A WEEKEND IN BANGKOK – A Travel Guide and Itinerary
Bangkok is one of those cities, that may very well be called as one of the Gateways to South East Asia, considering the flight connections from both Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport and the Don Muang Airport. And no matter how much you read about Bangkok, you have to experience it in person, specially if you are a foodie, as Bangkok is a Food Lover’s Paradise. Apart from being very popular with long term backpackers, Bangkok has got something to offer for everyone. And when you do end up in Bangkok, this 3 Day Bangkok Travel Itinerary is definitely going to come handy.
Bangkok is well connected to both Phuket in the South and Chiang Mai in the North. If you plan on heading South, after exploring Bangkok, this 7 Day Phuket Travel Itinerary might turn out to be helpful. However, if you end up going North, then you should check out this 3 Day Chiang Mai Travel Itinerary.
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3 Day Bangkok Travel Itinerary
Day 1 – Reach Bangkok | Chatuchak Weekend Market
If you are visiting Bangkok, which is one of the best solo travel destinations in the World, you’ve got to visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market – The Largest Market in Thailand with over 15000 shops. As the name suggests, it’s a weekend market and it’s humongous. You’ll find anything and everything, under one roof at Chatuchak Weekend Market.
Ranging from spices, souvenirs, clothes, junk jewellery, aromatherapy oils, bathroom essentials, cosmetics, home decor – You’ll get it all. And don’t forget the numerous food stalls, serving you the best of Thai Street Food.
Mo Chit Station on the BTS and Chatuchak Park station on the MRT, are walking distance from the market, making Chatuchak Weekend Market well connected by public transport.
The best way to make the most of your time at Chatuchak Weekend Market is to head there when the Sun’s not too harsh. And you have to make sure that you are dressed comfortably and have your shoes on, as there’ll be a lot of walking involved.
Keep yourself hydrated and don’t hesitate to bargain.
As Chatuchak Weekend Market is only operational on the Weekends – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you’ve got to plan your 3 Day Bangkok Itinerary in such a way, that you are able to devote one day of the Weekend to Chatuchak Market.
In a nutshell, your Day 1 of your 3 Day Bangkok Itinerary, would involve, reaching Bangkok in the morning and checking into your Hotel (We recommend Aloft Bangkok, for families and group travellers and Lub D Bangkok, if you are a Solo Traveller or travelling on a budget).
After freshening up and getting something to eat, head out to Chatuchak Weekend Market.
You could spend the day exploring any of the Floating Markets in Bangkok such as –
- Damnoen Saduk Floating Market.
- Amphawa Floating Market.
- Bang Nampheung Floating Market
- Wat Sai Floating Market
- Bang Phli Floating Market
- Bang Khla Floating Market
- Tha Kha Floating Market
By the time you reach back to your hotel, you’ll be tired, so spend the rest of the day just exploring the area near your hotel, or you could do the Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise with Royal Princess Cruise.
Day 2 – Bangkok Full Day Adventure with TAGTHAi
TAGTHAi is one of the best travel apps that has been launched in Thailand recently.
TAGTHAi basically offers Day Passes covering a plethora of city specific experiences and getting a TAGTHAi City Pass is one of the best Travel Hacks that I can recommend for your trip to Bangkok.
As of now the TAGTHAi Pass is available for Cities like Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Phuket.
For Bangkok, you’ll get the 1 Day Bangkok TAGTHAi Pass for roughly 27 USD, but you get to enjoy benefits worth 1300 USD.
These benefits come in the form of –
➡️ Skip the Queue tickets to Bangkok’s Most Popular Tourist Attraction – The Observation Deck at the 78th Floor of King Power Mahanakhon Skywalk
➡️ Unlimited Rides on the Hop On Hop Off Chao Phraya Tourist Boat
➡️ Old Bangkok Sightseeing Tour on a Tuk Tuk
➡️ Entry Passes for Wat Suthat Temple and Museum Siam
➡️ 1 Hour VR Gaming Session at the First VR Arcade in Bangkok
➡️ Food and Drinks Vouchers at different partner cafes/restaurants/bars in Bangkok
➡️ Massage Sessions
In a nutshell TAGTHAi is an All – In – One Thailand Pass, that’ll take your Thailand Trip to the next level all together. Even if you end up just ticking off 2-3 of these experiences, you would have Saved More with the TAGTHAi Pass, than you would have otherwise spent.
While, we personally availed the Adult Pass for the King Power Mahanakhon Skywalk and the unlimited Ride pass on the Hop On Hop Off Chao Phraya Tourist Boat and found the TAG THAi Pass to be totally Value for Money.
King Power Mahanakhon – And the View from the Top ( At height of 314 m)
And we timed it in such as way, that we are able to witness the sunset, while cruising on the Hop on Hop Off Chao Phraya Tourist Boat.
Wat Arun (top) during Sunset | Golden Hour as viewed on board the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat
Here is what we’ll recommend you guys to add to your Bangkok One Day Trip Itinerary –
➡️ Make your way to Old Bangkok and go on a sightseeing tour with Tuk Tuk Hop
➡️ Visit Wat Suthat Temple
➡️ Get the Unlimited Ride Pass on the Chao Phraya Tourist Hop on Hop Off Boat at any of the following stops
➡️ Have lunch at one of the partner restaurants
➡️ Enjoy a bird’s eye panoramic view of Bangkok from the top of King Power Mahanakhon Skywalk
➡️ Get Pampered with a 60 minute Massage Session.
➡️ End the day with Dinner at one of the partner restaurants.
