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DIY Bangkok Weekend Tour
Bangkok Simplified Tour
Ever wondered hopping around, shopping and partying along the busy streets of Bangkok will be possible in just 2 days? Whether you're on a tight schedule, a limited budget or on a random short break, you might just want to squeeze everything in. Personally, I would suggest you secure tickets atleast 2 months earlier in order to get the most out of your money as just we planned ours in a span of 3 weeks and I was the one in a difficult position since APEC 2015 was held in Manila and needed to fly out from Clark Airport instead. First off, this tour will never be possible without the help of my Bangkok resident friend. She delved into the city to firmly plot everything and the results are amazing.
Arrival in Suvarnabhumi or Don Muang Airport
- Hire a reputable and reliable private transportation service. It's a must to settle this before your travel commences.
- Upon arrival, purchase a local sim card. This can be convenient all throughout your journey. By using data, you may easily access Google Maps or Waze application to guide you through the busy streets of Bangkok in order to deviate traffic.
- Exchange some money to local currency right before you arrive. This will save you time in order to achieve your Day 1 Goals.
Day 1: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market + Mall Tour + Soi Cowboy + Patpong + Khaosan Road
- Prepare 3,000 Thai Baht upon your arrival at the embarkation port to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. This 2-hour ride is good for 4 passengers. Be sure to dress up comfortably as you will be taking the longtail boat.
- If you're looking for some authentic Thai silk scarves, shawls and other native products, you may shop while cruising along. This is the convenient part of the trip, but make sure to bargain well.
- Bring your appetite for this trip as you may order the best tasting Pad Thai and steaming Tom Yum soup from the menu at the end of your boat trip. For less than 2,000 Thai Baht you may treat everyone on the boat which includes Mango Sticky Rice for dessert!
- If you prefer taking a cab on your way back to the city in the afternoon, prepare yourselves, as this will be a long 4 to 5-hour drive. Remember that rush hour starts at 4:30 PM. Better leave Damnoen Saduak Floating Market before 1:00 PM in order for you to arrive in the city at 4 or 5 PM.
- Once you arrive in the metro, you may take the Skytrain then unload at Siam BTS Station. Siam Paragon and Siam Shopping Centre are neighboring malls, whereas Siam Square is just across.
- If you're up to for some entertainment, visit Soi Cowboy or Patpong. Their jaw-dropping epilogues will blow your mind.
- At Khaosan Road, this is the liveliest part of Bangkok at night. Street party til you drop. If you're up for some relaxation while letting it loose, have a street massage while drinking a bottle of beer instead at 280 Thai Baht.
NOTE: It would be rational to stay in any hostels along Khaosan Road just for the night, as it is nearby the temples to be visited on Day 2. Check out The Pillow Hostel where we stayed. Just to give you an idea, a triple-sharing room is at 1,500 Thai Baht.
Day 2: Wat Phra Kaew + Wat Pho + Jim Thompson's House + MBK Center + Terminal 21 Shopping Mall + Lebua State Tower
- From Khaosan Road to Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), it will take an approximate 15 to 20-minute drive. Be sure to arrive early, as the temple closes at around 3 PM. This is one of the sacred grounds in Thailand, where an appropriate dress code is strictly implemented. No shorts, slippers, sandals or revealing tops, please. If unprepared, you may rent a proper attire at 400 Thai Baht. Entrance fee is at 500 Thai Baht. But should you wish to take some pictures outside the temple, you may do so without any cost.
- Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) is 1-2 blocks away from Wat Phra Kaew. We decided to walk instead, as the tuk-tuk driver tried to rip us off. Heading towards the temple, refreshments are up for grabs. Thai ice cream carts are stationed nearby. One order for only 50 Thai Baht. Upon reaching the temple, admission is at 100 Thai Baht. The magnificent reclining buddha is a must-see. For 20 Thai Baht, exchange it for a cup filled with coins to experience the 108 wishing pots.
- Jim Thompson's House is quite a bit far. You need to take a taxi or tuk-tuk ride. As far as I can remember, the distance between will cost you around 150-250 Thai Baht. For starters, Jim Thompson is an American silk entrepreneur and art collector. The house served as a meeting place for tourists and societal midpoint for the foreign community.
- Since this is just a 2-day tour, you may shop for affordable souvenir items, clothing, and other useful stuff at MBK (Ma Boon Khrong) Center. From Jim Thompson's House, hop on their free shuttle service. Then take a 10-minute walk heading straight towards MBK Center.
- Stop by Terminal 21 Shopping Mall by taking the Skytrain alighting at Asok Station. Famous tourist destinations all over the world are combined in this unique framework.
- End your night by visiting the remarkable Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower, where Hang Over 2 film was shot. Make sure to wear smart casual or formal attire. No athletic or sports uniform, torn clothing, slippers, beach sandals and flip-flops. Men must avoid any sleeveless clothing, shorts, and open shoes. Upon reaching the top-most level, you are free to take some photos at the designated areas. Ordering food or drinks are non-compulsory.