Let’s Begin with Bangkok and Pattaya itinerary!
- Embark your journey on Day 1 in Bangkok with a visit to The Grand Palace which opens at 08:30 in morning. You need to be dressed modestly and pay an entry fee of 500 THB. After this, you can trace the following plan.
- Don’t forget to Visit Phra Kaew located within premises of the Grand Palace. Commonly known as Temple of the Emerald Buddha, it is palladium of Thailand.
- Make a short walk from the Grand Palace, to reach Wat Pho temple. It is home to world’s largest Reclining Buddha and admits you with a fee of 200 THB. You may also try traditional Thai massage from School of Massage here.
- Walk towards nearby Tha Tien ferry terminal to enjoy a 5-minute boat ride to Wat Arun costing merely 3 THB. This legendary temple of dawn located on other side of Chao Phraya river has an entry fee of 100 THB. Indulge yourself in buying local stuff and relishing street food in neighbouring market while waiting for your ferry.
- After spending some time at Wat Arun, take a taxi ride either towards Khlong Lad Mayom Floating Market or Taling Chan Floating Market. You’ll find floating boats selling variety of fresh sea food and myriad of local stuff such as fruits, snacks, craft and spa items etc.
- Next few pit-stops on your itinerary can be Chao Mae Tuptim (The Temple of Goddess of Fertility), Wat Traimitr (The Temple of Golden Buddha), Wat Saket (The Golden Mount) and Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple). But you can skip these in case you’re exhausted by this time. In that case head straight to your hotel for some rest and start again in evening with Chao Phraya river cruise.
- Start your evening stroll with Asiatique Riverfront which is an open-air mall facing Chao Phraya River. It’s an amazing place to watch the sunset and satiate your food cravings with variety of cuisines. Best way to reach Asiatique Riverfront is by an Express boat ferry ride costing just 60 THB from Phra Arthit Pier.
- From Asiatique Riverfront grab a Taxi to Khao San. The road to Khaosan goes via Chinatown welcoming you with streets dazzling with neon lights and maze of chaotic market alleys. Make it your pit-stop if you have desire of aromatic Chinese food especially fresh-sea food.
- Khao San Road will be your last stop for the day where you can party until dawn. Experience its charm by grooving on loud music in pubs and bars, enjoying cheap liquor and bizarre street food!
- Sea Life Ocean World is the perfect place to start your second day in Bangkok. Grab a taxi to Siam Paragon Mall to reach this massive aquarium. Make sure to book your tickets a day prior from Klook for great discounts.
- After hours of joy at this amazing aquarium, catch the BTS from Siam to Mo Chit to reach the most popular Chatuchak Weekend Market. No wonder if you’re puzzled by its more than 15,000 stalls and vendors selling wide variety of items in narrow streets. This is best place to purchase diverse stuff at great prices among all markets spotted in this Bangkok and Pattaya itinerary.
- Now, in case you want to hop on to a giant Thai Mall for global-brands shopping, then catch the BTS to reach either MBK Center Mall or Central World Mall. There is an amazing Food Court at MBK Center Mall where you can find cuisines of worldwide origins at very reasonable prices.
- To spend your evening with 360-degree view of Bangkok from some of the highest sky bars in city simply head to Sukhumvit. The most popular ones are Lebua Sky Bar on 64th floor, King Power Mahanakhon with skywalk on 74th floor. These sky-bars are quite expensive, hence choose as per your budget and taste.
- After this, you may take a ride to Patpong Night Market particularly famous for souvenirs and faux brand items. This lively market nestled in Bangkok’s infamous adult nightlife area is open till midnight.
- To experience the adult nightlife of Bangkok, take a ride to reach Nana Plaza and later a walk from here to reach Soi Cowboy. Both are famous for adult entertainment and Go-Go bars. Complete your day sipping on some drinks in open-top bars and relishing delicious food in the lane opposite to Nana Plaza hosting various Arabic and Turkish restaurants and Hookah Bars.
Start early from Bangkok to reach Pattaya with sufficient time to explore your 3rd day of itinerary. After a check-in to your hotel embark your trail in Pattaya.
- Begin your trail with an astonishing wooden temple filled with traditional Buddhist and Hindu motifs and sculptures. This Sanctuary of Truth will charge an entrance fee of 500 THB.
- Nearby is Mini Siam Miniature Park with miniature of famous world monuments. Skip this if you’ve already seen such places earlier to save time and 300 THB.
