4 Days In Bangkok: The Ultimate Bangkok Itinerary
June 28, 2022
Thailand
By guy yefet
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Spending 4 days in Bangkok? My Bangkok itinerary is all you need to plan a perfect trip, Things to do in Bangkok, where to stay in Bangkok, and more!

How to spend 4 days in Bangkok?

Welcome to Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, home to about 15 million people, the largest city in Thailand, and one of the largest and most densely populated cities in Asia.

Bangkok is a huge metropolis and one of the most visited cities in the world.

Bangkok enjoys a magical combination of familiar and beloved Thai authenticity alongside boundless modernization.

On the one hand, ancient temples hint at the fascinating history. On the other hand, skyscrapers and magnificent shopping centers make it one of the most unique and modern cities in the world.

In Bangkok, you will find everything: luxury hotels, luxury restaurants, and nightclubs on the roofs of skyscrapers, and on the other hand, street food stalls, guesthouses at the most basic levels, and authentic markets scattered throughout the city.

This Bangkok itinerary covers the main attractions in the city.

Yaowarat Road in Samphanthawong bangkok

Planning your Bangkok itinerary:

How to get from the airport to the city center?

The Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) is the international airport of Thailand located about 28 km east of Bangkok's city center.

Train

The best way to get from Suvarnabhumi Airport to central Bangkok is by train.

There is high-speed train that connects the airport to the city center and is called the "Airport Rail Link"

The train will take you to Bangkok city center in about 35 minutes and cost 45 baht. You can get on the train in the basement of the field - floor B.

Click here to buy a ticket for the Airport Rail Link.

That will save you money and time.

Bus

A bus is not a good option (since the train exists).

The bus station is close to the airport, but the buses departing from this station are mainly to the suburbs of Bangkok and not to the city center, so the most convenient way to get to the center of Bangkok by public transport is by train.

Taxi

Taxi is another option to get to the city.

There are price increases for a taxi ride from the airport (like extra luggage and other various inventions).

It takes less than an hour to get to the city by taxi, provided there are no traffic jams.

Private transportation

You can pre-book a private transfer that costs $30 and enjoy maximum comfort. The private transfer will wait for you 15 minutes before landing and will take you to the hotel.

Best time to visit Bangkok

Bangkok is a hot destination all year round. Temperatures in Bangkok are high throughout the year but become high from March to June, so they may reach around 40 degrees during the day.

This time of year is also the most touristy time, so if you prefer to avoid overcrowding at attractions, shopping malls, and bars, it is best that you come to Bangkok at another time of year. This way you will also save some money.

June to August is the rainiest and least touristy time of the year, so if you are interested in cheaper prices, it's time to get to Bangkok.

Temperatures and humidity are still high but getting cooler at night.

Also, you may encounter quite a few sudden rains.

If your plan is to tour between original structures, this period may be ideal for you. If you've thought of swimming on the beach, think again.

September to October is the period that offers the best prices in hotels in Bangkok. The weather is starting to stabilize, but tourists are not yet coming to the city. This is exactly the period between the hot season and the low season, and you can take advantage of this fact to your advantage!

November to February are the most recommended months, in terms of weather, for a visit to Bangkok.

At this time of year, the temperatures are relatively low and hover around 25 degrees.

bangkok traffic city center

Essential details for traveler in Bangkok

Visa: Upon entering Thailand, you will receive a valid 30-day entry visa. If you know in advance that you want to stay more than 30 days in Thailand, go to the embassy in your country and get the appropriate visa. It is also possible to extend the visa in Thailand.

Local currency: 1 USD is equivalent to about 35 THB.

Electricity: The electricity in Thailand runs on 220 volts

International Area Code: +66.

Important telephone numbers: Tourism Police - 5511 | Police - 191 | Ambulance - 1554 | Fire Brigade - 199.

bangkok thailand itinerary

Transportation in Bangkok: How to get around the city?

Most tourists arrive in Bangkok by air and land at one of two airports: Suvarnabhumi Airport or Don Muang Airport.

From Suvarnabhumi Airport you can board the Sky Train, which will take you within 15-30 minutes to Makkasan Station, from where you can change to a subway that will take you to your destination in the city. Another option to get from the airport is by taxi.

Now that you've arrived in the city, here's a brief overview of the various means of transportation:

The BTS Skytrain - is a modern, efficient and convenient means of transportation that travels over the busy roads of Bangkok and can get you to your destination in less time than other means of transportation.

There are two SkyTrain lines: Sukhumvit (including Victory Monument, Thong Lo, Phaya Thai, and Siam stations) and Silom (including National Stadium, Saphan Taksin, and Siam stations). The Sky Train is active from 06:30 to 00:00 and is especially busy from 07:00 to 09:00 and 16:00 to 19:00. It's recommended to buy a One-Day Pass at any BTS Ticket Office.

