Explore Bangkok in 3 Days

Bangkok Mini Guides

Three days in the city isn't long, but enough to appreciate most of the things Bangkok has to offer. Exquisite temples like the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and the grandeur of the Grand Palace are among the must-see attractions. Seen it all before? Perhaps it's time to do something different. Cycling around Bangkok's unknown (but safe) spots provides a fun, healthy and fresh experience that will excite even the most jaded of travelers.

Day 1

Start off by visiting the city's luminous sights and attractions. The Grand PalaceTemple of the Emerald Buddha and Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) are an absolute must. Even though these 'wats' (temples) are situated close to one another, taking an organised tour comes highly recommended, especially for the city's first-timers, and those with limited time. For a glimpse of the bygone days of Bangkok, exclusive packages like Bangkok Canals Routes and Khlongs are a perfect way to experience the former 'Venice of the East'.

Make your first night here one to remember... Go paint the town red, by visiting the city's hottest nightlife spots like Patpong, SilomNanaSukhumvit, or RCA. Explore our extensive Bangkok Nightlife Section to find out what's happening, when and where.


Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

The spire (prang) of Wat Arun on the bank of Chao Phraya River is one of Bangkok's world-famous landmarks. It sits on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya riverbank. Read More...

Wat Pra Kaew Wat Phra Kaew

Temple of Emerald Buddha, or Wat Phra Kaew, is the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. It enshrines a highly revered Buddha image carved from a single block of jade. Read More...

Klongs of Bangkok Khlongs of Thonburi

Fancy exploring a ramshackle world of criss-crossing canal networks that sub-divide into even narrower canals, and are all lined with old wooden houses and pots of colourful flowers? Read More...

The Grand Palace The Grand Palace

If there is one must-see sight that no visit to Bangkok would be complete without, it's the dazzling, spectacular Grand Palace, undoubtedly the city's most famous landmark. Read More...

Rooftop Venues

The sheer size and magnitude of this enormous city is best experienced at one of Bangkok's trendy rooftop venues, from where you can enjoy a bird's eye view of this sprawling metropolis while sipping on a refreshing cocktail. Read More...

Asiatique Asiatique The Riverfront

Asiatique The Riverfront is an expansive open-air theme mall with panoramic river views and a delightful fusion of shopping, dining, culture and colonial-style architecture. Read More...

Day 2

See Bangkok in a different perspective, take some of these Cycling Tours for the ultimate intimacy between you and the beautiful surroundings not offered by other modes of transport. Tree-huggers will enjoy the Bangkok Jungle Package, where a gentle 25-km half-day trip exploring the unexploited green of Bangkok is on offer. Experience the real local flavours, and delight in a maze of waterways, small villages, temples and tropical jungle. For more cycling fun both in Bangkok and beyond, have a look in our Cycling Tours Section.

Also try Bangkok Recreational Tours, where many family-friendly activities can be enjoyed. Watch quirky and adorable animal acts at Sampran Elephant Ground & ZooSafari World or the Crocodile Farm. End your day with a dinner cruise on the Chao Dinner cruises and be amazed at the city's exquisite temples and sight along the 'River of Kings'.

Cycle Tour Chinatown

This half-day cycle trip is a fascinating glimpse into the Bangkok of old, combining visits to some of the more popular Bangkok landmarks and off-the-beaten-path scenery. Read More...

Ayutthaya Day Trip

This easy day-trip gives a superb introduction to the ruins of the ancient capital Ayutthaya, and the country's cultural heritage. It begins with a guided stroll around the splendid Bang Pa-In Summer Palace and its landscaped gardens. Read More...

Dinner Cruise Reviews

While you dine Chao Praya River, you'll get a true taste of just how much Bangkok dazzles at night with shimmering temples, glistening skyscrapers and a rich stream of passing nocturnal traffic. Read More...

Siam Niramit Show

Thailand is one of the most intriguing Asian nations with a rich history spanning 700 years. Discover the culture, customs and traditions that have developed alongside Thailand in this captivating 90-minute theatre and dance extravaganza. Read More...

