If you have 5 days in Bangkok and are wondering how to spend it, this post is for you. This blog post aims to share you a recommended 5 day itinerary in Bangkok.
Bangkok is a capital city of Thailand and has many places worth visiting for a brilliant holiday. In my opinion, 5 days are enough to see this city. Below is my itinerary. Feel free to adjust the plan, if you want to.
Day 1: Visit an old town
Exploring Bangkok’s Old Town (or Rattanakosin Island) is a must for any Bangkok trip itinerary. I think it take up to a week, if you want to visit everything in the old town. Below is my top 3 must-see of the city.
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
All 3 places are located not far from each other. My recommendation for you to visit these 3 places is to visit The Grand Palace first, start your day early, and follow the temple dress code strictly because the queue gets longer and it gets hot in the afternoon.
Usually it would take around half a day to visit the top 3 places. Then, I recommend you to visit Wang Lang Market and have lunch there. This market is famous for cheap and delicious local food.
After that, I recommend you to spend your afternoon time visiting Tha Phra Chan and walk to Tha Phra Arthit.
From Tha Phra Arthit, you can walk to Khao San Road, the famous short street that is full with restaurants, pubs, and bars.
Day 2: Visit an old town
Since you have 5 days in Bangkok, I recommend you to spend one more day in Bangkok’s old town to visit 3 more elegant temples, a museum, a market, and a large open-air mall.
Wat Ratchanatdaram (Loha Prasat Temple)
Wat Suthat Thepwararam
Wat Ratchabophit Sathitmahasimaram
After visiting 3 temples respectively, you can have lunch around there. There are many local restaurants selling delicious food. It is one of the great areas for street food in Bangkok.
Then, you can either walk or take a cab to Museum of Siam, a young museum in the old town. It is a great place to learn Thai culture through interactive games and presentations.
Then, from the museum, you can walk to Pak Klong Talad. It is the biggest fresh flower market in Bangkok.
Then, spend your evening at Asiatique The Riverfront, the big open-air mall. This casual street market offers you a river view of the city, a shopping experiences. Besides, there are many restaurants that you can sit and chill. It is free to enter and wander around Asiatique.
Day 3: Visit Chinatown
Bangkok’s Chinatown (or Yaowarat) is another popular tourist destination. I myself go to Chinatown at least 3 times a year. This place is famous for delicious street food and it is a place where you can see a Chinese community in Bangkok. Here is the places that I recommend you to visit in Chinatown.
You can start your trip from Wat Traimit because it is located near Hua Lamphong MRT station. This temple sites the world’s largest solid gold Buddha image. Besides, The museum in the temple is also well worth visiting. Love its exhibitions.
Wat Leng Noei Yi
Then, you can walk to Wat Leng Noei Yi, the most important and sacred Chinese Buddhist temple in Bangkok. I go there at least once a year.
Then, walk to Sampeng Market, a wholesale market that is famous for stationeries, accessories, shoes, and bags.
You can follow my one day trip in Bangkok’s Chinatown here.
Day 4: Visit floating market
On day four, I recommend you to visit a floating market. Actually there are many floating markets in Bangkok and around. I recommend you 2 markets; choose the one that suits your preference.
The first one is Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. It is the most popular floating market in Thailand. This market is not located in Bangkok, and it takes about 2-hour drive from Bangkok.
The second market is Taling Chan Floating Market. This market is located in Bangkok, but the market is smaller and has less boats in the canel.
Well, please note that the floating markets usually open only on weekend. So, you might adjust the plan, if needed.
Day 5: Visit shopping places
Bangkok offers several shopping malls and markets around the city. It definitely takes more than a week, if you want to visit them all. However, there are markets and malls that you should not miss while you are in Bangkok.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
This market is the most popular and biggest outdoor market in Bangkok and also in Thailand. It gives buyers unique experiences. You can find almost everything you want here. The market is big and, believe me, you need a map to wander around. Below is the list of my posts related to this market.
This market also opens only on weekend, so feel free to adjust the plan if needed.
Pratunam Market and The Platinum Fashion Mall
Pratunam is a well-known area for trendy clothing and accessories. The most popular places are Pratunam Market, an outdoor market, and The Platinum Fashion Mall, an indoor mall.
Siam Square is an area for people with all ages. The areas has several shopping malls which connect to each other and also connect to BTS skytrain. The most popular one that you should visit if you like luxury brands is Siam Paragon.
Enjoy traveling Bangkok!