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Itinerary help 2.5 days in Bangkok, first timer.

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Itinerary help 2.5 days in Bangkok, first timer.

Hello. We’ll arrive to BKK at 10:20 am on a Friday, and we’ll have 2 more full days for sightseeing on Saturday and Sunday, before flying to Chiang Mai. So far, staying at Aetas Residence (washer/dryer), but may be able to change it (budget too $2500-$2600 baht per night). After a lot of research, this is what we want to do: Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, Wat Arun (would like an onsite tourguide if possible), Khlong Lat Mayom, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Khao San Road, Chinatown and some shopping in Siam Area. I may fit in, if there’s time, a foot massage and a rooftop bar. And I’m really not sure of Jim Thompson House. I wanted to do the temples and Grand Palace early morning to avoid some crowds, and they close early. I also have to consider that Khlong Lat Mayom and Chatuchak are only open on weekends, and again earlier is better. But I will be lucky if I arrive for check in at the hotel around noon, so Friday is not a full day. Can anyone help me figure out what is the best way to plan this? I’m open to suggestions.

Thank you!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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1. Re: Itinerary help 2.5 days in Bangkok, first timer.

Go to Grand Palace first. Walk to Wat Pho. Then river crossing ferry to Wat Arun.

Yes, the earlier the better.

The next day Khlong Lat Mayom & Chatuchak.

KSR one night and Chinatown the next.

Friday; up to you!

You can also have a washer/dryer at Center Point Silom. It is Riverside and Saphan Taksin BTS station & Sathorn Central pier (for Orange flag Chao Phraya Express ferry) are nearby.

Centre Point Silom

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Chao Phraya Express Ferry Boats

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BTS Sky Train

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Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha)

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Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

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Khlong Lat Mayom Weekend Floating Market

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Chatuchak Weekend Market

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Wylie, Texas
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2. Re: Itinerary help 2.5 days in Bangkok, first timer.

Sawasdee,

On the Friday, you could visit take BTS to the Sathorn Pier and then take a ferry to visit Chinatown and Wat Trimitr in Chinatown. Then take a ferry back to the Sathorn Pier and take a free boat to Asiatique for dinner.

Mexico
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3. Re: Itinerary help 2.5 days in Bangkok, first timer.

Is doing the floating market and Chatuchak the same day do-able? I don’t know about times, how much time is usually spent, and how about transportation between both places?

My first idea was doing Wat Arun and maybe Khao San Road or Chinatown on Friday, then Grand Palace, Wat Pho and the floating market on day 2, and then Chatuchak and whatever I’m missing on day 3. But I don’t know about arriving time to the floating market after the temples and if it still a good time since they close early.

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4. Re: Itinerary help 2.5 days in Bangkok, first timer.

Aetas is lovely but in my opinion rooms are small. Any serviced apartment will have washer and driers, or you can even have hotel laundry do it.(expensive per piece but if you are going for an expensive hotel just for the W&D it might be actually cheaper overall) I normally just bring very light clothing that you can rinse out in the sink.

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5. Re: Itinerary help 2.5 days in Bangkok, first timer.

Jim Thompson House is beautiful...it's one of my favorite places to go and a short walk from the BTS at National Stadium which is very close to MBK/Siam shopping.

Massage places/spas are often open until 11 pm or later..you have plenty of time to do this at night.

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6. Re: Itinerary help 2.5 days in Bangkok, first timer.

Yes, Khlong Lat Mayom & Chatuchak are doable on the same day (as recommended in post #1)

How to get to KLM is included in the post #1 link (BTS to Bang Wa BTS station, then taxi to KLM).

After KLM - Taxi back to Bang Wa BTS station.

Then, Bang Wa BTS to Mo Chit BTS station (exit 1 or 3) and short walk to Chatuchak Weekend Market.

Mexico
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7. Re: Itinerary help 2.5 days in Bangkok, first timer.

Thank you for the information, I will plan my itinerary using this advice. As for the hotel, I may not need the washer/dryer after all. I just checked on the Siem Reap forum (before Bangkok) and there’s a laundry service with pick up and delivery for a very cheap price, so I will use that instead. So I’m up for new hotel options. I had looked for Aetas Lumpini also, before going for Aetas Residence, but I don’t know if it’s a good option as far as transportation? Or better go for Centre Point Silom instead?

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8. Re: Itinerary help 2.5 days in Bangkok, first timer.

Foot massage is available also in Chatuchak market, next to main street/lane coming from BTS station.

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9. Re: Itinerary help 2.5 days in Bangkok, first timer.

(budget to $2500-$2600 baht per night)?

I'm sure you meant 2500-2600 THB NOT US$.

Edited: 24 September 2018, 19:42
Mexico
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10. Re: Itinerary help 2.5 days in Bangkok, first timer.

Yes, THB! I just booked the Centre Point Silom, per your good advice, good reviews and location. Any extra advice is welcomed! Thank you!

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