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Bangkok Stopover (2019): Ultimate Ideas for up to 3 Days

This guide is specifically for those that have a layover or stopover in Bangkok before traveling on to another destination. Here, we have suggested things to do in Bangkok for layovers as short as 10 hours, and stopovers of up to 3 days in an easy-to-follow guide.

Visa Policy: Do I Need a Visa for a Layover in Bangkok?

If you plan to leave the airport and explore Bangkok, then you have two options: option 1 is free while option 2 means you will need to pay a fee for a visa at a local Thai consulate.

Please note: This is more than enough for a 72-hour stopover and the exemption stamp is free. Just make sure you have 10,000 baht if you are traveling on your own or 20,000 baht if you are traveling with your family as you may be asked to prove you have adequate funds.

Important note: Upon applying for your visa, you will need to show 10,000 baht for yourself or 20,000 baht if you are traveling and applying for visas for your entire family. The cost of a visa varies from country to country but, generally, you should not expect to spend more than $30 for this type of visa.

How Long Do I Need If Planning to Visit the City During a Layover of at Least 10 Hours?

If you want to go into the city, then you will need to have a minimum of a 10-hour layover. This gives you an hour to an hour and a half to get through immigration. You will also need to be back at the airport 3 hours prior to departure if you have an international flight, or at least 1½ hours for domestic flights, cutting down the amount of time you have available to visit the city.

What to Do for a Bangkok Layover of Less Than 10 Hours

What to Do for a Bangkok Layover Between 10 and 15 Hours

This time frame is still cutting things fine because Bangkok is notorious for traffic jams. You still have a few options available to you though, thanks to the Airport Rail Link service found in the basement and the taxi rank on the ground floor of Suvarnabhumi Airport. It is a little more difficult to get to places from Don Mueang International Airport because it is so far north of the city.

Please note: We have given you a few ideas for a 10 to 15-hour layover here — you will probably only have time to do one of these during a short 10 to 15-hour layover.

Option 1. Visit SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World and Madame Tussauds (5–6 hours)

Option 2. Relax in Mega Bangna and/or IKEA (5–10 hours)

Option 3. Visit Erawan Museum (2–5 hours)

Another popular tourist attraction that does not take long to get to from the airport is Erawan Museum in Samut Prakan Province. The museum is famous because of its well looked after gardens surrounding the main feature, which is a three-headed elephant sculpture. This elephant is 29 meters high and 39 meters long. It is derived from Hindu mythology's Airavata, which is known as Erawan in Bangkok.

best thing to do layover in bangkok visit erawan museum

Inside the museum, you will learn all about the ancient Hindu culture as you wander through three floors. You will need 2 to 5 hours to take in the entire history of Erawan. Allow at least 1 hour to get there and 1 hour to get back.

Sightseeing Suggestions for a 24-Hour Layover in Bangkok

If you have a full day to visit Bangkok, then you should plan to visit some of the more famous attractions that Bangkok is known for. You can take a taxi to visit the Grand Palace, get a river taxi to Wat Arun, and dine at the Sky Bar. All of these places are on the famous Chao Phraya River.

  • Morning: Visit the Grand Palace (2 hours).
  • Afternoon: Catch a river taxi to Wat Arun (2 hours).
  • Evening: Catch a river taxi to Central Pier and take a tuk-tuk to the Sky Bar in Silom (4 hours).

visit grand palace duraing your bangkok layover

The Sky Bar was made famous by the movie 《The Hangover Part II》 as it has exquisite panoramic views of the entire city.

Best Additional Activity for the Evening: ASIATIQUE The Riverfront (4 Hours)

If you have a little more time on your hands, then you can also visit ASIATIQUE The Riverfront, which is not far from the Sky Bar. You could even give the Sky Bar a miss and head straight to ASIATIQUE The Riverfront where there are a host of Thai, Chinese, Indian, Italian, European, Korean, and Japanese restaurants.

visit astatique riverfront duraing your bangkok layover

There is also a Ferris wheel there as well as go-karts. If you would also like to stop there for some alcoholic beverages or for a little souvenir shopping, then ASIATIQUE The Riverfront has it all.

What to Do During a 36-Hour (1½-Day) Stopover in Bangkok

If you happen to have a little more time than 24 hours and you would like to go shopping in Bangkok’s well-known shopping area of Siam, then a 36-hour stopover could be perfect for this.

We could also arrange to chaperone you. We can book your overnight accommodation in Siam and take you around the Siam shopping district. You will be able to see more with an expert guide, such as the famous MBK Center, where you will be able to visit Bangkok’s Hard Rock Cafe, Siam Discovery, and Siam Paragon. Your guide will also be able to take you to some of the local markets in the streets that are in and around the shopping centers. Allow 4–5 hours for this.

How to Visit the Siam Shopping District

Visit Central World (2–3 Hours)

A 48-Hour Stopover in Bangkok  (2 Days)

Depending on which day you arrive in Bangkok, a 48-hour stopover gives you time to fit in the above-mentioned trips, plus you will be able to see the floating market in Bang Krachao or visit the infamous Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok where you can buy just about anything as long as it fits into your hand luggage! Allow 5–10 hours for this.

You can hire a bike there for yourself or several bikes for the entire family. All hire shops have bikes with baby seats and kids’ bikes are available to hire all day for as little as 50 baht per bike.

We recommend planning to do all of these activities throughout the day:

  • Dine by the river at the Bangkok Tree House (1–2 hours).
  • Visit the Pikanesh Shrine (30 minutes).
  • Visit the park (bird sanctuary) or go bird-watching (1–2 hours).
  • Cycle on the narrow elevated walkways (1–2 hours).
  • See the Wat Song Tham Worawihan, which is a monastery (1 hour).
  • Visit Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park and Botanical Garden (1–2 hours).

We can help make your journey hassle-free by arranging your travel to any of these places as well as organizing an itinerary. This will allow you to cram in as much or as little as you want to without losing time spent planning or trying to find some of the best sights to see.

What to Do in Bangkok for a 72-Hour (3 Days) Stopover

Visit one of Bangkok’s many golf courses for the day or take your family to one of the water parks or amusement parks, zoos, snake shows, or crocodile farms.

Play Golf in Bangkok

If you are traveling on your own and you like golf, then Bangkok is arguably one of the best places in Asia to find a decent golf course.

  • Alpine Golf Club
  • Thai Country Club
  • Lam Luk Ka Country Club

play golf duraing your bangkok layover

Amusement Parks in Bangkok

Visit One in the Morning and One in the Afternoon

  • Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
  • Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo
  • Dusit Zoo
  • Bangkok Snake Farm

Please feel free to contact us for us to arrange your stopover trip for you. We will plan your entire day, so you don’t have to worry about any delays to your journey.

Must-Read Tips to Make Your Stopover Tour in Bangkok Smoother

You will sometimes be pressed for time during your stopover. Therefore, we would like to offer some tips to make sure your journey goes smoothly.

3. Use luggage lockers:If you have a short period of time in Bangkok, then you can use the airport luggage locker services. Make sure you check their opening times!

4. Plan your transportation: Make sure you have planned your transport for all of your trips in advance. Getting lost or confused as to where you are in Bangkok can take up valuable time.

5. Arrange a private tour: To make the best of your time during your stopover in Bangkok, we suggest booking a private tour with us. Your luggage, accommodation, and transportation will all be arranged for you, so you can relax and enjoy the ride.

Visit Bangkok with Us

Your tours will begin from the moment you arrive at the airport and are tailor-made to suit the duration of your stopover. Check out the links below and start learning about our tours now:

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