The Best 4 Days in Bangkok Itinerary

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From its ornate temples that transport you to another time, to its bustling markets where you can find everything from unique handicrafts to mouthwatering street food, Bangkok is a treasure trove of unforgettable experiences.

As someone who has been uncovering Bangkok since 2015 when I first touched down in The Big Mango to study abroad, I’ve had the opportunity to experience Bangkok like a local.

Ever since that first visit, I’ve returned to my favorite city in the world year after year to continue exploring and immersing myself in its vibrant energy. Bangkok has become a second home to me and I’m excited to share all of my insider tips with you so that you can plan the perfect 4 days in Bangkok!

In this blog post, I’ll guide you through what to do in Bangkok for 4 days. Whether you want to peel back the layers of ancient history, shop ’til you drop at Bangkok’s coolest malls, or sample the best of Thai street food, this itinerary has got it all.

Let’s dive into the best 4 days in Bangkok itinerary!

Bangkok city skyline at sunset

Bangkok Itinerary 4 Days

Before we get into all of the juicy details of what to do see in Bangkok in 4 days, there are some ground rules we need to cover.

We’ll go over some of the basics, including how to get from the airport to Bangkok, when to visit Bangkok, how many days in Bangkok is enough, where to get your SIM card, and how much money you need in Bangkok.

If you don’t need these tips and want to skip straight to the 4 day Bangkok itinerary, you can just click the button below.

Getting to Bangkok from the Airport

Bangkok has two airports: Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and Don Mueang Airport (DMK).

If you are flying in internationally, then you will most likely land at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand’s main international airport. There are several options for getting into downtown Bangkok from the airport.

The most convenient, albeit pricier, transportation option is to take a taxi. Once you exit the Arrivals Hall, you’ll find taxis readily available, and the process is well-organized.

Simply take a number and wait in line for the next available taxi. It’s a hassle-free way to reach your accommodation and you won’t have to worry about any potential misunderstandings with your driver.

While fares vary depending on your final destination, you can expect to pay approximately 400-500 baht for your ride.

The best option (in my opinion) is to take the Airport Rail Link. This is a train that runs from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Phaya Thai Station. It departs frequently, is clean, and best of all costs less than $1.00.

From Phaya Thai Station, you can hop directly on the Sukhumvit BTS (Bangkok Sky Train) Line. If you need the MRT (subway), you’ll want to get off at Makkasan Station.

Or, once you get off the Airport Rail Link, you could grab a taxi, or even a TukTuk if you want to start your visit off in the most fun way possible.

POV: You're riding in a tuktuk in the middle of Bangkok Thailand
Riding in a tuk-tuk from Makkasan Station to our hotel in Bangkok.

Choosing Your Travel Dates

Allow me let you in on a little secret: timing is everything when it comes to experiencing the best of Bangkok. So if you’re wondering “What are the best days for a Bangkok 4 days itinerary”, you don’t want to skip this section.

When planning your trip to the “City of Angels”, it is important to note that not all of Bangkok’s main attractions are open every day of the week. Many of the highlights like the floating markets and Chatuchak Weekend Market are only, you guessed it, open on the weekend.

For this reason, I recommend trying to plan your 4 day Bangkok itinerary to overlap with the weekend so that you don’t miss out on the best things to do in Bangkok. Of course, I realize that’s not always possible, which is why I’ve provided some additional suggestions for Bangkok activities if the dates don’t line up for your trip.

How Many Days in Bangkok

Many people choose to spend only one or two days in Bangkok, but two days will be hectic and give you just a quick overview of everything the city has to offer. Depending on your interests, budget, and time, I feel 4 days in Bangkok is the ideal amount for exploring the city center and having time for at least one day trip outside of the city.

For a more in-depth experience, you could easily spend five to seven days in the city (or more). Still, you would barely even scratch the surface! In the event that you do have a few extra days to spare in Bangkok, I’ve provided some additional activities that you can add on to your itinerary toward the end of this post.

A view of Bangkok's busy streets from the stairs leading up to the BTS line

How Much Money Should I Bring to Bangkok?

This depends on the purpose of your trip and what type of traveler you are. In Bangkok, you can really spend as much or as little as you please.

Are you seeking budget-friendly accommodations, with hostels available for as low as $15 per night? Or are you looking to indulge in a luxurious stay at a high-end hotel?

When it comes to dining, are you more inclined to eat among locals at a bustling market, or would you prefer to delve into the city’s fine dining scene? Of course, finding the perfect balance between the two extremes is also an option, allowing you to enjoy the best of both worlds.

To give you a general idea of costs, on my recent trip to Bangkok in February 2023, my partner and I spent an average of 1,410 baht ($40.67 USD) per day. Keep in mind that this does not include the cost of our accommodation, but does include daily meals, massages, snacks, transportation, souvenirs, and activities.

We rarely ate at sit down restaurants, as we prefer to eat at the local markets. However, good, quality coffee is a priority for us so we “splurged” multiple times on the finest coffee in the city (about 120 baht, or $3.46, for a caffe latte at a specialty coffee shop like Flâneur).

