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 to set 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 in this 4 day Bangkok itinerary I will show you how you can make the best of your time!
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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 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 the vibrant nightlife (if that’s your thing). So let’s dive right into the details, shall we?
4 Day Bangkok Itinerary - Summary
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)
4 Day Bangkok Itinerary - Details
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 debate on whether it’s worth visiting or not, I would still suggest to include 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.
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 crazy 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.
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 tuktuk or taxi drivers sometimes try to steer tourists to another 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 it for yourself if a place is really closed or not.
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.
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 to have 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 long and 15 meters tall reclining Buddha. The enormous Buddha image is covered in gold leaf and its 5 meter long feet is decorated with mother-of-pearl ornaments. It looks absolutely breathtaking in real life!
Although the reclining Buddha is definitely the most famous part of Wat Pho, it’s worth to take 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, 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.
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!
There are many restaurants around Wat Pho, I recommend using Tripadvisor to find the best places to eat. 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)
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 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 is composed of beautifully decorated spires reaching to the sky. The 82 meter high central tower is accessible via stairs and if you decide to climb up you can get an amazing panoramic view over the city and the river. Although Wat Arun looks absolutely breathtaking from the distance as well, seeing the tiny pieces of coloured 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.
If you want to visit all the three places mentioned above (The Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun) but you would rather have a local guide with you, you can choose to book one of the tours below. Both tours have amazing ratings and already include the entrance fees and a knowledgable guide who will tell you everything you need to know about the temples.
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 amongst backpackers and hippies. The street is packed with shops, street food stalls, bars and restaurants so it’s the perfect place to unwind and have a dinner with a few beers or cocktails. Khao San Road is also famous for the lively and vibrant night life so if you’re looking for a great party, you will definitely find it there.
Bangkok National Museum
The Bangkok National Museum displays the largest collection of local art and artefacts 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 – 4 pm from Wednesday to Sunday, 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 your itinerary with the next step.
Loha Prasat and Wat Ratchanatdaram
Loha Prasat is one of the best hidden gems in Bangkok. It’s not so popular amongst tourists but if you have 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 represents the 37 virtues towards enlightenment.
It’s located right next to the 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 Bangkok from the roof so it’s definitely worth going up there!
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 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.
Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple)
The last temple for today will be the Wat Benchamabophit or otherwise known as the Marble Temple. It’s 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 to take a taxi or order a Grab and don’t waste 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.
Chatuchak Weekend Market / Talad Rot Fai Night Market
No Bangkok itinerary would be complete without visiting one of the famous night markets in the city. If you’re spending 4 days in Bangkok chances are high you will be there on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday. In this case I would recommend to visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market which is the biggest open-air market in the world.
There are more than 15,000 stalls in the market and you will find basically anything there. Clothes, accessories, jewellery, 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.
If your 4 days in Bangkok happen to fall from Monday to Thursday unfortunately you will not have a chance to visit the Chatuchak Market. In this case I recommend to visit the Talad Rot Fai Night Market which is also really popular amongst 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.
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 visit both places on your own as well. However, they are quite far away from Bangkok – you need to drive around 1.5 hours in one direction – so I would recommend to book 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 to choose 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 commercialised 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 to check it out.
After arriving to 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 to try 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 to visit both places on the same morning. If you’re taking a tour like 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 most unique markets in Bangkok because not only it sits atop the train tracks but a train is actually passing through the market 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.
The market completely adjust 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.
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.
It’s odd to say that shopping malls are one of the best tourist attractions but in Bangkok 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.
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 me and my boyfriend enjoyed it a lot despite being grown-ups. Just give it a try!
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 favourite 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, 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.
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 to get 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.
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?
Bangkok is really famous for its rooftop bars and there are many to choose from. You can get one of the best 360-degree view 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?
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 accommodation. 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.
You can check all the accommodations on the below map or if you’re not in the mood for searching, look at my recommendations below!
*Please note that the below mentioned rates are calculated for 2 people and they are based on my independent research at the time of writing. Therefore I can not guarantee this rate in any way.*
Located right next to Ploenchit BTS Skytrain Station, this five-star property offers stylish complete review of The Okura Prestige Bangkok.with free Wi-Fi and breathtaking of the city. If you want to read more about this hotel, check out my
Prime HotelBangkok 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.
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 to extend 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!