Bangkok Travel Itinerary: day 1/7.

Planning your first trip to SEAsia? Most likely you will start with Thailand and fly into Bangkok. And even if it is not your first trip in the region, a lot of people choose to fly to Bangkok and start their travels from there. But even though it was the second most visited city in the world in 2019, a lot a people consider 2-3 days to be more than enough to get a taste. I read a lot of blogs and watched a ton of youtube videos before my trip to Thailand, and a lot of people where not impressed with Bangkok, but after going there I had no idea why. To this day I can easily say that it is one of the most amazing cities in the world. So as you probably guessed from the title I am going to share with you a 7 days itinerary for Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit (sorry, this is the full ceremonial name of Bangkok. What a fun fact!)

So let’s start from the beginning: Where will I sleep?

A lot of people don’t realise that Bangkok is HUGE. Also every neighborhood has it’s own vibe, one minute you can be in a slum, and the next minute you can be surrounded by skyscrapers. So you need to know what you are looking for. Wanna have fun? Go to Khao San area! Want something fancy? You can find loads of 5* hotels along Chao Praya river. Looking for a western atmosphere and rooftop bars? Sukhumvit is for you. Anyways, there are a lot more options, but I am cheap and I love having fun and meeting people so I choose the Khao San area. I stayed in hostel I really enjoyed, which I can not find on booking.com any more, but you can still book a bed on agoda.com. It is called Mint Hostel, and it is situated really close to Khao San Road but on a quiet street, so you get the best of both worlds… and I only payed 3€ per night (with breakfast included, haha). If you are not impessed yet, let me tell you that there is a restaurant on the same street that serves local food for only 50 bath ( 1,40€), two 7/11 a few hundred meters away and it has a beautiful hangout area downstairs.

Mint hostel, picture from their Agoda.com page.

Now that you have a place to leave you baggage and to lay your head to rest, it is time to explore! But wait, I forgot something, you most likely are jetlagged or tierd from traveling, after all it is only your first day, you can take it easy. So I can not stress this enough: GO FOR A THAI MASSAGE! There is nothing better after a day of traveling than a relaxing massage, and thai massage is simply the best massage. In the Khao San area you will pay around 150 bath(4,20 euro) for a half an hour massage and 250 bath (7 euro )for an hour. I can not recommend a specific place, but it is full of them and they all are amazing, so just go to the first one you fancy.

Now that you are relaxed and those muscles are no longer stiff it’s time to immerse yourself in the local cuisine, and oh boy you have many options. From the 50 bath Pad Thai and Thai Red Curry on Prachathipatai Rd, to all the BBQ soy and honey chicken, burned scorpions and bugs and the infamous Durian, you can find just about anything by walking around the Khao San area. So pick and choose what you like, because Bangkok is the place to discover that thai flavours.

After that relaxing massage and that great meal it is finally time to explore the area. And Bangkok would not be Bangkok without all the temples. For your first day I would go to the closest one, so I recommend Wat Bowonniwetwiharn Ratchaworawiharn ( of coruse I copy-pasted that name, in case you were wondering). The temple is the resting place of two former kings, Rama IV and Rama IX and it has a golden stupa. It is not the most mindblowing temple you are going o visit, but it is a very good begining.

The beautiful golden stupa of Wat Bowonniwetwiharn Ratchaworawiharn

Just outiside the temple you are going to find Banglamphu Market, where if you enjoy shopping and bargaining you can spend a good few hours. But even if you are not a big fan of that you still have to go and check out the atmosphere and get that elephant backpacker pants ( they are a must!!!).

So you had a pretty full day so far, let’s end it right, heading to Khao San road around sunset. First I went there during the day and it looked like any average party street/ tourist trap kinda place. And I am not going to say that it changes a lot during the night, it is still a party street/ tourist trap but IT IS CRAZY. So if you wanna sip a few cocktails at sunset it can be a nice place, but also if you feel like getting wild, you can totally do that after sunset. The most annoying thing about it is the constant influx of people that want to sell you crap you would only buy if you are wasted. ( I am not judging, after all I did buy and eat a scorpion). But yeah, if you still tierd for a night out, just grab a few beers from 7/11, go to the hostel and make some friends to share you adventures with.

To end this kind of post I decided to give the Tips& Tricks of the Day. So each new day we learn something, and after a few days in Bangkok I learned something I wish I knew from day one. Never, and i mean NEVER, trust a Tuk Tuk driver. If you wanna take one, that is completely fine if you get a good price, but if they offer to give you any info or if you wanna ask them how to get somewhere, be sure that they will lie to you to get you in the Tuk Tuk.

22 Replies to “Bangkok Travel Itinerary: day 1/7.”

    1. You should totally do it! If have the time I would spend at least 1 month, because if you spend just two weeks you have to choose between going north or south to the islands, and both are so beautiful.

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  1. Yup, Bangkok is one crazy place but also one of the best places to travel to. Bangkok is so in your face, all the time isn’t it? As you said, Khao San road is insane, the traffic is horrendous and it’s just so vibrant all of the time! I cannot agree more about getting a Thai massage. It’s so cheap. Get one everyday!

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  2. I absolutely LOVED Bangkok. I agree, I cannot understand why anyone would not like the city, it’s incredible. I had only been to one other country before visiting there, and I thought it was absolutely amazing. As you described, the mix of history with grittiness was such a thrill to the senses. I remember feeling like the two should not exist together, but do! I agree, a massage after a long flight is a must! I did this as soon as I got to my hotel late at night on Khao San Road. I remember that my asthma was acting up badly. After my massage, my lungs felt so clear. The massage therapists there are truly healers. Great post, it makes me want to go back in the worst way!

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  3. I love your pictures girl! They are so vintage!!!!
    Another thing we have in common: I am also very cheap and that has always given me the best adventures!
    I’ve never been to Thailand, I’ve always wanted to go and now even more after your post!

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  4. I could use a Thai massage right now! Great suggestions on exploring Bangkok and thank you for the advice on Tuk Tuks I think that is something every traveler wants to do, but yes beware! I don’t think I’ll be going to Bangkok anytime soon, but love the article.

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  5. Bangkok is like a second home to me – I love visiting and travelling through on the way to Europe. It is so affordable and the local cuisine is definitely a firm favourite of mine. I usually stay around Sukhumvit. The Mint Hostel looks a great place to stay and so affordable as well.

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  6. I had only 24 hours in Bangkok during my transit time and could see only few major spots only. But your travel itinerary of 7 days looks very comprehensive and detailed. It is good you have alerted us about Khao San road which looks like a tourist trap kinda place. Your stay at Mint hostel looks great.

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  7. I still haven’t visited Thailand and I hope to go as soon as we are able to travel again. Bangkok is a must on our Thailand trip. I assume it so exotic and vibrant city with lot to see, and affordable too. And of course, so different from rest of the country. Good tip for the TukTuk.

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  8. I learned the hard way by listening to a Tuk Tuk driver. I ended up way out of the way and with it being my first visit to Thailand, it was nerve wracking to say the least. I do agree with you on getting a Thai massage after landing. It has been a ritual almost everywhere I travel, especially internationally

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