If you plan to visit Bangkok, but are short on time, no worries. You can pack an entire city’s worth of exploring into just two days, if you do your research and plan ahead. We have compiled this Bangkok In Two Days guide to help you plan your itinerary and make the most of this exciting, once in a lifetime trip! Of course, this guide is just a suggestion that points out the highlights of the city. Feel free to adapt it to your specific interests and time restraints.
Cultural and Religious Landmarks
Your first day in Bangkok can be spent visiting all the cultural landmarks in the city. This is a great way to immerse yourself in the Thai culture and learn a bit about the city before you set out exploring. These places close fairly early (mid afternoon) so you want to start your tours as early as possible. You can hire a guide to help you, if you don’t want to wander from site to site on your own. Some of the cultural spots that you don’t want to miss include:
- Grand Palace
- Wat Arun
- Wat Po
- Temple Of The Emerald Buddha
A relaxing dinner cruise on the river is a fantastic way to end your first day in Bangkok. You can see some of the most beautiful sites in the city along the waterway, including the gorgeous Wat Arun, which is even more stunning after dark. There are also theater productions, upscale restaurants, family entertainment like bowling as well as more adult themed options like bars and nightclubs. Whether you’re traveling alone, with your family or in a group, Bangkok after dark has something for everyone.
Food, Shopping and Exploration
Not necessarily in that order, but definitely options you want to consider. Bangkok offers a myriad of shopping options that include everything from designer labels to locally crafted wares. There are shopping malls, market stalls and shops of all sizes tucked away in every corner. Be sure to visit the floating markets along the waterways for a truly Thai experience and don’t forget to feast on some delicious Thai food while you’re there. For more family-oriented excursions, check out the ice skating rinks, Dusit Zoo and Siam Ocean World.
You cannot leave Bangkok without experiencing the amazing Terminal 21. It is a 9 story shopping and residential complex that features various levels decorated to pay tribute to several major cities in the world – including San Francisco, Paris and Rome. There is also a gourmet supermarket, nine-screen movie theater, food court and upscale dining establishment on site. Terminal 21 is appropriate for all ages of visitors and offers some of the best and most varied retail shopping options in the world. On a side note, if you don’t already have your travel accommodations booked, Terminal 21 also has a 500 room luxury hotel on site as well. How cool is that?