Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien Hotel

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61 Wireless Road (Witthayu), Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand   •  Weather:    •   Local Time:     •  Phone: +66 (0) 2650 8800   •  Hotel Reservations: 001-800-656-469

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HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF 03 DAYS IN BANGKOK

We think you’ll love vibrant Bangkok – Krungthep, “City of Angels”. From its teeming street scene to its parks, its rivers to its canals, its malls to its markets, its entertainments to its warm hearted people, a good time is assured. But there’s so much to see and do, it’s hard to know where to start, so here are some suggestions for filling in three days in the Big Mango with lots of perspective-shifting experiences.

DAY 01

Enjoy the Temples and Historic Sites

Take the skytrain to Saphan Taksin and jump on a ferry from Sathorn/Central Pier station on the Chao Phraya River.

The rivers and canals are the heart of Bangkok, and its ferries are still thriving means of transportation. The area along the main river of Bangkok (Ko Ratanakosin) used to be the ancient royal district and this is where many of Bangkok’s most famous attractions is located.

You can easily walk between the temples and sites in this area, but it is best to get an early start as most of these sites close around 15:30 and there is plenty to see! Take the Public River Ferry from Central Pier up to No. 9 Tha Chang and get off to start your walking tour to see some of the most famous landmarks of Bangkok:

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Wat Arun - Temple of the Dawn

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

The former home of the monarch, the Grand Palace is located right beside the architectural wonder that is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. The grounds contain more than 100 buildings, all beautifully decorated with gold and diamonds in different colours in old-Bangkok style.

Opening hours: Every day 8:30 – 15:30
Ticket price: 400 Baht
Estimated time: 2-3 hours

Wat Pho – Gigantic reclining Buddha

From the Grand Palace, walk about 10 minutes or take the ferry one stop to No. 8, Tha Tien pier. Grab something quick and delicious to eat and drink at one of the many food stalls along the street on your way to Wat Pho. The gigantic reclining Buddha here is amazingly beautiful, covered in gold leaf and mother-of-pearl ornaments inlaid in his feet. It is a remarkable 46 m long and 15 m high, and illustrates Buddha entering Nirvana.

Wat Pho is also Thailand`s headquarters for the teaching of traditional Thai medicine and some of the best Thai massage in town.

Opening hours: Every day 8:00 – 17:00 (Thai massage is available till 18:00)
Ticket price: 100 Baht
Estimated time: 1-2 hour (extra time if you want a Thai massage)

Wat Arun – Temple of the Dawn

On your way to the Grand Palace and Wat Phra-Kaew you passed this temple with the ferry, so you already know that it is spectacular and atmospheric with its steep piers reaching up in the sky. It is at its most impressive after dark when it is lit up and looks a bit magical and like a fairytale. Unfortunately, it closes before nightfall. In the middle of this temple lays a magnificent 82-metre-high beautifully decorated Khmer-style tower where you can walk up the steep stairs and admire the view of Bangkok and the River of Kings.

Opening hours: Every day 8:30 – 17:30
Ticket price: 100 Baht
Estimated time: 1-2 hour

DAY 02

Modern Bangkok, Shopping and Cinema

After all the sightseeing and temples of day 1, it’s time to dig out your credit cards and go shopping for gifts, souvenirs and everything you didn’t know you needed!

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Chatuchak Weekend Market

Go on a Chatuchak Weekend Market

If you are staying in Bangkok during a weekend, Chatuchak Weekend Market – the mother of all markets – is a must. Comprising around 1500 stalls covering more than 01 km, it probably is the biggest weekend market in the world. Here you will find just about anything you can imagine, both useful and not!

When: Saturdays and Sundays 06:00 – 18:00
How to get there: Skytrain to Mo Chit station or underground to Chatuchak station. Follow the stream of people.

Jim Thompson House

Take a detour from modern Bangkok to explore a bit of its history. The Jim Thompson House is located close by Siam Square and is just a short walk away from the shopping centres.

The story of Jim Thompson is a fascinating one, and quite a mystery. His lovely house and garden is now a museum, and is well worth a visit! Guided tours around the garden and house, as well as a demonstration of how Thai silk is made are included in the ticket. The house also has a silk shop where you can find beautiful gifts and souvenirs, and a nice little restaurant/cafe tucked away in the green and lush garden serving Thai food.

Address: 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road 
Ticket price: 150 Baht (100 Baht for students)
Opening hours: Every day 9:00 to 18:00
How to get there: Skytrain to the ´National Stadium´ station and follow the signs.

4D or IMAX cinema

It’s time to wind down and enjoy some modern entertainment. Bangkok has some of the best cinemas in the world, mostly showing Hollywood movies in English with Thai subtitles.

Head back to Paragon shopping mall and take the escalator or lift up to the 5th floor where they have 4D cinema and IMAX cinema. Paragon has probably the best cinema complex in Bangkok, with both 4D, 3D and IMAX (all together they have 15 large-sized theatres). There are monitors at the entrances of Paragon, displaying an overview of which movies are showing and at what time.

Sink into the comfortable cinema chair and end your busy shopping day relaxing with some popcorn watching the latest 4D or IMAX spectacular. Don’t forget to stand during the tribute video to the monarchy that is shown before every movie.

How to get there: Take the skytrain to Siam station 

DAY 03

Lumphini Park and Asiatique the Riverfront

After two intense days packed with sightseeing and shopping, it is time to wind down and spend the morning soaking up some sun by the pool. You deserve it!

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Asiatique the Riverfront

Lumphini Park

After some delicious Thai food for lunch, it is time to burn off those calories or lay down in the park for a siesta. Head over to the nearby Lumphini Park, Bangkok’s green lung and biggest park. 
The park is beautifully maintained and is perfect for a stroll or some relaxation on the grass or on one of its benches. If you visit it in the afternoon, around 17:00 - 20:00 you can also watch or participate in the aerobics taking place in groups.

If you are there at 18:00, you’ll hear a song being played over the speakers, and suddenly everyone around will stop running and stands still until the music stops. Do just as they do. It is a song played in tribute to the monarchy.

Asiatique the Riverfront

Explore more than 1,500 boutiques in Charoenkrung and Factory Districts selling ultimate souvenir, fashionable clothes, textiles, accessories and home decor items.

Boasting an assortment of gastronomical delights and serving Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and seafood dishes in Town Square and Riverfront Districts which bring you to the comfortable and relaxed atmosphere at the riverfront promenade.

When: Daily 17:00 – 24:00

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  1. Don Mueang International Airport
  2. Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok Airport)
  3. Asiatique the Riverfront
  4. Bangkok Art And Culture Centre
  5. Benjasiri Park
  6. CDC
  7. Chatuchak Park
  8. Chatuchak Weekend Market
  9. China Town Bangkok (Yaowarat)
  10. Khao San Road
  11. Siam Ocean World
  12. Temple of the Emerald Buddha
  13. The Crystal
  14. The Nine
  15. Wachira Benjathat Park
  16. Wat Arun
  17. Wat Pho
  18. Musuem Siam
  19. The Jim Thompson House
  20. Phloen Chit BTS Station
  21. Amarin Plaza
  22. Central Embassy
  23. Central World
  24. Emporium
  25. Gateway Ekamai
  26. K Village
  27. Mega Bangna
  28. Penninsula Plaza
  29. Platinum Fashion Mall
  30. Siam Paragon
  31. Silom Complex
  32. Terminal 21
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