How To Spend 3 Days In Bangkok, Thailand

by | Apr 4, 2021 | Asia Live Work and Play, Live Work Play Travel | 36 comments

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 was visiting Bangkok on a 3 day stopover to break up the long flight from London to Sydney. And I wished it had been longer 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.

 

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 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 in Thailand with about 400 or so just in Bangkok. Thai is the official language however, English is widely understood, particularly in the tourist areas of Bangkok.

 

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 and 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. You must have covered shoulders 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. Keep all beach wear for the beach.

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

 

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation in Bangkok with a wide variety available. The best areas to stay in Bangkok for your 3 days in Bangkok are Riverside, Sukhumvit, Khaosan and / or Chinatown.

Recommended Riverside Accommodtations

You will find some of the best hotels in Bangkok in the Riverside area around the riverfront. Staying here will mean you are very close to all the major attractions such as many temples and the Grand Palace. You can also use the nearby ferry system to visit places along the riverfront.

Recommended Sukhumvit Accommodations

Sukhumvit is an urban area in Bangkok that is well connected by the Skytrain, the Bangkok Transit System, to some of the best shopping malls, markets, restaurants and street food areas.

Recommended Khaosan Accommodations

Khaosan Road is famous as being the liveliest and business area in Bangkok. It is conveniently located very close to all the cultural attractions which you can reach easily by tuk tuk or taxi. The Kaosan is often preferred by budget travellers and backpackers due to the large amount of cheap accommodation here.

Recommended Chinatown Accommodations

If you love street food and great vibes then Chinatown right near the major attractions around the Grand Palace will be a great place to base yourself during your 3 days in Bangkok.

To find accommodation in Bangkok check out HostelWorld for a bed in a hostel or if wanting something more and ranging from budget to luxury, check out Booking.com

 

How to spend 3 Days in Bangkok

 

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 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 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.

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.  

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. 

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. Or if you are a little tired after all the walking today head back to your hotel, like I did 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. Sunsets can be spectacular.

 

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!

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. 

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. 

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. Then 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.

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. But if you still want to shop particularly for handicrafts and jewellery check out the Chiang May Night Market. 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!

 

More things to do in Bangkok if extending your stay

 

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 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. 

 

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, cost of living and the infrastructure already set up for digital nomads. If you have an on-line business you might want to set up here also. Though when you work on-line you can set up anywhere there is great wifi.

 

READ MORE: How to become a Digital Nomad and Online Jobs you can do.

 

Finally

 

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. 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.

 

Bangkok Images of Grand Palace, Temples And Golden Buddhas.
See Many Temples And Buddhas On A 3 Day Bangkok Visit.

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Useful Travel Resources for Your Next Adventure!

 

Accommodation: Where Will You Sleep Tonight? If you want a bed in a hostel dorm find a great deal with HostelWorld. I mostly stay in hotels now, Booking.com is my favourite site for booking hotels from budget to ‘I feel like splurging’. For something completely different I house and pet sitting through Trusted Housesitters – this has saved me thousands on accommodation, no joke!

Flights: I always head to Skyscanner first to find a cheap and flexible flight.

Car Rental: When I need to rent a car I turn to RentalCars.

Train Travel: I love riding the train rails and get the best value from Eurail and Interrail Passes. And Japan has a great one too – JapanRail Pass.

Bus Travel: Check out Busbud for bus tickets.

Pre-organised Tours: I’ve been on a few in my time with Contiki being my first and favourite. if you are 18-35 years of age you should check them out.

Jump-the-queue entrance tickets: I don’t enjoy standing in long queues which is why I book my entrance tickets and day trips in advance. My favourite website to book them in advance is GetYourGuide.

Travel Insurance. There are a number of reasons why travel insurance is important and I never travel without having bought a policy as you never know when something might happen. World Nomads is great for general travel insurance while SafetyWing is great digital nomads and long-term travellers.

Need something else? Check out my Resources page.

 

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36 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.

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  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.

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  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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