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8 Best Day Trips From Bangkok You Need To Try

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Bangkok is rightly the most visited destinations in the world. With so many things to do and places to visit within the city, there is no shortage of unique, fun and adventurous getaways from it. So, lets check out the best day trips from Bangkok you should not be missing out on! 

What Are The Best Day Trips From Bangkok?

1. Erawan Waterfall & Kanchanaburi Tour

Day Trips from Bangkok
Train Journey To Kanchanaburi – Day Trips from Bangkok

Take a day trip to Kanchanaburi, a town which takes you close to nature’s wonders. Rivers, caves, waterfalls and some interesting World War 2 history will be the highlights during your trip. This day trip is a wonderful escape from the everyday hustling and bustling of Bangkok city. The multi leveled Erawan Waterfall located within a national park in Kanchanaburi is a very stunning attraction having refreshing turquoise colored water where you can swim or take a trek up to  the top of the waterfall.

You would also get a chance to board the train and ride along the Death Railway which was used as a supply route by the Japanese army during World War 2. The Death Railway consists of a series of bridges and stone carvings. You will also come across the world famous bridge over River Kwai which is a very picturesque landmark in Kanchanaburi.

Click here to book this fantastic day trip from Bangkok inclusive of hotel transfers, sumptuous Thai lunch, entrance fees and a tour guide. 

Trip Duration : 12 Hours

2. Ayutthaya Day Tour

Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya – Day Trips From Bangkok

The historical and fascinating city, Ayutthaya was the ancient capital of Siam from 14th till 18th century. It was invaded and burned down by the Burmese in 1767. Being closely located, a visit to Ayutthaya is one of the most popular day trips from Bangkok. Presently it is a UNESCO World Heritage site where you can find ruins of Buddha temples, statues, palaces and monasteries.

During this tour you will be visiting Wat Mahatat which is home to the sacred tree having Buddha head statue surrounded by the tree’s trunk, Wat Lokayasutharam known to have the biggest reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya and many other ruins of ancient temples.

Click here to book this day trip inclusive of transfers to and from your hotel or accomodation, buffet lunch on White Orchid River Cruise and entrance fees to all the sites.

Trip Duration : 9 Hours

3. Khao Yai National Park Jungle Trekking

Day Trips From Bangkok
Waterfall in Khao Yai National Park – Day Trips From Bangkok

The Khao Yai National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site offering the most gorgeous landscape views of nature consisting of lush greenery, waterfalls, wildlife, lakes and varieties of flora. Going for a jungle trek to Khao Yai national park is one of the most amazing day trips from Bangkok. You will also be visiting an observation tower from where you can soak in some stunning views of the jungle during this trip. The picturesque Haew Suwat waterfall within the national park featured in the iconic movie “The Beach” is also one of the highlights of this day trip.

Click here to book this day trip inclusive of hotel transfers, traditional Thai lunch, raincoats and anti leech socks for protection and a tour guide.

Trip Duration : 10 Hours

4. Pattaya City and Sanctuary of Truth

Day Trips From Bangkok
Sanctuary Of Truth – Day Trips From Bangkok

Take a day trip to Pattaya from Bangkok and check out all the major attractions this city has to offer. This trip will leave you with so many memories to cherish. Your trip will start with visiting the Sanctuary of truth which is built entirely of wood and decorated by carved sculptures without the use of any metal nails. It is a miraculous structure and an ancient wonder showcasing the knowledge, techniques and wood working skills of the ancient times.

Next you will be heading to Khao Phra Tam Nak hill top from where you will get some gorgeous views of the Pattaya city. Once you are the hill’s foot you would be visiting the famous Pattaya beach where you can spend some relaxing time, sunbathe and enjoy some on beach activities. Close to it are many shopping stores, restaurants and bars where you can spend some time too!

Click here to book this day trip inclusive of hotel transport, toll fees and entrance fees to the Sanctuary of Truth.

Trip Duration : 10 Hours

5. Damnoen Sadauk Floating Market And Maeklong Train Market

Damnoen Sadauk Floating Market – Day Trips From Bangkok

Make a visit to the world famous Damnoen Sadauk Floating Market located at about a 40 minutes distance from Bangkok in the Ratchaburi province. Start your journey by exploring and wandering through the Maeklong Railway Market (aka the umbrella pulldown market). The train passes very closely from the market, such that before it approaches the vendors pull off their shop umbrellas and other belongings located close to the tracks. Once the train passes the vendors spring back the umbrellas and belongings back to the positions close and some over the tracks too.

