Bangkok, a capital city of Thailand, is one of the top tourist destinations in the world due to many reasons. This city is famous for elegant temple, delicious food, traditional massage, and street shopping. If you have 4 day in Bangkok, here is the recommended itinerary. By following this plan, you will pretty much see the city’s top attractions. Well, this is just a suggestion. You can adapt if you want to.
Day 1: Visit an old town
Bangkok’s old town or Rattanakosin Island is the area that you will see the exquisite temples and palaces. There are many interesting places that are worth visiting, and if you want to visit them all, you need at least a week. However, below is the list of top points of interest that you can visit them in half a day.
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
Then, you can have lunch and enjoy shopping at Wang Lang Market in the afternoon. This market is well-known for cheap and delicious local food.
Then, if you are not tired yet, you might visit Tha Phra Chan and walk to Tha Phra Arthit. From there, it is not far from Khao San Road.
Then, in the evening, I recommend you to go to Khao San Road, a famous short street that is full with pubs, bars, and restaurant.
Day 2: Visit Chinatown
Bangkok’s Chinatown (or Yaowarat) is a place where you can see Thai-Chinese community. This area is famous for delicious street food. Some stalls open during the day, while some stalls open at night. The places that I recommend you to visit are
Wat Traimit is home to the Golden Buddha. I also do love the modern exhibition that shows us the history of Thai-Chinese community in Chinatown.
Wat Leng Noei Yi
Wat Leng Noei Yi or Wat Mangkon Kamalawat is the most sacred Chinese Buddhist temple in Bangkok. People visit the temple all year long. However, the temple usually is crowded during Chinese New Year.
Sampeng Market is famous for wholesale market in accessories, stationeries, shoes, bags and so on. However, many shops there sell both retail and wholesale.
You can follow my one day trip in Bangkok’s Chinatown here.
Day 3: Visit floating market
Floating market is one of the top Bangkok’s tourist attractions. At the market, you will see the local seller boats selling food, local products, and so no along the canal. Many of floating markets are not located in Bangkok, but we can make a day trip to visit them from Bangkok. The famous one is Damnoen Saduak Floating Market which is located Ratchaburi province. It takes about 2 hours drive from Bangkok. To go there, renting a car/ van is the convenient option.
Another popular floating market is Taling Chan Floating Market. This market is smaller and has less boats in the canal. However, it is located in Bangkok and you can go there by taking a bus from Siam.
Well, please bear in mind that the floating markets open only on weekend. So, if your 4 days in Bangkok are not weekend, I recommend you to visit either old town or shopping places one more day depending to your preference. You might check a 7 day itinerary in Bangkok to see other interesting places.
Day 4: Visit shopping places
Bangkok is a unique shopping paradise. There are many shopping malls and markets around the city and they are easy to access. Many of them connects with either BTS Skytrain or MRT Subway. Belows are the recommended shopping places. Visit all of them in one day is possible, but it will be too tiring. So, choose only two places that suit you.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chatuchak is the biggest outdoor market in Bangkok and also in Thailand. You can find almost everything you want at this market. There are about 15,000 stalls selling variety of products. You can spend all days here. Well, the recommend time is either in morning or in the evening because in the afternoon, the weather is incredibly hot.
Well, please note that the market fully opens on weekend. Only some parts opens on weekday. If you plan to visit this market in order to see how this big market looks like, go on weekend. You can see my posts related to this market here.
Pratunam Market and The Platinum Fashion Mall
Pratunam Market is an outdoor market, while The Platinum Fashion Mall is an indoor mall. Both are in Pratunam area and famous for cheap and trendy clothings and accessories. And the product is even cheaper when buying in bulk.
Siam Square is a meeting place for local people of all ages. The area is full with shopping malls where you can buy luxury goods such as such as Siam Paragon, Siam Square One, Siam Center, Siam Discovery, MBK Center.
Enjoy traveling Bangkok!