Three days and two nights in Bangkok is nowhere near enough to do all the things that you might want to do, so the key is to pick what you really want to do. Here, we suggest the things that you simply cannot not do!
First things first, you need to get your accommodation sorted. You can choose from a wide range of different types of accommodation in Bangkok, from budget rooms to luxurious hotels and private villas.
Afternoon: Hire a Boat
Bangkok is known as the Venice of the East, and its canals were the only method of travel until as late as the 1850s. So head to a busy pier and hire a boat for cruise on the canals. Delight in wooden stilted houses, temples such as Wat Pho with its enormous gold Buddha or the Grand Palace, and floating food stalls.
Evening: Enjoy the sunset at Wat Arun.
Called the Temple of Dawn, you need to walk up one of the stupas to really get a great view of the Grand Palace across the river in front of the sunset. Make sure you arrive in good time before the sun goes down to get a good spot and plenty of time to relax into your first night in Bangkok.
Eat at Supatra River House for a variety of delicious Thai food, including red duck curry and mango sticky rice. Make a reservation, and you can get a free shuttle to the restaurant from Chang Pier.
Morning: Visit Pak Khlong Talat
Wake up early (6-7am) and head to Pak Khlong Talat, Bangkok’s largest 24-hour flower market, where you can see florists rearranging their fresh flowers. Take the Chao Praya River Express boat from Saphan Taksin BTS station.
Take a ferry from Rachawongse pier to Saphan Taksin for a Historic Bangrak Tour from Bangkok Food Tours. Take in the hidden gems of the area and local dishes and specialities.
An adventure all by itself, Chinatown is a popular tourist trap. With street-side cuisine, market stalls and Chinese temples, Chinatown is well worth the trip.
Evening: Patpong Night Market
While you might want to avoid the infamous “ping pong shows”, the Patpong Night Market (which you can find at Silom MRT/Sala Daeng BTS station) is the place to go for nightclubs and nightlife. There are also lots of food stands.
Head to Black Box for some great breakfast and then it’s time to head home!