Bangkok, is simply loved for its vibrant and full of life culture, delicious street food, green and lush parks, network of rivers, amazing shopping, some of the biggest markets in the world, and of course its friendly people. Three days in Bangkok isn't long, but enough to appreciate most of the things Bangkok has to offer. Here is our ultimate 3 day itinerary with highlights of things to do in Bangkok. If you have less than three days to spend in this big city, feel free to choose parts of this itinerary and mix it up as it suits you best.
Day 1 in Bangkok:
Start off by visiting the city's luminous sights and attractions. The Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) are an absolute must. Even though these 'wats' (temples) are situated close to one another, taking an organised tour comes highly recommended, especially for the city's first-timers, and those with limited time.
Make your first night here one to remember. Bangkok is notoriously famous for its nightlife. Go paint the town red, by visiting the city's hottest nightlife spots like Patpong, Silom, Nana, Sukhumvit, or RCA. Explore our extensive Bangkok Nightlife Section to find out what's happening, when and where. This is the go-go area of Bangkok. For good or bad, sex is an integral part of Bangkok and walking down this street will give you an idea of that industry. To understand a place, you need to see it all. These types of places arent my thing, but I love people watching and you won't find more interesting people than here.
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Day 2 in Bangkok:
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Bangkok was "the Venice of the east" for a reason. Built upon water, its river and canals formed the thoroughfares until roads were constructed in 1851. You can do a half-day tour to the floating market outside of the city. It makes for a filling morning adventure. Though touristy and a bit of a rip off, if you head out of the area where the buses drop you off, you'll come across the more local part of the market. Moreover, you'll find a lot of good fruit and meals here. I filled my stomach.
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Shopping in Bangkok:
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Shopping is the best thing you can do in Bangkok. If you are staying in Bangkok during the weekend, Chatuchak Weekend Market is a real MUST! Its the size of many football fields and is crowded on the weekends. You'll find everything and anything, from authentic jeans to their fake counterparts. Also, here are world-class Shopping Malls - from the all-time favourite MBK to the fabulous Central World - all contend for your attention. Finding best bargains at Bangkok's many markets can be a fun challenge, too.
Sore muscles are a common condition after day-long bargain hunting. Go have those knotted muscles untied by having a Foot massage or Traditional Thai massage at these heavenly Spas - a guarantee to make your flight back home a pleasant one!
Muay Thai Boxing:
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Muay Thai is everywhere in Thailand, and Thais take the sport very seriously. Fighters train for years. Don't bother seeing tourist Muay Thai fights on any of the islands. Spend a night seeing an authentic match with great fighters in Bangkok.
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Day 3 in Bangkok:
Jim Thompson's House:
Start your morning by visiting Jim Thompsons house which is right near Siam Square. Thompson was an American spy and silk merchant in Thailand during the 50s and 60s. He made his traditional Thai-style home in Bangkok and decorated it with beautiful teak wood, a surrounding garden, and a traditional Thai design. He vanished mysteriously in 1967 while in Malaysia. Donations to the home go towards underprivileged kids.
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In the heart of the chaotic Bangkok you will find this jewel: a quiet place full of shade and ponds and lawns where you can relax before diving back into the chaotic city. You really won't believe how much Lumpini park is big and beautiful. You can sit or take a walk around or rent the little boats and just enjoy the tranquillity of the place.
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Tonight, hit the rooftop of the iconic State Towers Sirocco or the Banyan Trees Vertigo and Moon bar and claim your first-class ticket to the most amazing sunset vista Bangkok has to offer. From this height, the hustle and bustle of downtown feels like a distant hum, with the splendid skyline, a backdrop before which romance unfolds. Explore Bangkok itinerary 3 days planned by our travel expert.
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