For more information: Visit the official website

Taxi - There are many taxis in different shades around the city. You can order a taxi over the phone or stop at one on the street.

Prices are cheap, but if the traffic on the roads is heavy, it is advisable to look for another way to get around to your destination.

taxi in bangkok

Buses - are a particularly cheap way to get around the city, but the schedules do not always match what is written and the ride is not comfortable.

Most buses are active from 5:00 to 23:00. Some buses are active at night, from 3:00 in the morning until 5:00.

bus in bangkok

Boats - Many times you will have to cross the river to get to major attractions.

There are boats that pass between the various banks at defined stations, every half hour or so.

It is also possible to rent a water taxi, which will take you wherever you want on the bank. Prices vary depending on the vessel but are not high.

Tuk-tuk - is a traditional means of transportation in Thailand. You can use tuk-tuk to reach destinations close to you. The ride is not comfortable, but an experience in itself.

Before you start driving, negotiate with your driver on the price and get the best price for you.

tuk tuk in bangkok

Traveling on a budget in Bangkok

In general, Bangkok is not a particularly expensive city.

There are many attractions for free, the transportation is relatively cheap, and so are the dishes offered at most of the food stalls and restaurants in Bangkok. To significantly reduce your spending in Bangkok, I recommend arriving during the low season, so hotel prices are expected to drop.

This period applies between September and October.

In addition, if you are planning to stay in Bangkok for a few days, it is advisable to buy a ticket for the Bangkok SkyTrain.

You can buy the ticket at the box office at the various stations.

Tickets are available for one day, three days, and 30 days.

Shopping in Bangkok

Bangkok is one of the favorite destinations of shopping lovers. You will find in the city an abundance of markets offering products at ridiculous prices alongside an abundance of luxury shopping centers.

If you are looking for fashion items, make your way to CentralWorld Shopping Center, which is spread over eight floors and features a wide variety of fashion and other stores. Another recommended shopping center is Siam Paragon, which is considered the "Pride of Bangkok". It is right next to CentralWorld and offers upscale shops.

Next to these two shopping centers is the first shopping center established in Bangkok, Siam Center.

Other shopping malls include the MBK, and the Platinum Mall, which specializes in fashion items.

Those of you who are looking for something more authentic can visit one of the markets in Bangkok. The most recommended market is the Chatuchak Market weekend market, which stretches over a vast area and includes everything imaginable.

It is also recommended to take a look at the Chinatown markets, which also include a wide variety of items at ridiculous prices.

Interested in a unique night shopping? Make your way to the open-air shopping center, Asiatique, located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

In the center, you can enjoy a modern atmosphere and a variety of shops, bars, and restaurants. In the center, there is an entire area dedicated to souvenirs and handicrafts. The center is open every evening from 17:00 to 00:00.

night market at bangkok

If you're more into markets, you can also find those that are open at night:

Talad Rot Fai Night Market is the largest night market in Bangkok, where you will find many antique items.

The market is open on Sundays, Fridays, and Saturdays and runs until midnight or until about 2:00 p.m.

Khlong Lod Night Market is a cheap night market offering food and second-hand products.

Even if you think the price is cheap, try to bargain anyway. Maybe it will pay off for you.

The market stretches along Ratchadamnoen Klang Street and Trok Sake, from the Rattanakosin Hotel. The market is open every night from 18:00 to 00:00.

bangkok night market

Is it Enough to Spend 4 Days in Bangkok?

After spending two weeks in Bangkok, I can say that in my opinion, 4 days is an ideal time to visit Bangkok.

Bangkok is a non-stop city where you can find everything from everything, and saying everything from everything means it! Whether it's family attractions, spectacular temples, water parks, palaces, huge malls, nightclubs, markets, or luxury restaurants alongside street stalls.

In 4 days in Bangkok, you can travel slowly without feeling like you are running to get enough of all the attractions and all the places to see in Bangkok.

old lady in floating market in bangkok

Where to stay during 4 days in bangkok?

luxury accommodation

The Peninsula Bangkok

On the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this luxurious hotel awaits you, where you can enjoy luxurious and well-equipped accommodation. 

Apart from an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi, spa, business center, and other amenities for guests' convenience, the hotel makes sure to sweeten your stay with a daily fruit basket. 


Three different restaurants and professional staff are waiting to help you organize your trip to Thailand.

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Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok

This hotel is located on the river bank and boasts rooms with traditional Thai décor, featuring lots of wooden furniture and extensive use of silk, as well as spectacular views of the city itself or the river. The hotel's sports and spa center has been praised around the world and covers no less than 10,000 square meters. 


In addition, the hotel also has a shopping center, clinic, and business center. Two restaurants and a chocolate boutique will ensure that even if you do not have the strength to visit Will be especially delicious.

