This is our three night itinerary of what to do in Bangkok.
Bangkok can be described easily in one word… crazy!!
This applies to the humid heat, the passionate people and the mental markets!
We spent 3 full nights and days in Bangkok exploring as much of it as we could.
This itinerary includes some grand and beautiful temples, some vibrant and fun markets, shopping malls the size of cities and plenty of food to tickle your tastebuds.
Where to stay?
We stayed at Once Again Hostel, situated in the heart of Bangkok Old Town.
As this was our first few nights of travelling and the first place we’d stay after a mammoth two days of traveling from the UK, we decided to book something a little more comfortable and polished.
We absolutely loved Once Again hostel, it was really safe, the staff were always helpful with arranging things for us, the breakfast facilities were good and the beds/showers were really clean!
How to travel around Bangkok?
As we’re backpacking on a tight budget we tend to use public transport as much as possible, which isn’t always easy but in Bangkok there was so much available and at a really cheap price too.
We were staying in the Old Town area, which was great for accessing the temples but a bit far out from the shopping malls and popular markets. This didn’t matter though as a short 10 minutes walk from our hostel was the Khlong Saen Saeb public boat which cost approx. between 10 and 20 baht (each way) to ride from one end of the canal to the other.
To grab the boat just hop on board the next available one and once it gets going you’ll be asked for the fee in exchange for your ticket. It’s really simple, doesn’t take too long and it’s super inexpensive so it’s helping you to save those pennies for more Pad Thai!!
Bangkok also have Grab too, which is another easy and quick way to get around. Be sure to order a Grab Car though and not a Grab Taxi, as the car should honour the set price on your app but the taxi might charge you from the meter which could be more than you were originally quoted!
Finally, when getting to and from the airport be sure to catch the Sky Train, again it’s so cheap and it’s how the locals get around the city quick and easily. There are numerous stops so you should be able to find one that gets as close to your hostel or hotel as possible, then just walk or book a Grab Car for the final leg.
3 days itinerary in Bangkok
On the first day we explored by foot the local area to where we were staying.
Locally known as Wat Chaeng this temple is absolutely stunning and should definitely be on your list to visit. It’s perched on the rivers edges, so you will need to get a short boat ride across to it (which only costs around 3 baht per person, per way).
Once in the temple walls you will be blown away by the intricate architecture made up of small pieces of coloured glass and porcelain.
Unfortunately when we were there the central tower was closed so we were unable to climb this, if you do many to get up the top we’ve heard the views across the river are great!
Opening times: 8.30am to 5.30pm
Price: 100 baht per person
Known locally as Wat Saket, this temple is built on an artificial man-made hill with 300 stair to climb to the very top.
The climb is fun and beautiful as it’s lined with trees, vines and bells that lead the way to the big finale; the golden chedi.
The views from the top are also great and span right across the city.
This is one of Bangkok’s oldest temples and definitely worth adding to your itinerary.
Opening times: 9am to 5pm
Price: 150 baht per person
We recommend heading to one of the temples in the early morning and one later in the afternoon, to miss the midday intense heat and the crowd of tourists! In between, we found a great lunch spot which we’ve detailed below!
Flowers Market & Floral Cafe
Midday we recommend taking cover from the sun in the indoor Flower Market, located on Chak Phet Road.
There are hundreds of varieties of flowers sold here, both in mammoth bouquets and also in bags ready for religious offerings.
It’s great to see the locals coming here to purchase flowers for work and pleasure.
Just across from the market is the Floral Cafe, which as the name suggests, is a cafe adorned from floor to ceiling with beautiful flowers and ornate decorations.
We only stopped for a drink and some cake but it was all delicious, especially the carrot cake!
Food at Thip Samai Pad Thai
In the evening, given as though it was just around the corner from our hostel, we ate at ‘Bangkok’s best Pad Thai’ restaurant (as it’s famously known).
We had the king prawn Pad Thai, which was insanely good (hate to say it but it probably was the best Pad Thai we’ve ever had!!)
Day two involves a little more travelling around and lots of shops and stalls to browse.
You wouldn’t be in Bangkok if you didn’t head to at least one shopping mall.
Give yourself a morning to explore a couple of the malls, from luxury to mainstream, there are so many to choose from.
Just a short walk from Central World, one of the biggest shopping malls, is Lumphini Park.
A quiet oasis away from the business of central Bangkok.
This is a great spot to set up a picnic for lunch and take in the city views from the peace and quiet of this lush green park.
Ratchada Night Market
In the evening head to one of the best night markets we have ever visited!
From clothing to street food this market has everything.
We had dinner at the market and highly recommend Holy Shrimp. They serve buckets full of seafood in a spicy tomato sauce and offer you gloves to wear… believe us, you’ll need them!
Day three is all about culture, from palaces to playgrounds, you’ll truly experience the diversity of Bangkok!
The Grand Palace
It’s best to head to the palace either early in the morning or later in the day, as it gets incredible hot around midday and also very busy.
The palace has been the official home to many of Thailand’s kings since 1782 and is Bangkok’s most famous landmark.
The grounds are a maze of beautiful temples, palaces and statues all surrounded by pretty courtyards and gardens.
Most of the buildings are adorned in gold and showcase the incredible craftsmanship of the Thai people.
Opening times: 8.30am to 3.30pm
Price: 500 baht per person
For lunch we just grabbed some street food from a nearby vendor.
One of the best things about Bangkok is the incredible street food on offer.
Be sure to check out; Pad Thai, Gai/Moo Bing (chicken/pork skewers), Tom Yum Goong (spicy seafood soup), Banana and egg roti, Thai milk tea (the chocolate flavour is our new obsession!).
Khao San Road
This might be a little controversial option but if you’re like us and like to experience everything that’s on offer in a new place then this might be for you!
Khao San Road is a backpackers playground that comes alive at night.
We’d recommend only spending one evening here and mentally preparing yourself for what’s in store before you arrive!
It’s a fun and quirky night out and a great way to meet fellow travellers too!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our short Bangkok guide! We will be back in Bangkok a few more times during our travels so we have plenty of opportunities to uncover many more gems in this crazy city!