2 days in Bangkok
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The capital of Thailand is amazing. We are not fans of big cities but Bangkok is different. We love coming back there. Maybe it’s because of delicious Thai food, maybe because of cheap taxis or maybe because of an access to everything we need. Everybody will find something for themselves in BKK. We’ve been in capital of Thailand many times and we know that this city has a lot to offer. 2 days in Bangkok is not much but it’s enough to feel the spirit of the city!

We made a guide of fast BKK sightseeing. Don’t be discouraged by the limited time- this guide is not made for the people who like to walk 10 hours a day. You will have time to get tired and also to relax.

Day 1 of 2 days in Bangkok

1. Visit the Grand Palace

This is the landmark of Bangkok, the most beautiful place we’ve seen there. The Grand Palace is must-see in BKK.

How to get there?

You can either take a taxi or travel by BTS skytrain and a boat.

If you choose the second option, go to Saphan Taksin station and then take a Chao Phraya River Express boat to Chang Pier.

How much time do you need for sightseeing?

It will take 2-3 hours to see everything.

What’s the cost?

The Grand Palace is probably the most expensive place to visit in Bangkok. Ticket price is 500 Baht per person ($18). Despite of the price, it’s still worth to go there. The Grand Palace is incredibly beautiful.

Tips

  • Dress properly.

You have to cover your legs and arms, so shorts or sleeveless shirts are the wrong things to wear. If you have inappropriate outfit, you may be refused entering the Palace.

  • Bring socks.

You have to take off your shoes to get into many places in the Palace. If you are afraid of the hygiene, wear socks to avoid walking barefoot.

The Grand Palace Bangkok

2. Visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha

The temple is very close to the Grand Palace, within the walking distance. Wat Phra Kaew is considered as one of the most beautiful and the most important temples not only in Bangkok but also in the whole Thailand.

What’s the cost?

Admission is included in the cost of Grand Palace ticket.

How much time do you need for sightseeing?

Less than 1 hour is enough.

If you want to read more about Thai temples, check out this awesome post written by our friend Hannah: Legends of Bangkok’s temples.

the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok

3. Spend some time on Khao San Road

Khao San Road is one of the most important places in Bangkok. It is a place with cheap food, weird things to buy (like fried scorpions) and the most important- the best parties in Bangkok.

Khao San Road is the most popular among backpackers and budget travellers. It’s one of the most touristic places in Thailand. The road is very short and full of colors.

How to get there?

Khao San Road is situated within the walking distance from the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It will take about 15-20 minutes to get there.

How much time do you need for sightseeing?

Khao San Road is quite small, so you can walk through it in about 10 minutes. You may be tired after sightseeing though, so it’s a good place to relax and drink delicious fresh fruit juice.

If you want to do some shopping, check out this guide written by our friend Bruno: Bangkok shopping guide.

Khao San Road 2 days in Bangkok

4. Enjoy the Loy Nava dinner cruise

Now the best time of the day- early evening dinner cruise on the Chao Praya river!

We’ve been searching for offers from many companies and the absolute best is Loy Nava dinner cruise.

Why? Mainly because it starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 8.30 p.m. You are able to see Bangkok both during the day and night.

In Thailand, it’s getting dark around 7 p.m. Trust us- watching the sunset from the boat while eating delicious Thai food is an amazing experience!

How to get there?

Loy Nava stops at Taksin Pier (the very same place where the boat to the Grand Palace is leaving).

From Khao San road the best it to take a taxi or a boat to the pier.

What’s the cost?

The cost is really low- about $40 per person. This includes 2,5 hour cruise, 6 course dinner and live Thai music.

Loy Nava dinner cruise

If you are really looking for adventures, you can go and see the famous ping pong show in the evening.

Day 2 of 2 days in Bangkok

5. Explore Chinatown and Indiatown.

China and India towns in Bangkok are amazing! So colourful, bright and full of exotic scents. We love this place and we think it’s a little bit underestimated by tourists.

How to get there?

You can either take a boat from Taksin pier or go there by taxi. As you see, Taksin pier will be visited by you many times during these 2 days in Bangkok :).

What’s the cost?

