Bangkok is just everything. Sprawling with countless places to visit, activities to try, and such a vibrant culture to learn, you could never go wrong with this city if you’re up to an epic adventure! It has everything you need. Yes, everything– -that’s what we earned during our trip to Bangkok.
Known as the capital and the most populous cities of its country Thailand, and being considered as one of the world’s top tourist destination city, Bangkok offers numerous multi-faceted sights and attractions. A unique city life experience and exceptional cultural discoveries that attract diverse groups of tourists. To describe this city as amazing is definitely an understatement. Our experience is indeed indescribable, and I personally recommend you to explore Bangkok city yourself for you to understand what I am talking about. G?
Pre Travel Guide
Where to book flights?
Accessing Bangkok is made easier with Philippine Airlines‘ daily flights to this city. As of this writing, Philippine Airlines flies 3x daily between Manila and Bangkok, and daily between Cebu and Bangkok at a cheap rate without compromising comfort and quality.
During my flight to Bangkok, I was able to experience their upgraded A330 Tri-Class airbus, and it was amazing. Their improved cabin development now guarantees a more pleasant, comfortable and convenient travel experience for everyone.
- Redefined Economy Class, NEW Premium Economy Class & Enhanced Business Class
- Based on my experience, economy class offered a more spacious environment providing more comfort, with a free inflight meal and a free 30 kgs. baggage allowance.
- A brand new entertainment system with myPAL eSuite, myPAL Wi-Fi, and myPAL mobile.
- Best thing about here is their wide selection of movies, free inflight wifi and availability of data roaming
- Ancillary products available on top of the flight to enhance passengers’ myPAL experience.
- You can shop online before or during your flight and have your purchases delivered to you onboard. They also accept cash on delivery for more convenience.
Book your flights now at Philippine Airlines.
Read my PAL Tri-class A330 Experience here: Flying With Philippine Airlines’ Upgraded A330
Where to get cheap tours / discounted tickets?
What’s amazing about Bangkok city is its very little complexity. You can navigate on your own without being confused. Commute system is easy to utilize, hence, you can explore around without booking a tour- plus, you can even save money from this.
However, if you opt for a more relaxed and secured trip, I highly suggest you book your tours with a reliable tour agency like Klook.
- They offer quality-service tours all around Thailand, including Bangkok.
- Discounted entrance tickets to attractions!
Do we need Thailand Visa?
For Philippine Passport Holders, we are VISA-EXEMPTED up to 30 days if entering via international airport and up to 15 days if entering through a land border checkpoint from a neighboring country (Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.)
Read More: Thailand Visa Application
- Easy Access from Airport to Bangkok: Airport Car Charter
- Cheaper Access from Airport to Bangkok: (ARL) Ticket
- 4G Connection is a MUST: 4G Sim Card
- Discounted Bangkok Tours and Activities: Bangkok Tours
How to get around?
From / To the Airport (Suvarnabhumi Airport):
- Public Taxis (most convenient): One way you can access Bangkok City is via their public taxis. Public taxi stand is located on the Ground Level. Taxi fare starts at a metered rate of 35 Baht plus 50 Baht airport surcharge, and expressway fees. Moreover, the Grab application can be an alternative to hiring a taxi.
- Bangkok Airport Rail Link (cheapest): Operates from 6:00AM to 12:00AM that connects Suvarnabhumi International Airport to downtown Bangkok. From downtown Bangkok, you can either switch train lines to Bangkok Skytrain (BTS) at Phaya Thai Station, or to Bangkok Subway Train (MRT) at Makkasan Station. Directions:
- From the airport, go to the entrance of the Airport Rail Link on the first floor.
- Purchase your train ticket. Do note that your point of disembarkation depends on your destination. Hence, make sure you know its nearest train station.
- PURCHASE YOUR TRAIN TICKET HERE (discounted): (ARL) Ticket
Getting Around The City:
- Bangkok Sky Train (BTS): This is the fastest way to get around the city, and gives you easy access to hotels, sightseeing destinations, and shopping areas. During my Bangkok trip, I’ve been fully utilizing this system, and I didn’t have a hard time familiarizing myself with it.
