Tour packages can become very expensive. Thailand has a very extensive and well maintained and safe public transport system that makes for very cheap tours if you do some homework prior to visiting.
This self tour using the BTS Skytrains will take you through the city and around the outskirts of Bangkok city. There are two Skytrain lines, the Silom line running through the city center and out to the west over the Chao Phraya River and the Sukhumvit line which runs through the city center, north of the city and towards the south east. They intersect at the Siam BTS station which is also the center of the city where you will find many large modern shopping complexes. You can purchase an all day train ticket which makes this self tour very inexpensive.
Below is a list of attractions located near each Sukhumvit BTS station. There is also the Silom Line and a map of the BTS lines. Some may require a short tuk-tuk or taxi ride which should cost less than 50 to 100 baht a ride.
Sukhumvit Line (Mo Chit to Bearing)
Mo Chit (N8)
Chatuchak Weekend Market
This huge sprawling market is next to Kamphaengphet MRT or 10 minutes walk south from Mo Chit BTS. Chatuchak Weekend Market has thousands of stalls and shops and is a "must see" when visiting Bangkok. You spend the entire day . It is a favorite destination for tourists and Thai people and has anything and everything you could imagine for sale.
Or Tor Kor Market
Another large market opposite Chatuchak Weekend Market and the Kamphaengphet MRT on Kamphaengphet Road.
To get to this shopping mall, transfer to Kamphaengphet MRT train station and alight 2 stations (north) or transfer to Chatuchak MRT and alight 1 station (north) at Phahon Yothin MRT. Union Mall is directly opposite.
Children's Discovery Museum
Ideal for a family vacation destination. From Mo Chit Station leave via exit No.1 to the opposite side of the main road and walk through Chatuchak Park for about 10-15 minutes to the other side. It is on the opposite side of the markets on the northern end. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
To reach this attraction from Mo Chit Station, take exit No.1 or 3 , then travel by public transport to Vibhavadi Rangsit Road (Outbound). Opening times are Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am until 6.00 pm.
Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
Situated in Wachirabenchathas Park which is commonly called Rot Fai Park (Railway Park). It is just north of Chatuchak Park. From Mo Chit BRT go out through Exit No.3. and walk up or take a taxi or tuk-tuk up to Kamphaengphet 3 Road to get to Rot Fai Park.
Saphan Khwai (N7)
Sam Sen Nai Philatelic Museum
On display is the history and evolution of the Thai postage stamp. This museum in loated next to the post office. From Saphan Khwai Station take Exit No.1 to the road below. Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 8.30 am until 4.30 pm. Not open during public holidays.
Ari Soi Markets
Corner of Ari Soi 1 and Phanon Yothin 7 Alley which is the next street north of the Ari BTS Skytrain.
One of many trndy cafe style eateries in Ari Soi 1
Hor Hidden Café
Try to find this hidden cafe in Ari Soi 1 road.
Victory Monument (N3)
This noodle cafe is located next to the canal at Victory Monument. There is an outdoor eating area and indoor air-conditioning.
Victory Monument Markets
Under the Skytrain there are the outdoor markets and small shops open during the day and night from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm. Take exits 3 or 4 from the overhead station.
The Royal Phya Thai Palace is located on the banks of the Samsen Canal on Rajavithee Road in the Ratchathewi district of Bangkok. To reach the palace, take the No. 3 exit at the BTS station and walk or take a taxi north up Phayathai Road to the monument and then turn left (west) at the monument roundabout up Ratchawithi Road.
The Royal Elephant National Museum
The museum is located in the Dusit Palace. Take exit No.3 from the BTS station and travel west up Ratchawithi Road from the Monument roundabout to U Thong Nai Road. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9.00 am until 4.00 pm. The Dusit Zoo is nearby.
Take exit No.3 from the BTS station and travel west up Ratchawithi Road from the Monument roundabout until you reach Rama V Road. The Dusit Palace is nearby. Open from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm
Bangkok Doll Museum
Traditional ancient hand made doll exhibit. Take a taxi to 85 Soi Ratchataphan (Soi Mo Leng) off Ratchaprarop Road. Open Monday to Saturday 8:00am until 5:00pm
Located at the King Power Downtown Complex at 8/1 Rangnam Road just south of Victory Monument. Walk down Phayathai road a short distance and turn left (east) into Rangnam Alley and continue walking a few minutes.
Phaya Thai (N2)
Suan Pakkad Palace
This palace is a museum which has 4 traditional Thai houses. Located just ten minutes walk from BTS Phaya Thai at 352-354 Sri Ayutthaya Road. From the BTS station walk a short distance north to Phayathai junction main road and turn right (east) into Sri Ayutthaya Road.
Siam (Interchange Station)
This is one of Thailands most busy vacation destinations for tourists and for Thai people. Siam Square, Siam Paragon, Siam Center and several other malls and shopping complexes are all located in Bankoks city center.
