Bangkok Thailand Wat Pho

Steal This 5 Day Itinerary for Bangkok! Your Complete Guide (2023)

Are you planning a Bangkok itinerary for 5 days?

So smart, because chaotic, tropical, fascinating Bangkok is a city to be unraveled. And, the longer you stay, the more you’ll enjoy this alluring city.

Most people choose to stay in Bangkok for just a few days. It’s what I did on my first Bangkok trip before exploring Chiang Mai in the north and Cambodia to the southeast. But I left Bangkok knowing that I’d not had time to do all the things I’d wanted to do in and around this Southeast Asian city.

So, for my most recent Bangkok itinerary, I planned 5 days in Bangkok. These were 5 full days because I arrived and departed outside of these days.

Why You Should Plan a Bangkok Itinerary for 5 Days

Bangkok Itinerary Wat Arun at night

First, there’s plenty to see and do in Bangkok and the surrounding area. Bangkok is truly a place that never sleeps. You can temple hop by day, explore Bangkok’s canals, and eat your way through the city’s many outdoor food markets at night. And this is just the beginning.

Second, if it’s your first time in Southeast Asia, you’re likely a bit jet-lagged and will need time to orient yourself to the vibe of this side of the world. By staying in Bangkok for 5 days, you can stay put in a single hotel without the need to move around right from the start.

Lastly, you’ll need to contend with Bangkok’s tropical climate. Regardless of how much you love hot temperatures, the humidity that’s ever-present in Bangkok can easily sap you of your energy.

Even seasoned city sightseers need to move a lot slower in Bangkok compared to other cities. Having more than 3 days will really allow you to enjoy Bangkok while leaving time to take breaks, hydrate, or even escape the sun during the hottest parts of the afternoon.

How to Get from the Airport to Bangkok City Center

Bangkok Airport Thai Airways airplane

Bangkok has 2 airports, Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang Airport. While both are international airports, major airlines fly into Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). Budget airlines like AirAsia, Scoot, or Lion Air fly into Don Mueang Airport (DMK).

If it’s your first time in Bangkok, I highly recommend taking a taxi or booking a private transfer to your hotel regardless of which airport you land. Bangkok is chaotic and hot. The extra money spent on a door-to-door transfer from the airport to your hotel will be worth it to ensure you arrive unfrenzied (and unsweaty).

A metered taxi will likely be cheaper than a private taxi. Some taxi drivers will try to quote a flat rate. Insist on using the meter for what will likely be a cheaper price ultimately.

However, a private transfer is also worth it if you want someone to greet you in the arrivals area so you can skip any potential queue at the taxi stand outside.

If you’re comfortable taking public transportation. City Link trains depart from the Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) on the basement B level. You can also purchase tickets on this level as well.

Depending on where your hotel is located, you’ll have to transfer to the BTS Skytrain or the underground MRT. Use this map to help plan your route. The light blue is the airport line.

There are buses that also connect Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok’s city center. However, the train is a quicker and less expensive option if you’ve decided to take public transportation from the airport.

From Don Mueang Airport, the A1 and Airport Limo Express bus can transfer you from the airport to Mo Chit or Khao San Stations. From there, you’ll need to connect to the BTS Skytrain or MRT to get closer to your hotel.

Regardless of which airport you fly into, if you opt for public transportation, be sure you have your route mapped out and a working connection on your cell phone using a local SIM or eSIM (Use code THEGLOBETROTTINGTEACHER to get 5% off).

English is spoken in many touristy areas of Bangkok but outside of that, you could potentially have a tough time communicating with someone if you get lost.

How to Get Around Bangkok

Bangkok Chao Phraya River Tourist Boat

Bangkok is not a pedestrian-friendly city. The heat is real. You will be sweaty within minutes of being active outdoors. And the traffic is intense. In particularly busy places, Bangkok has built sky bridges to move pedestrians above the traffic. While these make crossing roads much safer, it also means you can’t always readily cross the street where you’d like.

