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 spent 3 days in Bangkok and created this guide of 5 awesome things to do in Bangkok to help you plan your trip!
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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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Khaosan Road – Things to do in Bangkok in 3 days
Strolling down Khaosan Road – Bangkok Itinerary
#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 8am 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.
Wat Arun Temple – Things to do in Bangkok in 3 days
#3 CREATIVE DISTRICT IN BANGKOK
The creative district is one of Bangkok’s most upcoming spots that is 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 – Things to do in Bangkok in 3 days
Klong San Market – Things to do in Bangkok in 3 days
#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 – Things to do in Bangkok in 3 days
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
Chinatown – Things to do in 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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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-tuk’s and local buses.
My recommendation to see all the things in Bangkok in 3 days on the cheap is to use either Grab taxi’s, tuk-tuk’s or the 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 – Things to do in Bangkok in 3 days
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Another option for accommodation is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Bangkok.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR BANGKOK
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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