- If you will use the BTS Train the whole day, better get yourself a BTS One Day Pass to save money.
- BTS Map:
- Mass Rapid Transit network (MRT): Another alternative if you want a faster way of accessing the places around the city. Basically, it has the same service as BTS has, but has different access to stations. Usage of these two train system will depend on where your destination is.
- MRT Map:
- Public Taxis: There are taxis available everywhere. Fare starts at 35 Baht and increases per kilometer. All taxis are metered, but there are still drivers who opt to negotiate a fixed fare with tourists. Do take note that this is actually not allowed.
- Grab App: to avoid taxi scams, you can book a trip with Grab App. It’s actually safer and more reliable. Although, fares go a little more expensive during rush hours.
- Motorbikes: A faster way than public taxis because of its capability to avoid traffic. Prices are generally almost the same as the public taxis, but are not metered.
- Tuktuks: Tuktuks are the unique mode of transportation available in Bangkok. It is a colorful three-wheeler motorbike vehicle that is also used as public taxis. However, tuktuk drivers usually charge higher rates to tourists.
Where to stay?
You will definitely not have a problem when it comes to finding accommodation that fit your preference. Ranging from hostels or airbnbs to luxury hotels, Bangkok has them all!
My Personal Choice: Lub d Hostel, Siam Square
- The atmosphere, the friendly staff, my comfortable room, its accessible location and its affordable price all made this hostel the perfect one for my Bangkok adventure!
- Location: It’s literally just in front of the BTS National Stadium Station and is just across the famous MBK shopping mall, and is just a walk away from Siam Paragon.
- Rate: 404 THB / bed / pax
Other Essential Information:
- Currency: The currency used in Bangkok is Thai Baht (THB ; ฿.) Average conversion to peso (as of this writing) is at 1.6PHP per 1THB.
- Money Exchange: There are several money exchange shop available all around the city, even in the airports (trust me, there’s a lot!!) However, most of them have poor rates. What I most recommend is the SuperRich Thailand money exchange shop. It has the best rates, based on my research, and is located in the city.
- Mode of payment: Shops in Bangkok usually accept cash as payment. But there are restaurants and hotels that still accept credit cards though.
- Language: English language isn’t that widely used in Bangkok. Most locals might struggle to communicate with you in English. Nevertheless, they are still very willing to help you with your needs.
- Clothes: In Bangkok, basically, you can wear pretty much whatever you want. But there’s obviously an exception in their temples. There is no dress code around the city. Bangkok is dominated by a tropical monsoon season. Meaning, it has 3 seasons–hot season from March to June; rainy season from July to October; cold season from November to February. Hence, base your clothing on the time of your visit. Wear light clothes during the hot season and wear warm clothes during the cold season. Additionally, if you are planning to visit the temples, make sure you are in a decent attire–no tank tops, shorts, or anything revealing.
- Food: Thai Food is generally spicy.
- Electricity: 220V; Socket Type: Two flat or two round pronged type.
- Buy a 4G Sim Card to stay connected:
- High speed 4G internet free for 8 days.
- Google Maps: This has been my ultimate travel buddy during my trip in Bangkok. I consider this as my “how to get there-buddy,” as it provides me with routes and walking trails towards my destination.
- Google Translate App: This will totally help you communicate with the locals.
- Always bring your passport with you
- For safety purposes, as well as for you to also be ready to present it whenever a Police Officer or a Government Official demands it.
Money Saving Tips:
- Stay in Hostels / Guesthouses
- Hostels in Bangkok can get really cheap–for as low as 150 PHP per night! Not only will you save a lot of money, but there’s also a high chance for you to meet new friends!
- Haggle to the max!
- Haggling is very common in the country of Thailand, especially in Bangkok City. A lot of you may think that this is quite embarrassing, but hey, vendors actually enjoy playing bargains with customers.
