Bangkok is one of the most famous metropolia in the world. In 2013, this town even was the most visited in the world, with 17 million tourists. (Since then, you can find it on the second place most of the time, right after London)
Besides around 400 temples and impressive palaces and buildings, you will find a big modern city. It can actually get a little bit difficult to find the right Bangkok attractions to visit, places to go and things to do. Puh… Just so many options. But don’t worry, here you can find the best Bangkok Itinerary 5 days with the best things to see in Bangkok in 5 days.
What to find out in this post
- 1 Bangkok Facts
- 2 How to get around in Bangkok
- 3 Bangkok Map
- 4 Day 1 of 5 Days in Bangkok
- 5 Wat Pho – Temple of the Reclining Buddha
- 6 Wat Phrae Kaeo – Temple of Emerald Buddha & Grand Palace
- 7 Wat Arun – Temple of Dawn
- 8 Day 2 of our Bangkok 5 Days Itinerary
- 9 Wat Saket – Golden Mount
- 10 Wat Ratchanatdaram
- 11 Wat Benchamabophit – The Marble temple
- 12 Chinatown
- 13 Day 3 of our 5 Days Bangkok itinerary
- 14 Lumpini Park
- 15 BACC – Bangkok Art & Culture Center
- 16 Khao San Road
- 17 Day 4 of 5 Days in Bangkok
- 18 Chao Phraya River
- 19 Siam Shopping Center
- 20 Soi Cowboy
- 21 Day 5 – Day Trip from Bangkok
- 22 More time? More things to do in Bangkok
- 23 Jim Thompson House
- 24 Best Accommodation
- 25 Where to next?
- 26 FAQ about your Bangkok Itinerary
- Since 1782 capital of the Kingdom of Thailand
- By far the biggest city in the country
- Around 8,2 Million inhabitants (2010)
- Economical and Cultural Center of Thailand
Make sure to also eat a lot of chocolate in Bangkok!
How to get around in Bangkok
By Metro (MRT)
The easiest way to get around Bangkok is by metro, also called MRT.
So far, you can’t use it in the whole city yet but new lines will be built in the near future.
You can go almost everywhere in Bangkok by bus. But since the traffic can be quite busy, especially during the rush hours, it can take pretty long depending on where you want to go.
The probably most expensive option in Thailand is to go by taxi. Many taxi drivers refuse to use the taximeters, though. Make sure the taximeter is running before you enter even if they tell you it was broken. (It’s not!)
Using Grab or Uber you don’t have to worry about being overcharged by your taxi driver as the price is fixed by the app. Once in a while, you can also get discount codes from the app which help you save some money.
Not finding a tuk-tuk to go with? Don’t worry, that won’t happen in Bangkok. Make sure to not agree with the first price the driver gives to you as they expect you to bargain.
Check before on the internet what price is fair for your trip as tuk-tuk drivers like to overcharge tourists.
Day 1 of 5 Days in Bangkok
Wat Pho – Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Opening Time: 08.00 am – 06.30 pm
Entrance Fee: 100 Baht (ca. 2,50€/$3)
The Wat Pho Temple is especially famous for its 45 meters/ 147,6 feet long golden reclining Buddha. Pretty impressive, don’t you think? Unfortunately, its huge size can make it kinda difficult to take a picture of it. 😉
And even though you might expect from the name of the temple there will be only one huge Buddha, you will be surprised. Because actually there is much more to see. Around the temple grounds, you can find different kinds of buildings and statues. It can also be a nice experience to just sit down in the shade and relax a little from walking so much.
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Wat Phrae Kaeo – Temple of Emerald Buddha & Grand Palace
Opening times: 08.30 am – 3.30 pm
Entrance Fee: 500 Baht (ca. 12,80€/ $15) or check here.
Good to know: Be sure to follow the prevailing dress code to enter the complex (it is strictly controlled). This includes a top that covers the shoulders and a bottom that goes at least above the knees.
Wat Phrae Kaeo
Directly next to the Wat Pho you can find the Wat Phrae Kaeo and the Grand Palace. The entrance fee is pretty high, especially for Thai standards. Anyway, the temple is beautiful in a unique way.
Wonderful buildings, statues, and the Emerald Buddha are just waiting to be adored by you. Behind every corner, you can find another beautiful detail. The whole temple grounds were constructed with a lot of attention to detail.
One big drawback though is the huge amount of tourists wandering around Wat Phrae Kaeo. It can get pretty difficult getting a nice shot without people walking through it or pushing you aside.
