4 Days in Bangkok: The Ultimate 4 Day Bangkok Itinerary

Bangkok is a vibrant, chaotic city in the heart of Thailand that everyone seems to have a love or hate relationship with. It’s a really great starting point for a Southeast Asian trip or a beach vacation in Thailand so if you’re planning to travel around the area it’s worth setting aside a few days for Bangkok as well.

Spending 4 days in Bangkok will give you the chance to visit the best places in the city and this 4 day Bangkok itinerary will show you how you can make the best of your time!

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Useful Info for Visiting Bangkok

Before we go over all the fabulous things to do in Bangkok in 4 days, let’s talk about some practical details for your trip to the Thai capital. 

How to get to Bangkok

By plane

If you’re traveling from overseas, you will probably arrive at one of Bangkok’s two airports.

Suvarnabhumi (BKK) is the youngest, largest, and most developed airport. This is where you’ll probably fly if you’re traveling from Europe or the US. Situated in the southeast corner of the city, it’s around 30 minutes by taxi to downtown Bangkok.

Don Muang (DMK) is an older airport and serves low-cost airlines such as AirAsia and typically serves domestic and regional flights. It’s located in the north of the city and again takes approximately 30 minutes by taxi to reach downtown Bangkok. Or you can save your cash and hop on the metro or bus. 

By train

If you are already in Thailand then you could always take the scenic route and travel by train to Bangkok.

The main railway station, Hua Lamphong Station, is located centrally in town within the Pathum Wan District. You can connect to Bangkok from the likes of Chiang Mai, Chumphon, and Surat Thani. Trains in Thailand are as comfortable as you are willing to pay – prices vary based on the length of the route and which class you take. Definitely book at least a week in advance during high season as trains get very busy.

By bus

Alternatively, you can take the bus to Bangkok. Bus routes connect Bangkok with all major Thai cities and the southern islands. This is a quick, cost-effective way to travel around the country especially if you opt for night buses.

Thai roads are in excellent condition so while you won’t get the best night’s sleep, it really could be a lot worse. You can book bus tickets at bus stations, via your accommodation or online. You can also travel to Bangkok from neighboring Southeast Asian countries if you’re already traveling in the region.

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Best time to visit Bangkok

One important thing to know about Bangkok is that whatever time of year you visit, it won’t dip below 25°C (77 °F)! 

Thailand has two seasons, dry season and monsoon season (or ‘green’ season). Monsoon season starts late May/early June and runs to mid-October. During these months, Bangkok can be lashed with rain on a daily basis. Luckily, it will often only rain for an hour or so and shouldn’t interfere too much with your sightseeing.

The dry season sees temperatures skirt around the high 20°C (around 86°F) with December, January, and February being the busiest months for tourism. 

If you want agreeable weather and fewer crowds, plan your 4 days in Bangkok for the shoulder season of March/April or November.

View of the Bangkok skyline at night from the infinity pool at the Okura Prestige Bangkok

How to get around Bangkok

As a major, metropolitan city, Bangkok has a fantastic public transport system in place. This will enable you to see the best of Bangkok in 4 days without worrying too much about how to get from A to B.

Taxi

I recommend you start your 4 day Bangkok itinerary by investing in a Thai SIM card and downloading the local rideshare app, Grab. This way you don’t need to worry about negotiating your fares or overpaying. Fees vary based on the journey but expect anything from 60 THB (2 USD) for short rides to 500 THB (17 USD) for longer rides across town. You can also hail motorbike taxis which are cheaper, faster, and practical if you’re exploring Bangkok solo. 

Tuk Tuk

This is your most adventurous option of getting around Bangkok but you’ll need your wits about you! If you fancy being jostled around the streets of Bangkok, make sure you agree on the price before your driver sets off. It’s fine to barter and haggle – in fact, you could use the price Grab suggests as your asking price. But expect the tuk tuk ride to still come out a little higher as you’re paying for the novelty as much as the transport.  

Tuk tuk in Bangkok

Boat

An exhilarating way to get around Bangkok is via boat! There are piers dotted about all along the length of the Chao Phraya that take you across the river to the opposite bank as well as along the length of the waterway. 

The Chao Phraya Express Boat is used by locals and commuters as well as tourists and operates 5 different lines depending on where you want to go. Only the Orange Line runs 7 days a week, and the flat fare is 15 THB (0.50 USD).