On top of that, sidewalks on all but the main streets are nonexistent. Even when there is a sidewalk, they aren’t usually in the best shape and they’re likely to have all manner of obstacles from food carts to (moving) motorcycles.

Luckily, Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain and MRT underground metro are easy to use. These train networks serve a good portion of the city, in particular areas in and around many hotels and tourist attractions.

In addition to this, ferries along Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River make it easy to hop on and hop off at piers up and down the river. You can use the ferry to visit places like the Grand Palace and Chinatown. The main departure point for the tourist ferry and the local ferry is Sathorn Pier.

Before heading to Bangkok, download the Grab App. With Grab, you can book a taxi through the app that will arrive within minutes. It’s safe and often more cost-effective than regular taxis.

Speaking of which, taxis and tuk-tuks are also available but they are subject to the character of the driver. Inflated prices and drivers who’ll refuse to pick you up are common problems. So, while they are useful in some situations, plan to rely on the city’s Skytrain, metro, and ferries to get to where you want to go.

If you do opt to take a taxi, be sure the driver uses the meter. For tuk-tuk rides, be clear about exactly where you want to go and negotiate a set price beforehand.

5 Day Bangkok Itinerary

Bangkok Thailand Grand Palace Complex

Below, I’ve highlighted each day of what your 5 day itinerary for Bangkok could look like. But each day is it’s own so you could easily rearrange the days if you prefer to see and do things in a different order.

Also, I’ve included 2 day trips that are just outside of Bangkok. I chose to alternate these day trips with Bangkok sightseeing because these day trips offer a slight reprieve from the sun and heat while you’re in transit.

Bangkok Itinerary: Day 1

Bangkok Thailand Wat Pho

Start with Bangkok’s top sights, the Grand Palace, Wat Pho Temple, and Wat Arun Temple. These building and temple complexes are beautiful and offer a window into Thailand’s architecture, history, and belief in Buddhism.

Start with the Grand Palace, the former residence of the Kings of Thailand since 1782. Today, the King of Thailand lives elsewhere and the Grand Palace is only used for official ceremonies.

The complex includes Wat Phra Kaew (or Kaeo), the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is thought of as the holiest Buddhist temple in all of Thailand. Near this temple, you can’t miss the striking golden Phra Siratana Chedi.

The grounds of the Grand Palace are also home to the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, the Dusit Maha Prasat Palace, and the Wat Phra Kaeo Musem, which has a really interesting collection of artifacts from the complex (as well as a brief respite from the sun and heat with a bit of AC!).

The complex is large and you always have to factor in the heat slowing you down at least a bit. So, plan to spend a few hours here.

Afterward, it’s just a short walk to Wat Pho. The Temple of the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho is 150 feet long and a must-see! Wat Pho also has some of the most beautiful adorned stupas throughout the complex. Be sure to walk around a bit to truly appreciate their artistry.

The last temple stop of the day is across the Chao Phraya River at the stunning Wat Arun. This is the most iconic temple in all of Bangkok, sitting 270 feet tall along the riverbank. One of the unique things about visiting Wat Arun is that you’re able to climb the temple using a series of staircases. From this vantage point, you can take in the river views, as well as admire the gorgeous and colorful floral designs crafted from pieces of porcelain.

After a day of temple hopping, why not finish the day with some air conditioning at Bangkok’s newest shopping center, ICONSIAM?

It’s been ranked as one of the best shopping malls in the entire world. Aside from the high-end shops and entertainment, you’ll find plenty of mouth-watering options at SookSiam, a gigantic food and souvenir market representing the 77 provinces around Thailand.

ProTip: Be sure to dress appropriately to visit the temples today. For both men and women, no shorts or bare shoulders. Ladies, skirts must go below the knee. Long pants are recommended, and a scarf or wrap comes in handy when you need to cover your shoulders.

How to Make This Day Happen

It’s entirely possible to visit these places independently.

