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Ultimate 5-Day Bangkok Itinerary With the BFFs

Bangkok is a melting pot of the best of different worlds. Its history transcends modernity, as it is integrated into its culture, food, architecture, and way of life. Thailand’s capital is also a land of contrasts as ancient ruins endure while a vibrant social scene thrives.

Bangkok attracts travelers of all kinds because of its many faces and offerings. For groups with different interests, there are many things that fit the palate. Yet one thing remains true: it’s a place of discovery where the best charms are hidden in plain sight.

Here’s a 5-day daily guide for an epic Bangkok excursion with your friends:
 

Day 1: Immerse in Thai History

Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keaw

Tick-off the mandatory heritage experience early in the trip. As most of Bangkok’s historical landmarks are open during the day, it’s best to come early to explore comfortably and avoid crowds.
 

The Grand Palace

There are a handful of shrines in the capital that’s worth the visit—and the ‘gram—but the gang should first drop by the city’s most visited hotspot, The Grand Palace. For about 150 years, it has been home to kings of old and former branches of government.

It’s also an architectural wonder, so marveling at its regal intricacies is going to be a ride. Enjoy every design detail and the stories that come with them, and let the barkada learn interesting history lessons along the way.

Tip: There are tons of other buildings in the area but make sure to pass by Wat Phra Kaew. It’s where the emerald Buddha is located.  Also, wear clothes that cover your legs and arms as revealing outfits can be considered disrespectful.

Other Things to Try

  • Visit Wat Pho
  • Drop by Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
  • Explore the Museum of Siam

Read 10 Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Bangkok
 

Day 2: Retail and Health Therapy

Siam Center
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Bangkok has affordable bargain finds available everywhere, while its renowned Thai massage is a trip in itself. Make sure to get some time to relax and collect some interesting clothing or souvenir pieces before moving on to your next activity!
 

Siam Center

Siam Center is one of Bangkok’s go-to malls. It contains a perfect mix of retail items and delicious food finds. It’s been around for about 40 years but a recent relaunch gave it an even better modern interior.

It has over 200 brands from both international and local purveyors, providing that edgy, quirky look that’s quite popular today. You won’t run out of options for gastronomical stops along the way. Siam Center is open from 10 AM to 10 PM.

Other Things to Try

  • Shop at Chatuchak Weekend Market
  • Check-out Terminal 21 Mall

 

Get an Authentic Thai Massage

When in Thailand, you have to get an authentic Thai massage. The barkada can get it anywhere—from side-street places to upscale hotel spas—but the result is the same: unparalleled rejuvenation. Get it from local massage parlors for a value for money experience.

If you want to indulge, book an appointment at the Asia Herb Association. It’s ideal for foreigners and it costs around THB400 for a one-hour service. They also have private rooms for individuals and couples.

If it’s a traditional Thai massage you want, head to the home of the craft in Wat Pho. There, the art has been perfected, so you’re definitely in good hands.

Other Things to Try

 

Day 3: Beach-bumming + Nightlife

Khao San Road
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A different kind of island life and nightlife experience in a foreign country? Why not?
 

Pattaya Beach

Bangkok has a well-known beach community close to it: Pattaya. For beach bums who can’t live without a taste of the island vibe, this is perfect for a day trip or an overnight visit.

Aside from chilling by the beach and sipping on your drinks, you can also visit culinary joints and cool attractions. You can also enjoy water activities like jet skiing and parasailing.

Other Things to Try

  • Drink and socialize along Walking Street
  • Party hard at Beach Road bars

 

Khao San Road

Khao San Road is a world-famous backpacker’s district. It’s where people of all walks of life converge. The magic happens during connections made over drinks, food, and the captivating energy of the night.

For a memorable barkada night out, visit the following establishments: The Brick Bar for live bands and dance music; and Molly Bar for a choice of live music or pumped-up DJ sets.

Other Things to Try

  • Have your fill at Vertigo at Banyan Tree Bangkok
  • Drink up at Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower
  • Chill at Maggie Choo’s

 

Day 4: Gastronomical Quests + Recreational Activities

Rajadamnern Stadium
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Thailand, in general, is a culinary Mecca. Its local cuisine has thrived and continues to impress people from all over, while Michelin-starred restaurants have also settled in. After eating, experiencing some of Bangkok’s unique attractions and activities are also worth trying.
 

Old City

For this particular trip, eat your way into Thai culture through the most basic and authentic type of fare—street food. The street food in Old City (or Rattanakosin, as it is also called) is life-changing.

Taste one of the best pad thai in Bangkok at Pad Thai Thip Samai, and afterward weave through the area’s narrow side streets to taste other equally-delicious delights.

