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Three days in Bangkok

 Whether you plan a trip to Thailand on its own or as a stopping point on your trip to another Southeast Asian country, Bangkok is a lively, interesting, and dynamic city that you should see at least once in this region.

Bangkok consists of 5 separate districts: Rattanakosin, Dust, Chinatown, Siyam, and Sukhmvit. Historical buildings are generally located in Rattanakosin (the area where the Grand Palace and Wat Phonon are located).

An ideal three days in Bangkok would be one where you would experience the city from the river on hop-on, hop-off boats; take the Chaoa Phraya Tourist Boat, a daily hop-on, hop-off tour for tourists that costs 150 Baht. Visit symbolic and important landmarks such as the Grand Palace and Wat Arun, and do some food and street tours, whether it be the Chatuchak weekend market or the Siam region.

Siam region (BTS stop: Siam) is where shopping malls are gathered together. You can find many shopping malls, such as Siam Center and Siam Paragon. The Bangkok Cultural Center is also located in this region. It is connected to the Siam Center shopping center by a bridge. Inside, you can find current exhibitions and cafes. The Jim Thompson House is another interesting tourist attraction in this area and can be reached on foot.

For accommodation, there are hotels such as Hua Chang Heritage Hotel and Vie Hotel M Gallery in the Siam region, while luxury hotel options by the river include international chain hotels such as Mandarin Oriental, Shangri-La, and Millenium Hilton. I think the Siam region is always lively and ideal for accommodation, as it is the place where there are more economical options as well as shops and restaurants.

Chatuchak Market is a huge market that opens on weekends. With the BTS Train, you will get off at the Mo Chit station stop, exit from exit 1, and walk towards the side where the crowds walk. It seems like a vast market with no beginning or end. We could only visit some of it. We recommend you go early in the morning. You can do another street tour in Chinatown, walking distance from the Grand Palace. You can visit it on the day you visit the palace. 

The BTS train is like a subway passing over the city, making your job much easier as there is always a lot of traffic in Bangkok. Tuktuks are also another alternative. Always remember to bargain.

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