How To Spend 3 Days In Bangkok, Thailand

by | Last updated Dec 26, 2023 | Asia Live Work and Play

You will see many temples during your 3 days in Bangkok – here’s Marble Temple, Bangkok

 

The Thai capital, Bangkok is also known as the ‘Asia’s City of Angles’! This is because Southeast Asia’s most exciting city is Bangkok, which creates an amazing first stop for any Thailand itinerary. Three days may be enough for some, but not everyone. For me, I visited Bangkok on a 3 day stopover to break up the long flight from London to Sydney. And I wished I had spent longer than 3 days in Bangkok, except for the exhausting heat.

Bangkok is a vast and sprawling city along the banks of the Chao Phraya River. It is a very cosmopolitan capital city and is known for its opulent Grand Palace, ornate temples with buddhas, bustling street and river markets and buzzing nightlife. No matter your reason for visiting Bangkok, here is how I recommend you spend 3 days in Bangkok when visiting Thailand. My Bangkok 3 day itinerary takes you to see some of the best things to see in Bangkok plus provides tips to enjoy your stay.

 

Useful Bangkok Information

 

The Best Time To Visit Bangkok

 

Thailand has a tropical climate and in general, is hot all year round, and I mean hot. The best time to visit Bangkok is usually November to February when the heat isn’t as intense. But this is the time that many tourists visit and so attractions will be crowded. Then there is the monsoon season which falls between July and October and the weather is rainy and humid but you are still able to visit all the attractions. Really anytime is a good time to visit Bangkok but as a tourist, it may depend on what weather you prefer. 

 

About Thailand

 

  • Thailand, or officially, the Kingdom of Thailand and formerly known as Siam, is located in the centre of Southeast Asia. It is bordered by Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar (formerly Burma).
  • The population of Thailand is around 69 million with 10 million of them living in Bangkok.
  • The most common religion in Thailand is Buddhism with around 95% of the population being followers. Hence all the temples or wats, about 40,000 of them are in Thailand with about 400 or so temples in Bangkok.
  • Thai is the official language however, English is widely understood, particularly in the tourist areas of Bangkok.
  • The currency is Thai Baht.

 

Arriving in Bangkok

 

You can arrive in Thailand by land transport from one of the many countries surrounding Thailand or you can arrive at one of the two international airports. Suvarnabhumi Airport, also known as Bangkok Airport, is the main airport in Bangkok. Once through all the formalities you will need to get into central Bangkok where you will be staying for your 3 days in Bangkok. The cheapest and fastest way to get into Bangkok is via the Airport Rail Link. Have some local currency, Baht, available to purchase a ticket. The other options involve lots of traffic and are taking a metered taxi, express airport bus or organise a private transfer. You can book a private transfer here.

 

Getting around Bangkok

 

Getting around Bangkok is relatively easy. It is generally safe for solo travellers who want to roam the city, visit the cultural sites and shop. Be careful if going out at night. There’s a good public transport network with trains, buses and ferries along the waterways. Taxi’s and tuk-tuk’s are plentiful making getting around uncomplicated.

 

What to Wear in Bangkok

 

Thailand does not have a specific dress code in general but when visiting temples there is a specific dress code for tourists and locals. Females must have your shoulders covered and wear pants or dresses that cover your knees and preferably your ankles also. Men should wear a collared shirt rather than a t-shirt. And you must take your shoes off in temples. I know it can be really hot, but keep all beach wear for enjoying Thailand’s beaches while island hopping.

Tip: Appearances mean a lot in Thailand so dressing properly and being respectful of dress regulations you should be treated in return with respect.

 

Where to Stay in Bangkok – Bangkok Accommodation Options

 

Before you book any accommodation in Bangkok, you might want to know the best area to stay for your 3 day visit to Bangkok. So, Bangkok is a huge city, and there is a range of neighbourhoods to choose from when it comes to where to stay.  I’ve briefly listed some of the more popular areas to stay for your Bangkok visit.

I suggest the first thing to consider is how long you are spending in Bangkok and where most of the attractions you plan on seeing are located. Then you can select the appropriate area that is closest to the places you will be visiting. 

