Cheaper than a domestic trip! So, I went to Bangkok for 4 days and 3 nights. I’ll summarize it in my blog as a travelogue.
Shopping for Asian goods, Thai food, Ayutthaya ruins, rooftop bars… I fully enjoyed everything I wanted to do on my bullet trip. I’ve tried to describe in as much detail as possible about the money and places we spent, so please refer to it.
Itinerary for 4 days and 3 nights in Bangkok
Day 1: Take the 9:00 Air Asia flight to Bangkok
・Fly to Bangkok by Air Asia departing at 9:00 and arriving at Dom An Airport at 14:00.
・Leave your luggage at the hotel and go shopping at MBK shopping center.
・Evening dinner cruise and massage at Shangri-la.
Day 2: Take a train to Ayutthaya ruins in the morning
・Take a train to Ayutthaya ruins in the morning.
・Explore Ayutthaya by motorcycle
・In the evening, we will go to Mahanakorn Skywalk Observatory to see the sunset and night view.
・Evening dinner at the food court of MBK Center.
・Massage near the hotel.
Day 3: From Chatuchak Market to buy souvenirs at the supermarket
・Go to Chatuchak Market in the morning
・In the evening, buy some souvenirs at the supermarket “Tops Market”.
・In the evening, we went to “Tops Market” to buy souvenirs.
・Toast at the rooftop bar of the Marriott Hotel to end the trip
・Have a massage near the hotel.
Day 4: Take a cab to Don Muang Airport
・Morning cab to Don Muang Airport.
・Take the 14:00 flight to Japan
I think I did a rather good job of getting around in 4 days and 3 nights. Here’s a detailed recap of what happened from day one!
Day 1: LCC AirAsia to Bangkok
Boarding LCC AirAsia from Narita Airport
This time, I’m flying from Narita to Bangkok’s Dom An Airport by LCC Air Asia, and I got a round-trip ticket for about 30,000 yen per person.
LCCs charge extra for checked luggage and all in-flight meals. There is no extra charge for carry-on luggage up to 7 kg per person. For this reason, I limited my luggage to 7 kg per person on the way to the airport and put it in my backpack. On the way back, since we had more souvenirs, etc., we added checked baggage (not carry-on, but checked luggage) for one person for about $50.
I put my luggage in a backpack that looks like this and use it as a carry-on.
Boarding procedures were completed without incident. Now it’s time to board the plane!
AirAsia is an LCC, but the seats are not very small. It’s just that the aisles are so narrow that you feel like you’re hitting the people in the aisle a little bit when you’re walking.
It will take about 6 hours to get to Bangkok, but there are no personal monitors to watch movies. 6 hours with nothing to do is a lot of free time, so you’d better prepare something to kill time.
Also, there’s a fee to rent blankets and such, so you’d better make sure you have something to wear on board!
About two hours after take-off, we had our long awaited in-flight meal. We had booked our in-flight meal in advance. The set includes rice and water or coffee. If you order it in advance, it costs about $4, so I recommend you to get the in-flight meal.
He ordered the green curry. It’s delicious, but very spicy…!
In-flight meals can be purchased on board, even if you haven’t pre-ordered.
Arriving at Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport!
While I’m reading guidebooks and books, we’ve arrived in Bangkok! There is a bus service from Dom An Airport to the center of Bangkok.
You can easily find the bus stop by following the “bus” signs at the airport. There are several routes, but the bus that goes to Mo Chit called “A1” comes every five minutes, so it’s quite convenient.
We took the “A1” bus again. This will take you to Mo Chit for 30 baht ($1.02) per person. The time is about 30 minutes.
We got off the bus at Mo Chit and took the BTS (Skytrain) train. This time I had taken a hotel near Silom station.
Check in to the hotel
It was only a 6-minute walk from Silom, and we were able to check in about the hotel without any problems. I highly recommend the Urban House where we stayed this time!
・The wifi was crisp.
・A short walk from Silom station in the center of Bangkok.
・The owner lady is very kind.
It was a small hotel, but clean and beautiful, and I was very satisfied with it. 50 dollars per night for two people is not cheap in Bangkok, but it is located in the center of Bangkok and quite convenient for sightseeing.
Shopping at MBK Center
After a rest at the hotel, we went to MBK Center. This is a favorite shopping spot for both me and him.
It is a place where you can find anything you need, with a concentration of cheap stores like a market. It’s also conveniently located within walking distance of Siam, the center of Bangkok.
