You are looking for a great day trip around Bangkok? You would like to spend more time on interesting sites, not the ones advertising over and over? This top best 9 day trips around Bangkok is your best guidance to help you have a great fun with friends and family. Let’s check it out!
1. Safari World Bangkok
If you are bored of watching animals spending their lifetime in a tiny place without much space to roam free, you should plan a trip to Bangkok Safari World zoo and Park.
Yes, it's a zoo. But not like those with the same kinds. It's like a theme park hosting a number of species of herbivores: zebras, camels, antelopes, gazelles, rhinos and birds as ostriches, pelicans to name a few.
There are 2 divided areas as the Safari Park where you can drive through by car or bus and the Marine Park which is described as a traditional zoo hanging with shows, feeding time, food stalls and souvenir shops.
No matter what area do you want to explore, make sure you go with
Safari World Open Zoo and Marine Park Tour to fully enjoy your trip.
Take the Sukhumvit Line and get off at Mo Chit Station (or N8 Station) and go out through Exit No. 1 or 3. Take a taxi or bus no.26 or 96, stop at Fashion Island Shopping Mall, and use the overpass to go to the other side. Take a taxi or minibus to Safari World.
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2. Koh Larn
Koh Larn is a perfect option to those looking for a relaxing outdoor day, leaving all worries and stress behind.
Not far from Pattaya, Koh Larn has some of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. Perfect postcard beaches with endless seaside full of coconut trees and white sands make Koh Larn become a heaven for beach genius.
Tons of crazy fun watersports are waiting for you with a list starting from banana boat rides, jet-skiing, parasailing, snorkeling and submarine rides. Even though you are not an adventurous traveller, sitting on a chair, sipping a glass of beer and admire the beauty of sunset will never be a bad choice.
Firstly, you need to get to Pattaya's Bali Hai pier and buy a ticket of 200 or 300 bath to Nabaan Pier ( Main pier ) by speedboat (one way ticket). For a roundtrip joint ticket, it costs 400-500 bath. You should ask the local speedboat time as there is no schedule for it.
You can also get the public transport boat, one way which is only 30 baht per person, and it takes about 40-50 minutes to get to the port town( Nabaan Pier ) in Koh Larn, (which now has a 24 hour 7-11). From this port town, you have to get transport to one of several beaches.
You can either get to the main beaches by "baht bus" (at 40 bath) offering seats for about 12 people or motorbike taxi (40 to 80 bath/ 1 way).
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3. Ancient Siam
Featured as the word's largest outdoor museum, Ancient Siam or Muang Boran hosts a huge selection of more than hundred replicas and ancient Thai iconic items. Grand Palace, the garden of Rocket Festival characters and the relocated Northern Thai Village are some of the most interesting features you can learn from this museum.
Another charming part for a visit to the ancient city is the Thai community who dress themselves with traditional customs.
And the biggie is the traditional music performance. You shouldn’t miss it!
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If you are not familiar with walking for long hours under the heat, renting a bicycle is highly recommended. For the entrance fee of 500 bath/ 1 person, bike rental is free. Another way is to join in a tram tour with an English-speaking guide at 100 bath/1 person.
Get on bus no. 511 from Bangkok center to the end of route to the ancient town. Or if you stay in the Khao san area, you can catch bus at Democracy Monument, the Grand Palace, or Wat Phra Kaew (Emerald Buddha). A ticket price is 23 bath. Once you get off, hop on local Songthaew No. 36, which will be waiting to zip you over to the Ancient City for 8 baht.
4. Floating Markets
Floating market has been a unique image reflecting the local way of shopping in Thailand. For years, there is a number of floating markets in and outside Bangkok. This is why you can't leave Thailand without making your way to a floating market. Depending on your taste, there are different types of markets ranging from touristy area to local ones. Damnern saduak Floating Market is the best well-known one in Thailand which is 80 km away from Bangkok. Damnernsaduak Floating Market Tour is an excellent organizer for a relaxing trip.
A trip to floating market will be more exciting when you can combine it with a cooking class, where you can go for shopping and learn how to cook Thai food by yourself. Book a tour with The Floating Market & Cooking Class - Rural Thai food and canal-side life to make it come true. It will definitely a great choice for you and your family.
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5. Khao Yai National Park
Situated 175 km in the northeast area of Bangkok, Khao Yai National park is where some of Thailand's last remaining wild tigers, leopards, gibbons, exotic snakes and elephants call home. Khao Yai is high up in the mountains with Khao Room peak as its height is over 1,350 meter.
