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Bangkok is an amazing city, from the endless shopping to the local delights and food stands on every single street — there's so much to do and see! With just three days to explore, this guide has filtered out the best of the city — from temples and nightlife to restaurants and major shopping areas — to help you make the most of your time here, whatever your travel tastes.

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  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

14 Places

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14 Places

Day 1

Pak Khlong Talat (Flower Market)

Flea & Street Markets

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

Religious Sites

Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage School

Educational sites, Spas

Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

Religious Sites

Supatra River House

Restaurants

Day 2

Siam Paragon

Shopping Malls

Central World Plaza

Shopping Malls, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Ban Khun Mae Restaurant

Restaurants

MBK Center (Ma Boon Khrong Center)

Shopping Malls

Mango Tango Siam Squre Soi 5

Restaurants

Patpong Night Market

Flea & Street Markets

Day 3

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Speciality & Gift Shops

Khao San Road

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods

Sky Bar, Bangkok

Bars & Clubs

Jovel C's City Tips

  • The easiest mode of transport in Bangkok is the MRT/BTS train, which serves all the major tourist areas in Bangkok.
  • Day passes and single tickets are available at every train station booth.
  • Famous in Bangkok are the local street food and fruit stands. Although a must-try, be mindful of overcharging and hygiene standards — especially for weak stomachs.
  • Dress appropriately at temples (no shorts or sleeveless tops).
  • Be mindful of locals inviting you to "ping pong shows." Politely decline if you are approached.
    Day 1
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    Pak Khlong Talat (Flower Market)
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Jovel C Says:

    Depart in the early morning from Saphan Taksin BTS station, and take the Chao Praya River Express boat to Pak Khlong Talat, Bangkok's largest 24-hour flower market. A beautiful sight to behold as morning dawns, this market is also handily situated on the way to Wat Pho and Wat Arun; two of Bangkok's must-see temples.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The best times to visit: midnight (12-2am) or early in the morning (6-7am) as you'll see florists arranging their lovely fresh flowers, ready for sale.
    • If visiting at night, be sure to visit nearby Yaowarat Road, Bangkok's Chinatown. From textiles to second-hand souvenirs, its a bargain-hunter's paradise.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 410 things to do in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Colours, smells and atmosphere 20/04/2015
    • I wish I could have some of these home 11/04/2015
    • Pak Khlong Talat (Flower Market)
    Address:
    Jakkrapet Road
    Bangkok
    Thailand
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    Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
    Religious Sites
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    Jovel C Says:

    One of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is home to more than 10,000 Buddha images, including the largest Buddha image — measuring 160 feet high — which sits atop the reclining statue. The Temple also houses a monastery school and its southern compound is home to practicing monks.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take plenty of water with you to stay hydrated.
    • Dress appropriately and wear comfortable shoes as you explore this huge compound.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 410 things to do in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must see stop in Bangkok 28/04/2015
    • Tranquil moment from Reclining Buddha 28/04/2015
    • Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
    Address:
    2 Sanamchai Road.
    Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District
    Bangkok 10200
    Thailand
    Phone:
    0-2226-0335
    Other:
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    Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage School
    Educational sites, Spas
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    Jovel C Says:

    Ideally located at Wat Pho, relax your body (and mind) at one of Thailand's oldest massage schools. The massage school incorporates elements of traditional Thai massage, pressure points, therapeutic points and energy pathways in its various treatments.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Avoid the after-lunch crowd (and long queues!) by arriving early. Arriving after lunch (1-2pm) could mean a queue time of up to an hour!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 248 Spas & Wellness in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The original Thai massage 27/04/2015
    • 30 minutes of bliss 25/04/2015
    • Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage School
    Address:
    2 Sanamchai Road
    Wat Po, Tatian
    Bangkok 10200
    Thailand
    Phone:
    (+66) 2 221-2974
    Other:
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    Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
    Religious Sites
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    Jovel C Says:

    Wat Arun is undisputedly one of the best places in Bangkok to enjoy the sunset. Make sure to scale one of Wat Arun's steep stupas to enjoy the Grand Palace across the river, against a beautiful Bangkok sunset. Feast your eyes on the grand spectacle of architecture before you, and admire the mix of modern and traditional in Bangkok's skyline; a beautiful ending to your first day in the city.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Arrive in good time before sunset!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 410 things to do in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Undergoing a renovation 27/04/2015
    • Great views at sunset! 27/04/2015
    • Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
    Address:
    158 Wang Doem Road
    Wat Arun, Bang Kok Yai (Take the boat to Pier Tha Tien and then take the ferry to cross the river)
    Bangkok 10600
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 2891 2185
    Other:
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    Supatra River House
    Restaurants
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    Jovel C Says:

