Map Route

Day 1

The Grand Palace
While it no longer serves as a Royal residence, The Grand Palace is still Bangkok’s most renowned tourist destination. Wander the vast grounds chock full of religious relics, fascinating murals, and stunning architecture. Photographers always love the combination of grandeur and intricate details around every corner of this magnificent complex.

Wat Phra Kaew
While at the Grand Palace, every visitor to the Kingdom should see its most revered Buddha image at least once. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is itself an ornate marvel of artisanship. Inside beneath grand murals illustrating the Buddha’s life, this diminutive holy relic, carved from a single block of green jade, is awe-inspiring and merits quiet contemplation.

Shopping • SUPPORT Foundation Shop
You may have spotted this charming boutique on the way into the Grand Palace, and now it is time to engage in retail enlightenment. The SUPPORT Foundation Shop rivals any of the world’s finest museum gift stores aesthetically, and absolutely blows them all away in terms of variety and value. Feel a warm glow knowing all proceeds go towards sustainable income for indigenous craftspeople.

Evening • Show @ Siam Niramit
After a day at The Grand Palace, it is fitting to see a grand performance.The 2000-seat theater at Siam Niramit presents one of the world’s largest stage productions every evening, taking viewers on a glorious, musical, fun-filled journey through Thailand’s history and culture. Go early to shop for handicrafts, meander through a perfect reproduction of a rural Thai village, and enjoy an authentic Thai buffet dinner at one of the three restaurants.

Wat Phra Kaew
Siam Niramit
JJ Market

Day 2

JJ Market
Make sure this is either a Saturday or Sunday, for battle-hardened shoppers, this is the Everest of retail. The sprawling Jatujak Outdoor Market is a sweaty, barter-heavy shopper’s nirvana with bargains and must-haves of every category crammed down every narrow aisle. Graze and rehydrate throughout the day with snacks and drinks at the end of almost every corridor. Unique items for the home, whimsical souvenirs, fun clothing for a steal; it’s all here at Jatujak. To escape the heat, duck into the air-conditioned miniature version at JJ Mall, with “only” three huge floors of shopping.

Day 3

Amphawa Floating Market (Sat & Sun)
Just outside of Bangkok in Amphawa, there is a less touristy and more relaxed floating market. You won’t find the rows and rows of stalls selling the same tacky souvenirs, as this is where local Thai tourists like to come to experience a floating market.

Muay Thai
Shifting gears now, Thailand’s national martial art has been growing in popularity all over the world even before the breakthrough success of Ong Bak. On alternating days, Rachadamnoen Stadium and Lumpini Stadium act as the biggest venues for bouts of this brutally elegant “Science of Eight Limbs.”

Muay Thai