Bangkok: the capital city of Thailand famous for its ornate temples, bustling streets and fun nightlife.
Even though I’ve visited twice now, both times I discovered new things to see and do that I didn’t know of before.
It’s a typical large city in the sense that there’s always something going on and people coming and going. And because of this, you can quite easily blink and miss your time there.
Planning a short trip to try and pinpoint what all the fuss is about? Here are 7 things to do in Bangkok in 3 days.
Things to do in Bangkok in 3 days 101: visit the opulent Grand Palace and the sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple.
The latter is commonly referred to as “The Temple of the Emerald Buddha” and astounds both natives and non-natives alike with its sheer beauty.
For the equivalent of less than £10 per ticket, this royal district is well worth a look. Just make sure that you cover your arms, shoulders and legs as a sign of respect.
Another of my top recommendations of things to do in Bangkok in 3 days is spend an evening on Khao San Road.
Known for its many shopping stalls, cheap bars and delicious eateries, Khao San Road is tourist central.
Bonus points if you manage to take a tuk tuk (a three-wheeled taxi) to get there! (#WhenInThailand)
Sure, the local restaurants are great in Bangkok. But do you know what are even greater? The street food stalls around Bangkok.
Everyone says that you should experience the street food in Thailand at least once – and for good reason.
My travel companions and I found this awesome little stall right outside the main McDonald’s on Khao San Road (interesting location, I know). It had the best Pad Thai I’ve ever tasted in my life. True story.
If this is your first time in Thailand, one of your top things to do in Bangkok in 3 days is to go and get a traditional Thai massage.
There are plenty of beauty salons and massage parlours around the city, but the cheaper ones tend to be off Khao San Road.
It feels kind of bizarre at first, but it’s a one-of-a-kind experience. Just make sure that you ask for the lightest amount of pressure, trust me.
Shopaholics, rejoice! MBK Center is an eight-storey shopping mall in Bangkok’s CBD with over 2,000 shops. (Yes, I said 2,000!)
In addition to the four-storey Tokyu department store and luxury boutiques, you’ll also find an indoor market where you can pick up unique trinkets and souvenirs.
Always keep in mind your suitcase space though. Just saying.
Speaking of shopping malls, Asiatique on The Riverfront is a big open-air mall in Bangkok that’s fun to explore.
As well as having many shops, it has an abundance of restaurants. And it faces the Chao Phraya River, so it’s kind of pretty!
Asiatique is also home to the Calypso Cabaret Show, with Thai transgender performers. This is a great show that couples, families and groups are all bound to enjoy.
Finally, one of my favourite things to do in Bangkok in 3 days is go on a road trip to Khao Yai National Park.
With many rainforests, waterfalls and walking trails, it’s a hiker’s paradise! The park also has a lot of diverse wildlife such as bears, elephants and gibbons.
Sometimes, it’s just nice to head out of the city and get back to nature – even if it’s just for a day. Am I right?
All in all, there’s so much to do in Bangkok that you might struggle to fit it into 3 days. If you have more time, be sure to check out the CBD’s cool cocktail lounges and rooftop bars.
After all, there’s a reason why The Hangover was filmed in the city!
Whatever you decide to do in Bangkok, you’re going to enjoy yourself. And if you do it right, being there once is enough.
What do you think to my recommendations of things to do in Bangkok in 3 days? Do you have any other suggestions? Thanks for reading!
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