At MBK, I bought a dress to wear the next day. I wanted to buy a flashy dress that would look good in tropical Thailand.
If you spend $30 at MBK, you can get all the clothes you need for your stay. I also bought one dress for 300 baht ($10.02).
Shangri-La Hotel Dinner Cruise
After MBK, we took the train to the Shangri-La Hotel. I had booked a dinner cruise for this day. There are many different dinner cruises in Bangkok, but I was curious about the dinner cruise that Shangri-La was working on because of its high reputation.
There is a cruise terminal inside the hotel. Expectations are high for the beautiful ship…!
The seats are at the very front! It’s so romantic!
The table setting is also very Shangri-La-like. The table setting is also very Shangri-La-like, and the view of Bangkok at night is enchanting.
The Shangri-La dinner cruise is buffet style, so you can have as much or as little as you like.
No way, sushi too…!
The food was very tasty and the sweets were excellent. It’s not too sweet, it’s elegant and you can eat as much as you want.
Dinner with a night view of Bangkok and the service of a five-star hotel is too luxurious…
We were very happy to see Wat Arun so close that we could see the pattern.
At $79.69, it’s a bit more expensive than other cruises, but it’s a valuable experience with top-notch hotel service.
▼ Shangri-La’s dinner cruises are detailed below.
The day ended with a massage near the hotel after this. Next day, Ayutthaya!
Day 2: Train to the World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya
Two-hour train ride
On the second day, we will take a train from Phalangporn station to Ayutthaya. It takes about two hours and the fare is 20 baht ($0.68) per person one way. No, $0.70 for a two-hour train ride is too cheap!
We took the express train, and there is also an express train that is one rank higher. It’s a great way to get a feel for the city and its people.
The train was crowded the whole time. The locals seem to use it a lot.
After two hours of continuous shaking, we arrived at Ayutthaya! Ayutthaya station is cute and nostalgic.
Rent a motorcycle and ride around Ayutthaya!
We had decided to rent motorcycles in Ayutthaya. There are several archaeological sites in Ayutthaya, each a bit far from the other.
・We decided not to rent a bike because it was too hot.
・Tuk-tuk – 500 baht ($17.00) per day, quite expensive.
・Rent a motorcycle for a day for 200 baht ($6.80).
So we decided to go sightseeing by motorcycle this time.
Once you get off Ayutthaya station, there are plenty of places you can rent so don’t worry.
I’m just riding in the back, but I’m stoked…!
Let’s start with Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, home to many Buddha images
Colorful is cute with lots of flowers. This place was full of large, unbroken Buddha statues that were very powerful.
Visiting a local Thai restaurant
I was hungry, so I looked up a restaurant at random on Google Maps and decided to go for it. As it turned out, it was cheap, tasty, and a great answer!
A spicy stir-fry and a bowl of noodles. Cheer up.
We also had the usual sweet Thai tea. All in all, 195 baht ($6.63). I knew it was too cheap!
Ayutthaya is also very hot, so I recommend taking a break and going around slowly.
Buddha head buried in tree roots
Speaking of Ayutthaya! Wat Mahathat, with its Buddha head buried in the roots of a tree, which I had often seen in pictures. It’s mysterious when you see it up close.
There is a spot here where you can sit and easily take a picture with the Buddha head.
The back side looks like this, which is also mysterious. This is the only place in the large ruins where you can find a lot of people, so it was easy to recognize.
The elephants we’ve been waiting to see
The Ayutthaya Elephant Camp was the place I was most looking forward to visiting in Ayutthaya.
The elephant ride was a bit expensive at 400 baht ($13.60) per person… but I really wanted to ride, so I didn’t mind the price that much.
When you get on the elephant’s back, it’s expensive…! The car looks small.
The amazing thing about Ayutthaya is that elephants usually walk on the road. I was so excited when I saw this.
There were so many elephants, it was kind of a magical sight.
After getting off the elephant, I paid another 40 baht ($1.36) to take a picture. They’re just too cute…
We were so happy to have them squeezing our noses and to be able to take so many pictures with them. If you’re not interested in riding an elephant, this is a great place to take pictures.
To the mysterious white temple
We went to Wat Phu Khao Thoeng, which is a bit far from the other ruins, but has a pure white chedi.
It was really white as far as the eye could see, a magical space. Unlike the other ruins, there were no tourists at all.
