Bangkok Itinerary for First-Timers

Bangkok is a big city that takes at least 3-4 days to get to know this city. If you are a first-timer and do not have much time with Bangkok, this post is for you. In this post, I intend to share an itinerary for first-timers who plan to spend 3 days in Bangkok. Hope this information helps!

Day 1: Visit Bangkok’s Old Town

Bangkok’s Old Town or Rattanakosin Island is a must-visit area. You will see several spectacular and historical attractions. The most famous tourist attractions are The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. This could be done in two hours. Then, you might consider visiting Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), if you want to see Bangkok’s temple. Or if you want to visit the local market, I recommend Wang Lang Market and Klong San Market.

Day 2: Go Shopping

Bangkok is a shopping paradise for visitors from around the world. Many people visit Bangkok in order to visit the market and go shopping. The must-go shopping malls and markets are

Chatuchak Weekend Market – The biggest outdoor market in Thailand. At this market, there are 15,000 stalls selling almost everything you ever wanted to buy. You will have a unique shopping experience here. However, since it is a huge market, you need to prepare a little bit. For example, you shall know the area selling things you want or you shall know the perfect time to wander in the market. Links below are my posts related to this market.

How to not get lost in Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Section Map and Guide

What is the best time to go to Chatuchak Market

Pratunam – The shopping area that is well-known for cheap clothing and accessories. The most popular shopping place in this area is The Platinum Shopping Mall. This indoor mall consists of 2,000 shops in three zones in two buildings. Another recommended shopping place is Pratunam Market, a wholesale open-air shopping market. However, be aware that since Bangkok is hot all year long, shopping in the market requires more energy than shopping in the mall.

Siam Square – a shopping and entertainment area that is popular for people of all ages. In this area, you will find many restaurants and cafes. There are several big shopping malls connecting to each other and also connecting to BTS Skytrain. If you want to buy luxury or trendy goods, I recommend this area.


Day 3: Sightseeing VS Shopping

After the first two days, you will see Bangkok in two different angles. On the third day, it will be your choice to choose what suits your preference. If you want to go shopping more, you can continue with the recommended shopping places from Day 2. But if you want to do more sightseeing in Bangkok, below is the recommended places.

Wat Ratchanatdaram (Loha Prasat Temple)The attractive point of this temple is an exquisite metal castle which can be seen from a far distance.

Pak Klong Talad – the biggest fresh flower market in Bangkok.

Bangkok’s Chinatown – or is called Yaowarat by locals. The area is quite big and you can spend a day here.

Koh Kret – The island which is not located in Bangkok, but in Nonthaburi Province. Many locals go there on weekends in order to escape from a hustling city.


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