A foamy cup of coffee in a blue mug at Flaneur, a specialty coffee shop in the Sathon neighborhood of Bangkok

According to Budget Your Trip, the average daily cost of traveling in Bangkok is around 2,666 baht ($79), which includes expenses like meals, transportation, and activities. As far as accommodation goes, the average hotel price for a couple in Bangkok is 2,899 baht ($85) per night.

Bangkok is a city of many levels, so there isn’t a “standard” amount of money you should bring. Nevertheless, the information above should give you a good starting point to calculate the best budget that suits you for your upcoming Bangkok vacation.

Staying Connected in Bangkok

Staying connected while traveling in Thailand is important. If you don’t already have an international cellphone plan, then you’ll definitely want to get a SIM card once you’re in Bangkok.

Not only will you be able to access apps like Google Maps and Grab (Thailand’s version of Uber), but you can also stay in touch with family and friends. Plus, you will successfully avoid high roaming charges and slow overseas data plans.

There are two main service providers that offer prepaid, tourist SIM cards in Thailand: True and AIS. I have one from True, but both companies offer 5G and affordable data packages, so you really can’t go wrong with either.

For example, you can get 15 days of unlimited 5G internet and calling from True for 699 baht ($20), and if you end up needing more, you can top up at any 7/11.

The best place to get a SIM card is at the airport before you actually leave the airport. Yes, the prices might be slightly more expensive than in the city, but trust me when I say that you’re going to want to be connected as soon as you’re out of airport wifi.

This is especially true if you plan on taking the Airport Rail Link into the city.

Even if you take a cab directly to your hotel, there is no telling where you’ll be able to find a service provider, or if you’ll be able to find them at all (you won’t have Google Maps of course). For these reasons, I recommend saving yourself the time and hassle of searching for a place to buy a SIM card and just get one at the airport.

Cell phone service provider (AIS) at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok

As soon as you pass through passport control and reach the Arrivals area of Suvarnabhumi Airport, you’ll immediately see kiosks lined up where you can purchase a SIM card. At the kiosk, you can choose your plan, pay with credit card or cash, and they will set everything up for you.

Piece of cake!

Do I Need Travel Insurance for Thailand?

Whether you’re just traveling to Bangkok, or exploring the entire country, you absolutely need to have travel insurance. In fact, I never travel anywhere without it. While you may believe that nothing will happen to you while visiting Thailand, it’s always best to be prepared for the unexpected.

I actually ended up needing travel insurance the first time I ever visited Thailand back in 2015. Due to a severe case of dehydration (drink your water people!) I ended up having to go to urgent care. Luckily, I had travel insurance that covered the entire cost of medical care.

Whenever I travel, I always use SafetyWing insurance. They are affordable, flexible, and have excellent coverage. You can even stop, start, or extend your insurance plan at any time. If you’ve already arrived in Bangkok and forgot to get travel insurance, you can still purchase it even though you’re abroad.

It basically costs as much as a daily cup of coffee, so it would be silly not to get it. Check out SafetyWing here and get a free estimate for your trip.

The Best 4 Days in Bangkok Itinerary

Day 1 in Bangkok

Visit the Temples

Start your 4-day Bangkok trip with a temple tour! There are over 400 temples in Bangkok alone, but don’t worry, you’ll only be visiting the most famous ones (unless of course you want to see more, then by all means, go for it!).

The top temples you will want to make sure you visit while in Bangkok are Wat Pho, Wat Arun, and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) located inside of the Grand Palace.

Beautiful emerald pagoda inside Wat Paknam in Bangkok
Giant golden Buddha statue at Wat Paknam in Bangkok

To make the most of your temple visits, consider joining a guided tour or hiring a knowledgeable local guide who can provide insights into the history, legends, and cultural significance of at least one temple. They can enhance your experience by sharing fascinating stories and anecdotes that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to find on your own.

Also, remember that most temples have a dress code and you should carefully choose what to wear when visiting Thailand temples.

Women are expected to cover their shoulders and knees, so it’s a good idea to have something like a sarong or shawl that you can use to cover up appropriately. Men can wear t-shirts and can usually get away with knee-length shorts.

Keep in mind that when visiting temples, you will likely be required to remove your shoes (so wear something that is easy to slip on and off).

If you don’t like walking barefoot, you may want to carry a pair of socks to wear inside the temples. Some temples, like Wat Pho, will give you a reusable bag to put your shoes in and carry with you as you walk through the temple.

Wat Arun Ratchawararam (Temple of Dawn)

I recommend getting up early on your first day and arriving at your first stop, Wat Arun, by 8:00 AM (opening time).

This is for two reasons: the first is that the outside temperature will be pleasant, allowing you to comfortably roam around the temple grounds. The second reason is that arriving early will ensure you beat the crowds of tourists.

Nestled on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, stands the magnificent Wat Arun. With a history dating back over 300 years, this iconic temple showcases the captivating Khmer-style architecture that has enchanted visitors for centuries. It is certainly one of the most beautiful temples in the city, and my personal favorite!

Woman in an orange patterned jumpsuit gazing at Wat Arun, one of Bangkok's most beautiful temples.

At the heart of Wat Arun is its towering spire, Phra Pang, which soars above 70 meters in height. It’s hard to believe that up until recently, visitors were allowed to climb the steep staircase all the way to the top!