- Most probably, vendors may give you a higher/ inflated price if they see that you are a tourist. Thus, this is the ideal time to haggle!
- Eat like a local
- Avoid western food as it is quite expensive compared to Thailand’s local food–probably triple the price. Instead, be open to explore local food and find out how its price is way less than what you expect!
- Use Public Transportation
- Navigating around the city may seem chaotic and complicated. But when you get a hang of it, it’s going to be simple and easy for you. What I primarily suggest is for you to familiarize yourself with the train system in Bangkok City, and don’t be afraid to ask the locals for directions.
Things to Avoid:
- SCAMS (on streets, tourist spots, etc.)
- Never trust a stranger easily. Expect strangers to randomly approach you and offer their help and/or give you information that will lead you to be ripped off. (Read more: 21 Most Common Scams in Thailand)
- Wearing Revealing Clothes (e.g. Tank Tops, Shorts) when visiting Temples.
- This is also a sign of respect for the locals and their religion.
- Sketchy Street Foods
- Local food may seem appetizing especially those on the sides of the street. Well, I have to agree, most of them are really yummy! But you also have to be careful as it may harm your health. Thus, go for the ones that are visibly more hygienic and safer to eat. The last thing you want during your trip is a stomachache.
- Taxi Scams
- Taxi drivers tend to charge a higher price than the usual upon noticing that you are a tourist. Hence, always demand a “taxi meter” rate.
- Tuk- Tuks when Unnecessary
- Tuk tuk rides might look inviting. But as much as possible, avoid them since there is also a high chance that they will charge you a foreigner rate!
3D/ 2N Itinerary
Please do take note that this is only a suggested itinerary which is based on my personal experience and research. I actually spent 10 days in Bangkok and went to a lot of attractions and random places. However, above all the places I visited, I only condensed the best and worthy ones into 3 full days.
Day 1: Temple Hopping
To start off our Bangkok adventure, we embraced a day exploring most of the top temples visited in this city: The Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun. All these three are such splendid places where dazzling and remarkable architecture with baroque details can be found. The Grand Palace, which is considered as Bangkok’s most famous landmark offers golden, white and deep red aesthetics all around. It is a huge area where it is divided into four main courts, separated by numerous walls and gates: the Outer Court, the Middle Court, the Inner Court and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. While in Wat Pho, a larger-than-life golden reclining Buddha statue can be witnessed, which signifies the entry of Buddha into Nirvana and the end of all reincarnations. When as for the Wat Arun, the central prang (Khmer-style tower) which is encrusted with colourful porcelain can be seen. This prang has three symbolic levels: all realms of existence, all desires are gratified and the six heavens within seven realms of happiness. This tour indeed is rich in history, culture, and beauty.
- The Grand Palace: 8:30AM-3:30PM
- Wat Pho: 8:00AM – 5:00PM
- Wat Arun: 8:00AM – 6:30PM
- The Grand Palace: 500 THB
- Wat Pho: 100 THB
- Wat Arun: 50 THB
How to get there?
- To The Grand Palace and Wat Pho: Ride the BTS to Saphan Taksin Station (BTS Silom Line), go to the Exit 2, and proceed to the boat terminal. Buy a ticket and board a Chao Phraya Express Boat. Drop off at the following pier:
- To The Grand Palace: Tha Chang Pier (No. 9), then the temple is already just a walk away from here.
- To Wat Pho: Tha Thien pier (N8), then the temple is already just a walk away from here. (You can also walk from The Grand Palace to Wat Pho)
- To Wat Arun: Tha Thien pier (N8), then ride a smaller boat across the pier.
- Transportation Expenses:
- BTS Fare (RT to Saphan Taksin Station): 128 PHP (80 THB)
- Boat Fare (RT to Ta Chang Pier): 128 PHP (80 THB)
- Small Boat (RT): 9.6 PHP (6 THB)
- Dress Code is strictly implemented: Men and women must be fully covered, touring barefoot is not allowed.
