Day 1: City Malls and Food Courts
Ease into the city by checking out Bangkok’s mega malls. These malls are known for being huge complexes housing much more than shops (e.g. movie theaters, aquariums, etc…). They are also known for their food courts. We really liked the food island at MBK. We also loved shopping at Platinum.
We stayed at Lub D near Siam Square (budget accommodation, clean, communal bathrooms).
Day 2: Temple (Wat) Hopping
Ride the commuter Khlong Saen Saep boat to the Panfa Leelard Pier, located close to the Golden Mount (if you’re staying around Siam Square). One-way ride: 15 THB.
Visit the Golden Mount (Wat Saket)
Eat lunch at Nang Loeng Market (easy walk from Wat Saket)
Explore around Khao San Road and Rambuttri Road. We ate at Aesah Rosdee (178 Tani Rd, Bangkok).
Head to Phra Arthit Pier and take the Chao Phraya Express Boat (orange flag) to Wat Arun.
Explore Wat Arun. Entrance: 50 THB. (As of Oct. 2017, you can’t walk all the way to the top)
Take a ferry across the river and walk to Wat Pho.
Explore Wat Po (also spelled Wat Pho), marvel at the Reclining Buddha, and get a massage at the Wat Po Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School (located on the temple grounds).
Get dinner at Thip Samai Restaurant on Maha Chai Road. They’re known for having the best pad thai in Bangkok. We walked to the restaurant, because we were so caught up in watching a memorial procession and the various flower markets on Chakphet Road. But, if your feet are sore, grab a taxi.
Day 3: Floating Market and China Town
Visit Taling Chan Floating Market. Have lunch at the market. Get a foot massage at the open-air massage “pavilion” under the trees.
Ride a longtail boat from the floating market to China Town.
Explore China Town. You’ll be able to find just about anything around Ratchawong Road and Sampeng Lane, but the quality is questionable. It’s both overwhelming and thrilling to get lost in this area. You’ll see mounds of dried shrimp, pickled vegetables, toys and gadgets. Motorbikes will squeeze by you in tight spaces. Enjoy it!
There are lots of street food vendors in China Town. Eat dinner here!
Day 4: Explore a Neighborhood
Ari Neighborhood. Hip residential neighborhood. You’ll find a nice selection of eateries and cafés.
Thonglor (Thong Lo) Neighborhood. Upscale neighborhood with a sizeable Japanese population. Come here for Japanese food and trendy communal spaces (e.g. The Commons). NaNaSe Ramen is a must! (see map).
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