48 Hours City Breaks: Bangkok

Whether you are making a weekend or just passing through, do not let a strict schedule refrain you from exploring Bangkok to its core. Here are the tips on the best way to see the most of Bangkok in just 48 hours.

Day 1

Morning: Sail the Canals

Chao Phraya River Express in Bangkok

Puttering along the Chao Phraya River is truly cheap and exciting. The river is the iconic waterway that has led to this city’s ‘Venice of the East’ nickname. The combination of historic temples, luxury hotels and tin-roofed shacks where many people live is the scene to be seen for those who take on the river to explore the city. On the west riverbank situates Thonburi, Thailand’s 18th-century capital, which plays to the Venetian image where teak stilt houses and temples are to be explored along the maze of waterways.

The Chao Phraya River Express

There are four kinds of express boats and a tourist boat. If travel up stream with The Chao Phraya River Express, it will take you to Nonthaburi, a populated province north of Bangkok.

Afternoon: Visit The Temples

Wat Suthat

Temples, or ‘Wat’ in Thai, are the solid roster of sights. Fortunately for visitors, most of the well-known temples are close to one another and are accessible by boat. Three must-see temples are Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Phra Kaew, the most prominent temple which house the Emerald Buddha, and Wat Arun, or Temple of the Dawn. Wat Phra Kaew is located within the grounds of the spectacular Grand Palace which allow travellers to take in both at the same time. Other well-known and noteworthy temples are Wat Saket, the Temple of the Golden mount where travellers can climb the gold mountain to see the great view of the city, Wat Suthat, Wat Ratchanatdaram, and Wat Traimit.

Evening: Dine on China Town

China Town

Bangkok houses one of the Biggest Chinatown in the world. Along Yaowarat Road in Chinatown, traveler can find bird’s nest soup, shark fin specialties and some of the strangest and most delicious dishes. Exploring the dynamic tangle of streets on foot, visitors can easily get lost in the masses of meals to choose from. Dessert vendors are also the highlight on this road; from traditional Thai dessert to Banana and Nutella rotees, they are sure to please all kinds of appetites.

Day 2

Morning: Roam through a Park

Green Spaces are not common in big cities, but Bangkok does not fail to make space somewhere between skyscrapers and luxury hotels for fistful of parks. Visitors can relaxingly stroll through the park and sightseeing water monitor lizards bathing joyfully in the ponds. The prehistoric-looking creatures can be found in the well-known Lumpini Park. Another main park worth visiting is Benjakiti Park.

Afternoon: Market, Market and Market

Tourists visiting Bangkok on Friday to Sunday will be able to go to the weekend market. Chatuchak market, in the Eastern Bangkok, is a super big weekend market, equipped with lots of stalls selling all kinds of products from antiques to clothing. There is also a market by Chao Phraya River called Asiatique for visitors who look for something a bit more upscale. Equipped with Lighted Giant Ferris Wheel and thousands of boutiques and delicious restaurants, serving all kinds of dishes from Western to authentic Thai cuisine, Asiatique surely is a top destination for tourists. Other interesting markets in Bangkok include Pak Klong Market (Flower Market), Rod Fai Market and Liab Duan Night Market.

Evening: A Cocktail at a Rooftop Bar

Agreed by anyone who finish there 48-hour tour in Bangkok at a rooftop bar, a Cocktail with 360° panoramic view is the way to do it. Visitors can choose to go to bars that line the Chao Phraya River or those skyscraper in the middle of the concrete jungle. Some of the best rooftop bars and restaurants in town include Vertigo, Sky Bar, Octave Rooftop Bar, Park Society, Above Eleven and 342 Bar.