How To See Bangkok in Three Days

Typically the cheapest flights in and out of Thailand involve Bangkok International Airport (BKK). While Bangkok isn’t the most ideal place to spend your time in Thailand, the country’s capital offers some beautiful attractions. Keep reading to find how to make the most out of you time in Bangkok.

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Arrive to Bangkok and take a shared minivan to Khao San Road. (150 baht/person found on the ground floor of the airport.) Stay on one of the side streets near Khao San Road to actually get some sleep at night. Drop your stuff off at your hostel and fight taking a nap. Instead, go and get your first of many 250 baht or 5 USD one-hour massages! It’s a great way to refresh your traveling bones! After your massage, grab some amazing street Pad Thai (30 baht). Wander the streets for a bit, refrain from buying anything, and head back to your hostel when your legs can’t carry you another step!

{Traveler’s Tip… Stay at Chill Out Hostel. The location is superb, a minute walk from the hustle and bustle of Khao San Road, yet very quiet. The beds each have individual plugs, lights, and curtains for privacy, with an assigned locker for storing luggage.}

{Traveler’s Tip… Don’t buy any souvenirs (including pants) in Bangkok. Everything is much cheaper in Chiang Mai. Expect to pay 100 baht for traditional Thai pants.}


{Traveler’s Tip… Pack a backpack today with water, an extra battery for your camera, and clothing that covers your knees and shoulders. With how hot it is, you won’t want to wear that clothing all day, but be sure to have it with you for the temples! And wear comfy shoes…you’ll be walking a lot today!}

Make your way to The Grand Palace early in the morning. By arriving early, you’ll beat the heat and the large crowds. Wander around the grounds for a few hours, being sure to stop and people watch for a bit – taking in the reality of the place you’re in. For lunch, head to the local market on the southwest side of the Grand Palace. (It’s in the corner between the Grand Palace and the Reclining Buddha). Save your money and don’t go to the Reclining Buddha. You can skip the expensive entrance fee here and see a Reclining Buddha in Chiang Mai for free.

{Traveler’s Tip… Grand Palace has a hefty entrance fee at 500 baht per person. When you can stay at a hostel for half that price per night, it’s hard to gather the courage to spend that much on a tourist attraction. We get it… we don’t like spending that kind of money either. The Grand Palace is something not to miss though. It truly is a remarkable area!}


Don’t leave the market without grabbing a fresh coconut to drink on your 1.5 mile walk to The Golden Mount. On the way to The Golden Mount, you’ll pass a couple of Wats and the Giant Swing. Wat Suthat Thep Wararam is a great wat to check out. It will get you away from the tourist overload you just experienced at The Grand Palace. The entrance fee here is only 20 baht, and with loads of shade and free toilets, it’s a great place to take a little break. Once you wrap up at this Wat, cross the street to The Golden Mount.


The Golden Mount is by far our favorite place in all of Bangkok. There’s a 20 baht entrance fee, but it’s worth every baht! Walking up the 344 steps to the top of The Golden Mount was the first time we felt like we were really in Thailand. You could spend hours here. Bring a book and relax with the Thai chimes ringing behind you; enjoy the 360 degree views of Bangkok while the wind blows against your face; and connect with the online world with the free wifi offered throughout The Mount!


After the sun sinks down below the horizon, take a TukTuk to Patpong Night Market. You’ll find great street food, the best banana pancakes in all of Thailand, and some interesting things going on behind the scenes throughout the market. Be sure to wrap up dinner around 8:00 and head over to Lumpini Park for a relaxing stroll and great building reflections in the water! You’ll again have to take a cab or TukTuk back to the hostel, as it’s about a five mile walk back to Khao San Road from this part of Bangkok.


{Traveler’s Tip… Beware of Patpong Night Market… the behind the scenes stuff isn’t for young eyes! And remember, a lot of women are forced into work there, and no, you’re not doing them or the economy any favor by paying for any of their services.}

{Traveler’s Tip… Lumpini Park closes at 9:00. We weren’t aware of this and the gates were closed on our arrival. Be sure to give yourself about an hour to stroll through this park and enjoy the city reflections in the ponds!}


Today you’re checking out of your place in Bangkok and heading to a new part of Thailand. (For ideas on where to head next, check out this two week Thailand itinerary.) If it’s Saturday, head to the Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market. From our research and experience, this is the least touristy floating market and is one of the closest to Bangkok. Be sure to go hungry, as you will want to try all the food you see! Bring cash, and enjoy being immersed in Thai culture! Here, you can read why this is the best Bangkok Floating Market! 


The form of transportation you booked to Chiang Mai, or elsewhere, will determine what you do after the market. If you’re taking the overnight train or bus to Chiang Mai, head back to your hostel get your belongings and then grab some dinner/snacks for the ride! The train offers food, but it’s a bit expensive and didn’t look too good. Try and get some sleep on the train, when you wake up you’ll be in one of the prettiest places of Thailand!



We recommend heading up to Chiang Mai after Bangkok. This way you can experience the Chiang Mai Sunday Market and see a bit of the beautiful Thailand terrain.  And guess what!? Here’s some ideas on what to do in Chiang Mai, the cute northern Thailand town of Pai, and the beautiful island of Koh Phi Phi.   And don’t forget, for an overview of a two week Thailand itinerary, and ideas on what you need to book and for what days, check out this post!



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