Passing through Bangkok? Even if it’s not the primary destination on your trip to Thailand, you won’t regret getting out there and seeing as much of this fun city as you can. These are one, two and three day best itineraries to explore the best the city has to offer.


One day in Bangkok

Ease into your day with a cup of coffee (and a swim in your hotel pool if you’ve got one), then find your way to Jim Thompson House. Thompson was an American entrepreneur who, amongst many things, played a key role in the Thai silk industry’s resurgence in the ’50s and ’60s. His beautiful Thai-style dwelling is located between the National Stadium and Ratchathewi BTS stations: take a short guided tour of the house and grounds (100 baht), soak up the leafy-green ambiance, and browse the high-quality silk shop.

Siam Paragon is just a short walk away. Though often billed as a high-end shopping destination, Paragon is also one of Bangkok’s best (air-conditioned) food meccas. Take your time wandering the first-floor food court and the adjoining stalls and restaurants – there’s no shortage of choice. After you’ve eaten your fill, browse the bountiful Gourmet Food Market and pick up some snacks or culinary souvenirs, then shop the department stores upstairs.

Siam Paragon

Exit from the second floor and stroll along the Skywalk westwards until you see the busy Erawan Shrine on the corner of Ratchadamri and Rama 1. After checking out the shrine (and dancers), walk down Ratchadamri until you hit Bangkok’s most-popular green space, Lumphini Park. Try to time your arrival between 4:30 – 5:30pm, when it’s cooler and the locals are out en masse. Linger here for sunset.
2 days in Bangkok

Today you’re going temple-hopping in Old Town. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin station, then hop on the Express Boat upriver to Tha Tien pier, where you can transfer to the ferry across the river and explore iconic Wat Arun, or proceed directly to Bangkok’s most popular tourist sites: The Grand Palace and Wat Pho, home to the 46m-long reclining Buddha.

Wat Arun

This will take at least a few hours: if you’re still game for more temples afterwards, take a short taxi ride to peaceful Wat Shutat. If not, head straight to May Kaidee for lunch – whether you’re vegetarian or not, you’ll leave raving about the spectacularly flavourful Thai dishes.
Spend the rest of the afternoon resting up, then taxi out to raucous Tawandaeng German Brewery, just outside the city center. Delicious Thai food, home-brewed beers and an unforgettable stage show make this a night to remember. Get there between 7:30 and 8pm and ask for a table in front of the stage (or call ahead to make reservations).


If you have 3 days in Bangkok

If your third day falls on the weekend, wake up early and beat the crowds (and heat) at the Chatuchak Market, seems to unite everything buyable, from used vintage sneakers to baby squirrels. JJ, as it’s also known, is the ideal place to finally pick up those gifts for people back home, not to mention a pretty item or two for your own home. The market is roughly divided into thematic sections. Clothes are a major section in the market. The bargains available here is a bliss for the shopaholics. Food also plays a significant role, with drinks and snack vendors, and several good restaurants on the outside edges of the market.

Chatuchak Market
Drop your shopping bags back at the hotel, then take a taxi to Thanon Convent (or the BTS to Sala Daeng station) and splurge on a heavenly two-hour oil massage at Ruen Nuad, located in a romantic wooden house just off the main road. It’ll only cost around $35US (but don’t forget to tip your masseuse).
After the rejuvenating massage, visit the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. This large, modern building in the centre of Bangkok is the most recent and promising addition to the city’s arts scene. 
Watch out for this painter, Naradom, on the first floor. He will create the most beautiful portrait of you in mere ten minutes.
It will be a fabulous delicious holiday!