#1 Reach Bangkok early!
I suggest you take the early morning flight into Bangkok, so that you are able to make full use of your time there.
Also, be there on a weekend because that’s where you can make the most out of your trip.
#2 Buy Prepaid SIM Card
If you already have one (e.g From Changi Recommends at Changi Airport), you can skip this and save 15-20 minutes of your time. >>Check out Prepaid SIM Card
#3 Quickly leave the airport!
If you are in Survanabhumi Airport and want to save on travel, you can take the Airport Rail Link which costs 45 baht.
However, if you have 4 pax, it is much more convenient to take the taxi, as the cost adds up to be about the same. As always, I always recommend using
#4 Check-In Hotel
Some hotels allow early check-in depending on room availability. Nevertheless, leave your bags there and head out ASAP! If you are planning for a shopping trip to Bangkok soon, compare for the best hotel rates here!
#5 Lunch Time!
If you don’t really care about lunch and just want to fill your stomach quick, Platinum Fashion Mall Food Court is a good choice for you!
If you want something better and delicious, at Pee’Aor in Phetchaburi Soi 5, they have really good Tom Yum Noodles! >>Check out Pee’Aor Tom Yum Goong Noodles
#6 Shopping in Pratunam Market and Platinum Fashion Mall
Pratunam is a fashion district and you definitely will leave with something.
The Pratunam market (outdoor) offers a cheaper price but you might not like the shopping environment.
Fret not because you can simply head over to Platinum Fashion Mall which is air-conditioned. I don’t recommend shopping in Platinum on Fri, Sat and Sun due to the crowds. Hence, get it over and done with on the first day in Bangkok! If you finish early, you might want to head over to Big C (opposite Central World) to buy some tidbits to munch in the night?
#7 Back to hotel to unload
By 7pm, you should be done with shopping. Head back to hotel and unload your loot! Rest a little before heading out again for dinner.
#8 Dinner at Yaowarat Chinatown
A good time to go Yaowarat is about 8pm when traffic might ease a little.
Many drivers will refuse to send you there. But as always, there are so many taxis in Bangkok. Just ask for the next one or to save the trouble, use GrabTaxi. Before leaving Yaowarat, remember to buy some tidbits (food souvenirs) home! >>Check out 15 Must Eat in Yaowarat Chinatown
#9 Time to make a choice!
So after dinner in Yaowarat, do you want to end your night or continue with even more? If you want to continue shopping, there’s several mini Night Markets in Pratunam. >>Check out Pratunam Night Market
If you like to chill out at Rooftop Bar, there’s several around Pratunam such as Red Sky @ Centara Grand Central World, WALK @ Centara Watergate Pavilion, HORIZONS @ Zen, Siam@Siam Design Hotel. Try to schedule Rooftop Bars (if you intend to) on earlier days of your trip, in case of rain. >>Check out 15 Top Rooftop Bars