Bangkok is a city that is full with temples, palaces, museum, shopping malls, markets, and so on. However, in my opinion, 7-day trip is enough to see Bangkok. Below is my recommended itinerary for 7 days in Bangkok.
Day 1: Visit an old town
To get to know Bangkok and its history, I recommend you to visit Bangkok Old Town or Rattanakosin Island. At this area, there are many temples worth visiting. Actually to visit the whole Bangkok’s Old Town, it takes more than a week. However, the most popular ones 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)
After visiting all 3 temples, I recommend you to visit Wang Lang Market, which is not far from these temples in order to have a local lunch. This market is one of the most popular markets for local. You will see many workers and students there.
Then, spend your late afternoon at Tha Phra Chan and walk to Tha Phra Arthit.
In the evening, you can walk to Khao San Road which is the popular short street for both tourist and local. At nights, all pubs and restaurants are full with customers.
Day 2: Visit an old town
Day 2 is still wander around in Bangkok’s Old Town to visit three elegant temples, a museum, a market, and a large outdoor market.
Start your day by visiting three temples that are not far from each other. You can walk from one to another.
Wat Ratchanatdaram (Loha Prasat Temple)
Wat Suthat Thepwararam
Wat Ratchabophit Sathitmahasimaram
At this area, there are many local restaurants that worth trying. Choose the one that you like and try. Then, from Wat Ratchabophit, you can either walk or take a cab to Museum of Siam (about 1 kilometer) and spend your afternoon time in the museum (Generally it is hot outside in the afternoon). It is a museum where you can learn Thai culture from interactive and informative games and presentations. This museum is both entertaining and educational.
Then in the late afternoon, walk to Pak Klong Talad to visit the biggest fresh flower market in Bangkok.
And in the evening, go to Asiatique The Riverfront, a large open-air market along the bank of Chao Phraya River. You can both shop and eat here. It is free to wander around, but taking the ferris wheel is not free.
Day 3: Visit Chinatown
Bangkok’s Chinatown is one of the biggest Chinatowns in the world and it is a Bangkok popular tourist destination. It is called Yaowarat by locals and well-known for delicious street food. Here is the list of places that I recommend you to visit.
Wat Traimit sites the world’s largest solid gold Buddha image. People come to this temple in order to visit Buddha image. Well, I want you to spend more time visiting the museum in the temple as well. The museum is well done, modern, and informative.
Wat Leng Noei Yi
Then, walk to Wat Leng Noei Yi, the most sacred Chinese Buddhist temple in Bangkok. This temple is crowded during Chinese New Year.
Then, have a walk at Sampeng Market. The market is well-known for wholesale stationeries, accessories, shoes, bags, and so on. However, you can buy retail there as well.
I myself go to Bangkok’s Chinatown from time to time, and you can follow my one day trip there here.
Day 4: Visit floating market
Floating market is another popular Bangkok tourist destination. Some floating markets are in Bangkok, while some are in provinces nearby. Well, the floating markets usually open only on weekend, so you might adjust the plan to visit the market on weekend and visit other places on weekday.
The most popular floating market is Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. This market is located in Ratchaburi Province which takes about two-hour drive from Bangkok. To go there, you might rent a car.
However, if you do not want to spend time on the road, I recommend Taling Chan Floating Market. This market is located in Bangkok and it is easier to reach. Well, this market is smaller and has less boats.
Day 5: Visit Koh Kret
Actually Koh Kret (or Kret Island) is not located in Bangkok, but I think it is good to spend a day to provinces nearby to escape from a hustle city.
Koh Kret is located in Nonthaburi Province. Walk around the island takes about 1-2 hours. What I recommend is try the food there. I really love it!
I myself have been to this island two times. Once in 2014 and another one around end of 2018.
Day 6: Visit Shopping places
Your trip to Bangkok will not complete, if you do not visit shopping places in Bangkok. This city has several shopping malls and markets around the town. Some are big and take more than one day to walk around, while some are small.
The market that you should not miss is Chatuchak Weekend Market, the biggest outdoor market in Bangkok and in Thailand. This market has more than 15,000 stalls. The market is fully open only on weekend (so adjust the plan if needed). In one day you cannot visit every area in the market, so I recommend you to choose the area that you are interested first. Below is the list of my posts related to this market.
You might spend around half a day at Chatuchak and then have lunch and relax at Or Tor Kor Market, the upscale fresh market in Bangkok. I love the food court there.
Then, in the afternoon, you might escape the heat by go shopping at Union Mall, a popular shopping place for local.
Day 7: Visit Shopping places
Another two areas that is well-known for shopping in Bangkok are Pratunam and Siam Square. And, they are not far from each other.
Pratunam is a well-known area for cheap and trendy clothings and accessories. I recommend you to visit Pratunam Market, an outdoor market, and The Platinum Fashion Mall, an indoor mall.
Siam Square is a meeting place for people with all ages. Well, you will see many teenagers here. At this area you will find many shopping malls connect to each other. The most popular shopping mall in this area is Siam Paragon, an upscale shopping mall where you can find luxury brands.
Enjoy traveling Bangkok!