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The 4 Days Itinerary To Travel Bangkok And Pattaya

The 4 Days Itinerary To Travel Bangkok And Pattaya

I usually travel with my family every Lunar New Year. It’s not a family tradition but my parents simply love to travel to welcome a new year and relax after a hard-working year. Our destination for Year of the Dog 2018 was Thailand, particularly Bangkok and Pattaya cities. It was a 4-days-3-night trip generally flying from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Bangkok, then bussing to Pattaya, coming back to the capital city of Thailand, and finally going to our sweet home after all.

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Bangkok and Pattaya

We came very early to the Tan Son Nhat airport in the morning. After arriving at Thailand’s Don Mueang Airport, we went directly to Pattaya. We visited 2 spots on the way between Bangkok and Pattaya:

  • Tiger Zoo – Thailand’s biggest tiger camp, where a lot of rare tigers gather. Besides that, visitors can also watch crocodiles, elephants, or other animal shows.
Tiger show at Tiger Zoo in my trip Bangkok and Pattaya
A tiger show at the camp.
Elephant show at Tiger Zoo
The elephant is trying to use a stick to smash the balloon between the man’s legs.
  • Wat Phra Khao Yai (Big Buddha Hill) – One of the most famous sacred pagodas in Thailand. There is a 30m Buddha statue at the place.
Wat Phra Khao Yai, the Big Buddha Hill
Wat Phra Khao Yai, the Big Buddha Hill that I visited on my Bangkok and Pattaya trips.
  • If you don’t know things to do in Pattaya at night, what are Pattaya attractions, or what to see in Pattaya, you might want to try going to adult shows like Fantasy Show, Harem Show, or Big Eye. Those aren’t allowed to take a picture or record videos so I can’t show anything. If you are curious and comfortable with that adult stuff, getting to know it is a good experience in Pattaya.

Day 2: Things to Do in Pattaya

The morning started with breakfast at the resort we stayed in. Our destinations of the days were:

  • Coral Island – 25 min’ away from Pattaya. The island is well-known for its diverse corals and sea creatures. Different from the vibrant of Pattaya, on the island you can enjoy the cool atmosphere, join the activities on the water, or dive into the sea to explore the corals and marine life.
  • Visiting Bird Nest Central and Honey Shop
  • Khao Chee Chan – the image of the Buddha is carefully sculptured in the mountain. The outstanding image is made from 24-karat gold, 130m in height, and 70m in width. It was created in 1996, on the 50-year reign anniversary of Thailand’s King Rama IX.
Khao Chee Chan with golden Buddha image sculptured on a mountain
Khao Chee Chan is a mountain with a golden Buddha image sculptured on it.
  • Pattaya Floating Market – opened in 2008, the market is where visitors can find many Thai special foods, handmade products, souvenirs, gifts, etc. from all the provinces of Thailand.
    The floating market is a special point in Thailand. There are several floating markets across the country. If you are looking for floating markets close to Bangkok, you should check out the Amphawa Floating Market, which is about 90 minutes away from the capital city.
Pattaya Floating Market
Pattaya Floating Market, where items and products from Thailand’s different provinces can be found.
  • Alcaraz Show – a special and famous music show performed by the ladyboys. This is the must-watch when you come the Pattaya. The featured video above is a part of the Alcaraz Show. You can also check The Broad Life’s YouTube channel for some videos recorded.
  • Walking Street – the most lively path of the land. If you love the bars and clubs or simply love to discover the real Pattaya, you shouldn’t miss this street.

Day 3: from Pattaya to Bangkok

It usually takes more than 2 hours to drive from Pattaya to Bangkok depending on the traffic. In normal conditions, 2 hours may not be so long as there are destinations along the way that tourists can visit. Our spot list for the third day includes:

On the Way from Pattaya to Bangkok

  • Snake Farm – a lot of shows from varied snakes, some are dangerous and there are even cobras. They will show you how to get the snake’s poison and its genitals. You can also a lot of useful info from snake serum in preventing or curing illnesses.
A performer with his snake at the show.
Snake's poison is abstracted at a snake show.
The performer showed how to get the poison out of the snake.
Snake's genitals in the snake show in the trip Bangkok and Pattaya.
Snake’s genitals, the entertainer said if you touch those, you will be lucky.
  • In the leather-craft store – visitors can watch the process of making a leather product and freely do shopping after that.

At Bangkok

Chinatown in Bangkok
Bangkok’s Chinatown.
  • We enjoyed the Nanta show after having our dinner. It’s a musical show where entertainers use cooking tools to make the beat. After the show, visitors can buy souvenirs from shops outside.
  • Bangkok has some night markets for tourists to spend their night time. Or you can wander around the city, go to the bars or clubs, or spend the night at the hotel’s swimming pool.

