There’s no question that Bangkok is one of the best destinations for tourists in Southeast Asia. The city appeals to all types of travelers, whether you’re looking to soak up the culture or just fill your face with awesome Thai food. After a few days in Bangkok, you may start to wonder what else Thailand has to offer.
If you’ve got the time in your itinerary, then you’ll want to start looking at all the options you have for day trips. Even just allowing an extra day or two in Bangkok for day trips will have a fantastic impact on your trip. Many of the best places to visit in Thailand are only a day trip away from Bangkok and may just turn out to be the highlight of your holiday. So to help you find that highlight, here are the absolute best day trips from Bangkok.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Travelers love to visit the many markets of Southeast Asia, so it makes sense that the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is one of the most popular Bangkok day trips. Located in Ratchaburi Province, to the west of Bangkok, this particular floating market is popular due to its scale, and travelers can’t get enough of its vibrant energy. The market is reached by taking a ride along canals in a longtail boat to give a sense of what local life is like. But the ride isn’t long and you’ll soon find yourself immersed in the motion of the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Both from the docks and in boats vendors sell everything from produce, like fruits and vegetables, to souvenirs, and even freshly made meals. So whether you’re a photographer, a shopper, or a foodie, everyone gets something out of a visit here.
Ayutthaya. One of the best places to visit from Bangkok to delve into the country’s history is the ancient capital of Ayutthaya. While it was once the capital of the Kingdom of Siam, most of what remains today is the city’s incredible temples. Begin your trip with the Wat Phukhao Thong temple and climb up its striking white chedi. Next, head for Wat Lokayasutharam, a temple best known for its reclining Buddha statue which measures an astounding 37 meters-long. Perhaps the most famous site in Ayutthaya though is the temple complex of Wat Mahathat. This is where you’ll see the iconic Head of Buddha statue surrounded by tree roots. Traveling between Ayutthaya and Bangkok you may want to include a stop at Bang Pa-In Summer Palace as it’s quite a beautiful palace which was restored in the 19th century.
Pattaya. Though Pattaya is known for its infamous nightlife and adult entertainment, there’s actually a lot more to this seaside city. In fact, visiting Pattaya for the day may well be one of the best side trips from Bangkok that you can make. Beyond its bars and clubs, Pattaya is known for its beaches and gorgeous scenery which surround the city. You can choose from city beaches like Pattaya beach and Jomtien Beach, or beautiful island beaches like Tien Beach on Koh Larn. What’s nice about Tien Beach is that besides swimming and sunbathing, you can actually snorkel here as well. Another popular spot to visit is Phra Tamnak Mountain, home to a hilltop Buddhist temple with superb views of Pattaya below.