Khao San Road / Banglamphu Area

This area is not too far from the Chao Phraya River and is a good central base for exploring many attractions along the river. It is near the Grand Palace and a number of Wats. However, the area isn’t close to the Skytrain and MRT but there are other ways to get around – like walking, on a bike or tour. Khao San Road is also known as being a backpacker’s hub. It is a lively area with plenty of cheap accommodation, shops, bars, restaurants and street vendors. It has a lot to offer any visitor to Bangkok.

Riverside

The second spot to consider to stay in in Bangkok is Riverside. Not too far from Khao San Road, this area is along the river and not too far from popular tourist spots including The Grand Palace, Reclining Buddha and Wat Arun. 

Sukhumwit Area

The third area in Bangkok to consider for your Bangkok holiday is the Sukhumwit area. This area has great hotels, many restaurants and various shopping malls. It is well serviced by the Skytrain and MRT making it so easy to get around to Bangkok’s attractions if you are sightseeing independently and not on a tour of Bangkok.

Siam / Pratunam Area

If you love to shop, and this is your main aim while in Bangkok, then staying close to the Siam area may suit. You can find some of the busiest and biggest shopping malls in Bangkok here. Including Siam Centre, Siam Paragon and Central World, to name a few.

Old Town / Chinatown

The last area in Bangkok for accommodation to consider is The Old Town which backs onto Chinatown. The area is alive with shops and eateries and has one of the best places in Bangkok for street food. It is serviced by two MRT stations making it easy to explore the major sights of Bangkok.

To find accommodation in Bangkok check out check out Booking.com which lists a huge range of hostels and hotels in Bangkok.

 

How to spend 3 Days in Bangkok

 

Are you ready for a Bangkok 3 Day Holiday? Here’s how to spend your time.

 

Day 1 – Explore Royal Bangkok and Temples

 

Decorated Spires in The Grounds Of The Grand Palace In Bangkok.

In the grounds of the Grand Palace

 

Today get to know Bangkok and its temples known as wats. If your time is limited I suggest go on a tour of this area however, you can explore by using local transport. Catch a sky train to Saphan Taksin BTS station and get on a ferry from Central Pier. It’ll take you along the Chao Phraya River towards the ancient royal district of Bangkok. As soon as you get off the ferry, you can start your walking tour between Bangkok’s famous historical sites and temples. 

 

The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace with more than 100 ancient buildings is a sight to behold. It was built over 200 years ago and is truly spectacular. The opulence of this palace is breathtaking. It is mostly used for state occasions now rather than a royal residence. Within It grounds you will find the Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which is worshipped by Buddhists all over the world as it is the most sacred temple in Thailand. The Emerald Budha has been in the royal chapel since the 18th century. It is a symbol of wealth and prosperity and watches over Thailand. It is quite interesting to think this 26 inches tall Buddha statue sitting in a yoga position is carved from a single jade stone – wow!

 

TIPS: The Grand Palace is an extremely popular destination for visitors when in Bangkok and becomes crowded early. Also, ensure you dress respectfully as their is a dress code and it is enforced. So cover your shoulders and knees and remove your shoes before entering the temple. And don’t point your feet towards the Buddha as this is considered disrespectful.

 

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

After visiting the Grand Palace it is only a few minutes walk away to The Temple of the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho on Maharat Road. This Buddhist temples is the oldest temple in Bangkok and houses a stunning reclining Buddha. He is 46 metres long and 15 metres tall covered in gold leaf and intricately decorated. Truly spectacular.  

 

Wat Arun

If you aren’t too templed out head to the majestic Wat Arun. This 18th century Buddhist Temple is also known as the Temple of the Dawn and is a landmark in Bangkok. Rising from the banks of the Chao Phraya River it towers over the surrounding landscape. If you would like sweeping views over Bangkok city and the river climb the stairs and enjoy the views. 

 

Chinatown

By now you might be hungry. Cross the river and head to the night market at Chinatown for an authentic eating experience. Yaowarat Road has a great vibe and is full of street food stalls selling delicious Thai -Chinese dishes. Don’t be phased to stand up while you eat as there maybe a lot of traffic. If single and looking to enjoy some nightlife check out Khao San Road which is known as a backpacker hub. This is due to the large number of cheap accommodation plus bars, restaurants and street stalls.