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Mid-range accommodation

Ariyasom Villa

When you enter Ariyasom Villa, you will not believe that you are in the center of a bustling city like Bangkok, as it is an island of silence in the middle of all the noise and bustle. Traditional 40s Thai design awaits you inside, as well as an organic restaurant, spa, and outdoor pool.


This is a boutique hotel with spacious rooms with high ceilings and garden views, Wi-Fi access, and flat-screen TVs. It's all a short drive from Siam Paragon and Central World Plaza shopping centers.


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Aurum The River Place

You will not have a hard time finding a variety of hotels with rooms that cost around $ 100 per night. Stay in rooms with a high level of amenities or get closer to the sought-after tourist areas in Bangkok.


This hotel will offer you a double room, air-conditioned and equipped to a high standard with a view of the Chao Praya River and a five-minute walk from Wat Pho.

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budget accommodation

Here Hostel Bangkok

One of the best hostels in Bangkok! Great location, friendly and there is a social atmosphere - made even better by having a pool.

It's only a 5-minute walk to Khaosan road, and it's super easy to get to the center/airport from the hostel.

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Map for your 4 days in Bangkok

4 days bangkok itinerary - Overview

DAY 1: The Grand Palace - Wat Pho Temple - Wat Arun Temple - Khaosan Road

DAY 2: Wat Suthat Temple & The giant swing - Museum of Siam - Golden Buddha Temple - Chinatown - King Power Mahanakhon Building

DAY 3: Dusit Palace - Wat Benchamabophit Temple - Lumpini Park - CentralWorld Shopping Center

DAY 4: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market - Maeklong Railway Market  - Rooftop bar

The Detailed Bangkok itinerary:

Bangkok itinerary: Day 1

Start your day at The Grand Palace of Thailand.

The Grand Palace is the top tourist site in Bangkok, so visiting it is the best way to start your trip to the city.

The complex is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and used since 1782 as the official residence of the kings of Thailand and as the seat of government officials and the royal court.

The current King of Thailand, Rama IX, resides at Chitralada Palace, located in the Dosit Palace complex, leaving the main palace for official ceremonies and special events. Government officials and the court also moved out of the compound, as early as 1925.

the grand palace bangkok

While visiting the palace complex, which spans 218,400 square meters, you can cruise between gardens, courtyards, and royal halls.

I especially recommend a visit to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is considered to be the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand.

Inside you will find the small and famous Emerald Buddha, created, according to historians, somewhere in the 14th century.

At the entrance to the complex, you can ask for the guidance of a local guide, or you can rent an audio device, which will accompany you between the various buildings in the English language.

bangkok grand palace tample

Hours of operation: Daily between 8: 30-15: 30.

How long? About three and a half hours.

Highly recommend: joining a walking tour to the Grand Palace and the highlight of Bangkok.

Next stop: Wat Pho Temple

Continue walking to Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho) - Not far from the Palace of the King of Thailand is Wat Pho Temple, the "Lying Buddha Temple".

The temple, which stretches over 80,000 square meters, is one of the largest temples in Bangkok, and inside it is the largest reclining Buddha in the city, which is 46 meters long and 15 meters high! And the highlights of the temple do not end there - the place served as the first public university in Thailand and houses a collection of the largest Buddha figures in the country.

Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho)

Take the time to wander among the various Buddha statues, the bell towers, the temple gardens, and the big stone statues that stand next to each of the 16 entrance gates to the temple. And if you want, you can also stop for a traditional Thai massage.

The temple complex is home to one of Thailand's leading medical and massage schools, so you can be sure you're in good hands.

To access the reclining Buddha, you will need to take off your shoes and walk along a long path leading to the giant statue. On either side of the path stand 108 bronze bowls, symbolizing the 108 symbols and positive actions that helped the Buddha reach perfection.

(Wat Pho) bangkok

If you wish, you can purchase a small coin bowl at the entrance to the reclining Buddha Hall and place a coin in each of the bronze bowls along the way.

Make a wish every time you put a coin in a bowl and know that even if your wishes do not come true, the money will get to the local monks, who will take care of using it to preserve the temple, so the payment is not in vain.

Hours of operation: daily from 8:00 to 17:00. Thai massages are until 18:00.

How long? About an hour and a half.

Have a lunch

Before you continue to the next destination - take a break for lunch.

You will find many restaurants in the Tha Tien Pier area, which is west of the temple, about a five-minute walk away.

I recommend Tang Heng Kee Restaurant, a small and excellent local restaurant.

Tang Heng Kee Restaurant is open daily from 10:30 to 19:00.

food in bangkok

Cross the river to Wat Arun Temple

After lunch, make your way to Pier No. 8 Tha Tien, and board a small ferry that will take you for a pittance to the other bank of the Chao Phraya River.

As you stand on Tha Tien Pier, you will see what awaits you - the Wat Arun Temple, known as the Temple of the Dawn, one of the most impressive temples in Bangkok.