BTS Skytrain

One of the most efficient ways to zip around the city during your one day in Bangkok is via the Skytrain. This elevated rapid transport system connects much of the city. Fees vary from 16 to 44 THB (0.50 – 1.50 USD) depending on the distance traveled. A one-day pass costs 140 THB (roughly 4.60 USD). Hours are roughly 5.15am – 12.50am depending on where you need to go.

Bangkok MRT

Where the Skytrain doesn’t go, the MRT has you covered. The Bangkok metro has two lines (Blue and Purple) connecting the city and prices are similar to the Skytrain. Hours of operation are 6am – 12am. 

Bus

Bangkok has a great bus system in place and you can generally find up-to-date information via Google Maps. Fees vary from 7 THB (0.20 USD) for those without air-con to 24 THB (0.80 USD) for modern buses with air conditioning. Generally speaking, the fee is calculated by the distance and you can pay in cash on the bus. Buses operate between 5am – 11pm, with some routes running for 24 hours per day. 

Busy street in Bangkok, Thailand

Where to Stay in Bangkok

Bangkok is a huge city that offers thousands of hotels and places to stay at. It can even be a bit overwhelming to choose from all the options at first but don’t worry, I’m here to help you out!

Almost all the best hotels are located in the Riverside area, while the Khao San area is really popular amongst backpackers due to the number of cheaper accommodations. If you like shopping or you would like to be close to the BTS SkyTrain, the Siam Square or the Sukhumvit area can be a good choice as well when thinking about some of the best places to stay in Bangkok.

Below you can find my top picks for staying in Bangkok for every budget. Do you want to make your stay in Bangkok even more memorable? Then make sure to check out my article about the best Bangkok hotels with infinity pool!

The Okura Prestige Bangkok
Photo credit: The Okura Prestige Bangkok via Booking.com

LUXURY – The Okura Prestige Bangkok

Located right next to Ploenchit BTS Skytrain Station, this five-star property offers stylish rooms with free Wi-Fi and breathtaking views of the city. It really isone of the best places to stay in Bangkok. So, if you want to read more about this hotel, check out my complete review of The Okura Prestige Bangkok.

Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn
Photo credit: Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn via Booking.com

MID-RANGE – Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn

The luxurious Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn is connected to Surasak BTS Skytrain Station via the hotel’s own Sky Bridge. The hotel features an outdoor infinity-edge pool. A well-equipped fitness centre and 3 dining options are available.

Prime Hotel Central Station Bangkok
Photo credit: Prime Hotel Central Station Bangkok via Booking.com

BUDGET – Prime Hotel Central Station Bangkok

Prime Hotel Central Station Bangkok offers modern air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi in all areas. Rooms are fitted with a flat-screen cable TV, safety deposit box and electric kettle. The four-star hotel also features spa and fitness centre.

Is it Enough to Spend 4 Days in Bangkok?

Bangkok is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Thailand. While you could spend several weeks in the city without getting bored, spending 4 days in Bangkok is the optimal amount of time if you want to see the best of the city and explore the nearby area a bit. Many people only have a short layover in Bangkok and often have just one day to explore the Thai capital. While you can see a lot in just 24 hours in Bangkok, I think it’s not enough to truly experience the vibe of the city.

If you follow this 4 day Bangkok itinerary you will be able to see the best temples and historical sites in the city, visit the most unique markets, go for a little shopping in the huge malls, try the best Thai foods, and experience some of the best things to do in Bangkok at night (if that’s your thing). So let’s dive right into the details, shall we?

Golden stupas at Wat Pho in Bangkok

Overview of Your 4 Days in Bangkok

The section below includes an overview of your 4 day Bangkok itinerary with all the best highlights that I recommend visiting during each day of your trip. While I’ve included some of the more touristy attractions that you have to see at least once in Bangkok, I’ve also included a few of the more off-the-beaten-path locations as well.

Breakdown of your 4 day Bangkok itinerary

DAY 1 – The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, The Sixth or Elefin Coffee, Wat Arun, Khao San Road

DAY 2 – Bangkok National Museum, Loha Prasat and Wat Ratchanatdaram, Wat Saket, Wat Benchamabophit, Chatuchak Weekend Market or Talad Rot Fai Night Market

DAY 3 – Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Maeklong Railway Market, Siam Paragon or ICONSIAM, Unicorn Cafe

DAY 4 – Ancient Siam, Rooftop bar (Octave, Sky Bar Bangkok or Vertigo)

Map for your 4 Days in Bangkok

Below you can find a customized map that includes all the locations you’re going to visit on this Bangkok itinerary. I marked your 4 days in Bangkok with different colors – I used magenta for the first, yellow for the second, green for the third, and red for the fourth day, so you can easily see which places you’re going to visit each day.

