A little throwback to one of my favorite destinations ever! I’ve been blessed to visit Bangkok twice last 2017, last January and in September. Both times were amazing experiences!
I’m so happy I was able to go to Bangkok, Thailand last September with my friends. Traveling with friends is always the best!
Our itinerary for this 6 days 5 nights trip last September went something like this:
Day 1: Arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport – Chatuchak Market – Dinner at Khao San Road
Day 2: Floating Market – Siam Paragaon – MBK – Shopping & Dinner at Platinum Mall
Day 3: Kachanaburi : Bridge Over Riverkwai – Train – Elephant Riding and Bathing – Bamboo Rafting
Day 4: Rest – Lunch at Khaosan Road – Dinner at Chinatown – Red Light District Patpong
Day 5: Ayutthaya – Dinner at Khaosan Road – Thai Massage
This blog post is more informative because I’m sharing with you most of the things I did during my one-week stay here.
Accommodation: We stayed at the The Pillow Hostel. This hostel is located at the famous KHAO SAN ROAD. But I highly recommend that you stay at Baan Dinso 2 Hotel because it has clean rooms and facilities. And their food was delicious.
Some tips: Save information on your phone before arriving on your accommodation (picture of hotel, landmark near your accommodation, hotel address and phone number).
Tours: When you’re in the Bangkok, you’ll see so many places offering these tours (Kachanaburi, Floating Market, Ayutthaya, etc). You can organised tours everywhere including in your hotel! It’s a lot cheaper!
All prices are per pax and listed in USD & PHP at the end.
We arrived in the afternoon at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. After checking in at our hostel, we headed straight for Chatuchak Market, Bangkok’s famous Weekend Market and food district for our late lunch.
I will never get bored of the streets here at Khaosan
Chatuchak market is one of favorite places to shop in Bangkok their design seems to be updated. We have explored the market & stopped for some amazing food along the way. Eating street food in Bangkok is not only cheap, but it’s also tasty and delicious. Make sure you try street food at Chatuchak Market!
The best tom yum noodles that we had at Chatuchak Market.
I want to experience a traditional Thai massage done as well as you would in the country where it originated. I make it a point to have a Thai massage every other day if possible! After all that walking and sightseeing, your muscles will need it. Every place you visit on your Thailand trip will be sure to have many massage parlors and spa. It’s really an experience you cannot miss out on.
DAY 2 – FLOATING MARKET AND SHOPPING
Another great day trip from Bangkok is the much famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. A visit to this market will give you an insight into Thai culture. The market itself is unique and heaven for food lovers. It’s a fun day trip with lots of awesome photo opportunities!
I was so happy to be back at the floating market.
The best iced coffee that I had!
One of the happiest days ever!
Selfie is a must!
Our floating market tour ended around 1 pm, so we decided to visit malls in BKK. For me, Bangkok is one of the best shopping cities I’ve visited. Many tourists come to Bangkok especially to shop because it’s still much cheaper than other countries so people try to take advantage of that.
We went to Siam Paragon, a shopping center with plenty of branded stores and eateries. They have the best mango sticky rice located at the food court.
Platinum Fashion Mall is known for its stylish yet affordable clothing stores and souvenirs too. This was probably my favorite indoor shopping place in Bangkok.
Window shopping at Platinum Mall!
My favorite Bento Squid!
Tuk-tuk is the best way to travel short distance places in Bangkok, Especially during peak hours as a tuk-tuk can move freely through traffic jam like no other vehicle can.
DAY 3 – KACHANABURI
If you’re after something a little more relaxed, Kanchanaburi is the perfect place for you. Kachanaburi is located just outside of Bangkok and you can really experience Thailand here in the beautiful mountainous scenery.
It would not be a trip to Bangkok without seeing an elephant. There are so many Elephant Camp near Bangkok. But I like the Changwangpo Elephant Camp in Kachanaburi. You will trek through the jungle, then be able to feed and bathe elephant after. If you don’t want to ride the elephant, you can try other activities such as feeding and interacting with them, it all depends on what you want, but most of the elephant has to work for their food. I’m not sure if the elephants are treated nicely there.
DAY 4 – WAT PHO AND FOOD TRIP ( KHAOSAN, CHINA TOWN, RED LIGHT DISTRICT )
Grand Palace and Wat Pho are just walking distance from our hotel but we were tired so we slept the whole morning instead. We chose to visit Wat Pho over the Grand Palace because it closes at 3 pm.
Wat Pho – The Temple Of The Reclining Buddha: There are many temples in Bangkok but my favorite is Wat Pho, The Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is one of the Bangkok’s oldest temple and it existed before Bangkok was established as the capital by King Rama. It’s really beautiful!
Some tips: Dress Appropriately – No sleeveless and shorts or dress that show your knees. Bring sunscreen, water, and a cap or a hat as it can get very hot and humid in Bangkok.
Eating Thai street food is one of my favorite things to do in Bangkok. Thailand is home to many different kinds of street food. You can find delicious Thai street food everywhere you go. Almost every corner, you can find these street stalls selling popular street foods. The pad thai, coconut ice cream, and mango sticky rice were my favorites!
Pad Thai @ Khaosan Road was the most delicious pad thai we tried. No kidding! We ate more than five times there.
When looking for a good street food stall to eat at a good indicator is to see where the locals are eating. Btw, if you are planning to stay in Khaosan, don’t forget to visit this food stall, it serves a delicious Thai dishes!
In the late afternoon, we went to China Town for dinner.
Thailand was the country with the most delicious fruits I have ever tasted.
We also went to Patpong (Red Light District) but was not able to take pictures. Back at Khaosan! You can find many of these stall selling exotic insects at Khaosan Road.
DAY 5 – AYUTTHAYA
Ayutthaya is a city in Thailand with so many temples that you would probably need just a day trip to explore it. I can’t imagine anyone would come to Bangkok without visiting Ayutthaya. It was actually formerly Thailand’s Capital. Exploring ruins and temples in Ayutthaya will give you a deep insight into the rich history and culture of the Thai. It’s really impressive! Ayutthaya is so beautiful and instagrammable!
The famous Buddha head in a tree in Wat Mahathat
With Mr. Woody, a former monk – Our tour guide in Ayutthaya
Hat and sunglasses on my head
During our Ayutthaya tour, lunch was included also.
This is one of my favorite spots in Ayutthaya!
BUDGET SUMMARY (PER PERSON)
Flights – from Php2,189 or $44( Round-trip ticket)
Accommodation – Php3,156 or $63 each for 5 nights
Food – Php700 or $14 per day x 5 days = Php3500 or $70
Floating Market – Php1,279 or $26
Kachanaburi – Php3090 or $62
Ayutthaya – Php1,440 or $29
Airport Transfer (Round-trip): Php600 or $12 each
For TukTuk: Php320 – Php400 or $8 per ride
TOTAL = PHP16,276 OR $313 (ASSUMING 1$ = 52PHP) – SHOPPING NOT INCLUDED
I used my extra money, about $100, for transportation (tuk-tuk and taxi) and shopping. I did not include how much exactly I spent for souvenirs and shopping. The biggest portion of my money went to massage and food. Food is very cheap in Bangkok. Street food will cost you about 20 to 100 baht. Totally fell in love with Thailand & I’d love to be back! I hope you guys enjoyed this blog post!