Bangkok, as understood by a few tourists is not just a place you spend a day or two before you head to other islands. You will need a minimum of 3 days to see the city as it has a lot to offer than just a few temples and activities.
Unlike other major tourist destinations like Dubai, London, NYC, etc., Bangkok is a destination where you would like to eat, stroll and chill out on the sidelines. Therefore, if you are planning for a 7-day Thailand Holiday, we suggest you keep a minimum of 3 days to explore Bangkok. It is worth every penny whether you are on your honeymoon or just a family holiday.
Here is a walkthrough of those 3 days.
The temple tour:
Bangkok is filled with beautiful temples and there is no better way to see them than in a Tuk Tuk, the cheapest and quickest way to see the temples. Some of the best temples that one should not miss is:
Wat Saket and the Golden Mount
Reclining Buddha at Wat Pao:
Also called the temple of the reclining Buddha, Wat Pao is a must do for a first-time visitor to Bangkok. The giant Buddha measures 46 meters long and is covered in gold leaf and housed in the largest temple complex. This place is also considered as the leading school on massage in Thailand.
The Grand Palace:
Not too far from Wat Pao, is the Royal Palace known as the Grand Palace. It is a complex building located at the heart of Bangkok. The royal family doesn’t live here and is only used for official functions. The palace has been the home of King Siam since 1782. While at the palace, the craftsmanship and the architecture makes one feel like you are a part of the royalty. Make sure this palace is on the ‘top of the day’ schedule to avoid crowds
Known as the temple of the dawn, Wat Arun offers you some of the best views. The views at sunset are one the most memorable points in Bangkok. Given the beautiful structure of the temple, it is considered one of the most beautiful edifices in Thailand.
Khao San Road:
Khao San road is one of the busiest roads in Bangkok and is filled with tourists. Known as the backpacker’s capital of the world, if offers never-ending restaurants, bars, local vendors and street food. It is also a favorite place for the locals during weekends.
Certainly, one of Bangkok’s most vibrant neighborhoods, Chinatown in Bangkok is a culinary feast. Packed with the markets, street-side restaurants, and many gold shops. At night, the area is one of the best places in the city to get delicious seafood. From temples to shopping arcades to the staggering array of good food, Chinatown should be a must on everyone’s Bangkok itinerary.
Bangkok is a city of shoppers, and the Thai capital’s landscape is dominated by skyscrapers packed with some of the most impressive shopping malls in the region – and the world. Malls in Bangkok are more than just malls – they are social hubs where people eat (mall food courts in Bangkok are delicious), drink at bars, see movies & sit at coffee shops. Here are some of our favorite shopping centers in Bangkok:
o Siam Paragon
o Central World
o Terminal 21
o Mega Bangna
o Central Embassy
Watch A Muay Thai:
Muay Thai (a combat sport involving striking and clinching) is everywhere in Thailand and Thais take it very seriously. Fighters train for years. Don’t bother seeing the tourist Muay Thai fights on any of the islands. Instead, spend a night seeing an authentic match with world-class fighters in Bangkok at Rajadamnern Stadium.
Visit the Floating Market:
While Bangkok’s floating markets were once thriving and vital part of Thai daily life, they are nevertheless still vibrant social hubs where merchant communities gather to sell, trade, eat and chat, and there is always a jovial atmosphere. You can enjoy a half-day visit to the floating markets around the city. Khlong Lat Mayom and Thaling Chan are the two most popular markets.
Chatuchak Weekend Market:
Chatuchak is a landmark tourist destination in Bangkok and is a must visit place for every tourist. None will come close to beating the sheer size and variety found at Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market. It really is a sight to behold, and it’s arguably the best place in the whole city to buy souvenirs and all the other things. Make sure you visit here at the weekend as everything under the sun is available here only during weekends.
The 142 acres of green land in the heart of the city is a much needed green space after you navigate through the concrete jungle. Named after the village where the Buddha was born in what’s now Nepal, Lumpini Park was established in the 1920s by King Rama VI. Canals, wealthy estates, and fruit orchards rimmed the park back then, but it’s now surrounded by tall buildings in a wealthy and conveniently located part of the city. Most travelers simply go for a stroll before lounging on the Bermuda grass or feeding the fish from atop one of the bridges.
Visit the National Museum:
The collection of artifacts and treasures housed in a former royal palace and the museum makes for a fascinating insight into rich Thai history. Some of the oldest items on display date back to prehistoric times with pottery from Ban Chiang, the famous craftsmen know in the far east world. Chinese weapons, gold treasures, traditional musical instruments from around Southeast Asia and many excellent examples of Thai architecture.
Elephant and Crocodile Show:
Elephant Theme Show said to be the world’s largest Elephant Theme Show where huge elephants perform amazing tasks and games, such as playing football, dancing, racing, and etc. You can also see a dramatic show of how these elephants are used in royal battles and how a wild elephant is captured.
Recognized as the world’s largest center for crocodiles, the Crocodile Farm aims to help preserve crocodiles by breeding them in captivity. It is possible to witness ‘Crocodile Wrestling’ and keepers putting their heads into crocodile’s mouths – quite amazing spectacles
One needs to spend time in Bangkok to feel the city’s charm. Three days to cover most of the attractions and get a hearty view of one of the top tourist cities in the world.