The view from Chao Phraya River
the view from Chao Phraya River

During the day, you will see how the temple towers, decorated with porcelain, twinkle under the rays of the sun. But it is also advisable to wait until sunset, so the temple lights come on and it becomes a mesmerizing sight.

When visiting the temple, you can wander among the various halls and be impressed by the various Buddha statues.

At the point where the temple is located there used to be a more modest temple. Legend has it that King Thaksin, who was responsible for the renovation and expansion of the temple, came to this temple in 1768 just at dawn hence its current nickname - "Temple of Dawn". The temple once housed the famous Emerald Buddha, which was moved in 1785 to the King of Thailand Palace complex on the other side of the river.

wat arun tample
wat arun tample

Hours of operation: Daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

How long? About two hours.

Khaosan Road

Finish the day on the most famous street in Bangkok.

Khaosan is Bangkok's main tourist and tourist complex consisting of Khaosan Road, the parallel Soi Rambuttri Street, and several small side streets.

In Khaosan Road, you will find everything a tourist needs in the city, and you can witness the wonderful phenomenon of the complex that is active day and night with countless restaurants and pubs, hotels and guesthouses, shops, travel agencies, hawkers, and stalls of all kinds, locals, and tourists from all over the world.

BANGKOK STREET FOOD THAILAND

The street wakes up in the evening and becomes a bustling entertainment center full of fun, attractions, and alcohol.

Countless food stalls, souvenir and clothing stores, massage parlors, fish pedicures for the feet, done on the sidewalks, bars and clubs, spontaneous music performances, and tourists from all over the world are some of what you will find while strolling in Khaosan Road.

khaosan road travel
some candys in Khaosan Road

Spending an evening in Khaosan, drinking local beer and watching passers-by, and enthusiastic tourists, eating Pad Thai at one of the stalls and dessert with fresh exotic fruits.

Taking part in this street is, without a doubt, a unique experience and no less impressive than the attractions offered by the city.

Khaosan Road at night in bangkok

Bangkok itinerary: Day 2

Wat Suthat Temple & The giant swing

Start your day with a visit to the Wat Suthat Temple and the giant swing

The first thing you will probably notice as you approach the Wat Suthat Temple is the huge red swing that stands near the entrance gate.

So before you speculate - The original swing was built on the site in 1784, and during the Brahmin's Christmas ceremony, young men would swing at it to enormous heights to try to get sacks full of silver coins using their teeth.

Yes, some did not survive the mission, which led to the cessation of the dangerous tradition in 1932.

bangkok jiant swing

The giant swing you will see today is not the original, but a reconstruction built on the site in 2004.

Once you are done impressing with the swing, make your way into the temple, which is also no less impressive.

The temple, which was completed in the mid-19th century, is one of the ten royal temples in Bangkok and is known as one of the oldest and largest temples in the city.

When you tour the temple, do not forget to look at the large bronze Buddha, painted in gold and towering to a height of 8 meters, which was brought to Bangkok by Rama I.

At the foot of the Buddha statue rests the ashes of Rama VIII.

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Apart from the main statue, you will find in the temple several Chinese pagodas, chapels, porticoes of monks, and other Buddha statues.

Hours of operation: Daily from 9:00 to 21:00.

How long? About an hour and a half.

Next stop: Visit the Museum of Siam

Continue walking for about 20 minutes until you reach the Siam Museum. You can stop at Saranrom Palace Park. A small and cute park without a lot of people, suitable for a short stop and rest, especially after walking a lot and exploring Bangkok on foot.

In the Siam Museum, housed in a beautiful neoclassical structure, you can learn about the history and culture of Thailand through fun interactive displays. The museum is divided into three sections: the "Collection Zone", which focuses on history, art, and culture, the interactive "Discovery Zone" and the "Knowledge Center", where you can deepen your knowledge about Thailand. Take the time to move between the different wings and learn about the history of Thailand, the Thai way of life, the wars that took place in Thailand, and the Buddhism that rules Thailand and Thailand in the modern era.

At the end of your visit to the place, I'm sure you can answer the question: "What does it mean to 'be Thai'?"

Hours of operation: Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00.

How long? About two hours.

From the museum of Siam, you can take a tuk-tuk or a train to Chinatown.

Visit the Golden Buddha Temple (Wat Traimit)

Make your way to Bangkok Chinatown, where you will find the Golden Buddha Temple at the end of Yaowarat Street, not far from Hua Lamphong Railway Station.

In the temple, you will find the largest gold Buddha in the world, made of 83% pure gold, towering to a height of almost five meters and weighing five and a half tons.

The story of the Buddha statue begins about 700 years ago and some believe that it was brought to the city of Ayutthaya, located about 70 kilometers north of Bangkok, in the early 15th century.

So those hostile elements would not take the precious statue, local artisans made sure to cover it with varnish, and plaster.