If you open up this post on your phone and you click on the bracket in the upper right corner of the map, it will open up in your Google Maps app so you can always have it with you. Super convenient, right?

Day 1 of Your 4 Day Bangkok Itinerary

The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

The Grand Palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bangkok and while you can read many debates on whether it’s worth visiting or not, I would still suggest including it in your 4 day Bangkok itinerary. The palace complex was built in 1782 and it consists of not only a palace but several government offices and temples as well, including one of the most important religious sites in Thailand, the Wat Phra Kaew – or otherwise known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Temples in the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

Entrance fee and opening times

Although access to the Palace is free for Thai people, as a foreigner you need to pay 500 baht (15 USD) per person for a ticket which includes entrance to the Wat Phra Kaew and the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textile as well. It might seem a little expensive but trust me, the architecture of this place is simply stunning and seeing it with your own eyes is worth every penny.

The Grand Palace is open between 8.30am – 3.30pm and since it gets crazily crowded during the day, I strongly advise you to schedule your visit around the opening time. I don’t want to give you false hope as you won’t find empty grounds early in the morning either, but being there for opening time will not only save you from the massive crowd but from the scorching midday heat as well.

Look out for scams

And while this is one of the best things to do in Bangkok, please be cautious. If anyone approaches you saying the Grand Palace is closed, simply do not believe them and walk away.

It’s one of the biggest tourist scams in Bangkok, even tuk tuk or taxi drivers sometimes try to steer tourists to other places like gem or tailor shops where they get a commission if you buy something.

It can actually happen anywhere in Bangkok, not just at the Grand Palace so always keep your eyes open and see for yourself if a place is really closed or not.

Golden statue in the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

Dress code

Be aware that the dress code is very strict and if you are not dressed appropriately, you won’t be allowed to enter the palace. You need to cover both your knees and shoulders and you can’t wear any tight clothes such as jeans or bike pants. So definitely be aware of his before you visit. Otherwise, you might miss out on one of the many fun things to do in Bangkok.

As a woman, it’s best to wear a long-sleeved, loose-fitting maxi dress that covers your entire body. I’ve heard some people complaining that they were not allowed to enter wearing flip-flops or sandals, but personally I didn’t have any problem with my sandals. That being said, it’s worth having a pair of socks or sneakers inside your bag, just in case.

Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

Wat Pho is the oldest and largest temple complex in Bangkok and since it’s just a short 10-minute walk from the Grand Palace, it’s worth visiting both attractions on the same day. Although this temple gets crowded during the day as well, it’s nothing compared to the palace – that’s why I recommend visiting the Grand Palace first, and the Wat Pho second.

The temple boasts the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand along with the famous, 46 meters (150 ft) long and 15 meters (50ft) tall reclining Buddha. The enormous Buddha image is covered in gold leaf and its 5 meters (16 ft) long feet are decorated with mother-of-pearl ornaments. It looks absolutely breathtaking in real life and this is why this is just one of the many amazing things to do in Bangkok in 4 days.

Buddha statues at Wat Pho in Bangkok

Although the reclining Buddha is definitely the most famous part of Wat Pho, it’s worth taking a walk around the garden as well where you will find plenty of Chinese statues and beautifully decorated stupas. If you would like to try a traditional Thai massage, Wat Pho is a perfect place for that as it contains one of the best massage schools in the country. In this case, you should book your spot when entering Wat Pho – a 30-minute session costs 320 baht (10 USD) while the 1-hour long treatment is 540 baht (17 USD).

Wat Pho is open between 8am – 6.30pm every day and the entrance ticket costs 200 baht (6 USD) per person. Since it’s also a religious site, you need to dress properly by covering your knees and shoulders and wearing loose-fitted clothes.

Beautifully decorated stupas at the Wat Pho in Bangkok

Lunch break

If you follow the exact steps in this 4 day Bangkok itinerary, you should be able to visit the Grand Palace and Wat Pho in the morning. By the time you finish at Wat Pho chances are you will be already hungry. In this case, you can include a small lunch break before going to the next temple! Because yes, there will be a lot of temple visits during your 4 days in Bangkok.

