Bangkok provides a lot of interesting things to explore when traveling there. You want to have a memorable trip but spend very little cost, look at our suggestions below.
Monday (Skytrain and Night Markets)
It’s your first day in Bangkok and you are excited to get the trip started. Hold on a second there cowboy. Let’s talk about transportation. With constant traffic in the city, most taxi drivers will negotiate rates or avoid charging the meter which is why we recommend taking the BTS Skytrain. Bangkok’s clean, air-conditioned Skytrain is an efficient form of transportation that will save you money and more importantly — time. However, if you want to experience a tuk-tuk here and there, go for it! Just don’t take one across the city or your pockets may become emptier than expected.
By the time you settle down, unpack your bags and rest, the sun should be slowly setting. This is your chance to visit Pratunam Market. Pratunam is an indoor market but there are plenty of booths laid out in the alleys and streets around the buildings. You will find bargains for clothes, shoes and accessories and odd knick-knacks like Thai amulets and simple street food. Just don’t blow all your spending money on one day, there is plenty to see and do. Night markets in Bangkok are not only iconic for the shopping but even for the overall vibe. So even if you don’t shop until you drop, the exotic food, the electrifying vibe, and the local interaction are reasons enough to go.
Tuesday (Temple Hopping Chao Phraya River)
One cheap thing to do in Bangkok is to go around and soak up some culture. Dedicate a day to the art of temple hopping, all of which you can follow using the google maps pins below. Bangkok has over 40,000 Buddhist temples (in Thai called “Wats”), that are scattered around the city. Taking the Skytrain to Saphan Taksin station where you can experience a boat taxi up Chao Phraya river. The first stop is Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn). It consists of five prangs (towers) and is decorated with ceramic tiles and colorful porcelain.
Wat Pho is the next stop down the river and is the oldest temple in Bangkok (not to mention the most famous). It is home a 46-meter long, 15-meter high Buddha that sits at this temple’s core. You can also stop for a soothing massage at the local massage school in the temple.
If you aren’t sick of temples yet, Wat Saket is worth checking out but it is further in the city. This temple sits atop an artificial hill where you will get breath-taking views of the city. It is famous for the Golden Mount that rises above the clouds. Just a heads up, it is a bit of a climb but admission is free.
In the evening we recommend taking the free shuttle boat back down the river to Asiatique mall. The ten-minute boat ride will stop at Bangkok’s night bazaar, boasting countless shops, yummy restaurants a gigantic Ferris wheel and a long riverside boardwalk.
Wednesday (Parks and Muay Thai)
So you’ve done a ton of walking and your legs are killing you. Now is the time to give yourself a break. Why not relax at Lumpini Park which provides the people of Bangkok with 500,00 sq. meters of green space. Don’t be surprised when you see older Thai generations practicing their Tai Chi. The best time to go is mid-week as the weekend it is full of families. If you want an alternative, Benjakitti Park will have less people and includes a boating lake, a cycling track, and a hidden monument just behind the gates.
Once the sun reaches its peak, you’ll need to escape to something cooler. Head over to the National Stadium station and visit MBK Shopping Mall for some cheap shopping items or the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre for the latest exhibitions in photography and art.
As if finding cheap things to do in Bangkok isn’t good enough, well, how about something free?? Kill some time until the evening when MBK hosts its free Fight Night. Get a real taste of Muay Thai boxing with about eight fights. It is held in front of the shopping center in a ring with announcers, ring girls, lights, and live commentary; all to the backdrop of the live band playing their drums and pipes.
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