Wat Traimit tample bangkok thailand

In the late 18th century, the King of Thailand, Rama I, ordered the statue to be brought to Bangkok. No one knew about the true value of the Buddha until the 1950s he was mistakenly overthrown while moving from one temple to another.

Pieces of the plaster that covered it came loose and revealed the pure gold that was hiding under it.

If you want, you can see parts of the plaster that covered the statue, displayed in the temple.

Hours of operation: Daily from 9:00 to 17:00.

How long? About an hour.

Exploring Chinatown

The coolest way to explore Chinatown in Bangkok is by joining a bike tour that will take you to the small streets of Chinatown and the Chao Phraya River.

After visiting the Golden Buddha Temple, the main attraction in Chinatown, take a tour of other attractions in this area.

About a two-minute walk west of the temple, you will find the large Odeon Square with an impressive China Gate in the center.

chainatown gate in bangkok

The gate, built on the site in 1999 by Thai residents of Chinese descent, serves as the unofficial entrance to Chinatown.

The Chinese inscription engraved on it is: "Long live the king", referring to King Rama IX, towards whom the inhabitants wanted to express their loyalty.

From the Chinese Gate, continue about a 10-minute walk to the Dragon Flower Temple (Wat Mangkon Kamalawat).

The temple, built-in 1872, is the largest and most significant Chinese-Buddhist temple in Bangkok.

There are many other points of interest in the Chinatown streets of Bangkok.

If you have time, wander around the area a bit more.

I recommend visiting the Thieves Market, which stretches along Maha Chak Street, between the parallel streets Charoen Krung and Yaowarat at the western end of Chinatown.

chainatown bangkok at night

The official name of the market is "Woeng Nakhon Kasem" and no more stolen goods are sold there.

You will find second-hand items, including Buddha amulets, ancient cameras, various electronic devices, watches, and, if you prefer, shoes.

Prices are usually low but do not forget that cheap prices indicate quality.

Continue to wander through the various markets, shops, and historical sites in this part of Bangkok, until you are ready to continue to the next stop of the day.

chinatown Yaowarat Road street food
Yaowarat Road street food
Yaowarat Road food bangkok

How long? Between one and two hours.

Before you continue to the next place - stop to eat in Chinatown.

Chinatown is packed with restaurants and food stalls, and if you love Chinese taste, this is the perfect place to eat!

bangkok thailand chinatown

I experienced Chinatown during Chinese New Year (I will expand on that later), the streets were full of people, and everything was colorful, costumes, dancing, and fireworks.

It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

After Chinatown, you can end the day in one of the most impressive buildings in Thailand.

King Power Mahanakhon Building

The building is spectacular in its beauty and stands out in the distance thanks to its unique design - a kind of Lego stone that creates dents and bumps and gives the building an extraordinary look that stands out and is easy to identify.

78th floor:

This floor is the top floor of the Mahanakhon building - an open floor that can be reached by a transparent elevator or a 75-meter revolving staircase.

This is the most spectacular observation deck and the highlight of a visit to the building.

On this spacious floor, there is a bar for drinks and small snacks (quite expensive), seating areas, and it is quite crowded with visitors, but this does not interfere with enjoying the spectacular views of Bangkok from all sides.

On this floor there are 2 more attractions:

"The Peak" - A wide staircase will lead you to the highest area of ​​the building (314 meters), from which there is a panoramic 360 degrees of all of Bangkok.

This upper surface has seating areas and waiters who will bring you drinks (for a fee) but you can walk around it and be impressed by the charming views of Bangkok city stretching to the horizon, the nearby Chopraia River with all its twists, Bangkok skyscrapers, hotels, and bustling streets.

"The Glass floor" - this is perhaps the main attraction of the building

Which attracts many visitors and is a unique experience for those with a strong heart.

This glass balcony with an area of ​​about 60 square meters protrudes from the building line and hangs above the busy street below it.

You can walk on it and see what happens on the street that is 310 meters below you!

To walk on the glass floor, they will give you a kind of cloth bag to wrap your shoes in.

Click here to book an entrance ticket to the Mahanakhon SkyWalk

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Keep in mind: smartphones, cameras, etc., are not allowed in the balcony area - so if you are interested in souvenir photographers from the place, make sure that someone standing outside the glass surface takes a picture of you.

Bangkok itinerary: Day 3

Start your day at Bangkok National Museum.

If you are interested in antiques and artifacts, the National Museum of Bangkok, the largest museum in Southeast Asia, is without a doubt, the place for you.

The museum, established in 1874 to display the ancient collection of antiquities and art of the King of Thailand, Rama IV, is housed inside the former viceroy's palace, which was built in the 18th century.

During your visit to the museum, you will be impressed by a huge collection of antique items and Thai art. The museum is divided into different wings, each of which focuses on a different aspect of ancient Thai culture and history.

You will learn about the traditional dress of the Thais, the local ceramics, the local musical instruments, and many other topics.

