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THAILAND BANGKOK ITINERARY 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS + DOWNLOADABLE ITINERARY PDF

Ever since I met H, Bangkok has become a destination that we would visit every year. 2015, 2016 and now 2017. Bangkok is truly food and shopping haven for Singaporean. This time, we made a trip down to Kanchanaburi. 3 hours drive away from Bangkok, Kanchanaburi is a quiet town with marks left from WW2. I hope this itinerary gives you a different view of Bangkok and what you can do. Hope it helps!  
Read more about 6 Day 5 Night Bangkok Itinerary for First Timer here
Summary
Day 1: Sukuvanmni Airport – Inter Restaurant – After You - Talad Neon Night Market -
Day 2: Southern Bus Terminal – Kanchanaburi Bus Terminal – Jeath War Museum – Buddhist Temple – Kanchanaburi War Cemetery - Thailand-Burma Railway Center – Death Railway – River Kwai Bridge Station – X2 River Kwai Resort
Day 3: X2 River Kwai Resort – Kanchanaburi Station – Bangkok southern bus terminal – MK – Sai Tai Center Night Market – Healthland Spa Massage
Day 4: P’aor Thai Food – Big C – Som Tam Nua – Siam Discovery/Siam Square – Terminal 21

Day 1: Sukuvanmni Airport – Inter Restaurant – After You - Talad Neon Night Market
Inter Restaurant
Inter Restaurant has become our to-go restaurant whenever we are here. Thus the first dinner in Bangkok got to be this place! Thankfully, it is still as good as before. We ordered roast pork slice, tom yam soup and red curry to share. Sure enough, it didn’t disappoint us.

The roast pork was tender and sweet! I could finish the whole plate by myself. The Seafood tomyam soup had the right amount of spiciness and wasn’t too sour. The only thing that we thought it can be improve is the serving size and it would be nice to have more seafood added in. Initially, H wanted to order Green Curry but Red Curry was served instead. Unlike the green curry, the Red curry had a strong coriander and chilli taste. H loves it! 

Other than the usual must-order dish, we ordered Stir Fried Morning Glory, Deep-fried Egg, Roast Pork, Pad-Thai, Green curry and Minced Meat to share among 5 people in our last trip. Honestly, every dish was authentic, full of flavours and reasonable price. 

After You
After dinner, we had Dessert at After you - a popular dessert chain in Bangkok. With the perfectly baked Shibuya toast, it is no surprise why the dessert chain still has a long queue even though they had multiple outlets. A scoop of vanilla ice-cream and maple syrup drizzled on top the toast, it’s the perfect combination! Plus, the toast is not too dry and still fluffy! 

We saw the staff redo his platting because the whipped cream wasn’t nicely pipe. Thus we concluded the reason why After You is still so popular is because of the quality check for every outlet is high. The only thing I hope they can improve on is the waiting time.

Talad Neon Night Market

Talad Neon, the newest night market open in the heart of the city, has attracted many. Despite the beautiful neon light set up, I was pretty disappointed. There was hardly anybody on a Saturday night – 10 pm. No music and the ambience was a bore. Food choice was overly price and replicates of another stall. We tried a few street foods and nothing amazed us except the fries. 

The night market definitely lost to another market in terms of uniqueness, ambience and range of food. If you only have a night market to choose, go Talad Rod Fai.

Day 2: Southern Bus Terminal – Kanchanaburi Bus Terminal – Jeath War Museum – Buddhist Temple – Kanchanaburi War Cemetery - Thailand-Burma Railway Center – Death Railway – River Kwai Bridge Station – X2 River Kwai Resort

Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai)
Instead of opting for Kanchanaburi tour, H & I decided to go by the public option. After 3.5 hours of bus ride from Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal, we finally arrived at Kanchanaburi Bus Terminal. We first visited the Jeath War Museum as it was located the furthest among others.

Jeath War Museum
This museum was small compared to others. Unlike others, information was limited. There are three parts to the museum. First - Photos and construction of Death railway, Second – items from the war such as military clothes, case of an unexploded bomb and etc. The last had a television showing a short clip of the POW. Overall, I think more could be done to improve the experience but 50b for the entrance is a bargain.   

Buddhist Temple
Next to Jeath War Museum, we found this Buddhist temple by chance. Coincidentally, the temple had some event that day. H was very excited when he saw a Sunday market and the locals were selling street food.  We bought some food and brought over to the riverside for lunch. Despite the scorching sun shining at us, I felt at peace. 

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
The War cemetery is the final resting place for many POW. Walking through the cemetery reminds me of the brave souls who fought hard and live. A well-maintained cemetery to tribute these brave souls as well as a reminder to everyone that Wars bring us nothing but sadness.

Thailand-Burma Railway Center
Located next to The War Cemetry, we walk to Thailand-Burma Railway Center. Personally, I feel that this museum was very informative and had a very good presentation. Especially for someone who is not familiar with WW2, this museum presented WW2 in an easy-to-read for visitors of all age. Unfortunately, no photography allowed. 

Death Railway and River Kwai Bridge Station
The last attraction of the day was at River Kwai Bridge Station. Despite crowded with tourist, we had a good view of the River Kwai Bridge from the bridge station. The railway was called Death railway because over a hundred thousands of labourers died during the 16 months of constructions during WW2.