Other Things to Try

  • Try Chinatown chows
  • Eat at one of Bangkok’s hottest restaurants, Le Du

Read Top 10 Restaurants in Bangkok
 

Muay Thai Match

The Rajadamnern Stadium in Bangkok is one of the oldest Muay Thai gymnasiums in the country. Today, the tradition lives as the best martial artists battle it out in the ring for a taste of glory.

Catch these warriors live for a few bahts and feel a different kind of atmosphere brought by one of Thailand’s oldest disciplines. Warning: not for the faint of heart.

Other Things to Try

  • Dare to explore the Bangkok Forensic Museum
  • Visit the Human Body Museum

Read 5 Free Things to Do in Bangkok
 

Day 5: Last-minute shopping

Amarin Plaza
Editorial credit: Nbeaw / Shutterstock.com

Head over to the nearest stores before catching that airport transfer! For some Thai silk, you can visit the Jim Thompson Factory Outlet. It has five floors and the majority of the offerings are cotton and silk fabrics. These are affordable but the quality remains impeccable.

Visit other outlet stores for some great finds for family and friends.

Other Things to Try

  • Shop at Bangkok Fashion Outlet
  • Drop by Amarin Plaza

 

Where to Stay

Where you’ll end up staying in Bangkok is also dependent on the group’s interests. There are various neighborhoods that cater to party animals, gourmands, shopaholics, and cultural tourists.

 

I. Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit is an area that has a bustling nightlife, shopping vibe, and plenty of dining options. You can take the Skytrain to the posh establishments and modern restaurants, as well as the popular rooftop bars and clubs.

It’s best for travelers who prefer staying in a nice place but at the same timen love to head out as much as they can. Trend-setters, party-goers, and fancy diners will like this neighborhood.

Volve Hotel Bangkok

Nearby Attractions

  • Terminal 21
  • Kamthieng House Museum

Recommended Accommodations in Sukhumvit

1. Volve Hotel Bangkok
2. Augusta
3. The Connex Asoke
4. 137 Pillar Residences Bangkok
5. Adelphi Suites Bangkok
 

II. Siam

It’s the central retail district in Bangkok, offering both luxury and cheap finds. Visitors can shop at Siam Center and Siam Paragon. Siam is also a good jumpoff point to the other spots in Bangkok.

Intercontinental Bangkok

Nearby Attractions

Recommended Accommodations in Siam

1. Cubic Bangkok Hostel
2. InterContinental Bangkok
3. Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
4. Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok
5. Anantara Siam
 

III. Silom

When night hits Silom, the social and food scenes come to life. The infamous Patpong is here too. The restaurant and nightlife establishments alone make it worth a visit. The atmosphere is that of a CBD-turned-party place with a wide array of luxury and budget hotels.

Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park

Nearby Attractions

  • Lumpini Park
  • Sky Bar
  • Patpong
  • Lalai Sap Market

Recommended Accommodations in Silom

1. Folk Poshtel Silom
2. Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park
3. The Chatbox Silom Hostel
4. Kinnon Hostel + Coworking + Cafe
5. CLOUD on Saladaeng Silom Hostel Bangkok
 

IV. Riverside

Temples glow up at night, luxury hotels are everywhere, and historical landmarks remain significant. It’s a place where the old meets the new. In short, it’s a prime location reserved for the ones who can pay for unforgettable experiences.

Its romantic vibe also attracts couples, while its historical locations are good for family bonding experiences and for group geek outs.

Oriental Heritage Residence

Nearby Attractions

  • The Grand Palace
  • Wat Arun
  • Wat Pho
  • Thonburi Canals
  • Asiatique: The Riverfront

Recommended Accommodations in Riverside

1. Aurum The River Place
2. Zhelter’BKK
3. Inn A Day
4. Oriental Heritage Residence
5. Baan Wanglang Riverside
 

Travel Tips in Bangkok

  • You can have your money exchanged at Super Rich International Exchange. Its rates are almost always the best.
  • Bangkok weather is much like the Philippines’—it’s hot almost all the time. So drink a lot of water. Hydration is a must.
  • Its high season hits from November to March, while its low season is around July and August. Make sure to plan your trip around these periods.
  • Like in any other country, scams are also big in Bangkok. Always remain cautious—it wouldn’t hurt.
  • There are two Bangkok BTS lines: Silom Line (West to South) and Sukhumvit Line (North to East).
  • When shopping, feel free to haggle, but always do it respectfully.

 

Ready for a Bangkok barkada adventure? Book your flights and hotels early to get the best rates.

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