- For some fun time, you can visit the mind-blowing museum of Ripley’s Believe it or Not and 3D gallery at Art in Paradise. Both these places combined would cost anywhere around 800 THB!
- Later for an evening walk head to hilltop Wat Phra Yai Temple, also called as Big Buddha Hill. Here, a free entry through staircase flanked by huge dragons will lead you to a colossal Buddha statue.
- For the best panoramic views of Pattaya City & its crescent-shaped coastline walk to adjacent Pattaya View Point on Pratumanak Hill.
- In case you couldn’t visit any Floating Market in Bangkok as listed earlier in our itinerary, then you may go to Four Regions Floating Market in Pattaya. It’s artificially constructed by Thai government specifically for tourism purpose and hence also charges an entry fee of 200 THB.
- Similarly, there is an Under Water World in Pattaya to visit, which can be skipped for Sea Life Ocean World in Bangkok.
- Enjoy a beautiful sunset wandering on Pattaya Beach Road stretched along Pattaya Beach seafront surrounded by numerous hotels, shopping malls, food-joints and bars & restaurants.
- If theatrical dance shows delight you, then spend couple of hours watching cabaret performance of transgenders adorned with vibrant costumes and high-tech lighting at either Tiffany’s Cabaret Show or Alcazar Cabaret Show. You can either directly visit their websites for show timings and tickets or use Klook to get amazing deals.
- After this you can spend time savouring ice-creams and enjoying fun activities at Central Festival Mall – the largest mall in Pattaya. This mall hosts various brand retail showrooms, fine-dine restaurants and huge arcade.
- Now start a walk towards Pattaya Night Bazaar on your way to Walking Street. Soothe yourselves in umpteen bars playing amazing music with games like snooker and ping-pong.
- Take this opportunity to grab either some street food or eat at popular chains like McDonalds, Subway etc near Pattaya Avenue.
- Finally comes The Walking Street, here a walk through this adult entertainment and red-light district mushroomed with Go-Go bars, nightclubs and live music venues offers you a different perspective of Pattaya. This entire place usually becomes lively after 10:00 PM and remains youthful even until 04:00 AM. Spend rest of your time here, the way you want, to conclude this day!
Next morning, if it’s your last day in Pattaya, then you have two options to plan you day. The first and the one we did is to sail to Koh Larn Coral Island. Second option is to explore few other prominent places of interest in Pattaya. We’d recommend to go with first one if you’re not visiting exotic islands of Southern Thailand later during your travel.
- A 30 mins scenic ferry ride off-coast Pattaya Bali Hai Pier will take you to Koh Larn’s white-sand, clear-water beaches. This 30 THB ferry ride is much better option than taking a 300 THB speed boat ride.
- Spend your entire day in hopping six islands of Koh Larn and doing under-sea activities like sea walk. You can read our experience at Koh Larn to get detailed insights to this coral island.
As an alternative, you can opt for any of the following plans –
- You may spend your entire day at Sri Racha Tiger Zoo on outskirts of Pattaya city. It hosts shows of tigers, elephants and crocodiles, where you can personally click pictures with them.
- Another getaway can be exploring the stunning 500-acre botanical garden at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden. An entry ticket of 500 THB will let you enjoy elephant shows and perform other activities to spend nearly 5-6 hours gazing its beauty.
- Then visit the Khao Chi Chan Buddha to witness a huge Buddha image carved into wall of mountain.
- If museums enthral you then take a short drive to Anek Kuson Sala. A free entry to this beautiful Chinese temple and museum sitting next to a quaint lake will be a treat to your eyes.
- For a vinous experience take a tour of Silverlake Vineyard. Here drift off in winery, tasting wines and enjoying lavish food at its restaurant and bar.
- Take a break at Jomtien Beach while returning to Pattaya. Apparently, Jomtien Beach is cleaner and less crowded than Pattaya beach, making it a great choice to relax by the Sea!
This brings an end to this Bangkok and Pattaya itinerary capturing everlasting memories and experiences. Tell us your experience from Bangkok and Pattaya in comments below or if you have any questions and we’ll be happy to help you out!
You can check our detailed trails to explore Cultural Side of Bangkok and Pattaya and to get a Sneak Peek into Vibrant Nightlife of Bangkok and Pattaya. Also, do check out our trail to Koh Larn – A Trail Under Sea of Pattaya’s Coral Island for an immersive experience to this island.