What to Do in Bangkok in 2 Days
Bangkok Mini Guides
With this guide you can start to discover the best of Bangkok in just 48 hours! Mixing the finest cultural attractions, bargain shopping that you might easily miss and the best of Bangkok by night, this 2 Days in Bangkok Guide is a great starting point for anyone visiting this bustling yet beautiful city.
So here are just few ideas to start from - feel free to use them or mix them as you wish. One word of advice for people new to the city though, the best way to discover Bangkok in a short space of time is to spend a day or even a half day in one area at a time. With that in mind and to make your life easy, we grouped options by location so you can make the most of your time here. Obviously there is so much to do in Bangkok it will take more than one visit but 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 cruise. Wat Arun looks stunningly magical, illuminated against the night sky.
In the evening
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 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
In the evening go to see the unusual Terminal 21 shopping mall which is highly stylish with each floor evoking a different world city. Then, cross the street and see for yourself what this famous bright and colourful (and naughty) Soi Cowboy is all about.
Where to Stay?
Now we’ve given you the lowdown of what to do with your two days in Bangkok, the only question left is ‘where do I stay?’
We can help out on that front too, with our huge inventory of hotels across the capital, from 500-baht-a-night guesthouses, to luxurious five-star riverside retreats.
We have organized them into many different niche categories, from the best luxury and budget hotels, to hotels organized by area and type. Find some inspiration below, and don’t forget you can book a night’s stay directly using the links provided to each hotel.