Since I was alone, I could do whatever I wanted and go as I pleased. I had a lot of anxiety being alone, but Thai people are very warm. I didn’t have a single bad experience, and I made it back safely.
If there are any girls who are going to Bangkok in the future, I hope they will read this book.
- Itinerary for my 3-day/2-night trip to Bangkok
- Day 1: LCC Air Asia to Domuang Airport
- Take a bus to the center of Bangkok and check in to the hotel
- Shopping at MBK, unable to go anywhere due to heavy rain
- Dinner at the MBK food court
- Day 2: Visit Wat Pho, Wat Arun and other famous tourist attractions
- Impressed by the power of Wat Pho
- Blue lattes are cute! Relaxing in a cafe
- Take a ferry to Wat Arun on the other side of the river
- Sink your teeth into a pink latte at a florist’s cafe.
- Discovered Chiang Mai’s famous Khao Soi shop
- Like a jewel box, visit the night market
- Day 3: Start the day with a typical Thai Starbucks
- Thai specialty Pad Thai for lunch
- Thai cosmetics as souvenirs at the drugstore
- Enjoy mangoes at the famous MANGO TANGO
- Visit the beautiful Jim Thompson House
- Eating our last dinner in Bangkok
Itinerary for my 3-day/2-night trip to Bangkok
Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok after noon
Check in to the hotel and go shopping at MBK shopping center.
Day 2: Visit the three major temples of Wat Arun and Wat Pho
Visit Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the hottest cafes. In the evening, visit the night market.
Day 3: Visit Mango Tango and Jim Thompson’s house
Visit a Thai-style Starbucks and Mango Tango for a taste of mango. Visit Jim Thompson’s house. Catch a flight from Bangkok in the evening.
Although it was only three days and two nights, we were able to do plenty of sightseeing because our return flight on the third day left late at night.
Day 1: LCC Air Asia to Domuang Airport
For this trip, I came to Bangkok by LCC Air Asia. Even if it’s not a special sale, it’s cheap, about 20,000 round trip between Narita and Bangkok. I’ve used it many times already.
Service doesn’t come with anything unless you pay for it, but the seats weren’t cramped.
Arriving at Dom An Airport! The flight arrived just around noon, so I was hungry…
I immediately ordered gapao at the restaurant in the airport. This is the first time I’ve ever had it.
I know it’s expensive for Thailand, and I know it’s an airport price, but I was hungry, so okay!
The taste was perfect, and the spicy Thai seasoning cheered me up a lot. The pineapple juice was cool and refreshing too!
Take a bus to the center of Bangkok and check in to the hotel
The only train that goes out from Don Muang Airport to the center of Bangkok is the local train.
All tourists take a bus from the airport to Mo Chit, where the BTS station is located.
I also took the bus from the airport. I arrived at Mo Chit in about 20 minutes.
In Mo Chit, there is a station for the BTS, the train that runs through the center of Bangkok. At the top of the photo, I told the station attendant where I was going and was able to buy an IC card that looked like a ticket.
Bangkok’s trains are surprisingly clean! To be honest, I didn’t expect it to be so developed, so I was a bit surprised.
The interior of the train was also very beautiful. I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not, but I think it’s a good idea.
And so we arrived safely at the hotel. The hotel we stayed at this time was “Siam Square House”.
It’s located next to Siam, the center of Bangkok, about a two-minute walk from the National Stadium station.
The price is about $50 per night, which is expensive for Bangkok, but since I was traveling alone, I wanted to stay somewhere safe and close to the station.
It was actually a good decision to stay here, the owner was kind and made me feel very safe.
Shopping at MBK, unable to go anywhere due to heavy rain
It is the rainy season in Thailand while it is summer in Japan. It started raining heavily in the evening on this day as well. Even though it was clear and dry during the day, it started raining heavily in the evening when we arrived at the hotel.
I was going to do some sightseeing, but it was already raining so I decided to go shopping at the shopping center.
There is a shopping center called MBK less than five minutes walk from the hotel, so we decided to go there.
There are a lot of shopping centers in Bangkok, but MBK seems to have a miscellany of cheap products compared to other places.
Individual stores? It’s a place where you can haggle over prices. I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not.
They also have sundries, so it’s a great place to buy Thai souvenirs.
Thai pants, which are often bought as Thai souvenirs, come in a variety of cute patterns.
This is the first time I’ve ever been to MBK.
▼ Here are some of the Thai goods that I bought!
Dinner at the MBK food court
There is a large food court on the 5th floor of MBK. If you are traveling alone, it is convenient to eat at a place like a food court.
You can have a special card charged, order food at your favorite restaurant, and have the card deducted from your account.
The clean stores are lined up in a row, and you can find anything from Thai food to Japanese food.
I ordered the Khao Man Gai and Thai Tea. I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not. I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to do it again.
▼ You can find out more about the sundries you can change at MBK and how to use the food court in the following article.
