The gift that Bangkok gives is to never be bored, there are so many things to do in Bangkok that you need more than one lifetime, but hey, 3 days in Bangkok is a good start!
The list of Bangkok attractions is a long one, but among them one feature stands out – contrasts! It’s the glorious contrasts that give the City of Angels its joie do vivre. Where else can you tread on hallowed ground at Bangkok’s Grand Palace by day, and that night let your hair down and inhibitions fly at a Bangkok night market? Between $2 street food and gourmet French restaurants, skyscrapers with swank rooftop bars and ancient Chinatown neighborhoods, luxury fashion malls and cheap sidewalk vendors, revered temples and raunchy red-light districts, with 3 days in Bangkok you can take in an incredible amount of history, culture, architecture, and (most of all!) food.
A true masterpiece, SO/ Bangkok is a 5-star hotel with a resolutely contemporary outlook located on prime real estate at the corner of Sathorn and Rama IV Roads overlooking Lumpini Park. It’s the perfect location to spend 3 days in Bangkok while exploring its wonders.
A great warm-up excursion is SO/ Bangkok’s free TUK TUK Service , providing free rides into Bangkok’s local scenes to give a taste of the many things to do in Bangkok. SO/ Bangkok’s complimentary TUK TUK Service takes you from the hotel to Silom MRT (Subway), Central Silom Complex, Saladaeng BTS Station (Sky Train) and back via North Sathorn Road . Drop-offs and pick-ups are fine.
Once you get acclimated, your 3 days in Bangkok will fly by like the long-tail boats on the Chao Praya River. Some great fun things to do in Bangkok in between must-see Bangkok attractions could include a floating market or the railroad market, take a bike ride through Lumpini Park or a Khlong (canal) tour on a long-tail boat, see a puppet show, get a massage or take a cooking class. After exploring the city, retreat to the sparkling infinity pool at SO/ Bangkok to take in its panoramic cityscape and Lumpini Park views.
Thailand is a land of temples; gleaming, guiled, magnificent temples, and Bangkok is Ground Zero for these elaborate and beautiful monuments. Several of these famous Bangkok attractions can be seen in the historic center of the city, starting with Bangkok’s Grand Palace. The Bangkok Grand Palace should be first on your tour list because it’s the perfect introduction to Thailand, the one you most don’t want to miss. Bangkok’s Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha are within the same grounds, so with one stop you get two mind blowingly beautiful temples.
Within the Bangkok Grand Palace grounds is one of the most well-known temples in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew, or Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Emerald Buddha, in the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, sits atop an elegant gold altar in the center of the temple. The dark green jadeite statue stands just over 2-feet (61-cm) tall. The king changes the cloak around the statue in a revered ceremony three times a year, corresponding to the summer, winter, and rainy seasons.
Just south of the Bangkok Grand Palace is Wat Pho , the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is one of Bangkok’s oldest temples, existing before Bangkok was established. The temple complex houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, and the largest reclining Buddha. The temple is considered the earliest center for public education in Thailand, and still runs the country’s most prestigious school for Thai medicine and massage. By now you may be needing a massage, so you’re in the right place! Stop for a foot, face or total body massage, which Wat Pho is renowned for.
From Wat Pho it’s a short but scenic ride in a long-tail boat down the Chao Phraya River to Wat Arun, one of Thailand’s most classic Bangkok attractions, seen in countless postcards and posters. Wat Arun’s 82m-high Khmer-style tower dominates the Thonburi side of the river, with steep steps leading to the top, from where amazing views of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River can be had. Not apparent from a distance are its fabulously ornate mosaics of multicolored Chinese porcelain.
Then, for a completely different style of Thai architecture, check out the Erawan Museum , a five-story sculpture of Indra’s three-headed elephant from Hindu mythology. The interior is filled with antique sculptures but is most impressive for the stained-glass ceiling. Wander up through its three floors to appreciate the continuity of history, cultures, religions, arts and faiths, past and present, that so define Thai character.
OK, you’ve just spent an entire day seeing some of the best that Bangkok has to offer, and now you can relax. For free entertainment there’s nothing better than people watching at the Bangkok night market on Khao San Road with its colorful túk-túks, sizzling street food and Chang beers. This infamous backpacker mecca comes alive at night and is home to a number of vintage shops, cute cafes, local restaurants and a bonanza of street food. Grab an outside table at one of the street cafes, sit back, enjoy a cold drink and watch the nightlife come alive before your eyes!
No one in their right mind would come to Bangkok and skip out on one of its most famous Bangkok attractions, its amazing street food. Street food in Bangkok provides convenient, delicious and cheap meals and it’s one of the purest ways to get in touch with the local culture. Last night you got a glimpse of Bangkok’s famous street food at the raucous Bangkok night market on Khao San Road, but many other Bangkok neighborhoods have also earned a reputation for their street food. Here are five of best so you can spend Day 2 of your 3 days in Bangkok eating your way across the city.
When night falls, the premier street food destination in Bangkok is Chinatown. Barbequed seafood is big here, as are dim sum, Thai-Chinese desserts, roasted chestnuts, oyster omelets, flat noodles in pepper broth and ice cream. Don’t fill up at one place, to really appreciate Chinatown’s street food, just snack and keep grazing, like the locals.
