EPIC Bangkok Itinerary! (November 2019)

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Bangkok is one of the cheapest cultural destinations in the world, and a busy, vibrant metropolis.

There is something for everyone – an amazing variety of Wats (ornate Buddhist temples) studding the modern landscape of the city, a busy and exciting nightlife, immense street markets and small, charming ones, flower gardens and exotic shows!  

The food is delicious, varied and affordable, and accommodation is well-priced and easy to find! Check out the best times to go, the best activities and tours, and a detailed itinerary to plan your perfect stay in this BKK itinerary!

 

Best time to visit Bangkok

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These are the best times to visit Bangkok!

Thailand has a summer monsoon season and dry, warm Winters, so most tourists visit over the Nov-Feb period. But if you prefer warm but wet and dirt-cheap prices, consider going during the Summer months! Plus, the ferocious, epic monsoon rains are a sight to behold.        

 Average TemperaturesChance of RainCrowdsOverall Grade
January26°C / 79°FLowBusy🙂
February28°C / 82°FLowBusy🙂
March29°C / 84°FLowMedium😀
April30°C / 86°FAverageCalm🙂
May30°C / 86°FAverageCalm🙂
June29°C / 84°FHighCalm😐
July29°C / 84°FHighCalm😐
August28°C / 83°FHighCalm😐
September28°C / 82°FVery HighCalm🙁
October28°C / 82°FAverageCalm😀
November27°C / 80°FLowMedium😀
December26°C / 78°FLowBusy/King’s birthday🙂

 

Where to stay in Bangkok

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These are the best places to stay in Bangkok!

Bangkok has a lot of really great accommodation on offer for all budgets and interests. Some of the best hostels in Bangkok are cheap and others are pricey. If you’re spending more than 2 days in Bangkok you can even try out different places – this is a great way to meet new people!

If you’re looking to be immersed in the ancient culture of the city, there are hostels and hotels situated in the center of the old city, a short walk away from some of the major temples and sites.

If you’re more interested in experiencing the modern attractions and nightlife of this impressive and cosmopolitan city, you can find a place right on Khao San Road, the ultimate backpacker’s hub, or even a party hostel in the middle of the city. There are many neighborhoods to choose from and choosing where to stay in Bangkok is important.

Check our in-depth neighborhood guide for Bangkok to learn about where to stay in the city!

 

Best hostel in Bangkok – Vivit Hostel Bangkok

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Vivit Hostel Bangkok is our pick for the best hostel in Bangkok

The Vivit Hostel is a cute, relaxed and comfortable hostel at a great price. Free breakfast and all essential amenities are provided! The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, happy to help you map out your day plan. It’s within walking distance from many of Bangkok’s cultural sights and its vibrant nightlife scene – everything you could want.

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Best budget hotel in Bangkok – Thanabhumi

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Thanabhumi is our pick for the best budget hotel in Bangkok

Thanabhumi is a great value budget hotel, with lovely rooms, a large common area, and great location – it’s a short 1km walk from Bangkok’s Khao San Road, and close to other tourist destinations. There’s air-conditioning (thank goodness), a terrace with a great view of the city, and free snacks!

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Best luxury hotel in Bangkok –  Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse

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The Surawongse is our pick for best luxury hotel in Bangkok

The Surawongse is a gorgeous, conveniently-located five-star hotel, with spacious and luxurious rooms. Top quality local and foreign cuisine at the in-house restaurant, an infinity pool and bar on the roof with a gorgeous view of the city, and a wellness center and spa mean you’ll never want to leave!

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Bangkok Itinerary

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Welcome to our EPIC Bangkok itinerary

There are so many places to go and so much cool stuff to do in Bangkok. However if you plan ahead you can fit all the important places into 3 days in Bangkok. Travel by tuk-tuk, taxi, skytrain, ferry and foot – the whole city is easily accessible. Particularly in the case of Tuk-Tuks and river ferries, the travel is very much part of the experience!

Have a look at our tips on travelling in Thailand, and see how you can do Bangkok in 3 days or less, with lots of extra places and adventures for those of you lucky enough to be staying for longer!

