When coming from Europe you will usually land in Bangkok around mid-day, the transfer from the airport to the city centre can take a long time as Bangkok is gigantic and the traffic can be very bad.
We stayed at the Hilton Millennium. It isn’t in the most charming area but the views from the bedrooms are amazing, and it is very well situated to access all the transports you may need during your stay in Bangkok.
Celebrate your first night in the land of smiles with a cocktail on the hotel rooftop, then head to The Never Ending Summer. It is walking distance to the Hilton, the restaurant is very trendy and they serve the most delicious Thai food.
If you still have some energy head for some post-dinner drinks at Maggie Choo, an atmospheric jazz bar not too far from the main hotels in the city centre.
After a good night of sleep, grab breakfast first thing in the morning and then head to the closest boat stop. It is good to note that boats are a very efficient way to travel to the most touristic sites in Bangkok. You avoid the dreadful Bangkok traffic, it is very cheap and boats stop about 100 meters from all the main sites and next to most main hotels.
Wat Pho is a stunning temple complex in the centre of Bangkok. The architecture of the place is breathtaking and the Reclining Buddha is one of the biggest statue you may ever see. Get lost in the gardens and explore while sipping on a lot of water.
Be aware that there is a strict dress code when visiting temples and official sites in Thailand, not too much legs or shoulders can be on show. Luckily the Thais are very organised and all sites will provide appropriate clothing if you need it.
After wandering in the Buddhist sanctuary, head out to get lost in the little streets of Chinatown. You may have to experience some unpleasant smells in the streets of Bangkok, but it is really not as bad as some people make it sound. Check some of the main landmarks like the Giant Swing and the Pink Elephants.
For the last stop of the day, head to the beautiful Wat Arun and explore the temple and its surroundings.
On the third day, visit the Grand Palace which is very grand indeed. Rooms after rooms of wonders, gold, gemstones, manicured gardens, everything there shines and sparkles. The place also really highlight the importance of the Royal Family for the Thais, they have so much love and respect for them.
Going from luxurious estates to rougher surroundings, head to Khaosan Road for a little bit of shopping and some food. Khaosan Road is also a great place to go out at night on a budget!
Unfortunately we had limited time in Bangkok, but if you have more time there make sure to visit the floating markets.