There are many restaurants around Wat Pho, I recommend using Tripadvisor to find the best places to eat in Bangkok. One of the most popular restaurants in the area is The Sixth and based on the reviews you can’t go wrong with it. Unfortunately, it’s closed on Sundays and since we visited on a Sunday we stopped at Elefin Coffee instead. It was a really nice place with good food and great coffee so I can absolutely recommend it.

Alternatively, if you really want to save some time, you can quickly grab some street food from one of the stalls on the streets.

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

If it’s your first time in Bangkok, you will absolutely love this temple. Wat Arun is one of the most interesting temples in Bangkok due to its unique and majestic design. It’s located on the opposite side of the Chao Phraya river so if you’re planning to visit it after Wat Pho, you need to catch a boat to cross the river.

For that, you need to head over to the Tha Tien Pier where you can buy a ticket for the riverboat for 3 baht (0.09 USD) per person. The boats don’t have a fixed timetable but they run frequently so you don’t need to worry about the timing. Since the Wat Arun is almost directly opposite Wat Pho, it only takes like 5 minutes for the boat to arrive.

Wat Arun on the other side of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok

Wat Arun is composed of beautifully decorated spires reaching to the sky. The 82-meter (270 ft) high central tower is accessible via stairs and if you decide to climb up, you can get one of the best views in Bangkok and the river. Although Wat Arun looks absolutely breathtaking from the distance as well, seeing the tiny pieces of colored glass and Chinese porcelain on the spires at close range will leave you speechless.

The temple is open between 8am – 5.30pm every day, you need to pay 50 baht (1.5 USD) per person for the entrance ticket. Just like at the other temples, you need to cover your knees and shoulders before entering and you are not allowed to wear any tight or transparent clothes. And if you do not wear appropriate attire, you will miss out on one of the most amazing places to go in Bangkok.

The beautiful middle tower at Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand

Khao San Road

Enough temple hopping for the day, it’s time to have some fun! Since you won’t visit any more temples this day, you can ditch the long-sleeved shirts and maxi skirts and change to something more casual if you want.

Your last stop for the day will be the Khao San Road which is widely famous among backpackers and hippies. The street is packed with shops, street food stalls, bars, and restaurants so it’s the perfect place to try some of the best street foods in Bangkok and unwind a little with a few beers or cocktails.

Khao San Road is also famous for the lively and vibrant nightlife. So if you’re looking for a great party and some of the best things to do in Bangkok at night, then you will definitely find it there.

The famous Khao San Road in Bangkok

Day 2 of Your 4 Day Bangkok Itinerary

Bangkok National Museum

Start off day 2 of your 4 days in Bangkok at the Bangkok National Museum. It displays the largest collection of local art and artifacts in the country so if you would like to know more about the Thai culture, it’s a must visit on your 4 day Bangkok itinerary. There are 12 halls inside the museum, showcasing items from the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya eras through to the modern Thai Kingdom.

The museum is open between 9am – 4pm from Wednesday to Sunday and the entrance fee is 200 baht (6.2 USD) per person. If you’re not that into museums or you partied hard last night, feel free to skip the national museum and continue to the next stop to discover more fun things to do in Bangkok.

Loha Prasat and Wat Ratchanatdaram

Loha Prasat is one of the best hidden gems in Bangkok. It’s not so popular among tourists but if you have at least 4 days in Bangkok, it’s worth putting it on your itinerary. The majestic golden temple was built in 1846 and consists of 37 metal spires that represent the 37 virtues towards enlightenment.

It’s located right next to Wat Ratchanatdaram so it’s easy to visit both temples at once. There is no admission fee to enter the temples but a small donation is required if you would like to go up to the roof of Loha Prasat. You can get a great panoramic view over the city from the roof so it’s definitely worth going up there to get one of the best views in Bangkok.

View from the Loha Prasat in Bangkok

Wat Saket (The Golden Mount)

The Golden Mount (officially knows as Wat Saket) is located right next to Loha Prasat so you can easily walk from one place to another. The shrine is located on top of a 80-meter (262 ft) tall man-made hill and you need to climb 300 steps if you want to go up there. Wat Saket is open from 9am to 5pm every day and a ticket costs 50 baht (1.5 USD) per person.