 

Day 1 Itinerary in Bangkok

Chatuchak Weekend Market | Wat Pho | Grand Palace | Temple of Dawn | Thai Massage

 

Stop 1 – Stroll through Chatuchak Weekend Market

  • Why it’s awesome: It has everything! A bright, colorful, vibrant shopping and browsing experience unlike any other.
  • Cost: The market is free, and the wares are sold primarily at local prices.
  • Food nearby: Grab some street food from a vendor while you walk through the stalls – there are lots to choose from!

This, of course, only works as your first destination if you’re arriving in Bangkok over the weekend, but if you aren’t, be sure to fit it in somewhere! With 15 000 stalls over 35 acres, the Chatuchak Weekend Market has everything – food, fashion, art, and antiques. It’s good to put away a few hours to spend here, as there is just so much that will interest you.

Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok

Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok (photo credits: bangkokattractions.com)

The stalls are stacked close together, and the sound of haggling fills the air – if you need a breather, escape to the outer stalls and grab a coconut ice-cream or some pineapple on a stick.

The prices are low, but sometimes hiked up to catch unsuspecting tourists, so don’t be afraid to haggle! Many take pleasure in the back-and-forth, and consider it an insult if you don’t haggle. If you have never hagggled before, then our How To Haggle guide will be useful.

 The market is a brilliant cultural experience, and you’re bound to come away with a good few trinkets for the family and a new appreciation for Thai street food.

 

Day 1 / Stop 2 – Wat Pho

  • Why it’s awesome: The gold-plated Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho is a sight to behold at 46-meters. And it’s Bangkok’s oldest and largest temple complex!
  • Cost: 200 Baht/person ($6.3)
  • Food nearby: Try some Thai sweets and tea with a beautiful view of the river at the nearby ViVi The Coffee Place.

The temple complex is extensive and ornate, with Thailand’s largest collection of Buddha images and four chapels. Buddhist visitors leave gifts at the feet of the statues, and you’ll often find trinkets, candy, or a soda with a straw in it, for when the gods are thirsty.

The temple compound, Thailand’s earliest center for public education, is now the national headquarters for the preservation and education of traditional Thai medicine. The golden Reclining Buddha is 15 meters high and 46 meters long, and fills up the room it occupies!

Wat Pho, Bangkok

Wat Pho, Bangkok (photo credits: getyourguide.com)

For this whole day you should wear shoes you can easily take off – you’ll have to if you want to enter the temples. And wear clothing (even a scarf) that covers the shoulders and knees! You’ll likely be denied entry to the Wats if they feel your attire is not respectful.

Insider Tip: You can walk between these destinations, or you can take a ~40 Baht ($1.26) ferry, passing many temples and stopping at the best.

 

Day 1 / Stop 3 – The Grand Palace

  • Why it’s awesome: The architectural symbol of Thailand, this opulent palace is the religious, ritual, and spiritual center of the country.
  • Cost: 500 Baht/person ($15.73)
  • Food nearby: For an opportunity to rest your feet and eat, stop at Cho Prathum Thong Restaurant and beer garden.

An easy 10-minute walk from Wat Pho, this is the perfect next destination! One of the best things to do in Bangkok, the Palace is not something you should miss. Take a walk through its extensive manicured garden and picturesque structures to see some of the most spectacular architecture, sculptures, and art in Thailand. It’ll leave you in awe!

The Grand Palace, Bangkok

The Grand Palace, Bangkok (photo credits: bangkok.com)

Not everything in the palace is open to tourists, but it’s still one of the top tourist destinations, thanks to the amazing sights!

Included in the compound is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which houses Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist sculpture, carved from a flawless green jade. Other highlights are the Royal Pantheon, the Image Hall, a miniature Angkor Wat, and the Bell Tower.

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Day 1 / Stop 4 – Temple of Dawn

  • Why it’s awesome: You can feel the splendor and awe of by-gone days in this ancient temple.
  • Cost: 50 Baht (1.57)
  • Food nearby: Grab some waffles and a coffee from the quaint nearby café A Day In Summer.

Just a short walk and ferry ride from the Grand Palace, the Temple of Dawn, or Wat Arun, is a must-see in Bangkok. Its main staggered spire is a towering 70 meters long, decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass and Chinese porcelain.

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok (photo credits: bangkok.com)

It is truly something to behold, and much like the other stops on this day, you should bring your camera! It is something you will always want to remember, a cultural and religious – not to mention architectural – landmark.

