The 3 Best Day Trips from Bangkok

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It’s not too uncommon for backpackers to say there’s not a ton to do in Bangkok but that’s only half the truth. The reality is that there are about a dozen day trips from Bangkok that will satisfy any nature or history nerd! Get your souvenir shopping out of the way and take a look at what other travelers are missing out on. In this article, we’ll be going over our top 3 Bangkok day trips – and save another 3 for another day. Let’s hop right into it with the most popular choice:

The Ancient City Ruins of Ayutthaya

This single Buddha head makes Ayutthaya the most famous of all day trips from Bangkok.

You know this one is a one of a kind destination because of its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Ayutthaya was once Siam’s capital and served as a thriving trade city. In 1767, the Burmese invaded and burnt most of it to the ground. The city is now in a ruined state and generally unmaintaned as a reminder of Ayutthaya’s golden past.
If you’ve already spent time visiting Bangkok’s temples and feel like you’ve seen them all – you’re wrong. These temples are very unique, both in architecture and organization between them. There are headless Buddha statues everywhere. Hundreds of years ago, looters hacked off the statue heads to sell them to Western private collectors. Recovering these artifacts has been an ongoing process even to this date. Ironically, Ayutthaya is well known for a famous Buddha head statue interwoven into tree roots in Wat Mahathat. It’s such a famous attraction that you’ll probably have to wait in queue to get your Instagram photo!
Price: 1,550 Baht
How to Book: Ask us in person or send an email to bangkok@slumberpartyhostels.com!

Ayutthaya Day Trip Itinerary

06:00 Shuttle pick up from Slumber Party Bangkok
09:30 Arrival at Bang Pa-in Palace, the palace where Prasat Thong became the Ayuttha King (1630-1655)
10:30 Visit Wat Mahathat (Monastery of the Great Relic, central Ayutthaya)
12:00 Lunch provided at Ayothaya Hotel
13:00 Visit Wat Yai Chaimongkol, the temple built by King U-Thong for meditation (1357) and Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the most important temple within the Royal Palace compound
14:30 Departure from Ayutthaya back to Slumber Party Bangkok
18:30 Arrival back at Slumber Party Bangkok with more than enough time to enjoy Happy Hour!

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Ratchaburi (Half Day)

The Floating Market is best enjoyed by early birds! Like many other tourist spots in Thailand, arriving early is the best way to avoid the crowds that pack in everyday. 40 minutes south of Nakhon Pathom, Damnoen Saduak is Thailand’s most famous floating market. Hawkers dress in traditional attire while selling their fresh fruits, flowers and souveniers from their skinny boats.

The floating market is a great way to truly immerse yourself in local Thai culture.
Price: 760 Baht
How to Book: Ask us in person or send an email to bangkok@slumberpartyhostels.com!

Floating Market Itinerary

06:00 Shuttle pick up from Slumber Party Bangkok
07:00 Leave Bangkok for Rachaburi Province
08:30 Arrival at the Floating Market, shopping time!
12:30 Buffet lunch
13:20 Return to Slumber Party Bangkok

The Bridge On the River Kwai (Death Railway)

The River Kwai has a gruesome past and fitting nickname, the Death Railway. History and film buffs alike should make this a top priority, quite possibly the most interesting of all day trips from Bangkok. In 1957, David Lean won an Oscar for his film, The Bridge on the River Kwai, covering the World War 2 history of the Kanchanaburi area. We highly recommend watching it to get a solid understanding and context of the place before your visit.

Quite possibly the most well known film set in Thailand, The Bridge on the River Kwai
More than 100,000 people died to build this railway, including around 16,000 prisoners of war. Our tour starts with a visit to the War Cemetary of the Allied Prisoners of World War 2 to commemorate their lives. Next up is the Jeath War Museum and finally, a walk along the bridge itself.

Take a day trip from Bangkok to see the Jeath Railway
Price: 1,550 Baht
How to Book: Ask us in person or send an email to bangkok@slumberpartyhostels.com!

The Bridge On the River Kwai Itinerary

06:00 Shuttle pick up from Slumber Party Bangkok
09:40 Arrival at the War Cemetary of the Allied Prisoners of World War 2, visit to the Jeath War Museum, walk along the Bridge Over the River Kwai, train trip along the Jeath Railway
13:00 Buffet lunch at the Krasae Cave
15:00 Depart Kanchanaburi back to Slumber Party Bangkok

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