For almost all tourists, Thailand is a familiar tourist destination in recent years. Referring to Thailand, we immediately think of the tourist paradise of Bangkok or the rose of northern Thailand – Chiang Mai or the city that never sleeps of Pattaya… This journey, we chose Pattaya and Bangkok as two places to experience in Thailand. So, what to do in Thailand for 3 days? Let’s check out our suggested Thailand travel itinerary 3 days (3 days in Thailand itinerary, Thailand itinerary 3 days 2 nights) to visit the both famous cities of Bangkok and Pattaya with the detailed Bangkok Pattaya trip itinerary 3 days (Bangkok Pattaya itinerary 3 days) as follows!
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So, 3 days 3 nights in Pattaya and Bangkok, where we went to as well as things we did, let’s follow in our footsteps.
How to get to Pattaya? (#bangkok pattaya itinerary 3 days)
From Vietnam, we can easily getting to Thailand by air. Currently, there are many airlines operating flights from Vietnam to Thailand. It is easy for you to find cheap tickets for the trip at Google Flights, Kayak or Skyscanner.
However, there is no direct flight from Vietnam to Pattaya, so we chose to land at Don Mueang airport, Bangkok. However, people can also choose to land at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok. Ticket prices range from 7,000 Baht to 10,000 Baht.
Talking a little bit about Pattaya, this is a coastal city located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, in Chon Buri province. It owns many beautiful beaches and unique tourist activities. Pattaya is located about 160km southeast of Bangkok. Therefore, moving from Bangkok to this “city of sleepless nights” is very easy. Here are a few ways we recommend:
Traveling by taxi: This is the type of vehicle that people will take the initiative in time, but the cost is quite expensive. People can catch a taxi at Don Mueang airport for less than 2000 Baht.
Traveling by bus from Mochit bus terminal: Mochit is not a BTS train station, please note this point. From Don Mueang airport, take shuttle bus No. A1 on the ground floor of the airport to Mochit bus station for about 30 Baht. You need to sit until the end of the trip, you will arrive at Mochit bus station. When arriving at the bus station, you will buy tickets to Pattaya, prices range from 124 Baht to 134 Baht. This way of moving will help you save some money, but if you go with a large number, consider it.
Tip for you: If you want to save money, it is best to choose the way from Suvarnabhumi airport, if you want to save travel time but you have plenty of money, you should go by taxi.
Where to go, what to eat in nearly 24 hours in Pattaya? (#bangkok pattaya trip itinerary)
Prima House Pattaya Hotel (#bangkok pattaya itinerary 3 days)
Address: 534/36 Soi Na Kluea 12 Nakluea Banglamung, Naklua, Pattaya, Chon Buri.
Check-in/check-out time: Check-in at 2pm, check out at 12am.
After about 2 hours traveling from Don Mueang airport to Pattaya, I checked in to send my luggage and rest a bit. We chose to stay at Prima House Pattaya. The hotel is located about 7 minutes walk from Marilyn beach and about 1km from the Sanctuary of Truth Museum. Room price at Prima House Pattaya is around 450 Baht. However, the disadvantage point here is that there is no elevator, so you can consider it before booking. (Agoda, Booking)
Tiffany’s Show (#thailand itinerary 3 days 2 nights)
Address: 464, Pattaya 2 Alley, Muang Pattaya, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri.
Opening hours: 6pm, 7:30pm and 9pm every day.
Since we arrived in Pattaya in the late afternoon, we just had a small snack at the restaurant near the hotel and then booked a car to go to the Tiffany theater to watch Tiffany’s Show. Where transgender dancers captivate visitors with vibrant melodies and carefully prepared artistic choreography. With about 75 minutes with 13 elaborately choreographed performances, all the sounds will bring visitors to the cultural features of Asia, Europe… Tiffany Show will take place 3 shows per night, starting at 6pm, 7:30pm and 9pm.
On public holidays, the first show may open earlier at 5:30pm. Entrance ticket price ranges from 1000 Baht to 1600 Baht depending on seating position. Ticket prices can be up to more than 2000 Baht for VIP Gold ticket class. Everyone can buy tickets on Klook easily.
Walking Street (#3 days in thailand itinerary)
Address: Walking St, Pattaya City, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri.
Opening hours: Daily 7pm to 3am.
After watching Tiffany’s Show, we stopped by Pattaya Walking Street, this is known as the “street never sleeps”, it is located at the end of Beach Road. The pedestrian street operates from 7pm to 3am, at this time, it will be banned vehicles like other pedestrian streets. From 10pm onwards, the street will start to get more bustling and is the time when the activities begin to “burn out” the most.
