Bustling through Bangkok in three days

21 July 2014

Thailand’s capital, Bangkok can be as exhausting as it is exhilarating. Things are always on the go and there are people, taxis, tuk-tuks everywhere you look. There are also plenty of fascinating sights to see, temples to visit and foods to taste. If you only have three days in this bustling city, you’ll want to see and do as much as you can. Here is just a small pick of the favourite Bangkok attractions.

Thai lady in traditional outfit in Bangkok

Day 1

Find your way to Jim Thompson House. Thompson was an American entrepreneur who, among other things, had a hand in the resurgence of the Thai silk trade in the 50s and 60s. His beautiful Thai-style home is formed from parts of six antique houses. Tourists can take a guided tour of the house and grounds for a nominal fee. End off with a browse through the silk shop. Next, head of to Siam Paragon, MBK or Siam Square for your shopping fix. You’ll also find some great places to grab a bite to eat. End your first day in Bangkok at a one of the many parks. Lumphini Park is wonderful at 4.30 to 5.30pm when the air is a little cooler and you can find a comfortable spot to watch the sun set.

 

Day 2

Today is the day for a bit of culture and temple-hopping. The Grand Palace complex is a must-see and features numerous magnificent buildings including Wat Phra Kaeo, the temple of the Emerald Buddha which dates back to the 14th century. Just a short distance away, you’ll find Wat Pho, home to the 46 metre Reclining Buddha. Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) is a major landmark on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Take a quick boat trip across the river or don’t cross it at all and find a restaurant or a bar to watch the sun set behind this magnificent structure. If you’ve had your fair share of temples, head to Khao San Road or Soi Rambuttri (parallel to Khao San Road) for some delicious street food or a very reasonable sit-down meal at one of the many welcoming establishments. Don’t be afraid to try one of the famous cocktails in a bucket.

 

Day 3

If your trip happens to fall on a weekend, don’t miss the Chatuchak Market where you’ll find almost anything; from antique wood carvings to trendy fashions and local Thai souvenirs to hill-tribe outfits. It’s one of the world’s largest markets and sells goods from all parts of Thailand.When you have wandered enough, make your way to Sukhimvit area and Soi 11, where you’ll find a limitless choice of bars, restaurants and evening entertainment. Sample some of the best value world cuisine and mingle with an eclectic mix of tourists, expats and Thais all out for a good time. Join the noisy outdoor crowd at Cheap Charlie’s, a small bar at the side of a small alley in Soi 11. End your Bangkok experience at a Muay Thai fight. Thai boxing, the national sport of Thailand, is a combat sport like none other. It is a martial art bounded by thousands of years of tradition and is something not to be missed.

Philippa Francis

Over the last few years, I have fallen in love with travel and I am not sure I will be able to stop, except for my other great love; writing. After studying journalism at Rhodes and Stellenbosch Universities, I wanted to get a taste of the bigger world. I have worked all sorts of jobs and I have saved. I have ‘bused’ around Europe and backpacked around south-east Asia. I have seen magical sights and met wonderful people from all walks of life.