Bangkok is a capital city of Thailand and it is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. If you are planning to visit Bangkok and you are not sure how many days you should spend in Bangkok, this post is for you.
Well, actually there is no exact answer for this question, but it depends on what you want to do or see in Bangkok. So, I will give you an approximate time needed for each popular activity. Then, you can have a rough idea for the time you will spend in Bangkok.
4-5 hours for visiting The Grand Palace and top 3 temples in Bangkok
The Grand Palace and the 3 famous temples: Wat Phra Kaew(Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Pho(Temple of the Reclining Buddha), and Wat Arun(Temple of Dawn) are in the same area. It might take more than 5 hours, if you face the long queue. My recommendation is to start your day early and be there before group tour.
4-5 hours for visit Chinatown
The main attractions in Chinatown are Wat Traimit,Wat Leng Noei Yi, and Sampeng Market. To visit them all, it takes around 5 hours. You can see my day trip in Bangkok’s Chinatown here.
2-3 hours for visiting floating market
To walk around the floating market and also take a longtail boat tour needs around 2-3 hours, but most of the floating markets are far from the city center. So, do not forget to think about commute time.
4-5 hours for visit each market/ mall in Bangkok
Bangkok has several shopping markets and malls in the city. Some are small, while some are big and needs more than a day to cover an entire area. However, I do not think you can spend more than 5 hours in each shopping places.
Well, the time above does not include the commute time yet. And what you should aware is some popular places such as floating markets, Chatuchak Weekend Market are open only on weekend. So, if you want to visit those places, plan to be in Bangkok on weekend. Besides, try to avoid Mondays because same as many cities in the world, some museums close on Monday.
To visit all these places above, I personally recommend to spend at least 3 days in Bangkok. Spend two days in Bangkok’s old Town and Chinatown. And one day at floating market. For the shopping places, you can visit them in the evening of those days. Well, if your goal to visit Bangkok is to go shopping, then extend the trip as you want.