Pupen Seafood Restaurant (#what to do in thailand for 3 days)
Address: 62 Moo 1 Chai Talay Rd, Na Jomtien, Sattahip, Chon Buri.
Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.
Wandering around the walking street, we went to eat at Pupen Seafood because we were quite hungry. The seafood here is prepared very cleanly, you can choose the processing method according to your needs. With 1600 Baht, you will have a spectacular seafood table. We chose to sit outside to enjoy some sea air and watch the sea at night. This is a restaurant that I think everyone should try when coming to Pattaya.
Sanctuary of The Truth
Address: 206/2 Moo5, 12 Pattaya-Na Kluea Rd, Amphoe Bang Lamung, Chang Wat Chon Buri.
Opening hours: 8am – 5pm daily.
The next day we visited the magnificent Sanctuary of Truth. This temple is also known by another name, the Castle of Truth. This temple is built of wood and is the largest wooden temple in Pattaya, built on August 13, 1981, after 25 years of construction work and is still in the process of building sub items and repairs. Ticket prices here are from 500 Baht to 950 Baht for adults. However, people can buy online for a bit cheaper about 355 Baht. Tickets include a guide who speaks Chinese or Thai or English and several other languages.
After buying tickets, we walked about a hundred meters to reach the temple, there is an area for horses with green trees on the side of the road.
The Sanctuary of Truth has a unique architecture inspired by Hindu and Buddhist beliefs and is divided into 4 different wings radiating in 4 directions. The Sanctuary of Truth has 5 sightseeing areas corresponding to 5 main halls: Hall “Origin”, hall “Creation of life”, hall displaying sculptures about human, fourth and fifth hall about love love, sympathy and sharing.
A unique thing about the Sanctuary of Truth is that without nails, the artisans used a special glue or made wooden mortises and dowels to connect the joints. The Sanctuary of Truth depicts seven indispensable elements in human formation: Heaven, Earth, Father, Mother, Moon, Sun and stars through exquisite carvings.
First day in Bangkok after returning from Pattaya (#what to do in thailand for 3 days)
Bangkok Marriott the Surawongse Hotel
Address: 262 Thanon Surawong, Si Phraya, Bang Rak, Bangkok.
Check-in/check-out time: Check-in at 3pm, check out at 12am.
Returning to Bangkok in the early afternoon, we went to Bangkok Marriott the Sunrawongse hotel to check in. The room rate here is about 7,300 Baht for 1 night, we stayed 1 night here to visit Bangkok. The hotel is about a 10-minute walk from Chong Nonsi BTS station. The hotel lobby is beautifully designed with traditional Thai motifs. The hall is wide and airy.
The hotel room has a simple design with elegant tones, with a rather large sofa located right at the window. There is also Yao Rooftop Bar located on the 32nd floor of the building.
Chinatown (#thailand travel itinerary 3 days)
Address: Khwaeng Samphanthawong, Khet Samphanthawong, Bangkok.
After resting a bit, we took a taxi to Chinatown, the largest Chinatown in Asia in Thailand. The neighborhood was formed from the Chinese immigrants to Siam (Thailand today) to trade from the Rattanakosin period around 1700. The 2023 was the 131st anniversary of Yaowarat Road, the main street of the Chinatown. Restaurants are displayed along both sides of the road, the houses are boldly Chinese style. From late afternoon onwards, the neighborhood starts to become more vibrant and bustling.
Wat Saket Temple
Address: 344 Thanon Chakkraphatdi Phong, Ban Bat, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok.
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm daily.
Next, we visit Wat Saket temple. This is a temple located on the Golden Mountain, in the complex of Phu Khao Thong. This used to be the place where 60,000 victims of the epidemic were cremated and is the oldest temple in Bangkok. The gilded stupa up to 58 meters high is a special feature of this temple. If you buy tickets at 5pm, you can still visit and take a stroll until 7pm. The Wat Saket temple complex does not charge an entrance fee, but if you want to visit the stupa, the ticket price is 100 Baht/person. Please note that you should dress modestly when visiting Wat Saket.
Address: 313 315 Maha Chai Rd, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok.
Opening hours: 9am to late every day and closed on Tuesdays.
Then we had dinner at Thipsamai located near Wat Saket. This was once known as the best Pad Thai restaurant in Thailand, this is also the place that is considered the birthplace of Pad Thai with more than 50 years of experience.
