What to do in Bangkok on a 3-day Budget Tour Itinerary

There is not one dull moment in Bangkok city. Any visitor of Thailand would not want to miss the dizzying vigor and charms of the capital city. While it is stocked with a plethora of activities to enjoy, you will in no time realize that you may need to overlook your budget for a Thai travel. Nevertheless, if you are a budget traveler, no need to worry, as Bangkok has many hotspots that require nominal or no charge at all for visits. Here is a sample tour itinerary including few things to do in Bangkok that you can enjoy on very minimal budget on a 3-day tour.

What to do in Bangkok

Day 1

Grand Palace and Temple Tour

Once you are refreshed after your flight journey, step out into the bustling Bangkok city where grand palaces and shrines are weaved into a chaotic city life. The first Bangkok attraction you should head to is the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. This magnificent palace arena filled with intricate structures, ornate pagoda and the charming temple shrine embedded within the grounds lets you appreciate the architectural creativity of Thailand.

The Wat Arun is another impressive place to visit in Bangkok that has to be on every Thai traveler’s bucket list. The towering spires and grandeur of the main pagoda of ancient Khmer style look magnificent against the backdrop of Bangkok sky. Wat Traimit or the Temple of Golden Buddha and Wat Pho or Temple of Reclining Buddha are two splendid temples just a few minutes away from Grand Palace that is worth visiting.

The admission price for Wat Arun, Wat Pho is 100 Thai Baht, entry to Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew is 500 Thai Baht and Wat Traimit is free of charge.

What to do in Bangkok

China Town

Take a stroll through the winding alleys of China Town in Thailand. The place is amazing to sample tasty Chinese dishes and indulge in street shopping from an endless array of streets lined with food stalls and merchandise shops. Some interesting sights to visit in Chinatown are the ornate China Gate, Yaowarat Road, and Wat Mangkon Kamalawat. You will certainly lose track of time amid the vibrancy of Thai and Chinese cultural mix.

Khao San Road Area

Wind up your first day in Bangkok with a stroll on Khao San Road. Known as a back packer’s haven, it’s the perfect place to experience local life, mingle with other globetrotters, chill out with delicious Thai dinner and a relaxing spa massage. This one-kilometer stretch located near Ratchadamnoen Avenue offers a wide range of budget guesthouses and hotels, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

You can also visit the Wat Bowonniwet, Wat Chana Songkhram, Phra Sumen Fort and Bangkok’s National Gallery which are located just beside Khao San Road. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the bustling chaos of Khao San Road, check out Soi Rambuttri and Banglamphu Market which are much quieter and less crowded than Khao San Road.

Day 2

Bangkok Klong Cruise

A boat ride through Bangkok’s backwaters or klongs is a great way to view the city from a unique perspective. Start your second day in Bangkok with a breezy cruise on a long-tailed boat on Chao Phraya River which gradually takes you through winding canals of Bangkok. The experience lets you view the stunning Bangkok city skyline on Chao Phraya River and then takes you to the traditional local life of Bangkok.

You get to venture deep into simple, quiet life of Thai people living in wooden houses built on stilts along the narrow canals of Bangkok. The tour would cost around 1000 Thai Bahts.

What to do in Bangkok

Jim Thompson's House

Next, head to Krung Thep near the national stadium. Here you will find yourself in a quiet neighborhood that is home to an awe-inspiring structure - Jim Thompson House. This Thai styled enclave consists of six authentic Thai wooden houses accentuated in western and Asian design elements. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, this Thai attraction exudes Jim Thomson’s interest in South East Asian art, culture and heritage which he gracefully fused with western features.

The aura here is starkly contrasting to Bangkok’s dynamic vibes. The serenity is so intense that you wouldn’t feel that you are in Bangkok anymore. If you are opting for a guided tour, the cost will be around 150 Thai Baht.

Lumpini Park

Bangkok’s vigor can become quite overwhelming for its visitors. If you feel that you need a break from the chaos of city life, then head to Lumpini Park. Here lush green landscapes right in the middle of Bangkok gives you a refreshing pause before you gear up to get back on your ‘what to do in Bangkok’ list.

Lumpini Park is one of Bangkok’s best places to reconnect with nature within the city and take a break for recreational activities. You can enjoy leisure picnic time, paddle boating or join locals in tai chi, jogging or cycling activities. The park is brimming with a variety of flora and fauna and you might even spot exotic birds or monitor lizards. The entry to the park is free.

What to do in Bangkok

Bangkok Night Markets

If you are wondering what to see in Bangkok during your leisure time, spend the rest of your day sauntering at Bangkok’s brilliant collection of night markets. Check out Pratunam market or Chatuchak Market if you are visiting Bangkok on a weekend. Wander through alleys lined with countless shops showcasing colorful artifacts, handicrafts, and merchandise at really cheap prices.

While you are here, don’t forget to sample some lip-smacking local and international cuisines. It can get a bit tempting to splurge here on a shopping spree, hence the budget estimate is totally in your hands. Nevertheless, Even if you don't intend to buy anything, a visit to these markets is in itself a wonderful sensory experience.

Pratunam Market is set at the junction of Ratchaprop and Petchburi roads and stays open from 10 am until 11 pm. Chatuchak Market is a weekend market that opens from 9 am till 6.30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Day 3

Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

Your visit to Bangkok is far from fulfilled if you have missed the floating markets. Comparatively much quieter than rest of the bustling floating markets of Bangkok, Khlong Lat Mayon floating market lets you experience how traditional Thai markets operate. Watching numerous boats meandering through the canal selling all types of goods, fresh produces, flowers and Thai delicacies is a fascinating experience.

Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market is one of Bangkok’s charming floating markets that is easier to reach and has fewer hoards of tourist. The only disadvantage is that it is operational only on weekends. If you don’t have a weekend in Bangkok, you can swap Klong Lat Mayom Floating Market with Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.

What to do in Bangkok

Puppet Show at the Baan Silapin

Before you call it a day in Bangkok, get a dose of traditional Thai entertainment with a puppet show at Baan Silapin. One of Thailand’s hidden gems – Baan Silapin or the Artist’s House is a restored traditional Thai wooden house originally built centuries back. Presently, it has been transformed into a place to showcase Thailand’s traditional puppet art and shows.

Watch how graciously the puppeteers in black masks and attire tell stories of Thai folklore through intricately made puppets. You can catch a show free of cost every day at 2.00 pm except on Wednesday. Later, wander around to view an exquisite collection of paintings, artifacts, masks, and puppets.

Bangkok has amazing luxury tours and experiences. But its authentic way of life is reflected only when you deflect from the gleaming city into the narrow alleys and canals of Bangkok. So next time you get your Thailand tourist visa done and plan for penny-wise things to do in Bangkok in 3 days, give these places a chance. You will certainly find yourself having a great time in Bangkok at prices that are easy on your pocket.

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