Or you can simply follow this 1 Day Recommended Bangkok Travel Itinerary to make the most of your TAGTHAi Bangkok Pass on your trip to Bangkok during your epic backpacking South East Asia Itinerary, as Bangkok is one of best budget destinations for solo travel in the World.
Few things you should keep in mind to make the most of your TAGTHAi Pass
➡️ Start your day early.
➡️ Make reservations 24 hours prior
Feel free to modify your 1 Day Bangkok Trip Itinerary as per your convenience, and it doesn’t matter how many things you are able to tick off. What matters is that you should have Fun. Which I’m sure you’ll have.
If you are a foodie, you can check out this Bangkok for Foodie Itinerary.
In case you are wondering, how to go about it, and how TAGTHAi works? Here’s the answer.
PS – TAGTHAi is an App Based Pass, and Not a Physical Pass. You have to first download the TAGTHAi App – One of the Best Trip Planning Apps in Thailand, and then follow the steps below-
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Day 3 – True Love Husky Cafe + Day at Leisure | Depart from Bangkok
If you are a dog lover, you are going to love this.
Apart from the King Power Mahanakhon Skywalk, another attraction that has taken Instagram by storm is the TrueLove at Neverland Husky Cafe.
Imagine you being surrounded by 20+ big fluffy playful huskies, who just want to get pampered by you. Isn’t it straight out of a fairytale?
It was literally a dream come true when we ended up at TrueLove at Neverland Husky Cafe, and ended up playing and petting not one, not two but more than 20 huskies.
Just Me Goofing around with the Huskies at TrueLove at Neverland
They have even made a proper Instagrammable Photo Corner, where you can get clicked with all these huskies.
Few things to note –
➡️ A promo Entry Charge of 350 THB is levied on entry. In this you get 1 drink, 1 bottle of water and 1 hour play session.
➡️ Entry is on a First Come First Serve basis.
➡️They basically have 2 play sessions during the day. For the 1st session, viewing time and lunch time is 11.30 AM to 1 PM and interaction and play time is 1 PM to 2 PM.
For the 2nd session, afternoon tea or late lunch and viewing time is 3 PM to 4 PM and interaction and play time is 4 PM to 5 PM.
➡️ The best way to reach is by taking the BTS?.
Get off at Ari Station and go to exit 3, walk a little bit further along the traffic flow to Soi Phaholyothin 7, then turn left into the soi and you will see the Tuk Tuk queueing up?.
Most of The Tuk Tuk drivers know the location of True Love at Neverland and will charge you only 40-50 baht per trip.
The other hassle free way is to just get a Bolt / Grab from your hotel to True Love at Neverland?
While you wait to play with the huskies, you can also grab something to Eat at TrueLove at Neverland Husky Cafe. There’s a good variety of food on offer, and the rates are pretty economical as well.
Where To Stay in Bangkok?
One of the most Value for Money and centrally located hotels that I can recommend for your next trip to Bangkok is Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11, which is conveniently located on Sukhumvit Road near Terminal 21 shopping mall, Nana BTS Station and MRT Sukhumvit station.
Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11, is not only one of the Best Hotels to Stay in Bangkok, it is also one of the Best Hotels in Thailand according to this travel article – Travel Meets Affordable Luxury in Thailand.
Boasting of 290 rooms spread out on 32 floors, Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 offers beautiful panoramic views of the Bangkok Skyline, to all its guests from their rooms.
The View from Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11
We stayed at the Urban View Room on the 21st floor and the view from the room was just wow.
Our Urban View Room at Aloft Bangkok
What I really appreciated about the staff at Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit – was this personalised welcome card. It’s these small things, that make all the difference.
All rooms are equipped with all modern amenities and the staff at Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11, will make sure that you have the best time possible while in Bangkok.
Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11, also has an in-house restaurant where daily Buffet breakfast is served. The vast spread will surely make the foodie in you, content.
One of the things you should definitely do when staying at Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11, is go swimming in the pool on the 10th floor. And while you are at it, might as well enjoy a drink or 2 from the poolside Splash Bar.
You should definitely try out the tastefully concocted signature cocktails and indulge in the quick bites, and also keep an eye out for the amazing Value for Money offers on food and drinks that keep going on at their in-house restaurant and bars – Crave Restaurant, W XYZ Bar, Re:fuel by Aloft and at the Splash Pool Bar.
All in all, I would definitely recommend you to check in to Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11, especially if you are travelling with family or in groups.
Lub D Bangkok
Another one of my recommendations about Where to Stay in Bangkok, has to be Lub D Bangkok Siam.
It’s perfect for Solo Travellers or a bunch of friends travelling in a group or budget travellers, as Lub D Bangkok Siam offers not only Shared Dorms but also private double / twin rooms.
Lub D Bangkok Siam offers 24 Private Rooms and 14 Shared Rooms, has a Bar and a spacious Outdoor Cafe as well.
We stayed for a night in one of the Deluxe Double Rooms, and found it to be total Value for Money.
Lub D Bangkok Siam is located next to the BTS, there’s a 7/11 just around the corner, and both Siam Paragon Mall and The MBK Centre are at 2-5 minutes walking distance.
There’s a 24 hour reception desk and a dedicated Co Working space as well, making Lub D Bangkok Siam, a perfect workation getaway and a preferred choice for Digital Nomads.
Disclaimer: No compensation was received for this article, however Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 and Lub D Bangkok Siam offered our stay , and TAGTHAi offered us the Bangkok Day Pass, complimentary. As always, the opinions on theETLRblog.com are (and always will be) my own!
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