Next you will be heading to the Damnoen Sadauk Floating Market where you can hop in to a colorful long tail boat and move through the maze of canals. This market has also been featured in a canal chase scene in The Man with the Golden Gun with Roger Moore as James Bond. You can shop from your boat, try out a variety of Thai dishes such as Pad Thai, Rice noodle soup and the famous Thai desert Mango with sticky rice.

Don’t miss out this one of the most famous and easiest day trips from Bangkok. Click here to book this day trip inclusive of transfers to and from your hotel/accommodation.

Trip Duration : 6 Hours

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6. Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Pattaya

Spend time with the elephants at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary located in Pattaya. This sanctuary promotes ethical activities for the tourists where you can feed the freely roaming elephants, enjoy a mud bath with the elephants, touch them, take pictures with them and even interact with them. You can also learn about the elephants, the environment they live in and how they should be taken care of.  If you are traveling with kids, this day trip from Bangkok is a must do since kids will have a great time learning about elephants and also get to know how friendly these animals are.

Click here to book this day trip inclusive of  transportation, guide, photography service and traditional Thai lunch.

Trip Duration : 8 Hours

7. Holy Tattoo Experience from Wat Bang Phra Temple

The Wat Bang Phra Temple is well known and most recommended place to get Sak Yant tattoos done which are believed to have powers of granting good health, protection, wealth and luck. The entire tattoo process is sacred, blessed by the local monks and hand etched using a sharp bamboo stick. During this trip an English speaking guide will be with you to explain the details of the ceremony. He will also make sure that you are comfortable throughout the process. Getting a Sak Yant tattoo done is one of the unique things you could experience during your Thailand visit.

Click here to book this day trip inclusive of hotel transfers, guide and the tattoo fee.

Trip Duration : 4 Hours

8. Eco Zipline Adventure

Soak in some spectacular views from of a Thai rainforest through one of the largest canopy zipline tours in the world. You will be gliding through a canopy via 3 km of zipline wires into the Thai jungle ecosystem. It is a truly flying adventure over the deep jungle including some amazing varieties of flora, fauna and stunning views. This zipline adventure is completely safe and engineered by an international team of world-class adventure builders.

Click here to book this trip inclusive of round trip hotel transfers, 3 hour rainforest canopy adventure, lunch, guide and entrance to Khao Kheow Open Safari.

Trip Duration : 7 Hours

So, here are all the amazing day trips from Thailand which could be a part of your Thai adventures. Let us know which one would you choose in the comment section below. Happy Travels!


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16 thoughts on “8 Best Day Trips From Bangkok You Need To Try

  1. Thanks for sharing all these day trip ideas. I would love to go to the waterfalls one day!

  2. The world war II history at Kanchanaburi sounds awful, and I’ve heard of the Death Railway before. I do like to visit places like this to learn about the way prisoners and people were treated during wars, because I think it’s really important that we learn from past mistakes.

  3. I didn’t realize you could visit all of these locations from a day trip from Bangkok! Khao Yai National Park Jungle Trekking looks like so much fun and would be a great activity to escape from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok for a day. I’d also love to visit the floating market.

  4. Oh the Erawan Waterfall and Kanchanaburi Tour is the one for me! I love waterfalls, so this would be the perfect day!

  5. These are great day trip ides from Bangkok! I had no idea that there was such a range of activities available. The Erawan Waterfall looks really neat with that train journey, looks a little bit treacherous though. Every option on here looks great but I think I would have to go with the jungle trekking on a trip to Bangkok!

  6. I’m still kicking myself for not taking a day trip to Ayutthaya when I was in Bangkok two years ago! Those temples look spectacular, and it seems like such a serene escape from the big city!

  7. These are some amazing ideas and you’ve given such detail. I have been to Bangkok so many times and all I have done is shop, no matter how many days I spend there…lol. I am definitely planning to do some of these the next time I get there. thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Wow I had no idea there were so many different day trips out of Bangkok!! I especially love the sound of the eco zipline adventure in the jungle.

  9. Ayutthaya looks like such a great place to explore. Haven’t been to Thailand, but is on my list. I would also love to experience different landscapes when I visit, and Jungle trekking looks perfect. Great tips 😉

  10. Allow me to pin this itinerary for my visit later in the year. I will hopefully will comeback and tell you what I did and what I did not from the list! Thank you for making it easy

  11. I love to know about day trips from popula cities, especially the ones that would help to escape the city crowd. This is the perfect list.

  12. Very detailed and beneficial article for the one who want to visit Thailand. I like the Khao Yai National Park Jungle Trekking and would definitely go there whenever I will get the chance.

  13. Been to ayutthaya and it made a really great day trip. But if you would like to take time to see every temple in the city, a one night trip would be better~

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