Are you planning on only spending 2 days in Bangkok? Based on our numerous trips to the capital of Thailand we’ve created this guide to help you make the most of your short time here.
This guide is set out to include everything from where to stay (we believe that staying in a central location is highly important if you’re only going to be in the city for a short time as it reduces your travel time within the city). As well as what to eat, and the places you’re going to want to visit in order to maximise your trips potential.
- Where To Stay In Bangkok
- Where To Visit
- Where To Eat & What To Eat In Bangkok
Where To Stay In Bangkok
If you’re only planning to spend 2 days in Bangkok then deciding where you position yourself is going to be very important. However, be sure you know exactly how you plan to get from the airport to your hotel – the last thing anyone wants is for you to get lost while jetlagged (not a nice combo, we speak from experience)
Bangkok Loft Inn – Thon Buri
I feel that no matter where you stay in Bangkok you will be far away from something. This time we choose to stay at Bangkok Loft Inn in a neighbourhood of Thon Buri. While we were a little bit further away than we were the last time it was nice. I would recommend staying there as it was in a good area and had great transport links.
We had a small market area just 5-minute walk down the main road that was on from early morning to late at night. It sold both fresh produce as well as cooked meals and street food. We were lucky enough to be close by to a 7/11 for breakfast supplies.
One of the biggest advantages for us is having the Skytrain station just a 10-minute walk away. This linked us to the rest of the city and main hub of Bangkok. We also found a really useful co-working space 20 minutes around the corner. This was great as we needed to get work done and catch up on emails.
The room itself was very cosy and practical. The bed was comfortable and came with an en-suite bathroom. The room was well looked after and came with air conditioning. There are large windows to let in plenty of light. The bathroom was modern and the shower was hot and powerful. The room comes with a fridge so we managed to stock up on water and drinks and keep them cool.
While the hotel provided breakfast for an additional cost we chose to walk to 7/11 for cereal and pastries. The hotel also provided free wifi but was slightly temperamental at times but was more than capable of sending quick emails.
Where To Visit
When you’re only planning on spending 2 days in Bangkok finding the best places to visit is important. However, what’s just as important is planning a route that maximises your time experiencing what Bangkok has to offer and minimises the amount of transfer time between.
With that said, we’ve laid out the things we believe you absolutely must do during your 2 days in Bangkok and included a map at the bottom to help you plan your route.
Visit The Temples
Visiting the temples in Bangkok is often #1 on tourists to do list while in the capital of Thailand. For that reason, we suggest that whether you’re spending 2 days in Bangkok or 2 weeks in Bangkok you experience some of the most popular temples the city has to offer. There is a cluster of temples to visit along the Chao Phraya River. The temples include Wat Arun, The Grand Palace and Wat Pho and these are just a sample of the temples to see. I would start by taking your time to get there either by public transport or by taxi – make sure you use a metered service
Make sure before you set off that you are covering your shoulders and legs as you are entering a place of worship. If you only have shorts you can rent a scarf that will wrap around you to cover your legs for roughly 120 baht. You will get 100 baht back once you return the scarf.
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Once at the temples take your time to walk around the gardens surrounding as well as inside the temples. If you are entering a building always make sure you take your shoes off too, don’t worry they won’t go missing. There are plenty of small walkways hidden amongst the buildings within the temple grounds to explore.
Don’t forget to go see the Giant Reclining Buddha, housed in Wat Pho. There are several viewpoints in which you can stop and take a selfie with the Buddha. There is plenty to see to keep you busy for the full day at the temples. Each temple is beautiful in its own right and is different from the last, prepare to fill your SD card with beautiful pictures of the stunning architecture and wonderful designs.
Walk Down Khao San Road
This has to be the most famous road in Bangkok for many reasons. Khao San Road offers up a variety of things for tourists to see. You can find places to sit, eat and drink on the road as well as some shopping. It has much to offer in terms of street food, places to sit and have a drink or just to people watch. Though it might not be your style, I would recommend a visit to see it for yourself while around for 2 days in Bangkok. Don’t forget to try a Chang beer to help you relax after a long day.
There are some places that aren’t true Thai places to eat but are purposely there for tourists. If you are looking for true Thai food I would look into eating at one of the street food vendors, and they are much cheaper.
Explore The Floating Markets
At the floating market, you can either hop in a boat and taste the foods of Thailand as you float on by or you can pick to stay a little more stable on one of the platforms available. Each market will be different so if you have the time, check out a couple.
