Bangkok is always one of the world’s top tourist destinations because this city is full with temples, palaces, museums, art galleries, floating markets, shopping places, and so on. If I were you and have only 3 days in Bangkok, I will make a travel itinerary like this.
Day 1: Visit an old town
Bangkok’s old town is charming. At this area, there are gorgeous temples, palaces, and museum. To visit them all, it take more than a week. Well, the must visit places are
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
You can walk from Wat Phra Kaew to Wat Pho or vice versa. And, Wat Arun is opposite to Wat Pho; you need to take a cross-river ferry. Visit 3 temples and 1 palace usually take 3-4 hours. I usually start the day early to escape the heat in the afternoon.
After that I recommend you to visit Wang Lang Market and have lunch there. This market is a local market where you can see workers and students. It is well known for street food for local.
Then, the last destination of this day is Khao San Road, a 400-meter long street that is full with pubs and restaurants. This area become lively around after 6. You can have dinner and chill there.
So if you leave Wang Lang Market early, you might visit Tha Phra Chan. It is also full with street food and walk to Tha Phra Arthit. Then, walk to Khao San Road.
While visiting Bangkok’s old town, you will take boat and ferry. No any rapid transport system there. Do not expect to see BTS Skytrain or MRT Subway.
Day 2: Visit floating market
Floating Market is a market where the sellers sell goods from boats. It is one of the tourist attractions. At the market, you will see not only tourists, but also local. Most of the floating markets are located in the province near Bangkok. The most popular one is Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. The one that is less popular, but not far from downtown Bangkok is Taling Chan Floating Market. The first one is bigger and has more boats in the canal. Choose the one that suits you best.
Well, usually floating market opens only on weekend. So, if your days in Bangkok are not weekend, I recommend you to visit Chinatown instead. You can check a plan to visit Chinatown in 4 day itinerary in Bangkok.
Day 3: Visit shopping places
In Bangkok, there are several shopping malls and markets around the town. Some are big, while some are small. What you can expect from shopping places are products and food. Below are the best and popular 3 shopping places that you should visit while you are in Bangkok. Well, I do not think that you can visit all of them in one day, so choose two places that you like.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
This is the biggest outdoor market in Bangkok. There are more than 15,000 stalls selling products. It has almost everything you have ever wanted. Well, the market opens only on weekend. So, if you happen to be in Bangkok on weekend, do not miss this market. I recommend you to go there either in morning or in the evening because usually it is really hot in the afternoon. And, you need a map to walk in this market. Read my posts about this market here.
Pratunam Market and The Platinum Fashion Mall
Pratunam is an area that is well known for cheap and trendy clothings and accessories. The popular places are Pratunam Market and The Platinum Fashion Mall. Both of them opens daily.
Siam Square is a meeting place for people of all ages in Bangkok. It is a shopping area also because there are many shopping malls such as Siam Paragon, Siam Square One, Siam Center, Siam Discovery, MBK Center. These malls connects to each others and connects with BTS Skytrain.
Enjoy traveling Bangkok!