5-Day Essential Bangkok Tour

You will discover Bangkok��s highlights: Wat Pho, the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and Chinatown. Continue to Ayutthaya for its historic splendor and explore the Maeklong Railway Market and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market to experience the local lifestyle.


  • Soak up the exotic charm of Thailand's capital city - Bangkok.
  • Have an in-depth exploration of Ayutthaya's historic sites with a cruise back to Bangkok along the Chao Phraya River.
  • Enjoy a unique experience at the Maeklong Railway Market and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
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Itinerary in detail

This sample itinerary provides inspiration yet your preferences design the real journey. Following our Tailor-made Guidelines to create a wonderful Thailand holiday in your own way.

Day 1 Bangkok Arrival

Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok (4-star) / Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel (5-star)

Welcome to Bangkok! Your guide and driver will greet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to adjust to the jet lag or wander around your hotel.

Day 2 Bangkok City Highlights Exploration

Breakfast and lunch

Start your day by visiting the grand Wat Pho, which is home to the most renowned reclining Buddha. Buddhist monks in orange robes gather there for their daily ritual �� find a seat on the ground and immerse yourself in the pious chanting.

Move on to visit the iconic Grand Palace, then hop on a long-tail boat and cruise to Wat Arun to see the fascinating structure.

Savor your lunch and then spend the rest of the day wandering around the bustling Chinatown at your own pace.

The magnificent Grand PalaceThe Magnificent Grand Palace

Day 3 A Day Tour to Ayutthaya: a Modern to Ancient World

breakfast and lunch

Depart from Bangkok on a 1?-hour drive to Ayutthaya, which served as the capital of the ancient Ayutthaya Kingdom and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The sight of various Buddha statues and massive tree roots intertwined with Buddha heads are mythical. Your knowledgeable guide will explain the history and hidden stories of Ayutthaya while leading you around the ruined temples, palaces, and ancient walls.

You will cruise back to Bangkok with an infinite imagination of Ayutthaya's illustrious glory and achievements.

The Buddha head among the tree roots in Wat MahathatThe Buddha head among the tree roots in Wat Mahathat

Day 4A Half-Day Market Tour to Experience the Local Lifestyle


Be sure to experience the Maeklong Railway Market and interesting Damnoen Saduak Floating Market during your Bangkok tour so that you don't miss out on lots of fun.

Witness how the skillful stallholders conduct their business in the Maeklong Railway Market. At first glance, you won't realize there is a railway until you see the stallholders pull back their goods and overhanging awnings from the train track when they hear the train's arrival announcement. The train will pass within inches of their stalls and then the stallholders will put their goods straight back out.

Explore the nearby Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and paddle along the canal, which is full of boats laden with products. Shouts from vendors lining the riverbank will also catch your attention. Try some fried fish, fresh fruit, and other snacks if you want.

You will be transferred back to your hotel at noon for a good rest or you can choose to spend the rest of the day as you wish.

A glimpse of Damnoen Saduak Floating MarketA glimpse of Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Day 5Bangkok Departure


Your unforgettable Bangkok tour has come to an end. Your guide will transfer you to the airport for your onward flight back home.

Thanks for traveling with Global Highlights and we hope to help you again soon.

Trip Notes

  • Your tour on day 4 will start early at about 7am to avoid the traffic jam at rush hour and so that you can see the vibrant market scene in the morning.
  • This tour is very flexible. You can alter the itinerary by extending or shortening it to suit your price, interests, and schedule. For example, you can add an extra day to visit Kanchanaburi from Bangkok. If your time is limited, you can shorten the tour by one day.