Climbing the spire is now strictly forbidden, but you can still take the stairs to the middle level of the grand pagoda where you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Chao Phraya River and Grand Palace.

What truly sets Wat Arun apart from the rest of the temples you’ll visit in Bangkok is the intricate and ornate decoration adorning the spires. Covered in a mosaic of tiny seashells, beautiful colored glass, and porcelain, the temple glimmers in the sunlight creating a picture-perfect scene that has made Wat Arun a popular Instagram spot in the city.

Plan to spend about 1 hour at Wat Arun.

Bangkok Travel Tip: Wat Arun is on the west side of the Chao Phraya River. Since you will most likely be staying on the east side of the river, you can ride the Chao Phraya Express Boat to the other side to reach Wat Arun. The Chao Phraya Express is a cheap commuter ferry that transports passengers up and down the river for just 15 baht ($0.45) per ride.

The Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

After admiring the brilliant architecture of Wat Arun, it’s time to cross the river to visit the crown jewel of Bangkok’s historic sites, The Grand Palace. Constructed in 1782 when King Rama I decided to make Bangkok the new capital of Siam, this Royal Thai palace is one of the must see sights for a 4 days itinerary in Bangkok.

While the royal family no longer lives in the palace, it is still occasionally used for ceremonies (check the official Royal Grand Palace website for any potential closings).

The sprawling complex is made up of several buildings, including Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which houses one of Thailand’s most sacred icons. You can easily spend 2 hours inside the palace walls, marveling at the intricate structures and the Emerald Buddha.

It is important to note that the Grand Palace Bangkok entry fee for foreigners is 500 baht ($14.40) per person, and it is the same price for children and adults. Included in the ticket price is the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, and entry to the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles.

The intricate and ornate Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

If you’re interested in exploring Bangkok’s other museums, you may want to visit the Bangkok National Museum, which was the first national museum in Thailand. It is home to an extensive collection of Thai artwork and artifacts.

Additionally, the Bangkokian Museum is lesser-known yet interesting place to visit as the perfectly preserved 1930s home gives visitors a glimpse into the lives of the Thai middle-class.

Wat Pho

Once you’ve finished wandering around the Bangkok Grand Palace, cross the street to visit Bangkok’s largest and oldest temple, Wat Pho. This temple is famous for the giant reclining Buddha which is an impressive 46-meters long (it is even more magnificent in real life!).

Take your time to wander through the temple complex, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, and of course, admire the largest reclining Buddha statue that is completely covered in gold leaf. There are several smaller temples within the complex and various structures housing historic artifacts. Plan to spend about 1 hour at Wat Pho to properly explore it.

By now, your feet will probably be tired. Luckily, Wat Pho also serves as the national headquarters for the preservation and teaching of traditional Thai medicine and massage. Pop into the air conditioned school to cool down and relax after all of that temple hopping.

Reclining Buddha Statue at Wat Pho

Get Your Mango Fix

For an afternoon refreshment, drop by Make Me Mango, a quirky cafe serving up fun dishes with a mango twist. You can try classics like mango sticky rice and mango smoothies, or go for something like a veggie or poke bowl (with mango of course!).

Visit the Bangkok Flower Market

Just a short 10-minute walk away from Make Me Mango is Thailand’s largest wholesale Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat). It’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and a great place to dip your toes into a more local side of the city.

The market is both exhilarating and lively, and may initially seem chaotic, but it only adds to the charm and excitement of the experience. Spend some time getting lost in the endless rows of roses, orchids, carnations, and miles of marigolds for the ultimate sensory adventure.

Fresh flower garlands being sold at the Bangkok Flower Market

Sunset at Wat Saket (Golden Mount Temple)

Wat Saket is one of the most dazzling and beautiful places to watch the sunset in Bangkok. The 79-meter tall white temple stands proudly atop what is the only hill in the city. This ancient temple from the Ayutthaya period is not nearly as crowded as some of the other temples in the city, which makes visiting it extra special.

320 stairs lead you to the summit where you’ll enjoy panoramic views of Bangkok. Don’t worry though, the trail is well-paved and easy to climb up. Along the path, you’ll encounter ancient prayer bells, inviting you to ring them for a touch of good fortune on your way, and about halfway up there is a small cafe where you can enjoy a refreshment.

There’s nothing quite like sitting atop this hill as the day ends and watching the glittering lights and spires of Bangkok pass through a rainbow of colors.

View of the Bangkok skyline from the Golden Mount Temple

Explore a Night Market

Complete your first day in Bangkok with a visit to the Talad Rod Fai Train Night Market.
The Rod Fai night market in Bangkok is an absolute must-visit for any first-time visitor to the city. Located just east of Sukhumvit Road, it’s easily accessible from the On Nut BTS station by Grab or taxi.

The atmosphere at the market is electric, with vintage train carriages and bright neon lights creating a quirky street-style vibe that’s unlike any other Southeast Asian night market. In addition to classic street food stalls, you’ll also find food trucks, tattoo shops, old-school barber shops, antique furniture, classic cars and other vintage collectibles.

The market usually opens around 5:00 PM and closes at midnight, so if you’re looking for evening entertainment, this is definitely the place to be.

Another great night market to check out is the Jodd Fairs Night Market in the Rama 9 neighborhood. Here you’ll find all of your night market food classics, a section for trendy clothing and accessories, and a large seating area featuring an open-air stage where nightly performances take place.

