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Thailand Bangkok 6 Days 5 Night Itinerary for First timer

  Read 4 Day 3 Night Bangkok Itinerary + Kanchanaburi here
Bangkok, Thailand is a popular travel destination for every Singaporean. Well known for its affordable clothes, delicious food and parties. It is a haven for most of us. Some would even travel once or twice to Bangkok every year! True enough, the shops and restaurants change every time we visit. However, there are some things that do not change - The Iconic attractions in Bangkok. 

In this itinerary, I will share with you what are the things to do in Bangkok for first-timer! It is great for families who don't like too much shopping! Some attractions are overrated yet thousands of tourist flood there. Floating markets and temples, which one is your favourite? 

In addition to Bangkok, we rented a car and went for a day trip to Ayuttaya. 80 km away north from Bangkok, Ayutthaya is the capital of Kingdom Siam previously. The ruins of the old city are now the archaeological site with a trace of histories. 

For seasoned visitors to Bangkok, you may want to check out our 2D1N trip to Kanachanaburi from bangkok 

Hope this helps!  

Sim Card in Airport
These days, the most important thing other than your passport & Handphone is a working Sim Card. With data, you not only can plan and navigate your way, but you can also even pay with your phone. Usually, we will get our sim card from here and pick them up at the airport because it’s fuss-free and we can purchase it with local currency.

Money Changer
Money changer are available almost at every big shopping mall. The usual ones we visit is super rich money changer. Do note that you have to show your physical passport to the counter when exchanging money as it is a requirement.

Getting Around Bangkok
BTS Train
The most common method we use when we are in Bangkok is to travel by BTS. Traffic is really bad in Bangkok and they have earned the “Bangkok Jam” reputation. I highly recommend you to avoid peak hours or take public transport BTS if you have to. Single tickets options available for purchase at the train station. More information on BTS here

Another option to get around Bangkok is by Bus. They are great options when the taxi driver refused to travel by meter or when taking a train is out of the way. There are not many Taxi drivers who want to go by meter near the grand palace.

Most of them quote 200 – 250 b for a 20 minutes ride. One way to get to Siam from the grand palace is by public transport BUS 508 for 13 B. per person. Estimated arrival time is the same as by Taxi. Also, it is way much cheaper. Plus you get the experience!

However, they are not a great option during peak hours because you when the traffic is not moving, you are better off walking to the next stop. These days with private hire, travelling is so much easier

Private Car Hire - Grab

Grab is a commonly used private car hire car company in Bangkok. Uber is no longer available after Grab bought over the company in South-East Asia. You can download your grab app here and use Grab promo code JLSJ2018 to receive discount off-set your first ride.

We used to travel in Bangkok by Tuktuk very often until grab came to the rescue. Bangkok Tuktuk drivers in the past are notorious for a short distance and at a high price. If you are in for an adventure, remember to bargain and for a reasonable price before boarding. And to be honest, they are pretty good options during peak hours because you see them travelling in all the alleys and short cuts (illegal ways too) to get out of the jam.

How many days in Bangkok?
Travellers visiting Bangkok usually stay a minimum of 3 to 7 days. For first-timer, I highly recommend you to visit at least 6 Days to see the main attractions and try out the amazing food that Bangkok offers. If you are looking for first-timer Bangkok itinerary, read on!

For frequent visitors to Bangkok, you only need 3 days to satisfy all your cravings and shopping! Bangkok is a shopping haven and food paradise! If you are looking for a foodie guide to Bangkok, check this out!

If you are planning to visit cities out of Bangkok such as Kanchanaburi, I recommend you to stay at least 2 night there. We stayed for a night and find that it was not enough! 