BMBK’s basic information
・Business hours: 10:00 – 21:30
・Address: 444 Phayathai Rd, Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330 Thailand
・Access: A short walk from National Stadium BTS station.
On the first day, we enjoyed shopping at MBK and returned to the hotel.
Day 2: Visit Wat Pho, Wat Arun and other famous tourist attractions
The second day was fine and sunny. We had worked hard to make this day a sightseeing day.
We headed for the three major temples, Wat Pho and Wat Arun. There is no train service in the direction of Wat Pho along the river.
Instead, you can take a boat called the Chao Phraya Express to get near the three major temples.
The boat can be taken from Saphan Taksin station, so take the train there.
As soon as we got off the Saphan Taksin station, we found the boat terminal.
Tell the attendant you want to go to Wat Pho and he will guide you, so don’t worry about it.
We boarded the boat and after a 20-minute ride, we arrived at Wat Pho.
Impressed by the power of Wat Pho
Buy an entrance ticket to enter Wat Pho, which cost about 100 baht ($3.40).
I thought Wat Pho would be full of Buddha statues. I thought it was just a bunch of Buddha statues, but it’s a pretty big place.
I’ve been to a lot of Buddhist temples in the past. I wondered if it was reclining… I continued on my way.
Apparently, Buddha is in the cloister.
I was surprised to see a large Buddha statue suddenly appear…! It was about three times as big as I imagined it would be.
If you walk from the head, you will reach the feet. From here, you can see the size of the temple and be more impressed…! Wat Pho is a really nice place to visit.
Basic information about Wat Pho
・Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
・Fee: 100 Baht (Children under 120cm are free)
・Address: 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District, Bangkok
・Access: Short walk from Ta Tein Pier (Express Boat)
Blue lattes are cute! Relaxing in a cafe
There was a café within walking distance from Wat Pho that I wanted to visit. It’s called Blue Whale Maharaj, which is talked about for its mysterious blue lattes.
I ordered the much talked about blue latte. I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not, but it’s a good idea.
The true nature of this blue color is the herb called butterfly pea, which is commonly used in Thailand. It’s amazing how vivid the color can be from nature, isn’t it?
We also had the orange cake with us at this cafe. The blue latte didn’t just look good, it tasted good too.
Basic information about Blue Whale cafe
・Opening hours: 10:00~20:00
・Closed: Every Thursday
・Address: 392/37 Maha Rat Rd Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Bangkok
・Access: From Saphan Taksin BTS station, take a boat to Tha Tien. 5 minutes walk from the pier. About 7 minutes walk from Wat Pho.
Take a ferry to Wat Arun on the other side of the river
I was able to recover a lot of energy at the cafe, so I headed to Wat Arun.
Wat Arun is on the other side of Wat Pho. You can take a boat to the other side. The fare is 4 baht (about $0.14).
We boarded the boat and arrived at Wat Arun in no time, about 5 minutes.
Wat Arun from the boat is also beautiful.
Wat Arun is entered through this gate. Both Wat Arun and Wat Pho are large and require a lot of walking. It would be better not to make a bulletproof schedule.
Wat Arun is finely decorated with ceramics, which is very cute.
The patterns are so cute, and everywhere is a little different, so I can’t take enough pictures.
I really recommend this temple for girls.
But Bangkok is always pretty hot, and it’s hard to walk around a large temple in temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius. It’s a great way to get a feel for the city.
Wat Arun is a place I want to come back to see.
Basic Information about Wat Arun
・Opening hours: 7:30am – 5:30pm
・Fee: 50 baht ($1.70) for a visit
・Address: 34 Arunamarin Rd., Wat Arun, BangkokYai, Bangkok 10600
・Access: Ferry (3B) from the express boat landing at Tha Tien
Sink your teeth into a pink latte at a florist’s cafe.
I came to a cute cafe attached to a flower store. The store is called “Flower in hand by P” and is run by sisters who love flowers.
There are lots of flowers in the store too.
The colorful interior of the store made me very excited.
You can enjoy drinks and cookies made with edible flowers here.
A rose pink latte and a cookie sprinkled with flower petals. It tastes great and has quickly become my favorite cafe.
Basic information about Flower in hand by P
・Opening hours: 11:00 – 19:00
・Address: 18/1-83 Soi Ari 2, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Khet Phaya Thai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400
・Access: 5 minutes walk from BTS Aree station.
Discovered Chiang Mai’s famous Khao Soi shop
After leaving the cafe, we walked towards the station and found a khao soi shop.
Khao Soi is a specialty of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, and is a kind of curry noodle soup. It was my favorite after eating it in Chiang Mai, so I decided to try it.
The chicken was tender and tasty, and I was very satisfied.
Basic information about Ong Tong Khaosoi
・Opening hours: 10:00-23:00 (open daily)
・Closed: No holidays
・Address: 21 Soi Phahonyothin7 Phahonyothin Rd.
・Access: 5 minutes walk from BTS Ary station.
