What to Do in Bangkok in 3 Days
Bangkok Mini Guides
3 days in Bangkok 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.
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, 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, Silom, Nana, Sukhumvit, or RCA. Explore our extensive Bangkok Nightlife Section to find out what's happening, when and where.
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 & Zoo, Safari 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'.
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!