Expat Living: How To Spend A Weekend in Bangkok

Bangkok Skyline at Dawn!

There’s more to Bangkok than just temples, shopping, and traffic! During a long weekend, you can see the major and minor attractions and get a solid overview of one of the top cities in the world!


Here are my suggested attractions and sites to see in Bangkok!

Wat Pho (The Reclining Buddha)

The Wat Pho was my favorite temple in Bangkok! The Wat Pho complex fills a city block so while seeing the statues doesn’t take long, you could spend a solid hour wandering the maze-like temple grounds.


Note: Be sure to wear clothes that cover your legs and shoulders; it’s considered disrespectful to wear revealing clothes. If you don’t, you can rent pants or shirts at the palace. At Wat Pho, they give them out for free.

Take a Chao Phraya River Taxi


On the first day we took a few Uber rides and found ourselves stuck in traffic for hours to all of the tourist attractions.

By the second day, we found it more efficient to take the BTS train & you can easily reach the Chao Phraya river taxis by getting off at the BTS Saphan Taksin, the last station before crossing over the Chao Phraya River, connects with the Chao Phraya Express Boat at the Sathorn Pier.

You can ride the water taxi up and down the river for around 20 baht (less than $1 USD). Our boat had a tour guide who announced each stop and tourist attraction.

Cruising up and down the Chao Phraya river is a convenient way to see Bangkok  without the traffic.

Explore Chinatown


China Town was chaotic, crowded, loud and congested.  There’s just way too much going on but it’s a great tourist spot to get the full effect of Bangkok!

At night, the area is one of the best places in the city to get delicious seafood. You can grab dinner from any of the side-walk food stalls and people watch for hours!

Visit The Mall


The malls are EPIC in Bangkok! I’m not really a big shopper, but when you want to cool off and grab a quick snack, the mall is the perfect hang out.

Riding The BTS 


The Bangkok Mass Transit System, commonly known as the BTS or the Sky train, is an elevated rapid transit system in Bangkok, Thailand.

Taking the BTS is the most efficient way to avoid the hectic Bangkok traffic. The fare  starts at 15 baht, up to 42 baht per journey.

Other Attractions

Our time in Bangkok was short and we tried to squeeze in a lot for only 3 days.  We typically shy away from the mainstream tourist activities, but there is tons to do in Bangkok if you have the extra time to spare!

  • Take a food tour
  • Visit Suk Soi 11
  • Lumpini Park
  • Jim Thompson’s House
  • Chatuchak Weekend Market
  • Muay Thai Fight
  • Floating Market
  • Khao San Road
  • Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn)
  • The Grand Palace 

Check out my YouTube video to see our weekend in Bangkok!!!

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