From Taling Chan floating market, you can take a long tail boat ride to a nearby temple and explore the canals along the way. The boat ride was 69 baht per person for a 1-hour tour to the temple and back. While there are many to choose from I would definitely recommend seeing one on your 2 days in Bangkok.
Wat Saket which is also known as the Golden Mount is a place of worship. It’s 58-metre chedi houses an ancient Buddha relic. The temple hosts a week-long temple fair in November for worshippers all around.
The beauty of the building that is surrounded by the normality of the city is stunning and a must see in your 2 days in Bangkok.
If you don’t fancy any more temples take the BTS Skytrain to Siam to explore the number of shopping centres around. Including Terminal 21, Siam Paragon and Central World, each offering a wide range of shopping opportunities, food courts and occasional market stalls. While we visited in February we had the chance to see a couple of markets set up in the malls. Selling everything from household goods to food to clothes.
A Chef’s Tour – Bangkok Backstreet Food Tasting Tour
If you want to experience the best street food in Bangkok and only have 2 days in Bangkok then a Chef’s Tour is a great idea. A Chef’s Tour is pretty much as it states, takes the Bangkok Backstreet Food Tour with Chef Nutth. It is a tour around the backstreets of Chinatown showing and tasting your way through the best places to eat.
There are 16-17 stops in total and each one is amazing. The tour takes place from 4 pm – 8 pm and is a great way to know more about Bangkok, Thai people and the food. The tour takes you to the best places to eat in Bangkok, Chef Nutth was great as he stops at historical sights and answers any questions you have. I wouldn’t like to leave my 2 days in Bangkok without going on this tour, as it was the highlight of my last trip.
Pro Tip: If you love food as much as we do, then consider taking an authentic Bangkok cooking class at the prestigious BaiPai Thai Cooking School.
The House Of Paws – Dog Cafe
While we have been to our fill of cat cafes, we have never experienced a dog cafe. This was such a great place to come and relax. The cafe offers up cakes and drinks included in the entry price. The cafe is located near Siam shopping centre on a side street.
The dog cafe is a nice place to go and feel a change of pace. The dogs are well looked after and very loved. They have a number of different breeds and ages, prepare to melt when you see them. They eat have a funny personality and will lighten your day.
For more inspiration on how to spend your 2 days in Bangkok why not check out some of the tours and attractions on offer by Get Your Guide;
Where To Eat & What To Eat In Bangkok
When you’re only spending 2 days in Bangkok, the food you eat is going to be important. I love sampling the unique flavours and cuisine while travelling and Bangkok offers some of the best food experiences in the world.
Street food is often just as nice if not nicer than restaurant food and the price difference is outstanding. It’s something you can’t afford to miss if you’re only spending 2 days in Bangkok. We often eat mostly from street food vendors while in Thailand. The food is also widely available and tastes so good.
You can find plenty of market areas that are on certain nights of the week to find lots of vendors in one place.
We found some great places to eat while exploring Terminal 21. It has a vast variety of food if you are looking for something different. There are plenty of different places to shop such as Siam Paragon, MBK centre and Central World. Each of these has plenty of places to eat from local independent businesses to big names such as Subway, McDonalds and Starbucks.
A Chef’s Tour
If you are looking for true Thai food get yourself booked onto the A Chef’s Tour. It is a great experience of true food. This is a great tour to join if you are interested in learning more about the local food, the local people and the history of Chinatown.
There are more experimental dishes and some usual dishes, the dishes do change from time to time. This is due to the seasons and certain products being available. The foods all have a background and Chef Nutth grew up in the area so knows everything there is to know.
The House Of Paws
Great place if you like cake and dogs. The cafe is located by the Siam shopping centre and is surrounded by cafes, shops and independent businesses. There are a drink and cake included in the entry fee which for the 2 of us with a drink each and a piece of cake was the equivalent to £11.90. The cakes are beautiful and the company is even better. You can also take the cake away with you if you are too busy with the dogs to eat.
That is our 2 days in Bangkok, if you have been before and been to the temples let us know what you thought. Also if you have been to Bangkok and would recommend anywhere to stay or go let us know in the comments below. We are always looking for new recommendations for places to visit and eat.
If you are interested in reading more about our time in Thailand check out our visit to Monkey Hill in Phuket. Also if you are interested in cafe hopping check out our best cafe’s in Phuket Town post.