11 Best Day Trips From Bangkok – Must Visit Sights and Activities

The bustling streets of Bangkok are fun because there is always something to do. Scattered with cultural sites, loads of food, a lively nightlife scene, and loads of glitzy shopping malls, there’s just so many things to do in Bangkok.

But the traffic, heat and constantly being alert for scooters (sometimes even on the sidewalk) and the overall chaos often feels stressful. And you may even wonder ‘is Bangkok worth visiting’. So if you’re planning to spend 3 days in Bangkok and want to have a balanced Bangkok itinerary, then you should consider doing one of these best day trips from Bangkok covered in this article.

Best Day Trips From Bangkok

Just outside the City there’s a whole list of interesting things to do. From floating markets, ancient cities, national parks, waterfalls, scenic train rides, and the list goes on.

A cascade plunging into an emerald pool. Best day trips from Bangkok

A 3 day Bangkok itinerary would allow enough time to see what the city has to offer: visit the temples, go to a mall, try the food and experience the nightlife. And then, do a day trip from Bangkok before all the stress from this chaotic city builds up.

Our Top 3 Day Trips Recommendations

No time to read the entire article? No problem. Here are our top 3 favorite recommendations. Whichever you choose, we can guarantee it will be a memorable experience of your time in Thailand.

Best day trips from Bangkok

Kanchanaburi Highlights
(River Kwai)
✔️ Scenic Train Ride
✔️ Tourist Favorite

Floating Market & Maeklong Railway
✔️ Famous Floating Market
✔️ Train passing through Market

Ancient towers in the city of Ayutthaya near Bangkok

Ayutthaya Day Trip
✔️ Ancient City Ruins
✔️ Best day trip

How Many Days To Spend in Bangkok?

The amount of days you spend in Bangkok will depend entirely on what exactly you want to see and do.

Personally, we would say that just to cover the most famous tourist spots in Bangkok, a rushed 1 day or more reasonable 2 days would be enough. 1 full day would allow you to cover the best things to do in Bangkok: The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Wat Saket and maybe go to a rooftop bar and then to an evening food tour in Chinatown Bangkok.

Then if you’re planning to follow any of these best day trips from Bangkok in this guide, add an extra day for each activity.

Ancient temples at Ayutthaya.. The best tours from Bangkok

Top 10 Best Day Trips From Bangkok

Below is a list of the best day trips from Bangkok. We’ve included a broad selection of day trips from Bangkok from floating markets, ancient cities, national parks, seeing and interacting with elephants and snorkeling tours.

A bridge over a river. Bridge over the river Kwai. Best day tours from Bangkok

Below is a comparison table with prices for the ‘join in’ and ‘private tour’ options.

Day TripJoin-InPrivate
Kanchanaburi Highlight$54$255 – 2 pax
Floating Markets & Maeklong Railway Market$41$202 – 2 pax
Ayutthaya day trip from Bangkok$48$241 – 2 pax
Yai Nature Tour 1 – 2 – 3 DayN/A$127 – 3 pax
Koh Larn and Pattaya – Full-Day Tour$55N/A
Koh Larn and Pattaya – Full Day Tour$77$289 – 2 pax
Safari World$42$254 – 2 pax
Pattaya Tour + Elephant Instagram Elephant cafe$61$114 – 2 pax
Kanchanaburi Custom tourN/A$109 – 3 pax
Elephant Sanctuary & Erawan WaterfallN/A$431 – 2 pax
Red lotus pond *N/A$94 – 2 pax *
Red Lotus Tour is not a private tour. But in contrast to usual join-in tours, there is a minimum requirement of 2 people per booking.

1. Kanchanaburi Highlights

A train passing along lush jungle lime-cliffs

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No visit to Bangkok is complete without experiencing the beauty of Kanchanaburi and learning the story behind the River Kwai bridge also known as the Death Railway.

Not only will you get to ride the slow-moving train over the river and along the ridge of huge lime-stone mountains offering exceptional scenes, but also you’ll ride a boat along the river.

This is one of the best day trips from Bangkok.

It’s a full day of learning, creating memories, and the train ride is an absolute wonder delivering epic scenes of river Kwai and a backdrop of daunting limestone cliffs.