- Entrance Fees: 1040 PHP (650 THB)
- Transportation: 266 PHP (166 THB)
- Food: 288 PHP ( 180 THB )
- TOTAL: 1594 PHP
Day 2: The Erawan Museum & Ancient Siam
Another day to learn more about Thailand’s culture and history. We went to Ancient Siam, one of the largest outdoor museums in the world, where we witnessed replicas and reconstructions of Thailand’s historically significant structures such as old palaces, notable temples, and shrines. It was as if we were transported back in time and toured the country of Thailand. Afterwards, we explored Erawan Museum, an elephant-shaped architecture which is rich in Eastern iconography. The details of every corner put into design is amazing. I was totally dazzled by its exterior. We were able to see a wide variety of interesting collections of local heritage, customs, and craftsmanship owned by Khun Lek Viriyapant.
- Erawan Museum: 8:00am-5:00pm daily
- Ancient Siam: 9:00am-7:00pm daily
- Erawan Museum: 480 PHP (300 THB)
- Ancient Siam: 9AM- 4PM: 1120 PHP (700 THB); 4PM – 7PM: 560PHP (350 THB)
- My personal recommendation: Discounted Entrance Ticket: 1285PHP
- Inclusive of:
- Admission ticket for Ancient Siam Entry & Erawan Museum
- Audio guide (English, Mandarin and Thai)
- Tram tour around the Ancient City
- A flower, incense sticks and small square of gold leaf
- Audio Commentary in English, Mandarin, Thai, Korean and Russian
- Inclusive of:
How to get there?
- Erawan Museum
- Address: 99/9 Moo 1 Bangmuangmai, Samut Prakan, Bangkok 10270, Thailand
- From the BTS Skytrain On Nut Station, take a taxi to the museum
- Ancient Siam
- Address: 296/1 Sukhumvit Road, Bangpoo, Samut Prakan 10280, Thailand
- Getting there might be a bit difficult. Commuting is very complicated. Hence, if you’re a first time tourist, I highly suggest you to ride a taxi instead.
- The park also offers pick-up services from BTS Skytrain Bearing Station at around 11AM. It also provides drop-off services to the station which departs at 3PM from the park.
- See the map and directions for your guidance
- Klook Tour: 1285 PHP
- RT Transportation: 664 PHP (415 THB)
- Food: 336 PHP (210 THB)
- TOTAL: 2285 PHP
Day 3: Instagrammable Museums
The vain girl inside me is the most satisfied during this day! We went museum hopping and explored the most photogenic spots in downtown Bangkok! We started this adventure in one of the largest aquaria in the world, SEA Life Bangkok. This huge water world consists over 400 aquatic species and 30,000 sea creatures on display! From unique fishes to dangerous sharks, all tourists at all ages will definitely get entertained and educated as well. Just across Siam Paragon where SEA Life Bangkok is located, is the Siam Discovery, where another museum is located–Madam Tussaudes! Personally speaking, this is the museum I enjoyed the most above all. It’s a museum with hundreds of wax figures representing international celebrities. It was as if I bonded with them personally!! Next place to explore is the Line Village, which is also just across Siam Discovery. This indoor attraction is the cutest! It has 23 colorful themed rooms with adorable life-sized characters that you can take photos with! Napakacute, sobra! We ended our museum adventure in the Art in Paradise–a fully interactive optical illusion gallery where you can touch, climb, pose, and take photos with all the paintings. Guys, these places aren’t just for kids! Adults, like us, can also get sucked into hours of fun too–JUST LIKE WE HAD.
To cap off the night, we had our dinner in Ratchada Train Market, which is one of the most known markets in Bangkok. If you’re up to hunt for cheap, authentic and delicious Thai food, this place is perfect. Not only does it offers a wide variety of food, but also has fashion shops that are reasonable in price. Moreover, this market isn’t just known for its quantity of goods sold, but is also known for its exterior. Vibrant colors of tents are everywhere! Do take note that the market is only open on Thursdays to Sundays, from 5pm until past midnight.