Thanks God walking is for free! It won’t cost you a penny to explore China and India town.

How much time do you need for sightseeing?

It depends on how fast you walk but it will take you at least 2 hours to see everything.

Chinatown in Bangkok

6. Visit Art in Paradise

Art in Paradise is a modern museum where the illusion is mixed with reality. We LOVED this place!

There are plenty of them in Thailand. We visited the one in Chiang Mai but Art in Paradise museum in Bangkok is awesome as well.

How to get there?

Take a taxi to Esplanade Shopping Mall. The museum is situated on the 4th floor of the Mall.

What’s the cost?

Adults– 300 THB

Chidren above 135cm- 200 THB

Children below 135cm- free.

How much time do you need for sightseeing?

You will need at least 2-3 hours to take a picture with every painting. There are more than 150 of them in the museum!

Tips

  • take your camera!

The funniest part of visiting Art in Paradise Museum is taking pictures! They look really awesome, like you were a part of the painting.

  • have fun

Art in Paradise is the best museum we’ve ever been to. We had a great time there and we’re sure you’ll love it too :). Click here to read more.

Art in Paradise Museum in Bangkok

7. Relax in Dahra spa

After walking and having fun in the Art of Paradise, it’s time to relax. We’ve tried many spas in Bangkok, most of them wasn’t so good. The one we can really recommend is Dahra spa. The quality of cosmetics is very high, the staff is professional and interiors are beautiful.

Our visit in Dahra Spa is the thing we love the most while visiting Bangkok.

How to get there?

From Art in Paradise you can take MRT to Sukhumvit station and then BTS to Phrong Pong.

The faster way is of course to take a taxi. The spa is situated very close to the Holiday Inn hotel.

What’s the cost?

It depends what will you choose. Last time we’ve been there, we took Deluxe Spa treatment. We had almost 3 hours of amazing relaxation! Coffee body scrub, milk and honey wrap and thai massage at the end. Mmmm… 🙂

Dara spa Bangkok sukhumvit

8. Visit Soi Cowboy street [only for adults!]

Soi Cowboy, also know as the red-light district, is a place of debauchery and hustle.

You will find there go-go dancers, prostitutes, women, men, men that look like women and more.

YES, there are MANY ladyboys on the street. You may be surprised that a sexy girl who invites you to the club is actually a boy…

How to get there?

Soi Cowboy is within the walking distance from Dahra Spa, between Sukhumvit Soi 21 and 23. It’s situated quite close to the Asok BTS station.

Remember that Soy Cowboy is just a normal street during a day. It turns into the place full of sins at night ;).

soi cowboy street in bangkok

Tips for 2 days in Bangkok

  1. Always take a taxi with meter during 2 days in Bangkok

Bangkok taxi drivers are not always fair. Even though you will see the ‘meter’ sign on every taxi, most drivers won’t turn it on. They will give you higher price only to earn more.

Remember to always discuss the price BEFORE you get to the taxi.

You can also trust a taxi driver when he will tell his price. Thai people are very honest, so if the driver says that he will charge 200 baht, he will do so.

TIP: Sometimes the drivers use highways to get somewhere faster. You, as a passenger will pay for it. Highway cost is about 50-70 baht.

Bangkok taxi

2. Try street food during 2 days in Bangkok

You will see people selling Thai street food all the time in Bangkok. Don’t be afraid to buy something from them. Thai people are very careful when it comes to hygiene. Everything you will see is fresh and delicious.

Most restaurants and sellers doesn’t use fridges, so they buy ingredients in the morning, prepare dishes and sell them later. They will work until everything they have is sold out.

Thai street food

If you are looking for more awesome places in Bangkok, check out this post written by our friend Ari: 10 Things You Have to See in Bangkok.

And if you have only one day in Bangkok, check out this awesome guide written by our friend Cristina.

Below you can see the awesome graphic created by our friend Laura! Shortcut guide to Bangkok:

Disclosure: We want to thank Loy Nava for a complimentary dinner cruise and Dahra spa for a complimentary treatment. All opinions presented in this post are honest and our own.

Have you ever been in Bangkok? Would you like to go there? Share your thoughts in comments. Remember that sharing is caring 🙂

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