Weekend in Bangkok: How to Spend 3 days (or more) in Thailand’s Capital
The moment I landed in Bangkok I anticipated an adventure. My yoga pants vacuumed to my already sweating legs, not a sign in sight I could understand or a letter I could read, and people were literally a blur, zigzagging around me. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity of traveling to Bangkok a few times and each time it is a whole new adventure, and that is one of the things I absolutely love about Thailand. Every time you go, it’s like experiencing it for the first time.
Day One: Temples Day Four: Lumpini Park
Day Two: Markets & Shopping Day Five: Cooking Class & Muay Thai
Day Three: Ayutthaya Day Trip Day Six: Quicky Side of Bangkok
Day One: Temples, Temples, Temples
After you land and check into your hotel/hostel/Airbnb wander towards the Grand Palace. I’ve been to the Grand Palace four/five times and it never fails to impress me. The detail in the architecture alone will leave you jaw-dropped. *Beware of scammers* Make you are appropriately dressed for entering the temples; your knees & shoulders need to be covered. While inside the Grand Palace, make your way to the Emerald Buddha.
A short walk from the Grand Palace you will find Wat Pho = Reclining Buddha. Magnificent in size, this golden Buddha is literally laying down, propped up on his elbow wrapped in gold.
Hop abroad a ferry (cost around 20 baht) and head across the river to Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). You can tell from the architecture that Wat Arun is slightly different from the other temples you’ve been exploring. Wat Arun has more of a Khmer style influence rather than the typical Siamese style you’ve indulged your eyes with today. You can enter and climb up Wat Arun for a beautiful view down the river. The steps are a wee bit steep and narrowing so watch your step!
More Temples to Check out: The Golden Mount, Wat Taimit, Wat Benchamabophit,
Day Two: Shopping & Spa Day
Bangkok is easily one of Asia’s best cities for shopping, offering everything from cheap goods to high-end apparel and tech to a variety of spa treatments. If you have the time in your schedule I would definitely recommend taking a day and exploring all the shopping, it is overwhelming. From the shopping malls: MBK, Siam Paragon, Central World to the Chatuchak Weekend Market & the madness of Khao San Road (morning & night because it is a completely different world when the sun goes down). Today (and every day) is also a great day to get treated like a queen, Bangkok has so many massages & spas around every corner on every street. Let yourself be pampered.
Day Three: Day Trip To Ayutthaya
Click the photos to be taken to my guide on Ayutthaya, a brief little history lesson and a guide to the temples found scattered through this ancient city!
Spending more time in Bangkok.
Day Four: Floating Market, Hua Lamphone, Chinatown & See a Performance
Day Five: Cooking Class & Muay Thai Class, Khao San Road at night
One of my biggest regrets of traveling to Bangkok so many times is not creating the time to take an authentic cooking class or learn the art of Muay Thai, but I have a feeling I’ll be back in Bangkok in no time at all and I’ve promised the next time I am taking as many cookinMuaymuay Thai classes as possible.
Day Six: Check out the quirky side of Bangkok
More Day Trips from Bangkok:
- Khao Yai national park
- Hua Hin
After spending a few days in the bustling capital of Bangkok, you’ve probably fallen in love with the city, the culture, the food & the people, you probably don’t want to leave. Trust me, I understand. Extend your time, after the busy capital of Bangkok, head up north to the quiet & green Chiang Mai. Check out my guide for spending two days in Chiang Mai. Or take the opposite route and trade the green, grassy mountains view for crystal blue, clear oceans, and sand; island hopping through the beaches of Thailand.
When I had the joy of traveling through the islands of Thailand, I’m not going to lie; I was waaaaay more focused on everything but taking photos & remembers names. I don’t think I have enough content to create an actual guide for anyone traveling solely to the islands buuuuuut I can break down some of my favorite islands that I’ve traveled to. Granted there are 51 islands spread from coast to coast, point to point of Thailand. Some are very secluded & less popular while others are unfortunately being closed due to the fact that they are too wildly popular, and are slowly being destroyed.
These are a few of my favorite Thailand islands:
Koh Phi Phi
Phuket & Krabi
Have you traveled to Thailand before? What were your favorite experiences? Tell me all your stories!!
Until next time, Thailand (I know it’ll be soon) ✌🏽
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