Woman smiling and holding sticky rice in one hand and spicy grilled pork on a stick in the other hand at a night market in Thailand.
Three different Thai dishes at Bang Rak Bazaar in Bangkok

Day 2 in Bangkok

Experience the Maeklong Railway Market

Escape from the city on day 2 to check off one of the most memorable places you can visit during your trip to Bangkok: the Maeklong Railway Market.

The Maeklong Railway Market, located 1 hour south of Bangkok, is a one-of-a-kind market experience. The vendors set up shop right on the railway tracks – no safety barriers or warning lights in sight. At several intervals throughout the day, vendors quickly fold up their umbrellas and stalls to make way for the train, which passes through the core of the market!

It’s an adrenaline-inducing sight to behold as the train chugs through the narrow pathway, mere inches away from the vendors’ products. In fact, the train runs so close that you could reach out and touch it! When the train finally passes, the vendors just as quickly unfold their umbrellas and resume business as usual.

Keep in mind that the train only passes through at specific times, and if you want to catch it, you’ll need to arrive at least 15 minutes early to secure a spot along the tracks.

The train passing through the Maeklong Railway Market in Thailand

The train arrives daily at: 8.30 a.m., 11.10 a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 5.40 p.m, and departs at: 6.20 a.m., 9.00 a.m., 11.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.

Cruise Through a Floating Market

After witnessing the train pass through Maeklong Railway Market, it’s time to make your way to yet another iconic site: a traditional Bangkok floating market. Floating markets are special in that they are situated along rivers and canals where, traditionally, vendors would sell goods out of wooden boats on the water instead of stalls.

There are many floating markets located around Bangkok, with the most popular one being Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. If you’re looking for a more authentic experience, I suggest going to the lesser known Amphawa Floating Market, which is also frequented by local Thais.

The main draw to the floating markets is, of course, the food! Grilled prawns, fish, and other seafood dishes are all carefully prepared on the wooden boats that glide along the canals. Do as the locals do and place your order with a vendor, and once your food is done, have a seat on the concrete steps leading down to the water to devour your meal.

If you prefer a classic table-and-chair setup, Amphawa Floating Market does have restaurants a bit further away from the main bridge. Some restaurants even have balconies overlooking the water, where you can enjoy your food with the backdrop of the market.

A view of Amphawa Floating Market as the sun sets and a boat glides through the water

Muay Thai fight in the evening

When you arrive back in Bangkok, get ready for a glimpse into Thailand’s rich martial arts history by attending a Muay Thai fight. Muay Thai is a centuries-old martial art that combines striking techniques with clinching and powerful kicks, and witnessing a fight in Thailand’s capital is an exhilarating experience.

The atmosphere inside the stadium is exciting, with cheering fans, loud music playing, and locals betting on which fighter will win. One of the coolest elements of the night will be the Wai Kru Ram Muay, a ceremonial dance that takes place before every traditional Muay Thai fight during which the fighters pay homage to their teacher, parents, or King.

There are plenty of places to watch a Muay Thai fight in Bangkok, and many of these venues offer tickets that can easily be purchased online or at the door. Depending on the stadium, fights are only held on certain days of the week.

Check out Muay Thai Citizen for a complete list of venues where you can catch an authentic Muay Thai fight, including which days of the week matches are held.

If you want to learn more about Muay Thai, you can even take classes at one of Bangkok’s many training centers.

Rooftop bar

You can’t go to Bangkok without enjoying the city’s stunning skylines from a rooftop bar. There’s something extra magical about sipping a cocktail high above the bustling streets, surrounded by the glittering lights and endless sea of skyscrapers.

Bangkok is a haven for rooftop bars, and each one offers a unique experience, from sleek and modern venues to hidden gems tucked away in charming corners of the city. Sip on refreshing mojitos, indulge in exotic Thai-inspired blends, or savor a perfectly crafted martini while admiring the panoramic views.

Nighttime view of the dome at Lebua State Tower skybar in Bangkok
Woman standing at a railing overlooking the Bangkok city skyline at night at the Lebua State Tower rooftop bar in Bangkok

Some of my favorite rooftop bars in Bangkok are:

  • Tichuca Rooftop Bar
  • Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar
  • Eagle Nest Bar
  • Skybar at Lebua State Tower

*Day 2 Alternate Itinerary

Day 2 on your Bangkok 4 days trip would ideally be a Saturday, as that is when the floating markets and Muay Thai fights take place.

If your visit does not fall on a Saturday, I suggest checking out Khlong Toei Market (one of the last authentic markets of Bangkok and a truly local spot).

Here is where you’ll get a real taste of Thailand as you pass by stalls selling loads of fruits and vegetables, live frogs, obscene amounts of dried fish, crates of eggs stacked sky-high, and extremely fresh chicken (if you’re pickin’ up what I’m throwin’ down).

Khlong Toei Market may not be an Instagram photo spot, but it shows what a true Thai market looks like. It will surely be an unforgettable experience, and maybe even a highlight of your 4 days in Bangkok!