The Golden Mount (Wat Saket) temple in Bangkok

Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple)

The last temple for today will be the Wat Benchamabophit. Otherwise known as the Marble Temple, this gorgeous temple is located a bit out of the city centre therefore it’s much calmer and quieter than the other temples in Bangkok. It’s only a 5-minute drive from the Golden Mount so I recommend taking a taxi or ordering a Grab, it doesn’t worth wasting your time with public transportation.

Wat Benchamabophit is made of Italian carrara marble and looks absolutely majestic. If the temple looks familiar to you, it’s not a coincidence as its image is featured on the 5 bath coin. You can visit this masterpiece every day between 8am and 5.30pm, an entrance ticket costs 20 baht (0.6 USD) per person.

Wat Benchamabophit, the Marble Temple in Bangkok

Chatuchak Weekend Market / Talad Rot Fai Night Market

No Bangkok itinerary would be complete without visiting one of the famous night markets in Bangkok. If you’re spending 4 days in Bangkok, chances are you will be there on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. In this case, I would recommend visiting the Chatuchak Weekend Market which is the biggest open-air market in the world and one of the best things to do in Bangkok at night.

There are more than 15,000 stalls in the market and you will find basically anything there. Clothes, accessories, jewelry, books, plants, pets, home decorations, furniture – you name it. The easiest option to get there is to take a taxi or order a Grab but you can also take the SkyTrain and get off at the Mo Chit BTS Station. The market is open from 6pm until midnight on Friday and between 9am – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok
Goods at the Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok

If your 4 day Bangkok itinerary happens to fall from Monday to Thursday, unfortunately, you will not have a chance to visit the Chatuchak Market. In this case, I recommend visiting the Talad Rot Fai Night Market which is also really popular among tourists. It’s open every day from 6pm until midnight and since it’s located close to the Thailand Cultural Centre MRT station it’s quite easy to get there.

Talad Rot Fai Night Market in Bangkok
Talad Rot Fai Night Market

Day 3 of Your 4 Day Bangkok Itinerary

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Can you believe it’s already the third day from your 4 day Bangkok itinerary? Crazy, huh? Today it’s time to venture out of the city a little bit and visit two of the most unique markets around Bangkok: the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the Maeklong Railway Market.

If you have your own scooter and you are not afraid of the crazy Bangkok traffic you can enjoy one of the most fun things to do in Bangkok on your own as well. However, the markets are located quite far away from Bangkok – you need to drive around 1.5 hours in one direction – so I would recommend booking an organized tour instead of driving by yourself.

We also decided to book an organized tour via Klook that included a visit to both markets. You can actually customize your own route by choosing which places you want to visit and when would you like to start. I would recommend choosing the early morning (7am) start because the markets are less crowded in the morning and the heat is more bearable.

Damnoen Saduak is the most popular floating market in Bangkok therefore it’s always packed with tourists. To be honest with you it’s not so authentic as you would imagine, the market is very commercialized and it kinda feels like a tourist trap. Even so, visiting the floating market is a unique experience so if you have 4 days in Bangkok I would still recommend checking it out.

After arriving at the pier at the market, you need to hop inside a long-tail boat to be able to access the floating market. The boat ride is approximately 20 minutes long and you will see many wooden houses, floating stalls, and merchants selling products from their own boats.

You can buy basically anything there – like at the Chatuchak Weekend Market – but only if you want, there is no mandatory shopping. If you haven’t had breakfast yet I would recommend trying the mango sticky rice or the coconut ice cream, both of them are really delicious and fairly priced.

Maeklong Railway Market

Since the Maeklong Railway Market is only a 25-minute drive from the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market it’s worth visiting both places on the same morning. If you’re taking a tour as we did, your guide will show you how to get to the train market. After that, you will have a couple of hours to explore the market by yourself and have a delicious lunch in one of the restaurants/food stalls.

The Maeklong Railway Market is one of the most unique markets in Bangkok because not only it sits atop the train tracks but a train is actually passing through the market a few times a day. Once the merchants and vendors hear the warning bell they immediately start drawing back the overhead tents and moving their products away from the railways. As a result, this is easily one of the most unique places to go in Bangkok.

The market completely adjusts itself in just minutes to let the train pass freely and after the train has passed, everything goes back to normal a few minutes later. The train moves through the market very slowly but it’s still crazy to see how close it gets to the goods and the people. You can even touch the train while it’s moving, though I wouldn’t recommend it.