2. Floating Markets and Maeklong Railway

The floating markets of Bangkok.

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Maeklong Railway is that train passing through a market unfolding to let it through. It’s possibly the most unmissable experience in Bangkok.

But on this day trip from Bangkok, you’ll also get the chance to visit one of those famous floating markets. Enjoy floating through the canal and maybe buy a couple of souvenirs and try some really good Thai food along the way.

With this tour you get the option to choose between Amphawa Floating Market or Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Maeklong Railway is included regardless of which floating market is chosen.

Just keep in mind that Amphawa Floating Market is only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

3. Ayutthaya Day Trip from Bangkok

Roots of Banyan tree wrapped around a Buddha sculpture. Best day tours from Bangkok

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Visiting the ancient city of Ayutthaya makes for a great day trip from Bangkok. Although many say ruins, don’t expect to just see a pile of rubble. Many of the larger buildings are mostly intact and you’ll also get the chance to walk inside the temples and through the sites.

 What makes Ayutthaya even more special is the overgrown routes of Banyan trees completely covering certain parts of the temples almost as if they’re holding them in place.

4. Khao Yai Nature Tour 1-2-3 Day

Sweeping views of Khao Yai National Park. A great tour from Bangkok

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Ditch the flip-flops. You’ll need a pair of good shoes for this one. This tour transports you to the lush landscapes of Khao Yai National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Choose from 1 day, 2 day, or 3 day tours.

Just doing the 1 day tour is pretty amazing. The friendly tour guide stops at the best places for day 1. This day is a mix of waterfalls, trails through Khao Yai and the lush jungle. End the day at Pa Deo Die cliff and soak in the sweeping views and lush greenery.

5. Hua Hin – Caves + Lunch on Tropical Beach

Views of temples nestled in lush jungle landscape. Hua Hin day trip from Bangkok

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If you want to explore Thailand’s culture without all the gawking tourists, then make sure to add Hua Hin to Thailand itinerary.

It’s a bit of a drive from Bangkok, but once you arrive in Hua Hin you’ll understand why it was worth. It’s a beachside district and pretty laid back, with lush mountains in the background.

The tour takes you to historical sites and shrines hidden inside caverns. And the trip wouldn’t be complete without a stop on the beach and enjoying some really good seafood.

6. Koh Larn and Pattaya – Full Day Tour

Koh Larn day trip from Bangkok - An aerial view of a tropical island with emerald waters and lush landscape

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Dive into the beauty of Koh Larn, a dreamy tropical island just off the coast of mainland Thailand.

This full day tour (11 hours) takes you to Pattaya where you’ll sail to Koh Larn island to explore and relax on this dreamy island. This is quite literally what beach life looks like.

You can swim in clear waters, or snorkel or have a go at some fun water sports.

But before heading back to Bangkok, you’ll get to soak up incredible views from a viewpoint. And the highlight here will be the Sanctuary of Truth temple. A magnificent temple with intricate wooden carvings.

7. Safari World

A herd of giraffes at Safari world Bangkok.

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Located just 45 minutes outside of Bangkok, Safari World offers a fun day for all the family.

It’s easily accessible from Bangkok and you’ll get to see loads of wild animals and even do a Safari tour getting up and close with various animals.

If you choose the join in option, all you need to do is choose the amount of tickets and transport is automatically factored in. For private tours, choose the type of vehicle and the number of tickets for the park/zoo.

8. Pattaya Tour + Instagram Elephant Cafe

A horse carriage passing beside an intricate wooden temple

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This day trip from Bangkok takes you back to the beautiful seaside area of Pattaya.

On this full day tour from Bangkok, you’ll have an expert guide take you to the most famous attractions. And later on enjoy lunch at a popular cafe where you’ll get up and close and interact with elephants.

9. Elephant Sanctuary + Erawan Waterfall

An elephant being bathed in the river. Best day trips from Bangkok

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There’s a few things that shouldn’t be missed while in Thailand. And one of them is visiting an elephant sanctuary.

Visiting an elephant sanctuary not only gets you up and close with these gentle giants, but the entrance fee goes to rehabilitating the elephants before releasing them into the wild.