Day 3

Devote your last day to retail therapy. Sport your most comfy shoes and head to the city's 'shopping street', where world-class Shopping Malls - from the all-time favourite MBK to the fabulous CentralWorld - all contend for your attention. Finding best bargains at Bangkok's many markets can be a fun challenge, too. Visit Chatuchak Weekend Market for last-minute souvenirs and funky knick-knacks. Sore muscles are a common condition after a day-long bargain hunting. Go have those knotted muscles untied by having a  Foot massage or Traditional Thai massage at these heavenly Spas - a guarantee to make your flight back home a pleasant one!

MBK Bangkok MBK Shopping Center

The multi-storey MBK is popular with both tourists and locals. Eight floors packed with 2,000 shops that sell everything from clothing to furniture, mobile phones and electric appliances. Read More...

Chatuchak Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market boasts over 15,000 stalls selling everything imaginable, from clothing, fresh and dry food, pets, plants and used books to furniture and even fighting roosters.  Read More...

What is Thai Massage

An ancient massage technique that promotes energy flow through the body; an experience that a trip to Bangkok will not be complete without. Thai massage draws significant influence from India's ancient Ayurvedic traditions of medical practice. Read More...

Bangkok Shopping Malls Shopping Malls in Bangkok

From the legendary MBK, to the sophisticated Emporium or unashamedly upscale Siam Paragon, and CentralWorld, Bangkok's accommodate a wide range of style and budget. Read More...

Calypso Cabaret Show Cabaret Calypso Show

Thailand is well known for ladyboys and Calypso showcases them doing what they love the most: dressing up to the nines and miming to Cher. Read More...

Soi Cowboy

Named after the cowboy hat-wearing American who opened the first bar in 1970, this red-light district has a more laid-back, convivial feel than Patpong or Nana Plaza. Read More...

Highly Recommended:

Bangkok 3 Days/2 Nights Package

Combining the best of the Big Mango and beyond in one package, Bangkok 3 Days/2 Nights will take you on a journey into Thailand's glorious past and present. Dine on the luxurious Grand Pearl dinner cruise while the boat makes its way past spectacular sights along the majestic Chao Phraya River.

A day-long journey to Ayutthaya, the former Thai capital, follows the next day. Cruising in luxury through the natural beauty of surrounding countryside, it's no wonder why Ayutthaya was the prosperous trade centre between the East and European countries some 400 years ago. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its historic ruins evoke the former glory of this ancient city, making it a haunting window into Thailand's rich past - a not-to-be-missed experience!

This package includes:
- 2 Nights accommodation with daily breakfast
- Dinner Cruise by Grand Pearl
- Join Ayutthaya by River Cruise Tour
- Join round-trip transfers from/to Bangkok airport - hotel

Day 1:
- Join Transfer from Bangkok airport to your hotel
- Join Dinner Cruise by Grand Pearl Cruise
- Accommodation

Day 2:
- Breakfast at the hotel
- Joint Ayutthaya by River Sun Cruise full day
- Accommodation

Day 3:
- Transfer from your hotel to Bangkok airport

If time permits, Bangkok still has a lot left for you to discover. 

Related Pages

10 Short Things to Do in Bangkok 10 Short Things to Do in Bkk

You’ve only got a limited amount of time in Bangkok but you want to see the must-sees and do the must-dos. Here are Bangkok’s Top Ten Leisure Activities for those who are in a bit of a hurry.  Read More...

10 Must See in Bangkok Top 10 Must Do in Bangkok

Today, while the city is up to speed with modern times, the grandeur and glory of its illustrious past prevails. Be it the temples, spectacular palaces, floating markets or Chinatown. Read More...

Bangkok Shopping Malls Shopping Malls in Bangkok

From the legendary MBK, to the sophisticated Emporium or unashamedly upscale Siam Paragon, and CentralWorld, Bangkok's accommodate a wide range of style and budget. Read More...

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