Bangkok, the capital of Thailand is an urban city that hosts at least 10 million people within its borders. It is a large city filled with diverse tourist attractions, exemplary cuisine, Buddhist cultural sites, and friendly locals. Although the Asian metropolis may seem large, it can still be explored within the shortest time. If you have a strict schedule and only have 48 hours in Bangkok, you can still have the best two days in the city. Here is a guide to some of the best ways to spend time in Thailand’s capital.
48 Hours in Bangkok – Day 1
Start your day early by visiting one of the most famous outdoor spaces in Bangkok, Lumphini Park. Take a stroll through the park and enjoy the scenery that it provides to those looking to enjoy the fresh morning air. Besides watching parkside scenery, visitors can also explore thelarge lake using duck pedal boats that one can use to move across the lake. These boats can be hired at an affordable rate, giving you a chance to start your day on a high.
After the boat ride, you can make your way to the Bangkok National Museum to learn more about the history of the city. The tour of the museum is very informative with diverse exhibitions and a collection of unique artifacts. Lovers of history and especially Thai history will enjoy their time at the museum.
In the afternoon, visit the most iconic attractions along the river by taking a cruise. The Chao Phraya River Express is one of the best ways to explore grand palaces and temples that are only a short walk away from the piers. When you are done with the cruise, make your way to Wat Pho and explore one of the oldest temples within the city. The royal temple is also commonly referred to as the Reclining Buddha and is a popular spot for tourists. Nearby is the lavish Grand Palace which has some sections open to visitors that want to see experience the lives of Thai Royalty. The grand residence also expansive grounds that are worth strolling through when in Bangkok.
As the sun sets, make your way to two of the most iconic temples in Bangkok that hold a lot of history. The two temples namely Wat Arun and Wat Phra Kaew are popular with tourists interested in the Buddhist religion. The locations are quite popular and you can expect a crowd at the temples depending on the time of year. Finish your day in nearby Chinatown by enjoying sumptuous street food at the famous Yaowarat Road, which is popular for diverse and fresh Thai cuisine.
48 Hours in Bangkok – Day 2
On your second day in Bangkok, plan to visit locations on the outskirts of the city. Start early by driving to the famous markets that are about an hour or an hour and a half from the capital city. The Floating Market is a great place to start because of its many stalls and traders that sell all kinds of items. Although the markets are six in number, the items on display are unique and worth checking out when visiting the area. To access the floating market, you will need to get into a boat to reach the traders and purchase a variety of items such as souvenirs and clothing.
Afterward, visit Maeklong Railway Market, with vendor stalls set up on train tracks. The unique set up provides a surreal experience for tourists especially if they arrive in time to see a train passing through the market. Most of the vendors at the market sell seafood, fruits, meat, and Thai sweets. In some cases, you can find clothing that can be bought as gift items for family back home. You can also buy your lunch from the stalls that sell fresh Thai food and refreshments at affordable rates.
In the afternoon, make your way to Death Railway in Kanchanaburi which was built during World War II by prisoners as well as laborers. The gloomy sight of the bridge that goes over River Kwai is a great way to learn about Thailand’s history. Even with the bridge revealing a darker side of the war, it is a famous sight for tourists that want to go beyond the normal attractions. Also, it has was the main inspiration behind the movie, The Bridge over the River Kwai.
Travel back to the city and enjoy a Thai Massage at the many parlors that offer affordable services. It is important to choose a parlor that is reputable and has good reviews from locals as well as tourists. The massages which can last from one hour to ninety minutes are very relaxing and will leave you feeling refreshed. Get the full body massage from an authentic Thai masseuse to enjoy the unique experience offered at the parlor. You could also get a foot or shoulder massage if you aren’t comfortable with one for the entire body.
End your day by visiting a sky bar or restaurant that can be found all over the city for dinner and drinks before going back to your hotel. The restaurants offer a beautiful aerial view of the city as you relax and interact with locals and other tourists visiting Bangkok. Most of the restaurants have a diverse menu that includes Thai and international cuisines giving you a chance to enjoy a variety of dishes. Some of the popular ones include Park Society, Above Eleven, and Cloud 47 among others. If you prefer visiting a bar instead, consider Soi 4 which is one of the popular locations in the city for amazing cocktails and drinks.
Ultimately, a two day trip to Bangkok is an excellent way to discover all that the city has to offer. The best time to visit the city is early in the year (January and February) when the weather is warm. Ensure that you plan early for accommodation so that you can get settled in quickly and start exploring the city as soon as you get there.