Bangkok’s Old Town, Banglamphu, specializes in old-style Thai street food that is hard to find elsewhere. Here, the most famous vendors have been around for decades nourishing their culinary know-how. Curry rice, green chicken curry, sour curry with shrimp, spicy lemongrass soup with seafood and “drunken noodles” are just a few of the specialties to be found on Banglampu’s sidewalks.
Sukhumvit, named after the traffic-clogged road running through it, has become an upscale neighborhood full of swank rooftop bars, expat hangouts and sushi bars. Sukhumvit proves that, wherever money is, good food follows. On Sukhumvit Road’s Soi 38 vendors have set up in a sheltered area underneath Sutthi Mansion close to Thonglor BTS station where they dish up the selection of good street food that has made the area so popular with foodies. Favorites include banana roti, pad Thai, fried rice dishes, mango sticky rice, papaya salad, satay and stir-fried morning glory.
Soi Rambuttri is known as a pretty Bangkok oasis, a quieter version of Khao San Road and one of the few places you can escape the bustle of Bangkok. This street has incredible pad Thai and spring rolls, offering a nice area to enjoy high-quality food and a drink at the street bars without the loud music and festivities of nearby Khao San.
Right in the central business district of Bangkok is Silom Road, catering to hoards of hungry office workers wanting a quick meal in between office hours. Silom offers tasty traditional favorites that demand little of your time and even less of your pocket. Curried egg noodles, braised duck and Chinese-style egg noodles served with a mix of either pork, chicken or squid with fish balls and dumplings, are a just few of the delicacies to be found on Silom Road.
After you’ve eaten your way across Bangkok and found yourself at the end of the day on Silom Road, end your moveable feast at one of the best Bangkok night markets – the Night Market. The Silom Night Market is synonymous with Patpong, one of the ‘must do’ night markets in Bangkok. Found in the high-rise area of Silom, this notorious nightlife district is often the first stop for tourists just arriving in Bangkok, and very convenient when you’re ready to retire back to your luxurious room at SO/ Bangkok, just minutes away, after your day-long food-fest
It’s your third of 3 days in Bangkok and time to go shopping! People come from around the globe to shop in Bangkok’s night markets, high-end malls and quaint boutiques. Here are a few gems for you intrepid shoppers.
Siam Paragon is one of the largest malls in Thailand and right next door to Siam Center and the Siam Discovery Center, providing between them endless possibilities of things to do in Bangkok, including a range of specialty stores and restaurants, 15 large screen cinemas, an aquarium, an exhibition hall, the Thai Art Gallery, an opera concert hall, a bowling alley and a karaoke center. Siam Paragon’s retail shops sell goods ranging from apparel and groceries to jewelry and luxury cars.
MBK Center is a notoriously frenetic, 8-story mega-mall that attracts more than 90,000 shoppers every day. MBK is the go-to shopping mall in Thailand for people who are looking to score good deals among its 2,300 shops. In Bangkok, MBK is probably your best mid-week bet for finding souvenirs and gifts to take home, because prices are lower than other malls that focus more on luxury shoppers.
The new Icon Siam Mall is called the “Mother of All Malls”, with 500 shops and 100 restaurants from more than 30 different countries. Icon Siam offers high-end brands, an indoor floating market, an art gallery, exhibition space, and a beautiful riverside location with views of downtown Bangkok. Icon Siam covers 6 floors. Fashion brands take up the first 3 floors, with high-end fashions in the Icon Luxe section on level 1, containing exclusive boutiques such as Hermes, Dior and Louis Vuitton.
Central World is one of the most exciting shopping experiences in Bangkok. It has everything from brand-name clothing boutiques, funky fashion, high-tech gadgets, bookshops and designer furniture to imported groceries, banks, a hotel, beauty salons, gourmet eateries, an office tower and an ice-skating rink. It’s the eleventh largest shopping complex in the world, and with 13 floors, you could easily spend all day there.
Emquatier mall is located in Phrom Phong, one of the biggest retail hubs in the city, on Sukhumvit Road. Expect to find a long list of designer brands, as well as a distinctly futuristic design with dozens of restaurants, offices, event halls, and a cool atrium garden with a manmade waterfall. EmQuartier leans towards the more luxurious side of Bangkok’s mall scene, with designer brands on the ground or 2nd floor, and a mix of more affordable high street brands, plus a good selection of homegrown brands, higher up.
Asiatique successfully combines 2 of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a Bangkok night market and a mall. This international trade port has been transformed into a huge replica warehouse complex with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants. It opens at 5pm and includes nightly entertainment ranging from Calypso ladyboy cabarets to classic Thai puppet shows.
Among the many things to do in Bangkok, shopping is a popular pastime for tourists and locals alike. Of all the various outlets, none come close to beating the Bangkok attraction of Chatuchak Weekend Market . It’s a mammoth market and one of the top attractions in Bangkok with around 15,000 stalls and about 200,000 visitors each weekend day. This is a weekend market, open Saturday and Sunday, though one section is open throughout the week too. You can buy just about anything here and the goods are all affordably priced, but you should haggle over prices a bit, as this is the expected thing to do in Bangkok!
Spend 3 glorious days with a dash of playfulness and more than a little pluck. Discover Bangkok and French joie de vivre at the unparalleled SO/ Bangkok.