A Sojourn in Bangkok - a Three-Day Itinerary

Bangkok can be overwhelming to a first-time visitor. With this three-day trip guide to the city and nearby attractions such as the River Kwai and Thai villages, we can at least give you a very good picture of what to do, where to go, and how much time is needed for each activity. You can customize this itinerary according to your needs, but if you prefer convenience, you may click on the links that will bring you to City-Discovery.com and exciting things to do. If you choose this option, we recommend that you reserve activities in advance so you don't use up your precious vacation time looking for things to do. By reserving online you may also be able to benefit from special deals. Activities listed in this itinerary include an experienced tour guide, comfortable transport, and hotel pickup/drop-off.--------------------------------------To those imagining Thailand’s pristine beaches or jungles, Bangkok can be overwhelming. There is the traffic and mayhem of street vendors plying their trade. We ask that you stay awhile and not venture right away to the North or South of the country. Bangkok has a lot to offer!

Day 1Temples and Night Markets

See the marvelous Golden Buddha at Wat Traimit. Scour the shelves of different Chinatown shops. Visit the sacred and ornately decorated Grand Palace complex housing Wat Phra Kaeo and revered Emerald Buddha. See the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, oldest temple in Bangkok. Spend half a day paying respect to the city's temples, art, and culture. Be sure to sample the delights of Thai cuisine at any of the restaurants or food stalls plentiful in the city. For when night falls the markets come alive. Pick out some orchids and garlands from the Flower Market.  Then try out your bargaining skills at the Patpong Night Market, which houses numerous stalls selling everything from T-shirts, to tapes and fake watches.

Day 2A Thai Village, Floating Market & a Rose Garden

Visit Thailand’s only remaining authentic floating market at Damnoen Saduak. See hundreds of colorful, wooden boats offering tasty local produce. Next stop is the country’s tallest chedi in Nakorn Pathom. Lunch is at the picturesque Rose Garden. Proceed to the adjoining Thai Village for a cultural show. The performance includes a Buddhist ordination procession, an elegant fingernail dance, Thai boxing, hill tribe dances, elephants at work and a traditional Thai wedding ceremony. For dinner, choose exotic Thai dishes served in the traditional Thai style. Below is a link that allows you to reserve dinner at the Silom Village Restaurant. Dinner is followed by live performances of Thai classical dances, including the intrinsic fingernail dance.

Day 3River Kwai

Reserve this day for a trip to the River Kwai. Visit the infamous bridge built by Allied prisoners of war (POW) during World War II. Stop by the war cemetery containing the graves of an estimated 9,000 Allied soldiers who died while building the bridge and constructing the notorious "Death Railway". At the JEATH Museum, guests will see a replica of a Japanese POW camp, followed by a train journey along a stunning stretch of the "Death Railway."If you leave early in the day you can have a hearty lunch at Wang Po station, close to the Burmese border. You can stay overnight at the small town of Kanchanaburi beside the River Kwai Bridge or return to Bangkok in the late afternoon. You may also be interested in the following activities:Tuk Tuk Experience Rice Barge CruiseAyuthaya (onward by coach, return by cruise)3 Days Chiangmai3 Days Around North Isarn

The Best of Bangkok in Three Days

Bangkok is Thailand's  major tourist gateway and an important tourist destination in its own right. The city is home to the country’s most visited historical venues such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun. These buildings, together with numerous temples and the city’s notorious nightlife draw about 10 million international visitors annually. According to the Guinness Book of World record, the ceremonial name of Bangkok is the longest name for a place in the world. Translated in English, Bangkok’s ceremonial name is The city of angels, the great city, the eternal jewel city, the impregnable city of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarma. True to its name, the city offers numerous jewels of attractions and its active nightlife is a picture of gaiety. Visitors who want to see and taste Thailand’s exotic splendor can follow the suggested itinerary below that combines the must-see attractions in Bangkok and its neighboring cities. City-Discovery.com recommends a three-day itinerary to visitors so they can immerse themselves in the beauty of Bangkok and still have enough time to explore other attractions beyond city.

Day 1Photographing Bangkok

This is one of the best tours to introduce visitors to the city. This Bangkok photography tour takes visitors to a carefully planned route to the city’s main attractions to avoid the traffic. An expert guide will show them the best angles to capture photos of these sites. From the bridge above the pier, capture the city’s architecture and the bustling Chao Praya river. Participants will take the boat to Ratanakosin Island where they can get pictures of Bangkok from the river’s vantage point. Take a turn away from the tourist crowd at the Grand Palace and discover an equally fascinating area home to traditional shop houses, 3 universities, street food  and the amulet market. Walk down the road and into small alleyways to get a glimpse of Wat Mahathat's Buddhist university/monastery. Visit the Tha Thien Pier and cross the river to Wat Arun, the temple of dawn, to get a different view of Ratanakosin. Take pictures of Wat Po, the temple of the reclining Buddha and then ride the ubiquitous Tuk Tuk to Wat Saket, a temple perched on Bangkok’s highest hill for some views of old and new Bangkok. End the tour with a tuk tuk ride back to Tha Phra Chang Pier next to the Grand Palace.Not into photography? No problem. There's a a half-day tour visiting Grand Palace and the Bangkok Temples. Spend the night tasting Bangkok’s local dishes, with servers donned in Thailand’s national costume. This is followed by live performances of Thai classical dances, including the exquisite fingernail dance.You can also learn how to prepare Thai dishes under the tutelage of experienced instructors.

Day 2Boats and Roses

Spend the second day on a trip to Damnoen Saduak, the site of Thailand’s only remaining authentic floating market. See hundreds of colorful boats offering a variety of products. Visit the Nakorn Pathom, site of the tallest chedi in Thailand. Enjoy a buffet for lunch at the Rose Garden followed by a cultural show at the Thai Village. Witness traditional performances like a Buddhist ordination procession, an elegant fingernail dance, Thai boxing, hill tribe dances, elephants at work and a traditional Thai wedding ceremony.Get a dose of Bangkok's nightlife by visiting Erawan Shrine and the Flower Market before going on to Patpong night bazaar and red light district.

Day 3Ancient Ayutthaya

Devote the third day exploring Thailand’s old capital: Ayuthaya. This ancient capital of the Kingdom of Siam was one of the biggest and wealthiest in cities the East, comparable to Paris, in the 16th century. Visit the ruins of this once mighty kingdom, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. After exploring Ayutthaya, cruise back to Bangkok on an air-conditioned cruise boat, with buffet onboard. The transfer from the pier to hotel is  also included.Make sure to try navigating Bangkok on a tuk-tuk too!

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