    Your night ends here, just north of Wat Arun. Supatra River House might very well be one of Bangkok's best restaurant. Situated along the Chao Praya River, Supatra River House offers delicious, filling, and an abundant variety of local Thai delights.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • I recommend making a reservation.
    • From Chang Pier a free shuttle operates to the restaurant.
    • Must-try dishes: duck red curry, river prawns, and mango sticky rice.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #609 of 4,460 restaurants in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Riverside ambience 13/04/2015
    • One of the Best Meals in Thailand is Supatra River House 19/03/2015
    • Supatra River House
    Address:
    266 Soi Wat Rakhang, Arunamarin Rd
    Bangkok
    Thailand
    Phone:
    02-411-0305
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:30 - 4:30
    17:30 - 12:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Siam Paragon
    Shopping Malls
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    Jovel C Says:

    Siam is the heart of Bangkok. On the weekends, the area is packed with make-shift stalls filled with fashionable clothing, shoes, key chains, and electronics. From international clothing brands to local fashion stores, everything you might want to buy is at Siam Paragon. This is also the place to be if you want to watch a movie, explore an underwater world, or visit the Madame Tussaud's Museum.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • The basement is filled with hawkers and restaurants where you can find an array of different cuisine from around the world. It's relatively cheap too!
    • If you're buying things from the street, remember to haggle down to at least half the originally quoted price, and always question the goods' authenticity.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 410 things to do in Bangkok
    • Fantastic place to spend your time 28/04/2015
    • SHOPPING 27/04/2015
    • Siam Paragon
    Address:
    991/1 Rama 1 Rd
    Bangkok 10330
    Thailand
    Phone:
    0 2690 1000
    Other:
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    Central World Plaza
    Shopping Malls, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jovel C Says:

    If Siam Paragon is not your cup of tea, head down to Central World just a few minutes away. Central World Plaza offers more affordable clothing by local brands, which often come straight from the manufacturers. Central World is also peppered with massage parlors where you can easily find yourself a relaxing treatment and rest those weary feet for a while.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • The quality of the goods here differs greatly, so you may have to rummage for a while to find something decent.
    • Haggle, haggle, haggle! None of the things in Central World have price tags and store owners will try to sell you things at almost 3-4 times the real price!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 410 things to do in Bangkok
    • Bit bland and without any character 28/04/2015
    • What more shopping 25/04/2015
    • Central World Plaza
    Address:
    Rajdamri Road
    Patumwan
    Bangkok 10330
    Thailand
    Phone:
    02-2645555
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 12:00
    Other:
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    Ban Khun Mae Restaurant
    Restaurants
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    Jovel C Says:

    This little hidden gem tucked away in Siam serves authentic local Thai food, and makes for a great lunch spot. Instead of the over-hyped Som Tam Nua, try the Ban Khun Mae here for a delicious dish that feels like it's come straight out of a Thai mother's kitchen.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Tom Yum Goong served in a hot pot is also a must-try here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #739 of 4,460 restaurants in Bangkok
    • Delicious local Thai food 22/04/2015
    • Bad day in the kitchen 18/04/2015
    • Ban Khun Mae Restaurant
    Address:
    458/6-9 Siam Square Soi 8, Rama 1 Road
    Patumwan District
    Bangkok 10330
    Thailand
    Phone:
    (662)250-1952-3
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 13:00
    Other:
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    MBK Center (Ma Boon Khrong Center)
    Shopping Malls
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    Jovel C Says:

    MBK is a haven for electronics, and while the items sold here aren't always authentic, if you aren't too picky about brands, the quality and aesthetic is legitimate and everything I've ever bought here works perfectly. On top of this, you can get gadgets or smartphones fixed for an extremely low price.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • There are a few clothing shops here too, but if you have already been to Siam and Central World, they're not really worth your time.
    • Remember to haggle!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 410 things to do in Bangkok
    • Very popular with locals and tourists 28/04/2015
    • Cheaper than Siam and Asiatique but for a good reason 27/04/2015
    • MBK Center (Ma Boon Khrong Center)
    Address:
    444 Phayathai Road
    Patumwan
    Bangkok
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66(0)2620 9000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 12:00
    Other:
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    Mango Tango Siam Squre Soi 5
    Restaurants
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    Jovel C Says:

    Thailand is famous for its mango sticky rice and this place knows exactly how to capitalize on this tropical gem. From mango sticky rice to mango smoothies and tons of other mango-inspired delights, get your mango fix here in this relaxing environment, far away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok's busy city life.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • While there's plenty to choose from here, the mango sticky rice is famous for a reason.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #665 of 4,460 restaurants in Bangkok
    • Worth the price 24/04/2015
    • Mangoes were good, but seatings very cramped 22/04/2015
    • Mango Tango Siam Squre Soi 5
    Address:
    Siam Squares Soi 3
    Bangkok
    Thailand
    Phone:
    081-6195504
    Other:
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    Patpong Night Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Jovel C Says:

    The huge Patpong Night Market — located at Silom MRT/Sala Daeng BTS station — is also a popular nightlife area, and while not everyone's cup of tea, it's an interesting side of Bangkok to see first-hand. Explore the large variety of bars and infamous 'ping pong' night clubs and shows here, plus pick up any number of souvenirs, and perhaps a pair of the ever-popular elephant-style pants. The area is also flooded with food stands, many of which sell my favorite street snack — 'mo-ping' (barbecued pork on a stick).

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Avoid locals who invite you to go down shady little alleyways to watch "ping pong shows."
    • Silom also houses many massage parlors that stay open until 1am every single day. So rest assured you can still get your massage fix, even if it's past midnight!
    • You will also find the famous "Boy Town" in Silom, where many male clubs are.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #187 of 410 things to do in Bangkok
    • A bit over-rated, uninterested shopkeepers - go only if you want a peek into the Ping-Pong shows 23/04/2015
    • Market followed by handbag snatch 23/04/2015
    • Patpong Night Market
    Address:
    Silom and Surawong Roads
    Bangkok
    Thailand
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Chatuchak Weekend Market
    Speciality & Gift Shops
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    Jovel C Says:

    Spend your day at the Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the world's largest markets, which spreads over 70 acres. With 8,000 stalls separated into 27 sections, you can literally find everything you want here — from exotic animals to barbecued insects — and of course the more normal things like clothes and flowers. It's a beautiful and interesting place to spend the day, and many locals head here at the weekend to enjoy a picnic and free entertainment by the street musicians.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a high chance that you''ll never find your way back to that one stall you visited 30 minutes ago, so haggle and buy immediately if it's something you really like!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 285 Shopping in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Soooo much to see, take sun cream 27/04/2015
    • A Bangkok must see! 26/04/2015
    • Chatuchak Weekend Market
    Address:
    Kampaengphet 3 Road
    Khwaeng Lat Yao, Khet Chatuchak
    Bangkok 10900
    Thailand
    Other:
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    Khao San Road
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods
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    Jovel C Says:

    If there's one area of Bangkok that you simply have to visit, it's Khao San Road. Full of bars, restaurants and backpackers, this young and lively spot is the place to try alcohol the 'Thai' way (in buckets!), and make new friends from around the world.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • As a hugely popular tourist spot, expect higher prices than usual here for food and drinks.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #68 of 410 things to do in Bangkok
    • Best people watching spot in Bangkok 28/04/2015
    • Real Bangkok 26/04/2015
    • Khao San Road
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    Sky Bar, Bangkok
    Bars & Clubs
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    Jovel C Says:

    The beautiful scenic setting for the film Hangover III, Sky Bar is a stunning spot in which to spend your final night in Bangkok (even if Khao San Road is not exactly your scene). With great views of the city skyline, sit back with one of Sky Bar's signature cocktails, and enjoy the live jazz music.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Dress code is smart-casual and rather strict; no flip-flops allowed for ladies or shorts for men.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 410 things to do in Bangkok
    • Amazing views but very crowded 28/04/2015
    • "Amaaaaaazing" 27/04/2015
    • Sky Bar, Bangkok
    Address:
    The Dome at lebua, 1055, Silom Road
    Bangkok 10500
    Thailand
    Phone:
    66 2624 9555
    Other:
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