If you are a little tired after all the walking all day head back to your hotel, like I did. On arriving back I and went up to the roof top bar at my hotel and enjoyed a cold cocktail by the pool while watching the sun set over Bangkok. Bangkok sunsets can be spectacular and a great thing to see while in Bangkok on holiday.

 

Day 2 – More Royal Bangkok – End with a Massage or Rooftop Drink

 

This morning explore more of Royal Thailand with a visit to Dusit Palace, it is the current home of the Thai Royal Family and political centre of Thailand. It is set amidst acres of leafy green gardens with complex and impressive buildings. Most of the buildings are open to visitors including my favourite, the stunning Vimanmek Royal Teach Mansion. Its Grand staircases and intricate lattice walls is a sight to see, so I highly suggest you see it!

 

Jim Thompson’s House

Next visit the charming traditional Thai residence, Jim Thompson’s House. The name doesn’t sound very Thai, that is because the premises is named after Jim Thompson the founder of Thai silk who was an American businessman. Thai Silk was started in 1948 and is now a museum that explains the progress of the silk industry in Thailand and also displays the extraordinary art and antique collection of Jim Thompson. The residence is made from Teak and it is a wonderful place to visit to understand Thai Silk. It is open 11am – 7pm and the easiest way to get there is to take a tuk-tuk or a taxi. 

 

Lumpini Park

Need a bit of a rest why not head to Lumpini Park to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and visiting temples. Lumpini Park is a gorgeous park where you can rest or maybe hire a paddle boat for paddle around the lake. Though in the heat of the middle of the day you may prefer to head back to the air conditioning of your hotel room before coming out again later. 

 

Have a Thai Massage

Maybe after a long day of sightseeing have a relaxing Thai massage. Book one here. As the day is almost over, a suggestion is to head to one of the rooftop bars in Bangkok for ‘happy hour’ to end your day in style with a cocktail. It can be either the rooftop bar of Muse Hotel, Octave Rooftop Bat at the Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, Sirocco’s Skybar or maybe the Sky View 360 degree restaurant and bar located on the top floor of the Grand China Hotel in Chinatown. There are a number to choose from. However, a popular place is the Moon Bar of Banyan tree Hotel as it will give you festive vibes and some fancy drinks along with great food options! But if your hotel has one, like mine did, you can always head there.

 

Day 3 – Shop till you drop

 

Siam Square Is One Of The Largest Shopping Centres In Bangkok.

Siam Square Shopping Mall

 

After two intense days of discovering Royal Bangkok it’s now time to shop till you drop. If you are a shopaholic, you will love shopping in Thailand. Head to Siam Paragon Shopping Mall then maybe The Emporium or Central World or maybe the markets. There are markets all over Bangkok. Start by visiting Bangkok’s popular floating markets like Damnoen Saduak Floating Market for exotic fruits, vegetables and snacks. But the best markets only operate on weekends. The Chatuchak weekend market is the largest and most interesting market in Bangkok with over 15,000 stalls. There is also Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market which is 12 kilometres from central Bangkok and well worth the journey. If you can be in Bangkok on a weekend to visit the markets you will be treated to street food stalls and fresh produce sold from boats. But you do need to be visiting Bangkok on a weekend to enjoy these.

 

Take a Thai Cooking Class

After the markets or serious shopping in the shopping malls why not hire a long tail boat to take you along the canal to Tailing Chan to experience some ‘fish spa therapy’ to let the fish nibble your toes. If not why not book yourself onto a Thai Cooking Course. These are lots of fun. Some courses include a visit to a market to purchase all the fresh ingredients. Then you will learn how to cook some delicious Thai food and eat what you have made. You can book into a cooking class following. What a great way to end a 3 day visit to Bangkok!

 

Extend Your Stay in Bangkok

 

The things to see and do are endless in Bangkok, so if you are planning to extend your stay for more than 3 days you can visit the National Museum of Bangkok to learn more about the history of the bustling city. What about a dinner cruise along the Chao Praya River. Maybe hire a tuk-tuk and have a tour around the city. There are also day trips you could consider. How about a day to the Bridge over the River Kwai. Maybe a day trip to Ayutthaya to see the ruins of the ancient Siamese capital which flourished from the 14th-18th centuries. Or if seeking a day lazing on a beach head down to Pattaya. 

