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Travel Guide Budget and Itinerary for Bangkok

Bangkok is one of the most visited cities not just in Asia, but in the world. This comes as no surprise because Thailand's capital has a little bit of everything for all kinds of travelers. It is also an affordable city to visit whether you're traveling on a budget or willing to splurge. Bangkok is also a hub for trips to other places in the country or countries in the region. 

budget and itinerary for Bangkok

I've been to this city a couple of times over the years, read my budget and itinerary for Bangkok when you plan your trip. 

Travel Guide Budget and Itinerary for Bangkok

Bangkok also known colloquially as Krung Thep is Thailand's capital and biggest city. This bustling metropolis is centuries old with roots in the Ayutthaya Kingdom. The city is home to many modern establishments and ancient temples. This eclectic mix has made the country's capital a tourist hub in the region. There are plenty of flights and land transportation networks that connect the city to its neighbors and countries around the world.

Things to Do and Places to See in Bangkok

There are plenty of things to do and see while in the city. You can include these attractions and things to do in your budget and itinerary for Bangkok.

Grand Palace

Grand Palace The Wandering Juan

Grand Palace The Wandering Juan

Grand Palace The Wandering Juan

The Grand Palace lives up to its name and is a noteworthy addition to your budget and itinerary for Bangkok. Its a sprawling complex with stupas, temples, and beautiful buildings that display Thai-inspired architecture. The palace was built in the early 1780s. It was the royal residence for several decades. It is still used to accommodate heads of state and as a venue for important ceremonies. 

Entrance fee: THB 500

It's possible to explore the palace grounds and enter attractions within it on your own, but you can also get a tour to get a quick overview of the palace's history and hear some anecdotes. 

Book here: Grand Palace Tour

Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Kaew The Wandering Juan

Wat Phra Kaew or also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is one of the most sacred and revered temples in the country. It's within the grounds of Bangkok's Grand Palace. Before being a fixture in its current temple, the Buddha statue has traveled around other countries in Asia such as Laos, Cambodia and India. 

Entrance fee: THB 500

Wat Pho

Wat Pho The Wandering Juan

Wat Pho is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok. King Rama I had this temple built centuries ago. The temple premises is also home to a traditional medical school. Wat Pho attracts droves of tourists because of the massive reclining Buddha, which is 15m high and 45m long. 

Entrance fee: THB 100

Wat Arun

Wat Arun The Wandering Juan

Wat Arun The Wandering Juan

Wat Arun or also known as the Temple of Dawn, is one of the attractions you can visit while in Bangkok. The complex is centuries old and is the location where one of the country's old kings had his palace and private place of worship built. Drop by just before sunset to watch the skies turn into orange hue and stay until dark to see the temple lit at night. 

Entrance fee: THB 100

Visit a Floating Market

floating market The Wandering Juan

Visiting a floating market is a unique experience, even if you go to the touristy ones. You get to see locals and tourists buying all sorts of products and food from vendors on the river. One of the most famous floating markets is Damnoen Saduak.

You can book a tour here: Floating Market Tour

Explore Khao San Road

budget and itinerary for Bangkok The Wandering Juan

This backpacker district has drawn all types of travelers from around the world. It's packed with clothing and food stalls, budget accommodations, tour operators, tuk tuk drivers, and bars. It's not the prettiest part of Bangkok but the chaos will draw you in and pique your curiosity. 

Day Trip to Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya The Wandering Juan

Ayutthaya The Wandering Juan

If you have an extra day to spare in your budget and itinerary for Bangkok, you can include a trip to Ayutthaya. This destination is on UNESCO's World Heritage list. The area and its ancient temples, pagodas, and statues provide one with a glimpse of Thailand's past. Learn more about a part of the country's history with a trip to Ayutthaya.

You can book a tour here: Ayutthaya Day Tour


budget and itinerary for Bangkok

Bangkok is a foodie destination. You have plenty of options when it comes to the type of food you can eat, but why try anything other than Thai food during your trip? Some of the food you should try include Pad Thai, pineapple fried rice, khao pad, tom yum, khao soi, and mango sticky rice just to name a few.