Coming here you must try the Pad Thai and Thipsamai’s famous super fresh orange juice. Pad Thai here is made from thin omelette wrapped with freshly cooked noodles, if you order Pad Thai Signature here it will cost up to 400 Baht. The Pad Thai we call was Superb Pad Thai costs 120 Baht.
Chatuchak Night Market
Address: 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok.
Opening hours: Wednesday & Thursday: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm (plants & flowers). Friday: 6pm to 12pm (discount sale). Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (street market)
Chatuchak Night Market is one of the famous night markets in Bangkok. Chatuchak Market is a market that specializes in supplying goods for merchants and is an attractive place for domestic and foreign tourists. The market has more than 10,000 stalls and more than 300 mobile stalls. The main items here are clothes and some snacks.
Weekends are the busiest time for tourists to visit the market, so everyone should be aware of safety as well as consider if they are afraid of crowds.
Second day in Bangkok (#3 days in thailand itinerary)
Goose Living Hotel
Address: 3, 6-7 Soi Pridi Banomyong 1, Prakanong Nue, Watthana, Bangkok.
Check-in/check-out time: Check-in at 2pm, check out at 12am.
On our second day in Bangkok, we moved to Goose Living Hotel. The price at this hotel is about 1300 Baht for one night. Downstairs the hotel has a space for people to enjoy coffee. The hotel is about 4 minutes walk from BTS Phra Khanong station, so it is quite convenient for us to get around. (Agoda, Booking)
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)
Address: 499 Kamphaeng Phet 6 Rd, Lat Yao, Chatuchak, Bangkok.
Opening hours: Monday: Closed. Tuesday – Friday: 10am to 5pm. Saturday & Sunday: 11am to 6pm.
Sending our luggage at the hotel, we decided to take a taxi to the Bangkok MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum gradually becomes a familiar destination for many young people who love art. Ticket price to visit the museum is about 250 Baht/person and free for children under 15 years old, elderly people over 60 years old.
The museum was built in 2012 with 5 floors with more than 800 artworks on display. The ground floor and second floor are the places to display statues and artistic carvings of talented artists. On the 4th floor, the museum displays 3 large-scale works representing the Three Kingdoms (Heaven, Middle Earth, and Hell) by three painters Panya Vijin thanasarn, Prateep Kochabua and Sompop Budtarad.
MOCA Art Museum has a unique art space, statues with abstract meanings or display areas that bring about deposited emotions. On the ground floor campus there is a sculpture titled “Happiness” by Nonthivathn Chandhanaphalin, who is a National Artist of Visual Arts of Thailand. The work depicts a lotus flower lying in the middle of a lake.
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)
Address: 939 Rama I Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan, Bangkok.
Opening hours: Monday: Closed. Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Leaving MOCA, we came to Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC). The center is open for free. This building has 9 floors and is decorated with art works in a polite and elegant way.
This building has gradually become a favorite destination of young people who love art, the 9-storey tubular architectural design of the building creates a rather special architectural and interior space. Each floor displays works of art according to a certain theme.
Address: 299 Charoen Nakhon 5 Alley, Khlong Ton Sai, Khlong San, Bangkok.
Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.
Then we visited ICON Siam, “shopping paradise in the Land of the Golden Temples”. We take BTS to Saphan Taksin station, walked to exit 2 and then went to Sathorn pier, you will see “Free Shuttle Boat to Icon Siam” available from 9am to 11pm daily, every 10 minutes/ trip. However, there are other ways to get there, but because this is an experience, I personally find it very interesting and should try it when coming to Bangkok.
ICON Siam has 7 floors of Takashimaya shopping center with more than 180 brands, there is also the first Apple Store in Thailand. On the G floor is the food court, which is very spacious and has bold traditional Thai decorations, including a reproduction of the Thai floating market. In addition, in the square area of ICON Siam, where the boats dock, there will be water music shows at 4:30pm, 6:30pm, 8pm and 9:30pm.
During this trip, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to go to the exhibition “Van Gogh Alive in Bangkok” which will take place from March 31, 2023 to July 31, 2023. This is an exhibition displaying more than 3,000 works by the great painter Van Gogh. The exhibition space of digital projection technology SENSORY 4 is an impressive highlight of the exhibition covering the 6-meter-high wall and on the floor for an extremely eye-catching feeling.
Asiatique The Riverfront
Address: 2194 Charoen Krung Rd, Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok.
Opening hours: 4pm to 12pm daily.
From ICON Siam, we returned to Sathorn pier to catch the train to Asiatique. The ferry was very fast and free, although it will take a little while, you will avoid traffic jams if you take a taxi here.