Maeklong Railway Market in Bangkok
The train is coming at the Maeklong Railway Market

Siam Paragon / ICONSIAM

The tour we took started from the Siam Paragon Mall and on the way back we could choose whether we want to get off at ICONSIAM or Siam Paragon. It doesn’t really matter which one you choose as both shopping malls are really huge and full of interesting shops to see. The market tours are usually finished by early afternoon which gives you plenty of time to wander around the malls and explore some of the best places to shop in Bangkok.

It’s odd to say that shopping malls are one of the best places to visit in Bangkok but they really are. They serve as a social hub for both locals and tourists and it’s worth visiting at least one if you’re in Bangkok. You can easily spend a few hours exploring all the shops and trying the best Thai dishes in the food courts.

Restaurants in the ICONSIAM in Bangkok

Unicorn Cafe

Did you know that there is a unicorn themed cafe in Bangkok? Ever since I’ve seen photos of this place on Instagram it was on my bucket list. The Unicorn Cafe is filled with pink and blue oversized furniture and fluffy unicorns, it’s like all your childhood dreams are coming true!

You can even rent a unicorn onesie for 100 baht (3 USD) to take the funniest photos while eating your rainbow waffles and drinking your cotton candy milkshake. If you’re really not into this, feel free to skip it and spend more time in the shopping malls instead. But trust me, it’s a really fun place! Both I and my boyfriend enjoyed it a lot despite being grown-ups. Just give it a try!

Interior design of the Unicorn Cafe in Bangkok
Plush unicorns at the Unicorn Cafe in Bangkok

Day 4 of Your 4 Day Bangkok Itinerary

Ancient Siam

Ancient Siam – or otherwise known as Samut Prakan Ancient City or Muang Boran Museum – is the biggest open-air museum in the world and it was my ultimate favorite place on this 4 day Bangkok itinerary. Although you can take many amazing day trips from Bangkok, if you have to choose only one I strongly suggest taking this trip! I’m not such a museum type of girl but this place is really different from other museums.

The Ancient City is spread over a Thailand-shaped area exceeding 200 acres so it’s almost impossible to see everything in just only one day. You can find more than 120 attractions across the land consisting of replicas of temples, palaces, pavilions, floating markets, and Buddha images. The area is full of gorgeous gardens, fountains, and ponds and it has a really peaceful and relaxed vibe.

Beautiful garden at the Ancient Siam Bangkok

Although the ticket is quite pricy – 700 baht (22 USD) per person – it’s really worth every cent. Since the attractions are scattered across a huge area it’s not possible to see them on foot but you can get a free bicycle at the entrance which makes exploring a lot easier.

If you don’t like biking, you can also rent a golf cart or wait for the organized shuttle buses to take you around. Ancient Siam is open from 9am until 7pm and I recommend getting there early since you will need all day to see everything.

Getting there is a little bit tricky – you have to take the BTS SkyTrain to the Kheha Station, then you need to change to a local Songtaew (30/36) to reach the museum. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or get a Grab but since it’s quite far away from Bangkok, it won’t be a cheap ride. The easiest option is to take the BTS SkyTrain then take a taxi for the last 5-10 minute ride instead of using the bus.

Golden temple at the Ancient Siam Bangkok

Rooftop bar

We just arrived to the last stop on your 4 day Bangkok itinerary. Can you imagine a more stylish way to end your 4 days in Bangkok than having a drink at a fancy rooftop bar? Yeah, me neither!

Rooftop bars are one of the things Bangkok is famous for, so you there are many around the city you can choose from. You can get one of the best 360-degree views over the city from Octave, located on the top of Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit. Other popular choices are Sky Bar Bangkok or Vertigo.

Visiting a rooftop bar is not the cheapest experience in Bangkok that’s for sure, but you really deserve to pamper yourself a bit at the end of your trip! Am I right? It’s also one of the best things to do in Bangkok at night and should really not be missed during your first time in Bangkok.

View from Octave Rooftop Bar in Bangkok

Final Thoughts

Spending 4 days in Bangkok is the perfect amount of time to discover the best places in and around the city. If you’re planning to visit Thailand or other Southeast Asian countries and you have a layover in Bangkok, it’s worth extending your stay with a few extra days to properly explore the city.

I hope you liked this 4 day Bangkok itinerary and it will help you to plan your own trip. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email, I always love helping you out! Have you ever been to Bangkok? How did you like it? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo, Kriszti


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44 thoughts on “4 Days in Bangkok: The Ultimate 4 Day Bangkok Itinerary”

  1. Loved this post! I spent several months teaching in Thailand before touring the country. I find the Thai temples incredibly beautiful, and the Grand Palace just takes your breath away. A really comprehensive guide of things to see and where to stay. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Thank you so much, I’m so happy you liked it! The Grand palace is really breathtaking, it’s easily one of the most beautiful temples I’ve ever seen.

