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How to Spend 3 Days in Bangkok

How to Spend 3 Days in Bangkok

With three days in Bangkok, you can hit all the must-see sights plus venture farther afield for a rich history or nature fix. Admire beautiful temples, visit the famous floating markets, cruise the canals, and then take some time to feast on tasty Thai cuisine and experience local culture. Here’s how to have an unforgettable 72 hours in Bangkok.

Day 1: See the Must-See Sights

Spend your first day admiring Bangkok’s top attractions, starting with a tour of the magnificent Grand Palace. The official residence of the Thai king is full of stunning photo opportunities, with highlights including the Royal Courts and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), one of Thailand’s holiest temples.

Many temple tours and walking tours also include the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and the Temple of the Giant Swing (Wat Suthat). After a busy day of sightseeing, relax on a scenic dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River and enjoy spectacular views of Bangkok by night. 

Day 2: Day Trip to the Countryside

There are plenty of options for day tours from Bangkok, offering a chance to escape the city and explore the stunning Thai countryside. Perhaps visit the UNESCO World Heritage–listed ruins of Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Siam, or discover the beautiful landscapes of the Khao Yai National Park. You can even visit the coast—the lively resort town of Hua Hin lies approximately 2.5 hours south of the capital.

A fascinating day trip destination is the notorious Burma Railway, also called the Death Railway, as it—and the famous Bridge on the River Kwai—was largely built by Allied POWs during World War II. Tours typically include a visit to the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and the JEATH War Museum.

Back in Bangkok, head to Khao San Road, one of the city’s busiest nightlife areas. Browse the street markets, fill up on street food, and spend the night hopping between the many bars and nightclubs.

Day 3: Get Your Shopping and Culture Fixes

A 3-day stay in Bangkok means that you can really immerse yourself in local life and experience Thai culture, so spend your final day doing just that. Start with a visit to one of the colorful floating markets around Bangkok—Damnoen Saduak is a popular choice—then explore Bangkok’s vibrant Chinatown district aboard a traditional tuk-tuk. 

Spend the afternoon shopping at more of the city’s famous markets—the gigantic Chatuchak Market is a must if you’re visiting on a weekend—and sampling the city’s renowned street food. The Bang Rak district is also renowned for its delicious street food, and a guided tasting tour is a perfect way to learn more about Thai cuisine.

In the evening, opt for a memorable activity such as joining a Thai cooking class, attending a Muay Thai kickboxing fight, or watching a cultural show (Siam Niramit is a solid choice).

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Baipai Thai Cooking School Class in Bangkok

Baipai Thai Cooking School Class in Bangkok

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Master the art of authentic Thai cooking during a half-day Baipai Thai Cooking School class in Bangkok. No prior kitchen experience is necessary and travelers are sure to leave with a full belly and flavorful recipes to share with friends back home.
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Apsara Dinner Cruise by Banyan Tree

Apsara Dinner Cruise by Banyan Tree

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Dine with a breathtaking view on this Bangkok dinner cruise aboard the traditional Thai vessel ‘Apsara.’ Navigate past the gleaming Temple of Dawn during the tour, and glimpse the swooping skyline of the royal Grand Palace. The Chao Phraya is the heart of this vibrant city, speckled with traditional fishing boats and soaring yachts, but your leisurely, 4-course meal proves as memorable as the romantic setting. Sample the rich curries, elegant soups, and superb desserts that are the best of Thailand’s legendary cuisine.
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Bangkok Food Tour of Bang Rak with Local Guide

Bangkok Food Tour of Bang Rak with Local Guide

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Take a stroll through the Bang Rak district as you’re introduced to Thai dishes and drinks at food stalls, local eateries, a wet market and more. Taste authentic flavors and savory bites all handpicked by a knowledgeable guide. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 10 food lovers for a small-group experience on this Bangkok food tour. Select a morning or evening tour.
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Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok

Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok

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Combine a visit from Bangkok to Ayutthaya—the UNESCO-listed ancient capital of Siam—with a riverboat trip on the Chao Phraya River. An informative guide highlights Thailand’s fascinating history as you explore Ayutthaya temples, stone ruins and Buddha statues in the old capital of Thailand, which was ransacked by invading Burmese in the 18th century. This full-day tour includes lunch and returns you to Bangkok by boat.
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Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour

Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour

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Take a memorable ride on the Thailand-Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway for the thousands of POWs and forced laborers who lost their lives building it during World War II. On this day trip from Bangkok, visit the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and the JEATH War Museum, and hear moving war stories from your guide. Then ride a long-tailed speedboat down the Kwai River where you have a view of the famous bridge.
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Private Tour: Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak Cruise Day Trip from Bangkok

Private Tour: Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak Cruise Day Trip from Bangkok

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This private tour of the floating markets of Damnoen Saduak offers travelers an up-close look at everyday life on Thai waters. Follow your guide along the backwaters of Bangkok canals on a motorized boat and check out the local vendors selling fresh produce, souvenirs and handmade sweets from their traditional canoes. This one-of-a-kind-experience is perfect for the traveler looking to get off the city streets and sample a bit of the culture and character this popular destination has to offer.
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Bangkok in Motion: City Highlights Tour by Skytrain, Boat, and Tuk-Tuk

Bangkok in Motion: City Highlights Tour by Skytrain, Boat, and Tuk-Tuk

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Discover Bangkok via its public transportation system as you travel with a private guide throughout the city by Skytrain, 'tuk-tuk' (motorized rickshaw), public boat, and shuttle boat—and on foot. Make stops at Wat Pho, the Grand Palace, and the Jim Thompson House, and float down the Chao Phraya River and one of its ‘klongs’ (canals). Opt for an additional early morning stroll in Lumpini Park, too.
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Muay Thai Kickboxing with Ringside Seats and Private Transfer

Muay Thai Kickboxing with Ringside Seats and Private Transfer

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Take a VIP ringside seat at a Muay Thai match at Bangkok’s Rajdamnoen Stadium. Get up close to the action as you watch the centuries-old martial art of Thai kickboxing—now considered the national sport. Spend an evening immersed in a live competition, enhanced by traditional music. Round-trip hotel transport by private vehicle and guided commentary plus complimentary water and cold towel are included with your ticket.
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Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun

Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun

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Experience a half-day Bangkok canal tour along the Chao Phraya River, the city’s aquatic roadway, including stops at two of the city’s most famous sights and a chance to observe daily life of residents living near the Thai capital’s many canals (also called 'khlongs'). Admire the gorgeous decadence of Bangkok’s Grand Palace, home of the revered Emerald Buddha, and take in the incredible Wat Arun, one of Bangkok’s most iconic temples. The tour includes pick-up at select hotels, air-conditioned transport, river cruise, local guide and entrance fees.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Morning Buddhist Almsgiving, Grand Palace and Flower Market Tour in Bangkok

Morning Buddhist Almsgiving, Grand Palace and Flower Market Tour in Bangkok

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Experience the spiritual beauty of Thailand on this 5-hour Viator Exclusive tour that includes a visit to Bangkok’s biggest flower market and a behind-the-scenes tour of the famed Grand Palace. Wake with the sun and head to a local monastery—possibly the Marble Temple at Wat Benchamabophit) and participate in a beautiful almsgiving ceremony. Then pay a visit to the iconic Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew. With a group cap of 8 people, this Buddhist experience insures personalized attention from your friendly local guide.
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