Like a jewel box, visit the night market
After eating dinner, we went to the Railway Market Ratchadaw (Talat Nat Lot Fai Ratchadaw), which I had always wanted to visit. This night market is open every day except Monday.
There are lots of food shops and grocery stores.
The stores are fun, but this market is famous for the view from above.
I can see it from the parking lot of the nearby shopping center, Esplanade. It’s like a jewel box…! I had seen it many times in pictures, but it was still beautiful.
The market tents were glittering, and it made for a special evening.
After enjoying the view for a while, we went to the grocery store.
The basket bags and sandals also have a cute Southeast Asian flair.
I spent a lot of time just looking at the cute enamelware and clothes. At this market, I found some sandals and bought them to take home with me, which made for a very satisfying second day.
・Address: 322/289 Soi Yu Charoen | Din Daeng, Din Daeng, Bangkok
・Opening hours: 17:00 – 25:00
・Access: Get off at the Thai Culture Center MRT station and go out from exit 3, take the road between exit 3 and the Esplanade (department store) and follow the road for about 3-5 minutes until you see the entrance to the market.
Day 3: Start the day with a typical Thai Starbucks
There are many Starbucks in Bangkok, and one of the prettiest stores is the Las One store in Chitlom. I really wanted to go there, so I visited in the morning.
The store is spacious and very cute.
Here, I drank a mango-based Frappuccino and relaxed. We had an elegant time in the spacious store.
Starbucks Langsuan Store
・Address: 39Langsuan RoadPatumwan
・Opening hours: 7:00 – 22:00
・Access: BTS Chitlom Station, Exit 4, get off at Sukhumvit Road, and walk along Langsuan Road next to Mercuryville, the shopping mall with the red building.
Thai specialty Pad Thai for lunch
In Chitlom, there is a large shopping center called Amarin Plaza. We went shopping there to look at sundries.
This place has handmade items by creators, and I found a bracelet that I really liked. I was happy to be able to buy some souvenirs.
The Amarin Plaza also contains a large food court, so we had an early lunch here.
Pad Thai for about $2, and we had a full meal!
Basic information about Amarin Plaza
Opening hours: 10:00 – 21:00
Closed: No holidays
Address: 496-502 Ploenchit Road, Lumpinee, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
Access: Direct connection to BTS Chit Lom station
Thai cosmetics as souvenirs at the drugstore
After lunch, we went to watosons, a drugstore often seen in Thailand, to look for Thai cosmetics.
I was happy to buy a lot of herbal cosmetics, but I regretted that my bag became too heavy. Maybe I should go to the drugstore at the end of the day.
▼ The following is a list of cosmetics that can be purchased at drugstores in Thailand.
Enjoy mangoes at the famous MANGO TANGO
MANGO TANGO was another place I was definitely going to visit in Thailand. You can eat rich mango sweets.
Mango pudding with lots and lots of mangoes on top. The rich and fresh mango is really delicious.
They had a wide variety of sweets, so I want to go back and try different kinds.
Basic information about MANGO TANGO
・Opening hours: 11:00 – 22:00
・Address: Siam Square Soi 7, Rama 1st., Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
・Access: From Saiyam BTS station, go down the stairs at exit 2.
Visit the beautiful Jim Thompson House
Jim Thompson is famous for his Thai silk. He is known as the man who spread Thai silk to the world, and he is an American. During World War II, he was dispatched to Southeast Asia, and after the war, he spread Thai silk to the world.
In 1967, he went missing on a vacation in the Malaysian highlands, and his whereabouts have remained a mystery. You can actually visit the house where he lived and loved for eight years.
His house was so beautiful and beautiful.
Jim Thompson himself was originally an architect, so he built this house in the Thai architectural style with great care. You can visit the house with a Japanese guide.
Photography was not allowed inside the house, but there were many antiques he had collected on display.
Basic Information about Jim Thompson’s House
・Address: 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok
・Business hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
・Closing days: None
・Access: BTS National Stadium Station, Exit 1. When you get to the ground level, make a U-turn and go straight for about 100 meters, then turn to soi Kasemsan 2 and go about 300 meters to the left.
Eating our last dinner in Bangkok
After visiting Jim Thompson’s house, we went to the MBK food court for dinner. This was my last dinner in Bangkok.
The food court is very convenient when you are traveling alone.
After this, I took a bus from Mo Chit as I had done when I first arrived, and headed for Dom An Airport.
My solo trip to Bangkok was a safe and enjoyable experience.
Cards are recommended for shopping in Bangkok
We recommend using credit cards rather than cash for shopping in Bangkok.
The reason is that if you have cash on you when you are robbed, the damage will be greater.
Credit cards can be stopped immediately with a phone call, so there is less risk. In Bangkok, there are many stores where you can pay by card.
It’s safe to be connected to the Internet while sightseeing in Bangkok
While sightseeing in Bangkok, make sure you are connected to the internet so that you can do your research.
If you are not connected to the internet, you may not be able to get to the stores or tourist attractions you want to visit… Also, many of the local WiFi services do not allow Japanese to connect.
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