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  2. Firstly, your photos are stunning! You really have captured Bangkok beautifully. I visited a few years ago and wish I had known about Ancient Siam, looks right up my street.

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    • Thank you Vicky! The Ancient Siam is not so popular amongst tourists but it’s such an amazing place! I can only recommend it.

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  3. This is so detailed Guide to Visit Bangkok. Most of the People transit through Bangkok but you have covered everything from temples,cafes,shopping to famous floating Market. Loved reading your Post.

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    • I’m so happy you liked it Mayuri! I’m thinking about writing a 1 day Bangkok itinerary as well because you are right, many people are just transiting through Bangkok so they might like that one too 🙂

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  4. Wow, this is such a fabulously informative and in-depth post. Your photos are absolutely stunning! I’ve visited a few of these places but now I’ve definitely got a lot more spots on my Bangkok bucket list! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • Thank you so much Charlie! We tried to cover as much sight as possible in Bangkok but I still feel like there are a million other things to do 🙂

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  5. I absolutely love this guide and all your amazing tips and pictures!! That marble temple looks breathtaking, and the unicorn cafe is too cute! Would also LOVE to see the floating market, it’s very unique! I’m definitely keeping this handy for the future, thanks so much for this! 🙂

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    • Thank you Jiayi! Bangkok is a really interesting city and full of amazing places 🙂 The floating market is really unique although I loved the real floating market in the Inle Lake (Myanmar) much better so if you have a chance to visit there I can only recommend!

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  6. Your photos look absolutely stunning! I was in Bangkok many years ago and this article makes me want to go back and refresh my memories ASAP!

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  7. You did so much in 4 days in Bangkok! We were there for the same amount of time but didn’t see as much since we stayed a little farther outside the city and traffic was always so bad! I might just have to go back again in the future and give it another chance!

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    • Yeah the traffic is really bad, we were stuck on the roads so many times too. It’s definitely worth to stay closer to the city centre in Bangkok 🙂

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  8. Bangkok is so beautiful! We definitely need to visit more places there! We also spent 4 days in Bangkok but visited different places. This is a great itinerary, we need to visit Ancient Siam next time 🙂

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    • I loooved the Ancient Siam so much, it was like seeing all of Thailand in just one day! If you visit Bangkok again I definitely recommend to check it out! 🙂

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  9. Good to know that the dress code is really strict! I have never been to Bangkok but I am dying to go! Thank you for this wonderful guide.

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    • Yeah all the religious places have a special dress code but the Grand Palace is even more strict. It’s worth to prepare for it in advance because otherwise it can be such a big disappointment when they don’t let you in! The same happened to me in Cambodia and I was so upset about it.

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  10. Such a great post. It’s been year since I’ve been to Bangkok and there are several places on your itinerary that I didn’t get to and they look amazing! Bangkok is certainly a colorful place. Such a great guide!

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    • Thank you so much April! We tried to see as many places as we can in 4 days in Bangkok but I feel like there is so many still to see! Would love to go back and explore it further 🙂

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  11. Your trip to Bangkok looks so much more beautiful than mine did! Definitely will have to refer to your guide if I go back!

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    • Aw thank you Cassie! We tried to see as much places as possible so it was a jam-packed 4 days in Bangkok that’s for sure 🙂

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    • To be honest with you I have mixed-up feelings about Bangkok, there were some parts I really liked and some others not so much. Nevertheless, I would like to go back again because it feels like we just barely scratched the surface in 4 days 🙂

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  12. wow this is such a detailed guide!! I’ve never been to Thailand but saving this for when I can visit! Those markets all look so vibrant and fun!

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  13. Bangkok is on my travel bucket list. I love your pictures and all your recommendations. The unicorn cafe looks cool too 🙂 I am saving your itinerary for the future. I hope I can visit Bangkok soon, I still haven’t been to Asia!

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    • Thank you Christina! I’m absolutely obsessed with Asia and I hope you will be to experience it yourself soon too! 🙂

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    • Thank you Bettina! The floating market is really unique, it was a great experience to visit. Hope you will make it back to Bangkok one day! 🙂

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