In the blog post about our trip to Bangkok in mid-2018 we gave a rundown of our day to day activities.
Here’s our suggested itinerary with a list of things to do and places to visit in Bangkok, if you’re traveling there for around 3 days. At the end of the post, there’s a link where you can print and download a PDF, for free!
Bangkok itinerary for 3 days
We think itineraries serve mainly as a guide to help us manage our time as efficiently and as wisely as we can to have an enjoyable vacation! We are tend to switch things around as we see fit, depending on the weather, our moods, how we are feeling, and other factors.
- Buy a SIM card and set up mobile data connection (the salesperson usually sets it up for you)
- Download the Grab app (a ride-hailing mobile app) from Google Play or the App Store, for free
- Go to your hotel by booking a taxi/car via the Grab app or by hailing a taxi yourself. You can also ask your hotel if they provide free or paid airport transfer services. If you’re coming from Suvarnabhumi Airport, you can also take the Airport Rail Link to downtown Bangkok.
- Wear sleeved T-shirts (or bring a shawl if you’re wearing a tank top or tops that show your bare shoulders) paired with pants or long/knee-length shorts or skirts when visiting temples. They usually require modest clothing as a sign of respect.
Wondering what to do in Bangkok and where to go?
Here’s how our 3-day itinerary traveling around Bangkok looked like:
Arrive in BANGKOK (at ___ am/pm)
Check in at hotel
Explore around neighborhood
Visit the Golden Mount, also known as Wat Saket (with admission fee, open daily from 7.30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
Dinner at Khaosan Road
Which airlines we flew with: Jetstar (Bangkok was the second leg of our trip, and we flew in from Singapore.)
Where we stayed: Buddy Lodge hotel and Chillax Resort (read our thoughts about the hotels)
More about how we spent our first day:
Along the way to the Golden Mount, when we were about to cross the road, we were suddenly asked to stop by some sort of security official. He explained that the king’s car would be passing through, so everyone was asked to stay put until the coast is clear. No photos or videos were allowed. The hustle and bustle of the city seemed to stop for a moment. I had no idea which car the king was in and I didn’t see him, but it was definitely an experience I won’t forget!
Visit Wat Arun (with admission fee, open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
Getting there: Take a river boat across the Chao Phraya River (Wat Arun is opposite Tha Thien Pier. Ask around – there are ferry shuttles that cost just less than 10 baht or around 3 baht one way)
Visit Wat Pho (with admission fee, open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
Getting there: River boat to Tha Thien Pier. If you’re coming from Wat Arun, you’ll have to take the river boat across.
Explore Khaosan Road
Check out some night markets (they are usually open only on weekends)
Shopping option 1: Visit MBK Center (or one of the other malls around) for some shopping
Shopping option 2: Visit one of the floating markets, such as Taling Chan for half a day
Option 1: Visit The Grand Palace and What Phra Kaew (with admission fee, open daily from around 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
Option 2: Visit Wat Traimit in Chinatown ( you can also do some shopping after visiting the temple)
PM: Depart BANGKOK (or leave early the next day)
Here’s a freebie, just for you!
For your convenience, we also created a PDF document of our itinerary that you can print and download for FREE!
>> View or Download our FREE Bangkok 3-day Itinerary (opens in new tab)
Note: The print and download buttons are on top of the PDF viewing page, on the far right.
You can use it as a guide to help you plan your trip to Bangkok and switch things around for your own kind of adventure.
We hope you found our post and suggested itinerary helpful!
~ Safe travels, everyone!
Have you been to Bangkok? How long were you there and how did your itinerary look like?