bangkok itinerary, there’s a post for that! So, if you’re in dire need of a more exstensive packing list, that check out my fantastic, Thailand packing list!***
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