The steps are steep so if you want to see the whole thing, gather your energy beforehand, pack water, and be prepared to dedicate two-three hours to it. If you don’t feel the need to see it in such detail, be sure to still stop by on your way! You won’t regret it.

 

Day 2 / Stop 5 – Blind Thai Massage

  • Why it’s awesome: After a full day of walking around, a traditional Thai massage will hit all the sweet spots, and allow you to fall asleep without the aches and pains of the day.
  • Cost: 450 – 1800 Baht ($14.16 – 56.64)
  • Food nearby: There are dozens of food stalls along the road – find anything you’re craving, at a very low price. 

While you may just want to get back to your hotel after the long and exciting day, you won’t regret a stop at a massage parlor to indulge in a foot, or full body, massage.

While any massage in Bangkok is likely to be a pleasant experience, Perception Blind Massage offers something a little different – they provide employment to the visually impaired, who can fully focus on their sense of touch. The interior design is dark, so that like your masseuse, you are fully focused on the physical experience of it. You can choose between light, medium, and hard pressure, and there’s a range of massage styles to choose from.

Blind Thai Massage, Bangkok

Blind Thai Massage, Bangkok (photo credits: coconuts.co)

Rather than lying in bed complaining about your feet and your back and that hip thing that acts up every now and then, you’ll sleep like a baby, and be ready to face the new day, with its fresh list of excursions, when you wake up.

 

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Vivit Hostel Bangkok
The Vivit Hostel is a cute, relaxed and comfortable hostel at a great price. Free breakfast and all essential amenities are provided!
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Day 2 Itinerary in Bangkok

Marble Temple | Thompson House | Museum of Contemporary Art | Golden Mount | Cabaret Show | Khao San Road

 

Stop 1 – The Marble Temple, Wat Banchamabophit

  • Why it’s awesome: The temple is beautiful and serene, and you’ll likely find yourself the only tourist there.
  • Cost: 20 Baht (0.63)
  • Food nearby: Vendors along the river sell fruit on a stick, Thai candies, and fried meat.

The Marble Temple, sitting on the edge of the Prem Prachakon river, is a modern and striking temple. Arriving in the morning, it is relatively quiet and often serene, less of a tourist location than many of the other temples. It’s very peaceful, and thea perfect opportunity to take some photos without dozens of other people in them!

Marble Temple, Bangkok

Marble Temple Wat Banchamabophit, Bangkok

The courtyard exhibits 52 local and foreign Buddha images from the period of its construction, around 1900, each one in a different style and pose. The temple itself is ornate, the impeccably crafted white marble structure contrasting strikingly with the dark red roof and decorative details.

Insider Tip: If you’re a morning person, get up early and go at dawn! The white marble turns a gorgeous shade of pink, and you’ll be the only one there with the monks in prayer.

 

Day 2 / Stop 2 – Jim Thompson House

  • Why it’s awesome: You’ll get a whole new appreciation for more recent Thai history and art, and see some super cool ancient artifacts.
  • Cost: 200 Baht ($6.29), Students: 100 Baht ($3.15), Children: Free
  • Food nearby: Grab some excellent noodle soup from the vendor outside, or have lunch at the in-house restaurant.

The Jim Thompson House Museum, an estate of the late American who started the Thai silk industry after WW2, houses a unique and extensive collection of Asian art. The tropical gardens are beautiful and exotic, and there is much to see and learn.

An unusually tranquil experience in the middle of the Bangkok bustle, the tours are interesting and provide a much broader history of Thailand and the silk trade than you ever thought you’d want to know. The fascinating artifacts, and the guides’ energy, will keep you engaged.

Jim Thompson House, Bangkok

Jim Thompson House, Bangkok (photo credits: grandsukhumvithotel.com)

Guided tours are provided between 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. everyday. Tours are offered in Thai, English, French, Chinese, and Japanese.

Spend about an hour inside the museum, and you’ll come away with a far greater understanding and appreciation of Thai silk, history and art.

Insider Tip: No photos are permitted inside the house.

 

Day 2 / Stop 3 – Museum of Contemporary Art

  • Why it’s awesome: The art is spectacular, seductive and strange.
  • Cost: 250 Baht ($7.87), Students: 100 Baht ($3.15)
  • Food nearby: Noodle shop Damrong is a quick walk across the river – their beef noodles are absurdly good.

