Spend your long weekend in Bangkok
Although staying in and binging on Netflix during your long weekend sounds like a splendid idea, it seems like a waste of the perfect opportunity for an exciting time in Bangkok! Cheap and good food, vibrant nightlife, exciting cultural sites, buzzing markets and non-stop fun – these are just some of the things your favourite TV series can’t offer.
You’ll be surprised by how much you can squeeze in 72 hours in Bangkok! Before we get into the itinerary, here’s a short guide on how you can get around the city and where are the best places to stay.
Where to stay in Bangkok:
Bangkok is a favourite tourist destination for all kinds of travellers and as expected, the city is teeming with accommodation options to keep up with the demand. From luxury hotels to budget hostels, you can surely find one that fits your budget without a problem.
You can also find places to stay in many different parts of the city. Some of the more popular areas in Bangkok preferred by travellers include Khao San / Banglamphu, Bangkok Riverside, Sukhumvit, Silom, Siam, Pratunam, Chinatown and nearby the 2 main airports.
Lucky for you, we’ve sussed a number of the top-rated cheap but also chic Bangkok hotels so you can have a comfortable stay but also have more budget to spare for shopping or activities!
How to get around Bangkok:
Aside from bargained goods and amazing food, Bangkok is also known for its infamous traffic. However, that shouldn’t intimidate you from visiting the city. With these popular public transportation options easily accessible, you’ll find that Bangkok is pretty easy to navigate around.
|BTS||MRT||Taxi||Grab / Uber||Klook car charter|
|Price||THB16 to THB44 per single journey trip. One-day passes are at THB140.||THB16 to THB42 for a single trip journey. One-day passes are at THB120.||Starts at THB35 for the first 2 kilometres. Increases THB2 for every kilometre.||Base fare of THB60 and increases THB5 for every kilometre.||Full day charter for a car (3 pax) is THB2,100 and a van (10 pax) is THB2,850. Approximately THB281 - THB700 per pax for a full day of transfers.|
|Traffic||No traffic but can be crowded||No traffic but can be crowded||Affected by traffic||Affected by traffic||Affected by traffic|
|Walk / Transfers||High||High||Medium||Medium||Low|
|Network / Land coverage||Regular||Regular||Good||Good||Good|
Opt for a private car charter from Klook for the ultimate comfort and convenience. Feel free to plan your itinerary as you please and your driver will take you to your destinations from door to door.
Choose either a 4-hour half day charter or an 8-hour full day service. For the full day charter service, you can even request a guide! Perfect for larger groups of friends or families, it lets you see more in a day with utmost ease.
What to do in Bangkok:
Now that you’ve got all the basics down, it’s time for the exciting part! What are some of the top attractions you should visit in Bangkok? Here’s a sample itinerary for a 3D2N guide in Bangkok.
Welcome to Bangkok!
After checking in to the hotel and quickly freshening up, it’s time to get your adventure in Bangkok started.
Explore Bangkok’s famous Chatuchak Weekend Market
There’s nothing like going full swing in Bangkok with a visit to the world famous Chatuchak Weekend Market! No better way to wake yourself up from a sleepy flight, right?
The vibrant, bustling Chatuchak market takes up large area of 27 acres with more than 15,000 stalls! You can find almost anything from food, local souvenirs, clothes to vintage items, plants, furniture, ceramic good and many more.
Open on weekends from 6am to 6pm, it’s also open at the same time on Wednesdays and Thursdays for plants and flowers, as well as Friday for wholesale items.
Join an adventurous evening food tour by tuk tuk
After all that walking, sweating, and haggling in Chatuchak, you’re ready for an adventurous evening food tour by tuk tuk. Yes, more food! You’ll get around on an authentic tuk tuk and visit some of the best food spots the city has to offer that even TripAdvisor don’t know about.
Aside from well-known staples, you’ll also have a taste of unique dishes, so your taste buds are in for a treat! Along the food tour, you will also stop by historical sites such as Fort Sumen, Ananta Samakon Throne Hall and the Rama V Statue.
With a different food menu each tour, it’s one you wouldn’t mind joining again and again. This immersive food tour kills 2 bird with 1 stone, feeding not only your belly but also your cultural knowledge of Thailand!
Be wow-ed by Bangkok Old City’s stunning structures
After a good night’s rest, it’s time to kick off day 2 in Bangkok with an immersive tour of Bangkok Old City’s famous landmarks. The first visit is to The Grand Palace and The Emerald Buddha, also known as Wat Phra Khaew. It’s truly a stunning sight that beckons your attention.
Next, after stopping for lunch at a nearby market, the tour continues to the Wat Pho complex. Home to the giant sleeping Buddha, Wat Pho is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage! You can find a Thai medicine and massage school, which is still taught and practiced at the temple.
You can also opt for the additional massage at the end of the tour and find your own way back afterward. Since you’re at the OG of massage, it’d be a shame to not try it out. It will leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready more adventure!
Catch the captivating world-class Thai performance of Siam Niramit
After a day of walking and exploring, spend your evening sitting back and enjoying a spectacular arts and cultural show. The world-class performance of Thailand’s must-see show, Siam Niramit, is wildly entertaining and will take your breath away.
From flying dancers to elephants and goats brought onstage, heart-moving storylines and non-stop action, Siam Niramit will leave you on high.
Be part of the buzz in Khao San Road
After the thrilling show, you wouldn’t want the evening to end just yet. With so much more that the city has to offer, the night is still young and what’s more perfect than a walk through Khao San Road!
Everything from nightlight spots to street food vendors, cafes, budget hostels, massage parlours, market stalls, tattoo shops and more, this vibrant street is an experience for all your senses!
Shop till you drop!
You can’t say you’ve been to Bangkok unless you’ve done some serious shopping! This is the time to get souvenirs for your friends and families. Although, you might be tempted to just keep everything for yourself.
There’s no shortage or markets and shopping malls all across the cities. Some of the favourite shopping malls amongst travellers include Terminal 21, Platinum Fashion Mall, Siam Paragon, CentralWorld, MBK, Pantip Plaza and more.
Make sure to also make a ceremonious last stop at a nearby 7-Eleven before leaving Bangkok because we know for sure, you’ll definitely miss it!
Bonus – Day 4
Experience the unique Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
For those who have an extra day to spare in Bangkok, join a half day tour to see Thailand’s popular Damnoen Saduak Floating Market! It’s an experience like no other, steering your own boat down the narrow winding canals, an arm’s reach from the boat next to you.
You can find local delicacies such as fresh seafood, fresh fruit, traditional tidbits and more. Aside from food, you can also pick up unique souvenirs along the way.
A professional guide will also share the history of the floating market. As you cruise along the busy river market, you can enjoy the view of the small houses on stilt along the shore. Make sure you have your cameras ready because there’s no better photo op than this!
Have the time of your life!
The only regret you’ll have during your time in Bangkok is that you don’t have more time there. With so much to do in that beautiful, vibrant and dynamic city, there isn’t a single dull moment. After all the endless activities and non-stop fun, take some time to relax and indulge a massage from one of the best spas in Bangkok!
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