After your market visit, journey over to the west side of the Chao Phraya River for a Hidden Bangkok Bike & Food Tour. Your local guide will take you deep into hidden, old Bangkok that 99% of tourists have never seen. This tour will have you traveling like a local while riding through narrow backstreets and stopping to eat tasty Thai food along the way.

Woman on a bike ready to embark on a Hidden Bangkok Bike & Food Tour
That’s me, ready to start the hidden bike tour in Bangkok!

Day 3 in Bangkok

Stroll Through Bangkok’s Famous Parks

Begin the morning of your third day in Bangkok by making your way to the city’s most iconic green space, Lumpini Park (also spelled Lumphini Park). I recommend going early, between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM.

Not only will it be cooler in the morning, but this is also the time when you will see the most people in the park. It’s fun to people watch as locals go for their morning jog, partake in outdoor aerobics classes, and even practice dance routines.

Wandering through Lumpini feels surreal as the park is incredibly peaceful and lush, despite being smack dab in the heart of Bangkok and surrounded by skyscrapers.

Walk around the large fish ponds to try and spot the humungous monitor lizards swimming, or find a seat in the shade to enjoy a take out coffee from one of the countless cafes surrounding the park (or pick one up from 7/11!).

If you’re up for a bit more exercise, move through the park toward the northeast corner where you’ll find the entrance to the Lumpini-Benchakitti Park Walkway (also known as the Green Mile). This 2-kilometer stretch is a well-paved overpass that connects Lumphini Park to the newer and majestic Benjakitti Forest Park.

The path cuts through the city over roads and khlongs, giving you a glimpse into Bangkok daily life. From the verdant parks on either end to Thai homes crowded along the canals below, this pathway will completely immerse you in the authentic charm of Bangkok.

The path itself is separated into a walking lane and a bike lane, and there is even a small shop along the overpass where you can grab a refreshment from.

Lumphini Park in Bangkok Thailand on a sunny day

Shop at Chatuchak Weekend Market

After you’ve gotten in your morning exercise, it’s time to make your way to what is considered to be one of the largest markets in the world – the Chatuchak Weekend Market. This sprawling market is spread out over 35 acres and consists of no less than 15,000 stalls!

While it may seem overwhelming, the market is very well organized and easy to navigate – although it will take you several hours to make it through the maze of stalls if you want to see everything. Anything that you can think of you can and will probably find at Chatuchak Weekend Market. You’ll see vendors selling handicrafts, souvenirs, antiques, wooden products, furniture, ceramics, clothing, footwear, accessories, and even pets.

Luckily, the market has plenty of food options for when you get hungry from all that shopping. While the market is outdoors, they have recently added an indoor, air-conditioned section where you can pop in and cool off. Chatuchak is popular with both locals and tourists, and is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Chatuchak Weekend Market at sunset during a 4 days in Bangkok itinerary

Explore Chinatown and the Talad Noi District

No trip to Bangkok would be complete without a visit to Chinatown. So to end day 3, take the MRT to Hua Lamphong station to explore the Talad Noi District first. This historic riverside neighborhood is still a bit under the radar, which makes visiting it that much cooler since not many tourists venture to this part of the city.

This primarily Chinese neighborhood is lined with repair shops and stores selling car parts. Tucked between these places are old temples, beautiful street art, and hip cafes housed in former factories and garages. It’s such an eccentric area of Bangkok, and definitely worth taking a stroll around.

Get your afternoon caffeine fix with a perfectly brewed coffee at Mother Roaster’s or grab a bite to eat at Hong Sien Kong Cafe (also a gorgeous spot to watch the sunset).

When night falls, walk over to Chinatown, one of Bangkok’s most vibrant districts. Chinatown is a melting pot of Chinese culture and Thai charm. Stepping into this bustling neighborhood, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a whirlwind of sights, sounds, and enticing aromas. It truly is a feast for the senses.

Make your way down Yaowarat Road, the main avenue that runs through Bangkok’s Chinatown. There, you’ll find an array of incredible street food, historical buildings, and lots of shopping opportunities (Yaowarat Road is also a great place to buy gold if you’re looking for a special souvenir).

You can walk all the way to Ong Ang Walking Street, one of Bangkok’s newest attractions. This area runs along both sides of the khlong “Ong Ang” and is decked out in string lights and interesting street art. The walking street also features live music, boating on the canal, a market, and of course, plenty of Thai food.

An old truck in the Talad Noi district of Bangkok
Entrance to Chinatown in Bangkok at sunset during Chinese New Year

*Day 3 Alternate Itinerary

If your 4 days Bangkok trip dates don’t align with a weekend, you unfortunately won’t be able to visit the Chatuchak Weekend market. But don’t worry! There are plenty of other amazing things to do in and around the city.

Instead of visiting Chatuchak Market, embark on a captivating journey into Thailand’s ancient history with a day trip to Ayutthaya.

This ancient city, built in 1350, served as the capital of Siam for several centuries before it was burned down in 1767. Today, Ayutthaya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and remnants of the once-glorious city can be witnessed at the Ayutthaya Historical Park just a one hour drive north of Bangkok.

Strolling among the temple ruins will transport you into the past as you admire the intricate brick and stone architecture, towering prangs, and serene Buddha statues that have withstood the test of time. You can even see a stone Buddha head wrapped in the roots of a Banyan tree – one of the most amazing and mysterious scenes in all of Thailand.

