Top 5 day trip destinations from Bangkok

Top 5 day trip destinations from Bangkok

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Top 5 Day Trip Destinations from Bangkok

Bangkok is not only the most popular city in Thailand, but it also makes a great base for those who want to explore Central Thailand.

With everything from UNESCO-listed ruins to floating markets and national parks within 3 hours drive, Bangkok offers an array of day trips to discover from the less-known sites to the popular attractions of Central Thailand.

For those who are planning to go on a quick get away from the bustling Bangkok city, here are some of the top suggested day trips from Bangkok.

They’re no more than 3 hours away from Central Bangkok which is perfect for quick day trips throughout your vacation.

1. Kanchanaburi

Located 150 km to the west of Bangkok, Kanchanaburi has some historical landmarks such as Death Railway, the bridge over the River Kwai, and the war museums with its World War II history,

Just like Bangkok has Chao Phraya River, Kanchanaburi has Kwai River that crosses through the heart of the province. Getting on a cruise or a jet ski is a great way to explore Kanchanaburi area.

Besides its rich history, Kanchanaburi is also famous for its beautiful Erawan National Park. Erawan Waterfall is the star attraction of the park with its emerald lagoon that you can swim and chill out. The scenery of the park will give you a nice break from the bustling Bangkok.

It is a great place to visit the historic sites of World War II and hit the trail to the beautiful emerald lagoon in one place!

To find tour information about Kanchanaburi:

2. Damnoen Saduak / Samut Songkhram (Maeklong, Amphawa)

There is no better way to experience the local culture than going to its traditional market. Only 90 km to the southwest of Bangkok, you can get to Damnoen Saduak & Samut Songkhram (Maeklong & Amphawa), home to some of the best floating markets and railway market in Thailand.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is the biggest and most famous floating market in Thailand. It is truly photographers’ dream here.

Maeklong Railway Market is called “the most dangerous market” in the world as the trains pass by really close to the vendors.

Amphawa Floating Market is another popular floating market near Bangkok with fewer tourists. In the evening, you can get on a long tail motorboat to roam around the canal. If you are lucky, you will catch some beautiful fireflies lighting up in the sky.

These are the places to visit if you want to meet the real scenery of Thailand’s local life.

To find tour information about these traditional markets:

3. Samut Prakan

If you are an enthusiastic museum-goer, Samut Prakan is a perfect day trip destination for you. Samut Prakan is a home to 2 majestic museums.

Ancient City (Mueang Boran) is the largest outdoor museum in the world. Its ground reflects the actual shape of Thai territory and you can see the replicas of Thailand’s famous temples and palaces. This is a great way to explore the scaled-down version of Thailand in a day!

The Erawan Museum offers peaceful, yet majestic atmosphere with its 3-headed elephant (Erawan) sculpture on top of its main building, which took almost a decade to construct. You can browse the inside of the elephant sculpture which consists of 3 floors in Hindu themes. It is more like a temple rather than a museum as there are many Buddha statues and places you can pray. There’s a garden to stroll outside the museum where you can take some Instagram worthy photos.

To find ticket information about Ancient City & Erawan Museum:

4. Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya, the old capital of Thailand, has long been a popular day-trip destination from Bangkok. The historic city of Ayutthaya, which was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, offers visitors a glimpse of the glorious but tragic history of Ayutthaya Kingdom.

There are many temples and royal palaces destroyed by the Burmese in Ayutthaya. Some of them are restored and some are still ruined which remind people the sad history of Siamese Kingdom. You can also spot the famous banyan tree that has grown around a Buddha’s head. This is an iconic landmark of Ayutthaya today.

To find tour information about Ayutthaya:

5. Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park is not only the first national park in Thailand but also the second largest national park. In 2005, Khao Yai National Park was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

More than 70 percent of the Khao Yai National Park consists of tropical rainforest. And there are high chances that you might encounter a wide variety of wildlife in the park.

Also, don’t miss out on the stunning landscapes along with the trails including the waterfalls!

Khao Yai has so much more to offer than just its national park. In fact, there are many fantastic attractions such as PB Valley Khao Yai Winery, Primo Piazza, and Farm Chokchai. Due to lack of transportation, it is highly recommended to have your own personal driver for a day.

To find tour information about Khao Yai National Park:


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