If you fancy a bit of the palace itself, you can visit some original rooms of the ancient building that houses the museum, including the reception hall and the throne hall.

Hours of operation: Sundays from 9:00 to 12:00 and Wednesdays to Saturdays from 9:00 to 16:00.

How long? Between one and two hours.

Dusit Palace

Dusit Palace is a huge complex spread over more than 64,749 square meters and includes several gardens and 13 royal buildings. But I want to focus on the - "Bangkok's Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall".

In Throne Hall, you will find an impressive museum, which displays a large number of Thai works of art and royal items. You can find the royal throne under the main dome of the building.

dusit bangkok

Take a few minutes to be impressed by the exterior of the hall.

The building, which rises to a height of two stories, is clad in white Carrera marble. But what is particularly impressive is the roof of the hall. In the center of the building, is a dome 49.5 meters high, and around it stand six smaller domes. An architectural masterpiece!

After visiting Throne Hall, I recommend you continue to wander among the various buildings in the Dusit Palace complex.

Highly recommended is the Vimanmek Mansion Museum, located in the Dusit Palace complex.

Even if you do not intend to enter the museum, take a few minutes to be impressed by its exterior structure - it is the largest teak mansion in the world!

The mansion, which served as the residence of Rama V for five years, consists of 72 rooms and now houses the king's personal belongings, historical photographs, and gifts given to the king during his travels in Europe. The museum is open until 15:15.

dusit palace bangkok

Please note: The place is considered a sacred site, and therefore, to enter the Throne Hall and other buildings in the complex, you must be dressed according to local requirements: closed shoes, sleeveless shirts (women are required for sleeves covering the elbows), long pants for men and long skirts for women.

Also, do not bring backpacks, telephones, cameras, and food items into the compound.

You can leave them in lockers located at the entrance to the site.

Hours of operation: Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:30 to 16:00 (box office closing at 15:30).

How long? About two and a half hours.

Continue by walking to Wat Benchamabophit Temple

This temple, known as the Marble Temple, is one of the most impressive tourist sites in Bangkok.

The main structure of the temple, its paths, and courtyards are built of Carrara marble, hence its nickname.

Wat Benchamabophit Temple bangkok

Its name, Wat Benchamabophit, means Temple of the Fifth King, as it was established in 1899, during the reign of the Fifth Rama. Today the temple serves as a place of worship and as an educational institution for Buddhist monks.

The current king of Thailand, Rama IX, was one of the monks in the temple before he was crowned king.

Feel free to wander around the temple, respecting the monks, worship services, and the various halls, which contain small and large Buddha statues.

The Buddha statues displayed throughout the temple represent each different district where there are people who believe in Buddhism.

Marble Temple bangkok thailand

Hours of operation: daily from 8:00 to 17:00.

How long? About an hour.

Next stop: Jim Thompson House

If you're interested in impressive temples and architectural structures, you must visit Jim Thompson's home, built by Jim Thompson and completed in 1959.

Jim Thompson house is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand.

Jim Thompson House museum bangkok

Thompson was an American businessman, the founder of the Thai Silk Company, and an avid art collector, who was interested in a place where he could display the Asian works of art he had collected over the years.

The story of Thompson's life ends in 1967 when he visited friends in Malaysia and never returned from a walk in the woods. His traces have disappeared, and he has never returned to his home in Bangkok.

Jim Thompson House bangkok thailand

Thompson was not only a successful businessman but also had knowledge of architecture, so he had no trouble designing and building his special home in Thailand.

He ordered the dismantling of six historic teak houses from their plots in Ayutthaya and their bringing to Thailand, from which he assembled the house of his dreams.

Today the house is used as a museum.

You can wander through the different parts of the house, and be impressed by the many works of art hanging on its walls and other collectibles.

Jim Thompson House visit

Hours of operation: daily from 9:00 to 18:00. The last guided tour leaves at 18:00.

How long? About an hour and a half.

Take a rest at Lumphini Park

There is no better way to start the morning than strolling through the green of Bangkok, Lumphini Park.

This park opened its gates in the 1920s when the vision was to make it a center where flower exhibitions and Thai art would be held.

The vision never materialized, but the park became very popular with locals, who came and still come to run or bike the trails of the park, do yoga, tai chi, and various leisure activities.

It is recommended to arrive early in the morning, have a picnic on one of the park lawns, and enjoy the view and the magical atmosphere. If you want, you can buy food at one of the stalls in the park.

If you see a giant lizard crossing your path, do not panic! It is an Asian water monitor, which does not prey on humans. Still, do not try to feed her.

Hours of operation: Daily from 4:30 to 21:00

Lumphini Park bangkok tailand

End the day at CentralWorld Shopping Center

If you didn't buy souvenirs at the market, you have the opportunity to do it in the shopping center, CentralWorld.