A view of the ancient city of Ayutthaya on a sunny day near Bangkok, Thailand

Day 4 in Bangkok

Jim Thompson House

On the last day of your 4 days Bangkok itinerary, you’ll get a taste of Thai history and have a chance to do some shopping at the city’s most epic malls.

Begin your morning at the Jim Thompson House. A visit to the Jim Thompson House is one of my favorite things to do in Bangkok, and is a must for anyone seeking to delve into the rich cultural heritage of Thailand.

This historic house-turned-museum provides a fascinating glimpse into the life of Jim Thompson, an American businessman who played a pivotal role in reviving the Thai silk industry.

While touring the house, you’ll learn about Jim Thompson’s efforts in revitalizing the Thai silk industry, how silk is produced, as well as view his impressive collection of Southeast Asian art and artifacts.

Beyond its historical and cultural significance, the Jim Thompson House is wonderfully serene. Surrounded by lush gardens, ponds, and tropical flowers, it’s a peaceful oasis in the heart of bustling Bangkok. Take a moment to relax and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere as you wander through the gardens.

After exploring the house and museum, be sure to visit the on-site shop where you can find an extensive range of high-quality silk products (unlike the “silk” products you’ll come across at the markets). From scarves and ties to clothing and home decor items, the shop provides an opportunity to take a piece of Thai silk craftsmanship home with you.

Jim Thompson House Museum Sign
Thai spirit house in front of the Jim Thompson House Museum in Bangkok

Go Shopping at Siam Square

A 4 Day Itinerary Bangkok Trip would not be complete without a little bit of shopping!

Now it’s time to dive straight into Siam Square, one of Bangkok’s most dynamic and bustling shopping districts. Located in the heart of the city, Siam Square is known for its trendy boutiques, modern malls, and endless shopping options that cater to every taste and budget.

Head to Siam Paragon for a world-class shopping experience. From renowned international designers to exclusive Thai labels, you’ll find an array of stylish clothing, accessories, and lifestyle products to indulge in.

Siam Square shopping area in Bangkok Thailand

If you’re looking for a diverse range of shopping choices under one roof, head to MBK Center. This multi-story mall is a treasure trove of bargains, with countless stalls and shops selling everything from high end dupes and accessories to electronics and souvenirs. This is a great place to score some good deals!

When in Siam Square, don’t miss the chance to stop into the 9th largest shopping mall in the world – centralwOrld. With over 500 stores spanning 8 stories, centralwOrld is a massive mall with a huge variety of stores and restaurants to choose from.

If you still have it in you after all that shopping, head across the river to ICONSIAM, one of the biggest malls in Asia that even houses the world’s only indoor floating market! You’ll find high end stores here, a lovely terrace with panoramic views of the city skyline, and a fountain show in the evening.

Needless to say, ICONSIAM is quite the spectacle and is definitely worth the visit. Plus, you can get there for free using the ICONSIAM free shuttle boat that departs regularly from the Sathon Pier.

View of ICONSIAM Shopping Mall from a boat on the Chao Phraya River

Party on Khao San Road

End the final day of your 4 days itinerary Bangkok trip by heading to the famous Khao San Road. Khaosan Road is the legendary backpacker hub of Bangkok. This tiny street is bursting with bars, buckets of cocktails, exotic street food, and loud music. It’s where you can enjoy a cold beer or cocktail while mingling with fellow travelers from around the world.

Khao San Road, the iconic backpacker street, in Bangkok at night

It is important to note that while Khao San Road is well-known for its lively atmosphere, it may not be for everyone.

The street can be crowded, noisy, and chaotic, so if that’s not your thing, you might have a better time on a Chao Phraya River Cruise. Several companies offer the opportunity to dine on a luxurious boat as you cruise past Bangkok’s illuminated historical landmarks.

While on the boat, you’ll enjoy live music, an international buffet, a cool breeze throughout the night, and spectacular views of Bangkok. The ride along the river lasts about two hours, and is a wonderful way to end your Bangkok 4 day itinerary.

Other Things to Do in Bangkok

Have extra time in Bangkok? You can easily extend your 4 days in Bangkok itinerary with any or all of the following activities.

Take a Cooking Class

Immerse yourself in the flavorful world of Thai cuisine by joining a cooking class! Cooking With Poo is a class in Bangkok that offers visitors the opportunity to learn the art of Thai cooking from a remarkable woman named Poo.

Poo will take you to the local market to pick up ingredients and teach you about the different types of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and proteins used in Thai cooking. After that, you’ll head to Poo’s house where she guides you through the preparation of traditional dishes from aromatic curries to savory and sour soups.

Beyond the cooking experience itself, the class takes place in Klong Toey (Bangkok’s largest slum), giving visitors a chance to witness a different side of the city. It’s an eye-opening experience that goes beyond the typical tourist attractions and allows you to appreciate the richness and diversity of Thai society.

Visit Poo’s website to read more about her cooking school and book a class while you’re in Bangkok!

Final dishes prepared at a class in Bangkok

Erawan Museum

A few extra days in Bangkok will give you time to explore some unique sites beyond the city limits. One place that’s worth visiting is the Erawan Museum, located south of the city center.

