What to Do in Bangkok for 3 Days

Are you wondering of what to see in Bangkok in 3 days? Is it safe to travel solo to Bangkok? 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.

What to do in Bangkok

Here is a sample Bangkok itinerary including few things to do in Bangkok that you can enjoy on very minimal budget on a 3 day tour.

1. Go for a Muay Thai session in New Lumpinee Boxing Stadium

If you love pushing the extremes of your physical boundaries, then a Muay Thai session is a great way to test yourself. An intense sport, Muay Thai sees fighters launch a flurry of brutal punches, kicks, and elbow strikes to beat their opponents. Of course, you don't really have to go that extent.

A training session involved strength conditioning, cardio and sparring are enough to give you a flavor. If you enjoy it, you can go for a month-long course. And if you have the heart for it, why not put your new-found skills to the test?

2. Ride a bicycle to Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo

A unique way of experiencing a city like Bangkok is to go on a bicycle tour. It takes you through small alleyways and traditional settlements. Along the way, you get to see Bangkok’s impressive temples and bustling night markets. Once you cross the river on a ferry, you discover communities living along the riverbank and interact with them. Led by a fun local, the bicycle tour lets you discover a side of Bangkok you never knew existed.

Imagine, travelling to Thailand and wanting to see most of the historical sights of Thailand. Well, this can be done by visiting the Ancient Park. If you are a cyclist, then you can even cycle around this park. It is certainly a park worth visit and the sights are fantastic.

3. Traditional Thai massage in Khaosan Road Area

It is almost impossible to leave Thailand without giving your sore muscles a taste of an authentic Thai massage. They are everywhere, so it’s easy to get one, you just need to decide the place. There is Wat Pho, a popular temple in Bangkok, considered to be the birthplace of authentic Thai massages. Or you could get it on a beach, with the gentle waves and ocean breeze acting as a lullaby.

You can also get one right in the middle of the street, sitting in one of the recliner chairs. They are as good and easy on the wallet too. So remember, when in Thailand, say goodbye to sore muscles.

Wind up your day in Bangkok with a stroll on Khaosan 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. Old Bangkok would not be complete without a visit, or a stay at Khaosan Road, a backpackers' haven, where millions of tourists would have Bangkok's Khaosan Road on their bucket list.

This one-kilometre 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 Khaosan 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. Not far from Khao San Road is Ratchadamnoen Avenue, a wide boulevard that cuts through the old quarter. It is not a well known tourist sight but is Bangkok's equivalent of the Champ Élysées.

Or how about Chareon Krung Road, the first paved road in Bangkok that runs through Bangrak and Yaowarat? The moment you start to believe that the Khao San Roads of Thailand are the real Thailand, you lose sight of the big picture, the real Thailand, which is already right in front of you.

Bangkok has a wide selection of places to stay: dirt cheap rooms, boutique hotels, the budget comfort range (Ibis and Holiday Inn), the luxury chains like the Four Seasons, Hilton, Intercontinental etc. If you're prepared to splurge you can stay at some of the best hotels in Asia, the likes of the Mandarin Oriental Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok - TripAdvisor, The Peninsula Bangkok or Park Hyatt.

4. Khlong Saen Saep Tour

Little do tourists know how fantastic the Khlong Saen Saep boat trips can provide. It’s exhilarating and awesome to get to your destination on time and to enjoy the aroma of Bangkok’s Khong. This is to remind you of once, Bangkok was named Venice of the East. It routes from the hip town of Thong lor, a fashionable Chidlom, a great Pratunam and the world-renowned Khao San Road (to continue for a short walk from the pier).

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.

Now, here comes one more fantastic thing to do in Bangkok, that is boating. Yes, at Chao Phraya river you can enjoy boating. On one side, you will witness high fancy hotels whereas on the other side see children playing. You might have heard that Bangkok is also called Venice of the East, the reason behind the name is this river.

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.

5. Jim Thompson House Museum

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.

6. Check out Srinagarindra Train Night Market

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. Street meals is everywhere though quite spicy. The night time markets tend to be an excellent place to visit - it really is both touristy and regional. 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.

7. Cruise along Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

You can find images of floating markets in most travel brochures about Thailand. Like the night markets, they are a beehive of activity, with locals going about their daily business. The merchants sell everything from vegetables and fruits to souvenirs and delicious Thai cuisine.The best way to absorb all this flurry of activity is by hiring a boat and cruising along the market.

Being extremely popular among tourists, they can get pretty crowded, often leading to traffic jams in these waterways. So make sure you reach early to beat the crowds. 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 Mayom Floating Market lets you experience how traditional Thai markets operate.

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. Watching numerous boats meandering through the canal selling all types of goods, fresh produces, flowers and Thai delicacies is a fascinating experience.

If you don't have a weekend in Bangkok, you can swap Klong Lat Mayom Floating Market with Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is around 100 kms from Bangkok at the canal which was created to connect the rivers Mea Klong and Tha Chin. Normally here you will see shops are at the side of the canal as well as on the boats.

On the boats mostly you will see local people selling some local handcraft items and food whereas at the shops at the side of the canal you will find shops selling accessories, clothes, belts, some local handmade items.

8. Puppet Show at The Artist's House

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.

9. Ping Pong Show in Patpong

Bangkok, is the Amsterdam of Asia. What the hell is the Ping Pong Show? Have you been to a show of Ping Pong in Thailand? Is it safe to go? What do you see in the Ping Pong Show? Apparently, if you come to Thailand, a must is to go through this famous show on the famous street of Soi Cowboy, where many places abound for Ping Pong Show.

The show is like any strip tease show in the world. Ping Pong Show is no more that the girl bangs Ping Pong balls from her private part and gives the spectators some rackets to hit the ball when they throw them. If you are going to the Ping Pong Show, make sure you know what they are going to charge you from the beginning and avoid being seen as tourist.

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 cheap 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.
Kalyan Panja