Wat Pathumwanaram Ratchaworawihan
Between Siam Paragon and Central World shopping complexes is this small temple.
Sealife Bangkok Ocean World
This aquarium is one of the biggest in Southeast Asia. Take the exit No. 5. Then enter Siam Paragon and go down to the basement floor level. Opening times are daily from 10.00am until 9.00pm.
Blu-O Rhythm and Bowl Siam Paragon
Take exit No. 5 and walk to the 5th floor of the Siam Paragon. Opening times are daily 11.00am until Midnight.
Chit Lom (E1)
A small but very important and popular shrine located on the corner of Ploenchit and Ratchadamri Road in front of the Hyatt Hotel.
- Central World, Central Chidlom, Gaysorn, Amarin Plaza.
- This is an upmarket food court in Central Embassy Shopping Mall on Ploenchit Road. To get there take the walkway from the Chit Lom Skytrain station.
Phloen Chit (E2)
Nearby is Sukhumvit Soi 4 (road) which is the local night time adult entertainment area.
A century old residence relocated from Chiang Mai which is a respected research library. Artifacts and the hilltribe costumes of Thailand are on display. Take the No. 3 exit and walk a few meters straight ahead to the intersection with Asok Road, then turn left and walk about 200m. The Siam Society will be on your left.
- This is the local adult entertainment area. Located opposite Terminal 21 and about 100 metres from Sukhumvit Road, between Asoke Road and Sukhumvit Soi 23.
Phrom Phong (E5)
- The Emporium Bangkok is an upmarket six storey shopping centre located on Sukhumvit Soi 24/26.
- Rain Hill Plaza is a 5 floor shopping mall with restuarants on Soi 47 Sukhumvit Road. Open 10:00am until 11:00pm.
Take the No. 6 exit from the station and walk to EM sphere in the Emdistrict.
This is a childrens Playland of imaginative building. Take the No. 2 exit and walk to The Emporium Shopping Complex. It is located on the 3rd floor. Open daily from 10.00am until 8.00pm.
Thong Lo (E6)
Sukhumvit 38 Street Food
Night time street food which is located on Soi 38 and open from 6.00pm until late.
Science Center for Education
The Science Centre for Education is also known as the Bangkok Planetarium. Take the No. 2 exit and turn around and walk toward the Ekkamai Bus Terminal. Bangkok Planetarium will be on your left.
Snow Town Bangkok
Take the No.4 exit and walk to the Gateway Ekkamai complex. It is located on the 5th floor. Open Friday from 11.00 am until 8.00pm, also Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays from 10.00am until 8.00pm.
Sub-Zero Ice Skating Club
Take the No. 1 exit and over the Skybridge that links directly to the Bangkok Co-operative Store Building. The Ice Skate rink is on the 9th floor. It is open Monday to Thursday from 12.00pm until 9.00pm, Friday 12.00pm until 10.00pm, Saturday and Sunday and Public Holidays 10.00am until 10.00pm.
Gateway Ekamai Mall
Showcasing Japanese lifestyle. Located on Sukhumvit Road 42, Ekamai. Open from 10.00am until 10.00pm daily.
Phra Khanong (E8)
W. District Community Mall
A community center of food, art and music. Located on Sukhumvit Soi (Road) 71 and is very close to the BTS station.
On Nut (E9)
Siam Park City (Suan Siam)
This is the biggest water and amusement park in Asia. It is located on Seree Thai Road in the Kannayao district. You can get off at Ekkamai Station (E7) and go out through No. 3 exit and take bus no.71. Or, get off at On Nut Station (E9) and take the No. 1 exit. When walking down to the street level, turn around, walk to Soi On Nut. Take bus no.519 in Soi On Nut. Open daily from 10.00am until 6.00pm.
On Nut Square
There is a small bazaar next to On Nut station.
Bang Chak (E10)
Guang Chao Sukiyaki
A Chinese restaurant at the bottom of the station.
There are several Asian style restaurants on Soi (road) 101.
Udom Suk (E12)
Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin
This train station night market is located on Soi Srinagarindra 51, Srinagarindra Rd behind the Seacon Square entertainment complex. From Udom Suk station, take a taxi east along Udom Suk road and then north up Srinagarindra Road (hwy 3344) to Seacon Square. Open Thursday to Sunday, from 5.00pm until 01.00am.
This large modern shopping complex is on Srinagarindra Rd, just before Seacon Square and the Talad Rot Fai night market.
The Erawan Museum is situated on the Sukhumvit-Kanchanabhisek intersection on the south east corner below the roadway. Look for the huge elephant statue. To get there, take a taxi south down Sukhumvit road from the Bearing station. Open daily from 08.00am until 05.00pm. The address is 99/9 Moo 1, Bang Muang Mai, Samut Praka.