X2 River Kwai
Before the sunset, we return to our resort – X2 River Kwai to unwind and relax. Located at the outskirt of Kanchanaburi, this place is quiet and secluded. Just in time before the sunset, we kayak and had the whole place to ourself. Read more about X2 River Kwai

Day 3: X2 River Kwai Resort – Kanchanaburi Station – Bangkok southern bus terminal – MK – southern bus terminal night market – Healthland Spa Massage

MK Steamboat Restaurant
Feeling famished after a long ride, we took a cab and visited the nearest MK restaurant around the area. Although the roast pork and charsiew are mediocre, H & I love the roast duck! It's so tender and juicy! What’s better than having steamboat on a rainy day?

Interesting fact: we found this round was the calories paper they gave us at the end. Although we were shocked by the number of calories consumed in that meal, we make our way to Southern Bus Terminal Night Market.

Southern Bus Terminal Night Market
We came across a hidden gem – Southern Bus Terminal Night Market after arriving in Bangkok city in the evening. Located far away from the city, there is hardly any tourist seen. Food sold were very affordable and looks good! Unfortunately, we were too full to try any.

From kitchenware to toys,  they sell everything you need. However, if you are looking for the latest gadgets or fashion, this might not be the place to go!

Healthland Spa & Massage
My third time to this Massage Parlour, it sure did not disappoint. Despite being price slightly more expensive than another place, I like how clean that place is.

Day 4: P’aor Thai Food – Big C – Som Tam Nua – Siam Discovery/Siam Square – Terminal 21

P’aor Thai Food

This local eatery has been on my list since my first trip to Bangkok in 2015. Highly rave in social media, this place was named – the best tom yam in town. Unfortunately, the tom yam was not to my liking. They had a sweeter Tom yam base as compared to the ones I had. There were hardly any locals when we arrived at 10am on a weekday morning.

Nonetheless, this place serves a good simple noodle – 80b for a bowl of seafood noodle. Although I’m not sure if its worth to top-up for the lobster because I had ordered the lobster - (small bowl) and it didn’t justify for the price and taste paid.

Big C Supermarket
Big C supermarket is definitely my favourite supermarket to go in Bangkok. Although there are not many outlets in the city, it is definitely worth visiting! I stock up my stash of snacks and they came in handy to share with family and friends. Favourite buy – TaoKaiNoi seafood, the assorted flavour of Lays Potato chips and spicy cuttlefish.

Som Tam Nua @ Soi 5
Som Tam aka Papaya Salad is Thailand favourite appetizer. Famous for its signature papaya salad, this restaurant had won many. Their papaya salad came with many varieties and we ordered the traditional som tam – Peanut. Although the papaya salad is fresh and crunchy, I thought it was nothing fantastic.

My favourite goes to the fried chicken. The chicken was perfectly fried with golden dark brown skin. It was so crispy and I love that the chicken had the ha-jong-kai shrimp taste. The only disappointment was the portion. 2 small pcs of chicken cut into 6 part for 150b?

Overall, I think this place serves decent Thai food but the waiting time and price make me think twice.

Shopping
Unlike the previous trip where we would visit Chinatown, Platinum mall and etc to shop, we didn't do much of it this time around. We visited the iconic shopping malls in Bangkok for food and got the usual Naraya souvenirs for our friends.

Siam Shopping – Siam Paragon/ Siam Discovery/ Siam Square
The siam district features mainly mid-range to high-end designers items. You can find most international brands as well as popular that designer items here. While shopping can be subjective, I love the food hall in these malls! There are so many options to choose from! You can find After you, Audrey café & etc all in the same area!  

Terminal 21
Similar to many shopping malls in bangkok, I like how this mall is not as crowded as others yet is located near the central area. Although there are no designer boutique,   There is a cinema near by, premium supermarket and a really big food hall! H & I decided to book our hotel near Asok BTS for easy accessibility to all places and it is also slightly cheaper than the ones near Siam. 

Although this may not be the ultimate first-time bangkok must see itinerary, i hope that this guide help you in some way or another. Download the 2017 itinerary here

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3 comments

  1. I think you have made a successful trip to Bangkok. Can you recommend me places to visit in Bangkok? I want to visit the park about elephants and crocodiles should go? How much is the Royal Palace in Bangkok? Should I book tour on this website: https://goasiadaytrip.com/things-to-do/bangkok.html

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    1. Hello!

      The Grand Palace ticket cost 500 baht and includes entry to Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall. You can visit the temples in thailand as they are really beautiful! The best place to view sunset is probably Wat Arun!

      Other than temple, i mainly visit Bangkok for the good Thai food and shopping! If both are not your kind of things to do, perhaps you can try taking a day trip out of Bangkok to Kanchanaburi to hike or Ayuttaya if you love temple. I'm guessing you are interested to see animal. I have not visit yet but you might You might want to visit Safari World. I have not heard of goasiaday trip but you can try Trazy. They have up to 40% discount for certain day tour. You can compare between both and choose the best option that suits you. Hope it helps!

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