We have now had 2 trips to Thailand both with a number of days in Bangkok. While you might think the city is busy and has nothing to offer it has many things to offer. Bangkok like many big cities has old age culture, beautiful buildings and even some modern delights thrown in. There is so much more to Bangkok and could easily fill 1 or 2 weeks but as many times it is a place to pass throw we put together this guide. This is our 2 days in Bangkok…
Before heading out for a busy day you want to make sure you get a full breakfast and supplies for the day. If you are staying in a hotel with breakfast use it well, then head to your nearest 7 Eleven for your daily supplies. I would suggest taking a backpack with some crisps, chocolate and plenty of water, as no matter what time of the year it is hot.
Then you want to head to the cluster of temples by the Chao Phraya River, there are a couple of temples on both sides of the river. These 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.
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.
In and around the area with the temples, you can find places to eat as well as street food vendors for lunch. I would take the rest of the day to explore the rest of the temples. You can take a long tail boat ride up the river to explore more and to get across the river to Wat Arun.
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.
After a full day temple hopping I would suggest a visit to Khao San road, one of the most famous and popular roads in Bangkok. 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.
After breakfast pack up your backpack and head out to one of the many floating markets. While there is quite a few you can visit, double check on which is the best. Some only operate on weekends and at certain hours.
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.
After visiting the floating markets and filling up on delicious Thai food, head over to Wat Saket. 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.
If you are looking for something a little different to do but need to eat at the same time, I would highly recommend going on a tour with A Chef’s Tour. A Chef’s Tour is pretty much as it states, take 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.
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.