Myself and boyfriend arrive in Bangkok at around 4pm on Wednesday 15th June and will be staying there until we get the night train down toward Phuket on the Friday night (17th) which gives us an evening and then two days in the city. After travelling around for a few weeks we plan to be back in Bangkok on Friday 22nd July and will be staying there until we fly home in the early hours of Tuesday 26th July- this gives us a further three-ish days.
Although we've been to Thailand before, we've never been to Bangkok so we want to make the most out time in the city, especially as we won't be going back to Thailand for a good few years.
We basically just want to see all the typical Bangkok things like the palace, significant temples, the markets, interesting museums, massive shopping malls etc... can anyone suggest a rough touristy itinerary that would mean we saw the main Bangkok sights within our two stays?
Based on this itinerary, which area would you suggest we stay in to make it easy to get to the different sights?
You can a longboats on the river to a go for a nice cruise along the canals for an hour or two. It's a good way to see another side of Thai life.
Chatuchak market of course, although that's only on the weekends, so save it for your return.
MBK is a good mall for general shopping (clothing, souvenirs and misc electronic gadgets) and Pantip Plaza is probably the best if you are looking at cameras, laptops, etc.
I stayed in Chinatown once and found it an interesting area to just wander around and explore. There are all sorts of nooks and crannies to explore.
Just stumbled on this - you might it interesting: http://travelhappy.info/thailand/things-to-do-in-bangkok-longtail-boat-canal-klong-tour/
If you do the palace and the reclining budhha, you are going to probably want to get a meal afterwards. You can go to the Saochingcha area which has a wide variety of eateries.
The best meal I had in that area was at Chote Chitr. I really enjoyed the banana heart salad and the duck in red curry. This resto has it detractors who feel it is overhyped, overpriced, too touristy, etc...But for the food I ate, I still think it was worth it.
For dessert, you can walk to the corner and there is a place known for its sticky mango and rice.
Here is a map of the area and a guide I found. The guide, IMHO, overhypes the eateries here. The noodle shop, Niyom Pochana, nattaporn ice cream were ok but nothing special. The doughnuts were good and so was the Khanon Buang Phraeng Nara but I wouldn't go out of my way for them. The rest I didn't get to try because I was already bursting at the seams.
The best Thai massage I had was at healthland spa. Just google for them and see if there is branch nearby.
Here are some other links that I have found on daytrips from (or in and around) BKK that might be of interest.
Apologies - most of the links on the first link I posted above are broken! I didn't realise until I got home from work and took the time to explore them a bit further. Sorry about that!
I agree with lizzy....stay busy! (Ok that was lame). But MBK is one of my favorite places in Bangkok. I don't care that it's a mall. On a hot day lounging around resting up I head over and get cool, have a great grub cheap on the 6th floor (thr court under the movie theater), and sometimes take in a movie. But I have done most of the tourist things in so many trips. I love Bangkok. MBK is a good place to watch Thais actually. The workers, the lower middle class,the upper middle class, and the outsiders. (The higher class or "hi-so" as Thais say, are usually at Siam Discovery or the Emporium or Gayshorn or Siam paragon among others.
MBK is huge! It is too hot or muggy sometimes and those tacky souvenirs are all at MBK as well as the numerous official and unofficial night markets in Bangkok.
The Chao Pharaya rive is a must! Take the boats. Cheap. The Palace should be done early! Chinatown is hit or miss. (Miss for me! Much better ones world wide.) Have fun!
Try Bangkok's roof top bars! Nest at Le Fenix, Suckhumvit 13 (Nana Skytraine) , my favorite- relaxed, reasonably prices, great music and very imaginative deco- like a beach on the roof. Wear something nice i.e no beach shorts, flip flops.
Stop by at Cheap Charlies at the beginning of Soi 13, an institution! After a few 70 Bt G&Ts, go behind this bar, follow a narrow street lined with restaurants and you ll see a very sweet Thai restaurant, very old thai wooden building and very yummy food.
The next day get a 17Bt public river boat from any pier, and enjoy Bangkok!