10 of the Best Day trips from Bangkok

by Cedric Pentonville  |  Published September 20, 2021

Bangkok wasn’t always the capital city of Thailand. Back in the days of the Kingdom of Siam, Ayutthaya was the hub for all things religious and educational. When the Burmese invaded Siam, they eventually succeeded in sacking Ayutthaya and pushing the Siamese to form a new capital further down the Chao Phraya River. We now know this bustling city as the mighty Bangkok. Most travelers make Bangkok their base from which to explore and tour the surrounding countryside, cities and attractions.

The former capital of Ayutthaya makes for an excellent day trip from Bangkok, although this is just one of many excellent day excursions that can be taken from the Thai capital city. Other highlights include the bridge over the River Kwai, tropical islands such as Koh Larn, and a whole host of vast theme parks, Buddhist temples, beaches and floating markets that lie on the fringes of the sprawling city and beyond. Here are 10 of the best day trips from Bangkok based on factors like value for money, health and safety, and the itinerary.