The best way to do this is to use the ferries that run along the Chao Phraya River. Most people access a ferry from Sathorn Pier, which you can reach by taking the BTS Skytrain to Sathan Taksin and following the signs to the pier just below the station.

At the pier, you will have a few options. The Chao Phraya Tourist Boat sells one-ride tickets for 30 Baht (2023) and all-day passes for 150 Baht (2023). This boat is for tourists. It’s a big double-decker ferry with announcements in English.

There’s also the local Orange Flag Boat which costs just 16 Baht. On this boat, there’s a mix of Thais and tourists. The boat is smaller but just as effective in getting you to where you need to be. Just pay attention to each stop. Each pier has a sign in Thai and English. Rely on these signs because the attendant on the boat may not be that easy to understand or hear.

Regardless of which boat you choose, if you intend to purchase tickets as needed, be sure to have cash.

To reach the Grand Palace, take either boat to the Tha Chang Pier (N9). After the Grand Palace, walk to Wat Pho. When you’re ready to move on from Wat Pho, walk to the Tha Tien Pier (N8).

From the Tha Tien Pier, you will be across from Wat Arun. There is a specific boat that crosses back and forth from Wat Arun and Tha Tien. It costs just 5 Baht (2023) and takes a couple of minutes to make the crossing. You can’t miss it because people are typically lined up waiting for the next boat to arrive.

After your visit to Wat Arun is finished, you can hop back on the Chao Phraya Express Boat or the Orange Flag Boat to ICONSIAM or continue on to Sathorn Pier for your connection to the Skytrain.

If you prefer to go with a guide, this walking tour is a great way to see all 3 of these Bangkok sights without having to worry about the logistics.

Bangkok Itinerary: Day 2

Bangkok Thailand Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is probably the most well-known floating market anywhere in the world. This has made it quite touristy. However, even when something is touristy it can still be fun…and give you the opportunity to get some amazing mango sticky rice!

There are also tours to the Amphawa Floating Market, another touristed floating market.

Many of these day trips also include a little bit of time to ride the local train and then to watch the train leave the Maeklong Railway Market.

This market is literally set up just alongside the train tracks and when the train passes through vendors need to pull in their awnings and umbrellas to allow the train to pass. People at the market stand single file just inches from the tracks.

The great thing about most day trips from Bangkok is that they return to the city between 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. to avoid rush hour traffic. But this leaves time for something in the afternoon if you’re up to it.

Upon your return, visit the Jim Thompson Museum. He was an American World War II military officer who lived in Thailand and helped save its silk industry. However, Jim Thompson disappeared without a trace in 1967 on a trip to Malaysia. His Thai house is an ode to his life and love for Thailand’s culture and architecture.

Later on, head out to Chinatown. Yaowarat Road is the main street running through Bangkok’s Chinatown. Especially at night, it’s a total sensory overload! Flashing with illuminated signs, cars, tuk-tuks, and motorbikes weave their way around the people and food carts. All while the aromas from hundreds of food stalls and restaurants saturate the air and activate immediate hunger pangs.

You can also arrange a private guide to explore Chinatown and discover some of the iconic neighborhood’s best eats and traditions.

How to Make This Day Happen

This popular day trip is the best way to visit the floating market and return to Bangkok with ease. At the end of the trip, most guides drop the group outside MBK, one of Bangkok’s shopping centers.

From here, you have access to the Skytrain (the National Stadium stop). If you would like to visit the Jim Thompson House, it’s within walking distance from MBK and the Skytrain station.

Later on, you can use public transportation or take a taxi or tuk-tuk to Chinatown. If you’re doing a Chinatown town, check the meeting instructions.

If you’re heading out on your own, taxi and tuk-tuk drivers should know where on Yaowarat Road the Chinatown night market is. The Wat Mangkon stop on the MRT will get you within a couple of blocks of Chinatown’s night action.