Amid all the history, take some time to explore the influences and preoccupations of contemporary Thailand. The museum exhibits the exceptional works of art collected over the past three decades by Boonchai Bencharongkul, most of which are by Thai artists.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Bangkok

Museum of Contemporary Art, Bangkok (photo credits: bangkok101.com)

A combination of contemporary traditional-style Thai art and more modern, academic styles, the uniqueness of Thailand’s artists is explored and celebrated. And you’ll want to celebrate them too! 

This museum isn’t on everyone’s list, but we believe it should be. Thailand has a lot more to offer than just glimpses of its past, and this museum really shows that!

 

Day 2 / Stop 4 – The Golden Mount (Wat Saket)

  • Why it’s awesome: You can take in the city views alongside the ancient old temple, and ring the votive bells!
  • Cost: 50 Baht ($1.57)
  • Food nearby: Get an iced latte at Golden Mount Coffee halfway up the hill, or some street food at the bottom of the temple grounds.

Watch the sun go down over Bangkok from the top of Wat Saket, The Golden Mount. The temple on a hill offers 360-degree views of the city, after a pleasant walk up the slow-incline stairs. The walk requires some energy, but you can take it at your pace, and trees shade the path.

Wat Saket, Bangkok

Wat Saket, Bangkok (photo credits: tourismthailand.org)

When the wind blows the votive bells ring, and the prayers of monks are ever-present over the speakers. There are statues and golden buddhas in every corner, making the walk up as brilliant as the final destination.

From the top, you can marvel at the way Bangkok’s modern landscape incorporates the ancient Wats and structures to display a wholly unique cityscape. This stop is a tranquil, spiritual oasis in the busy metropolis.

 

Day 2 / Stop 5 – Take in a Cabaret Show

  • Why it’s awesome: It’s the perfect nighttime excursion – all the glitz and glam you can conjure up, while you relax and enjoy.
  • Cost: 900 Baht ($28.32)
  • Food nearby: There’s an in-house restaurant! In fact, you can get a ticket for a meal and a show if you’d prefer.

In Bangkok, there’s no need to slow down after the sun sets – in fact, we’d advise against it. There’s just so much you’d miss! Thailand is famed for its ‘ladyboy’ cabaret shows, and there are some top-class options to choose from in Bangkok. We suggest Calypso, simply because it’s splendid and well-renowned.

Cabaret Show, Bangkok

Cabaret Show, Bangkok (photo credits: tuktukdude.com)

Rest your tired feet and prepare to be dazzled, with flamboyant outfits in every color of the rainbow, and all the glitter you can pack on to a five-foot drag queen.  

The shows are energetically and beautifully choreographed, and the tunes always fun. The performers work really hard, and it’s quite an art form. Just keep in mind that they’re lip-syncing, and it’s cheesy entertainment. You will always have a good time, just come prepared for what you’re getting!

 

Day 2 / Stop 6 – Stroll and Shop on Khao San Road

  • Why it’s awesome: It’s busy, bright, fun, and there’s a billion things to buy, all cheaper than what you can find at home.
  • Cost: Free – just bring some cash for shopping
  • Food nearby: Explore the street food options – there are plenty.

Khao San Road is Bangkok’s most popular tourist hub and is far and above more fun than any old shopping mall. Stroll down the long road and stop at anything that delights you and barter with the salesmen (always barter – they make the price high with the expectation of cutting down).

Chat to tourists and locals, and make sure your money is in a safe, close place, preferably an inner pocket or fanny pack. Most market-goers are friendly and helpful, but in a place as packed as this, there’s bound to be pickpockets taking a chance.

Khao San Road, Bangkok

Khao San Road, Bangkok

Stalls are lit up in bright colors to make their wares seen, and there’s lots of noise and chaos.

Insider Tip: We always suggest that people pack their backpack with just two days’ clothes, and buy the rest at Khao San – you’ll want to anyway, and this way you’ll have enough space in your bag for everything!

Gardens Neighborhood, Cape Town

You should always have emergency cash hidden on you – pick up this awesome security belt with its hidden pocket before you travel, it’s perfect for hiding money, a passport photocopy.

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Bangkok Itinerary: Day 3 and Beyond

Thai Cooking Class | Siam Paragon | Bike and Canal Tour | Muay Thai | Royal City Avenue

If you’re staying three days or more see how many of these trips and activities you can fit in! They’re all a load of fun, and will make some great memories.