The national park is also popular for bird watching where you can observe over 300 speicies of birds. Plan your trip to Khao Yai National park with Siam PD tour to thoroughly understand about the diversity of animals and plants in Thailand. The helpful tour guides are always willig to
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Kanchanaburi make its popularity for the WWII memorials. Built by the Japanese, Kanchanaburi was one of the Japanese POW camps. Also, this small town is a base of a rail system to Myanmar established by these POWs. Thousands of allied prisoners of war (POWs) and forced labourers lost their lives while building a Japanese military supply line known as the Death Railway, which cut through the province and linked Bangkok to Burma by way of a precarious and heavily bombed track. If you are looking for a less touristy part in Thailand, Kanchanabura will be a good choice.
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If you are a history lover, this one is a place to be.
Ayutthaya was an ancient capital of Siam until 1767. In the past, this huge complex was severely damaged and burned by the Burmese. However, thanks to the stone construction, a number of Ayuthaya's temple still remained its outlook.
Besides the old temples, your walk around Ayutthaya will definitely include tremendous ruins of old temples and palaces and impressive chedis as well. In 1991, Ayutthaya was proudly recognized as the World Heritage site. It attracts more visitors and tourists coming to Ayutthaya every year. Note that some temples are free for entry but the bigger ones may charge 50 bath for each visit.
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The distance from one temple to another is manageable so you can rent a bike (40 bath/day). The Bike Historic Ayutthaya Tour is surely a perfect choice. A motorbike (300 - 400 bath/ per day) can be used to travel around. If you go with a group, hopping on a tuk tuk is not a bad idea. A tuk tuk with driver costs 1,000 bath/ 4 hours.
The cheapest way to get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok is by train. Buy a ticket of 245 bath for the 2 nd-class A/C seat from Hualamphong Station to Aytthaya. The 3rd-class non-A/C seat is about 20 bath. Duration for the trip is 2 or 2.5 hours.
Alternatively, you can catch a bus from Bangkok's Mo Chi Northern Bus Terminal. Busses are available for every 20 minutes with the last bus at 18:00. A ticket costs 56 bath for a 1st class A/C bus. Duration is 1.5 to 2 hours.
8. Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm: World’s largest croc farm
Wondering where to spend a day full of fun in Bangkok?
Samit Prakan Crocodile farm is definitely a good choice. Known as the largest crocodile farm in the world, Samut Prakan is home to over 60,000 crocodiles in different sized.
What makes Samut Prakan special is its live animal shows where the trainers perform their excellent skills in training and wrestling the crocodile with your bare hands. Crocodile Farm and Elephant Theme Show + Rose Garden Tour will bring to you the best experience with animal. Be prepared! You may get a heart attack with these brave trainers.
Feeding time for the crocodile is from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Besides, there are chimpanzees, camels, hippopotamuese, gibbons, turtles and boa constrictors in the farm.
The opening hour is from 9 a.m to 5 p.m with a break at noon. On weekends, additional shows are included. The entrance fee is 300 bath for foreigners.
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Located near the Siam Ancient town, the crocodile farm is a perfect option for your combined trip of these 2 well-known attractions. To get to the farm, hop on bus no. 511 to the end of the line and then hop on a waiting songthaew with a bus ticket at 23 bath and Songthaew ticket at 8 bath.
9. Koh Kret: Man-made island with its own culture
Ever seen a manmade island in Southeast Asia?
If your answer is No, you shouldn't miss Koh Kret.
Located in the center of the Chao Phraya River, Koh Kret was buit when a canal established in 1722 to make it easier to travel from Bangkok to Ayutthaya by boat. Time flied, the Thai King permitted the indigenous Mon people to settle down in Koh Kret.
From the first sight, you can see how beautiful and unique the island is. It's explained by the distinctive culture and lifestyle of the Mon ethnic group.
Handmade desserts and pottery are the two most notable features for every trips to Koh Kret.
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Getting on bus No.166 from Victory Monument to Koh Kret at 19 bath. Then, walk about 2 minutes to the pier behind Wat Sanam Neua and hop on a pier to Koh Kret for 2 bath.
For a more scenic view, you can catch the Chao Phraya Express boat heading north from any stop in Bangkok to the end of the line at Nonthaburi for 13 bath. When you get off, get on bus no. 32, 51 or 104 to the pier (19 bath).