For around 150 years this palace used to be the home of several Thai (Siam) kings. The architecture of this place is highly orientated towards the former palace in Ayutthaya, which has been destroyed by the Burmese army.
The visit to the Royal Palace of Bangkok includes, first of all, the exploration of the Throne Hall and other imposing building complexes. The palace is considered one of the most sacred places in all of Thailand and is, therefore, one of the most important sights in the whole country.
Wat Arun – Temple of Dawn
Opening times: 08.00 am – 05.30 pm
Entrance Fee: 100 Baht (ca. 2,50€/ $3,00)
Wat Arun is located directly next to the Chao Phraya River. If you wanna visit this beautiful temple, it is easiest to take the ferry up to the other side. (The fee of the ferry is 3 Baht/ 0,08€/ $0,09)(However, there is also the option to take a detour over one of the bridges)
The entrance fee for Wat Arun felt actually a little bit too high for us considering you could already see most of the temple from outside. Therefore, we just enjoyed the view of it from outside the fence and saved the money for entering. Walking around the temple area can be beautiful too, especially as it is so near the water.
Day 2 of our Bangkok 5 Days Itinerary
Wat Saket – Golden Mount
Opening Times: 08.00 am – 05 pm
Entrance Fee: 20 Baht (ca. 0,50€/$0,60)
The Wat Saket was actually one of our highlights in Bangkok.
Der Wat Saket is located on top of the Golden Mount at the height of 79 meters/ 260 feet. In order to reach the temple, you have to climb up 319 steps. If you can’t do it at once, there are benches everywhere on the way up to sit down and get some rest.
The temple is full of bells of several sizes. So, every time there is a breeze, you can hear the jingling all around.
Moreover, you can hear the praying of the monks from the speakers all over the temple grounds. Even though you cannot understand it, it is super relaxing to listen to it.
Opening Times: 09.00 am – 05.30 pm
Entrance Fee: 20 Baht (ca. 0,50€/$0,60)
This temple is especially popular for its size. Compared to other temples in Bangkok, it is particularly small. But that doesn’t mean it is any less worth visiting this temple. You can find a huge amount of Buddha sculptures around.
The Wat Ratchanatdaram has been commissioned to be built by the King in 1846. He wanted this temple for his niece, in order for her to have more silence when meditating. Doesn’t everyone want such a generous uncle? 😉
Wat Benchamabophit – The Marble temple
Opening Times: 08.00 am – 05.30 pm
Entrance Fee: 20 Baht (ca. 0,50€/ $0,60)
This temple is called Marble temple for a reason: it’s been built in 1899 out made of original Italian Marble.
Wat Benchamabophit is in our opinion one of the most beautiful and impressive temples in Bangkok. I can absolutely recommend a visit to this temple.
Just take care. The ground can get super slippery when it’s raining and might be a little hot when the sun is shining on it.
By the way, inside of the Wat Benchamabophit, you can find more than 50 different Buddha Sculptures.
Chinatown in Bangkok is located not far from the city center. Therefore, you can as well walk there.
The majority of the Chinese expats in Bangkok live in this area. Wouldn’t have thought so, right?
There is a long narrow street full of street food stables offering Chinese and Thai food. Moreover, you will find dozens of small shops that pretty much sell anything, you could possibly be looking for.
It’s totally worth a look and a walk around Chinatown. It kinda feels like being completely somewhere else.
Day 3 of our 5 Days Bangkok itinerary
Opening Hours Lumpini Park: 04.30 am – 09 pm
Entrance Fee Lumpini Park: free of charge
A visit to Lumpini Park is one of the best free things to do in Bangkok. It offers tranquility and relaxation and therefore, a little change from the last days in the busy city. If you have visited Central Park in New York City before, you might know how nice it can be to see some green for a change and get some fresh air.
This park is perfect for a nice walk after breakfast to reload your energy and get some rest from the busy prior days.
BACC – Bangkok Art & Culture Center
This attraction is not totally touristic yet. The Bangkok Art & Culture Center – short BACC offers a lot of different exhibitions for everyone that is interested in art and culture.
My friend Masreeya, that we met in Bangkok, brought us to this amazing place. Actually, we were planning to see an exhibition about the king. Unfortunately, it was already closed. But no problem, we found different kinds of other exhibitions that we really liked. And the best is the entrance was completely free.