 

Chef LeeZ Thai Cooking Class

  • Learn to make 12 Thai dishes in a single class!
  • Classes are 5 hours long and start at 10 am every day.
  • When you’re done, you have free access to her recipe book and ‘how to’ tips, so that you can always refresh your skills.

If you’re spending more than two days in Bangkok, take a cooking class! The class is designed for everyone and is very ‘hands on’ – you prepare your ingredients, learn to cook the meal with continuous instructions and help, and then eat each meal before starting with the next one.

Come hungry, enthusiastic and ready to learn! And pace yourself while eating – 12 full meals may be a bit too much to take in, so unless you’re an athlete eater, save some of each dish so you can keep trying the new ones. You can always eat it later, and marvel at how well you did! 

Chef LeeZ Thai Cooking Class, Bangkok

Chef LeeZ Thai Cooking Class, Bangkok (photo credits: thai-cooking-class-bangkok.business)

At Chef LeeZ, ingredients are adjusted for each student, so that vegans, vegetarians, meat eaters, novices, children and professionals are all catered to and able to participate in the same class. Chef LeeZ is a great storyteller as well as a fantastic chef, so the instruction is fun and moves at a good pace!

Classes run from 10am to 2pm, and there is only one per day, fitting no more than 8 students at a time. Book in advance, perhaps before you even reach Bangkok, if you want to fit into Bangkok’s best Thai cooking class. It’s a really fun experience to share, so bring a friend or come alone and share it with the whole group.

When you’ve got time for it, a cooking lesson in Thailand is definitely up there with the top things to do. You’ll come away with a greater understanding of Thai culture and cuisine, and stuffed to the brim. And you won’t have to miss having proper Thai food because you’ll just whip some up whenever you’re craving!

 

Siam Paragon

  • It’s incredibly luxurious and lavish – a great place to people-watch.
  • You’ll find anything you want, from top brands to live entertainment.
  • An especially great place to spend some time if it’s raining!

We haven’t suggested any malls yet, simply because there are so many other things to do in Bangkok, and shopping in a mall simply isn’t something that jumps to mind when you think of authentic Thai experiences. But now we have to add it – Siam Paragon is so incredibly decadent, immense and luxurious, it is an experience in its own right. 

Whether you want to find some modern local clothing, try the games in entertainment area, or, like us, you just want to browse and see what a giant millennial mall in Bangkok looks like on the inside, you’ll enjoy yourself.

Siam Paragon, Bangkok

Siam Paragon, Bangkok

It is a lavish and truly foreign place, unlike malls anywhere else. If you’re on a budget, you may just want to window shop here,unless you’re looking for something specific. You wouldn’t want to blow all your money in one place. But it has absolutely everything. Children will love it! As will anyone interested in modern Thai beauty standards and practices (a fascinating thing in itself!). 

The food hall has anything you want, and at surprisingly good prices!

 

Bike and Canal Tour

  • A 5-hour guided bicycle tour of Bangkok
  • Slow down and experience downtown Bangkok’s bustling canal-side communities
  • Bikes, helmets, and bottled water are provided and all ages are welcome.

An English-speaking guide leads you on   through the streets of Bangkok, telling the group about local everyday Thai culture and Buddhism, and pointing out the sights. 

This is a great opportunity to get off the beaten track and explore parts of Bangkok that are thronging with locals rather than tourists. The guide is patient, engaged and responsible, and they know what they’re talking about.

Bike and Canal Tour, Bangkok

Bike and Canal Tour, Bangkok (photo credits: nagatravel.com)

Whether you go with friends or alone you’re bound to have a great time, meeting new people and exploring. Groups are between 2 and 8 people, so you can choose to join a group or make your own! The tour costs 1,350 – 13,500 Baht ($42.48 – $424.79) per adult, depending on the size of the group and other factors. Bring your camera if you want to capture those seldom-seen sights, or come without one and enjoy the undocumented moment of it.

Lunch at a canal-side restaurant is included in the cost, where you can take a break from pedaling, and enjoy the local food. When the tour is complete, and your legs are aching, the group boards a long-tail speedboat and returns to the starting point. 