 

Extend your stay by Teaching English

 

Many travellers who have a Teaching English qualification are in demand to fill teaching English positions with English Language Schools in Thailand. This is because English is a language many people want learn. Some travellers arrange a job before they arrive while others arrive on a visitor visa, apply to a school who then sponsors you and will organise a work permit for you to stay and teach for them. 

 

Extend your stay as a Digital Nomad

 

Chiang Mai, in the north of Thailand is a digital nomad hotspot. Mainly because of the cheap accommodation, inexpensive cost of living and the infrastructure set up for digital nomads. If you have an on-line business you might want to set up and work remotely from here also. Though when you work on-line you can set up anywhere there is great wifi. If you would like to be a digital nomad in Thailand, read this first.

 

Are you ready to spend 3 days in Bangkok?

 

As you will find, Bangkok is a vibrant city with a rich royal history situated along the Chao Praya River. You can make your 3 days in Bangkok as action packed or relaxing as you want. You may visit on a stop-over like I did or include time in Bangkok while on a 1 month Thailand itinerary. I hope you enjoy your 3 days in Bangkok, just like I did. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this 3 day Bangkok Itinerary please leave them in the comments section below.

 

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Sharyn McCullum – Travel Writer / Blogger, Remote On-line Worker, sometime Digital Nomad and Travel, Live and Work Abroad Expert. Is a chocoholic, coffee connoisseur and lover of ’80s music. Been travelling all her life thanks to her dad who worked for an airline. Lived in London 4 years on a working holiday. Has holidayed in Hawaii over 15 times and currently calls Melbourne, Australia home. Is inspiring others to get the live work play travel lifestyle with this blog. Read more about Sharyn here.

40 Comments

  1. Makenna

    One of my favorite places in the world!! Very well written can’t wait to go back!

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    • Sharyn McCullum

      Yes, I agree it is a favourite of mine too. I love the food and the atmosphere.

      Reply
  2. The Checklist Chic

    Great list of things to do! I’ll save this for when I travel there next time!

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    • Sharyn McCullum

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked my list of things to do. And I am sure you would be able to add to it as there are plenty more things to see and do if you have more time.

      Reply
  3. Hannah

    Bangkok looks like such a vibrant city! I love the incredible architecture. The Grand Palace looks stunning! You’ve got me itching to visit one day, thanks for the great guide!

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  4. Krista

    I haven’t made it to Bangkok yet so it’s great to know about some things to do there before travelling and what my potential itinerary would be. Thanks for the helpful tips!

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  5. Denise

    I definitely want to visit when it’s safe! Thanks for the info!

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  6. Amy Aed

    These photographs are beautiful – you’ve really captured it!! I would love to visit once this whole pandemic is over.

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  7. MagicandBliss

    Bangkok is an amazing city! So vibrant and even though it’s always buzzing with tourists, I still love visiting it anyway. And yeah, Chiang Mai is my absolute favourite in Thailand and I would love to work from there as soon as it’s safe to travel again.

    Reply
  8. Yanitza

    I really didn’t know much about Bangkok, and this was amazing! I really wish to visit Thailand some day.

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    • Sharyn McCullum

      Bangkok is an amazing place and well worth a visit. I hope you get there someday.

      Reply
  9. Ildiko

    Bangkok looks like a lot of fun. I would be interested in learning more about the Thai silk industry. Sounds fascinating. A Thai massage, Thai food, and some Temple visits would also be interesting.

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    • Sharyn McCullum

      There is plenty to see and do in Thailand and the Thai silk industry is very interesting to discover.

      Reply
  10. Alisha Mansfield

    Great itinerary! I traveled to Thailand a couple of years ago and loved it! Bangkok was such a fun city to visit. I agree a rooftop bar and Thai massage are an absolute must do in Bangkok.

    Reply
  11. Team Traveling Tiny

    Thailand looks so beautiful, I cannot wait to get back traveling internationally!!

