What to Do in Bangkok in 3 Days

Discover the Best of Bangkok in 72 Hours

A span of 3 days in Bangkok isn't long, but enough to let you 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 that you can visit in 3 days. 

Think you've seen it all before? Perhaps it's time to do something different. One example is cycling around Bangkok's unknown (but safe) spots provides a fun, healthy and fresh experience, which can excite even the most jaded of travellers.

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Day 1 - Visit Bangkok's main attractions

Start off by visiting the city's luminous sights and attractions. The Grand Palace, Temple 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, Bangkok khlong or canal tours 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, Silom, Nana, Sukhumvit, or RCA.

Day 2 - See a different side of Bangkok

See Bangkok from a different perspective by taking a cycling tour. Such tours can provide the ultimate intimacy between you and the beautiful surroundings not offered by other modes of transport. A half-day trip to Bang Ka Jao, the green heart of Bangkok, takes you through a gentle 25-km half-day trip to experience real local flavours and delight in a maze of waterways, small villages, temples and tropical jungle.

You can also consider Bangkok recreational tours and family-friendly activities such as going on a safari at Safari World. You can end your day with a dinner cruise like the Chao Dinner cruises and be amazed at the city's exquisite temples and sight along the 'River of Kings'.

Day 3 - Wind down with a dose of retail therapy

Devote your last day to retail therapy in Bangkok. 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 the 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 Bangkok’s heavenly spas – a guarantee to make your flight back home a pleasant one!

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