ProTip: If the floating market isn’t your cup of tea, this popular day trip to Erawan National Park might be a better fit. It combines history and nature on a full-day outing from Bangkok. While you’d still be able to go to Chinatown at night, you’d have to find another day to visit the Jim Thompson house if that was on your to-see list.

Bangkok Itinerary: Day 3

Bangkok Thailand Chatuchak Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market (a.k.a JJ Market) is the largest weekend market you’ll find anywhere. So if you’re in Bangkok on a Saturday or a Sunday, this is a must-do! No 5 day itinerary for Bangkok would be complete without a trip to this epic market!

The market is overflowing with every kind of thing you’d ever want to buy from clothing to housewares and of course food! At over 35 acres (14+ hectares), it’s nearly a given that you’ll get lost in the maze-like lanes housing thousands of vendors selling their goods.

It’s open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with most people going in the morning and making a day of it. I spent 5+ hours there without even realizing that much time had passed!

There are maps posted online and at strategic points throughout the market. If you see one, take a photo or grab a paper copy if it’s available. It will absolutely come in handy even if only to guide you back toward transportation options that’ll take you back to Bangkok’s city center at the end of the day.

The market is open at its ends and in the middle but it’s mostly covered so it’s also a great way to get out of the strong Bangkok sun for a few hours.

Plan to stop for lunch and/or take a rest in one of the air-conditioned foot massage businesses to enjoy the atmosphere that comes along with a day of shopping at Chatuchak.

And while you’re shopping, don’t forget to barter. Chatuchak is a great place to get all your Thailand souvenirs. Particularly with clothing, the prices are quite fair compared to other places throughout Bangkok. Still, a bit of haggling is expected and adds to the overall fun of your shopping experience.

There are shipping services from companies like DHL available in the market in case you want to send your souvenirs directly home. You’ll also find ATMs at the market. Although some vendors accept credit card payments, most are cash only.

One word of caution about the market. Chatuchak Market is broken up into many sections. One of these is an animal section. In addition to cats and dogs, there is a range of animals, some of which should never be sold as pets. In fact, they might be part of an illegal trade of animals.

It’s best not to buy any of the animals or any animal-derived product like ivory or skins. And if you’re sensitive to the treatment of animals as I am, it’s best to avoid this section of the market altogether.

Head back to your hotel to squeal over all the great bargains you snagged. Then, refresh a bit before heading out for dinner and perhaps a bit more retail therapy.

Bangkok is renowned for its street food and night markets! Eat, shop, and stroll at Pratunam Market or Palladium Night Market. These markets are especially crowded on weekends and are a ton of fun.

Just remember to keep an eye on your wallet so as not to fall victim to an opportunistic pickpocket.

If you’d rather set off on a night excursion, this tuk-tuk tour is a lot of fun and mixes in food, seeing some of Bangkok’s temples lit up at night, and visits to Bangkok’s famed flower market and Chinatown. Plus, the breeze from the back of the tuk-tuk whisks away any sweat!

Or for a total foodie experience, go with a guide on this highly recommended food tour. In fact, on my most recent trip to Bangkok, other travelers that I met asked me if I had done this tour yet and were highly recommending that I do it because they thought it was that amazing!

Just keep in mind, this tour is best for meat and fish eaters. This is not for vegetarians or vegans.

How to Make This Day Happen

Chatuchak Market is easy to get to from the center of Bangkok. Both the BTS Skytrain and the underground MRT have stops nearby.

Use the Mo Chit station along the Skytrain’s Sukhumvit line and follow exit 1 as you exit the station. From there, it’s just a few minutes walk to one of the market gates. If you’re unsure, just follow the crowds!

If you’re using the underground MRT train, get off at Chatuchak Park or Kamphaeng Phet and walk for a few minutes before arriving at one of the market entrances.

The Palladium Night Market is just a 10-minute walk from Central World, one of Bangkok’s main malls. The Chit Lom Skytrain station will get you to Central World. Pratunam Market is just a 5-minute walk from the Palladium market. Alternatively, the Ratchaprarop MRT station is only 5 minutes on foot away from Pratunam Market.