Asiatique is inspired by the city days as a shopping district along the Chao Phraya River in the 1900s. There are many different areas here, if The Chareonkrung District specializes in popular goods, then the Factory area will bring to you the best of both worlds. You can buy more advanced products, besides, people can also enjoy different cuisines from Asian and European countries, etc. It can be said that Asiatique the Riverfront Night Market is a destination not to be missed in your tour and Thailand itinerary tour.
Tichuca Rooftop Bar
Address: 46th floor of T-One building, Sukhumvit 40 Alley, Phra Khanong, Khlong Toei, Bangkok.
Opening hours: 5pm to 12pm daily, only Friday and Saturday the shop will open until 1pm.
After two days of visiting typical places in Bangkok, we chose to chill a bit at Tichuca Rooftop Bar. This is a great bar to watch Bangkok at night, causing a fever with many visitors because of the giant “tree” of colorful LED lights. Prices here range from 100 Baht for soft drinks and from 300 Baht to 700 Baht for cocktails, and can go up to 6,000 Baht if you choose a bottle of champagne ^^.
Paper Plane Project
Address: 40th floor of T-One building, Sukhumvit 40 Alley, Phra Khanong, Khlong Toei, Bangkok.
Opening hours: 9am to 1am daily, only Friday and Saturday open until 2pm.
Also in this T-One building, there are many interesting bars, we went to Paper Plane Project. A special feature of Paper Plane Project is that it is designed to fit a new office style, with bookshelves in the center, when night falls, it will become a stage for music performances. In the morning, the shop will give space for guests to work in the most convenient way. After 6pm, the lights will be adjusted to the tune of the music and the space will become a colorful bar. Prices for drinks and food of the morning menu range from 80 Baht to 400 Baht, and range from 180 Baht to 800 Baht for a cocktail, or maybe 6,900 Baht if you want to choose a bottle of premium wine ^^.
Let’s go back to Vietnam
The next day, we took some time to rest a bit after a bit of a rough night. 12am we checked out and walked around the shopping centers to buy some gifts and prepare to go to the airport to return to Vietnam after 3 days visiting Thailand. For me, Thailand is a country where perhaps you go to many times you will also find it hard to get bored, because it seems that every year Thailand will have countless new places sprouting up, and they gradually become phenomena tourist objects not only for Thailand but also for international tourists. However, the places that have existed for a long time in Thailand still have an attraction for tourists who have been to Thailand like me. Hopefully, my experiences in Pattaya and Bangkok will give you more interesting places and a different itinerary on your next Thailand trip.
Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in, to and from Bangkok you can refer to
- Bangkok City & Temples Tour by Tour East
- Classic Bangkok Tour: Floating Market, Elephant Village, Asiatique, & More by AK Travel
- Bangkok Old City Half Day Tour
- Bangkok Landmarks Day Tour: Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Chao Phraya River & More
- Bangkok Sky Train (BTS) One Day Pass
- Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link (ARL) Ticket
- [Sale] Private Suvarnabhumi Airport Transfers (BKK) for Bangkok, Pattaya & More by Oriental Holiday
- Shared City Transfers between Bangkok and Pattaya by Oriental Holiday
- Private City Transfers from Pattaya to Bangkok, Hua Hin, Koh Samet & Koh Chang
- [SALE] BTS Skytrain Rabbit Card
- Chao Phraya Tourist Boat Bangkok Hop-On-Hop-Off Sightseeing Boat
- [SALE] Chao Phraya Princess Cruise
- Floating Markets Day Tour: Damnoen Saduak, Maeklong and Amphawa
- Safari World Bangkok Ticket
- Klook Pass Bangkok and Pattaya
- Bangkok Safari World Shared and Private Transfers Service Tour
- Bangkok BTS Skytrain Rabbit Card
- Mahanakhon SkyWalk Ticket in Bangkok
- Chao Phraya White Orchid Cruise in Bangkok
- Ancient City Bangkok and Erawan Museum Ticket
- Spa & Massage near Let’s Relax (Central World) in Chidlom
- Private City Transfers between Bangkok and Pattaya, Ayutthaya, Hua Hin & More by TTD
- Bangkok Day Tour: Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha
- [SALE] 4G Sim Card (Thailand Pick Up) for Thailand
- 4G SIM Card (BKK Airport Pick Up) for Thailand (Unlimited Data)
- 4G Pocket WiFi (Bangkok and Phuket Airports Pick Up) for Thailand
- 4G Portable WiFi for Thailand from Uroaming (Unlimited Data)
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