- Sea Life Bangkok: 10:00am- 8:00pm
- Madam Tussaudes: 10:00am- 8:00pm
- LINE Village Bangkok : 10:00am- 10:00pm
- Art in Paradise: 10:00am- 10:00pm
- Ratchada Train Market: 5PM- past midnight; Thursdays to Sundays ONLY.
Entrance Fees (click links for discounted tickets):
- Sea Life Bangkok: 965 PHP
- Madam Tussauds: 965 PHP
- Recommended Ticket: Sea Life Bangkok+ Madame Tussauds: 1528 PHP (Save 400PHP)
- LINE Village Bangkok : 1400 PHP
- Art in Paradise: 483 PHP
- Ratchada Train Market: FREE
How to get there?
- The following places are just walking distance from BTS Siam:
- Sea Life Bangkok: B1-B2 Floor, Siam Paragon Mall
- Madam Tussauds: Siam Discovery, 6th Floor
- Line Village Bangkok: Siam Square One Building
- To Art in Paradise: From BTS Siam, ride the BTS train and drop off BTS Sukhumvit (20 THB). Then, switch to the MRT Line, and drop off Thailand Cultural Centre Station (20 THB.) Head to Esplanade Shopping Mall, 4th Floor.
- To Ratchada Train Market: This market is just beside the MRT Thailand Cultural Centre.
- Entrance Fees: 3411 PHP
- RT Transportation: 128 PHP (80 THB)
- Food: 240 PHP (150 THB)
- TOTAL: 3779 PHP
Other Things to See and Do
Bangkok is a city of everything. Thus, spending 4 days in this city is definitely not enough. However, I understand how other travelers have finite time and budget which makes their stay in Bangkok limited. But then, if you have the advantage and opportunity to explore more of this city, please do so. Bangkok is such an amazing city. Here are some of my suggested places to visit and activities to try in addition to the itinerary above:
- Floating Market– Of all the markets Bangkok has, floating markets are one of the most unique and extraordinary. You can find old boats roaming around the river, selling colorful good and eats. Most recommended floating markets are Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi, and Taling Chan Weekend Floating Market in Bangkok.
- Discounted Day Tours: Thailand Floating Markets Day Tour
- Cartoon Network Amazone- 2 hours away from Bangkok lies the happiest waterpark in Thailand! The place is huge containing over 150 thrilling slides and attractions in 10 themed zones! This is also the perfect place to meet your favorite Cartoon Network character.
- Book your tickets here: H E R E
- Cartoon Network Amazone Guide: Cartoon Network Amazone for the Ultimate Kids at Heart
- Muay Thai Live Show– witness Thailand’s combat sport on stage!!
- Discounted Ticket: Muay Thai Live: The Legend Lives Ticket
- Thai Cooking Class– Thai food is delicious and are actually easy to cook, so what about spending half of your day learning how to make authentic Thai food. Most cooking classes also offer a tour in an open market where tourists can handpick their own fresh ingredients for their dishes.
- Discounted Fee: Sompong Thai Cooking Class
- Thai Massage– satisfying yourself with an authentic Thai massage is one of the essential things to do in Bangkok.
- Discounted Fee: Let’s Relax Spa Treatments
- And of course, on top of everything, don’t forget to make friends! Who knows, they have unique adventures that they can let you experience like no other 😉 (Hi Maggie, Oum and James!!! )
- Day 1: 1594 PHP
- Day 2: 2285 PHP
- Day 3: 3779 PHP
- Accommodation (2 nights at Lub d Hostel, Siam Square): 404 THB x 2 = 808 THB (1292 PHP)
- 4G Sim Card : 240 PHP
- RT Transportation to/from Airport: (ARL) Ticket: 150PHP
- TOTAL: 9340 PHP
This trip is made possible by Philippine Airlines and Tourism Thailand PH.
**Most of the images above were provided by Me-An Clemente.
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