While you don’t have to be too fit for this activity, it’s important to be healthy and able to cycle. Most people who take part are young backpackers looking for something a little different – children may not be keen to ride for a half day, and older folk may struggle with the exercise and heat. But that doesn’t rule you out! You know your own abilities.

 

Master Toddy’s Muay Thai

  • You get to train with an absolute MASTER of Muay Thai, who has trained martial arts world champions.
  • The training makes you feel strong and self-reliant while having a load of fun.
  • The gym is unbelievably cool! You’ll feel like a world champion yourself.

If you’re looking for something different, and want to work off some of those noodles and coconut ice-cream, try some Muay Thai! The martial arts style has been around since the mid-18th century! Referred to as ‘the art of 8 limbs’, the style is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins. 

Master Toddy is a Muay Thai guru with over 50 years of experience. He has trained over 50 World Champions in MMA, Muay Thai & Boxing, and it is truly an honor to be able to train with him! 

Master Toddy’s Muay Thai, Bangkok

Master Toddy’s Muay Thai, Bangkok (photo credits: mastertoddy.com)

The gym, accredited by the Thailand Ministry of Education and Muay Thai International Association, offers 2-hour private lessons, and group classes suitable for all levels of skill. You should be reasonably fit and expect to sweat! Also, don’t plan anything too strenuous for the next day. You may be a little stiff.

There are also week, month, and year-long courses on offer. So if you find yourself taken with Bangkok, you could stay and become a trained Muay Thai fighter! Won’t the folks back home be surprised!

Specific self-defense classes are also offered for children. If you already know what you’re doing, you can even take a recognized instructors course! But we’re getting carried away – if you’re looking for a little fun exercise and an unusual, authentic Thai experience, give it a go. 

Find out more about how cool it is to visit Bangkok with our epic backpackers guide here!

 

Royal City Avenue by night

  • If you’re looking to party, Bangkok’s busiest party street is a good place to go.
  • The clubs open early and close by 2am, but you can party on the street and in bars till the sun comes up.
  • With more Thais then tourists, expect a different atmosphere to your usual Western party street. They do things a little differently here!

We can’t leave out a bit of nightlife activity! If you’re keen on partying, book yourself into one of Bangkok’s partying hostels, and go out to RCA!

Be sure to bring your ID or passport, as most places will ask for it. They also charge foreigners an entrance fee, so scope out your options before you go in, you won’t want to try them all out. Unless, of course, you have the cash. Then, by all means, go club hopping! It’s also great fun to walk down the vibrant street and grab a drink at one of the bars, so scoping out has additional benefits.

Royal City Avenue, Bangkok

Royal City Avenue, Bangkok (photo credits: bangkok.com)

Royal City Avenue is a zone designated by the government for dance clubs, full moon parties, rock and roll, and live concerts. And it’s one of the city’s best red-light districts! If you’ve been looking for a good party, you’ll be sure to love it here. During any of Bangkok’s festivals, the parties are extra flamboyant and raucous! 

There are several nightclubs open seven nights a week, and they open early. For hip hop, trance and live music, check out Route66 – it plays all three in different rooms. Most of the crowd is Thai, and they dress to impress, so if you want to get in, you may have to don something a little fancier than your backpacker’s shorts and tee. The clubbing style here is distinctly Thai, which means more drinking than dancing, so just be prepared!

For many, the bars outside are more fun and a better way to make friends. They’re also cheaper, and you don’t have to pay entrance fees!

Don’t forget to pack a good book!

Fodor’s Bangkok 25 Best: This is our top recommendation for an awesome and inspiring read on this magical city.

 

Staying safe in Bangkok

Bangkok, like most cities, has a few safety issues to be aware of. Don’t be put off the fascinating city, but keep in mind the dangers and take precautions. That’s the best way to travel! 

If you want to join any tour groups, make sure they’re reputable and well-reviewed – there’s always a few scams making the rounds, but we’re in the golden age of reviews, so they’re easy to avoid. Keep your cash, cards, and passport close to your person, preferably in an inner pocket or fanny pack, rather than a handbag or backpack.

To avoid getting food poisoning and ruining your stay, eat at food stalls that have other people at them and cook the food in front of you. This way you know it’s fresh! And only drink bottled water – the locals do too, and the low price of bottled water reflects this! 

Most importantly, don’t do any drugs. We know, we sound like an 8th grade school teacher, but Thailand is well-known to imprison tourists caught with drugs, providing lengthy sentences in notoriously poor conditions. So, while you’re there, just say no.

