No need to rush. Four days is ample time to see the seminal sights, do some serious shopping at malls and markets and lap up some Thai culture. With so much to see and do just outside the city, we also recommend you explore places like Ayutthaya or the River Kwai - places that give a deeper insight into what the Kingdom is all about. This 4 day mini-guide will throw up plenty of ideas. You could follow it to the letter, but it's designed to throw up lots of exciting suggestions rather than serve as a rigid timetable.
Combining the best of the Big Mango and beyond in one package, the Bangkok 4 Days/3 Nights takes 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 dotted along the majestic Chao Phraya River. Visits to three of Bangkok's most distinguished temples - Wat Traimit, Wat Pho and Wet Benchamabophit - follow the next day.
Then, you'll take a day-long trip to the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Chaotic and colourful, here small 'khlongs' or canals are filled with long tail boats piled high with fresh produce. You'll also visit Nakorn Pathom town, site of the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia, before heading to the Rose Garden. Here see villagers, in their natural habitat, working to create traditional handicrafts.
This package includes:
- 3 night accommodation with daily breakfast
- Dinner Cruise by Grand Pearl
- Join City & Temple tour
- Join Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
- Join round trip transfers from/to Bangkok airport - hotel
- Join transfer from Bangkok airport to your hotel
- Join dinner Cruise by Grand Pearl Cruise
- Breakfast at the hotel
- Join City & Temple tour (Half-day)
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- Join Damnoen Saduak floaitng market with Rose Garden Tour (Full-day)
- Transfer from your hotel to Bangkok airport
If time permits, Bangkok still has a lot left for you to discover. Have a look at our Bangkok in 4 days guide below for more ideas.
Exotic and enchanting, kick off your discovery of Bangkok with a morning at the sights and attractions closest to its heart: The Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho. The Combined City and Temples Tour is the perfect way to peruse these must-sees and just one of many half-day tours available.
Indulge Bangkok's eating experiences with lunch at a Thai restaurant, or if feeling adventurous some delicious streetfood. Once refueled, get refreshed with an afternoon shopping for designer labels and discount bargains in air-conditioned Shopping Malls like Siam Paragon, CentralWorld or MBK.
At night culture vultures take in an enriching spectacle like Siam Niramit, which packs all the history and grandeur of Siam into a spectacular stage show. If these sound too civilized, go discover why 'one night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble': peep through the curtains of Patpong market's go-go bars while shopping for counterfeits, meet flamboyant boy-meets-girl creations at a Ladyboy Show, or check out just how a Thai Boxing match can be!
Begin your second day with another bout of city sightseeing. Teak houses and treasures like Jim Thompson's House, insight into Thailand's artistic and cultural heritage, one of many fascinating museums. There is so much to see. Bangkok used known as the 'Venice of the East', and, with trips like the Canals Route or Khlongs Tour, you can find out why.
In the afternoon go for high-tea at one of the Riverside's five-star Hotels. Radiating colonial charm, The Mandarin Oriental's Authors Lounge is THE place to nibble cucumber sandwiches while admiring the Chao Phraya Rivers beautiful bustle. Maintain the river theme by ending your day with a Sunset Dinner Cruises past Wat Arun, one of the many exquisite religious and royal sights strewn along the 'River of Kings'.
Dedicate your third day to more than inner city sights, to exploring Bangkok's hidden secrets and beyond...
A day-trip to the ruins of Ayutthaya, the ancient Siamese capital destroyed by the Burmese, is highly recommended. Take an Ayutthaya River Cruise Tour and enjoy the scenery as you glide back into Bangkok and the modern age. If that doesn't appeal, try Khao Yai National Park, Kanchanaburi's famous River Kwai, or the picturesque Floating Market (available in our one-day Beyond the City tour section).
Alternatively, why not see the floating market and then go for a cycle round the areas canals, fruit orchards and temples? Just one of many Cycling Tours, it's a good way to see things at your own pace. Another option is a family outing to Samphan Elephant Zoo, Safari World or the world's biggest Crocodile Farm (see Recreational Tours for more info).
Spend the rest of the afternoon getting pummeled and preened at one of Bangkok's heavenly city or hotel spas. Once your Thai massage, has de-knotted your ailing muscles, head for dinner at one of the city's world-class international restaurants (check our Tatler reviews section for dining recommendations).
Do some last gasp shopping at the world-famous and mammoth Chatuchak Weekend Market, home of last minute souvenirs, entire new wardrobe and endless funky knick-knacks. Kids won't appreciate just how hot and heaving it can be, so take them to see the monkeys at Dusit Zoo or manta-rays in Siam Ocean World. Cinemas, bowling and karaoke are also great family options, and a given at every mall.
For dusk try the satisfying greenery of Lumpini Park, where lots of locals come to escape the aggravating streets and workout at free aerobics classes. After that head to Chinatown, to wander winding backalleys, check out exotic commerce and try Birds Nest Soup.
For a last night to remember, go party in the hip haunts of nightlife districts Silom, RCA or Sukhumvit (try Bed Supperclub for the ultimate space-age clubbing experience). If that's a bit beneath you, head to Bangkok's stratospheric rooftop venues for the ultimate in chic and cosmopolitan carousing. Try the 62nd floor of State Tower, where you can spot the city's landmarks while sipping martinis at Sky Bar.