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    • Sharyn McCullum

      Thailand is a beautiful place. We are all looking forward to travelling internationally again.

      Reply
  12. Sophia Sanchez

    Bangkok is on my bucketlist! I just love Thai food, the buzzing city, and the beautiful architecture! I’ve been planning to go there since I was still back in the Philippines, but it never happened. Hopefully when things will get better, I can finally give it a visit!

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    • Sharyn McCullum

      I you love Thai food and a buzzing city then you will definitely love Bangkok. I hope you get there soon.

      Reply
  13. VIPIN SAINI

    That’s a great read! I am traveling to Bangkok in the upcoming week. This blog is gonna help me a lot in planning a trip. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to reading more of these awesome blogs.

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    • Sharyn McCullum

      Lucky you that you can fly. Here in Australia we can only fly interstate as our borders are closed. But glad I could be of help – Bangkok is a very interesting place. I loved it.

      Reply
  14. Hels

    Thailand is still one of my favourite countries. I taught in a school in Chiangmai and travelled through Bangkok on several occasions. I was just blown away by those golden palaces and temples, the friendliness of the people and the natural wonders of the mountains and islands.

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  15. Ophelie

    You make me wanna go back to Bangkok! I really enjoyed visiting the temples there. Also you can stay in very luxurious hotels without spending too much, which is quite pleasant!

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  16. Krista

    I haven’t been to Bangkok before so this was really interesting to read. It looks like an amazing city to explore.

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  17. Elena Pappalardo

    Bangkok looks like such an incredible destination. I’d love to check out the temples and soak in the culture. I would definitely consider extending my stay, as per your recommendations.

    Reply
  18. ANUKRATI DOSI

    I simply loved this guide. It is so detailed and comprehensive. Bookmarked it.

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  19. ANUKRATI DOSI

    Bookmarked it. Thank you for sharing such a detailed guide.

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  20. Kathryn

    Bangkok is on our list and this information is most helpful. Their architecture is incredible!!

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  21. Carrie Ann

    I’ve always wanted to visit Bangkok, and it looks like you can see a lot in just three days! Smart idea stopping there to break up that long flight to Sydney.

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    • Sharyn McCullum

      Bangkok is a great place to stopover if travelling from Australia to Europe but it is also a fabulous place to start a holiday in Thailand. I hope you get the chance to visit Bangkok.

      Reply
  22. Magdalena

    Thailand has been tempting me for some time! After this post, I have no doubt that this is a good choice 🙂

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    • Sharyn McCullum

      Bangkok is a great place for a holiday or for a 3 day stopover. Hopefully, you will be able to visit more of Thailand on your visit!

      Reply
  23. Erika

    This is a great guide for how to spent three days in Bangkok! I love how there’s so much to do in this city, I could never get bored. I love Chatuchak weekend market and visiting temples, but I’ve never been to the floating market you recommended. I will have to check it out next time!

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  24. Michelle

    I love Thailand and visiting so many of these highlights. Seeing the temples, visiting the Chatuchak market, and getting a Thai massage were some of my favorite things to do in Bangkok.

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    • Sharyn McCullum

      I loved it to, that’s why I’ve included all those things in this 3 Day in Bangkok Itinerary.

      Reply
  25. Travel A-Broads

    Thailand is one of the most wonderful and magical countries I’ve ever been to! Sadly, we only saw the Bangkok airport the last time we were there, so I’d love to go back and see more. Thanks for sharing; this will come in handy for our next visit. Xx Sara

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  26. Mohana Das

    Bangkok is such an amazing city! You have covered some cool things to do in the city.

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    • Sharyn McCullum

      When you peel back it’s layers, and keel cool from the heat, there are many amazing things to see in Bangkok.

      Reply
  27. Alison

    Great post! I did spend three days in Bangkok but many many years ago. Your post is inspiring me to go back and being a digital nomad in Chiang Mai sounds very inviting.

    Reply
  28. Mayi

    Great itinerary! Thailand is slowly getting up on my bucket list. The country is so fascinating, and Bangkok seems to have so much to see, I can’t wait to discover.

    Reply

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