Bangkok is a cultural and financial power hub in Southeast Asia as well as a great home base for your travels through this vibrant country — as the number of day trips and tours from Bangkok will attest to.
Virtually no experience is out of bounds when traveling from the capital and you’ll discover a host of different aspects of Thailand — whether you’re after something historical, cultural, or simply looking for a great and unforgettable time.
Ayutthaya was the capital of the Siamese Empire and the second largest city in the world up until 1767 — when an invading Burmese army decided to change all that. Today, the ruins of this once-flourishing metropolis stand as a monument to the fickleness of time.
However, the city is far from ruinous — with amazing buildings, palaces and temples still adorning this man-made plain. The city’s rich history and the fact that Ayuatthaya is only 80 kilometers away make it the perfect day trip when traveling from the capital.
Pattaya is a popular resort city on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Thailand and a popular getaway destination for the residents of Bangkok — owing to the fact that Pattaya is a 2-hour drive away and promises beautiful beaches and a pumping nightlife and party scene.
The resort city also features a number of less-visited and arguably more authentic attractions on its peripheries — representing a side of Pattaya that’s seldom seen.
These factors make Pattaya a perfect destination for day tours from Bangkok — allowing travelers to experience a vibrancy that’s difficult to find in Bangkok.
Kanchanaburi is a town in western Thailand and the place where you’ll find the infamous “Bridge on the River Kwai” — immortalized by the film of the same name. To this day, it stands as a reminder of the atrocities committed during the construction of the so-called Thai Burma Death railway bridge.
The bridge itself draws thousand of visitors — either history buffs or fans of the classic film — all making the pilgrimage along this bloodied route where thousands died.
Kanchanaburi is perfect for a day trip from Bangkok, and you'll travel by rail to explore the legacy of this dark chapter of history. There are also a number of elephant sanctuaries in the area, allowing you to interact with these amazing animals in an ethical manner.
Bang Pa-in once served as the Thai Royal Family’s summer house — a place they could retire to, to escape Bangkok and Ayatthaya’s scorching heat. Originally constructed during the early 16th century, it fell into disuse and disrepair a couple of times throughout its existence — before being restored and built up in the 19th century.
Today, it’s again no longer in use, but it stands as an example of the splendor that surrounds the Thai monarchs — offering visitors the singular opportunity to peek into royal life in Thailand.
Coral Island is located just a couple of kilometers west of Pattaya city — making it a great destination for a day trip from Bangkok. Although it’s by no means the pristine getaway it was a couple of years ago, Coral Island still entertains and delights thousands of travelers looking for fun, sea and sun.
Coral Island presents a more affordable option when compared to Thailand's other southern islands without sacrificing much authenticity — making for a wonderful alternative destination.
Elephants are synonymous with the Kingdom of Thailand — they are the national symbol and you’ll see stone versions of them adorn countless buildings throughout the kingdom. The country is even known as the “Land of the White Elephants” due to the lighter pigmentation found in the local giants.
It’s no surprise that there are a number of elephant sanctuaries that you can visit during a day trip from Bangkok. However, you should always make sure that the sanctuary you visit adheres to ethical practices to ensure the well-being of these amazing creatures.
Nakhon Nayok is both a city and a province in central Thailand and a wonderful destination for day trips from Bangkok. The city provides a welcome escape from the capital’s hustling and bustling — while the province is home to vast wilderness as is exemplified in Khao Yai National Park.
Travelers to this relatively unknown area can enjoy a much more authentic version of Thai hospitality and visit attractions without crowds. The national parks in the province also allow visitors the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of viewing free-roaming Asian elephants.