Heading to Bangkok? Make sure to check out the best Bangkok day trips to add a little variety to your adventure!
Bangkok is brimming with the excitement of city life, perfect for any visitor that wants to keep busy in Thailand for a few days. But if you’re staying for a bit longer and are looking to explore more of what The Land of Smiles has to offer, then you should definitely consider visiting some of the most beautiful destinations in Thailand. Venturing out of the metro is a great way to explore more of the country within a day trip’s distance.
It might seem intimidating to venture outside of the capital, but one of the best things about Thailand is that going around is incredibly easy, even with the language barrier. In fact, a guide to Thailand by Expat Bets highlights its superb transport system. The country offers world-class airports and extensive railway systems that make it easy for visitors to travel to neighbouring cities, provinces, and even countries like Malaysia. Travellers can also take private buses, vans, and boats to explore different locations. Here are some of the best day-trip getaways you can visit outside Bangkok!
Ayutthaya tops this list as the historic ancient city that was once the capital of Siam. It exists as an archaeological site today that is rich in history, whether you’re marvelling at the towering spires or exploring the spaces of a vacant monastery. Ayutthaya tours typically start early, including a bus ride into the city, a tour of the ruins, with a riverside lunch on a boat ride back to the capital. Car rentals, buses, minivans, and the train are all great options to get there, depending on what’s most convenient for you.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Food lovers will find delight in shopping for fresh finds in this famous floating market. While Thais don’t usually do their shopping on longtail boats nowadays, floating markets were once a standard in the country’s history, something that Damnoen Saduak recreates perfectly. Bangkok is a bustling, busy and, in many ways, modern city but this traditional experience should always be a part of your Thailand trip.
From the Maeklong Train Market where you can shop for Thai goods, you’ll take a longtail speedboat to the floating market itself. Catch a minivan from the Victory Monument station or book a tour, so you can enjoy mango sticky rice snacks between fresh food choices.
Beach lovers will love the city of Pattaya, which is situated along the coast southeast of Bangkok. After a 2.5-hour trip via car, minivan, or bus, you’ll take a speedboat to Koh Lam, which is a white-sand island. Here, you can enjoy several activities, such as snorkelling, parasailing, and jet-skiing! Afterwards, the tour will usually provide you with lunch and time to explore the city.
Khao Yai National Park
Khao Yai is the oldest national park in Thailand. It has a massive expanse of hiking trails where you can spot elephants and other wildlife, as well as exotic plants. Given its size, it’s better to choose a few memorable sights to see rather than attempting to cover the whole park in a day. Luk Chang Bat Cave is an excellent place to start as you can see over a million wrinkle-lipped, free-tailed bats in their natural habitat! You’ll also get the most out of your trip with a bright and early start to prepare for the 2.5-hour drive to get there.
Thailand is full of wonders and activities you’ll surely find memorable. Whether you choose to shop from an iconic market or go sightseeing at picturesque ancient structures, there’s always something waiting for you just outside Bangkok.