If you’ve opted for the tuk-tuk or foodie tour, check the meeting location instructions you received when you booked the activity.

Bangkok Itinerary: Day 4

Thailand Ayutthaya Temple

Take a day trip to see some of the UNESCO-recognized temples of Ayutthaya. I missed this on my first trip to Bangkok because I didn’t have enough time. But I visited on my second trip because I stayed 5 days in Bangkok.

Ayutthaya Historical Park is spread over a large area that once was the ancient Kingdom of Ayutthaya. The historic city of Ayutthaya was Thailand’s 2nd capital city and held power for 400 years beginning in the 1300s. The Burmese destroyed the city in 1767.

Today, the remains of the many temples can be visited easily on a day trip from Bangkok. There are over 40 temples but a few of them are especially worthwhile to visit.

My favorite was Wat Phra Si Sanphet, thought to be one of the most spiritual places within the old royal palace complex at Ayutthaya.

Wat Mahathat also has impressive temple ruins but is most famous for its Buddha Head growing amongst the roots of a tree. The pagodas, temples, and chedis at Wat Mahathat are thought to be some of the oldest ruins in Ayutthaya.

Wat Lokayasutharam is notable for its nearly 138 feet long reclining Buddha. It’s not as shimmery as the golden reclining Buddha at Wat Pho in Bangkok but because it’s out in the open, you can admire the massive size of this Buddha in a way that’s not possible at Wat Pho.

I also loved seeing Wat Chaiwatthanaram. It’s in a serene location along the Chao Phraya River and is in a good state of preservation. The complex has over 100 Buddha statues and is reminiscent of Siem Reap’s Angkor temples.

When you return to Bangkok in the afternoon, rejuvenate yourself after a day of temple-hopping with a Thai massage. There are plenty of Thai massage places all over Bangkok, many of which don’t require an appointment.

I had great Thai massages at One More Thai Massage near Central World in the Siam Center area. On my first trip to Bangkok, I also enjoyed my Thai massage at Health Land Spa. There are a few of these locations around the city.

No matter where you decide to go for your Thai massage, opt for the 2 hours. You’ll walk out feeling taller with all the kinks worked out!

Tonight, keep it stress-free so as not to undo the good that came out of your Thai massage.

Take advantage of the food courts in one of Bangkok’s shopping centers. Not only are these commercial centers great for shopping, but they also hide (in plain sight) some top-notch places to eat! As a plus, they are air-conditioned, which might be just the break you need after a day out in the heat in Ayuttaya.

MBK, Siam Center, Siam Paragon, Terminal 21, and even Central World have some great options!

Alternatively, if you’d like to get back toward the river, consider a dinner cruise to see the city lit up or perhaps spend a little time at Asiatique doing some shopping and eating.

ProTip: If ever you’re out in Bangkok and need a bathroom or respite from the heat, Bangkok’s malls are the perfect option!

How to Make This Day Happen

Ayutthaya is about 50 miles north of Bangkok and can be reached by train, bus, car, or group tour.

A group tour is by far the easiest way to go about a day trip to Ayutthaya. Not only does a group tour offer peace of mind when it comes to logistics, but you’ll also get historical context from your guide as well as a respite in between temples inside an air-conditioned vehicle.

There are also buses that depart from the Mo Chit Bus Station to Ayutthaya, which is about a 20-minute walk or a quick taxi from the Mo Chit BTS Skytrain station.

Trains go from Hualamphong Station (Bangkok Train Station) to Ayutthaya many times a day.

If you plan an independent visit to Ayutthaya, plan out the temples you want to see. Once you’re there, you can hire a tuk-tuk or rent bikes to go between the temples. Keep in mind that tuk-tuk drivers will likely not speak English but will have photos of temples. So you want to know which ones you’d like to visit so you can point them out to your driver.