6 Day 5 Night Bangkok Itinerary for First Timer
Day1: Explore Chinatown - Wat Phra Kaew - Grand Palace - Wat Arun - Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise
Day 2: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market – Maeklong Railway Market - Talad Rodfai
Day 3: Platinum Mall - Inter Restaurant – Siam square - Café hopping in Thong Lor
Day 4: Chatuchak Weekend Market - Heathland Spa & Massage
Day 5: Take a Day trip to Ayuttaya
Day 6: Bangkok to Singapore

Day1: Explore Chinatown - Wat Phra Kaew - Grand Palace - Wat Arun - Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise

Start your day with a plate of 70-year-old roast pork rice
"When in Chinatown, eat Chinese food. "
Just across Wat Traimit, visit one of the most popular roast duck rice  Khong Prasoet in Bangkok. Mostly frequent by locals, you wouldn't even see a single tourist around except for us.  It was one of my favourite local food I had in BKK.

We ordered a plate of roast duck rice for about 60B. The plate comes with rice filled with lots of roast meat, sausages & char siew. The roast meat is so crispy that you can hear yourself chewing on it. Also, I love the black sauce that comes with it. The only con was the Charsiew. A little too sweet. Initially, we had a problem ordering cause none of them speaks English. Thankfully one of the ladies there speaks Mandarin. If not, speaking Teochew will help a lot. Most people speak Teochew in Chinatown.

The store beside this sells satay.  Their chicken satay is so juicy that it melts into your mouth.  Unlike Singapore Satay, their satay is bigger in size. Forget about the roti/bread. It is bland & hard. I think Gardenia or Sunshine taste better.

Address: 304-6 ซอย สุกร ถนน มิตรภาพไทย-จีน Khwaeng Talat Noi, Khet Samphanthawong, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand
Opening Hours: Daily except Monday10am–6:30pm
Take a look at the most expensive Buddha Statue at Wat Traimit
Stop by the Wat Traimit Temple and witness the most expensive buddha in the world. Buddha in Wat Traimit is also known as the golden buddha, is a gold Maravijaya Attitude seated Buddharupu Statue that weight 5.5 Tonnes and worth millions of dollars. Although Wat Traimit is a small temple, I thought it was pretty cool to witness the most expensive gold buddha.

Entrance Fee: 20B
Wat Traimit, Soi Sukon 1, number 80-82, Bangkok

Continue to explore Chinatown Market and find all the hidden gems and bargain
Hit the streets in Chinatown and start walking. There are so many hidden alleys, shophouses and restaurant there. I had a good time with my folks strolling and shopping in Chinatown. In addition, Chinatown is a shopping haven for people looking for a wholesale item in Bangkok. From accessories to shoes, these items are sold in bulk. My favourite buy from Chinatown is hair accessories.  A packet of hair rubber bands (50 – 80 b) can last me for years. Definitely, love the old and rustic feeling Chinatown gave. 

Mom's favourite got to be Chinese Pork sausage. She bagged 2 kg of them back and everyone can't stop raving how good the Chinese sausages are. The Chinese sausages are sweet and it goes really well with fried rice. Also, she bought some metal container "zebra" because it was more affordable in Thailand. I guess you can find them in Singapore but the variety will not be as wide as the ones Bangkok offers.

The Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew
Image Source : Wikimedia
Walk into the grand palace of Thailand and be awe by the grand architectural design and craftsmanship. Spend an afternoon there and admire the art. Afterwards, visit the temple of the Emerald Buddha, the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.

Entrance Fee: 500B for Both temple and Grand Palace
Please dress appropriately

Cross over the river and visit Wat Arun
Afterwards, cross over to another side and visit Wat Arun. Wat-Arun, The temple of Dawn, is beautiful and unique on its own. The pagoda was influenced by Khmer-style and covered by a million pieces of china porcelains. Despite it being under construction since last 2015, I love the architectural detail of the temple. Oh, and did I mention that Wat-Arun is very beautiful at night! We managed to cruise down Chao Phraya River previously at night and Wat-Arun is stunning!

Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise

Hop on to dinner cruise and enjoy dinner along Chao Phraya River. There are many packages available for one to choose from. If you do not fancy the package dinner, try Yok Yor Marina & Restaurant.

In Yok yor, There was no cultural entertainment, no tourist rushing to board, no loud music and drunkards on board. Just good food and a nice view.  Yok Yor offers a wide range of seafood and Thai cuisine. We were spoilt with choices! My favourite was the Prawn cake and Tomyam Soup (Clear base). The only downside is that the boat set off at 8 pm.

Yok Yor Marina & Restaurant 
96 Tha Din Daeng Rd, Khwaeng Khlong San, Khet Khlong San, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand
Daily 5pm to 11pm

Day 2: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market – Maeklong Railway Market - Talad Rodfai
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
In the morning, visit a floating market. There are many floating markets in Bangkok and we visited the one Damnoen Saduak floating Market most popular with tourist. Hop on to a boat and they will stop by many stores along the river or even vendor on the boat. Alternatively, you can visit the for visits to many floating market too. Unfortunately, most of the floating market has been commercialised. I hope to visit one with local experience someday.

Maeklong Railway Market
Image Source : Wikimedia
On your way back, visit Maeklong Railway Market. Watch how the local packs their stuff within minutes when the train arrives, allowing it to pass through. This place is very popular with tourist as well as Locals. Get your lunch fix at the market with lots of local delight!  

Talad Rod Fai

Having been to the mini Rod-Fai last year, H can’t get enough of it. This time, we visited Talad Rod Fai. The biggest night market in Bangkok. With over 100 stalls, one is spoilt with choices. The downside? Items sold there are pretty much the same. One reason why we all love Rod Fai than Chatuchak, you will not get sunburnt.

Nearest BTS/MRT: On Nut +  taxi

Day 3: Platinum Mall - Inter Restaurant – Siam square - Café hopping in Thong Lor

Platinum Mall
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Platinum Fashion Mall is one of the most popular fashion mall visited by Singaporeans. Famous for selling wholesale clothes, one can expect to find a bargain if you purchase in bulk. Do remember to
check your clothes properly because I had a bad experience there.   

Nearest BTS: Siam BTS

Inter Restaurant
Inter Restaurant is our favourite Thai restaurant in Bangkok. It not only offers delicious Thai food, but it is also reasonably priced too. The restaurant is very popular with the locals so be there early or avoid peak hours. Our favourite dish includes roast pork slice, tom yam soup and red curry. So good!

Address: สยามสแควร์ซอย 9 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 9pm

Shop at Siam Square, Siam Paragon or catch a movie at Siam Discovery
Explore the Shopping street in Bangkok or catch a movie! We visited Siam Discovery and caught a movie! The experience was pretty unique. Before the start of the movie, there are 20 minutes of advertisement.

If the show your purchase state it starts at 10:30 am, the screen of the movie starts around 10:50am. I was quite surprised by that because people start streaming in at 15 - 20 minutes after the " Show Time". Also, before the start of the movie, they will play the national anthem. This is the time where everyone will stand up and stay silent.

Go Café hopping in Thonglor
Mae Varee Fruit Shop
There are many cafes along Thong Lor but one will not miss the best mango sticky rice in Bangkok from Mae Varee Fruit Shop. Even the local agrees! Located near Thong Lor BTS, it is just a minute walk. The Mango are super sweet and goes really well with the sticky rice. The downside, they are kind of expensive but you can purchase at Mae Varee Fruit Shop Mango Sticky Rice discounted price here

Another popular café located along the streets in Thong lor, roast is the upcoming hippest café in town for coffee lovers. Not only they have won the national barista competition in 2012, but they are also a second home to many coffee lovers. 

With the interesting-looking Iced Espresso Latte, which is very popular in Instagram. They fill your cup of Ice-cube espresso with cold milk! Now we can DIY honey drink the same way! Not a coffee person but I ordered this. Personally, I think the coffee is too rich for me and the iced espresso doesn’t seem to melt.