If you’re still concerned about staying safe, then you should read our security guide for Bangkok – it is much more comprehensive and covers more subjects in-depth.

Don’t forget to sort your travel insurance! We’ve put together a roundup of the best travel insurance for backpackers, or if you’re low on time, get a quote from World Nomads now, our favourite travel insurance provider.

 

Day Trips From Bangkok

If you want to get away from the rush of Bangkok for the day, check out these tours! Enjoy some serene silence in the ruins of Ayutthaya or the Wat Bang Phra monastery, experience the culture of rural Thailand, or get your adrenaline pumping!

 

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Maeklong Train Market Tour

Floating Market

This 6-hour tour starts by train, taking you to the unique Maeklong Railway Market, where vendors sell seafood, flowers, and wares right next to the train. Quickly barter and buy in the railway station, before the wares are quickly pulled back for trains to pass. It provides an uncommon opportunity to relax and see the sights of rural Thailand before thronging crowds and activity. Bring your camera!

You are then taken by speedboat to Damnoen Saduak, Thailand’s most famous floating market, and another very different shopping experience. Stroll around the side of the market, marvel at the aesthetic, and buy some mango sticky rice.

This is a great opportunity to see something completely different.

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Ayutthaya Day Tour by Bus & Boat

Ayutthaya Day Tour

This exciting 9-hour day tour takes you to the incredible, colorful Bang Pa-In Summer Palace. You get to see the ancient ruins of monasteries, Buddhist temples and palaces, as well as the ancient head of Buddha tangled in a tree trunk and roots.

The tour stops at each destination, where you are informed about its history and significance by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, and allowed time to walk around and take photos.

The tour then shifts to the river, where you cruise from Ayutthaya back to Bangkok while enjoying the Thai and Western buffet. It is relaxed and comfortable, perfect for all ages.

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Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Day Trip

Elephant Jungle

Spend some time with these lovable giants, at an ethically run jungle sanctuary. Highlights of this 6-hour trip include a mud ‘spa’, a dip in the river, swimming, and feeding, all with the elephants. You can also help their caretakers make nutritional supplements for them!

Learn about their behavior and history, intertwined as it is with Thai culture. The trip includes a traditional Thai lunch, and a two hour drive through Bangkok’s rural and aesthetic surrounds. Photographers will take pictures of you and the ellies throughout the day at no extra charge.

The sanctuary promotes sustainable tourism, so no elephant riding is offered, as this is harmful to the animals.

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Full-Day Eco Zip Line Adventure

full day tour

Soar above one of Thailand’s most pristine rainforests, just a few hours drive from Bangkok! With 24 different platform stations, 2 hanging sky bridges and 2 rappel descents, this adventure is fun for the adventure junkies, the nature lovers, and the young at heart!

Education about the local wildlife and vegetation is provided along the journey. The adventure tour has a strong commitment to responsible eco-tourism, ensuring that part of their earnings goes to restoring the flora, fauna & wildlife of this amazing rainforest. So your participation supports rainforest conservation and carbon offset programmes! How cool is that?

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Holy Tattoo Experience at Wat Bang Phra

Holy Tattoo

Get a holy bamboo hand poke tattoo and blessing from a Buddhist Monk or certified tattoo master at the famous Wat Bang Phra. This is an amazing, spiritual experience, but not for the faint of heart!

Wat Bang Phra is a practicing Buddhist monastery, approximately 50 kilometers west of Bangkok. The temple is known for its daily tattoos, or Sak Yant, given by the local monks. This tradition of tattooing dates back hundreds of years and is an honor. A truly unique experience.

Included in the trip is a tour around the monastery, and a traditional Wai Kru set, with a flower, candle and incense stick.

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Conclusion of the Bangkok Itinerary

Now that you know just what to do and where to go to make the absolute best of your Bangkok holiday, no matter how short it is, all there is left to do is book those tickets! 

Bangkok can be intense, and a lot of first-time travelers find themselves overwhelmed by the amount of things to do and the people happy to take your money (check out our post on costs in Thailand). So, whether you use this Bangkok itinerary as a soft guideline or a set plan, be sure to use the resources and information provided – it’ll benefit you when you get there! And this way, you won’t miss out on the best Bangkok has to offer.

 

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