Also, if you choose to rent bikes, keep in mind Thailand’s heat and powerful sun. I fully admit I don’t have the tolerance to bike, hike, or do any other physical activity in the humid heat of Southeast Asia, whether I’m temple hopping in Ayutthaya or Angkor Wat. Stay hydrated and protect yourself from burning in the sun, especially if you’re planning some beach time later in your Thailand trip.

You can also hire a private driver to take you from Bangkok to Ayutthaya and to several of the temple ruins.

ProTip: If you choose to explore the Ayutthaya ruins on your own, avoid the places offering elephant rides. Not only is this practice entirely unethical, but it’s also very damaging to the elephant’s physical and psychological well-being.

Most of Bangkok’s shopping centers are connected or very close to the Skytrain. It’s even easy to hop between them if you see a few different places where you’d like to eat.

Check the meeting instructions you receive if you decide to take a dinner cruise.

For Asiatique, there are free boats that depart from Sathorn Pier just next to the Saphan Taksin Skytrain station.

Bangkok Itinerary: Day 5

Bangkok Thailand Klong Tour Long tail boat on the river

Although it may not seem so when you’re in the heart of Bangkok’s commercial center, traffic spiraling all around. But Bangkok is actually a city with many canals. It was even nicknamed “Venice of the East” by early Europeans who first visited what was then Siam.

And even though a sprawling city has developed all around (and sadly sometimes on) these canals, the heart of the original city can still be found pulsing from the Thonburi area on the western side of the Chao Phraya River. Houses, temples, and markets are alive with Thais going about their day.

As a visitor, the best way to experience this part of Bangkok is on a klong tour. Klong is the Thai word for canal. You can arrange a guided klong tour or a private klong tour beforehand.

Or you can visit one of the many piers along the Chao Phraya River to arrange one. You’ll likely see signs indicating a klong tour or canal tour at Sathorn Pier, Tha Tien Pier, and Pra Arthit Pier.

Most Bangkok canal tours are between 1 and 4 hours depending on whether or not you will make stops.

If you’d like to combine a Bangkok klong tour with food tastings, this combo tour is highly recommended.

For the rest of the afternoon, consider what you have and haven’t seen or done yet in Bangkok.

If you haven’t yet, take a stroll around Bangkok’s famous flower market. It’s open 24/7 and is always a buzzing hive of activity.

Wat Traimit is another popular temple in Bangkok with great views and proximity to Chinatown should you want to wander through the neighborhood’s day markets.

Embrace your inner foodie! After all, Bangkok and food go hand in hand.

Visit Thipsamai for some incredible Pad Thai or make a reservation to taste some of Jay Fai’s dishes. (These reservations need to be made months in advance by emailing [email protected].) She became famous for her crab omelet and received a Michelin Star for her street food stall.

Keep in mind these are incredibly popular and busy restaurants. Even at Thipsamai, be prepared to wait in line.

End the day in a spot where you can take in the city views to savor your last hours in this incredibly chaotic yet alluring city!

Wat Saket, or the Golden Mount Temple, offers sweeping views of the city and is a great place to watch the sunset.

Or opt for something a bit glitzier and book tickets for the Mahanakhon SkyWalk. You’ll get panoramic views of the city and the opportunity to enjoy a drink at the rooftop bar while saying your goodbyes to Bangkok.

ProTip: This isn’t the same “skybar” as featured in Hangover 2. That’s the Riverview Skybar. If you want to visit, keep in mind that it’s very upscale and you need to dress to impress. Also, be ready for super pricey drinks!

How to Make This Day Happen:

If you choose to pre-book a klong tour, check your meeting point instructions. Otherwise, use the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat or the Orange Flag Boat to access Phra Arthit or Wat Arun (then take the 5 Baht ferry across to Tha Tien Pier) to arrange your own klong tour.

After this, it’ll depend on what you choose to do. To get to Thipsamai and Jay Fai, take a taxi or tuk-tuk. It’s a bit far from the Skytrain or MRT.