This captivating museum offers a fascinating experience that combines art, culture, and spirituality. You’ll be able to easily spot it by its eye-catching architecture depicting a three-headed elephant statue that sits atop of a pink building.

The gardens here are pleasant to walk through and you can enter the museum to walk up the intricate staircase leading up to the head of the elephant. The gorgeous stained glass ceiling inside also makes for some great Instagram photos!

To get to the Erawan Museum, take the BTS Green Line all the way to Pu Chao station. From there, you can take a taxi or a Grab for the remaining 1.3 kilometers to the museum.

Three-headed elephant statue at the Erawan Museum in Bangkok

Asiatique

If you’re looking for a spot that combines shopping, dining, entertainment, and stunning riverside views, then Asiatique is the place to be. This open-air, riverside mall offers extensive range of shopping opportunities from trendy fashion and accessories to unique handicrafts and souvenirs. But it’s not just about shopping – there’s so much more to explore here!

Take a ride on the iconic Asiatique Sky ferris wheel and be treated to breathtaking views of the cityscape and the glittering lights of Bangkok. This is the highest ferris wheel in Bangkok, reaching 60-meters in height, allowing you to truly soak up the skyline. In addition to the ferris wheel, Asiatique also has a merry-go-round and a haunted house ride, making it a fun place to come with children.

When you get hungry, choose from over 40 different restaurants and eateries, all serving up a variety of international dishes. As for entertainment, Asiatique offers a cabaret show, puppet theater, and a Muay Thai show.

Even if you don’t buy anything, Asiatique is a wonderful place to come for a leisurely evening walk as there is always something fun going on here.

Asiatique outdoor shopping mall on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok

Bang Krachao (Bangkok Green Lung)

Bang Krachao (or sometimes spelled Bang Kachao) is an artificial island in the middle of the Chao Phraya River. This urban jungle is relatively unknown to tourists, but is a hidden gem worth exploring for adventurous travelers.

Just a short 2-minute ferry ride away from Bangkok, Bang Krachao offers a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. With its lush greenery, peaceful canals, and cycling-friendly paths, this oasis is a paradise for nature lovers.

Trust me when I say that you’ll forget you’re in one of the busiest city’s in the world!

When you arrive in Bang Krachao, you can rent a bike right at the pier for only 50 baht an hour. Pedal your way through the leafy pathways, passing by traditional wooden houses, fruit orchards, and serene temples.

A few places worth stopping at include the Sri Nakhon Kuenkhan Park, the iconic Bangkok Tree House, and the famous Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market.

Person riding a bike down a path in Bang Krachao, the Green Lung of Bangkok

Kanchanaburi Day Trip

Located just a few hours away from Bangkok, Kanchanaburi is an ideal destination for a day trip, offering a rich blend of history, natural beauty, and cultural attractions. This province gained international recognition thanks to the movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” which immortalized the infamous World War II railway bridge and the harrowing events surrounding its construction.

Today, visitors can walk across the historic bridge, learn about its dark past at the nearby museums, and pay tribute to the lives lost during the war. In addition to its historic significance, the Kanchanaburi province boasts epic landscapes and serene surroundings including Erawan National Park.

You can reach Kanchanaburi from Bangkok by taking one of the many day trips offered to the region. For example, this private tour offers a full day guided tour of the region’s highlights, covering Hellfire Pass, the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, JEATH War Museum, and the famous bridge. Plus, lunch, water, pick-up and drop-off are also included in the price.

Alternatively, you can organize this trip on your own for less by taking the train from Bangkok. The train from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi runs twice per day and departs from the Bangkok Thonburi station. This standard, commuter-style train has bench seating and the journey takes about 2.5 hours to reach the station in Kanchanaburi.

Whether you’re into war history or simply seeking a change of scenery, a day trip to Kanchanaburi is definitely worth it.

A train passing over thhe "Bridge over the River Kwai" in Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand

Travel Tips for Your 4-Day Bangkok Itinerary

When to Visit Bangkok

There is no real “best” time to visit Bangkok as it is a year-round destination, so the best time will really depend on your personal preferences. Bangkok does, however, have three main seasons which are: Hot Season (from March to June), Rainy Season (from July to October), and Dry Season (from November to February).

The Cool Season (November to February) is widely considered the best time to visit Bangkok. The temperatures are pleasant, and the humidity is lower, making it more comfortable for outdoor activities. Because the Cool Season is so popular, it is also the most expensive time to visit.

On the other hand, if you’re comfortable with higher temperatures or want to take advantage of lower prices, the hot or rainy seasons can still offer a rewarding experience.

Where to Stay in Bangkok

When it comes to choosing where to stay in Bangkok, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is which neighborhood suits your preferences and travel style. Each neighborhood in Bangkok has its own unique character and attractions, so it’s important to consider what you want to experience during your stay.

If you’re looking for a central location with easy access to major attractions and shopping, you might consider staying in the bustling areas of Sukhumvit, Silom, Siam Square, or Sathorn. These neighborhoods offer a wide range of accommodation options, from luxury hotels to budget-friendly guesthouses, and are known for their lively nightlife, malls, and diverse dining scenes. They are also the most touristy areas in the city, but are well-connected to all of Bangkok’s main sites by the BTS and MRT.

