Explore Bangkok – A Five Day Travel Plan

This Bangkok travel itinerary was sent to us by justtheflight.co.uk – some of the days are a bit empty but I suppose you can fill things in on your own if you like. My wife and I have mixed feelings about Bangkok and will probably visit a different part of Thailand instead of going back there. We liked the Thai massage and have even talked about studying massage for a week or so but my wife really hated seeing so many stray dogs.

Day 1 – The Grand Palace and Temples of the Emerald Buddha and Reclining Buddha

The Grand Palace is Bangkok’s most famous architectural landmark. Built in 1782, this magnificent complex consists of over 100 buildings, one of which is the Wat Pra Keaw, or Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Housed within Wat Pra Keaw, the Emerald Buddha is Thailand’s most sacred Buddha image. The tiny little figurine measures only 60 to 75 centimetres in size, and is housed in a glass box that is perched close to the ceiling. Wat Pra Keaw is highly sacred to the Taiwanese people, and photography of the Buddha is not permitted.

Wat Pho is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. In contrast to the tiny Emerald Buddha, the Reclining Buddha measures 46 metres long and 15 metres high. Covered in gold plate, the Buddha’s eyes and feet are adorned with mother-of-pearl, and his feet are furnished with the 108 propitious characteristics of Buddha.

Day 2 – The Floating and Night Markets

A visit to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market puts you amidst vendors whose wares are housed on sampan, or square-ended rowing boats. The Market is actually three markets in one: Ton Kem, which is highly popular with tourists and vendors, the slightly smaller Hia Kui, which provides a more authentic market feel, and Khun Pitak, which is a popular morning location for locals looking to purchase breakfast or produce.

With the setting of the sun, the Patpong Night Market comes alive, teeming with people shopping for anything and everything under the moon and enjoying the Market’s rich nightlife.

Day 3 – Chao Phraya River Tour

The Chao Phraya river tour takes visitors on a circuit across nine piers, allowing visitors to view several historical sites, as well as taste some of the local culture through various markets and local eateries.

Day 4 – Koh Kret

A visit to the island of Koh Kret provides the intimate experience of being totally immersed in local Thai culture. There are no cars or roads in Koh Kret, only one narrow laneway with paths leading to the numerous quaint houses, potteries, restaurants and bars that adorn the area.

Day 5 – Chatuchak Market and Morlam Music at Tawan Daeng

A day at the Chatuchak weekend market puts you among more than 8,000 market stalls covering 35 acres of land, while a night at Tawan Daeng, or ‘red sun’ offers dancing and entertainment with live morlam music presented seven nights a week. Morlam is a traditional form of song in Laos that uses a flexible melody, and is tailored around the sounds of the words being used.

A visit to Bangkok allows for plenty of opportunities to bask in history and local culture. The architecture of this beautiful city is nothing short of stunning, and the people are friendly and hospitable. With cheap flights to Bangkok available from justtheflight.co.uk, now is the perfect time to begin planning your five-day excursion.

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  1. Jo says:

    Nice plan – I think you mean the Thai people, though – not the Taiwanese who live somewhere very different.

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