Bangkok Travel Guide

What to see in Bangkok in 3 Days-The Complete Guide for Travelling in Bangkok

Leaving Thailand without visiting Bangkok?You really need to have some good reason for that.This capital city has so many things to offer to travellers that would be impossible to ignore.

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Bangkok is not only famous for temples, but it is also Thailand's central shopping hub as well.In 2003, it became number one most popular tourist destination by beating London.

First 3 days in Thailand was refreshing.We had seen islands, went for the Four Island Tour in Krabi and One full day tour of Phi Phi Island.We watched the beautiful sunset at AO Nang Beach, explored the local Krabi Market, tasted the local Thai food.

We had a morning flight to Bangkok from Krabi.Don Muang Airport was 30 minutes away from where we stayedAgain, the owner of the hotel was very helpful.She arranged an AC airport shuttle for us.The fare was way much cheaper than what we paid earlier when we paid earlier when arrived at this hotel from the airport.

B A N G K O K....Here We Come

The first thing what we noticed in Bangkok was the transport connectivity.Bankok is very well connected with all the parts of the city through Sky Train(BTS), Metro Rail(MTS), Bus, Cab, Tuktuk.

You can also take ferry services to go to some of the places.

Accommodation

SIAM Square is the shopping hub of Bangkok.Plus, all the tourist attractions like temples and market are nearby to SIAM.So we decided to stay somewhere near to SIAM Square, from where we can go to any place at ease.

There are many budget as well as luxury hotels within   1.5-2 Km distance of Siam Square.

We stayed  pretty close to Siam Square, which is just 10 minutes "Tuktuk" away.If you love walking through the streets and explore the most of the city, you can easily do that.By walk, it took 25-30 minutes considering the fact we stopped few times to take street photos and all.

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For such a small distance a cab or Tuktuk can ask you ridiculous 300-350 Baht.I think it's pretty common practice anywhere in the world(at least most of the popular tourist destinations), where travellers are charged more and easy money is made.So talk to the drivers and come to an agreement on the fare that you are willing to pay before you get on the ride.

What to See in Bangkok in 3 days

There are so many places to see in Bangkok that 3 days will be over in just a blink of eyes. So you need to plan in advance if you want to make full of it. 

We made our plan something like this:

DAY 1: Shopping, Bangkok Sea World, and Pantip Plaza 

 If you want to see why people talk so much about Shopping in Bangkok, you have to be at the place where it is happening....it is located in the center of the Bangkok city and known for the most popular shopping destination among travelers.


How to Reach Siam Square

We availed the Skytrain service couple of times during our stay in Bangkok and it was an amazing experience.Depending on where you want to go you could take either one of the Skytrain routes (BTS Sukhumvit Line or BTS Silom Line) to reach your destination.Apart from the Sky Train Service, MRT or Metropolitan Rapid Transit is another convenient method of transport.

Siam Center, Siam Discovery and Siam Paragon

At Siam, you will find three huge malls that are next to each other-Siam Center, Siam Discovery and Siam Paragon.Siam Paragon is the most luxurious among them, and it is the third largest mall in Bangkok after Central World and Central Plaza Westgate. If you are in the mood of shopping, you can't be in any better place than this.It is the house of all the luxurious brand store that you can think of like Gucci, Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and so on.

MBK Mall

MBK is one of the cheapest malls in Bangkok.Meaning you have the option to negotiate or bargain on different items.You will see many sellers selling the same item.So you will have plenty of chance to go for price negotiation.It might sound weird to do bargaining in shopping malls, but is pretty common when it comes to MBK Mall.

Central World

Central World is the largest mall in Bangkok and the tenth largest shopping complex in the world.you will find all the renowned fashion brands, like Mango, ZARA, H&M, Uniqlo and what not.Like other malls, this mall is also connected to Sky Trains.This mall is located in between Siam and Chit Lom Sky train stations.Just get down at any of this station and then mall will be at 5 minutes walking distance.

Terminal 21

Though we didn't have time to visit this mall, but it is worth mentioning.This mall is more popular for local small boutiques.You might get to see some of the unique designer clothes that you might not see anywhere else.

Pantip Plaza IT Mall

Are you a gadget freak?Do you love exploring the features of newly launched smartphone, camera, music systems and other gadgets?Then Pantip Plaza is "the" place where you want to go.This mall is 20 years old.Everything electronic device that you can think of from computers, TVs, laptops, DVDs, chips, USBs, cameras, printers, electronic home goods, mobile phones is available here.Most of the electronics goods are genuine and way much cheaper probably than your own country.

However, there are a pretty good number of counterfeit and first copy products also available.If you don't know what is the difference between Original and First Copy Products you can see a detailed discussion in Quora.

Bangkok Sea Life Ocean World

Bangkok Ocean World is an underwater air-conditioned aquarium which offers an amazing variety of the sea life.This is located in the basement section of Paragon Mall in Siam Square and spread across 110,000 sq ft.

DAY 2: River Cruise, Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho and Wat Arun 

There are over 400 temples in Bangkok out of which Wat Pra Kaew, Wat Arun and Wat Pho are most visited by the tourists from all over the world.These 3 temples are pretty close to each other and all can be visited on the same day only.

How to Reach Emerald Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun?

All the temples and palace are on the banks of the famous Chao Phraya river.You need to reach Sathorn Bridge Pier (Central Pier) to avail boat service for the Wat Pho and other temples.

Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple(2-3 Hours)

Grand Palace surely must be the most popular and crowded tourist attractions in Bangkok.One can not think about leaving Bangkok without seeing this beautiful palace.The Grand Place and the Emerald Buddha Temple are within the same boundary or complex.Make sure you have 2-3 hours in hand because there is so much to see here and you need to cover a pretty large area.

Few Tips for Visiting Emerald Buddha Temple and Palace

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    The palace and the temple are considered the most sacred site in Bangkok.You need to follow the dress codes strictly.
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    Men must wear shirts with sleeves and long pant.Beachwear shirts or Shorts are strict no.Same goes for women as well.No bare shoulder, see through clothes or tank tops.We have seen many people being sent back from the temple gate because of this.If you are not dressed properly or arrive without knowing this fact, at the entrance of the temple, there is a booth where clothes are provided so that you can cover yourself up properly.They much charge a small deposit for this.
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    Maintain silence inside the temple.It is considered very disrespectful to make noise in the temple.
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    We have seen people taking photos of the figurine of the meditating Buddha in spite of it has been clearly written that no photography is allowed.Please do not do that.

The temple and palace tour took almost 2 hours.If you are hungry by this time,there are plenty of good and budget restaurants near the palace where you can have your meal.

Wat Pho Temple(1 -2 Hours)

Wat Pho Temple(1 -2 Hours)Wat Pho temple is very close to the Royal Palace.A lazy walk should take you 10-15 minutes to reach there.The temple is less crowded compared to what we saw at the palace.

Wat Pho is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok.It was rebuilt and renovated by King Rama I and III.It is also famous for being the birthplace of traditional Thai Massage.

You can see the famous 46 meters long Reclining Buddha statue at this temple.In the corridor, there are 108 bronze bowls which represent 108 characters of Buddha.Visitors can collect 108 coins in exchange of few bahts and drop these in the bowls.There is a belief that it will bring good fortune.

Wat Arun

The Wat Arun Temple is on the other side of the Chao Phraya river.So you need to take either a TukTuk or cross the river using the ferry(boat) service.

Scam by Tuktuk Drivers on the way to Wat Arun

We knew about it before coming here only.So we were careful.It didn't happen with us.But it is worth mentioning as we believe every new tourist should be aware of this.Because tourists are the obvious target for this.

Here is how it happens...

You will ask a Tuktuk driver to take you to Wat Arun.He will tell that it is closed and suggest to take you to another temple by the name of Black Buddha which is only open once in a year(Lucky You...Today is that day ).On the way, he will make certain stops and will take you to few jewelry stores.These shops wills will then try to convince will to buy gems and stones from them.And the Tuk Tuk driver will gem coupon or something which he can redeem for petrol.


Don't fall for this scam.Ignore him and stick to your original plan.

Take boat service, cross the river and head towards Wat Arun.The whole temple tour should take more or less one hour.It is worth climbing all the steps to reach the top of the temple.The view of the Wat Arun during and after sunset is mind blowing.

By KOSIN SUKHUM (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

DAY 3: The Floating Market and the famous Chatuchak Market
Chatuchak Market 

If you are staying in Bangkok during the weekend make sure you are there.

Chatuchak Market is the largest weekend market in the world and has been running for more than 70 years now.Try to reach early in this market to avoid the crowd.The market is spread over a large area.There are over 27(Antiques,clothing,food,pet,jewelry,Arts& painting,handcrafts...you name it) sections and over 8000 stalls.So you will need time if you want to explore the entire market.

Depending upon where you are staying in Bangkok you can reach Chatuchak by Taxi,Bus, Skytrain or MRT as well.We took the Skytrain from Siam and got down at MoChit which is under Sukhumvit line.The market is withing 100 meters of the Mo Chit exit.As usual, we took the Skytrain from Siam which took us about 15-20 minutes to be there.

Few Tips for Visiting Chatuchak Market

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    Be there as early as possible:We have said this before as well.Around 200,000 visitors come here on weekends.So you can imagine how crowded it can be.Reach early there to beat the crowd and heat.As you might feel uncomfortable inside the market when the sun goes up in the middle of the sky.
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    Take a map with You:Chatuchak is a pretty large area with 15000 stalls divided into 27 sections.It's quite difficult to remember which area is where.That's why to take a look at the market map, which will get you a fair idea of the market.
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    Do not Hesitate ....Bargain:You might not be comfortable with this.But believe us, prices are marked up high time.Especially if you are a tourist.And finally, you will end up paying much higher price for an item than what you should have paid.You might also ask for a discount if you are buying in bulk.
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    Beware of Pickpocket:Be extremely careful. Crowded markets and areas best place for this.Take care of valuables, wallets and purse.
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    Explore the food market: There is an entire section dedicated  for food items.So don't worry if you are exhausted after a long walk around the market.

The Floating Market

Bangkok used to be known as the Venice of the East and there is a reason for that.There are many areas where people are relying on the canal system for transportation.

Interestingly, there is also something called "floating market" where people sell foods, vegetables and other items from their boats.And the number is fairly big to call it a market.Khlong Lat Mayom is one such market which is located on the outskirts of central Bangkok.There are also a few floating markets by name Taling Chan, Bang Nam Pheung, and Talad Nam Kwan Riam.But Khlong Lat Mayom beats all of them.But this floating market is not the only part of the market.There is much more waiting for you when you come out of the boat and go the non floating part of the market....I mean on the land.Take a long tail boat ride tour and go to this market if want to experience this amazing market.

That's pretty much what you can see in Bangkok in 3 days.If you are staying for more days you can also see areas like Lumphini Park or go to Skybar(it's a popular rooftop bar in Bangkok) for an amazing sunset view.

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