Discover Bangkok in 2 Days

Bangkok Mini Guides

On a quick (first) trip to Bangkok, these are the not-to-be-missed sites you should try and see: The Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo), Wat Po and Wat Arun. They are located close to each other and can be visited in a morning or afternoon (closed at 15:30). Half-Day Tours with a guide and transfer service can make life much easier, especially when you're a little tight on time.

So here are just few ideas to start from, use them or mix them. A great way to discover Bangkok is to spend a day or even a half day in one area at a time, so to make your life easy, we grouped things by location. Obviously there is so much to do in bangkok it will take more than one visit so these are 'the classics'...

Day 1 - Discover Bangkok Landmarks

On a quick (first) trip to Bangkok, these are the not-to-be-missed sites you should try and see: The Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo), Wat Po and Wat Arun. They are located close to each other and can be visited in a morning or afternoon (closed at 15:30). Half-Day Tours with a guide and transfer service can make life much easier, especially when you're a little tight on time.

If you arrive in Bangkok late in the day, you can still see (but not visit) the temples along the river by taking a relaxing sunset dinner cruiseWat Arun looks stunningly magical, illuminated against the night sky. End the day at the new gigantic Asiatique Shopping village locates by the river and even have dinner there, then enjoy their fabulous productions of the ladyboy show!

Alternatively, end your first day by spending your one night in Bangkok exploring the city's sizzling nightlife. For more family-oriented nighttime activities, go see the latest Hollywood's offering at the city's modern cinemas. And while you're at it, why not include a karaoke battle or a bout of bowling, too?


Day 1 - Daytime

Wat Pra Kaew Wat Phra Kaew

Temple of Emerald Buddha, or Wat Phra Kaew, is the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. It enshrines a highly revered Buddha image carved from a single block of jade. Read More...

Wat Pho

Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and a must-do for any first-time visitor in Bangkok. It's one of the largest temple complexes in the city Read More...

The Grand Palace The Grand Palace

If there is one must-see sight that no visit to Bangkok would be complete without, it's the dazzling, spectacular Grand Palace, undoubtedly the city's most famous landmark. Read More...

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

The spire (prang) of Wat Arun on the bank of Chao Phraya River is one of Bangkok's world-famous landmarks. It sits on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya riverbank. Read More...

At night, go to Riverside

Calypso Cabaret Show Cabaret Calypso Show

Thailand is well known for ladyboys and Calypso showcases them doing what they love the most: dressing up to the nines and miming to Cher. Read More...

Asiatique Asiatique The Riverfront

Asiatique The Riverfront is an expansive open-air theme mall with panoramic river views and a delightful fusion of shopping, dining, culture and colonial-style architecture. Read More...

Or to Khaosan in the Old City

Soi Rambuttri Soi Rambuttri

Tired of Khao San? The street is overdone and is losing its shine? You don’t have to go far to find somewhere more exciting, more authentic and more appealing: Rambuttri kicks Khao San to the curb. Read More...

Khao San Road

If Bangkok is a city where East greets West, then Khao San Road is the scene of their collision, the place where they jostle for superiority and poke one another in the eye. Read More...

Day 2 - Day 2 - Go Shopping, It's Still a Bargain!

Go sightseeing in the morning. Start off with the wonderment of the Ancient City, or the hustle and bustle of the legendary floating markets. Observe how the locals live by Bangkok Canals (for more sightseeing options, have a look in our City & Culture Tours).

Spend the rest of the day shopping in an air-conditioned comfort of Bangkok incredible shopping malls. Bangkok offers unbeatable bargains, designer labels, antiques, handicrafts, and jewellery but also a wide range of entertainment. Kids, however, may not enjoy shopping as much as grown-ups do. Take them to Dusit Zoo, Siam Ocean World, ice skating rinks, .

A visit to Bangkok would not be complete without sampling some delicious Thai Food. Bangkok's eating experiences are diverse and can be enjoyed anywhere from restaurants, noodle shops and street stalls. If you happen to be in Bangkok during the weekeend, pay a visit to Chatuchak Weekend Market  for an endless range of gifts and cool knick-knacks.

In the evening go to see this unusual Terminal 21 shopping mall, then cross the street and see by yourself what this famous bright and colourful naughty Soi Cowboy is all about.

Day 2 - Daytime

Damnoen & River Kwai

Over 30 years ago, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market featured in a classic James Bond chase scene was already a tourist attraction, an unsullied glimpse into a charismatic way of life. Read More...

Siam Paragon Shopping Centre Siam Paragon

From a sporty yellow Ferrari to a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes, Siam Paragon is a shopping mall without rival when it comes to luxury goods. Read More...

Chatuchak Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market boasts over 15,000 stalls selling everything imaginable, from clothing, fresh and dry food, pets, plants and used books to furniture and even fighting roosters.  Read More...


This cutting-edge lifestyle mall offers everything from brand name clothing boutiques to imported groceries, designer furniture, gourmet eateries and even an ice-skating rink. Read More...

At Night, go to Sukhumvit!

Terminal 21 Terminal 21

Terminal 21 brings the dream of traveling the world to downtown Bangkok, with its cutting-edge concept that places several world-famous cities under one roof. Read More...

Soi Cowboy

Named after the cowboy hat-wearing American who opened the first bar in 1970, this red-light district has a more laid-back, convivial feel than Patpong or Nana Plaza. Read More...

Or go for for more classy

Siam Niramit Show

Thailand is one of the most intriguing Asian nations with a rich history spanning 700 years. Discover the culture, customs and traditions that have developed alongside Thailand in this captivating 90-minute theatre and dance extravaganza. Read More...

Manohra Dinner Cruise

A romantic dinner cruise along the scenic Chao Phraya River is among those must-do experiences for every new comer to Thailand’s capital city, as it opens doors to Bangkok’s past as well as its presence, a modern cosmopolitan city. Read More...

Highly Recommended Tours

Bangkok Stop Over Package: 2 Days/1Night

No worries if you're a little tight on time. With the ultimate Bangkok Stop Over Package, you're in for a memorable experience! Designed to help you capture the flavours of Bangkok in a short period of time, the package offers carefully-selected tours - from the grandeur of temples to the glitz and glam of the ladyboy cabaret.

Enjoy the freedom to choose the tour that most interests you, and pick a hotel of your choice in different categories (all are in great locations!). Great value for money, this package also includes joint round trip transfers to and from Bangkok International Airport as well as one night accommodation with breakfast.

Day 1:
- Join transfer from Bangkok International Airport to hotel of your choice
- Accommodation

Day 2:
- Selected Tours (join tour) to be selected from the following:
City & Temples Tour
Thonburi Klong Tour
Calypso Cabaret (ticket only)
- Transfer from your to Bangkok airport

- Tour departure date subject to change depend on your flight arrival
- Single travellers will be provided with a private tour

For more options of what to see and do in Bangkok, have a look in our Bangkok in 2 Days Mini Guide below.

Useful Pages

10 Must See in Bangkok Top 10 Must Do in Bangkok

Today, while the city is up to speed with modern times, the grandeur and glory of its illustrious past prevails. Be it the temples, spectacular palaces, floating markets or Chinatown. Read More...

10 Short Things to Do in Bangkok 10 Short Things to Do in Bkk

You’ve only got a limited amount of time in Bangkok but you want to see the must-sees and do the must-dos. Here are Bangkok’s Top Ten Leisure Activities for those who are in a bit of a hurry.  Read More...

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