Watch a Muay Thai Match

Watch a match in the city's premier stadium. Cheer on your chosen fighter along with locals and foreigners at the stadium. 

Book here: Muay Thai Match

Join a Cooking Class

Learn more about how to make delicious Thai food during your trip. Make your own dishes using authentic ingredients while a cook guides you.

Book here: Thai Cooking Class

Go on a Cruise

Go on a scenic river cruise while taking in Bangkok's iconic views. Enjoy the evening views of the city while eating dinner.

Book here: Chao Phraya River Cruise

Safari World

Visit Safari World and experience nature in the city. See different kinds of animals and watch shows. Make it a fun day out with your family or friends with a trip to Safari World.

Book here: Safari World Ticket

SEA Life Bangkok Ocean World

Enjoy a day exploring the different sections and trying the activities at SEA Life Bangkok Ocean World. This is an ideal destination for families with kids because of the things to do and see during a visit. See all sorts of sea creatures and watch the feeding shows. 

Book here: SEA Life Bangkok Ticket

Some other attractions you might be interested include:

  • Temple of the Golden Buddha
  • Wat Suthat
  • Giant Swing
  • National Museum
  • Chatuchak Market
  • Lumpini Park

These are some of the things you can see and do when you plan your budget and itinerary for Bangkok. You could easily fill days with this list.

Getting around Bangkok

Bangkok is an easy city to explore because of its public transportation system. 

By Bus

There are several buses going around the city. You have the option to board an air-conditioned bus or a non air-conditioned one. Fare is around THB 6.50 to THB 23, depending on the route. Air-conditioned buses are more expensive. 

By Metro

The Skytrain and Metro are a convenient way to move around the city despite not having the same network as the buses. Both have similar rates around THB 15 to THB 42 depending on the stop. You can buy a Skytrain day pass for THB 140. 

By Boat

Go to different parts of the city by boat. This is a scenic choice for both locals and visitors. A ride costs around THB 10 to THB 32. 

By Taxi

Taxis are the more expensive option around the city. Always ask the driver to use the meter, if they don't agree, better look for another taxi.

By Tuk Tuk

Another way to get around is by tuk tuk. These look like tricycle that can take you to your destination. They would normally charge around THB 60 for tourists. That's per ride and not per person. The price they charge will also depend on your destination.

How to Go to Bangkok

It's convenient to plan a Bangkok on a budget trip while including other countries in Southeast Asia. There are numerous flights from different parts of the world that go to Bangkok whether it's directly or with a layover. Booking a flight is the fastest way to go to Bangkok from other capitals or cities in Southeast Asia. Book flights early to get the best possible deal. However, for those that have time, there are buses that connect Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. 

Where to Stay in Bangkok

It's easy to find affordable and good value accommodation when you plan your Bangkok on a budget trip. I use both Agoda and Booking when making reservations. 

For Booking.com

For Agoda

Budget for Bangkok

Here's a rough estimate for how much you'll spend while in Bangkok.

Everything's in Thai Baht.

1800 -  4 nights in a hostel dorm

1200 - Entrance fees to some attractions

1500 - Day trip to Ayutthaya

1300 - Day trip to floating market

300 - Transportation

2000 - Food and drinks                                  

8100 - Total for 4 nights

Bangkok is a budget-friendly destination whether you want to have your own room or stay in a dorm and share the room with other people. Food is also affordable and delicious, even if most of your meals come from local food stalls or street food. You'll find all sorts of cuisine in Bangkok so you'll have plenty of choices once there. You can spend more or less depending on your interests, where you stay and where you eat during your visit.

Itinerary for Bangkok

When you're planning to go to Bangkok on a budget, this is a possible itinerary you can follow. 

Day 1

Arrival in Bangkok

Chill day around the city

Go to Khao San Road

Go on a dinner cruise

Day 2

Grand Palace

Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Pho

Wat Arun

Watch a Muay Thai match

Day 3

Day trip to Ayutthaya

Day 4

Visit the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

These are some of the things you can do when preparing your budget and itinerary for Bangkok. This is just bare bones and you can easily add or remove attractions and things to do during your trip.

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