After getting down and dirty with the elephants, and enjoying a tasty lunch, your guide will take you on a trek through the lush jungle and caves. The destination is Erawan Waterfall. A cascade with 7 tiers and enchanted emerald pools where you can take a dip, or simply relax in this magical place.

10. Red lotus Pond+Thonburi market

A woman in a boat with traditional Thai outfit. Best instagram tour from Bangkok

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Imagine floating through a lake covered in pretty red lotus flowers. This is your chance to get some pretty incredible pictures for your Thailand trip album with the option to rent an authentic Thai dress that will make photos even more unforgettable.

On this tour, you’ll first change into traditional Thai clothing depending on your chosen package, before getting on the boat. Pose for photos, as a drone takes shots of you in the middle of the lake.

After this interesting photoshoot, you’ll try a Thai snack called Miang Kham Kleb Bua, which is made from the lobe of lotus.

11. Bangkok Midnight Food Tour by Tuk Tuk

An asian cook sauteeing food with big flames

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Slightly off topic because this isn’t a day trip from Bangkok, but rather a unique culinary experience within the City which seems fitting to end the day after doing one of these day trips.

Note: this tour starts at 7:00pm not midnight.

This evening tour throws you straight into Bangkok’s legendary street-food scene as you ride the colorful city’s backstreets and hidden spots. And what better way than do this on fun Tuk-Tuk.

Your Tuk-Tuk driver whizzes through the traffic and stops you at some incredible local restaurants to sample some of the best Thai cuisine. This tour is a complete package including all food and Tuk-Tuk transport. And the evening ends at a secret roof-top bar.

What Are Day Trips From Bangkok

Day trips from Bangkok are an excursion from Bangkok to nearby places of interest that can be reached within about 1 hour to 2 hours drive. Unless you’re familiar with driving in Asia, the safest and most convenient option is to book a tour.

Usually tours are a half day trip from Bangkok. The duration of each tour varies depending on the type of activity involved. Generally the duration ranges from around 6 hours to 10 or 12 hours.

The day trips listed in this guide are complete tour packages from Bangkok and will include transport and driver, a guide, and most packages also include any entrance fees. Private tours also include pick-up/drop-off from and to your hotel.

Note: You’ll get a full refund if you cancel at least 24 hour(s) before the activity starts

If you decide to book one of these tours, most of them have the option to choose between private tour or a join-in tour.

A join-in tour means you’ll be part of a larger group. This option is perfect if you’re traveling solo because it’s cheap and you get to meet other people.

The private tour from Bangkok option allows you to book the tour only for the people in your group. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for something more personalized.

How Much Do Day Trips From Bangkok Cost

The cost of a day trip from Bangkok will depend on the type of activity and what type of tour package you choose: ‘Join-in or Private Tour. You must consider the cost of each tour includes the vehicle, driver and fuel and often entrance fees are also included in the price.

The price range for the best day trips from Bangkok is $45 to $80 for the join in option. For private tours prices start at around $70 per person. With a private tour, the cost per person reduces significantly the more people are in the group.

Wondering where to Stay in Bangkok?

Bangkok is a huge City and is very diverse from 1 place to the other. With that in mind, it’s important to plan ahead and choose the right place or area to stay in.

Read this article for an overview about the areas to stay in Bangkok.

How we efficiently plan our trips.

Planning a holiday can be overwhelming, especially for those hands-on in the process. Thankfully, technology has simplified the task, making it easier to organize trips to destinations like Thailand. Here are the resources we swear by:

BOOKING.COM: Our go-to for booking accommodation. It’s user-friendly, offers the best prices*, and boasts the largest selection of online properties.

KLOOK: Our go to resource for planning activities is KLOOK. Here we find loads of interesting activities for the destinations we’re visiting. And it’s really easy. Just enter the name of the destination in the search bar and a list of activities with prices and review score comes up.

It’s almost like shopping for something Amazon and the prices are also really competitive.

GET YOUR GUIDE: Another website for tours booking in Thailand and around the world is Get Your Guide. Here you’ll find a wide range of tours at great prices and most often have free cancellation up to 24 hours before the tour.

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