Bangkok really is one of the world’s most buzzing cities and a central hub for backpackers! There are many things to do in Bangkok in 3 days that include vibrant street life, sacred shrines, boat-filled canals, and countless rooftop bars!
I have created this guide of 5 awesome things to do in Bangkok to help you plan your trip ahead of time!
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5 THINGS TO DO IN BANGKOK IN 3 DAYS
#1 KHAO SAN ROAD
Khao San Road is the center of the backpacking universe! The 1km Khao San Road strip is lined with budget hostels, street food vendors, bars, market stalls, massage parlors, internet cafes, and much more!
The best time to visit Khao San Road is from late afternoon to midnight when the backpacker strip comes to life! Expect to have nothing but good times in the infectious atmosphere on Khao San Road.
Also, make sure to take a stroll down Soi Rambuttri, the next street across from Khaosan Road. Soi Rambuttri has a more chilled atmosphere with nice restaurants, bars, and souvenir stores.
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Strolling down Khaosan Road
#2 WAT ARUN TEMPLE
Located on the western shores of the Chao Phraya River is one of Bangkok’s most iconic landmarks, the Wat Arun Temple. The entrance fee to Wat Arun is 50 Baht.
Wat Arun, commonly known as the ‘Temple Of Dawn’ is an impressive 80 meters tall and the highest Buddhist temple in Thailand. The detailed carvings on the outer walls of Wat Arun are incredible, to say the least.
Tip: I recommend visiting Wat Arun as soon as it opens at 8 am to beat the crowds and the midday heat. Also, appropriate clothing must be worn as it is a sacred temple, so make sure to wear a shirt that covers your shoulders and pants/skirt down to your knees.
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Wat Arun Temple
#3 CREATIVE DISTRICT IN BANGKOK
The creative district is one of Bangkok’s most upcoming spots that are still very much unknown and off the beaten path.
I seriously would not have found this area of Bangkok if it wasn’t for a local friend of mine, Pong, who works at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and she showed me so many little hidden gems in the short space of an hour.
The Creative District Bangkok is located on two sides of the Chao Phraya River in the Khlong Ton Sai and Bangrak areas which are conveniently connected by a ferry that only costs 5 Baht.
There are 4 must-see things in the Creative District Bangkok and they are Warehouse 30, Wall Art on Charoen Krung 32 Alley, Tropic City Hipster Bar, and Klong San Market.
Warehouse 30 Bangkok
Klong San Market
#4 GOLDEN MOUNTAIN BANGKOK
The Golden Mountain Bangkok, also known as Wat Saket, is a temple in the heart of the city with a 360-degree panoramic viewing platform at the top overlooking Bangkok.
The Wat Saket Temple is open from 8 am to 6 pm on Monday – Sunday and the entrance fee is 50 Baht. Appropriate clothing must be worn to enter the Golden Mountain Bangkok.
One of my favorite things to do at the Golden Mountain Bangkok was to ring every single bell that lines the 344-step spiral staircase on the way to the top of the Wat Saket Temple.
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Golden Mountain Bangkok
Wat Saket Temple – Bangkok Itinerary
Golden Mountain – 3 Days In Bangkok
#5 CHINATOWN BANGKOK
Chinatown is one of Bangkok’s most popular attractions and one of the best things to do in Bangkok in 3 days! Dive deep into the heart of Chinatown and explore through the narrow streets of market stalls, juice bars, street-side cuisine, gold and silver jewelers, and Chinese temples.
Chinatown Bangkok has a thriving atmosphere like no other ‘Chinatown’ in the world that I have experienced, with a contagious vibing energy that will keep you wanting to come back for more!
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Chinatown – Bangkok in 3 Days
WHERE TO STAY IN BANGKOK
Bangkok has thousands of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Bangkok to suit budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel
Mid Range: Livotel Hotel
Budget: Playground Hostel
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Another option for accommodation is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals on the island.
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GETTING AROUND BANGKOK
There are half a dozen ways of getting around Bangkok including Grab taxi, GoJek (motorbike taxi), tourist boats, underground metro, BTS (Skytrain), tuk-tuks, and local buses.
My recommendation to see all the things in Bangkok in 3 days on the cheap is to use either Grab taxis, tuk-tuks or tourist boats.
Grab taxi is one of the cheapest and best modes of transport in and around Bangkok City. Download the Grab app from the App Store on your smartphone in order to use Grab taxi services.
Tuk-tuk’s are a fun way to explore all the sites in Bangkok but you have to be good at bargaining a good deal with your driver otherwise you will be blindly ripped off.
Tip: Whatever a tuk-tuk driver will try to charge you for a ride, offer them 50% less.
Tourist boats are not only cheap but also convenient to avoid gridlocked traffic on the Bangkok streets and cruise up, down and across the Chao Phraya River to reach some of the most famous Bangkok tourist spots.
Fun tuk-tuk rides
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