Backpackers and budget travelers will likely enjoy staying at one of the many cheap hostels and accommodations in the Khao San Road area. If you do choose to stay here, you should be aware that there are no BTS or MRT lines that connect this neighborhood to the rest of the city. Because of this, your main modes of transportation will be limited to taxis, tuk tuks, and walking.

If you prefer staying outside of the tourist bubble, try the areas of Ari, Thonglor, or Phra Kanong.

The best way to find hotels in Bangkok is to search Agoda, the most popular booking platform in Asia. Below are several options for accommodation in Bangkok, ranging from ultimate luxury to budget-friendly finds.

Woman looking out of hotel window at the sprawling city of Bangkok

Budget

If you’re on a budget but don’t want to sacrifice comfort and cleanliness, look no further than the Tropical Summer Cafe & Hostel. Located in a quiet location just a 12-minute walk away from the Saint Louis BTS station. The hostel boasts a gorgeous rooftop terrace and plenty of community living areas where you can meet other like-minded travelers.

Mid-Range

Located in the Phra Kanong neighborhood just off of Rama IV, the Jasmine Grande Residence is a great place to stay in Bangkok for those looking to escape the tourist hot spots. The rooms here are clean and spacious, making them ideal for families or anyone who just likes to have a little more room when traveling.

I stayed here a few times and have always had a pleasant stay! The staff is wonderful, the breakfast is solid, and the hotel is walking distance to the Phra Kanong BTS station. It is also close to the W District Community Mall and W Market, an open-air food court with lots of different international food options including Japanese, Mexican, and Italian.

Luxury

For a truly indulgent experience, consider high end properties like The Mandarin Oriental or The Peninsula Bangkok, where you’ll be treated to top-notch amenities and breathtaking views of the Chao Phraya River.

Other 5-star stays worth considering include the Banyan Tree Bangkok, a stunning oasis in the Sathon/Silom area with an insane rooftop bar, or Bangkok Marriott Hotel the Surawongse, a gorgeous property in Bang Rak.

As Marriott Bonvoy members, my partner and I recently stayed at The Surawongse and let me tell you – it was absolutely incredible. The staff was lovely, the interior was beautifully decorated in the perfect blend of traditional Thai and contemporary style, the lobby smelled heavenly, and the views from the rooftop pool were to die for. See what I mean in the photo below!

Woman swimming in the infinity pool during sunset at the Bangkok Marriott Hotel the Surawongse.
Swimming in the infinity pool at The Surawongse in Bangkok – that’s the Hangover Tower in the distance!

If you want to stay at The Surawongse, sign up for the Marriott Bonvoy card to get three free nights when you meet the minimum spend.

Getting Around Bangkok

Despite its vast size, navigating Bangkok is surprisingly convenient and budget-friendly, thanks to the city’s extensive transportation options. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, you’ll find it relatively easy to get around and explore.

The cheapest, and most efficient options will be Bangkok’s excellent public transportation system. Depending on your current location and where you want to go, you can choose between the BTS Skytrain or MRT subway. The MRT circles around the city center, while the BTS lines run in several different directions, occasionally intersecting with the MRT.

A map of Bangkok's BTS and MRT lines
The dark blue line that forms a circle around the city center is Bangkok’s MRT subway.

Fares for the BTS and MRT are charged by distance, although most rides will cost you less than $1.00. It is important to know that tickets for the BTS and MRT are not interchangeable (you will get a paper ticket for the BTS and a plastic token for the MRT).

Another fast and easy way to get around is to use the canal boats which are inexpensive and run every 5-10 minutes.

Finally, you can get around via tuk tuk or taxi. These last two options will be the most expensive, and depending on traffic, take the longest.

Tuk tuks tend to be pricier than taxis, but that’s mostly because they are a tourist attraction (and are actually a lot of fun to ride).

These three-wheeled vehicles, often adorned with colorful decorations, can navigate through narrow streets and offer a unique way to immerse yourself in the bustling cityscape. There are no posted rates for tuk tuks, so be sure to negotiate with your driver before taking a seat.

Taxis provide a good option for getting around and are convenient in the sense that you don’t have to worry about getting off at a certain stop or switching to another BTS or MRT line.

If you do decide to take a taxi, make sure it is metered before getting inside. I’d actually suggest downloading the Grab Taxi app, which will allow you to preview the price and time it will take you to reach your destination.

With such a wide range of transportation options available, exploring Bangkok on a budget is a breeze. Whether you choose to ride the efficient Skytrain, navigate the canals, or go on a tuk tuk adventure, you’ll find that getting around the city will be an exciting part of your Bangkok experience.

Woman drinking a Thai tea while waiting for the BTS in Bangkok

FAQs

How much do I need for 4 days in Bangkok?

Depending on the type of traveler you are, you could easily spend as little as $30 per day in Bangkok or over $100 per day for a more luxurious stay.

Bangkok Itinerary 4 Days: Final Thoughts

From visiting iconic sites such as the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, to exploring the bustling Chatuchak weekend market and taking a boat ride along the Chao Phraya River, this 4 day itinerary covers all of the city’s highlights and more.

No matter how you spend your time in the “City of Angels”, remember to choose your dates strategically, and take advantage of specific attractions and events that are available only on certain days of the week!

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