Other than the coffee, we ordered signature roast tea, hand made sweet potato fries and strawberry waffle. Everything sounds pretty legit initially. Strawberry waffle was a little too sweet. Plus i prefer waffle with ice cream instead of whip cream. Three days spend to make the sweet potato fries and etc. However we find the food pretty average. Perhaps another try next time?

Unit #T1 (Roast), The COMMONS
335 Thonglor Soi 17, Sukhumvit 55
Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110

ISAO, a popular Japanese restaurant even with locals, has won the heart of many with their unique roll. We called and the reservations were almost full. With sushi rolls name from Jackie to Dragon and quirky look, there is no reason why it is not popular with a youngster (Instagram worthy).

We ordered a couple of sushi roll and guess what, I think I am the only person who likes them while the rest find the rolls over-rated. I love the Sushi Sandwich! Not a fan of tuna but I think that they are the best Tuna and Salmon combination I ever had. Spicy tuna and salmon are stuffed in between layers of sushi rice. To top it off, the tempura batter on the outer layer made it so crispy and delicious!

Other than sushi sandwich, we ordered Jackie roll, Dragon roll as well as maki roll which were pretty mediocre. Well, quality food comes with a price tag. A few rolls and it is easily top as the most expensive meal for the entire trip. Do call to make your reservation!

Isao Sushi
5 Sukhumvit 31 Khlong Toei Nuea,
Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Tel:+66 2 258 0645

Day 4: SabX2 Pratunam Wanton Noodles - Chatuchak Weekend Market - Heathland Spa & Massage – Dinner at MK Steamboat

Have Wanton Mee at SabX2 Pratunam Wanton Noodles
Make your way to BKK and try the famous wanton noodle that is highly raved by many Singaporeans. Be warned that the queue is snake long and you may find. Personally, I find that the noodle is a little over-rated but I have friends who swore by it. Lots of pork lard were added into the noodle to make it more flavourful. Do not forget to try the pork trotter too! It’s better than a noodle.

SabX2 Pratunam Wanton Noodles
4/32-33 Soi Petchburi 19, Pratunam,  Bangkok, Thailand 
Tel +66 2 653 9618

Shop till you melt at Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chatuchak Weekend market also known as JJ market is another popular market for visitors looking for fashion apparels to street vendors. It is also the largest market in Thailand with more than 15000 stalls and 10000 vendors divided into 27 section. If you see something you like, buy it! I bet you wont find your way back! & the weather is hot! so remember to dress light!

Visit Heathland Spa & Massage
Image Source: Healthland
After a long day at Chatuchak Weekend Market, head over to Heathland Massage and Spa to reduce the stress from walking too much. I visited multiple times and it did not disappoint me. It is clean and ambience was really good too. Service and technique is up to standard! Leg massage from 350b for 60 minutes massage.

Multiple outlets available

Have dinner at MK Steamboat
Since 1962, MK has won the heart of many food lovers. Every visit to Bangkok must include a trip to MK Steamboat. Not only the quality of food is good, I love the roast pork, charsiew and the chilli that goes well with everything! MK is everywhere in Bangkok and you can find them easily or search for the nearest restaurant here.

Day 5: Take a Day trip to Ayuttaya

Ayutthaya is now an archaeological ruin with scars left by history. Step into the city of Ayutthaya & I felt that this place deserve more than what it is getting. Not many who travelled to Thailand has heard of Ayutthaya even though it is only a few hours from Bangkok. 

Located strategically in the Gulf of Siam, it has equal distant between China and India. The design of Ayutthaya has reflected the creativity of its civilisation and foreign influences such as Japan, China, Persia and Europe. If time allows, I would love to stay at this place a little longer and understand its rich history. We rented a car to get to Ayutthaya with our local relatives. If you plan to visit Ayutthaya with private car, you can check this out.

Hope this itinerary gives you a glimpse of things to do in Bangkok!

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