Bangkok is one of my favorite cities to visit. But what do you do there if you have only 3 days? Most people don’t stop in Bangkok for long as they are either on a transit to one of the Thai islands or to another country in South-East Asia. However, I highly recommend staying in Bangkok for a night or two if you have the chance. Here are my travel tips to make the best of your time in the Thai capital:
To make it easy for you and not having to go through the hassle of researching hotels, I suggest choosing a place in either Silom or Sukhumvit Soi, both are super central locations and lot’s of hotel options. I personally prefer Silom as it’s a little more cozy and Sukhumvit is more modern with high rise buildings, metro stops and malls on every corner.
I have stayed in the following hotels in these areas:
Montien Hotel: An older style hotel in the Silom area, close to Lumpini Park and metro. Has a pool and gym, cute cafe’s right next door and is a very comfortable and convenient place to stay.
Silom Serene Boutique Hotel: Also located in Silom and a bit of an older hotel. Great location, nice pool and big rooms.
Ad Lib: Beautiful modern hotel in Sukhumvit area with a gym and pool and wonderful restaurant on site. Right in the middle of everything.
Below is my suggest initiary for a 3 day speed visit to Bangkok:
Check into hotel by 2 pm and take some time to freshen up. Then it’s time take a stroll around the area, and eat some authentic Thai food in one of the local restaurants, to be followed by a late afternoon boat trip on the Chao Praya river. From Silom it’s quite convenient to walk to the pier. If you are staying in the Sukhumvit area, it’s best to take a Tuk Tuk or taxi to the pier. You can take boats every 10 minutes and it only costs a couple of baht (Thai currency). You can go as far as you like and get off at another location, visit a temple on the way or simply enjoy the views. Make sure to remember where you got onto the boat (name of the Pier) so you can return there.
At night it’s a must to visit one of the rooftop bars in Bangkok. BKK nightlife is amazing, and I recommend going to Sky Bar at Lebua, which is probably the most beautiful and also the highest. You can find it here: https://www.lebua.com/sky-bar
Breakfast and Morning walk in Lumpini Park
As breakfast is usually included in the hotel, I suggest having the next days morning meal in or around the hotel, and then go for a beautiful walk in Lumpini Park. It’s really worth it.
Lunch & Shopping or Temple Visit
After this you can grab lunch somewhere around the park, and then visit one of the malls, and if you are not into malls on a trip then I suggest going to one of the temples of reclining Buddha. See info below:
1. MKB Mall
Probably one of the largest malls in Bangkok. 8 stories high and endless shops and restaurants. Basically shop till you drop!
2. Siam Paragon
Siam Paragon includes a range of specialty stores and restaurants as well as a multiplex, the Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World aquarium, an exhibition hall, the Thai Art Gallery, and an opera concert hall
This is a really beautiful temple complex to visit but keep in mind it’s a super high level tourist attraction so you will be surrounded by tourists. If you don’t like that, you might be better off going to one of the small unknown temples around Bangkok. Wat Pho is also close to the Grand Palace so you can catch two birds in one stone.
Silom Night Market or Asiatique and street food
Even though it’s crap stuff and a bit of a seedy atmosphere, I think it’s worth to visit the night market in Silom, stroll around, have some food and a beer and enjoy the authentic Thai experience
Another night market I recommend: Asiatique Riverfront on the Chao Praya River
This is also a wonderful opportunity to try out some authentic Thai street food. I would just be careful and ask them not to use MSG
Yes again another very touristy thing to do, but so wort it because it’s beautiful.
And no, you don’t have to get up at 5 am.There’s a bunch of floating markets that open during the day, so this is the perfect thing to do before you have to leave again! If you are not in the mood for another market, I suggest to just stroll around the streets or sit yourself down in a coffee shop and soak up the Bangkok vibes.
HERE is a link to read a bit more about the different floating markets.
In the afternoon you will need to check out of your hotel and leave. And that’s it for your speed visit to Bangkok. I hope you will enjoy the amazing Thai capital, as I did so many times.