The CentralWorld rises to a height of 8 floors and includes 400 shops, 15 cinemas, an ice rink, a learning center, a supermarket, a large buffet, and 100 restaurants.

In the courtyard of the shopping center, you can enjoy dancing fountains.

Even if you do not intend to buy anything - a stroll through the shopping center is full of surprises!

Hours of operation: daily from 10:00 to 22:00.

How long? About two hours.

Bangkok itinerary: Day 4

After 3 days in Bangkok, now is the time to explore the best things outside of Bangkok

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is about 100 kilometers southwest of Bangkok, an hour and a half drive from the city.

This market is the most famous floating market in Bangkok and is a perfect place for shopping lovers among you.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market bangkok thailand

You will find products similar to those you will find in other markets in Bangkok - various items of clothing, toys, and souvenirs - but what is special about this market is that the sellers sail with their goods in boats across the canal.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market visit

How will you get there? It's recommended to arrive by guided tour to the Floating Market or by taxi.

Hours of operation: Daily from 7:00 to 23:00.

Maeklong Railway Market

Despite attempts by the Bangkok Municipality to reduce the presence of markets in the streets and put them in indoor buildings and inside the ground floors of the huge malls, it is difficult to walk down the street and not come across food, clothing, fresh produce, etc. market.

If you feel that you are no longer excited about Thai market culture, you should travel a few miles outside of Bangkok and experience a different kind of market.

Maeklong Railway Market bangkok thailand

Maeklong Railway Market is about 60 kilometers from Bangkok, an hour and a half drive in the morning. As the name implies, it is located right on the train tracks.

When you arrive at the place, you will see the train station, and about two hundred meters from it, you will recognize the endless market that stretches along the tracks.

Local sellers offer their wares on special trays to which rods with wheels at their ends are attached.

They are on the tracks sunk into the ground, on either side of the railroad tracks.

Maeklong Railway Market visit

Above each stand is a thick nylon parasol to protect the narrow and long shin from the sun or rain.

A few minutes before a train leaves or arrives at the station, a slight siren sounds and the stalls begin to fold.

First, the umbrellas close and retract. After the umbrellas, the stands are pushed slightly back inside the sunken rails.

The fruits and the vegetables displayed on fabrics spread on the ground are moved only to the extent that they are not damaged by the train.

An extraordinary experience worth seeing!

Maeklong Railway Market tourist site bangkok

Highly recommend: Join a guided tour that combines the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the special Maeklong Railway Market.

The distance between the markets is about 20 minutes drive so you can combine both on the same day.

Finish your last day at the rooftop bar

Vertigo & Moon Bar is a bar-restaurant offering entertainment in the open air of Bangkok, on the 61st floor, and does not feel the pollution of the cars.

The restaurant is located in the Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel in Silom District, not far from Lumpini Park. The open terrace offers breathtaking views of the city and an elegant and sparkling atmosphere.

Try the house cocktail, Vertigo Sunset - pineapple, cranberries, lemon juice, and malibu (pineapple-flavored rum liqueur).

Please note: The dress code of the place is elegant.

No entry with flip-flops, sneakers, torn clothing, and hiking backpacks. Men are asked to arrive in long pants, closed shoes, and a shirt that covers the shoulders.

That's it, four perfect days in Bangkok are over, and it's time to explore the rest of this magical country.

Chinese New Year in Bangkok

What is it like to celebrate Chinese New Year in Bangkok?

As mentioned on the dates I was in Bangkok, the Chinese New Year celebrations took place.

Honestly, I did not know about it before, so it was a nice surprise.

Of course, it turned out well because I experienced this ancient tradition.

chinatown bangkok chines new year
local people at chinatown bangkok

Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in the Chinese tradition. Its date is calculated by the first day of the first month of the lunar year.

Chinese New Year (Wan Trut Chin) falls this year on February 1 (2022).

The best place to watch and take part in the festivities is Samphanthawong (Chinatown) in Bangkok.

chines new year bangkok dragon

The day before the holiday, the Chinese begin many preparations that include offerings to the various gods, including ducks, chickens, pig heads, fruits, and special Chinese cakes, along with Chinese flowers (Dogmai Chin) and gilded papers.

The Chinese clean the house and at midnight, they leave the doors and windows open so that the past year can come out comfortably.

On the day of the holiday, the Chinese dress in red, which together with the color gold, is considered to bring good luck.

During the holiday many street and folklore performances take place in Chinatown, including the famous Lion Dance.

kid celebrate chines new year in bangkok

The famous Lion Dance is by two people that dance inside the lion.

The lion is accompanied by drummers, as the drumming mimics the lion's heartbeat.

The lion dances in the streets and visits houses, businesses, and shops, and his visit banishes the demons and brings good luck for the new year. The Chinese are grateful to the lion who dances by providing red envelopes (Ang Pao) with sums of money in them.

kid a bangkok chinatown

Apart from folklore and culture shows, there are also acrobats and jugglers shows and street stalls laden with food and Chinese delicacies.

