Day One

  • Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Get up as early as you can and take the Chao Phraya Express Boat north to Chang Pier to explore one of Ko Ratanakosin's museums, such as the Museum of Siam, as well as one of its must-see temples, like Wat Pho.

  • Lunch Plunge headfirst into Bangkok-style street food at Pa Aew.
  • Riverside, Silom & Lumphini

Refresh with a spa treatment at Health Land or soothe those overworked legs with a traditional Thai massage at Ruen-Nuad Massage Studio. After freshening up, get a new perspective on Bangkok with a sunset rooftop cocktail at Moon Bar.

  • Dinner nahm serves what is arguably the best Thai food in Bangkok, if not Thailand.
  • Riverside, Silom & Lumphini

If you’ve still got it in you, head over to DJ Station, Telephone Pub or any of the other bars and clubs in Bangkok’s small but lively gaybourhood. For a night that doesn’t end until the sun comes up, bang on the door at Wong’s Place.

Day Two

  • Siam Square, Pratunam, Phloen Chit & Ratchathewi

Take the BTS (Skytrain) to National Stadium and start your day with a visit to the popular and worthwhile museum that is Jim Thompson House. Follow this by exploring the nearby canalside neighbourhood of Baan Khrua or by paying your respects at the Erawan Shrine.

  • Lunch MBK Food Island is a cheap and tasty introduction to Thai food.
  • Siam Square, Pratunam, Phloen Chit & Ratchathewi

Walk, or let the BTS escort you, through Bangkok’s ultramodern commercial district, stopping off at linked shopping centres, including MBK Center, Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon and Siam Square. Make time for a sweet snack at Gourmet Paradise or an air-conditioned afternoon cuppa at the Erawan Tea Room.

  • Dinner Dip into refined Thai dishes in a likewise setting at Saneh Jaan.
  • Northern Bangkok

If it’s Tuesday, Friday or Saturday, consider catching a Thai-boxing match at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, or if it's Friday or Saturday, make a point of schlepping over to eastern Bangkok's RCA/Royal City Ave to check out the clubs such as Route 66 or Onyx.

Day Three

  • Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

Take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Chang Pier and set off on a long-tail boat tour of Thonburi's canals. Alternatively, combine canals and the culinary arts with a visit to Amita Thai Cooking Class.

  • Lunch Take advantage of the air-con and spicy Thai dishes at Err.
  • Banglamphu

Spend the afternoon shopping at the Th Khao San Market and visiting the surrounding sights, such as the Golden Mount and Wat Suthat. Or, if you’ve got energy to spare, book an afternoon or nighttime bike tour of the area with an outfit such as Velo Thailand or Grasshopper Adventures.

  • Dinner Take a temporary break from Thai food at Jidori Cuisine Ken, one of the city's better Japanese restaurants.
  • Sukhumvit

End the night with a Thai-themed cocktail at a cosy local, such as WTF or Badmotel, or a craft beer at Hair of the Dog. If it’s still too early for you to turn in, extend the night with a visit to a club like Glow or Beam.

Day Four

  • Northern Bangkok

If it’s a weekend, take the BTS north for a half day of shopping at the Chatuchak Weekend Market. Otherwise, consider a half-day excursion outside the city to the provincial-feeling Nonthaburi Market, the artificial island of Ko Kret or the re-created ruins at Ancient City.

Recover from the market in the relative cool of the late afternoon before taking the MRT (metro) to Chinatown to visit the home of the Golden Buddha, Wat Traimit, and the Chinese-style Wat Mangkon Kamalawat. Consider popping over to Phahurat to sample that neighbourhood’s South Asian feel or, if you’re there after dark, the nocturnal flower market at Pak Khlong Talat.

  • Dinner Follow our walking tour of Chinatown’s best street eats – some of the city's best food.
  • Banglamphu

Make the brief taxi ride to Banglamphu and begin the evening with drinks at Madame Musur, followed by a rowdy live-music show at Brick Bar or dancing at the Club. If bedtime is irrelevant, head for the rooftop lounge, dance floor and late closing times of the Bank.