Khao San Road
The Khao San Road is probably the most famous street in Bangkok. Here you can find all sorts of things, with everything from Thai massages, souvenirs of every kind, clothes, tailors, travel agencies, restaurants to several kinds of street food stables. I can just recommend you to try every kind of street food you can. Most of it is super delicious. Furthermore, unlike in the restaurants in this area, you can even save some money by eating street food.
But if you are looking for your daily dose of Western Food this is the place to be!
During the old times, the Khao San Road was used to sell rice. (The name Khao San Road actually translated means Street of polished rice) Anyway, since the 80s the Khao San Road became more popular when more and more backpackers came to see it.
Day 4 of 5 Days in Bangkok
Chao Phraya River
The Chao Phraya is beside the Mekong the most important river in Thailand. It is running through Bangkok and separates some of the sights from the rest of the city. You can either get to the other side by ferry for 3 Baht/ ca. 0,08€/ $0,09 or take one of the bridges.
If you like to explore the city from the river, there are also different kinds of boat tours you can join. Just check out the offers at the pier.
Siam Shopping Center
Bangkok is known to be a modern city and a shopping paradise. We heard that especially Asian women love to go shopping. (At least that’s what the Asian men told us 😉 )
The Siam Shopping Center is probably one of the biggest malls I have ever seen. We actually got even a little lost inside when hiding inside from the rain.
If you are a shopping enthusiast or are just looking for a souvenir of Bangkok this is the right place for you. You will find probably every kind of shop you could possibly be looking for.
One of the most controversial places in Bangkok. On the one hand, I guess everyone wants to see this street for themselves. On the other hand, it might have a bad reputation. You will find the street full of lightly dressed Thai girls. (And ladyboys) and men looking for them. Murray Head described this part in his 1984 song One night in Bangkok as “The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free. You’ll find a god in every golden cloister. And if you’re lucky, then the god’s a she“
As a woman, I kinda felt out of place walking around. I had the same feeling about the other few female tourists checking this area.
However, for many people, this is the place to see the “authentic Bangkok”. And we even saw a family walking around this street.
Day 5 – Day Trip from Bangkok
In the surroundings of Bangkok, you can find many great options for day trips.
Here are two popular options.
Day Trip to the Floating Market & Maeklong Railway Market
This is probably the most popular day trip from Bangkok. It can actually quite complicated to go by public transport to both destinations in one day, so it might be easier to book a Tour.
Day Trip to Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi is a town near Bangkok which is famous for its Bridge which you might know from the famous movie the bridge over the River Kwai.
There is a dark and sad story behind this place which you might want to know about before visiting.
You can get all the information about Kanchanaburi and Day Trips from there in our comprehensive Kanchanaburi Guide.
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Jim Thompson House
Opening Hours Jim Thompson House: 11 am – 06 pm
Entrance Fee Jim Thompson House: 200 Baht (ca. 5 €/$6)
Jim Thompson was arguably one of the most important Americans in Thai history. After the end of World War II, he revolutionized the Thai silk industry. But he also made a name for himself as an art connoisseur and collector.
Today, his house is considered one of the most beautiful attractions in Bangkok. But not only the impressive wooden architecture is a reason for a visit to the Jim Thompson House, which by the way consists of six individual buildings.
The collected works of art inside are also a real experience, especially for art lovers.
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Where to next?
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FAQ about your Bangkok Itinerary
Bangkok is a vast city with a lot to discover. We recommend spending at least 4-5 days in Bangkok to discover the most beautiful sights of Bangkok.
Bangkok is located in the relative center of Thailand. Therefore, the capital is a great starting point of travel throughout the country.
You shouldn’t drink the tap water in Bangkok and all of Thailand unfiltered. So it is better to use bottled water or a reliable water filter.
Bangkok is notorious for pickpockets. That being said, the city is considered a relatively safe destination. So it’s best to leave your valuables at home and watch out for tourist traps and scams.
The name Bangkok stands for “City of Angels”, although Bangkok is only an abbreviation. The official name of the city is in fact: Krung Thep Mahanakhon, although this is also only an abbreviation for an even longer name.
Bangkok is the capital of the Southeast Asian country Thailand.
Bangkok can be visited on your own without any problems. If you visit the described sights of the city, you will get an easy 5 days in Bangkok itinerary.
In Bangkok, as in the rest of Thailand, you pay with the Thai baht. One euro is equivalent to about 37 baht while One USD equals 31 Baht.
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