It was almost time for the train to go home, so we headed back to Ayutthaya station to return the bikes.
Nostalgic Ayutthaya Station
We put the bikes back and headed back to the station. The nostalgic atmosphere was kind of cute and I took a lot of pictures.
It was so hot that I had a fruit juice at a cafe attached to Ayutthaya station.
Pineapple and mango juice. Delicious sweetness from the fruit!
Now that I’m feeling much more alive, I’m back on the train back to Bangkok.
Twenty hours of wobbling and dozing.
The return trip seemed to fly by.
▼ For more information on sightseeing in Ayutthaya, please refer to the following article.
Now we are heading to Mahanakorn to watch the sunset.
Bangkok’s number one observation deck! To Mahanakhon Skywalk
In November of 2018, an observation deck was opened at Mahanakorn, the highest building in Bangkok. So, I decided to go there as soon as possible.
The amazing thing about this observatory is that it’s an outdoor observatory at a height of 310 meters. You can enjoy the view of Bangkok, not through glass.
When I arrived at the observatory, it was just as the sun was setting. The sky is pink and beautiful…!
The whole city of Bangkok is gradually lit up.
I was very happy to take pictures on the glass floor, which is the specialty of this observatory. You can take pictures that look as if they are floating in the air.
There is also a bar at the observatory, where I took a break with some fruit juice. What a treat to watch the night view!
By the way, the price seems to change depending on the time as shown below.
10:00 – 15:59 850 baht ($28.90)
16:00 – 18:59 1050 Baht ($35.70)
19:00 – 23:00 850 baht ($28.90)
From November 16, 2018 to the end of January 2019, you can enter for 765 baht ($26.01) to celebrate the opening.
We used a booking service called kkday to get there. (Reference: Bangkok’s new attraction! Mahanakhon Skywalk Observation Deck Entrance Ticket)
kkday has a page in Japanese and it’s easy to make a reservation.
▼ The Mahanakorn Observatory is described in detail in the following article.
Went to the MBK food court for dinner.
Here I am again, at the MBK Center, where there is a large food court on the 6th floor, which is my favorite place.
In Bangkok, there are a lot of food stalls, but when there is not much water, they use buckets of water to wash the dishes. I heard that this can cause stomach problems.
On the other hand, food courts in shopping malls like MBK have clean water and refrigerators, so you can eat local food with more peace of mind than at food stalls. So, food court meals are very useful for me.
I ordered two of my favorite Khao Man Gai, a large crepe, and Thai tea, and the total cost was 280 baht ($9.52). I knew it was cheap. Everything was delicious and I was very satisfied!
We ended the day with another wander to a massage parlor near the hotel.
Day 3: To Chatuchak Market
To the market by the famous tuk-tuk
On this day, we will go to Chatuchak Weekend Market. This market is open only on Saturdays and Sundays.
I had decided to take a tuk-tuk at least once, so I decided to ride it to Chatuchak. To be honest, tuk-tuks are not cheap, so I don’t ride them that much, but they are fun to ride once or twice.
Negotiate the price before you get on. From near Silom station to Chatuchak, 300 baht ($10.20). It’s not cheap, but it’s fun to feel like you’re running around Bangkok.
Chatuchak Market is crazy big, so it’s a good idea to get a map from the information desk near the entrance.
It’s hot, so I walk around with a fruit shake in my hand. A cool, cold drink will bring you back to life…!
Grocery shopping at Chatuchak Market
The Celadon ware was what I was looking for. I’m not sure if it’s a good idea, but it’s a good idea.
There were many to choose from, but this time I took home a bowl with an elephant pattern. I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to do it again.
The price is also reasonable at 580 baht ($11.60) for two bowls. It is originally made in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, but there are several factory-owned stores in Chatuchak.
I saw some tropical dresses and clothes. There are patterns that are hard to find in Japan, so just looking at them is fun.
I also bought a pair of matching tie pants for him. I’m sure you’ll like it.
We also went to Madame Capi, famous for her original basket bags. It’s a great way to make your own basket bag by choosing the basket and decorations. Here’s what I ended up with.
I chose a large bag, so it cost me 700 baht ($23.80) including the decorations, but a small one can be made for 400 baht ($13.60). I think it can be done for about 400 baht ($13.60) for a smaller bag.
It’s fun to be able to make something original, isn’t it? I used it right away after this.