Day 4: Bangkok – Ho Chi Minh City

On the last day of our trip to Thailand. There are a few last destinations that we visited after checking out the hotel:

  • Golden Buddha Temple – where you can find the biggest golden Buddha statue.
Golden Buddha Temple in Bangkok
Golden Buddha Temple in Bangkok.
  • Wat Benchamabophit – the marble temple, one of the best-known and most attractive ones in Thailand.
Wat Benchamabophit the marble temple in Bangkok, Thailand
Wat Benchamabophit, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Chao Phraya River Boat Tour – getting to know the popular river in Bangkok and watching the fish phenomenon.
  • World Gem Collection – the biggest gem center in Southeast Asia, where visitors can see how jewelry is made. You can also buy any items after the store tour.

As our flight was delayed, we then decided to spend our rest time at malls before coming to the airport, ending our New Year’s trip to Bangkok and Pattaya.

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4 Days Travel to Bangkok and Pattaya


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Khoi Nguyen builds The Broad Life with a desire to inspire people go exploring the world and live a more interesting, experience, and adventurous life. This blog shares the stories, pictures, and experiences at destinations where he has traveled to.


  • The Aesthetic Scientist

    Just four days for two cities looks ambitious, but now from your post, I know it’s possible. The sculptures on the Buddha Hill look really interesting and scary at the same time 😛

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Locals say that there is a Buddha’s relic inside the hill 🤩 I’m so curious about that.

  • pakulele

    So many Buddhas in Thailand I saw them everywhere. Interesting is the fact that Buddha didn’t really want to have statues of himself.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      yeah Thailand is the land of the golden temples =D Buddha statues everywhere. But I didn’t hear the story that Buddha doesn’t want to have his statues.

  • wanderlustbykelley

    A beautiful collection of photos and it sounds like a wonderful trip! I absolutely love Bangkok, now I would also like to visit Pattaya.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      You will also love Pattaya. Don’t forget to watch the shows there 😉

  • Kasia Mikolajczak (@KasiaMikola)

    Looks like a fun trip. Lots to do there I see. Wow those snakes are scary lol. I hope to visit someday.

  • hillcitybride

    I think Asian art is so pretty! The lanterns and ornate buildings are lovely. And a floating market sounds so fun!! 🙂

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Yes they are. I you haven’t come to Asia, you should go and discover our very different cultures and traditions 🙂 We have many lovely and pretty things 😀

  • Agring

    It’s definitely a wonderful place to visit. But I’m more interested in nature. I see pictures of mountains in Thailand and Vietnam and they are just stunning. It would be nice to see them in person.

  • prasant bhatt

    Hello Khoi Nguyen
    It’s nice to see such good blog about Thailand and bankok.
    Bankok is really nice and beautiful city and rich in culture. I wanna go Bankok this december. But some travel agency are suggesting travel guide. Is that necessary to hire a guide or porter for nomading in Bankok ? Thanks please reply and help me

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Hi Prasant,
      Imo you don’t have to have a travel guide when going to Bangkok. It’s easy to search for info about Bangkok in the internet, and you can use those info to wander around. Maybe you can check if they use Uber or Grab in Bangkok so you can easily move to destinations. Tuk Tuk is also a transportation there that you must try but be careful to bargain, it’s maybe expensive but worth the try.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      If you have any questions just leave me a comment here I will try to help.
      If you want to support me and the blog you can book the hotel using the Booking banner on the right side of the post.
      Thank you! 🙂

  • prasant bhatt

    Hi Khoi Nguyen,
    Thailand is the only country in south-east Asia to have escaped colonial rule. Buddhist religion, the monarchy and their heritage are beautiful. I love to visit thailand and the hot chicken legpiece of Thailand is in my toungue . Thanks for the wonderful blog

    • Khoi Nguyen

      You’re welcome! When you go to Thailand try visiting Vietnam. My country is also really good to travel 🙂

  • Kim

    One of the best guide on Bangkok to Pattaya. I also wrote a post and took some notices from you post. Hope you wouldn’t mind.

  • Ashok Chhetri

    Khoi Nguyen, Hey there buddy! Great informative and entertaining post. I love Bangkok. And would definitely like to visit it. Can I have some details about how much would it cost for 4 days and 4 nights stay for the trip? Thank you so much. Will be waiting for your response. 🙂

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Hello Ashok, if you only stay in Bangkok for 4 days and 4 nights, your cost could be around $400.
      Breaking it down into details, it could be about:
      – $200 for hotel, I check on booking with Mango Bedroom Inn for 4 nights.
      – $100-120 for moving around. You can save the cost by using the train, or maybe you can use Grab. Also check if they have any transportation like bus to go to destinations around Bangkok.
      – $80-100 if you love streetfood, or you don’t go to the big restaurants.

      Hope this help! For this cost I just estimate, and it just covers basic spending such as hotel, moving around, and eating. You should consider extra cost for any other spends.

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