On the night of the holiday, masses of Chinese (and also Thais) fill the temples in the area, especially Wat Mangkon Kamalawat - the largest and most important of the Chinese temples in Bangkok.

For those who want to get to Chinatown on the holiday, you should know that some of the streets are closed to traffic, and traffic jams in the area are numerous.

It is best to get by boat across the river or by subway to the Hualampong area by walking.

costum kid celbrate chines new year

Extras for your Bangkok itinerary

Volunteering at the Elephant Rehabilitation Center

Unfortunately, until a few years ago in Thailand, there was no awareness of the horrible abuse of the cute elephants who ride them.

Since then, much has changed. Thailand has been more expensive than before, quite a few new malls have been added, and more and more tourists understand that riding on elephants or watching their shows doing pranks is illegitimate.

But that does not mean you can not meet this incredible animal in Thailand and even the closest there is!

ELEPHANT REHABILITATION CENTER

Across Thailand, there are several rehabilitation farms where elephants are rescued before death or those who have managed to free them from various places where they have been abused.

Keep in mind: some places only present themselves as such and treat elephants not very differently from where they came from.

That is why it is important to do homework beforehand and read about these places.

One of the best places is the Pattaya Elephant Sanctuary.

In the Sanctuary, you can meet elephants up close, help clean them, take them for a walk and feed them and most importantly, learn about this delicate, sensitive, and smart animal.

Trust me. It's more impressive and exciting to care for an elephant than to ride it.

Please do not ride elephants and take part in elephant shows.

Although it's less common than before, it still exists.

Food tours in Bangkok

Street food is one of Bangkok's great delights.

The streets of Bangkok are full of thousands of stalls offering for sale all the delicacies of Thai cuisine - from the famous Thai Pad and the rest of the noodle-based dishes; Through the excellent papaya salad to a variety of fried foods - fried chicken, fried fish, or spring rolls - the local egg roll. And that's before we even mentioned the tempting fruit stalls.

street food bangkok thailand

You can find several guided tours following the street food in Bangkok.

You can take a food night tour by Tuk-Tuk just in time when the food stalls in Bangkok come to life.

These are recommended for anyone who loves Thai food and wants a deeper acquaintance with the local cuisine and for those who are afraid to taste new and unfamiliar things and need a guide to explain in English what exactly he puts in his mouth.

coocking street food in bangkok

The guides know how to take the tourists to the most delicious neighborhoods in the city and to the best places, after the tour, you will not have to worry about your stomach condition. Along with street food, also visit the city's best restaurants.

Most of the tours last about three hours, including lots of tastings (this is an excellent and satisfying substitute for lunch) and offer a unique culinary and cultural experience.

street food market bangkok thailand

Ayutthaya Historical Park

Ayutthaya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It's about an hour and a half drive from Bangkok city center.

Ayutthaya, founded in 1350, was formerly the capital of Thailand. In the historic park, you will see some ancient temples, which were an integral part of the impressive city.

AYUTTHAYA HISTORICAL PARK  bangkok thailand

While visiting the park, you will wander among the various temples.

The largest and most important of which is the Temple of Wat Phra Si Sanphet. Visit the Wat Lokayasutharam Temple, home to the largest reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya, which is 32 meters long and rises to a height of 8 meters.

You can wander through the various buildings by bike or tuk-tuk.

Strive to arrive in modest and respectful attire, as these are sacred temples to Thais.

Admission to the park is free. You may have to pay a nominal entrance fee at the entrance to the great temples.

AYUTTHAYA HISTORICAL PARK  visit bangkok

How will you get there? It is advisable to join an organized tour to the park, but if you prefer to arrive independently, you have several options for arrival.

First, you can take a taxi from Bangkok to Ayutthaya.

Another option is to get to Ayutthaya by train which departs from Hualamphong Station in Bangkok every hour or so.

A third option is to take a bus from Mo Chit Station in Bangkok to Thanon Naresuan Station, which is about a mile east of the park.

Final thought after 4 days in Bangkok

Bangkok is one of the most visited cities in the world. Bangkok serves as the main gateway to East Asia. For this reason, Bangkok is considered by many to be only a transit station, but it is a spectacular city.

Bangkok combines traditional culture with Western modernity and offers something for everyone: it has an abundance of impressive palaces and magnificent temples, vibrant markets, peaceful water canals on and around which fascinating life takes place, shopping malls of all types and sizes, varied food and affordable prices.

Before you move on to trips in northern Thailand or a vacation in the magical islands, with the coconut palms and white beaches, spend some time in this vibrant city.

You will not regret it.

I hope this 4 days Bangkok itinerary will help you plan your trip to Bangkok, and I am sure you will enjoy Bangkok - one of the most vibrant cities in Asia!

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