The sundries I bought as souvenirs in Thailand are summarized in the following article.
Lunch at an air-conditioned restaurant.
Chatuchak is an outdoor market, so the air conditioning is basically off. It was very hot.
There were many cheap food stalls, but we wanted to take a rest in an air-conditioned place, so we went to an expensive Thai restaurant.
But the food tasted really good!
Fried green curry and nuts. I ordered a mango shake and a chocolate shake, and the total cost was 688 baht ($23.39). It was a bit expensive for Thailand, but it was cool and tasty, so it was OK.
After this, we continued eating at the market
After lunch, we continued eating at the market. Something like tsukune is 10 baht ($0.34). Spicy and delicious!
I had some coconut ice cream. This coconut ice cream was very tasty. The chocolate sauce is surprisingly perfect.
Walking around, looking for sundries.
There’s also a cute artificial flower shop.
I’m not sure what to make of this. It was hard to get to the station.
I was so tired that I took a cab for the first time.
Bangkok has cabs that are metered. The first ride is as cheap as 35 baht ($1.19). This is the first time I’ve been to the city. If they tell you the price before you get in, they won’t use the meter.
This time, when I tried to take a cab right after leaving the market, I was suddenly told 300 baht… I crossed the street and walked a bit to catch a metered cab.
Buying souvenirs at the “Tops Market” supermarket
We come to MBK again and buy some snacks and other souvenirs at a supermarket called Tops Market in the basement.
Before that, we take a break at a mini-cafe inside Tops Market.
A coffee shake 40 baht ($1.36) will soothe you.
We bought a lot of sweets and souvenirs here, and since we bought too much, we took a cab back to the hotel. I’m going to go to dinner now.
▼ We bought a lot of sweets and souvenirs here.
Dinner was served while enjoying the night view of Bangkok.
We ate dinner at the Crystal Grill, located on the 82nd floor of a high-rise hotel called the Bayonet Sky Hotel.
It’s a buffet-style restaurant where you can eat as much as you like.
It was nice to be able to have meat grilled on the spot, to have Tom Yang Kung or Pad Thai made, and to be able to eat food that was cooked right away.
It was an enthralling dinner time with the night view.
On the 360-degree rotating observation deck
After dinner, we went to the observation deck on the top floor of the hotel.
This observatory has a 360-degree rotation system, so I was able to get a full view of the night scenery of Bangkok.
You can book a ticket that includes dinner and admission to the observatory for $19.46 in Japanese at the following website.
【Bangkok】Baiyoke Sky Hotel: Buffet Lunch / Dinner: Observation Deck Floor Ticket Included.
▼ Dinner and the observation deck at the Bayoke Sky Hotel are summarized in the following article.
End the trip at the rooftop bar of the Marriott Hotel
We were full after dinner, but it was the last day of our trip. I wanted to go somewhere to look back on my memories, so I went to the rooftop bar at the Marriott Hotel.
We didn’t have a reservation, but they showed us to our seats.
It is a bustling place with many couples and foreigners.
600 baht ($20.40) including three drinks and service charge.
Nice place for a romantic atmosphere. Finally, I had a wonderful memory.
Now the three days are over and the next day is the day to go home.
Day 4: Taxi to Don Muang Airport
We had a lot of luggage that day, so we took a taxi to Dom An Airport. The total cost was 420 baht ($14.28), including 300 baht from central Bangkok and 120 baht for the expressway.
I heard that the market price is about 400-500 baht.
Our flight home seemed to be delayed for about an hour, so we went to Mac’s for the last time. In Thailand, they serve fries with sweet chili sauce. It’s very tasty and my favorite!
We checked in our luggage and proceeded with the boarding process.
For the last in-flight meal, I had teriyaki rice and a spicy stir-fry.
This was the end of our four-day, three-night trip to Bangkok. The four days went by so fast that I felt like I was running around Bangkok.
Spending the same amount of time on a similar schedule might be a little tough, so make sure to leave some room in your schedule for a fun trip!
Cards are recommended for shopping in Thailand
We recommend using credit cards rather than cash for shopping in Thailand.
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 by phone, so there is less risk. There are many stores in Thailand where you can pay by card.
While sightseeing in Thailand, it is safe to be connected to the Internet
While you are sightseeing in Thailand, 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 reach the stores or tourist attractions you want to visit… Also, many of the local WiFi services are not accessible to Japanese.
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