From there, it’s just a 5-minute walk to Wat Saket.

The Mahanakhon Skywalk is just next to the Chong Nonsi Skytrain station.

Where to Stay in Bangkok

Bangkok Thailand city center, Central World, Skytrain

The most important thing when choosing a place to stay in Bangkok is finding a hotel within walking distance of a stop along the BTS Skytrain or the underground MRT.

The only other alternative to consider is a hotel along the Chao Phraya River with access to the ferries that can transport you to points along the river, as well as the Saphan Taksin Skytrain station for access to other areas of Bangkok. Some hotels along the river provide their guests with complimentary ferry service to the Sathorn pier.

While you may have gotten advice to stay near public transportation for other cities around the world, nowhere is it more valid than in Bangkok! The humid heat and traffic congestion make it a challenge to get anywhere too far on foot.

With access to Bangkok’s public transportation, you’ll have access to nearly everywhere in the city in a quick, cheap, and comfortable way. Otherwise, you could find yourself paying for an endless number of taxis and tuk-tuks, as well as losing time by sitting in Bagkok’s legendary traffic.

The Siam Center area near the Chit Lom and Siam BTS stations is a great place to stay, whether it’s your first time in Bangkok or you’ve been more than once.

The area is central to both of Bangkok’s Skytrain lines. There are numerous chain and independent hotels in the area. And, there’s easy access to Bangkok’s biggest shopping centers like Central World and Siam Paragon.

On my most recent trip to Bangkok, I used Hyatt points and my Hyatt status to book nights at the Grand Hyatt Erawan. This is a 5-star hotel and if you’ve got Hyatt points or want to splurge, I highly recommend staying here.

If you’ve got loyalty with other hotel brands, you’ll also find IHG, Marriott, and Hilton properties in the area like InterContinental Bangkok, Holiday Inn Bangkok, Renaissance Bangkok, Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok, and the Waldorf Astoria.

The Sukhumvit area is another popular place to stay because of its easy access to the BTS Skytrain, as well as how close it is to some of Bangkok’s most notorious nightlife spots. Still, this central area has a lot of accommodation options for prices that tend to be lower than those in the Siam Center area.

I stayed not far from the Asok BTS stop on my first trip to Bangkok at the Legacy Suites Hotel Sukhumvit. While I had a great stay at this hotel, it was an 8-minute walk from the station.

If I were to stay in this neighborhood again, I would look at hotels like the Westin Grande or the Grande Centre Point Terminal 21 to be within just 2-5 minutes on foot.

If you prefer to stay close to the Chao Phraya River, look in the Silom area, especially around the Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain station and the Sathorn pier. Hotels like the Four Seasons Bangkok (a splurge!) and the Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok would be fantastic options to consider, both with ferries to help you get to and from the hotel.

How to Stay Connected in Bangkok

Bangkok Thailand Street Food

Whether it’s for Google Maps, texting family and friends, sharing photos, or more likely all of the above, the importance of staying connected goes without saying. Besides, you’re going to want to send mouth-watering photos of all the delicious Thai food you’re eating!

Travel plans with your cellular carrier are often pricy and come with extremely limited amounts of data. Instead, buy a local Thai SIM card or, even easier, get an eSIM before arriving (Use code THEGLOBETROTTINGTEACHER to get 5% off).

Not only is this more cost-effective, but the service is also reliable and comes with plenty or even unlimited data. I used this Holafly eSIM card while in Thailand and had service throughout Bangkok and unlimited data with no issues.

Bangkok Itinerary FAQs

Bagnkok Thailand fruit and flower stand

5 Day Bangkok Itinerary – Let’s Go!

Planning a trip to Thailand is very exciting! This Bangkok 5 day itinerary is all you need to plan out each of your days to maximize your time in this incredible city. All that’s left is to enjoy your trip!

So, what questions do you have about planning your Bangkok itinerary?

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