Bangkok is a big place but what happens when you only have a few days to see it? Make the most of your trip to the Thai capital with these must-sees for a whistle-stop itinerary.
Bangkok is a bustling, busy and fascinating place but many people don’t have a lot of time to explore it in much detail. Maybe you are passing through on your way to the beach? Or heading into the mountains? No matter what you only have a few days; Bangkok is worth exploring even in super-quick time. Here’s what we suggest for a two-day trip to Bangkok.
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Day One in Bangkok: Morning
You don’t want to miss the Grand Palace. It is probably the most popular and most impressive attraction in Bangkok and it is first on many visitors’ itineraries. The Grand Palace in Bangkok is a large complex of temples and historic buildings including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) and the Chakri Maha Prasat Hall. If you have a hotel in the riverside district of Bangkok you can easily access the Grand Palace by taking a boat to Tha Chang pier and walking through the market until you reach the palace. Otherwise, you can get a tuk-tuk or taxi to the palace.
After visiting the Grand Palace, pay a visit to Wat Pho. This is a historic temple within a short walking distance of the Grand Palace, making it an ideal second stop on your first morning in Bangkok. Wat Pho contains the stunning statue of the reclining Buddha, which is 160 feet long.
After Wat Pho, take a ferry across the river to visit Wat Arun. The Temple of Dawn is one of the most picturesque temples in the city and it is a must-see on your Bangkok trip.
Day One: Lunch in Bangkok
One of the best cafes for sandwiches and snacks is the Old Town Café that is located a few minutes away from Wat Pho. Krista Coffee Shop is opposite the Grand Palace and also serves a great range of lunches and light snacks. You probably won’t need a massive lunch but it’s good to refuel in air-conditioned comfort before your next stop.
Day One in Bangkok: Afternoon
Take a river tour. If you want to see Bangkok from a different angle, or you are still jet-lagged and don’t fancy walking very far, take a riverboat tour that includes the historic canals – khlongs – that is located on the east of the river. Other options for this afternoon include the Jim Thompson House, an art museum on the site of the businessman Jim Thompson’s residence. And the National Gallery, near to the Grand Palace, is a must-visit if you like looking at Thai and Asian art from throughout the years.
Nightlife in Bangkok
If you’re only in the city for a few days you will want to experience some of the nightlife Bangkok is famous for. Visit one of the sky bars set high up in Bangkok’s towers to watch the sunset and see the city at night. Try Vertigo, Siroco, or the 360 Lounge. Or go to Khao San Road if you’re looking for cheap drinks, noise, crowds, and fun.
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Day Two in Bangkok: Morning
Check out the shopping in Bangkok with a visit to the city’s largest shopping district, Ratchaprasong. Located around the BTS Siam and Chit Lom area you’ll find countless malls and independent shops for everything from clothing to electronics to cosmetics. Siam Paragon, next to BTS Siam, is one of the most popular malls and you will also find Siam Square interesting as it is made up of many different, quirky stores.
Day Two: Lunch in Bangkok
If you are in one of the big malls, eat at the food court – the food is cheap and very tasty, with a huge variety of dishes available cooked up right before your eyes. You can choose from international or Thai dishes to keep you going through your second afternoon in Bangkok.
Day Two in Bangkok: Afternoon
Head to Lumpini Park for a bit of a breather and respite from the bustle of the city. Lumpini Park is a large space in the center of the city with a lake, pathways, plenty of trees, and space for walking. You could also head to the Erawan Shrine which is right opposite Central World. And since you are in Sukhumvit, stay in the area for some of the best restaurants and bars as the sun sets.
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